From Black Power to Black Lives Matter

Stokely Carmichael, a charismatic young civil-rights activist, had just been released from a Mississippi jail when he first uttered the cry “Black Power!” It had been his 27th arrest during the long struggle – and his phrase transformed US race relations. Carmichael’s words quickly gripped the national imagination. They served as a racial Rorschach test.… Read More »

The Fed’s lack of diversity is hurting its judgment

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen found herself in the hot seat at the recent bi-annual Humphrey Hawkins testimony as members of Congress challenged her over the lack of diversity among the Fed’s ranks. Asked by Senator Elizabeth Warren whether she was concerned that 10 of the 12 Fed’s regional presidents are men, Yellen answered that… Read More »

Black Women Await More Federal Research Into Fibroids

Uterine discomfort and heavy bleeding has been a constant presence in Renee Brown Small’s life. “I was in my 20’s and I couldn’t go to the beach with my girlfriends because of the bleeding,” says Small. Small is one of many African American women who suffer with fibroids— non-cancerous uterine tumors that can grow as… Read More »

‘Super racist’ pool safety poster prompts Red Cross apology

When Margaret Sawyer first noticed the Red Cross safety poster at a pool in Salida, Colo., she thought she was looking at an unfortunate relic of the past. When she saw it a second time at an entirely different pool in the central Colorado town, she was shocked, according to NBC affiliate KUSA. “I saw… Read More »

Saving Community Newspapers in the Age of Facebook

Denise Rolark-Barnes, Chairperson, NNPA and Benjamin F. Chavis President/CEO, NNPA – Hundreds of newspapers have disappeared in the last 15 years and readership is on the decline. No newspaper is immune from the migration of readership to online platforms, dwindling ad revenues, fragmented audiences and even reduced attention spans. Even national-recognized newspapers with celebrated histories… Read More »

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Urges Virginia Court to Uphold the Restoration of Voting Rights to Individuals With Criminal Histories

Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) and Bryan Cave LLP submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Virginia Supreme Court supporting Governor Terry McAuliffe’s order that restored the right to vote to over 200,000 individuals with former felony convictions. “Virginia’s disenfranchisement law stands as one of the harshest in the… Read More »