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Black Lives Matter Activist Running For Mayor of Baltimore

DeRay Mckesson becomes final candidate to join mayoral primary

Becoming the 13th and final candidate to jump into the primary race, Mckesson comes to…

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Chicago Police Department Hires Consultant to Help with Civil Rights Reform

Mayor Rahm Emanuel taps former Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey to guide police force

Chicago taps police veteran Charles Ramsey to help with the reform of its police department.

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More Than Half of U.S. Employers Do Not Honor Dr. King Day

Employees in the manufacturing industry are least likely to receive the day off

New survey shows that just 37% of U.S. employees receive a paid day off in…

By Courtney Connley

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BE Inspired: Dr. Martin Luther King Quotes to Uplift and Empower You

Some favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Although King is most recognized for his work during the Civil Rights movement, his principles…

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Gospel of Action

Rhetoric alone can't bring about change

Of all the possible descriptions and titles that have been assigned to Dr. King, history…

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Remembering Dr. King: Greg Calhoun

CEO of Calhoun Enterprises recalls meeting Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As a young kid, I really didn’t know why I was out there to be…

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events Happening Around the Nation

A roundup of citywide events honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Join citywide events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Black Enterprise Remembers Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Archival episodes of Our World With Black Enterprise honoring Dr. King

Several Civil Rights Leaders in their own right, including Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis…

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Minimum Wage Increase: NYC Mayor Upping the Ante to $15

Plan will cost city more than $230 million and boost pay for contract, union workers

Workers in the Big Apple can expect to earn at least $15 an hour by…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Twitter Reacts: Oregon Militia Leader Compares Himself to Rosa Parks

The comparison doesn't go over well

Twitter reacts to Oregon ‘militia’ leader comparing himself to Rosa Parks

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[WATCH] Icons Connect: Kobe Bryant Meets 1st Black Player for Minneapolis Lakers

Bob Williams, an NBA player in the '50s, shares memories and love for the franchise

Recently, Bob Williams got to meet one of the greatest athletes of all time who…

By Janell Hazelwood

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[Op-Ed] Why Rep. Scalise’s Inclusion at CBC 13th Amendment Event Was More Than Questionable

With racial scandals, take note of his controversial decisions on equality

Rep. Steve Scalise inclusion in the speaker lineup for the CBC’s 13th amendment commemoration event…

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Eric Holder Honored at NAACP Legal Defense Fund 75th Anniversary Gala

The first African American to serve as U.S. Attorney General received the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award

The NAACP LDF honored former United States Attorney General Eric Holder for his lifelong efforts…

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Duke University Celebrates John Hope Franklin’s 100th Birthday

The yearlong tribute continues

The tributes will continue in November as well, including a presentation by members of the…

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Remembering Julian Bond As A Champion of Black Enterprise

A consummate journalist, Bond understood the importance of black-owned media as a voice of empowerment and self-determination for African Americans.

Against a backdrop of activism and achievement, it could be easy to forget that Bond…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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$6.4 Million: Baltimore Reaches Settlement with Freddie Gray Family

Deal must still be approved by the city’s Board of Estimates

Freddie Gray’s family set to get $6.4 million in death settlement, however, the deal must…

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Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Passes Away at 104

Boynton Robinson remembered as a fighter for justice and equality

Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson, who helped lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march…

By Courtney Connley

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Shaun King-gate? Did Black Lives Matter Activist Lie About His Race?

