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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Maulana Karenga

Dr. Maulana Karenga on “Cherishing and Challenging Kamala Harris”

By Commentaries/Opinions

Cherishing and Challenging Kamala Harris: Issues of Commutment and Accountability By Dr. Maulana Karenga— There is no doubt that the nomination and election of Kamala Harris as Vice President Elect of the United States of America is of great importance and meaning to us as a people. Indeed, it was a hard-won victory, not only at the voting box, but over the numerous evil, oppressive and varied attempts to deny…

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Vantage Point: Janice Mathis. Esq., Phenomenal Black Woman

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point November 30, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Janice Mathis, Esq. Topic: Phenomenal Black Woman. Guest: Janice Mathis, Esq. Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women, Washington, DC. Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM, Pacifica…

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Kamala Harris- 2020 Election.

What Kamala Harris’s Historic Win Means to Me as an Indo African Caribbean Woman

By Commentaries/Opinions

Writer Nadine Drummond reflects on the beauty and hope in Kamala Harris’s win of the 2020 vice presidential election. By Nadine Drummond — African: check. Indian: check. Jamaican: check. Woman: check. Senator Kamala Devi Harris, who will officially be the 46th vice president of the United States, is essentially all that I am. I’m filled with so much joy right now, I almost feel like I won the election myself. Harris’s ascension…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Exhale. Inhale. Roll Your Sleeves Up

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — It took five days for the 2020 election to be called for former Vice President Joe Biden. Five days with me peeled to the television and the internet. Five days holding my breath. Five days, meditating and praying for strength. I could not imagine four more years of Trump. I actually started going through my belongings, trying to decide which one would make the cut for…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

COVID Halts Women’s Workplace Progress

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux — Economic recovery will be a long time coming. The Federal Reserve Bank says our corona recession will last into 2021, and perhaps even into 2022. If a vaccine is developed, a distribution plan still needs to be worked out, and there is still so much we don’t know about COVID. We do know that our economy has slowed and is only inching toward normalcy. We…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Black Girl Magic and the 2020 Election

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — For the sixth year in a row, Essence Magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have surveyed Black women about the issues that concern them most. Melanie Campbell, Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable and President and CEO of the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation, summarizes the top concerns: “survival, safety, and stability.” Black women are concerned about the rise in hate crimes and the persistence…

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Global Book Launch Virtual Event: Black Power, Black Lawyer the Memoir of Nkechi Taifa

Global Book Launch Virtual Event: Black Power, Black Lawyer the Memoir of Nkechi Taifa

By News & Current Affairs

September 26, 2020, 12pm Noon EST — Join us for the virtual book release party of, Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice by Nkechi Taifa. Taifa’s memoir tells the story of the rebellious journey of a young sister growing up during the Black Power era and the social justice lawyer she becomes. Special Interview: Matsimela Mapfumo (Mark Thompson), Host of Make It Plain with Nkechi Taifa. Special…

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Great Equalizer

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How a scholar, advocate, and judge upended the entirety of American political thought. By Jill Lepore, The New Yorker — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, scholar, lawyer, judge, and Justice, died on Friday at the age of eighty-seven. Born the year Eleanor Roosevelt became First Lady, Ginsburg bore witness to, argued for, and helped to constitutionalize the most hard-fought and least-appreciated revolution in modern American history: the emancipation of women. Aside from…

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Harriet Tubman

University of Maryland renames women’s studies department after Harriet Tubman

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Born a slave in Maryland, the famous abolitionist led dozens to freedom through the Underground Railroad. By Danielle Wallace, Fox News — The University of Maryland announced Friday it’s renaming the women’s studies department after Harriet Tubman – the 19-century abolitionist and famous female “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. “It is my honor to announce a major milestone in our university’s history: the first honorific naming of an academic department at UMD, the Harriet Tubman Department…

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Jarena Lee, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman were pioneering Black women leaders who championed equality in the church, politics, civic rights, and other areas of public life.

Black women are founders of American democracy. How will we live up to their ideals?

By Commentaries/Opinions

While too many Black were disenfranchised even after the 19th Amendment’s ratification a century ago, they never waited for permission before promoting their vision of fundamental rights. By Martha Jones, The Inquirer — When it comes to 21st-century politics, Black women are our founders. The double scourge of racism and sexism no longer defines American politics. The nomination of Sen. Kamala Harris to the Democrat’s VP slot, the more than…

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Five You Should Know: African American Suffragists

By Editors' Choice, People You Should Know

The women’s suffrage movement had many heroines who bravely fought for the rights of women in the United States. Here are the stories of five African American suffragists who helped women in America secure the right to vote. Source: NMAAHC — Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) Mary Ann Shadd Cary was born in 1823 to parents dedicated to the abolition of slavery. Her parents taught her much about fighting for…

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