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  • From Juneteenth To Reparations

    Dr. Julianne Malveaux|Jun 22, 2023

    (Trice Edney Wire) – Just two years ago, in 2021, The Senate unanimously passed legislation to make Juneteenth (June 19) a federal holiday. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the legislation with just fourteen holdouts, mostly among Southern Republicans. It is unlikely that this legislation would get such overwhelming support today, as so many oppose teaching truth, opposing "critical race theory", and even simple teaching about race and enslavement. Indeed, many might oppose t...

  • Reparations Rising with Robin Rue Simmons

    Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist|Dec 23, 2021

    The Honorable John Conyers, who represented Detroit in Congress from 1965 until 2017, introduced HR 40 every congressional session from 1989. He worked to get cosponsors for the legislation for nearly thirty years, but not even the entire Congressional Black Caucus would cosponsor. Upon his retirement from Congress, he passed the baton to Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Thanks to her efforts and those of reparations organizations, including the National African American Reparations...

  • How Many Pastors Can We Have?

    Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Correspondent|Dec 9, 2021

    Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton are doing the right thing when attending the Amaud Arbery trial. They demonstrate the solidarity that the Black community has with each other when one of us is lynched. Lynching has reverberations. Each of us, every Black person, is repulsed and dismayed when we learn that armed white men, using the pretense of “citizen’s arrest,” can kill any of us. What is a citizen’s arrest, anyway? Is it simply a license to kill? Kevin Gough, the attorney “defending” William “Roddie” Bryant, the man who both took the...

  • Not Jumping for Juneteenth

    Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Correspondent|Jul 1, 2021

    NNPA NEWSWIRE – President Biden gets credit for signing this legislation, just as he gets credit for going to Tulsa at the hundredth commemoration of the destruction of Black Wall Street. While both these things are primarily symbolic, these are symbolic gestures that he did not have to make. If Biden doesn’t “get” race and racism (and honestly, what white person does), he’s spent enough time with Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond and Vice President Kamala Harris to communicate his affinity for Black people and his commitment to some progress....

  • Old, Sick and Incarcerated

    Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Contributor|May 28, 2020

    There were 4623 incarcerated people over 65 in federal prisons during the first week of May.Until May 12, Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump's one-time campaign manager, was one of them.The 71-year-old petitioned the court for release to home confinement because of his age, heart condition, and "fear of coronavirus."Yet the federal correctional institution that housed Manafort had no coronavirus cases, and Manafort had served fewer than two years of his more than seven-year sentence.Recently developed fed... Full story

  • Four Hundred Years and We Still Ain't Clear Distortions of Black History

    Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Columnist|Mar 7, 2019

    According to some historians, Afrodescendents first entered these united states in 1619 off the coast of Virginia. If we believe that narrative, Afrodescendents have been in this country for 400 years. If the people who were kidnapped and brought here had to tell the story, would they tell the same one? Would they say that we came before Columbus? That some of us might have been here even longer? There were captured Africans that came from the mother continent in 1619, but also, thanks to the... Full story