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What Blacks in America can learn from South Africa

Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old July 18. He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for South Africa’s freedom in the 1950s-60s. Mandela’s insistence and persistence for freedom for Black South Africans, which included a 27-year jail sentence, reminds us of the persistence it takes to make structural and institutional c ...

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DPS board members to fight back

While still recovering from the Zimmerman verdict, I find myself wondering if racism will ever be totally eradicated, if justice will ever be applied unilaterally, if democracy will be extended to all American citizens equally. While I don’t know the answer to any of the aforementioned questions, I believe we must continue fighting for equality and against unfair legislative practices. ...

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Fourth of July letter to EM Orr

Today is the one day that we are to reflect on the meaning and historical significance of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. One of the self-evident truths expressed that day was that governments derive their legitimacy from the consent of the governed. That powerful concept means that any governance not established by the people is not legitimate. That very concept is at the heart of the subs ...

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Marching in place

As we draw nearer to one of the most relevant events in history, an event that has been revered and immortalized by the iconic phrase “I have a dream,” hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to relive the famous March on Washington. August 28, 1963, was the day that a quarter million people descended on the National Mall and heard Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his timeless speech that began with an ...

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An economic divide is growing in our cities

What is the plan for our nation’s cities? Are they simply to simmer with a growing divide between the affluent financial district and the impoverished slums? Will another generation be lost while we wait for the inevitable explosions? The gulf between the realities of our cities and the foolishness of our politics has seldom been wider. ...

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Obama should lead fight to revive Voting Rights Act

President Barack Obama should lead a forceful drive to revive the Voting Rights Act, which was effectively disemboweled recently by the Supreme Court’s decision. All celebrate the 1965 Act as the most consequential civil rights legislation of the past century. Its passage was central to the building of the New South, opening the way to attracting foreign investment in auto factories, creating CNN, hosting t ...

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Limiting women’s rights

By Julianne Malveaux Trice Edney Newswire I was 20 years old when Roe v. Wade was decided. A year before the decision, a young woman who lived in my dormitory attempted to perform an abortion on herself and hemorrhaged so badly that she was hospitalized. I’ll never forget the blood on the floor in her room and the anguished screams of her roommate. The young woman never returned to school, her promising fut ...

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Do elections matter this year?

For the past four years, I, like many Detroiters, have looked forward to positive change. It started with our new City Charter, calling for a drastic shift in our election process. Our City Council would be elected by district, something not done for almost a century. Unfortunately, there have also been changes that we neither wanted nor expected: the appointment of an emergency manager this past March, the ...

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