AG Holder To Push For Lighter Low-Level Drug Sentences

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WASHINGTON — With the US facing massive overcrowding in its prisons, Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for major changes to the nation’s criminal justice system that would scale back the use of harsh sentences for certain drug-related crimes. In remarks prepared for delivery to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, Holder also favors […]

Blacks Attend Underfunded ‘Racially Separate’ Colleges

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WASHINGTON – Despite high test scores and access to higher education, Black students often attend poorly-funded colleges and receive certificates instead of earning degrees, according to a recent report. The report titled “Separate and Unequal,” by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that, “White students are increasingly concentrated today, relative to […]

Maryland Dig Seeks Proof of First Free Black Community

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EASTON – Archaeology students have been sifting through a little patch of ground on Maryland’s Eastern Shore this summer, seeking evidence that it was home to the nation’s first free African-American community. Historians say hundreds of free blacks once lived in the area, while plantations flourished with hundreds of black slaves not far away. The […]

Obama Asks for ‘Soul Searching’ After Zimmerman Verdict

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WASHINGTON — Grappling with the Trayvon Martin case in the most personal of terms, President Barack Obama said Friday it’s time for Americans to search their souls on race and look for ways to move forward after the shooting and trial in Florida. The nation’s first black president, who early on had said that if […]

Zimmerman Cleared in Shooting of Trayvon Martin

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SANFORD – Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges late Saturday night in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. Zimmerman, 29, blinked and smiled slightly when the verdict was announced. He could have been […]

The Crisis of Black Males is a National Problem

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WASHINGTON – The failure to invest in Black males threatens America’s real-world economic future and national security, experts say. “We have to realize that we are moving backwards and the country has to realize that the greatest national security and economic security threat is not from some outside enemy, it is from our failure to […]

First Week of Testimony in Martin Case Wraps Up

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SANFORD – The first week of George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial wrapped up with testimony from two neighbors and a police officer that seemed to bolster the defense’s argument that he was pinned on his back by Trayvon Martin before shooting the teen. Neighbor Jonathan Good testified Friday that it appeared the unarmed teen was […]

SCOTUS Strikes Down Part DOMA & Remands Prop 8 Case

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WASHINGTON — In significant but incomplete victories for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. The justices issued two 5-4 rulings in their final session of the term. […]

States Spend $3.6 Billion on Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests

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NATIONWIDE – African-Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites despite similar consumption rate by both groups, while states have been spending more than $3.6 billion of taxpayers’ funds for policing, adjudicating and incarcerating convicts, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The […]

Emory University Released Historical Archive of SCLC Records

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ATLANTA — The year 2013 marks the 50th year of the March on Washington where the great humanitarian inspired a nation with his legendary speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top,” in August 1963. Emory University Libraries in partnership with the Martin Luther King Research and Education Institute at Stanford, Morehouse College and Woodruff Library […]