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Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP.

NAACP’s Leader: Commemorating our past, starts with cementing our present-day legacy

By Editors' Choice

This month is not only about commemorating our history but cementing and shaping our present-day legacy for future generations. By Derrick Johnson, president and CEO, NAACP — We find ourselves at the beginning of a new Black History Month (BHM) in a distinctive decade during one of the most polarizing times of our lives. Our collective journey to this moment has undoubtedly been challenging. Still, we’ve been victorious on many…

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Lanaisha Edwards

‘This was supposed to be reparations’ Why is LA’s cannabis industry devastating black entrepreneurs?

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Black merchants affected by the war on drugs are denied licenses and thrown into debt as white owners thrive. By Sam Levin, The Guardian — A Los Angeles government program set up to provide cannabis licenses to people harmed by the war on drugs has been plagued by delays, scandal and bureaucratic blunders, costing some intended beneficiaries hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses. Black entrepreneurs and activists across LA told…

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Dr. Willie Wilson

Reparation Bill Becomes Real As it Heads to the House and Senate

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By TBT News — “Reparation Bill Becomes Real As it Heads to the House and Senate: My background as a former sharecropper from Louisiana who went through the hard knocks of life is the very reason I’m a passionate advocate of Reparations for African American people. My story is fully documented in The Wall Street Journal. “I believe in reparations for ALL citizens of African American descent in this country, but primarily (and to…

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Donald Trump allies hand out cash to Black voters

By News & Current Affairs

By Melanie Eversley, (Politico) — Maybe money can’t buy love, but allies of President Donald Trump may think it can buy votes from Black Americans. Allies of the president are organizing events in Black communities, using their time there to praise Trump and hand out tens of thousands of dollars to those who show up, Politico is reporting. National Diversity Coalition for Trump Facebook page. The first such event took place last month in…

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Danny Glover

One city’s reparations program that could offer a blueprint for the nation

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Evanston, Illinois, is levying a tax on newly legalised marijuana to fund projects benefiting African Americans in recognition of the enduring effects of slavery and the war on drugs By Eric Lutz, The Guardian — For years, Robin Rue Simmons watched Evanston, Illinois, “working hard” to resolve its racial disparities – but with little to show for its efforts. “Our gaps were widening,” the city alderman told the Guardian, citing the Chicago suburb’s…

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Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Vernon Chapel American Methodist Episcopal Church in Tulsa, Okla.

Michael Bloomberg proposes multi-billion-dollar initiative to provide economic justice for black Americans

By News & Current Affairs

By Shant Shahrigian — Mike Bloomberg took to the site of historic race riots in Tulsa, Okla., on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend to propose sweeping plans to redress the economic legacy of generations of discrimination against African Americans. In an initiative similar to calls for reparations for slavery, the Democratic presidential candidate proposed $70 billion in investment in the country’s “100 most…

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Courtney Tate

Black Americans are deeply pessimistic about the country under Trump, whom more than 8 in 10 describe as ‘a racist,’ Post-Ipsos poll finds

By Editors' Choice

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Vanessa Williams, Dan Balz and Scott Clement — President Trump made a stark appeal to black Americans during the 2016 election when he asked, “What have you got to lose?” Three years later, black Americans have rendered their verdict on his presidency with a deeply pessimistic assessment of their place in the United States under a leader seen by an overwhelming majority as racist. The findings…

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Beloved Streets of America

Beloved Streets of America Announces The New March Towards $1 Billion Fundraiser to Revitalize MLK Streets Nationwide

By News & Current Affairs

The New March Series Launches on MLK Day January 20, 2020 Nationwide ” A Dollar Goes a Long Way Down MLK” St. Louis, Mo. — Beloved Streets of America announced the launch of the NEW MARCH TOWARDS $1Billion FUNDRAISER to revitalize MLK Streets Nationwide on the day we celebrate MLK  January 20, 2020. There are over 900 streets that bare the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in depressed…

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy in St. Augustine, Florida. June 1964.

‘Until We Are All Free’: Learning from Tubman, King, and Stevenson

By Commentaries/Opinions

All of them returned to the South’s frontline struggle for racial justice. By R. Drew Smith — In 2020, January remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. are occurring against the backdrop of two high-profile films emphasizing sacrificial servant leadership. First, the film Harriet provided a renewed focus on celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman. This biopic chronicles her mid-19th century enslavement in Maryland, her daring escape to a hard-won freedom in Philadelphia, and her…

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