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Criticism of Rev. Jasper Williams follows his remarks at Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

     Saying his subject was “Aretha the Queen of Soul,” Rev. Jasper Williams of the Salem Bible Church in Atlanta gave the audience gathered for Aretha Franklin’s funeral a few unexpected memories laced with political commentary. ...

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ACLU Files Brief Supporting Harvard University in Admissions Lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Massachusetts filed a friend-of-court brief supporting Harvard University’s right to consider race as one of many factors in a whole-person admissions process. ...

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African American Judge, John C. Lawson, honored by the Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officers Union

The Honorable John C. Lawson II who is the current Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Delinquency Courts for Los Angeles County, has been awarded its Leadership Award. ...

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NNPA Officials Statement on the passing of Senator John McCain

“John McCain’s integrity and courage were his greatest virtues. His national leadership example is still needed today not only in the U.S. Senate, but also in every state, city and town across America.” ...

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Voter Suppression Scheme Snuffed Out In Georgia

  “Our community partners beat back a voter suppression scheme that was being undertaken by officials in Randolph County. Remarkably, officials were trying to shutter 7 of 9 polling sites in this poor, majority Black community ...

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Court Certifies Statewide Class Action in Lawsuit Challenging Systemic Deficiencies in Louisiana Public Defense System

A Louisiana trial court yesterday granted class-action status to a lawsuit that challenges the state’s broken public defense system, creating a path for system-wide reforms for people in need of appointed counsel.  The case, Allen et. al. v. Bel Edwards et. al, is set to go to trial in January. ...

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Un Observes International Remembrance Of Slave Trade

       Each year, on Aug. 23, the United Nations hosts an International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition to remind the world of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade. ...

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Three African Americans Claim Rare Engineering Accomplishment

     The National Academy of Engineering has 83 new members this year, including a rare three African Americans who are scheduled to be inducted in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Sept. 30. ...

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