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Black unemployment rises to 12.1 percent

Black unemployment rises to 12.1 percentWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate increased from 11.9 percent in December to 12.1 percent in January, according the Department of Labor's latest monthly report.

At 12.1 percent the Black unemployment rate is nearly double the national unemployment rate of 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men over 20 years old jumped from 11.5 percent in December 2013 to 12 percent in January, compared to White men who experienced a decrease in their unemployment rate from 5.6 percent in December 2013 to 5.4 percent in January.
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Champion of African American History: Carter G. Woodson

Champion of African American History: Carter G. WoodsonEd. Note: This is cross-posted from the Huffington Post

In the fall of 1870, a handful of students made their way through the northwest quadrant of the nation's capital, and through the doors of D.C.'s "Preparatory High School for Colored Youth," the country's first public high school for African American children.
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Lawmakers advance CBM bills

Lawmakers advance CBM billsOver 60 community members attended the recent Council on Black Minnesotans (CBM) Community Meeting with Legislators. State Representatives Karen Clark, Raymond Dehn, and Phyllis Kahn, and Senators Bobby Jo Champion, and Kari Dziedzic addressed a packed room of active community members.
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DHS, Council on Black Minnesotans and partners promote adoption

DHS, Council on Black Minnesotans and partners promote adoptionDuring Black History Month, February, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Council on Black Minnesotans, and several nonprofit and community organizations are working together to encourage families to adopt children waiting in the foster care system, particularly African-American children who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system.
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Developing digital agendas & strategies for the decade of Afrodescendants and beyond

Developing digital agendas & strategies for the decade of Afrodescendants and beyondIn December 2013, the United Nations declared 2015-2024 as the International Decade of Afrodescendants.1 Despite the growing recognition of our importance as citizens in our respective countries, Afrolatin@s continue to battle for inclusion, autonomy, rights and justice. The Afrolatin@ Project (ALP) will continue to champion the Afrodescendant struggle for human rights by using digital tools to preserve the culture and history of Afrodescendants, increase our visibility, and improve our access as citizens no matter where we reside.
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Economic justice is unfinished agenda

Economic justice is unfinished agendaEconomic empowerment is the next phase of the Civil Rights Movement, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., who hosted the 17th annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit Feb. 11 – 13 in New York. The summit, "50 Years After the Civil Rights Act: The Unfinished Agenda for Economic Justice," focused on the decline in Black-owned businesses, home foreclosures and unemployment. The summit brought the nation's political, corporate, entrepreneurial and industry leaders to Wall Street to discuss the economic concerns distinctive to African-Americans and Latino communities.
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Dr. Umar Johnson on the business of saving Black children: Schools miseducate, mistreat and mislabel

Dr. Umar Johnson on the business of saving Black children: Schools miseducate, mistreat and mislabelNoted child therapist and Pan-Africanist, Dr. Umar Johnson was scheduled to talk at 6 p.m. at the Minneapolis Urban League, but his lecture did not begin until about 6:45 p.m.
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Election Commission urges voting reforms

Election Commission urges voting reformsWASHINGTON (NNPA) – In order to make sure no voter waits in line more than 30 minutes before casting a ballot, states need to adopt a series of election changes, the Presidential Commission on Election Administration proposed after a 6-month study.
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Robin Hickman guides Ordway celebration of African and African American culture

Robin Hickman guides Ordway celebration of African and African American cultureThe Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is a public institution.

That means the beautiful building housing a 1,900-seat orchestra hall, ornate lobby and rehearsal spaces located at 345 Washington Street in Saint Paul is funded in part by public contributions – as well as a host of private donations. Each year nearly 400,000 people are greeted by ticket takers to experience a variety of performances at the Ordway. But of that number, few are of African descent or people of color. That didn't sit well with the powers that be at the Ordway. It also didn't sit well with Robin Hickman.
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Diversity, inclusion theme of this year's Super Bowl ads

Diversity, inclusion theme of this year's Super Bowl adsSuper Bowl Sunday was an awful day for some of America's so called "purists."

In a game that featured quarterback match-ups between southern-born white "traditional" pocket passer, Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos against the more mobile, less traditional African-American QB, Russell Wilson, of the Seattle Seahawks, the game was no contest. Seattle crushed Manning and the Broncos 43 – 8. Oh, yeah, and don't forget Seattle's defense was led by "thug" cornerback Richard Sherman. Keep in mind the man labeled a thug by many for his post-game rant following the NFC Championship game has a degree with honors from Stanford University.
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Matthew Little remembered

Matthew Little rememberedCivil rights leader and former head of the Minnesota and Minneapolis chapters of the NAACP, Matthew Little, died Sunday, Jan. 26 at the age of 92.
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