Activist denies lying and says there's a "conspiracy" against him in his work to highlight injustices

Black Lives Matter activist is at the center of controversy after reports that he falsely…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Louis Stokes, Ohio’s First Black Congressman, Dies

Attorney and civil rights advocate leaves legacy of forging change for minorities and disenfranchised

Louis Stokes, Ohio’s first African-American Congressan, died late Tuesday. He was 90.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Julian Bond, Civil Rights Leader and Activist, Dies

Former chairman of NAACP leaves legacy of leadership and service to the disenfranchised

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) announced Bond’s death Sunday, Aug. 16, indicating he died…

By Janell Hazelwood

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[STUDY] Racial Segregation in Suburbia Still High in US

Cornell University researcher finds metro areas more diverse

Though segregation has decreased in metropolitan areas, it remains in other ways; especially in suburban…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Today Marks Anniversary of Los Angeles Riots of 1965

More than 34 lives were lost and there was over $40 million in property damages

Fifty years ago in 1965, a traffic stop in Los Angeles changed history and sparked…

By Janell Hazelwood

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[WATCH] Bishop T.D. Jakes Talks Black Church and Homosexuality

Potter's House chief pastor says LGBT community and church can coexist

Bishop T.D. Jakes expressed his beliefs on the black church’s stance on homosexuality and interaction…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Michael Brown Anniversary: Gunfire Disrupts Peace and Activism Leaders Arrested as Protests Continue

#SayHerName activists use day to ensure female cases are remembered too

#SayHerName activists use day to ensure female cases are also remembered after the Ferguson tragedy.

By Janell Hazelwood

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7 Must-Know Facts About Bree Newsome

A young activist with a hands-on approach to social justice

Bree Newsome, activist and filmmaker, has made it a habit to stand up for justice…

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John Legend Launches ‘FREE AMERICA’: Campaign to Help End Mass Incarceration

The Academy Award-winning singer is committed to improving civil rights

John Legend has launched his new campaign FREE AMERICA, to help end mass incarceration across…

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6 Great Books to Read for Women’s History Month

Celebrate these women's contributions to the world

For over 30 years, the United States has dedicated the month of March to honor…

By Kandia Johnson

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Selma For Students: Making the Dream Real For A New Generation

How the "children" of Dr. King's Dream raised more than $2 million and made more than 300,000 tickets available to students in more than 30 cities.

How the “children” of Dr. King’s Dream raised more than $2 million and made more…

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Justice Department Files No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman in Death of Trayvon Martin

The federal department says there wasn't enough evidence for federal civil rights charges

Justice Department files no federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting…

By Courtney Connley

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First Lady Obama Celebrates Female Leaders Contributions to the Civil Rights Movement

Female panelists discuss the difference between today's civil rights movement and the one of the past

First Lady Obama host White House event that celebrates the achievements of both past and…

By Courtney Connley

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Common and John Legend Address Civil Rights Issues of Today in Moving Oscar Speech

Issues with voting rights, criminal justice system and more take center stage at the Oscars

Common and John Legend use Oscars platform to deliver a moving speech

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Denver Jury Grants Nearly $15 Million to Workers in Racial Discrimination Case

Black workers called "lazy, stupid Africans" by white supervisors and employees

A federal jury in Denver granted nearly $15 million to a group of warehouse workers…

By Courtney Connley

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This Day in History: Frederick Douglass Elected President of Freedman Bank and Trust

Institution established to support economic stability of African Americans after Civil War

Bank was chartered by the U.S. government to guide the economic development of the newly…

By Janell Hazelwood

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This Day In History: Nelson Mandela Released from Prison

Today marks the 25th anniversary of his release

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela‘s release from prison, a great day in…

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This Day in History: Freed Black Slaves Set Sail on the ‘Mayflower of Liberia’

On Feb. 6, 1820, the Mayflower of Liberia journeyed to Africa

On Feb. 6, 1820, a group of more than 85 free men and women, former…

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Comcast Celebrates Black History Month, Recognizing African American Innovators

The two-part series features past leaders and today's tech entrepreneurs

Comcast is honoring Black History Month by celebrating and recognizing various African American innovators in…

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This Day in History: Rosa Parks is Born

The Civil Rights activist would be 102 today

We are now on the fourth day of Black History Month, and on this special…

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This Day in History: First Black Student Enrolls at University of Alabama

Autherine Lucy faced riots and threats to her life, all to desegregate the university

By this day, Autherine Lucy was taking her first classes, facing tremendous challenges, as the…

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This Day in History: Ernest Just Recieves the Spingarn Medal for Strides in Science

As Black History Month is upon us, let us reflect on past leaders

Scientist Ernest Just was received with the Spingarn Medal 101 years ago today.

