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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Debilitating Poverty Is Corrosive

By Commentaries/Opinions, Dr. Julianne Malveaux

DEBILITATING POVERTY IS CORROSIVE BY JULIANNE MALVEAUX The fall of the Roman Empire is best captured in the phrase that “Nero fiddled while Rome burned”.  Set on pursuing his own pleasures and indulgences, Nero could not see the walls crumbling around him. Similarly, our leaders seem oblivious to the walls crashing in on us, bickering about the way […]

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

The Emancipation Proclamation: From 3/5 Human to Second Class Citizenship

By Commentaries/Opinions, Vantage Point Articles

When I first became active in the Civil Rights Movement as a teenager in Youngstown, Ohio, January 1st was always a very important day in the Black community — not because it was the first day of a new year, but it was Emancipation Day. Every year the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and the local Chapter of the NAACP would host a major program commemorating the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.  This was celebrated as a momentous occasion because with a stroke of a pen, President Lincoln freed enslaved Africans from bondage.  Certainly a just cause for celebration! What was never noted in the Emancipation Day Programs was that the Proclamation did not “free” all of the 4 million enslaved Africans.

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