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Blacks also failed Sandra Bland

BY JAMES CLINGMAN Sandra Bland is dead. While many are concentrating on “how” she died, we must also face the reality of “why” she died. All of the circumstances surrounding her death notwithstanding, Sandra is still dead. I cannot help but think that along the three-day period from her arrest to her final moments in that lonely and frightening jail cell, there were opportunities to rescue her from such a h ...

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NC Appeals Court denies compensation in Wilmington Ten case

BY CASH MICHAELS OF THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL   The outrage continues to grow after the NC Court of Appeals this week, in an unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel, ruled that the family members of Connie Tindall, Ann Sheppard, William “Joe” Wright and Jerry Jacobs – four deceased members of the Wilmington Ten, will not be awarded compensation for their false imprisonment and years of suffering. Their f ...

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Thousands march nearly 900 miles in journey for justice

  BY CURTIS BUNN OF THE URBAN NEWS SERVICE   SELMA, Alabama--The movement that began in a bungalow is traveling nearly 900 miles to the home of Dr. King’s “Dream.” A coalition of organizations, led by the NAACP, embarked Saturday on an 860-mile, 40-day, 40-night march from Selma, Alabama to Washington, D.C. This initiative recalls the original Civil Rights Movement. America's Journey for Justice b ...

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King delivered “I Have A Dream” first in Rocky Mount in 1962

BY CASH MICHAELS OF THE WILMINGTON JOURNAL It was 52 years ago in 1963, when civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was delivering a stirring speech during the historic March on Washington about jobs, equality and freedom, when his close friend, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, called out to him from those gathered to say something about his “dream.” King put the rest of his prepared text aside, looke ...

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Beyond the Rhetoric: How will we know the right one to vote for?

BY HARRY ALFORD During the last seven years we’ve seen our nation go from an economically challenged state of affairs to one of confusion, division, hate and hopelessness. It isn’t what President Obama promised but he did say he was going to fundamentally change America. He has done that and we are in a worse position since the 1970s. Our rivals (Iran, China, Russia, etc.) no longer fear us. They, in fact, ...

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Lupus disproportionately affects Black women

$32 billion in funding could raise awareness BY SHANTELLA Y. SHERMAN OF THE AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER (NNPA)- Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus, is a chronic and often debilitating autoimmune disease that impacts more than 1.5 million Americans. Characterized by intense fatigue, exhaustion, joint pain, and memory problems, lupus is three times more common among the Black female populations than any other ...

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Film Review: Lila & Eve

BY DWIGHT BROWN NNPA FILM CRITIC   (NNPA)- “When our child is killed we feel guilt. We feel like failures,” says the leader of a women’s group devoted to mothers whose children have been murdered.  “Get to acceptance, so you can get on with life.” Those words of comfort and guidance are lost on Lila (Oscar-nominee Viola Davis) in this oddly affecting, but always engaging drama/crime/thriller that is themed ...

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Butterfield introduces Bill to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of George Henry White

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) introduced H.R. 3034, a bill to direct the U.S. Postmaster General to issue a commemorative postage stamp in honor of George Henry White, the last African American to serve in Congress until 1929. “George Henry White was a persistent and thoughtful advocate for his constituents and all African Americans,” said Congressman Butterfield.  “He relent ...

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Will South Carolina become a leader of the new South?

BY REV. JESSE JACKSON On Friday, the Confederate battle flag came down on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. This symbolic, long overdue gesture has significant meaning. The flag celebrated the sedition, slavery and secession of the Civil War. When Robert E. Lee surrendered, that flag was furled. It was raised over the statehouse in 1961 to celebrate segregation, suppression and states’ rights. Previous ...

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