JAMES CLINGMAN: NAACP’s Voting Suppression Problem

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OPINION – While recalling those commercials, featuring Andre Agassi (pro tennis player) saying, “Image is everything” and Billy Crystal’s “Saturday Night Live” character, Fernando, who always said, “You look marvelous! It is better to look good than to feel good,” I also thought of the NAACP Image Awards and the fact that the NAACP’s image […]

Report: Black girls should matter,too when it comes to school discipline

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Black girls are disproportionately suffering from punitive school disciplinary policies and actions yet society fails to take note of their plight the way attention is focused on Black males who get trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a report by the African American Policy Forum, a New York-based national think tank connecting […]

Record-level of Criminal Exonerations in 2014

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black criminal defendants accounted for roughly 46 percent of the 125 known exonerations in 2014, the highest annual number of exonerations recorded since 1989, according to a national registry that tracks wrongful convictions. According to a recent report by The National Registry of Exonerations, the next highest total for exonerations was 88 […]

National Frederick Douglass Foundation Founder Dies at 50

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SAN FRANCISCO – National Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, Dr. Timothy F. Johnson, died on Friday, January 31, 2015, at his home in Omaha, NE. Dr. Johnson founded the Frederick Douglass Foundation, along with Dean Nelson and Troy Rolling, in 2008. The organization grew to hold chapters in 20 states with thousands of members. The […]

‘National Consortium on College Men of Color’ Launched

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SAN DIEGO – The Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) will launch a national consortium dedicated to advancing outcomes for underrepresented men of color at community colleges. The M2C3 consortium will be comprised of community colleges across the nation who will convene periodically to exchange ideas on how best to serve men of color in […]

Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased

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ROCK HILL (AP) – The convictions of nine South Carolina Black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil rights movement were tossed out Wednesday during an emotional hearing before a packed courtroom. “We cannot rewrite history, but we can right history,” Judge Mark Hayes said as he made the […]

New Education Official Wants to Reform NCLB

John King Jr., the new deputy secretary for the Department of Education, wants to reform the No Child Left Behind Act. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – John King, Jr., a highly-respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as the deputy secretary at the Department of Education, he wants all children to have the support in school that he had growing up. Both of King’s parents were life-long educators. […]

Phoenix Activists: ‘Let the Countdown Begin’

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PHOENIX (NNPA) – As the nation counts down to Super Bowl XLIX, Arizona’s Black community announces a new campaign incorporating the national theme “Black Lives Matter: Addressing The Violence Of Systemic Racism in America and Arizona.” Black leaders and activists in Phoenix have organized to monitor and document police misconduct and brutality across the country […]

Civil rights groups counting on accurate census

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The 2020 census is still more than five years away, but as the United States Census Bureau prepares for the crucial count of American households, civil rights groups are weighing in and offering recommendations to improve the accuracy of the process. Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on […]

Young activists push Obama on police reform

President Obama and senior staff get an earful from Ferguson youth leaders (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen).

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an oval office meeting that some have called “historic,” a group of young activists met with President Obama to discuss the crippling effects of police brutality in the Black community, the militarization of police departments and the need for systemic reform that sparked months of protests following the shooting death of […]