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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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The art of saving

In the early 90s, while searching for myself, I came across a book “The Essence of Success” by Earl Nightingale. What makes this period of my life so interesting is the fact that I no longer wanted to be who I was or to be in the situation I found myself living. ...

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Over 40 million households pay more than 30 percent for housing

Each year, the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University assesses the nation’s housing outlook. The just released report The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2013 acknowledges that a housing recovery is underway; yet, it shares an array of findings that show only some Americans are a part of that recovery. ...

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