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Why I’m Proud of the B-CU Grads that Protested Betsy “DeVoid”

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) I could not be more proud of the students at Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) than if I had raised them myself. Responding to the university’s very late selection of Education Secretary Betsy for the spring commencement speaker, graduating seniors chose to turn their backs on a woman who described HBCUs…

Trump’s Plans to Weaken Environmental Protections Would Harm Black Communities

By Keith Rushing   The Trump administration has made clear that it plans to limit environmental protections and reverse course on the stronger regulations achieved under President Barack Obama out of concern for the bottom lines of corporate America. Mainstream media has covered Trump’s decision to prioritize private profits over public health and the well-being…

Climate Change is Creating Climate Refugees

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Have you ever heard of the Marshall Islands? They are 1156 islands that constitute a republic in the South Pacific. Major battles during World War II were contested on those islands and, following the war, nuclear tests were conducted on there, too, from which there was significant radioactive…

Environmental justice must be a national priority

By Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10) Too often missing in discussions on the challenges facing African Americans is any focus on environmental justice, the idea that all people should enjoy a clean, healthy environment while being treated equally with regard to environmental policies, regulations, and laws. African-American communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental degradation,…

The Continuing Scourge of Poverty, Hunger and Hopelessness in Rich America

By Marian Wright Edelman  A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come…

A Time to Break Silence

By Marian Wright Edelman  Fifty years ago on April 4, 1967, our prophet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave the historic speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” at New York City’s Riverside Church. It was his first major public antiwar speech and a powerful warning that a rise in racial hatred, militarism and…

Take The Blinders Off With Education, Not Indoctrination

By Barney Blakeney   I heard from my friends Verlyn and Tyrone Tarlton the other day. I met the Tarltons last year as they traveled with their three children through South Carolina on a nationwide journey to visit all states of the Continental U.S. The Virginians embarked on their quest as part of the children’s…

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“Hard Work Didn’t Kill Me”

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The younger generation can learn a lot from older folks. When I was younger, my grand momma used to say, “hard work don’t kill nobody.” Now, I am sure you know someone who hard work did in fact killed. Thank goodness for the elderly because their wisdom far outlived them. The…

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Living on Different Sides of the Street

By Hakim Abdul-Ali   It’s no secret that the United States of America is a racially divided country. So much so that it shouldn’t be a surprise to any ethical person. “It is what it is” as so many candid pundits of modernity proclaim. I’m a man of color born in Harlem—the center of the…

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Affordable Healthcare Is Not An Option

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    The question in my mind is what will President Trump do next? What kind of lie or diversionary tactic will he come up with to get the spotlight off him? Since you never know which direction the President is headed, prepare yourself to be ambushed or bamboozled or both. With less…

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We’re Failing To Prepare Kids For Work

By Barney Blakeney    I’m amazed at how my city is changing right before my eyes. There’s construction everywhere and the thought of the changing economy is mind-boggling. The only problem is I don’t see black folks participating at any appreciable level in much of that change. I know a lot of what we see…

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Charleston County School District Minority Students: Shortchanged For Decades

By Beverly Gadson-Birch    Is there any good news lately? Well, let me share some good news/bad news as it relates to the Charleston County School District State and National Best High Schools rankings for 2016 by US News & World Report. What prompted this article was the recent news that SC is ranked #45…

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