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Crowds gather at the National Mall during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963.

MLK’s Family and Civil Rights Leaders Call for Voting Rights March on Washington

By News & Current Affairs

A mass march on August 28 will call on Senate Democrats to ditch the filibuster and pass voting rights legislation. By Mike Ludwig, Truthout — The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is 56 years old today, but instead of simply celebrating the historic law that helped combat Jim Crow-era suppression of Black voters, civil rights leaders are busy organizing mass actions to bring a fresh slate of voting rights legislation…

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Three Urgent Steps to Defend Democracy from Cynics and Skeptics

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ben Jealous — The far-right attack on voting rights is fierce. And the unwillingness of some Senate Democrats to challenge rules that allow a Republican minority to block voting rights bills is making some question whether we can turn back the tide of voter suppression. As the Black Voters Matter Freedom Ride Bus Tour makes its way through Southern cities including Nashville, Atlanta, Columbia, Raleigh, and Richmond with the…

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Report Card on President Biden

Panel Gives Biden “Passing” Grades – IBW National Forum Assesses Biden’s First 100 Days

By News & Current Affairs, Press Releases / Statements

On the eve of President Biden’s first 100 days in office the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) convened a National Virtual Forum to evaluate the progress of his administration so far in addressing issues of vital concern to Black voters. IBW assembled a stellar Panel of prominent African American political analysts, commentators and civil rights/human rights advocates from around the country to conduct the assessment which included:…

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Report Card on President Biden: The First 100 Days (A Virtual National Forum)

By Events, Reparations

April 29, 2021 — A panel of Black America’s leading scholars, analysts and activists grade President Biden’s performance during his first 100 days in office. Hosted by: Mayor Ras J. Baraka Newark, New Jersey Special Respondent: Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba Jackson, MS Moderators: Nkechi Taifa, Esq. Author of Black Power, Black Lawyer Rev. Mark Thompson Host, Make It Plain Panelists: Dr. Julianne Malveaux Author, Political Economist, Commentator, Washington, DC LaTosha…

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Campaigners slam UK government report into racial disparities as a ‘whitewash’

By News & Current Affairs

By Tara John, CNN — London (CNN)A highly anticipated report from a commission set up by the UK government to look into racial disparities in the country has been described as a “whitewash” by campaigners after it stated that there is no evidence that the UK is institutionally racist. A short summary of the report, commissioned in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests last summer, was shared to the…

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Vantage Point: Black Women Voters and the Black Freedom Struggle With Special Guest Barbara Arnwine, Esq.

By Black Women Making History, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

March 29, 2021 — On this Women’s History Month edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Barbara Arnwine, Esq. Topic Black Women Voters and the Black Freedom Struggle Special Guest Phenomenal Black Woman: Barbara Arnwine, Esq., President/Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition, Washington, DC Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica Network, New York Livestream (Online) — Click Here…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

Promoting a “Revolution of Values”, Black Voters Expect Biden to Be Bold

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels During a campaign that was repeatedly rescued by Black Voters, President Biden pledged to “Build Back Better.” To address the myriad crises affecting Black families and communities across this nation as a consequence of the Pandemics of COVID19, police misconduct, violence and murders and systemic racism, I believe to “Build Back Better,” Biden must be BOLD; he should audaciously reimagine…

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We Have to Let White Supremacy Die in Order to Truly Live

By Editors' Choice

By George Yancy— In a climate of white supremacist violence and blatant contempt for a robust democratic vision — where distrust, deception and unabashed lying run thick in the halls of power — Lindsay Graham and other Trump enablers are rubbing salt in the wound by calling on people to simply “move on.” To truly move forward, however, we will need a form of accountability that is oriented toward social…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Ron Daniels

“Georgia On My Mind” The Unfulfilled Promise of the Black Vote Revisited

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Vignettes Comments and Commentary by Dr.  Ron Daniels — Georgia is very much on my mind these days because the epic battle being waged in that state for control of the U.S. Senate will likely determine whether the quest for a more perfect union will move forward or be obstructed by radical rightwing forces who fear the loss of “White identity” power and privilege. My fear is that…

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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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A mob of white men posing in front of the office of the black-owned Daily Record newspaper after burning it down, Wilmington, North Carolina, November 10, 1898

An American Pogrom: The 1898 massacre of Black voters in Wilmington, North Carolina

By Editors' Choice

Uncovering the truth about the 1898 massacre of black voters in Wilmington, North Carolina. By David W. Blight — Political violence, especially around elections, has a long history in the United States. In the antebellum era, white nativist Protestants often rioted against Catholic immigrants because of the perceived threat of Irish voters and their “popery.” In the New York City draft riots of 1863, white mobs murdered African-Americans over conscription…

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