Report: Poverty, Segregation Persist in U.S. Schools
1/17/2018 10:06:01 PM

By Maria Danilova Too often, low-income, black and Latino students end up in schools with crumbling walls, old textbooks and unqualified teachers, according to a report released last week by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The commission said inequities are caused by the fact that schools are most funded with state and local tax dollars. More than 92 percent of funding comes from nonfederal sources, according to the Education Department. The resulting imbalance renders “the education available to millions of American public school students profoundly unequal,”...

NAACP and Africa-America Institute announce alliance
1/17/2018 10:02:53 PM

On Monday, January 15, 2018, the holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the NAACP and the Africa-America Institute announced a groundbreaking partnership during the 49th NAACP Image Awards The NAACP will work with the AAI on the development and distribution of a curriculum designed to highlight the accomplishments, achievements and history of Africa and its Diaspora. “It’s appropriate that on a day that we honor Dr. King as well as promote positive images of people of color, we announce to the world a partnership that includes a curriculum,...

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...

Inmate slain in prison was White Supremacist leader
1/17/2018 9:56:47 PM

By Don Thompson A prisoner slain by fellow white inmates at a California prison was a founder of Public Enemy Number 1, a white supremacist prison and street gang, law enforcement and watchdog groups confirmed. Devlin “Gazoo” Stringfellow, 48, helped start the group known as PENI, which grew from the Southern California punk music scene in the 1980s into what the Anti-Defamation League calls a hybrid, racist, skinhead gang. Stringfellow was stabbed repeatedly in an exercise yard Wednesday by two other prisoners armed with inmate-made weapons, said Lt. L.A. Quinn, a...

API President touts economic opportunities for Blacks in the oil industry
1/17/2018 9:54:38 PM

By Freddie Allen Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, said that there are incredible career and business opportunities in the petrochemical industry and he’s committed to increasing awareness about those prospects in the Black and Hispanic communities. API is a national trade association that represents all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, according to the group’s website, and its membership includes “large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine...

Poor people’s campaign exhibit opens at the National Black History Museum in D.C.
1/17/2018 9:50:20 PM

[ital]Features never-before-seen images from Photographers Roland Freeman, Jill Freedman, Robert Houston, Laura Jones, Clara Watkins and Ernest Withers The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture commemorates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final human rights crusade in a new exhibition on the “Poor People’s Campaign,” a multicultural coalition that began in 1968 to end poverty. The exhibition, “City of Hope: Resurrection City & the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign,” features rare archival...

Sen. Kamala Harris Leads Kingdom Day Parade as Grand Marshal
1/17/2018 9:48:22 PM

LOS ANGELES—Thousands of people cheered and waved along the route of today's 33rd annual Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles, billed by organizers as the nation's biggest celebration of the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The parade began at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Western Avenue and culminated with a festival at Leimert Park. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, served as grand marshal of the parade, whose theme, “When They Go Low, We Go High,” was inspired by a comment by then-first lady...

Black leaders say Trump presidency is at odds with MLK's legacy
1/17/2018 9:46:35 PM

By Errin Haines Whack The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump's presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump's own making. In the same week that he honored King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon's birthday convinced that the leader of their country is a racist. For African-Americans in particular, this latest insult from Trump felt like whiplash. Barely a year...

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...

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy
1/17/2018 9:39:39 PM

By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. As the world community observes and celebrates the 89th birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is important for Black America to assess how far we have come 50 years since the tragic brutal assassination of Dr. King in Memphis, Tennessee of April 4, 1968. As a young worker for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), under the visionary leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. from 1963-1968 in North Carolina, I still have many vivid memories. I remember Dr. King’s admonition to “Stay focused on building an...