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Voter Registration the Star at L.A. Sentinel’s Taste of Soul

While this year’s Taste of Soul offers attendees the opportunity to try amazing food, the Sentinel is using the event to spearhead a huge voter registration drive.

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New Report: People of Color Nearly Absent from Top U.S. House Staff

“The House of Representatives cannot effectively create public policy that benefits all Americans if the people making policy decisions do not look like America,” — Spencer Overton, President of the Joint Center Black Talent Initiative.

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COMMENTARY: What the Supreme Court Nomination Would Mean for Black Women

Black women are the largest constituency in the United States that has no representation on the Supreme Court – we’ve never had a Black woman Supreme Court Justice. Until we can see that, we can certainly do better than another ideologically extreme white male.

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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Shuts the Door on Discriminatory Political Climate

From the tone of the presidential campaign, to where the Klu Klux Klan makes their appearances regularly, to the deportation of hundreds of immigrants, to the ban on Muslims, to the children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border—that is where the CBC steps in.

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Bipartisan HBCU Caucus Achieves Milestone with New Corporate Challenge Partners

HBCUs have led the charge to produce some of our nation’s greatest African-American talent, despite 200 years of discrimination and inequality, while the tech industry has faced some of the greatest challenges of mankind with fearless innovation and ingenuity.

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HBCU Millennials Energized to Vote!

“HBCU students are ready to support whoever has their best interest at heart,” Marshall said. “As an HBCU alum—history shows that HBCU students have always been engaged when it comes to the political process. The difference is always with likable candidates.”

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CBCF Prepares for 48th Legislative Conference in DC: ‘The Dream Still Demands Courage …’

The premier conference, which annually attracts nearly 10,000 people from across the world and is the only event of its kind in the United States, will have the theme, “The Dream Still Demands Courage, Resilience, Leadership and Legislation.”

 

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Jim Crow 2018 – Black Voting Rights under Attack in America

“This is a discriminatory state law that is antiquated and almost equates to the laws that discriminated against racial minorities decades ago when they were required to pay a poll tax in order to vote … There is no test for a person who can challenge your right to vote.

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What Is Exciting About Black Political Excellence – A Generational Changing of the Guard

What is exciting about the Black political excellence is that it also represents a generational changing of the guard. Gillum is 39, Pressley and Abrams, in their early 40s. Booker is 49, and Harris is in her early 50s. This is quite a change from the entrenched political leadership that endorsed Pressley’s opponent.

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HBCU Alumni From the Class of 1968 to Discuss “Memory Stability Practices for an Aging Generation” During Their 50th Golden Class Reunion

Now, Dr. Singleton is writing about one of the upcoming senior class table topics for discussion during the celebration of their 50th Golden Class Reunion: “Memory, Mobility and Aging”.

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EXCLUSIVE Former GOP Chair Steele Says He Knows Identity of Op-Ed Writer

“No individual will want to go to the boss or go public, so they sit there talking and they write

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Politicians, Lies and Election Legitimacy – It’s an Old Story

I’m a scholar of 19th-century American history and politics. Whether an election should be overturned because of the lies of a third-party group may seem like a very contemporary and topical issue…

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Boston City Council Member Ayanna Pressley Becomes the Latest New Young Candidate to Win Big

At a time when pushback against the Trump administration’s divisive policies towards minorities and immigrants have been featured, Pressley’s vigorous campaign captured the imagination of the nation’s current political climate.

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Black Student Activists Face Penalty in College Admissions

In the book, legal scholars Devon Carbado and Mitu Gulati argue that in the “post-racial” era, white-controlled organizations prefer to hire “‘good blacks’ who will think of themselves as people first and black people second.”

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Campaign Season Is Moving Into High Gear – Why Some Votes Mean More Than Others

While there is much talk about the fiscal deficit or the infrastructure deficit, less attention is paid to the mounting democratic deficit. The more undemocratic tendencies of the U.S. electoral system are growing stronger.

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Call to Action: NAACP Statement on Kavanaugh’s Troubling Civil Rights Record

What we do know of Judge Kavanaugh’s civil rights record is deeply troubling. His views on voting rights, affirmative action, equal employment, fair housing, and criminal justice could shut the courthouse door on justice for a generation.

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Commentary: There Is a Black Wave Sweeping Across the State of Florida

The fight for the soul of the Democratic Party starts with the unification, mobilization, and organization of the base. Gillum is a bold powerful voice for change, and the question is, “Will the Florida Democratic Party get behind this progressive candidate 150%?”

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Roland Martin Launches New Digital Show on Politics This Week

Journalist Roland Martin launches his new digital show, Roland Martin Unfiltered, this week. The show will feature a live stream broadcast on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Periscope and IGTV, Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. eastern.

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