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Building The Movement To Fight Extremism

By Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II (President, North Carolina NAACP) On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump wrapped up his first week of executive orders with a temporary ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries. Effective immediately, this order impacted tens of thousands of people, leading to the detention of travelers in…

The Value of White Privilege and the American Dream

By Charlene Crowell (NNPA Newswire Columnist) As 2017’s Black History observances unfold in communities across the country, new research on racial wealth gaps refutes the age-old advice for people of color to pull themselves up by their proverbial bootstraps. According to researchers at Demos and the Institute for Assets & Social Policy at Brandeis University,…

It’s Time For The Democratic Party To Wake Up

By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Everyone appears to have figured out that a dangerous, stupid fascist with no knowledge of how the federal government works is now the President of the United States. Everyone, that is, except members of the Democratic Party, now serving in the 115th Congress. You have to wonder how…

Remembering Coretta Scott King Among Those Who Moved Us Forward

Dr. Barbara Reynolds (TriceEdneywire.com) – Coretta Scott King died on January 30, 2006. Yet her legacy is very much alive as a coalition builder, a strategist and a moral voice that confronted detractors but insisted upon non-violent approaches, such as dialogue, protests and economic boycotts with the end goal of peaceful reconciliation. In their own…

How Did We Come to This?

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – For several months, we’ve been bombarded with so much hatred that we thought was in our past. How did we come to this? We’ve heard declarations of making America great AGAIN as though it’s always been great for all of us and not just the few. When I hear that declaration, I want…

Honoring Martin King, John Lewis and 1965

The 2017 King Holiday marks the 31st year of the event. When it was first celebrated on January 20, 1986, I was directing the Non-Violent Social Change Program for Mrs. King at the “King Center for Non-Violent Social Change” in Atlanta. I had attended meetings in the mid-1980s that Mrs. King held at the Center with…

Changing The Flava Of Charleston

By Barney Blakeney    There’s a new flava in the house. There’s a brand new flava in the house. I was reminded of those lyrics from some song, whose title I can’t remember, the other day during a conversation with a new friend. The guy grew up in the Upstate, but now lives here. His…

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Remembering Dick Gregory, “Our” Ultimate Activist

By Hakim Abdul-Ali    Legendary civil rights activist and accomplished former entertainer Dick Gregory died on August 19, 2017. The news of his death caused a stone, cold pause in my thoughts generating  immense reflective respect for this great teacher and iconic freedom fighter. I have nothing but respect for him because Mr. Gregory, or…

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America: No Place For Hate

By Beverly Gadson-Birch Well Lowcountry, we made it through the great eclipse of 2017. We also made it through the throng of visitors who came to witness the once in a lifetime phenomenon. Folks were everywhere! Restaurants, grocery and retail stores were packed to the brim as folks prepared for the event. Traffic was horrendous!…

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The Priority of Symbolism

By Barney Blakeney    I have mixed feelings about calls to tear down monuments and stuff related to The Confederacy. I think symbolism without substance is just so much stuff. But I also know that symbolism can represent stuff that perpetuates things like racism, hate and separatism. Since the melee that broke out in Charlottesville,…

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Crime and Sentencing

By Barney Blakeney I get crime reports all the time. So much, I’m concerned about becoming desensitized. I’m seldom surprised at what I get. But for some reason a report other day that some 17-year-old kid received a 30-year sentence stuck in my craw. The report said the kid must do 85 percent of the…

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Charlottesville Delivers a Message

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   This past weekend, America experienced another shameful round in its continuing battle with some of its citizenry as it relates to the establishment of freedom, justice and equality for all. The menacing occasion, now sadly and tragically known to this country and the rest of the world was the alt-right movement’s…

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