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    NC Civil Rights Leader Julius Chambers Dies at 76

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Julius Chambers, a Charlotte attorney whose practice was in the forefront of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, has died, his law firm said Saturday. He was 76. A statement...

    Justice Department to Press Texas to Seek Clearance of Election Changes

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced July 25 that the Justice Department plans to ask a federal court to require Texas to obtain approval from the federal government before the state can implement future...

    It’s a Boy! UK’s Kate Gives Birth to Royal Heir

    Prince William's wife, Kate, has given birth to a prince, who is now third in line to the British throne. The child was born Monday, after many Britons woke up to the news that Kate,...

    Texas Has Executed Another Black Man

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Black, former Texas Tech graduate student was executed Thursday for a double slaying in Lubbock a dozen years ago. This was the 8th African American executed this year in...

    The Racist History of Sanford, Florida

    (Originally published March 28, 2012) When I first heard the murder of Trayvon Martin took place in Sanford, Florida the first person I thought about was the late, legendary sports editor of the AFRO, Sam...

    Black Churches Pressuring Justice Department to Try Zimmerman For Civil Rights Violation

    The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) , an organization representing 34,000 Black churches, is staging a rally July 15 at noon in front of the Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. to protest the...

    Jurors: Zimmerman Not Guilty of 2nd-Degree Murder

    (Updated 7/13/2013)SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S....

    CBC, Obama Agree to Address Tough Policy Agenda

    It has been two years since President Obama met privately with the Congressional Black Caucus, his former colleagues. But the gap was not an issue, given the seriousness of the other concerns that were...

    The Scramble Marking The Closing Chapter of Mandela’s Life

    Johannesburg, S.A.--As former President Nelson Mandela fights what will surely be one of his final battles, it has been incredibly moving to witness as the world hastens to honor him - as tides of...

    The Deltas are Coming!

    The lighting of an Olympic-style torch at Howard University on July 11 will launch the 51st National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., part of a year-long celebration of the group’s 100-year legacy...

    Parents of LGBT Americans Praise Court Ruling; Black Pastors Outraged

    Proponents of same-sex marriage celebrated another victory with the Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling that parts of the Defense of Marriage Act were unconstitutional. Married lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender Americans will now enjoy the...

    Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Voting Abuses Still Widespread

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Supreme Court upheld the legality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, but said it can’t be enforced until Congress updates the way it determines which jurisdictions are covered...

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