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Booker Ends Presidential Bid After Polling, Money Struggles
January 17, 2020
Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety. ... read more »
Remembering Congressman Elijah Cummings and the Journey Still Ahead
November 7, 2019
The nationally televised October 25 funeral services for the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, paused partisan debates and revealed how a son of Baltimore worked tirelessly for his constituents and for this nation. In the days since his home-going, I have marveled at how his life’s work somehow brought together officials who held firm to their stark political divides but united to honor a man who believed that everyone deserved a fair chance at all America had to offer. ... read more »
Trump Delivers 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum Keynote at HBCU Benedict College
November 1, 2019
Hosted by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a nonprofit founded by a bipartisan group of African American leaders from across the country who advocate for criminal justice reform, the event includes a host of Democratic presidential hopefuls, local officials, and other stakeholders. ... read more »
Harris Honors Rep. Elijah Cummings with Statement in the Congressional Record
October 31, 2019
U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday honored the life and contributions of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07). Congressman Cummings passed away on October 17, 2019, in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 68. ... read more »
102 House Members Rebuke Delay of Payday Loan Rule Waters Led Effort Supported by Many CBC Members
September 5, 2019
Anyone who struggles with the rising costs of living knows all too well how hard it is to try stretching dollars when there’s more month than money in the household. Predatory lending, like payday and car-title loans, worsen financial stress with triple-digit interest rates that deepen the debt owed with each renewal.    ... read more »
America’s Racial Wealth Gap Could Cost Economy $1.5 Trillion
August 29, 2019
America’s nagging racial wealth gap has been the focus of many research reports and economic policy debates. Now new research analyzes the strong connection between disproportionate wealth and financial services and products that are either shared or denied with consumers of color. ... read more »
REPORT: Black Men Are Biggest Beneficiaries of the First Step Act
August 2, 2019
More than 1,000 individuals incarcerated in federal prisons were granted sentence reductions in the four months since the First Step Act was signed into law, according to the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC). ... read more »
New Book Released on Early Life of John Mack
July 25, 2019
Everyone agrees that John W. Mack made a lasting impact on the city, especially in South Los Angeles. His role in advancing civil rights, social justice and economic equity for African Americans is documented in print publications, Internet entries, TV news archives and several YouTube videos. ... read more »
Reparation: Racism vs Reality 
June 27, 2019
Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader said he does not support reparation for decentness of slaves, concluding “None of us currently living are responsible” for slavery.  In a sense, Senator McConnell is right. Reparation is not the responsibility of White Americans or any individuals living today. It is the responsibility of the government.  For it was the U.S. government which enacted the legal institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of Africans and African Americans, in the 18th and 19th centuries.  ... read more »
Bernie Sanders Sole Candidate to Address the Black Press at National Convention
June 20, 2019
However, of the 24 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the only one that has agreed to address key influencers of the African American community — the Black Press of America — at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) annual convention later this month in Cincinnati. ... read more »
Memorial Day was celebrated by freed slaves
May 23, 2019
The truth is, there really is no “first Memorial Day”. ... read more »
Black Religious Groups, Non-Profits Can Apply for Security Grants as Gov Prioritizes Hate Crimes With $15M Emergency Fund
May 2, 2019
African American churches, mosques and other religious organizations are among vulnerable non-profits in California eligible to apply for security grants after Gov. Gavin Newsom approved $15 million in emergency funds this week to help religious and community-based groups protect themselves against hate crimes.  ... read more »
Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery and Reparations
February 28, 2019
Reparations for the descendants of African slaves has been talked about ad infinitum, yet there has been virtually no legislative action taken to make this happen.    (Congressman John Conyers could not even to get a reparations bill out of committee for more than twenty years—to simply do a study on reparations.)  Today’s column summarizes a “major” conference at Harvard University about slavery, universities and reparations.  A New York Times article by Jennifer Schussler, Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery, recaps the conference. ... read more »
MLK-Themed Study Reveals States with the Most Racial Progress
January 24, 2019
To measure America’s progress in harmonizing racial groups, WalletHub researchers measured the gaps between blacks and whites across 22 key indicators of equality and integration in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. ... read more »
Democrats Focus on Voting Rights Ahead of 2020 Primary
January 3, 2019
Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They’re vowing to oppose Republican-backed efforts to require identification to vote, reinstate protections eliminated by a 2013 Supreme Court ruling and frequently highlight the necessity of counting every vote. ... read more »
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