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Descendants of enslaved Blacks explore Virginia history

By Reparations

By Susan Svrluga — Growing up, George Monroe Jr. avoided the historical site that was just a few miles from his family’s property in Virginia, James Monroe’s Highland. “To be honest with you, the old folks, the family back in the day, they frowned on it,” he said. “Who really wants to go visit a plantation, knowing your family members were enslaved there?” But when an archaeological discovery there a…

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More US churches are committing to racism-linked reparations

By Reparations

By David Crary— NEW YORK (AP) — The Episcopal Diocese of Texas acknowledges that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder. An Episcopal church in New York City erects a plaque noting the building’s creation in 1810 was made possible by wealth resulting from slavery. And the Minnesota Council of Churches cites a host of injustices — from mid-19th century atrocities against Native Americans to police killings of Black…

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Britain’s Role in the Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Slavery

By Reparations

By Don Rojas — Independent MP William Wilberforce wrote the Slave Trade Act in 1807 which abolished the industry across the British Empire. It was enacted in 1833 The transatlantic slave trade was launched by Portuguese traders with the construction of sub-Saharan Africa’s first permanent slave trading post at Elmina in 1492. But it soon passed into Dutch then English hands and, by the 18th century, was seeing tens of…

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IBW21 Black Family Summit Launches a Listening Line for First Responders & Essential Workers

Community Cares Listening Line Offers Free Emotional Support and Resource Information to First Responders and Essential Workers

By Community Cares Listening Line News, Press Releases / Statements

Institute of the Black World 21st Century and Black Family Summit Established Helpline for African Americans and People of African Descent. Calls Answered Daily, 8:00 am – 11:00 pm, at (877) 719-1117 Millions of people have been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the world throughout the year; however, no one has been more overwhelmed than first responders and essential workers who continue working to protect and care…

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Advice on Africa for the incoming president

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By Milton Allimadi— Dear President-Elect Biden, As a veteran African journalist, I have some insights that may help your administration formulate Africa policy. For starters, I disagree with what your nominee as U.S. ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas Greenfield — when she was Obama’s assistant secretary of state for Africa — told Shaka Ssali, host of the popular “Straight Talk Africa” program on Voice of America, on Aug. 17, 2016. Greenfield said that while…

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North Carolina county becomes latest to back reparations

By Reparations

A board of commissioners in a North Carolina county has voted to support reparations and apologized for the county’s role in slavery, segregation and systemic discrimination against Black residents By The Associated Press— HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A board of commissioners in a North Carolina county has voted to support reparations and apologized for the county’s role in slavery, segregation and systemic discrimination against Black residents. Similar to measures that have…

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Church honors Black Lives Matter protests with Nativity scene

By News & Current Affairs

By Javier Rojas— For more than a decade, one Claremont church has turned to social justice issues to help inspire its unconventional Nativity scenes built to spark tough conversations. Though 2020 brought a pandemic that has killed several hundreds of thousands of Americans and caused economic uncertainty for millions of people, it was the wave of protests over police brutality and calls for justice and equity that gave the congregation inspiration for its current version of the Nativity. An illustrated…

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The amendment that abolished slavery had a lasting flaw

By Editors' Choice

By Peniel E. Joseph— This week marks the 155th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that banned racial slavery. At the time this marked a new birth of American freedom, one that came at a such a high cost — and remains so incomplete — that many Americans tend to gloss over the contemporary challenges left in its wake. The end of 2020 also…

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Kamala Harris said fully aware of Jamaican, Caribbean agenda

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By Harold G. Bailey— NEW YORK, United States — Fears that United States Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is not making much of her Jamaican heritage and might be unaware of Caribbean community hopes are unfounded, a leading Diaspora spokesman has said. Member of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Council, Wayne Golding said the history-making Harris and her surrogates had met with Jamaican and Caribbean representatives, as well as other minority…

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Caricom-Cuba summit underway amid efforts to further strengthen relationship

By News & Current Affairs

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Cuban leaders began their seventh summit here on Tuesday, confident of improving upon the bonds that have thrived for more than four decades. “Forty-eight years ago, the foundation was laid for the building of a strong and mutually beneficial relationship. This has been formally underpinned since then by instruments such as technical cooperation agreements and memoranda of understanding,” Caricom Secretary General Irwin LaRocque told the opening of…

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Caricom interested in closer cooperation with Cuba

By News & Current Affairs

HAVANA, Cuba, Dec 10 (ACN) Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, expressed the interest of the Caribbean States Community (CARICOM) in strengthening cooperation with Cuba. Browne identified health, human resource development, construction, and sports as areas of common interest, among other sectors. The head of government said that the cooperation ‘has effectively contributed to the growth of the well-being of the peoples of the Community. In this regard,…

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PAUD/IBW Statement on The Passing of Marcus Garvey Jr.

By News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts, Press Releases / Statements

The Pan-African Unity Dialogue and its convener, The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), mourns the recent death of Marcus Garvey Jr. in West Palm Beach, Florida, and extends their sincere condolences to his wife Jean and the rest of his family and, in particular, to his younger brother Dr. Julius Garvey, an active participant in the Pan-African Unity Dialogue. He was 90 years old, and had been…

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