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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…

“A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch As I shift into writing gear, there is so much swirling around in my head.  So, why don’t I just do a bits and pieces article? Ashleyville Mobile Home Park Residents Caught Between Rock and a Hard Place –  Folks in the mobile home park will be asked to leave and they…

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Black Banking – Self Help Economics

By Barney Blakeney    Here we go again. Another big bank has settled a discrimination lawsuit. The other day I read where Bank of America settled a complaint alleging a James Island branch discriminated against Hispanics trying to make homeownership loans. A couple of years ago it was Wells Fargo whose employees sold customers products…

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Thoughts for the Inquiring Mind

By Hakim Abdul-Ali        Our country’s going through some hard times of late in many sectors of far too many neglected ethnic folks’ hearts, souls, minds and thoughts. And it seems as though a lot of these folk from all cultures, from California to Maine, are showing blossoming signs of desperate angst and…

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Ruthless Killers: Younger and Younger

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Every time I think things can’t get any worse they do. As cruel and inhumane as it may be, senseless deaths of children are happening more and more frequently. Recently in Colleton County, a 19-year-old male was arrested for murdering three members of a Ruffin family, a couple and their 13-year-old…

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New YMCA Facility Will Continue Its Old Mission

By Barney Blakeney    The YMCA of Greater Charleston this week will break ground on a new facility in Berkeley County’s Cane Bay Community realizing a dream its founders never could have imagined, says Executive Director Paul Stoney. The late Charleston County School District teacher and administrator Nathaniel Washington taught me the fundamentals of organized…

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When is Living Not Sacred?

By Hakim Abdul-Ali         Life presents every living “hue-man” soul with different challenges galore. The living experience also has many in between contrasting moments of ups and downs when, sometimes, you can’t describe those entities with degrees of certainty. Does any of what I just said make any sense to you now…

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