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    Poor People’s Campaign Brings Message to Congress

    By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently convened a hearing on poverty in the country and the key witness was the Rev. William Barber...

    Coretta Scott King Starts A New Program To Avert Violence

    May 29, 1982 WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Coretta Scott King says she is very concerned about high unemployment rates, but feels a new program she is starting across the nation will offer more hope and violence. Mrs....

    Black Fathers Turn to Facebook to Strengthen Bonds

    By Lisa Snowden-McCray, Special to the AFRO Matt Prestbury says when he started gathering together groups of Black fathers, it was because he was a newly-single dad, looking for other people like him. “I began to look...

    Baltimore Teacher Hopes to Take Music Students on World Tour

    By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRO Singing Sensations has been invited to South Africa this summer. Offered a chance to perform during Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday celebration, the Baltimore choir group aims to tour in...

    Celebrating Black Fatherhood

    By Hamzat Sani, Special to the AFRO Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been petrified of being a father. Between all the talk about Black men being absent from the household, being wife beaters and...

    San Francisco Set to Get First Black Woman Mayor

    By The Associated Press London Breed was poised to become the first African-American woman elected to lead San Francisco following a hard-fought campaign when a former state senator conceded and congratulated her June 13, more...

    Illinois School to Drop Woodrow Wilson from Name

    By The Associated Press School officials in central Illinois have decided to remove Woodrow Wilson's name from an elementary school and instead honor the area's first Black female doctor. The Peoria Public Schools board voted Monday...

    Fraternity Members Suspended for Video with Racist Slurs

    By The Associated Press Syracuse University suspended 15 members of a fraternity following the release of a video showing pledges using racial slurs and simulating a sexual assault of a disabled person, lawyers for the...

    Dorothy Cotton, Civil Rights Pioneer and MLK Colleague, Dies

    By The Associated Press Dorothy Cotton, who worked closely with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., taught nonviolence to demonstrators before marches and sometimes calmed tensions by singing church hymns, has died. She was 88. Cotton...

    Supreme Court Allows Ohio, Other State Voter Purges; Civil Rights Groups Alarmed

    By The Associated Press States can target people who haven't cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide attention...

    Maurice Granton, Jr. Shot by Chicago Police had Been Shot Days Earlier

    By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A 24-year-old Black man who was fatally shot this week by a Chicago police officer had suffered a gunshot wound just days earlier. The Chicago Tribune reports that Maurice...

    Chicago Police Investigate Officers’ Handcuffing of Boy, 10

    By The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police are investigating an incident in which officers handcuffed a 10-year-old boy while he was being questioned about a gun, and the child's family says it was...

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