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Black Voters

Black voters drove Joe Biden’s victory – and have offered this country a reboot

By Commentaries/Opinions

We have mountains yet to climb, but Black voters should feel pride in our incredible voter mobilization. Look at the numbers. By Cliff Albright, The Guardian — It is now certain that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are our next president and vice-president. Black voters across the US are taking a well-earned victory lap. Not even the masks we must wear can hide the joy and hope on people’s faces….

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Being Ella Baker Even After the Election: Valuing Our Victory, Continuing Our Struggle

By Dr. Maulana Karenga

By Dr. Maulana Karenga — In our rightful celebration and valuing of our victory in saving ourselves and America from its Trumpian self, we must remember and recommit ourselves to continuing our larger struggle. For although we removed Trump, the monster side of America from office, the millions of people who support, enable and voted for him for a second term offer ample evidence the system itself is deeply flawed…

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health care inequality

Some experts propose reparations as solution for decades of racial health inequities

By Reparations

“Cash restitution would save lives,” one expert says. By Dr. Divya Chhabra— As COVID-19 exacerbates long standing health inequities affecting the Black population, a growing chorus of experts suggest reparations could help narrow the divide. The concept of government-issued reparations for the descendants of slaves has been discussed for decades, with national figures like Sen. Kamala Harris expressing some level of support. California, Illinois and Washington, D.C., have introduced bills to study how to best implement reparations for historical injustices placed…

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Institute of the Black World’s Post-Election Town Hall Meeting

By Events, News & Current Affairs, SOBWC Posts, Video/Audio

On Thursday, Nov. 5, two days after one of the most consequential elections in the history of the U.S., the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, convened a virtual Town Hall Meeting to assess the impact of the election on Black America and the Pan-African World. Host Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Special Guest Danny Glover, Moderators Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Rev. Mark Thompson…

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State of the Black World Conference V, Virtual National Town Hall Meeting Speakers & Panelists

Institute of the Black World’s Post-Election Town Hall Meeting

By Press Releases / Statements

Institute of the Black World’s Post-Election Town Hall Meeting Assessing Election’s Impact on Black America and the Pan-African World. Newark, Nov 2, 2020 — On Thursday, Nov. 5, two days after one of the most consequential elections in the history of the U.S., the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), will convene a virtual Town Hall Meeting to assess the impact of the election on Black America and…

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Black Lives Matter Sign

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

By Reparations

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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Reparations Are on the Ballot Townhall — October 29, 2020

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations, Video/Audio

Thursday, October 29, 2020 — As we get closer to the 2020 elections, several issues concerning Black life in America continue to emerge in national discussions. One of these critical topics is the issue of reparations. The longstanding movement for reparations due to the Descendants of Africans Enslaved in the United States is powerful, intricate, and layered. Many questions surround the history, strategies, legislation, and legal battles in the fight…

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HR-40, Working on a National Plan for Reparations. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Working on a National Plan for Reparations

By Editors' Choice, Reparations, Video/Audio

NowThis releases a powerful video on HR-40 featuring interviews with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of the National African Reparations Commission. See video below Watch Video H.R. 40 could help make reparations for Black Americans a reality on a national scale — here’s what you need to know about the landmark bill and where it stands.

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Screenshot: Ice Cube responds to backlash over Trump collaboration

Why Ice Cube’s political logic is so dangerous

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Peniel E. Joseph (CNN) — Ice Cube, the legendary Generation X rapper and hip hop icon, last week said he’s open to working with the Trump administration on implementing his “Contract with Black America.” That is a huge mistake which hurts the entire African American community. Cube sparked controversy after tweeting that the Trump campaign made adjustments to “their plan” for Black America after talking to him. Cube was…

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Original Sins & Reparations

By Reparations, Video/Audio

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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