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Minister Louis Farrakhan
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Democratic National Committee pulls sponsorship of Saturday’s Women’s March

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Democratic National Committee reportedly has withdrawn its sponsorship of the women’s march scheduled for this weekend because two of its leaders hold Minister Louis Farrakhan in high regard for the work the Nation of Islam is doing to improve life in the African- American community. HuffPost, the online newspaper, reported that the DNC pulled […]

Board members resign from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
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Board members resign from Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

  Three board members of the Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights Institute resigned to protest the organization withdrawing an invitation to Angela Davis to speak and canceling the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Awards dinner February 16th where she was scheduled to be honored. Mike Oatridge, the organization’s chair, Walter Body and Janice Kelsey resigned Wednesday amid calls that all of them […]

Britain’s Black Cultural Archives receives financial boost
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Britain’s Black Cultural Archives receives financial boost

The British government donated  £200,000 or $257,277 in short-term funding to the Black Cultural Archives, which documents the history of African and Caribbean people in England. The money was funded by the Borough of Lambeth, which is in South London. Paul Reid, BCA’s executive director, said the money will provide long-term sustainability for the organization. BCA also announced that it […]

Congressman Steve King
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Congressman Steve King stripped of committee assignments because of racist comments

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today House Republicans voted unanimously on Monday to strip King of his committee assignments because of racist comments, a decision for which the Congressional Black Caucus and others took credit. King, an Iowa Republican, was re-elected to his ninth term in November. He served on the House Judiciary, Agriculture and Small Business committees in the […]

The Groveland Four. In this undated image released by the State Library and Archives of Florida, Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, far left, and an unidentified man stand next to Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Charles Greenlee, from left, in Florida. The three men along with a fourth were charged with rape in 1949.
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Four black men have received posthumous pardons for a rape that never happened 70 years ago

Florida’s governor and his cabinet, acting as the state’s Clemency Board, on Friday issued posthumous pardons to four young black men who were interrogated, tortured and wrongly convicted for the 1949 rape of a white woman by an all-white jury. One of the boys was murdered before he was charged. Friday’s vote came nearly two years after the Florida Senate […]

Jeff Bezos’ soon-to-be ex-wife was a research assistant for novelist Toni Morrison
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Jeff Bezos’ soon-to-be ex-wife was a research assistant for novelist Toni Morrison

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos’ soon to be ex-wife  MacKenzie Bezos at one time was a research assistant for Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison. An English major who graduated from Princeton, Bezos pursued her degree while working for Morrison. She continued to work for Morrison after graduating. She calls Morrison her guru. The 48-year-old Bezos is a successful novelist. In 2006, […]

Dak Prescott, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, led his team to the next round of the playoffs.
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Black quarterbacks, except one, fail to lead their NFL teams into the next round of playoffs

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The performances of three black quarterbacks won’t make their teams’ highlight reels,  but they are sure to be featured in their opponents’ footage, following the National Football League’s Wildcard games last weekend. The Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and the Seattle Seahawks were all led by black quarterbacks, but they failed to win their games […]

Angela Davis
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Alabama civil rights group rescinds upcoming award to Angela Davis because of pressure from a Jewish group

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Birmingham, Alabama, Civil Rights Institute has rescinded its invitation to honor Angela Davis and cancelled its annual February gala at which Davis was scheduled to receive the prestigious Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award after a Jewish group objected because of her support of Palestinians. “In September 2018, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s Board of […]

Company payrolls grew in December, but black unemployment rose
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Company payrolls grew in December, but black unemployment rose

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today December’s  jobs’ numbers shocked Wall Street, but what was even more shocking was the rise in unemployment among African Americans. The nation’s nonfarm businesses added 312,000 jobs last month with employment growing in food services, health care, bars, construction, manufacturing and retail trade. The nation’s overall unemployment rose 0.2 percent to 3.9 percent, reported the […]