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Bill Fletcher Jr. is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum.
Bill Fletcher Jr. is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum. (Courtesy Photo)
Black America was Silent During Rwandan Genocide
Originally published April 23, 2014

It was 20 years ago this month that the monstrous Rwandan genocide unfolded. In less than 90 days, close to 1 million Rwandan Tutsis and their Hutu allies were murdered by right-wing Hutu extremists, instigated by the government of Rwanda. The scale and speed of the genocide defied imagination.more More Arrow
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AFRO Editors: Greg Dale, news editor; Avis Thomas-Lester, executive editor; Rev. Dorothy Boulware,  managing editor; Ronald Taylor, copy editor.
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The AFRO American Newspapers.
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Former D.C. Councilman Frank Smith.
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Lea Adams Ashby and Wally Ashby at the DC Statehood rally before the 5oth anniv March on Washington.
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Republican Congressman Allen West
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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain
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Jim Clingman founder of the Greater Cincinnati African-American Chamber of Commerce.
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U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings represents Maryland's 7th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.
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Belinda Conaway is a candidate for the office of Register of Wills for Baltimore City.
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Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is president emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C.
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Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.
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