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Nkechi Taifa

Sister Search: Remembering my Howard University Roots During this Women’s History Month

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By Nkechi Taifa — To say I was an “interesting” teenager is an understatement. Once upon a revolutionary time, I was a Black Power teen who lived in the once Chocolate City but went to an all-white, all girl high school. I hung out, however, with Black Panthers and brothers from the Nam, recited poetry, attended organizing meetings for the first U.S.-based African Liberation Day, and celebrated Kwanzaa. And upon my high…

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The progressive turn of Black elected officials

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By Sundiata Cha-Jua— The key to African American advancement and eventual liberation is the strength of the Black liberation movement. When the movement operates at high tide, it elevates all aspects of Black life. It carries culture, religion, media and electoral politics. The movement establishes the context in which Black entertainers and sports figures acquire the space to stand up and advocate for their people. A movement upsurge pressures politicians…

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Measure creating reparations committee advances at Illinois statehouse

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By Greg Bishop— A measure advancing at the Illinois statehouse could create a commission to investigate reparations for communities impacted by slavery. House Bill 5024 sponsor state Rep. Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, advanced his measure out of the House State Government Committee Saturday. The bill would create a committee to look at the broader issue of reparations for the Black community, “versus writing a bill that would say this specifically is…

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