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Civil Rights Today: 15 Empowering Songs That Promote Freedom and Justice

As we're nearing Black History Month, add these hot picks to your playlist

Martin Luther King Jr.’s lives on 365 days per year. Empower yourself with this take-charge,…

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Justice Department to Reportedly Clear Darren Wilson of Civil Rights Charges

FBI investigation reportedly finds no evidence to support charges

Justice Department to reportedly clear officer Darren Wilson of civil rights charges in the fatal…

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President Obama to Visit Selma in Honor of 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Marches

President's visit will highlight the importance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

White House officials report that President Obama will visit Selma in honor of the 50th…

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Black History Month: 7 Cool, Must-See Civil Rights Landmarks and Tours

From the East Coast to the West, these are spots you and the family won't want to miss

Here are seven must-see Civil Rights landmarks. From the Rosa Parks bus to the MLK…

By Cristie Leondis

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How Tech Companies Honored MLK Day

With diversity a major issue, many acknowledged but most did not close doors to commemorate

The lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, as well as the technology industry in general,…

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Oprah and ‘Selma’ Cast Marched in Alabama on MLK Day

Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Common and other stars celebrate esteemed leader in unity

To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., the Selma cast marched in Selma, Alabama Sunday, Jan.…

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Ball State University Students Turn Retired Bus Into Civil Rights Museum

The exhibit will feature past leaders

A group of students from Ball State University have transformed a retired bus into a…

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The Boss Moves of Martin Luther King Jr.

Take notes on the brave career moves of the most important Civil Rights leader in black history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What is your greatest memory of MLK?

By Courtney Connley

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Ava DuVernay and Lorraine Toussaint Talk ‘Selma’ on Women of Power TV

All-new episode of female empowerment and inspiration to air this weekend

Director Ava DuVernay and actress Lorraine Toussaint talk “Selma” on an all new episode of…

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Civil Rights Group Starts Petition to Get Sony Executive Fired

Color of Change petitions to get Amy Pascal terminated for leaked email comments

Civil rights group, ColorOfChange.org, has started an online petition to get Sony executive, Amy Pascal,…

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Oprah Announces Month-Long Celebration to Honor Civil Rights Legends

Throughout January, exclusive programming will feature the legends

Earlier today, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced that as January approaches, there will be continual…

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Ladies of Legacy: Dorothy Height

"Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement" fought for equality for African Americans and women

Civil rights activist and Black Enterprise Legacy Award recipient Dorothy Height would be proud of…

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Twitter Eulogizes Eric Garner With #ICantBreathe

Shocked and dismayed, public unites behind a human rights cause

Another grand jury verdict, another sad tragedy. Twitter eulogizes the late Eric Garner with the…

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Harry Belafonte, Steve McQueen and More Attend Andrew Goodman Hidden Hero Awards

Hollywood vet presents legendary director with Media Hero Award

Harry Belafonte, Steve McQueen and more get recognized at the Andrew Goodman Hidden Hero Awards

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[REACTIONS] Aftermath of Jury Decision in Michael Brown Case

Public opinion ranges from indifference to outrage to support of Darren Wilson, who will not face charges

Image: FacebookA grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., decided tonight that Darren Wilson will not face charges…

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Darren Wilson Will Not Be Charged in Michael Brown Shooting

Prosecutor Robert McCulloch says jury found 'no probable cause'

A grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., has decided Darren Wilson will not be indicted in…

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Civil Rights Group Says Bravo TV Profiting From Black Violence

Color of Change urging network to stop airing fights involving people of color

ColorofChange.org urging network to stop airing fights involving black people against one another.

