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The Little-known History of Labor Rights & Civil Rights

A few weeks ago I attended the United Auto Workers Region 9A 18th Annual Civil Rights Award Recognition dinner in Hartford, Connecticut.


Citizenship for Some but Not All: a New Resolution Heightens the Attack on Citizenship

The headline reads like a quote from the dark side of America’s history: citizenship for some but not all.


Take the President’s Challenge Today

America is facing a crisis when it comes to leading healthy lifestyles. And of the populations suffering most from diet-related illness, African Americans top the list.


After the State of the Union, Time to Get to Work

Tonight, as I sat in the audience while President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address, I listened intently. But I also watched — and what I saw was just as powerful as everything that I heard.


Illinois State Conference NAACP Supported Bill To Repeal The Death Penalty Passes Il Senate 32-25,

The Illinois State House passed Senate Bill 3539 by a vote of 60 to 54, January 6, 2011, to not only repeal the state’s broken death penalty, but it would promote community safety by using the funds set aside for the Capital Litigation Trust Fund to provide assistance to victims’ families as well as training for law enforcement officials.


“Chicago Rainbow Beach “wade-in” 1960-61

Fifty years ago this August, history was made on Chicago’s South Side when a group of young Chicagoans waded into the waters of Lake Michigan.


Through All the Noise, King Rises Up

On Friday, January 14, I had the chance to go to my son’s kindergarten class as a guest speaker and read from Paula Young Shelton’s Child of the Civil Rights Movement.


January 2011: Glaucoma Awareness Month

A silent disease is taking away the sight of millions of Americans. It’s called glaucoma and it can slowly reduce eyesight and may cause blindness.


Dr. King Is Waiting

Wouldn’t Dr. King look for us to commemorate his legacy with social justice action as opposed to just social service?


Four Books for Martin Luther King Day

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day, is one of those days that's easier to see as simply another beach, ski, or TV sports weekend.


NAACP Seeks Apology from Maine Governor

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous appeared on WCH6 TV in Portland Maine this weekend, responding to Governor Paul LePage's offensive statements about the Association.


Keeping the Dream Alive

Forty-eight years ago, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech shaped the American landscape, educating and inspiring a nation of generations born and unborn.


NAACP Disperses $200,000 in Grants to Earthquake Ravaged Haiti

Just one year ago, on January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated the small nation of Haiti. That day, the world united in support – holding fundraisers, mailing first aid supplies, and sending prayers.


“Reform vs. Repeal”

As we begin this new year, the NAACP finds ourselves back in the fight to support that which is now law: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


“What Would Martin Do?” Forum on Capitol Hill for MLK Holiday

In celebration of the Martin Luther King holiday, the Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund will sponsor its annual “What Would Martin Do?” forum on Capitol Hill Friday, January 14th.


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