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Amanda Gorman’s Poem Has Black Women Talking

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By Rev. Irene Monroe— Amanda Gorman mesmerized a nation with her inauguration poem “The Hill We Climb.” The beauty of her presence and the power of her words captured a country battle-scarred and looking for a lifeline. “After four years in a dark wilderness, she was like a ray of sunshine and a burst of hope which had been in too short a supply for far too long,” Cambridge Councilwoman…

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Biden’s Inauguration Gives Us New Hope and New Energy

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By Jesse Jackson— There should be no reluctance to work with Biden to help pass critical reforms, but at the same time, the pressure for outside must continue to build for there to be any hope of change. On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s 91st birthday; on Wednesday, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president, promising change after a dark period of division. Dr. King’s relationship with John…

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An Open Letter to the Heads of Government of CARICOM

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Continuing to Defend our Sovereignty and Strengthening Unity and Integration is one of CARICOM’S Crucial Tasks Honourable Heads of Government, The Assembly of Caribbean People (ACP) is a process of bringing Caribbean people together across the lines of division created by our shared history of colonialism. The Assembly process is into its 29th year with a Preparatory Conference being held in 1992 and the First Assembly in 1994. The Eighth…

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Are we witnessing the fall of the United States?

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By Damon Linker— Over the past four years, it’s become something of a cliché for certain political scientists on Twitter to respond to stories of Donald Trump’s corruption, ineptitude, malice, and autocratic impulses by asking a provocative leading question: “What would you say if you saw it happening in another country?” Unfortunately, occasions for posing and answering this question by referring to democratic backsliding or burgeoning authoritarianism have accelerated since…

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Reparations can take many forms. Let’s start by being honest about what we’ve wrought

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By Marcus Harrison Green— There is no resolution I crave more than for us to stop binging on lies. Like most opiates, they are as lethal to progress as they are numbing to awareness. My desire catalyzed nearly four years ago as I moderated a panel discussion of “I Am Not Your Negro” in Columbia City. A multiracial audience packed the Ark Lodge Cinemas to watch the James Baldwin documentary….

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University of Mississippi professors research legacy of slavery at state’s flagship university

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By Brittany Brown— OXFORD — Five University of Mississippi professors, along with local community organizations and other campus partners, are exploring the history and impact of slavery at the university and in the Oxford community. The University of Mississippi Slavery Research Group (UMSRG) started as a 2013 book club consisting of several faculty and administrators where they read and discussed historian Craig Steven Wilder’s book, “Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery,…

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Trumpism Will Live On After Trump Leaves White House

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By Henry A. Giroux— The storming of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters, Trump’s condemnation of Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to intervene in the election process, and the attempt by a number of Republican politicians to promote conspiracy theories and dangerous propaganda in order to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden’s election provided yet another example that we no longer live in…

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We were guinea pigs for the US: It isn’t just Tuskegee

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By Dr. Julianne Malveaux— People who don’t know Black history have probably heard more about the Tuskegee syphilis “experiment” in the last month than they have in their whole lives.  The chattering class has used the debacle of allowing hundreds of Black men live with untreated syphilis to monitor its effects to explain the resistance that many Black Americans have to accepting the COVID vaccination, thus imperiling the possibility of…

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Push is On to Increase African American Confidence in COVID Vaccine

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By Stacy M. Brown — Former President Barack Obama has vowed to take the new COVID-19 vaccination on live television. Dr. Ebony Hilton, a physician in the critical care and anesthesiology department at the University of Virginia Health, is also publicly taking the vaccine and documenting how she’s coping on YouTube. On Day 1 of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Queens, New York, critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay received the first dose of…

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My church will replace our Black Lives Matter sign. Will America replace its racist myth?

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By William H. Lamar IV— The Rev. William H. Lamar IV is the pastor of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington. Do you hear what I hear? I hear the imperial American myth in the throes of its own death rattle. And I hear a people clamoring for a story by which to order their lives. The United States does not like to call itself an empire. But…

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