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National Civil Rights Museum to Honor Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Women of Power Summit Legacy Award recipient to be honored for her trailblazing journalism career

Black Enterprise 2015 Women of Power Summit Legacy Award recipient to be honored by the…

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NAACP Legal Defense Honors Late President with Fellowship for Lawyers

New opportunity will provide advanced career opportunities for civil rights litigators

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund launches new fellowship program to honor late president John…

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Black Ivy League Student Leaders Form Civil Rights Coalition

Students pledge to help bring about racial equality

With the goal of bringing about social change, black student leaders from the nation’s eight…

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Library of Congress to House Rosa Parks Papers

Collection on 10-year loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation

The historical collection of American icon, Rosa Parks, will now be housed at the Library…

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[WATCH] Ferguson Kids Send Message to White America About Racism

Six black children discuss the need to end racism

In video, six black youth from Ferguson, Missouri, discuss the need to end racism in…

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Ferguson Police Wearing Body Cameras

Will this change how they act around citizens?

Ferguson police have finally begun to wear body cameras, but is it enough to change…

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Warren Buffett’s Son Buys Rosa Parks’ Artifacts For $4.5 Million

No plans on what to do with the civil rights leader's items have been announced

The late, great Civil Rights pioneer, Rosa Parks, has had her life mementos purchased by…

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When Will Police Stop Murdering Unarmed Black Men?

Each of us must take a stand each and every day to make the point that black lives matter

According to the FBI’s most recent accounts of “justifiable homicide,” in the seven years between…

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J. Cole, Nelly, and More Take Action in Honoring Michael Brown

Celebrities speak out in the death of unarmed teen

In the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death, celebrities use their platform to help bring justice…

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#JusticeForMikeBrown: #HBCUs Stand Together in Protest to Raise Awareness

HBCUs shoot powerful #HandsUpDontShoot pictures

In honor of unarmed Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown’s death, HBCUs across the nation have…

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$525,000: Barneys Pays to Settle Racial Profiling Allegations

Retailer to also hire anti-profiling consultant

After an investigation on multiple complaints of racial profiling, Barneys New York has agreed to…

By Courtney Connley

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Black Mt. Rushmore: What African American Leaders Are On Yours?

Who are the top leaders that would be immortalized in granite?

If there were a Black Mt. Rushmore, what African-American faces should be sculpted and chiseled…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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The Fight Against ‘Racial Profiling’ and ‘Shopping While Black’ Continues

The line between “the suspect is a black male” and “black males are suspect” remains dangerously thin.

The line between “the suspect is a black male” and “black males are suspect” remains…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Hollywood Boss Moves: Phylicia Rashad Directs ‘Four Little Girls’ Play

Special reading marks 50th anniversary of tragic Birmingham bombing

Actress Phylicia Rashad, best known as one of America’s favorite TV moms, is adding…

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Civil Rights for a New Generation: Rescuing the Abandoned

The 50th Anniversary March on Washington is an opportunity to begin paving a way to freedom and equality for the “least of these” of black America.

[We have overcome] is a nice, comforting, and even inspiring notion. But it’s just not…

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Jesse Hill Jr., Atlanta Activist and Businessman, Dead at 86

St. Louis native was a civil rights activist who led Atlanta Life Insurance Co.

Mr. Hill died Monday at age 86.

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History! Ole Miss Crowns First Black Homecoming Queen

A historic moment in the controversial southern university's history

A historic moment in the controversial southern university’s history

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Louis Farrakhan: ‘We Can’t Keep Blaming the White Man’

Did you ever expect him to say something like this?

Did you ever expect him to say something like this?

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Ann Coulter: “Civil Rights Are Only For Blacks, Not Gays”

What do you think of the controversial Conservative commentator's comments?

What do you think of the controversial Conservative commentator’s comments?

