National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Spirit of Democracy Honorees Epitomize Diversity, Service and Coalition Building

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Washington, DC – Nearly 300 men, women and children, eight-to-eighty, from diverse backgrounds and cultures, came together for a night filled with eclectic music, humor, historical reflection, and movement building during the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) 17th Annual Spirit of Democracy Awards Red Carpet Affair held at the Sphinx Club in DC [...]

Wickham: Why is Goodell ignoring these black women?

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Washington — In the midst of professional football’s lingering domestic violence scandal, Melanie Campbell is probably the last woman NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to talk to — but she should have been the first. Campbell is the quintessential voice of black women. A tireless advocate for the political, economic and social empowerment of this [...]

Black Women’s Roundtable Urges NFL to “Get it Right” by Adding Black Women Experts to Domestic Violence Advisory Group #NFLGetitRight

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Washington, DC – Expressing absolute agreement with National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell that he “got it wrong,” the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR) held a press conference today to urge the commissioner to take swift action to “get it right,” starting by appointing black women experts in domestic violence and sexual [...]

Open Letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell From Black Women’s Roundtable

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Members of the Black Women’s Roundtable, an intergenerational network of women leaders representing Black women and girls from across the country, wrote an open letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to request an emergency meeting. The letter follows. Dear Mr. Goodell, We, the undersigned members of the Black Women’s Roundtable, an intergenerational network of women [...]

#Ferguson and Gaza-Awakening a Sleeping Giant?

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By Felicia M Davis (@feliciamdavis or fmd@dogonvillage.com )-Last night I went to sleep pleased that my daughter, a mature Howard University student, traveled to Ferguson to stand for justice. She arrived safely with four friends and attended what she referred to as the usual “Negro Church Rally”—talking, singing then marching. Later that night, and long [...]

NABJ Statement on the Arrests of Wesley Lowery and Ryan J. Reilly

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WASHINGTON -The National Association of Black Journalists strongly condemns the arrests of Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly in Ferguson, Missouri on Wednesday. Lowery, who is an NABJ member, and Reilly, are in Missouri covering the circumstances surrounding the killing of and the ensuing unrest. Lowery and Reilly have [...]

President Obama Applauds New Commitments in Support of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

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In February, as part of his plan to make 2014 a year of action focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans, the President unveiled the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. As part [...]

Mom Jailed for Letting 9-Year-Old Daughter Play at Park Near Job

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Posters note: This story is absolutely outrageous and I hope people across the nation weigh in on how wrong it is to arrest a mother for letting her child go to the park. We were raised in a good family in NJ and during the summer when we weren’t in camp we would go from [...]

Black Women Leaders Come Together to Determine Key Issues to Mobilize Around for the Midterm Election in Georgia

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Atlanta, GA – An intergenerational group of Black women leaders from ten Georgia counties convened at the Georgia Capitol today to be briefed on findings from the Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR) report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014, and their factsheet, The Status of Black Women in Georgia. The presentation was followed [...]

Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86

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By MARGALIT FOXMAY 28, 2014 The New York Times – Maya Angelou, the memoirist and poet whose landmark book of 1969, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — which describes in lyrical, unsparing prose her childhood in the Jim Crow South — was among the first autobiographies by a 20th-century black woman to reach [...]

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