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Bombshell confessional letter links NYPD, FBI to Malcolm X’s murder
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Bombshell confessional letter links NYPD, FBI to Malcolm X’s murder
A New York cop’s deathbed confession of involvement in the assassination of Black Power icon Malcolm X led the family of the former Nation of Islam leader to call last week for a full re-opening of the investigation into the murder.
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A dynamic shift at the ACLU
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Editorial
A dynamic shift at the ACLU
The ACLU plans to take on issues of systemic racism in economics, housing, employment in other areas.
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Black History Milestones
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Black History
Black History Milestones
The road to civil rights in America was a long journey made possible by prominent leaders and a desire for equal rights.
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Bostonians reflect on King’s unfinished agenda
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Black History
Bostonians reflect on King’s unfinished agenda
In early 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. saw in Boston a city rife with segregation and politically dominated by whites. 55 years later, many Bostonians are ready to usher in a new era of Black women in positions of power. Despite these victories, local leaders insist that a lot must change before King’s dreams are realized.
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News
Why is fair housing still a distant journey for Black America?
Public pressure to restore a key HUD rule has united civil rights and public and private sector stakeholders in a swelling and nearly daily drumbeat of concern calling for fair housing to be supported and HUD’s replacement rule be rescinded.
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Protests can spark reprisals
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Editorial
Protests can spark reprisals
People must become aware of the risks when they answer Lewis’ call for “good trouble, necessary trouble."
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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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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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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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