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

By Commentaries/Opinions

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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Of Terror and Promise: On This MLK Day, There’s No Better Time to Call for Reparatory Justice!

By Editors' Choice

By Nkechi Taifa— The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was scarcely eight months old. Young Emmett had made the mistake of being from Chicago and, not heeding “The Talk” his…

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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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Groundbreaking Evanston Reparations Program Takes Shape

By Reparations

By Jonah Meadows— EVANSTON, IL — Qualifying Black Evanstonians could be eligible for up to $25,000 toward the costs of homeownership under the initial phase of the first-of-its-kind municipal reparations program aldermen authorized last year. The proposed housing reparations initiative have taken shape over more than a dozen meetings of the Evanston City Council Reparations Subcommittee since January, although the details are still being worked out. As it stands, Black residents seeking reparations from the city would have to show they lived in Evanston between…

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

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

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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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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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