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By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor “These are the vestiges of enslavement that people don’t want to deal with,” said Dr. Julianne Malveaux, the former President of Bennett College. Malveaux testified at a House hearing on legislation that would set up a commission to study reparations for the ancestors of...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers heard impassioned testimony for and against the idea of providing compensation for America's history of slavery and racial discrimination. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, the sponsor...
Mixed emotions circulated the Frayser Exchange Club on Thursday as community leaders deviated from their scheduled agenda to focused on the events that had transpired in their community less than 24 hours before. Just blocks away, 20-year-old Brandon Webber was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals, igniting protests from...
After 21 years in federal prison, Alice Marie Johnson sprinted across a roadway near where she had been locked up. Waiting were family, friends and social justice warriors. Last Friday and nearly a year later, many of those same people and many others were in Memphis as Johnson danced –...
Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) and his district staff will hold a “Congress On Your Corner” event on Friday (May 31) to help constituents with issues involving federal agencies, benefits, grants and other programs. "We can help with issues involving Social Security and Medicare, Veterans benefits, housing, federal grants and more,"...
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By JESSE J. HOLLAND Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When Lonnie Bunch started working on the Smithsonian's first black museum, he had no collection, no building and one employee. The Smithsonian Institution rewarded the founding director of the wildly popular museum on Tuesday by putting him in charge of all 19...
by Mabra Holeyfield --  Who does the attorney general work for? That appears to be a very simple and easy question. Everyone knows the attorney general, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, works for the American people. In practice, however, it doesn’t usually work that way. When the president is putting together his...
By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy's graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that's a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point's Long Gray...
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By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trial about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago...
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By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren was the last of eight presidential candidates to take the stage at Texas Southern University last month when she was pressed for a solution to black women dying during childbirth at far higher rates than white women. The Massachusetts...