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  • Music Stars Gather for Gospel Performance at White House

    Musical heavy-hitters were “In Performance at the White House” as part of a celebration of gospel music on April 14. Pastor Shirley Caesar, Darlene Love, Rhiannon Giddens, Rance Allen, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Tamela Mann, Lyle Lovett and the Morgan State University Choir were among the ...

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  • Congressional Report Shows Economic Lag Among Blacks

    African Americans struggle far behind White Americans on most measures of economic well-being, according to a recent congressional report. The report, created by Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, revealed that Black Americans face a range of economic challenges, including disproportionately ...

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  • Ohio Voters Recoup Early Voting Hours in New Settlement

    Ohio voters gained a victory April 17, when civil rights groups reached an agreement with Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in a dispute over the abridgment of early voting hours. The settlements preserve a ban on the so-called “Golden Week,” a brief window when Ohio voters could have ...

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  • National CEO Steps Down

    George L. Garrow Jr., chief executive officer of Concerned Black Men National, resigned from his position after 17 years. According to a letter he wrote to staff, board, and selected friends, his last day in office was on April 10. Concerned Black Men is a national organization that develops ...

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  • Police Shootings: Human Rights Issue

    Earlier in April, Officer Michael Slager fired eight bullets at the back of Walter Scott, 50, an African-American. Then, Officer Slager, 33, White, lied to cover his actions, as seen by a video, taken from the phone of Feidin Santana. Not only did the South Carolina town of North Charlestown ...

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  • Senate Delay of Lynch Vote Continues

    Civil rights leaders are continuing their push to have the U.S. Senate confirm President Obama’s pick for U.S. attorney general. Loretta Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, has waited a record number of days for a vote on her confirmation as the nation’s ...

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  • Rethinking the Recognition of Doris Miller

    Part IV in a four-part series After all of the publicity about Dorie Miller’s heroic efforts by March of 1942, there was pressure on President Franklin D. Roosevelt from all over the United States to give Doris Miller the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is given for service “above and beyond ...

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  • Handshake Sets Stage for Historic Obama-Castro Meeting

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — With a cordial evening handshake, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro moved Friday toward a groundbreaking meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in what would be a remarkable display of reconciliation between two nations. The powerful ...

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  • Black Men and Boys Group to Advocate on Capitol Hill

    The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) will host Black Men and Boys Day on Capitol Hill April 22-23. The program is a component of the new Gathering of Black Men Initiative of the NCBCP’s Black Youth Vote! Civic Leadership and Engagement Program. “In light of all that’s ...

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