#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 [...]

Civil Rights and Education Groups Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board Of Education and Ask “How Far Have We Really Come?”

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The National Coalition and Black Women’s Roundtable Joins Effort to “Fulfill the Promise” by Supporting Equitable Implementation of the Common Core State Standards as Critical in the Continuing Fight for Equity in Education This week, civil rights and education groups joined together to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the pivotal Brown v. Board of Education [...]

Black Women in the US: Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Dire National Attention and Urgent Action

Contributors to Black Women's Roundtable report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014  stop for a photo during the BWR Summit kick-off at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters. Pictured (L-R):Dr. L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare; Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk;  Melanie L. Campbell, Black Women's Roundtable; Felicia Davis, Building Green Network;   Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D.; and Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families. PHOTO CREDIT: CIT-VISUALS

Washington, DC – A report released recently by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action. The report was released during a legislative [...]

Women Play Integral Role in Civil Rights Meeting with President Obama

President Obama meets with African American civil rights leaders to discuss criminal justice reform, income inequality and the Affordable Care Act, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Feb. 18, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Washington, DC – Earlier this week President Barack Obama; Attorney General Eric Holder; senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; and director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz; met with Black leaders of civil rights organizations at The White House to discuss jobs, income inequality, voter suppression, criminal justice reform and other issues that [...]

Ready for Hillary Black Americans Program Announces 8-City Rollout for Black History Month

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The national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary marked Black History Month with the official launch of its Black Americans program, a national effort to engage and mobilize the black community around a potential Hillary Clinton candidacy. The program will build upon many of the successful strategies implemented during the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns including [...]

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