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Longtime civil rights activist Bond dead at 75

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died Saturday night, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness, the SPLC said in a statement released Sunday morning. The Nashville, Tenn. native was considered a symbol and icon of the 1960s civil rights movement. As a Mo ...

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U.S. Gun Violence: A Human Rights failure

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) — The United Nations Human Rights Committee has given the U.S. a series of failing grades on human rights, including failing to meet international human rights standards on gun violence; the uneven implementation of controversial Stand Your Ground laws; violating personal privacy; and doing a poor job of caring for victims of gun violence. “We ...

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DA: It’s too early to know how woman died in Texas jail cell

By Michael Graczyk Wire Service Correspondent HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) -- The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell said that it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the ongoing case is being treated as thoroughly "as it would be in a murder investigation." Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference Monday that a T ...

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Black Christians and Muslims unite around burned churches

[caption id="attachment_13508" align="alignright" width="300"] Across the country places of worship burned long before the threats that followed the SC shooting and the 9/11 attacks. (Photo courtesy of NNPA)[/caption] By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the last week of June, as the nation was still mourning and mulling over the massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charlesto ...

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A Vision

  The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a cultural and educational research center, promotes the significance of civil rights developments during the city’s historic past which is becoming more relevant in its mission during the recent killing of black men and the resurgence of confederacy pride. (Photo by Gregory Lewis/GLIMAGE) Learn more at www.bcri.org. ...

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White woman snubbed Charleston shooter for a Black man

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – We may never know what ignited the explosion inside of White Supremacist Dylann Roof that prompted him to kill nine African Americans attending Bible study at a Black church in Charleston, S.C., but his hatred of Blacks apparently deepened two years ago after a White female he was interested in began dating an African American, according to a relat ...

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1ST SERVICE HELD AT BLACK CHURCH SINCE 9 SLAYINGS

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary Sunday for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people, and uniformed police officers stood among the congregation as a measure of added security. The service started with a message of love, recovery and healing, which will no doubt reverberate throughout churches across the country. ...

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Some police turning to stun guns after killings, protests

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins Wire Service Correspondent COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- With tensions running high over the killings of blacks by police, departments around the country are changing policies and procedures to curb the use of deadly force, ease public distrust and protect officers from retaliation. New York City plans to issue stun guns to hundreds more officers. The Milwaukee department is making crisis-i ...

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Young Activists push Obama on police reform

  President Barack Obama and senior staff get an earful from Ferguson youth leaders in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Freddie Allen/NNPA)   By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an oval office meeting that some have called “historic,” a group of young activists met with President Obama to discuss the crippling effects of police brutality in the Black community, t ...

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Brown family blasts prosecutor; Wilson speaks

By Tom Foreman Jr. and Jim Salter Wire Service Correspondents FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – Attorneys for Michael Brown's family vowed Tuesday to push for federal charges against the police officer who killed the unarmed 18-yearold, while the officer insisted in his first public statements that he could not have done anything differently in the confrontation. As darkness fell, hundreds more National Guardsmen were o ...

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