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Black Press of America on national alert in wake of domestic terrorism

     NNPA National Chairman Dorothy Leavell emphasized, “I am deeply disturbed by the recent bomb threats that have been sent to many of our national leaders and now includes The Black Press of America. Our freedoms and peace of mind that we have enjoyed for so long seem to now be threatened and, if it continues, will be a thing of the past.” ...

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Inside a Trump rally: What are Black Trump supporters thinking?

 “Why do you support Trump, given his offensive remarks, his silence on white nationalism, his Bollbacks of Obama-era policies? What makes an African American put on a MAGA hat? What in the world are these Black folk thinking?” ...

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Birmingham, Civil Rights and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Race

“This is a very important and historical election and it’s an opportunity for change. It’s a chance for us to have a seat at the table where we can make those changes and where the hiring practices can be better for people of color and for women and where a [minority] can say, ‘hey, I can be Sheriff one day, too.’” ...

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Private Facility Offers Clues for Rethinking Stubborn Challenges in U.S. Incarceration

     The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund has described the U. S. government’s use of for-profit private prisons as “an embarrassing and degrading stain on our democracy”. The organization contends “the maintenance and treatment of those who the state assigns to incarceration is the responsibility of the state, not private entities, and especially not those driven by a profit motive.” ...

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Ghana Proclaims Year of Return to African Descendants

In remembrance of the dark history and the celebration of the Black American’s triumph in the midst of grave adversity, the West African country of Ghana has officially declared 2019, the “Year of Return,” for people of color, inviting the global African family to a birth-right journey back to their home country. ...

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I have a felony conviction. Can I vote?

While many states have some restriction on felon voting rights, most states restore the right to vote to people after they complete their sentences. In fact, up to 17 million Americans with past convictions can vote right now – they just don’t know it – because the felony disenfranchisement laws in every state can be confusing. ...

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The Transatlantic Slave Trade Part V: Five Hundred Years Later, Are we still Slaves?

 “However, it’s what that most famous preamble – and, indeed, the rest of the document – doesn’t address that’s more telling: The Constitution’s authors omit the vital distinction be-tween their view of the differences between persons and property and, in doing so, ultimately protect one of history’s most oppressive institutions: Slavery.” ...

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Black high school student suspended after being called the N-Word

Chanese Knox, a junior at Greendale High School in Wisconsin, has been unjustly suspended instead of her schoolmate who called her the n-word. She admitted they got into an argument, but she says it was because she was defending herself after another student deliberately hurled the racial slur at her. ...

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Done to us not with us: Calling for new voices

Not only do we have to support parents as they navigate the college-going process, but we also have to highlight the larger educational crisis that exists within the African American community. We need to let parents know that they can make a difference and that their children can achieve higher outcomes than what some might expect for them. ...

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Do children all need to succeed the same way?

Unlike widgets, children will never fit perfectly into standardized molds. They learn to walk at different ages. They learn to talk at different ages. And each child has a different set of interests and learning style. Students’ ability to demonstrate mastery in one area over another has a lot to do with their previous knowledge and exposure to out-of-the-classroom experiences. ...

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