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Opinion
Restoring Voting Rights honors John Lewis
To honor Lewis' life and legacy, Democratic lawmakers want the 2019 Voting Rights Advancement Act he fought for passed, and to name it the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020.
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When monuments outlive their cultural relevance
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Local News
When monuments outlive their cultural relevance
The sculptor’s intent was to honor the liberation of America’s enslaved black population and in particular, the man who granted it, President Abraham Lincoln. Yet, the well-intentioned tableau perpetuates a perverted mythology, depicting an ever-supplicant African American in the presence of a deified Lincoln.
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John Lewis, apostle of ‘Beloved Community’
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News
John Lewis, apostle of ‘Beloved Community’
John Lewis, the son of a sharecropper who rose to become a giant of the Civil Rights Movement, died Friday of pancreatic cancer at age 80.
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Opinion
Why is it so hard for America to outlaw lynching?
The cast of Democratic and Republican Presidents stretching back over more than half-a-century all at one point in their administration were asked to throw White House weight behind a federal anti-lynching bill in Congress. All either flatly refused or demurred.
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Opinion
Asian American activists in solidarity with black community
In light of the recent murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, and the numerous murders of black people by a white supremacist system, the Asian Pacific Islander Civic Action Network of Massachusetts (APIs CAN!) stands firmly with the black communities of this country.
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Local News
Urban League marks 100 years
The oldest local branch of the Urban League finds itself still facing the unending battle, with police abuse replacing nooses and night riders as the most violent threats to people of color.
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NAACP postpones national convention in Boston
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Local News
NAACP postpones national convention in Boston
The NAACP has postponed its national convention previously scheduled for Boston in July, according to Tanisha Sullivan, president of the Boston Branch.
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Get out the black vote
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Black History
Get out the black vote
New restrictions on voting such as the closing down of polling places, purges of voter data rolls, restrictions on voting days and language access all amount to a valid attempt to take away the right to vote for minorities and people of color.
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Why Black History Month is still important
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Black History
Why Black History Month is still important
Black History Month began as a “Negro History Week” in 1926. Scholar and historian Carter G. Woodson chose the second week in February, as it contained the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, to bring awareness to African Americans’ role in shaping U.S. history. President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month a national observance in 1976.
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Violent suppression of equality in Mississippi
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Editorial
Violent suppression of equality in Mississippi
The concept of “freedom and justice for all” is too lofty a principal for many Americans to embrace. Evidence of this incapacity is the continued vandalism of the memorial to Emmett Till, even though it has been established that he was innocent of the alleged misconduct that provoked his lynching.
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Affirmative action: safe for now
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Editorial
Affirmative action: safe for now
There was an enormous sigh of relief across the country when Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued her ruling in the case brought to end affirmative action admissions at Harvard University.
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Panelists discuss Hub school desegregation
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Local News
Panelists discuss Hub school desegregation
Civil rights activists and attorneys gathered to mark the 45th anniversary of the court order mandating school desegregation in Boston with a panel discussion.
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