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Black Girls Sue Governor and Legislature Over Public School Funding
August 21, 2020
At the tender age of 5, Samaiya Atkins and her father Marcus Atkins have high hopes and dreams for a high-quality, public education. When Mr. Atkins realized his daughter could get that level of rigor at a new school with an established reputation for developing high-performing scholars just a few blocks away from their home in the Meadowview community of Sacramento, he was ecstatic and quickly signed Samaiya up for Tecoy Porter College Prep. ... read more »
Rev. C.T. Vivian, key civil rights leader, has died at 95
July 18, 2020
The Rev. C.T. Vivian, an early and key adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal civil rights campaigns and spent decades advocating for justice and equality, died Friday at the age of 95. ... read more »
Blunt Trauma: Cop Beats Black Teen Over Cigar, Sparking Outrage and Familiar Swisher Sweet Debate
May 7, 2020
A shocking video of a police officer beating a 14-year-old African American boy over a Swisher tobacco cigarette is being shared across social media platforms around the world.    In the clip that has been re-posted tens of thousands of times, a Rancho Cordova deputy is captured pummeling the youth in his chest as he presses him to the ground in an incident that happened April 27.  ... read more »
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Black Organizations Use Power of Social Media to Launch #BlackCensusWeek and Boost Black Census Count
April 2, 2020
Our nation’s Decennial Census has arrived and with the overarching pandemic of COVID-19, the count for marginalized and historically undercounted populations is more important now than ever before. The NAACP, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Unity Diaspora Coalition, the National Urban League’s Black Census Roundtable along with countless other organizations worked together to seize the moment as an opportunity to ensure a fair and accurate count for African-American citizens through Black Census Week, a week-long virtual activity to incite awareness around the Census and the importance to fill it out in its entirety. ... read more »
Faith Community Makes Big Headlines in 2019
December 26, 2019
Several ministries and individuals headlined the news in the faith community during 2019. The following highlights some of the most popular stories in the L.A. Sentinel Religion section. ... read more »
Mothers of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner Join NNPA, Others in Opposing NYC Menthol Ban
October 24, 2019
Opponents of the ban fear that it would give police another reason to profile African Americans. ... read more »
CBCF Embraces the Black Press
September 26, 2019
"Our Annual Legislative Conference is a gathering to develop solutions to the challenges facing black communities around the world through issues forums, brain trusts, a town hall meeting, networking sessions, and more," said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (D-Calif.). ... read more »
NYPD Fires Officer 5 Years After Garner’s Chokehold Death
August 22, 2019
After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the Black man whose dying gasps of “I can’t breathe” gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force. ... read more »
NAMAD Honors James Farmer with Lifetime Achievement Award
August 9, 2019
“I can remember at a NAMAD banquet there were two tables, maybe three at a conference of minority dealers,” he said. “But I watched it grow to the level that it is today with many [tables] and, to be in a position within General Motors and to assist the industry and see it grow, has been gratifying,” he said. ... read more »
Houston, We Have A Problem: America, Spacetripping With Trump
August 1, 2019
This is not a drill. “Houston, we have a problem,” or more historically and currently correct, “Houston, we’ve had a problem, here.” It’s not a problem of a ship in space, but rather the ship of state, setting aside its best-documents claims and making a hard right turn towards its worst-practices. And both the captain and crew are unrepentantly and defiantly doing and saying immoral, mad, mean-spirited and small-minded things. ... read more »
Police Officer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Death Won’t Be Charged
July 18, 2019
After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won’t bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — “I can’t breathe” — became a national rallying cry against police brutality. ... read more »
Statement from Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) regarding the Supreme Court’s Decision on Gerrymandering
July 4, 2019
“…The highest court in the land, in fact, chose to condone partisan gerrymandering, a political tactic that has long been used to suppress political representation for black and brown voters and ultimately helped to elect Trump.” ... read more »
Essence Fest Marks 25 Years of Celebrating Black Culture
July 1, 2019
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Essence Festival, which draws thousands to New Orleans during the fourth of July week, is celebrating 25 years of bringing African American women of all ages together for thought-proving conversation and performances from top musical acts. ... read more »
Voter Suppression a Lasting Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
March 21, 2019
“Presidential elections and the voter experience have long been fraught for black people. From racist poll taxes to made-up literacy tests to the egregious rollback of voting rights over the past 50 years, American democracy has, at times, felt like a weird and failed social experiment.” —Patrisse Cullors ... read more »
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