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Women of color urge Obama to ‘re-align’ My Brother’s Keeper

WASHINGTON— More than 1,000 women of color — including Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Walker; actress Rosie Perez; political activist Angela Davis; Anita Hill, a law professor best known for testifying that she had been sexually harassed by future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; and economist Julianne Malveaux — released ...

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Rule change on generic drug labeling could cost billions

A proposed rule change for generic drug labels, crafted by the Food and Drug Administration, could cost patients, health care providers and drug manufacturers billions of dollars and limit access to affordable, prescription drugs for minorities and the poor, according to more than a dozen organizations that serve people of color. Black groups and those representing other people of color expressed their conc ...

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New documents shed light on U.S. spying on Nelson Mandela

American intelligence agencies spied on the late South African leader Nelson Mandela during his 1990 visit to the United States shortly after his release from a 27-year sentence for anti-apartheid activism. That revelation is but one of the findings from a batch of documents released by the FBI in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral candid ...

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Only one of Obama’s Promise Zones is majority-Black

Despite the disproportionate impact of poverty found in African American communities, only one of President Barack Obama’s “Promise Zones,” is majority-Black, according to a new report. The Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan research and educational institute, offered recommendations on the role the federal government should play in breaking barriers to social and economic mobility. Earlier this ye ...

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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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NY man released after 17 years for a crime he did not commit

Roger Logan, who served 17 years in prison for murder, was released June 3 after it was learned a woman who claimed she witnessed the crime was actually in jail when the homicide occurred, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office announced. The witness could not have made those observations, because she was incarcerated,” Mark Hale, a Brooklyn, N.Y., prosecutor, said in court, according to news reports. “Mr. ...

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Longer school days idea gets passing grade

Six decades after Brown v. Board of Education, an old idea is being resurrected in hopes of narrowing the education gap between Blacks and whites — expanding the school day. “By sixth grade, low-income students have a 6,000 hour learning gap over the course of their lifetime, accounting for these field trips and summer learning opportunities,” said Christopher Caruso, of The After-School Corporation, a non- ...

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Son of late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown sentenced to more than 3 years in prison

Rising-political-star-turned-convicted-felonMichael Brown was sentenced May 29 to 39 months in prison for accepting $55,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as businessmen seeking an inside track to government contracts. Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, handed the sentence down to the former D.C. councilman. The 49-year-old Brown pleaded gui ...

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Walter P. Reuther Library receives grant from NHPRC to expand discovery and access to oral histories

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs was recently awarded a grant totaling $109,152 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights and social justice movements, among other important historical developments. ...

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Fearless Afro-American foreign correspondent William Worthy dies

William Worthy, a pioneering correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American who defied the U.S. government in the Cold War era to report on Communist Cuba, China, the Soviet Union and Vietnam, died last month at the age of 92. Worthy gained worldwide attention in 1961 when he traveled to Cuba without a passport and interviewed Fidel Castro two years after the Cuban Revolution. He was arrested upon his return ...

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