Edgar Ray Killen, convicted of 1964 ‘Mississippi Burning’ killings, dies at 92
1/17/2018 9:58:29 PM

Edgar Ray Killen, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who was convicted in the 1964 'Mississippi Burning' slayings of three civil rights workers, has died in prison at the age of 92, the state's corrections department announced Friday. The one-time Klan leader was serving a 60-year prison sentence for manslaughter when he died at 9 p.m. Thursday night inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary. An autopsy was pending, but no foul play was suspected, the corrections' statement said. His conviction came 41 years to the day after James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew...

The state of America’s children demands your action right now!
1/17/2018 9:43:08 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman It is a national disgrace that children are the poorest Americans. The Children’s Defense Fund’s new report The State of America’s Children® 2017 details the immoral, costly and preventable poverty, homelessness, hunger, health problems, poor education and violence plaguing children who are America’s responsibility and future. The U.S. has 73.6 million children. Nearly 1 in 5 are poor—more than 13.2 million. Children of color, who will be a majority of our children by 2020, are disproportionately poor. About 1 in 3 Black, 1 in...

Never forget why Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis
1/17/2018 9:38:04 PM

By Julianne Malveaux Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't plan to get involved in the Memphis garbage worker's strike. He hadn't planned to be there on the fateful day when he was shot on April 4, 1968. King was pressured to go the first time and found the garbage worker's strike compelling. He promised to return, and felt it important to keep his word, despite a packed schedule. Memphis was so very important, because the 1,300 Black men who worked in the city’s sanitation department were treated despicably. Two workers had been crushed in a garbage compactor in...

As a parent, I recognize that I am the biggest advocate for my children
1/17/2018 9:20:04 PM

By Donna Fletcher As a parent, I recognize that I am my children's biggest advocate and I work hard to make sure that they have the best learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. When I relocated from Washington, D.C. to Florida, I struggled to find schools that were rigorous in their instruction, included strong community and parental involvement, provided a diverse selection of extra-curricular activities, and offered the support services my children needed. Eventually, I found a school that met the majority of my expectations, but that school was located in...

Republican tax bill robs the poor to feed the rich
12/28/2017 6:47:19 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently passed on a nearly straight party line Republican vote in the U.S. Senate is, like the House-passed bill, a moral abomination. Their enactment would be the death of America’s dream for tens of millions of children. The House and Senate bills favor the wealthiest Americans and most powerful corporations over poor and moderate-income children and families—billionaires over poor babies and powerful corporations over poor children. They are evil. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned that “America is going...

Simeon Booker, an icon of Black journalism, dies at 99
12/17/2017 10:08:51 PM

By Stacy M. Brown Simeon Booker, a trailblazing Black journalist, who covered the Civil Rights Movement for the iconic African American magazines EBONY and Jet and who was the first Black person to work as a full-time Washington Post reporter, has died. Booker, who’s credited with playing an integral role in delivering the story of Emmett Till’s murder, was 99. “As Chairman of the NNPA, I know that we honored Simeon Booker during Black Press Week for his overall excellence of journalism and certainly he is someone that has been very, very important to our...

Group seeks landmark status for Emmett Till's Chicago Home
12/2/2017 4:19:19 AM

Emmett Till's Former Home in Chicago’s Predominantly Black Woodlawn neighborhood. A preservation group wants the Chicago home where Emmett Till once lived to receive landmark status. A city report notes the boy and his mother moved into the apartment in 1953. It's a red brick two-flat and was Till's home before he traveled to Mississippi in 1955, where he was brutally killed. His killing sparked outrage and galvanized the civil rights movement. The Chicago Tribune reports Preservation Chicago has proposed the idea to city officials. To get the designation,...

We can and must win for children!
11/2/2017 12:00:59 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman As congregations of all faiths are observing the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebration this weekend, “Moving Forward with Hope: Love and Justice for Every Child,” I offer prayers for all child advocates in this very challenging time for children and families and all of us when a half century of struggle for a more inclusive and just nation is at risk. The laboriously woven child and family safety net created over decades and not yet completed is on the brink of obliteration with the administration and its congressional...