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Medgar Evers’ home designated a national landmark

  Trump signs National Resources Management Act, leading to creation of the landmark By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Medgar Evers was carrying NAACP  printed t-shirts that demanded “Jim Crow must go in Mississippi.”  As he walked from his car parked in the driveway to his home’s front door late at night in Jackson, Mississippi, an assassin’s bullet struck him in […]

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Southern Poverty Law Center Fires Morris Dees

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   The Southern Poverty Law Center announced today that Morris Dees, the organization’s co-founder, has been fired, but officials of the Montgomery, Alabama-based organization did not explain why. “As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values […]

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National Park Service is looking for sites in Mississippi to build monuments to the Civil Rights struggle

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The National Park Service, which manages the country’s national parks and many of its national monuments, is studying a location or locations throughout Mississippi to erect a monument or monuments to tell the state’s complicated and violent civil rights history, according to National Parks Magazine which was published in the winter of 2019. The magazine’s […]

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Colorado will vote to abolish slavery as punishment for a crime

Colorado residents will vote November 6th to abolish slavery as punishment for a crime   by Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery throughout the United States in 1865 except as punishment for a crime. Fourteen state constitutions still allow slavery as punishment for a crime as part of a compromise to pass the […]

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Election Day Countdown: Civil Rights leaders fight for maximum voter participation

  by Hazel Trice Edney ( – The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp over the state’s “discriminatory and unlawful ‘exact match’ voter suppression scheme.” The suit alleges that Georgia’s “‘no match, no vote’ voter registration scheme violates the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter […]

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Jumping Hurdles to Get to the Ballot Box:Voter ID and Registration

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today The easy part of voting is voting. The hard part is getting through the minefield of obstacles on the way to the ballot box. Besides having to deal with oftentimes confusing voter registration regulations, getting the right voter ID is becoming another problem as states rework ID requirements. Too often it’s African Americans and Native Americans, […]

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VoteRiders Helps Citizens Get the Voting Identification They Need

 By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today A non-profit, non-partisan organization called VoteRiders works to help people struggling with voter ID issues. VoteRiders leaves the legal and political battles around voting to “partners” such as the ACLU of Arkansas, Black Voters Matter and Florida’s UnidasUS.  Workers with partner groups can contact VoteRiders when they need to help people struggling with understanding and […]

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Man convicted of firing a shotgun at teenager seeking directions to school

Years earlier, a woman claimed a black man was attempting to break into her house when he was actually seeking help following a one-car accident By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A white man who fired two shots from a shotgun at a fleeing black teenage boy who knocked on the man’s front door seeking directions to school after getting lost, […]

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White Chicago cop convicted of shooting to death black teenager that was captured on police dash cam video

Police initially lied about the circumstances surrounding the shooting   By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A  jury today found Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The shooting was captured on  police dashcam video and showed that police and city […]

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Government-sponsored race discrimination has suppressed black homeownership and generational wealth

African-American Real Estate Professionals to Escalate Push for New Policies By Hazel Trice Edney – WASHINGTON–Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed by Congress more than 50 years ago, evidence reveals that government-supported racial discrimination in home buying remains rampant across the U.S. – yet, with little legislative remedy or recourse. This is the reason that […]