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Biden’s Inauguration Gives Us New Hope and New Energy

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By Jesse Jackson— There should be no reluctance to work with Biden to help pass critical reforms, but at the same time, the pressure for outside must continue to build for there to be any hope of change. On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s 91st birthday; on Wednesday, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president, promising change after a dark period of division. Dr. King’s relationship with John…

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Why the West is morally bound to offer reparations for slavery

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By Rhoda E. Howard Hassmann— The 20th anniversary of the UN World Conference on Racism, held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001, will be celebrated this August. There was much discussion at the conference about reparations to Africa for the trans-Atlantic slave trade, in which millions of Africans were captured to provide free labour in North and South America and the Caribbean for over four and a half centuries. Unfortunately, the conference was…

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s challenge to the Movement As the Fascists Storm the Capital

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By Eric Mann— “Dr. DuBois was a radical all of his life. Some people would like to mute the fact that he was a genius who became a Communist in his later years.” – Martin Luther King Jr. Today, even Dr. King, who fought the fascists in Montgomery and Cicero would be shocked to see armed white fascists march in plain and the “Civil Rights Movement” cannot be found because…

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How America Invented Race

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By Ed Bell, Clementine Briand, Pierce Freelon, Jonathan Halperin, Aaron Keane and Drew Takahashi— EPISODE 1 The white “race” was invented by rich Virginians in 1676 in the aftermath of a populous rebellion of impoverished, indentured, and enslaved Africans and Europeans now known as Bacon’s Rebellion. Source: World Channel

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Biden-Harris Administration Tasked with Dismantling America’s History of Hate

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By: Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent — A lot of past cruelties can underscore America’s history of hate. Today, one could capture that hate through the lens of at least some of the more than 74 million people casting a vote for President Donald Trump. Often described as a racist, chauvinist, and one whose policies separated immigrant children from their parents and put them in cages along…

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Berkeley Conversations: The Future of Freedom: Reparations after 400

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Live Webcast November 18, 2020 — The year 2019 represented the 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of enslaved Africans in the English colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia in 1619. In the history of the African-American experience throughout this period there have been many gains in the liberation of the formerly enslaved. However, with the continuation of the conditions of structural impoverishment and systemic and violent racism, the ultimate liberation…

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Town of Carrboro, N. Carolina, Calls for Reparations, Condemns History of Racism

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By Elle Kehres, Chapelboro — At their town council meeting last week, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Council Member Barbara Foushee presented a reparations resolution for the council to approve. 97.9 The Hill’s Aaron Keck spoke with Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle about the legacy of slavery nationally, and how the town of Carrboro is working to change the course of history locally. “Essentially, it starts out explaining and acknowledging how…

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Vantage Point: The Quest for Reparations in Elaine, Arkansas • Will Black Votes Elect Trump • Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box

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Vantage Point October 26, 2020 — On this Edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Lenora Marshall and Dr. Iva Carruthers. Topics The Quest for Reparations in Elaine, Arkansas Guests Lenora Marshall Vice-President, Elaine Legacy Center, Elaine, Arkansas Dr. Iva Carruthers General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago, IL Plus “The Professor” Dr. Ron Daniels on the Soap Box Will Black Voters Elect…

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Original Sins & Reparations

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This episode in the Democracy Unchained conversation series faces the topic of America’s original sin of slavery—and a discussion about reparations for Black Americans as an important part of rebuilding democracy in the U.S. From Bakari Kitwana: “Amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the George Floyd protests, more and more Americans are opening their eyes to racial disparities in policing, incarceration, unemployment, education, health, housing, and more. But none of these…

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National Groups Join Reparatory Justice Initiative in Elaine, Arkansas

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National Groups Join Reparatory Justice Initiative in Elaine, Arkansas. Sacred Commemoration Service of Remembrance Is Planned. On the evening of September 30, 1919, African American families had gathered at the Hoop Spur Church in Elaine, AK to discuss the ways in which as sharecroppers they could be fairly paid for their labor and for the products they had…

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