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Obama challenges Congress to complete ‘unfinished task’

After laying out a progressive agenda for his second term in his inaugural address, President Obama followed up with a series of specific proposals in his State of the Union address Feb. 12 that include increasing and indexing the minimum wage, repairing deteriorated infrastructure, and investing in education and clean energy. ...

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Mumia, the man behind the prisoner

Mumia Abu-Jamal is without a doubt the United States’ most well-known prisoner. After living on death row for 30 years, Abu-Jamal’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in early 2012 after decades of advocacy by anti-death penalty and anti-racist activists. It comes as something of a shock, then, that despite Abu-Jamal’s status as a cause célèbre, there is no comprehensive biography of the man’s life ...

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Removing barriers for gays could boost state economy

Discrimination against gays and lesbians hurts Michigan’s economy, according to a new report by the Department of Civil Rights. Emily Dievendorf, director of policy for Equality Michigan, says reducing widespread discrimination will improve the economy because more people are likely to live and work in a state that promotes tolerance. “Bright, skilled workers no longer flock to a location just because a bus ...

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2013 inaugural address

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What ...

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At Second Inauguration, Obama Focuses on Inequality: ‘We were made for this moment’

On the birthday holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, America’s first Black president, was inaugurated for a second time boldly declaring on the steps of the U.S. Capitol that it’s time to take up the quest for equality where Dr. King and others left off. “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us s ...

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority celebrates its centennial

Members of Delta Sigma Theta sorority are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a series of events, including a Founders’ Day weekend that took place Jan. 11-13 in Washington, D.C. The centennial celebration touched off New Year’s Day when the sorority, which was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University, presented a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., the parade that co ...

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African American Descendants sue to save Revilletown cemetery

Former residents of Revilletown — an African American community torn down 25 years ago in Iberville Parish — are trying to preserve a cemetery founded by ancestors there in 1874. The cemetery, started by ex-slaves, is now within the grounds of a vinyl-resin plant owned by Georgia Gulf Corp., based in Atlanta. The plant is in the city of Plaquemines, 17 miles below Baton Rouge. ...

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Post Office honors anniversary of Emancipation Proclamation limited-edition stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on Jan. 1, 1863, with a 2013 stamp. To celebrate this milestone, the Postal Service introduced a limited-edition Forever Stamp at The National Archives in Washington, D.C., which houses the historic document. ...

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