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Julian Bond gets NAACP top honor

Julian Bond gets NAACP top honorThe National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Board of Directors announces that its Chairman, Hon. Julian Bond, will be the 94th recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor. Bond will receive the award during the NAACP National Convention in New York City July 16 at the annual Spingarn Dinner as the Association continues celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding.
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National Urban League’s The State of Black America® 2009 report shows Black and white equality still needs work

(NEW YORK)  – As the entire country observed the historic election of President Barack Obama amid one of the worst economic crises this nation has ever seen, these are the ‘best of times and the worst of times’ for black America.  The National Urban League, today, released the State of Black America (SOBA) 2009 report which shows that while the entire country is hurting during these tough economic times, African-Americans are disproportionately hurting worse.
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McCollum touts $11.6 million in Recovery Act funds for public housing in 4th district

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) today highlighted over $11 million in federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for public housing going to St. Paul, South St. Paul, Dakota and Washington Counties.
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State of Black America

The National Urban League is calling on President Barack Obama to specifically address Black unemployment, foreclosures, education and health care.
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John Hope Franklin democratized American history

John Hope Franklin democratized American historyNAACP Chairman Julian Bond and NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous noting the death of historian and activist John Hope Franklin, said, “America has lost a real treasure with the death of John Hope Franklin. He was a pioneer in democratizing American history, giving Black Americans a proper place in the development of the United States. His magnificent work, From Slavery to Freedom, insures people of color will not be forgotten when the American story is told. He was more than America's most prominent historian - his civic activism set a high standard for academics, marching in Selma, serving on numerous commissions and advising presidents.
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Congolese woman wins Freedom Prize

(GIN) - “As a journalist, I found that Congolese women were silenced and I decided to battle for their freedom of expression.”
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HUD Secretary details housing plan's benefits for African-Americans

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Black homeowners who were unfairly targeted for the subprime mortgages that helped topple the American economy now face the threat of similar predatory practices, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan told African American reporters this week.
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Ellison applauds White House Liberian extension

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) welcomed President Obama’s recent decision to extend Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status by 12 months to Liberians residing legally in the United States. There are approximately 3,600 Liberians in the United States on a temporary status including more than 1,000 Minnesotans.
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State of Black America Report

The National Urban League is calling on President Barack Obama to specifically address Black unemployment, foreclosures, education and health care.
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Federal Reserve: “Community Reinvestment Act – Not the Cause of the Housing Crisis”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – US Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) welcomed the unequivocal conclusion of Federal Reserve officials that the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) was not responsible for the on-going housing crisis.
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Unemployment rate nearly double for Black workers

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “Astounding” is how President Obama, speaking March 6 in Columbus, OH, characterized the nation’s new Unemployment figures - a staggering 8.1 percent, the highest since 1983 as employers pick up the pace of layoffs.
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