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Urban planner turned entrepreneur receives McDonald’s 365 Black Award

By Mason Harrison Contributing Writer “By the time I began my career as a McDonald’s franchisee in New Orleans, I had become completely enraptured with

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Voting rights still ‘under siege,’ says coalition

By Anna Challet Contributing Writer (Special from New America Media) – One year after the Shelby County v. Holder Supreme Court decision, which weakened protections

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Group puts pressure on McDonogh 35 contractor to hire more minorities
A group of community leaders is lauding the removal of a “Not Hiring” sign that once hung on the construction gate at the new site of McDonogh 35 High School.
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Clyburn to Black Church: ‘Let’s rededicate ourselves’ to Civil Rights
By Hazel Trice Edney Contributing Writer (TriceEdneyWire.com) - In a year with a string of civil rights anniversaries – including the 50th Anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer – one of the highest ...
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Carolyn Watts Colvin to be nominated as Commissioner of Social Security
WASHINGTON, DC – Last month, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Carolyn Watts Colvin as Commissioner of Social Security.
Black voters and the future of Southern politics
By Chris Kromm Contributing Writer (Special from Facing South) – Last month marked the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the massive organizing project that brought more than 1,000 volunteers to Mississippi and ...
(L-R) Dexter Scott King, Bernice King and Lonnie Bunch III accept the Congressional Gold Medal from Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (DCalif.). Martin Luther King III not pictured.  Photo by Freddie Allen/NNPA
Martin and Coretta King awarded Congressional Gold Medal
By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent (NNPA) – During a recent ceremony on Capitol Hill, lawmakers from the United States Senate and House of Representatives celebrated the anniversary of the Civil Rights ...
Dortha 'Dodie' Smith-Simmons
Freedom Rider reflects on youthful sacrifice, fearlessness
By Nayita Wilson Contributing Writer Fifty years after deserting her youthful years to take on causes that would advance liberties for Blacks, Doratha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons, 71, a Louisiana figure in the 1960 ...
The landfill at Oakville
Plaquemines community opposes new landfill permits
By Susan Buchanan Contributing Writer Looking out his back door, Allen Green of Oakville Community Action Group in Plaquemines Parish sees a mountain of debris and trash. “It’s a smelly, 60-foot eyesore,” ...
Cash-strapped administration criticized for lavish inauguration festivities
At a time when City of New Orleans officials are scrambling to find money to pay for two federal consent decrees, long overdue street repairs, the replacement of lost or ...

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