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This Oct. 8, 2013 file photo shows Cornell Woolridge of Windsor Mill, Md., takes part in a demonstration outside the Supreme Court in Washington as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. The Supreme Court struck down limits Wednesday in federal law on the overall campaign contributions the biggest individual donors may make to candidates, political parties and political action committees. The justices said in a 5-4 vote that Americans have a right to give the legal maximum to candidates for Congress and president, as well as to parties and PACs, without worrying that they will violate the law when they bump up against a limit on all contributions, set at $123,200 for 2013 and 2014. That includes a separate $48,600 cap on contributions to candidates.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court further loosened the reins on political giving Wednesday, ruling that big campaign donors can dole out money to as many candidates and political committees as they want as long as they abide by limits on contributions to each individual campaign.more More Arrow


Dr. Andrew Billingsley is congratulated for his 
88th birthday.
- On March 21, Hampton University hosted the closing luncheon of its 36th annual Conference on the Black Familymore More Arrow


Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, speaks about her support to eradicate
- Enough is enough, says Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes, noting the list of young Black people dead or in jail in states where “stand your ground” laws are in place.more More Arrow


Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly.
- [UPDATED 3/29/14] Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly had some harsh words for Congressional Black Caucus members this week in response to CBC members’ recent attack on Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).more More Arrow


Washington Monument
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service says the Washington Monument will reopen to visitors May 12 after being closed for nearly three years due to a 2011 earthquake.more More Arrow


Preschool
- Even preschoolers are getting suspended from U.S. public schools—and they're disproportionately Black, a trend that continues up through the later grades.more More Arrow


Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 18, 2014. President Obama awarded 24 Army veterans the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — They were heroes who didn't get their due.more More Arrow


President Barack Obama participates in an interview with Zach Galifianakis for
- From running presidential campaigns to running the government in the White House, the Obama machine has always found unique ways to achieve its goalsmore More Arrow


Hundreds of marchers waive their signs as they walk to the Florida Capitol Monday, March 10, 2014, for a rally in Tallahassee, Fla. Participants were rallying against the state's
- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton led several hundred people on a march Monday to the state Capitol, where they rallied against Florida's "stand your ground" law.more More Arrow


Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)
- In an exclusive interview with the AFRO, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), discussed the events of a March 5 hearing held by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, of which Cummings is the ranking member.more More Arrow


Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, seen here leading a protest, is now fighting for racial justice in a new way.
- (TriceEdneyWire.com) - Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America.more More Arrow


President Barack Obama talks to a group of boys & young men who later appeared with him at the
- Throughout his tenure in the White House, President Obama has come under fire for seemingly distancing himself from Black concerns and failing to create programs that targeted the unique challenges of the African-American community.more More Arrow


In this Jan. 29, 2014 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison inmates in opposite-sex marriages.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder was hospitalized for several hours Thursday and treated for an elevated heart rate after experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath, the Justice Department said.more More Arrow


LBJ signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 - 
Date: 08/06/1965 Credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto
- This July will mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, arguably the most important legislation of the Civil Rights Movement. While there were several key players who contributed to the landmark legislation, and many more nameless ones, President Lyndon Baines Johnson played an indisputably central role.more More Arrow


Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the annual Attorneys General Winter Meeting in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Holder said state attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same sex-marriage if they don't believe in them.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder was taken to the hospital Thursday as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work.more More Arrow


Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site. Photo/nps.org
- The National Archives for Black Women’s History collection will be relocated from the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., to the National Park Service’s (NPS) Museum Resource Center in Landover, Md., and will be unavailable to the public from Feb. 18 through March 9, the National Park Service announced this week.more More Arrow


Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, left, arrives for a State Dinner in honor of French President François Hollande with William Louis-Dreyfus at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent, and put the pshaw to all that drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.more More Arrow


President Barack Obama signs the farm bill, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. The president signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.
- EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation.more More Arrow


Maya Angelou’s
- Maya Angelou’s moving tribute to fallen South African leader Nelson Mandela, called “His Day Is Done,” will be preserved in book format just in time for Black History Month.more More Arrow


President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, listen.
- WASHINGTON (NNPA) – With a largely uncooperative, highly-partisan Congress headed into a mid-term election, President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that he will have ‘a year of action’ by expanding economic opportunity through executive orders and other action that do not require legislative approval.more More Arrow


Food Stamps Word Cloud
- WASHINGTON (AP) — A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.more More Arrow


SUBWAY Famous Fan and 18-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, left, joins the First Lady Michelle Obama, center, and famous fan Justin Tuck, right, and local area kids for lunch at a SUBWAY store on Thursday, January 23, 2014, during an event in Washington, D.C., to announce SUBWAY Restaurants’ recent recognition by the Partnership for A Healthier America.  Photo by Nick Wass for SUBWAY
- First lady Michelle Obama was in good company when she visited a Subway restaurant in the nation’s capital on Jan. 24 to announce a joint venture with the nationwide chain. more More Arrow


Voting Rights.
- A bipartisan, bicameral group of congressional lawmakers has introduced legislation to update the Voting Rights Act, one of the central victories in the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.more More Arrow


First lady Michelle Obama speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 . Michelle Obama is celebrating her 50th birthday Friday. The first lady was spending the day out of sight, with no scheduled public appearances after back-to-back events at the White House this week. A big birthday bash is on tap for Saturday night at the White House. President Barack Obama has been involved in planning it.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama turned 50 a day ago but the big celebration is taking place at a White House dance party Saturday night.more More Arrow


The Congressional Black Caucus.
- In a Congress likely to be steeped in the politics of this year’s midterm elections, the Congressional Black Caucus said it will continue to fight for issues important for communities of color.more More Arrow


- HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Friday struck down a requirement that nearly all of the state's 8.2 million voters show photo identification at the polls, saying it imposes an unreasonable burden on the right to vote and that officials failed to demonstrate the need for it.more More Arrow


FCC and Net Neutrality
- A federal court ruling on Jan. 14 striking down “net neutrality” could forever change consumers’ access to the full Internet experience, observers say.more More Arrow


Judge Robert Wilkins.
- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed one of President Barack Obama's key judicial nominees on Monday, completing an overhaul of the country's second most powerful court into one dominated by Democratic-appointed judges.more More Arrow


Little Rock School District superintendent Dexter Suggs walks from the Federal Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., during a break in a hearing Monday, Jan.13, 2014. A federal judge approved a settlement Monday that will allow the state of Arkansas to stop making payments to three Little Rock-area school districts to aid their desegregation efforts. Photo/Danny Johnston
- LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge said Monday that Arkansas can stop making payments in one of the nation's most historic desegregation efforts but cautioned that work remains to ensure Little Rock-area students receive a proper education.more More Arrow


In this Jan. 16, 2010 file photo, Franklin McCain speaks during the AFL-CIO conference in Greensboro, N.C. McCain, who helped spark a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter in 1960, died  late Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in North Carolina, according to his son, Frank McCain of Greensboro. He was 73. Photo/Lynn Hey
- RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Franklin McCain, who helped spark a movement of nonviolent sit-in protests across the South by occupying a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960, has died, his son said Friday. He was 73.more More Arrow