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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most Black children. In an effort to engage Black parents around reaching that elusive goal, educators and community stakeholders tackled leadership, educational equity ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Race relations in the United States, especially in the South, are plagued by troubling examples of the challenges that face the nation, as Americans work toward achieving the dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of, more than 50 years ago. Forty-two percent of Americans said that they personally ...
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    By Reverend Dr. William J. Barber, II President, Repairers of the Breach Jeremiah 22:1-3,4-5 The Message (MSG)  “Walking Out on the Covenant of God”  22 1-3 God’s orders: “Go to the royal palace and deliver this Message. Say, ‘Listen to what God says, O King of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you and your officials ...
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    By Julianne Malveaux Remember that song by both the Supremes and the Four Tops – wake me when it’s over?  The singers felt like they were having a bad dream – their partners were about to leave them for “the love of a stranger”, and all they wanted to do was be awakened at the ...
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    By Freddie Allen Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire In an effort to rein in financial institutions that have track records for harming consumers, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) recently unveiled The Megabank Accountability and Consequences Act (H.R. 3937). The new bill would require, “prudential banking regulators, such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal ...
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    By Julianne Malveaux The Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Forum is always an exciting combination of a policy wonk reunion, a series of issues forums, and the ever-present parties, receptions, and celebrations.  Some enjoy deriding the gathering as “nothing but a party”, but in fact it’s an opportunity for networking, information gathering, strategizing and more.  ...
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    By Freddie Allen Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire Las Vegas authorities have identified Stephen Paddock, a 64 year-old White man from Mesquite, Nevada, as the gunmen in one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history. During a brief press conference Monday morning, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters that more than 50 people were ...
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    By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Contributor A new poll about sickle cell disease (SCD), presented by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Pfizer revealed that while the majority of respondents were familiar with the illness, less than 40 percent realized that it disproportionately affects people of African descent. The NNPA is a trade ...
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    By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Newswire The income, poverty and health insurance data released by the Census Bureau on September 13 confirms what many of us already knew. President Obama’s last year was one of economic improvement for many individuals. The median income rose from $57,230 in 2015 to $59,039 in 2016, an increase of 3.2 ...
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    By Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) As I write this, I am preparing to travel with my colleagues to Nigeria, where I will have the honor of meeting some of the Chibok girls who were released after two waves of negotiations between Boko Haram and Nigerian government officials. It is my fourth trip to Nigeria ...