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In historic votes, Lutherans elect two African-American women bishops

May 11, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  The Rev. Patricia A. Davenport speaks after being elected bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod during its assembly at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford, Penn., on May 5, 2018.  (Photo via SEPAsynod video)   By Mark A. Kellner religion news service A synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made history Saturday…

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Damning audit of U.S. poverty fuels new Poor People’s Campaign

May 4, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  At a press conference earlier this year, North Carolina activists with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival announced plans to engage in direct action to challenge public policies that hurt the poor.  (Photo courtesy of Kevin Smith.) By Rebekah Barber WWW.FACINGSOUTH.ORG Five years ago this month, about 100 people…

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Still Approaching The Beloved Community

April 19, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) holds the Citation in his honor with (at the left) Councilman Curtis Jones and (right) former Philadelphia mayor Rev. W. Wilson Goode Sr.   (Photo courtesy: Denise Clay) Congressman John Lewis reminded the students of St. Joseph University that while we’ve accomplished much in terms of the Rev. Dr. Martin…

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The Fair Housing Act in Philadelphia, 50 years later

April 12, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  President Lyndon B. Johnson presents a souvenir pen to Mr. and Mrs. Lupe Arzola, in 1968 in Washington, during the signing of the Fair Housing Act outside the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Arzolas were residents of the oldest federally subsidized public housing project in Austin, Tex. (AP Photo)   By…

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MLK tackled many issues in his lifetime. Where are we now?

April 6, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. DreamWorks Studios announced Tuesday, May 19, 2009 it plans to make a movie about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., to be co-produced by Steven Spielberg. (AP Photo/File)   By Russell Contreras Associated…

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Speeches, marches mark Martin Luther King anniversary

April 4, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the civil rights leader’s family and admirers were marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and quiet reflection Wednesday. The commemorations stretch from his hometown of Atlanta to Memphis, where he died, and points beyond. Among the first…

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Fifty years later, remembering one of MLK’s last speeches

March 30, 2018

By Richard Cowen The Record/ap PATERSON, N.J–Thousands of people were jamming the sidewalks on a late March evening 50 years ago when the motorcade that brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Paterson finally turned the corner onto Auburn Street and made its way to the old wooden church where the sound of gospel music…

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Extraordinary sisters

March 23, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Akosua Ali, Dr. Lezli Baskervill, Bev Smith, and Lisa Blunt Rochester.   By Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. TriceEdneyWire.com For the past 13 years, I’ve worked almost exclusively for Black women and their families, which means I spend my time working for our entire community, including male spouses, brothers, fathers, sons, nephews, cousins….

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Congresswoman Frederika Wilson is a long time African affairs expert

March 15, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  Congresswoman Frederika Wilson   By Joseph Hammond Urban News Service From 2017 Most Americans had not heard of Rep. Frederika Wilson until she accused President Trump of making insensitive remarks in a condolence call to the widow of an American soldier killed in Niger. But her connection to the military’s often secretive work…

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How four women fought racism as Mississippi schools integrated

March 9, 2018

ABOVE PHOTO:  From left, Iris McGee, Janis Moore, Pat Yedell and Linda O’Neil are photographed on Feb. 20, 2018 in Greenville, Miss. The women were the first black students to attend E.E. Bass and Solomon Jr. High School during pre- desegregation in the mid-1960’s. (Bill Johnson/The Delta Democrat-Times via AP)   By Kristina Norman Delta…

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