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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Applauds New York’s Efforts to Protect Right to Vote for Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Last week, seeking to build upon recent victories in New York’s historic legislative session, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a letter to Governor Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and Speaker Heastie encouraging the enactment of legislation that will restore voting rights for all New Yorkers who are on parole. ...

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Ford Fund announces inaugural HBC-You Mobility Challenge $25,000 grant opportunity

     The HBC-You Mobility Challenge is officially open and details regarding the program can be found at http://fgb.life. The last day to submit proposals is March 31, 2019 and winners will be announced in May 2019. The program launch is part of Ford Fund’s Black History Month Ford Goes Further in OUR Community campaign. ...

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Alabama Publisher Calls for KKK to ‘Night Ride Again’ and ‘Clean Out’ D.C.

     “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton told the Montgomery Reporter after news broke of his editorial. The editorial has gained national attention and condemnation.  ...

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Sierra Leone honors Dr. Jane Goodall during three-day anniversary tour setting stage for tourism debut

Sierra Leone will welcome Dr. Jane Goodall (DBE, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace), the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, during her three-day visit to the country, February 27 to March 1st where, 27 years ago, she was instrumental in the founding of the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The three-day visit highlights the emerging conservation movement in Sierra Leone as well as the country’s re- ...

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NFL Settles Collusion Case with Kaepernick

     The settlement comes just one day after it was revealed that the former San Francisco 49er, who led the team to a Super Bowl in 2013, turned down a contract offer to play in a new developmental league. ...

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There Are 64,000 Missing Black Women and Girls in the United States and No One Seems to Care

Over the years, a disturbingly disproportionate number of Black women and girls across the United States have gone missing. What’s even more alarming is that the media coverag e and legislation that missing Black girls are getting seems to be lacking compared to missing white girls. ...

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NAACP Celebrates 110th Anniversary of Freedom Fighting

“Had there been no May 17, 1954 (the day the Supreme Court ruled in Brown V. Board of Education), I’m not sure there would have been a Little Rock. I’m not sure there would have been a Martin Luther King Jr., or Rosa Parks, had it not been for May 17, 1954. It created an environment for us to push, for us to pull,” Lewis said. ...

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Chicago Police Announce “Shift” in Investigation Regarding Jussie Smollett Case, Confusion

     “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,” Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed in a statement. “We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview,” he added. ...

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NNPA President Talks Black History, Diversity During Fireside Chat with Volkswagen

     “Our history didn’t begin in slavery,” said National Newspaper Publishers Association President Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. “We were kings and queens. We had dynasties long before the slave trade,” Chavis said during Volkswagen Group of America’s Black History Month fireside chat. ...

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Why are people still talking about the Mayor of Holly Springs, Mississippi?

I still get chills when I walk inside the Eddie L. Smith Multipurpose Building on North Memphis Street. As one of his final projects, he envisioned it as a common ground for the whole town. How often do you literally get to walk around inside your father’s vision? ...

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