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49 years later, Blacks still pressing to ‘overcome’

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire It is called the anthem of the civil rights movement, no doubt sung at every major march and rally during the 1960s — including at the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 1963, 49 years ago this week. A sure sign of progress was when President Lyndon B. Johnson used its words amid his Voting Rights speech before Congress March 15, 1965: “We shall overcome,” he declared t ...

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Emergency experience

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen Voters across the state of Michigan face a number of critical ballot questions this November. Detroiters, as well as people in other communities who have experienced the effects of emergency managers, have a special responsibility to advocate for the repeal of Public Act 4 (PA4). This legislation gives the state authority to appoint managers that set aside loca ...

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Under EM, schools not ready to open

DPS board stunned Roberts told judge schools were set By T. Kelly The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Stunned that Emergency Manager Roy Roberts had misled the court into believing the schools were ready to open, the elected Detroit Board of Education moved to right matters at its special called meeting Aug. 16 at Frederick Douglass Academy, the former Murray Wright. “Are we ready to open?” Board President Lamar ...

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In theaters Aug. 31, filmmaker Spike Lee returns to his roots with “Red Hook Summer” the sixth film in his Chronicles of Brooklyn series. The film tells the story of Flik, played by child actor Jules Brown, who travels from the suburbs of Atlanta to spend the summer with his preacher grandfather in the rough Red Hook, Brooklyn neighborhood. Lee says he chose that neighborhood because it’s where co-writer Ja ...

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It’s race, Stupid

By A. Peter Bailey Trice Edney News Wire It was the 1992 Bill Clinton-George H.W. Bush presidential campaign that introduced the memorable political slogan: “It’s the economy, Stupid.” That slogan was a way of explaining why Bush was in danger of losing his job. During the 2012 campaign between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a clarifying explanation as to why the President ...

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DPS will retain ‘site-based management’ schools

Staff Report DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools Board of Education President Lamar Lemmons says the board will not attempt to rescind Emergency Manager Roy Roberts implementation of “self-governing” schools. An Aug. 14 court ruling by Third Circuit Court Judge John A. Murphy restored the elected Board’s official oversight of academics in the city’s besieged district. Lemmons says, after hearing a presentation ...

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EAA unveils curriculum

Other educators say EAA misleads and parents still in dark By Marcus Wright The Michigan Citizen The Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA) unveiled its computer learning model to the media Aug. 17. Computer learning is a key component of the new district. The EAA representatives say “the new computer learning model will be a critical part of the learning system at all 15 EAA schools in the new ...

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Just who are ‘We the People?’

By James Clingman NNPA Abraham Lincoln’s words, included in the Gettysburg Address, “…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” take on an esoteric meaning as we look at today’s political situation. A brief look at politics will show anyone with an ounce of sense that “we the people” have not, do not and will not run the U.S. government. The silly na ...

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Marching for the sake of marching

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Every time I see a march or rally, I think of the rally of all rallies — the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years later, there is nothing that equals that march in results. These days folks march to make a point, but back in the day, we marched to get legislative action. Shortly after the March on Washington, both the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act were passed. I ...

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Nun, 82, exposes homeland insecurity

By Judith Burkhardt St. Ignatius Catholic Community The main mission of the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons complex at Oak Ridge, Tenn., is to ensure the safety of this country. One of the two business entities that provide security to the Y-12 complex is Bechtel Corporation, a favorite of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Yet a month ago, in the early morning of July 28, Sister Megan Rice, a 82-year-old Roman Cathol ...

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