GOP chairman: Party competing for black votes

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race. Priebus also said he’s confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more […]

50 Years After The Civil Rights Act, Integration Remains Elusive

The significance and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964–signed by Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago this July–goes without saying. People in 1964 could scarcely have imagined that we’d so quickly have a black President and black billionaires and a large black middle class. But midcentury Americans might also have been surprised by the […]

Why HBCU football still matters

This is a big weekend for pro football fans. The Hall of Fame game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills will be played Sunday, Aug. 3 on NBC-TV at 8 p.m. For most fans, this signals the official start of the NFL season. Pro football is on everybody’s mind. Of course, the […]

At The Crossroads, Black Media And Community Journalism

For the first time in its 39 year history that the National Association of Black Journalists is holding its annual convention in Boston. Thousands of journalists of color converged at the Hynes Convention Center this week to network, talk business, and discuss the future of black media. Bob Butler is head of the National Association […]

Alums of Ohio black college fight for its survival

Alumni of the country’s oldest historically black private university are committing money and other support to help their alma mater’s fight for survival amid the risk of accreditation loss and financial deficits and low enrollment. The alumni association of southwestern Ohio’s Wilberforce University, founded in 1856, says graduates have committed to raise $2 million in […]

Statement of Wade Henderson on AFSCME’s Decision to Discontinue Relationship with UNCF Over Koch Brothers Partnership

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement regarding the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees’ (AFSCME) decision to sever its scholarship partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) over that organization’s new partnership with the Koch brothers, who are among the […]

First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is “a stain on the soul of this nation,” as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members. The first lady announced Thursday nearly 100 local leaders have pledged this month to end homelessness […]

A need for strategy and investment in HBCUs

Recently, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) released a new report titled Top Strategic Issues Facing HBCUs, Now and into the Future. The report draws upon two sources: a survey conducted by AGB and a recent gathering hosted by the organization. The report identifies seven pressing issues that Historically Black Colleges […]