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Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk across the South Lawn.

15 American landmarks that were built by slaves

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By James Pasley, Business Insider — In 2016, former first lady Michelle Obama declared as a sign of how far the nation has come: “I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” She was talking about the White House. And as the first African American first lady speaking to the Democratic National Convention, she struck a chord. Some fact checkers and political pundits may have raced…

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NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and BNC

Black News Channel (BNC) A New 24/7 News Network Scheduled to Launch in November 2019

By News & Current Affairs

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA — In a joint teleconference broadcast live from the Four Season’s Hotel in New York’s Financial District, the Black News Channel (BNC) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association announced the official launch date and time for the nation’s first 24-hour, 7-days a week all-news TV channel that will focus on African American news. The new channel promises to inform, educate, and empower nearly 50 million…

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Bahamas

Information, Resources, and Places to donate to help people affected by Hurricane Dorian

By Black Family Summit (BFS) Posts, News & Current Affairs

On this page we are sharing information on ways to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. IBW is not collecting donations for this purpose but we are assisting the relief and rebuilding efforts by providing our IBW community to the resources listed below. On this Page: Bahamas Hurricane Restoration Fund Hotline Information Website for locating loved ones affected by Hurricane Dorian Volunteers Needed: Medical field and allied health professions Medical…

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Moms United to End the War on Drugs

Parents Across the Nation Will Gather on International Overdose Awareness Day

By News & Current Affairs

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Parents Across the Nation Gather to Remember and Honor Lives Lost and Educate Communities about Solutions to the Overdose Crisis. By Moms United/A New Path — Moms United to End the War on Drugs representatives are raising awareness about the crisis on accidental overdoses across the nation and around the world. Families will hold rallies and vigils during the week leading up to International Overdose…

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Ronald E. Hampton

Who made the police both judge and jury?

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Ron Hampton — Big-city prosecutors and police chiefs recently attended a summit in Washington, D.C. held at the office of the Police Executive Research Forum, a think tank that advises police chiefs. But some prosecutors and police chiefs decided not to attend. The traditional police community is at it again in America. The police chiefs are claiming that newly elected representatives and progressive prosecutors along with some police chiefs…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Will You Answer the Call for Moral Revival?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — I cannot overstate my tremendous admiration for Rev. William Barber.  Our connection goes back to North Carolina when I was the President of Bennett College, and he led the state NAACP.  His daughter, Sharrelle, graduated from Bennett in the spring before I assumed the Presidency and as student body president, she served on the search committee that selected me.  So he’s a friend of long-standing. In…

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During the 50th NAACP Image Awards, the NAACP announced its historic Jamestown to Jamestown event partnership with The Adinkra Group, SunSeekers Tours, Ghana Tourism Authority and The Year of Return, marking the 400th year enslaved Africans first touched the shores of what would become America.

NAACP Observes 400th Anniversary of Slave Trade in Journey from Jamestown to Jamestown

By News & Current Affairs

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire — On Sunday, August 18, the NAACP began a journey to honor African ancestors. Members of the storied civil rights organization and numerous guests boarded a bus from Washington, D.C. Their initial destination was Jamestown, Virginia’s Colonial National Park, where they held a prayer vigil and candle lighting ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans. The two-week-long…

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The National African American Reparations Commission (#NAARC) and The American Civil Liberties Union (#ACLU) present a national forum - Healing and Reconciliation, #HR40 and the Promise of #Reparations for African Americans

National African American Reparations Commission, ACLU to Host Forum on Reparations

By NAARC Posts, News & Current Affairs

Forum to follow congressional hearing on bill to form a commission to study and develop reparation proposals By the American Civil Liberties Union — WHAT: The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) and the American Civil Liberties Union will host a forum to discuss reparations as the country continues to reel from the impact of slavery and its legacy. The forum will take place after an important and historic Congressional…

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Lonnie Bunch is director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

How Lonnie Bunch came to lead the Museum of African American History

By News & Current Affairs

By Susannah Hutcheson, USA Today — Our series “How I became a …” digs into the stories of accomplished and influential people, finding out how they got to where they are in their careers. As the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., Lonnie Bunch spends his days helping Americans understand history that has both brought us together and divided us. The founding…

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A study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition found that coastal cities had the largest number of neighborhoods that were gentrified from 2000 to 2013.

D.C. has the highest ‘intensity’ of gentrification of any U.S. city, study says

By Editors' Choice, Gentrification

More than 20,000 African American residents were displaced from low-income neighborhoods from 2000 to 2013, researchers say. By Katherine Shaver, Washington Post — About 40 percent of the District’s lower-income neighborhoods experienced gentrification between 2000 and 2013, giving the city the greatest “intensity of gentrification” of any in the country, according to a study released Tuesday by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. The District also saw the most African American…

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