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Indigenous Peoples Day marked with celebrations, protests
October 12, 2021
Indigenous people across the United States marked Monday with celebrations of their heritage, education campaigns and a push for the Biden administration to make good on its word. The federal holiday created decades ago to recognize Christopher Columbus’ sighting in 1492 of what came to be known as the Americas increasingly has been rebranded as Indigenous Peoples Day. ... read more »
Biden Nominates Garcetti as Ambassador to India
July 15, 2021
President Joe Biden has nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti as the U.S. ambassador to the Republic of India. The White House made the announcement on July 9, following weeks of speculation in the local media about the potential appointment. ... read more »
Waters Joins Vice President Kamala Harris on the Initial Release of Funds for Minority Banks and Community Based Lenders
June 24, 2021
This week, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, gave the following statement at the White House, where she was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), and Opportunity Finance Network President and CEO Lisa Mensah, on the initial release of funds secured by Congresswoman Waters as part of the December stimulus package. ... read more »
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George Floyd Family Meets with President Biden at the White House, Lawmakers on Capitol Hill
June 3, 2021
The U.S. House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in March, but the bill has stalled in the even-divided Senate. The measure would prohibit federal, state, and local law enforcement from racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling. ... read more »
WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES DIRECTOR OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MEDIA
May 28, 2021
Erica Loewe has joined the White House communications team as Director of African American Media. She was previously Deputy Communications Director to House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn. Follow her on Twitter @EricaLoewe46 for updates. ... read more »
President Biden Expected to Ramp Up Efforts to Pass Voter Access, Election Integrity Bill
May 13, 2021
“We are very deeply engaged in working with members of the Senate and their teams on how this can move forward,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of H.R. 1, or the “For the People Act of 2021,” which passed the House last month. ... read more »
President Issues Executive Orders on Voting on Anniversary of Bloody Sunday
April 8, 2021
“The right to vote is the foundation of American democracy. Free and fair elections that reflect the will of the American people must be protected and defended,” President Biden remarked during the Martin & Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast. “But many Americans, especially people of color, confront significant obstacles to exercising that fundamental right. These obstacles include difficulties with voter registration, lack of election information, and barriers to access at polling places.” ... read more »
Rep. Barbara Lee Reminds Biden That Clinton, Obama, Harris and Buttigieg Tried Weed, Too
April 1, 2021
Several White House staffers were reportedly suspended, put on probation, or asked to resign after honestly disclosing past cannabis use. Responding to the White House in a letter, a faction of lawmakers, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), asked the administration to “rectify instances” or “clarify its employment suitability policies” regarding marijuana. ... read more »
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Obama speechwriter’s memoir ‘Grace’ to come out in 2022
February 4, 2021
The White House speechwriter who helped President Barack Obama work on his response to the Charleston church massacre in June 2015 has a book deal. Cody Keenan's memoir is set around the time a white supremacist murdered nine Black parishioners in South Carolina.``Grace: A President, His Speechwriter, and Ten Days in the Battle for America'' will be published in Fall 2022, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media announced Tuesday. ... read more »
TEACHABLE MOMENTS REGARDING THE NATION’S CULTURE: IS IT TIME FOR HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO HELP PLACE GENUINE EQUALITY FRONT AND CENTER IN OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE?
January 14, 2021
January 6th, 2021 was intended to be a day of ceremonial ritual that underscored the strength of our democracy, and the commitment we as a nation have to a set of principles, values, and ideals that anchor our embrace of the constitution of the United States. Students in universities and colleges, in K-12 institutions, and even mature adults could treat it as a civics lesson, for there were many teachable moments in this season of election politics. ... read more »
Exhale. Inhale. Roll Your Sleeves Up
November 26, 2020
Kamala’s win is a “dancing in the street” victory for Black women, for all women, for our nation. ... read more »
My Plan to Lift Every Voice in Black America
October 22, 2020
President Trump wants to paper over the living wound of racism. He’s issued Executive Orders and established a new national commission designed to whitewash our history—and deny the daily reality of being Black in America. He actively appeals to white supremacists and fans the flames of hatred and division in our country, because he thinks it benefits him politically. He ignores the most basic job of every president: the duty to care for all of us, not just those who voted for him. ... read more »
Republican Connected Tech Firm Targeted Black Voters on Facebook for “Deterrence”
October 7, 2020
A database built by Cambridge Analytica, the Republican-aligned firm that shut down over allegations of improper use of Facebook data, targeted Black voters for “Deterrence” in profiles prepared for Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign according to reporting by Great Britain’s Channel 4 News. ... read more »
Biden Campaign and DNC Announce New Vote-By-Mail Features on IWillVote.com
September 17, 2020
IWilVote.com has been updated with new state-specific voter education pages and resources – to help voters easily find their states’ deadlines to vote by mail, early, or in person, as well as other important information about their states’ voting process. ... read more »
Black News Channel’s Kelly Wright Interviews President Trump
August 27, 2020
It not only marked Trump’s first time on the network but also his initial interview with any African American-owned media. The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade association of 230 Black-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the Black Press of America, has repeatedly requested interviews with the president throughout his nearly four years in office. ... read more »
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