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Lilly Endowment Funds Black Minds Matter
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Lilly Endowment Funds Black Minds Matter

There is an old African proverb that says: “Where you put your wealth signifies where and how your life’s priorities are ordered.” Such is the case when one views where and how corporate America invests its wealth beyond the boardroom and the stock market. There are some companies, however, like the Eli Lilly and Company and the Lilly Endowment Inc. that have had a long track record of investing portions of its wealth to support the education of Black America.

Why we must fight for environmental justice for people of color in 2016
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Why we must fight for environmental justice for people of color in 2016

[caption id="attachment_25876" align="alignleft"]nnpa columns bchavisBenjamin F. Chavis, Jr., says that there is an inextricable linkage between poverty, economic inequality and environmental injustice.[/caption]The Civil Rights Movement in the United States identified a long list of issues that were broadly considered the historical and contemporary evidence of systematic racial discrimination and injustice. With the 2016 presidential election rapidly approaching, the critical importance of environmental justice for Black Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans and for other people of color must be reasserted.

Black and Latinos working together
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Black and Latinos working together

If there was ever a propitious time for African Americans and Latino Americans to unite to advance the cause of freedom, justice, equality and economic empowerment, it is now.  Today, more than ever, the rapidly changing national demographics and the potential political and economic power as a direct result of Latino and Black unity in America cannot be overstated.

Black homeownership matters
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Black homeownership matters

What is important to 45 million Black Americans today should be important to all Americans. Yet, as the economy in the United States continues to gradually recover from very a difficult and complex set of economic woes, the recovery of economic well-being of Black America continues to lag behind.

Black votes matter
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Black votes matter

As we enter the 2016 political campaign season with numerous candidates for president of the United States in the Republican and Democratic parties, it appears once again that the political and economic interests of Black America are not being adequately addressed by either of the major political parties. It is as if the Black American vote is being taken for granted.

Misty Copeland danced her way to the top
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Misty Copeland danced her way to the top

Fighting for freedom and equality comes in numerous different forms, vessels and vocations, particularly in a society with a history of stereotypical distortions about human capacity and ability based on race and ethnicity. Therefore, it is important to note whenever there is an irrefutable exposure of some of those false myths and caricatures.

Emmett Till’s life still matters
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Emmett Till’s life still matters

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Racially motivated murder of young Black Americans across the United States is not a new or rare phenomenon. For too long this brutally fatal manifestation of the madness of American racism has persisted in the face of public horror and disgust.

Bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system
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Bipartisan effort to reform the criminal justice system

[caption id="attachment_25346" align="alignleft"]stockvault-handcuffs131490stockvault.net[/caption]Whenever I have an opportunity to rejoin the transformational activities of the civil rights organization that was founded and led by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I am always eager to participate. Such was the case July 23 in Baton Rouge, La. The occasion was the 57th annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and I had been invited to participate as part of a panel on criminal justice reform.

The legacy of Julian Bond
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The legacy of Julian Bond

[caption id="attachment_25190" align="alignleft"]bondbymontesbradleyJulian Bond (Credit: Eduardo Montes-Bradley)[/caption]There is an old African proverb that says “The spirit of a freedom warrior will never die in the enduring life of the village, yet that valued spirit will be passed on to future generations.” Julian Bond was a freedom fighter. He was a gallant leader-warrior for freedom, justice and equality. And his spirit will never die.

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