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Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2016
March 10, 2016
Throughout history, women have driven humanity forward on the path to a more equal and just society, contributing in innumerable ways to our character and progress as a people. In the face of discrimination and undue hardship, they have never given up on the promise of America: that with hard work and determination, nothing is out of reach. ... read more »
CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy
February 24, 2016
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reinforcing the Republican political agenda to disrupt governmental functions when the circumstances do not line up with their philosophy. It is imperative that we have nine members of the United States Supreme Court deciding constitutional issues that are important to the American people. It is absurd to suggest that President Obama should be denied the opportunity to nominate a qualified jurist to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. The American people should clearly understand that Senate Republicans have a political agenda to pack the Court with conservative justices who would reverse years of progressive jurisprudence. ... read more »
Maurice White, Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire Dies at 74
February 10, 2016
Maurice White, prolific songwriter, composer, producer, arranger, leader, and co-founder of one of most the successful bands in the world died on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at his home in Los Angeles. The cause of his death is unknown but it is known that White had battled Parkinson disease for two decades. He was 74. ... read more »
Obama celebrates return of prisoners, announces sanctions
January 20, 2016
The United States on Sunday imposed sanctions over Iran's ballistic missile testing even as President Barack Obama hailed the release of five Americans from Tehran's custody and the implementation of a nuclear deal he hopes will stand among his lasting foreign policy achievements. ... read more »
The State of the Union Address: Class Act, Crass Responses
January 20, 2016
President Obama did his thing when he delivered the State of the Union address (SOTU) on Tuesday night. There was confidence in his speech, some off-the-cuff humor and a little swagger when he rattled off his accomplishments and asserted that the SOU is “strong.” While I disagree with parts of the address, especially around economic issues, I was delighted with the President’s forceful tone, and with his insistence of speaking both of issues and of our toxic political climate. ... read more »
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza to Host Day of Service Event in Celebration of King Day
December 29, 2015
Free legal, health, and employment services will be offered to hundreds of South Los Angeles residents at Crenshaw Plaza in honor of King Day. On January 16, ... read more »
Obama’s Attempts to Close Digital Divide Jeopardized by Legal Dispute
August 19, 2015
In July, President Obama traveled to Oklahoma to make a relatively little-noticed but important announcement that has the potential to transform the lives of tens of thousands of African Americans, Hispanics and other individuals struggling on the economic margins. ... read more »
Obama praises Nigerian leader for pursuing safety, security
July 23, 2015
President Barack Obama welcomed Nigeria's new president to the Oval Office on Monday and praised him for working to bring "safety, security and peace" to a nation challenged by economic strains, a history of corruption and violence unleashed by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram. ... read more »
UCLA held White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
July 2, 2015
Recently, President Obama created the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans originally inspired by the Brown v Board of Education decision, helps Black students to improve reading and math proficiency, high school rates, and college completion. ... read more »
UCLA held White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
July 1, 2015
Black students discuss ways to improve educational outcomes for Black student achievement ... read more »
Charleston Church Shooting Shakes the Nation
June 25, 2015
On the evening of June 17, nine people were killed in Charleston’s historically Black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Emmanuel A.M.E.). 21 year-old Dylann Roof, who prayed with worshipers for an hour before killing them, confessed to the shooting last Friday. ... read more »
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