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Opinion: What Republicans Could Learn From Being Gay

Commentator Raynard Jackson shares his views on the recent debate over Pres. Obama's stance on gay rights

Some argue that gay rights and civil rights are the same, while others, like Raynard…

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This vintage, open-cockpit biplane was used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train Black fighter pilots during World War II.

Memorabilia From National Museum of African American History & Culture

From Harriet Tubman's Hymn Book to Muhammad Ali's headgear, you can connect with all aspects of black cultural

In preparation for the 2015 opening of the National Museum of African American History &…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Decoded

See how the Civil Rights leader inspired mass change

As the nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Enterprise Decodes the…

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In the News: Denzel Washington Donates $2.25 Million to Fordham; Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at 89 and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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Whether it was civil rights or gay rights, the struggle for equality has been an on-going battle. While the call to action generally happens on the grassroots level with the people, it’s on Capitol Hill where the real changes happen. As BlackEnterprise.com’s coverage of the Black LGBT community, we look back at the some major historical points of the LGBT rights movements with an intensive timeline that follows the ups, downs and milestones under various presidential administrations. —Kahliah Laney

US Presidents Decoded: 49 Milestones in LGBT History

See which 16 US presidents were in office when these historic LGBT moments occured

From Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, US presidents have presided over many great moments in…

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Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights

African Americans banned together to fight racial injustice, but for some, gay rights is a different battle

Civil Rights and Gay Rights share many similarities, but those some would beg to differ.…

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Women of Power: Eleanor Holmes Norton Continues Her Civil Rights Mission

The congresswoman has never forgotten her call to action to help her people achieve greatness

Congresswoman Norton keep the civil rights movement going
Nothing says power like politics, and for the…

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In the News: Turmoil in Egypt Continues; Martin Luther King III Addresses Mets Rumors; Vick’s New Deal

Noteworthy headlines from around the Web...

The Egyptian president’s “out with the old, in with the new” cabinet strategy failed as…

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Greene�s primary victory is upheld; Ethics panel scrutinizes lawmakers

The South Carolina Democratic Party’s executive committee voted Thursday night to uphold unemployed veteran Alvin…

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For nearly half a century, Dorothy Irene Height has been a vocal champion and leader in the Civil Rights movement. As the only female member among the major leaders of the Civil Rights Movement—along with Martin Luther King, Whitney H. Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis—Height fought for equality and human rights for all people. Among her numerous accomplishments: Height was named to address issues of duress during the aftermath of the Harlem riot of 1935; appointed leader of the United Christian Youth Movement of North America in the New Deal era (1933); was on the staff of the National Board of the YWCA of the USA (1944 - 1977); elected president of the National Council of Negro Women (1957-1998); and received the NAACP Spingarn Medal,  the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton, and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian and most distinguished award presented by the U.S.  Congress.  She was as well known for her extensive collection of hats, as well as for her indomitable spirit.  (Image source: New York University) (Click here to view Women of Power Legacy Award Dorothy Height Tribute video.)

Dorothy I. Height: Her Life in Pictures

As the only female member among the major leaders of the Civil Rights Movement Height fought for equality and human rights for all people

For nearly half a century, Dorothy Irene Height has been a vocal champion and leader…

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National Urban League Launches Interactive Tool

Organization celebrates 100 years of service

To mark its centennial, the National Urban League has ramped up its focus on…

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Backtalk with Gwen Ifill

Black Enterprise turned the tables on Gwen Ifill, getting her thoughts on objectivity in the…

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New Civil Rights Museum Honors Sit-In Legacy

Historic site houses original artifacts, highlights black history

Counteracting racism was never as literal as it was on Feb. 1, 1960, when four…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Percy E. Sutton: A Titan Worthy of Emulation

Memorial service for iconic business leader to be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Manhattan's Riverside Church

Percy Sutton never met a challenge too great for his boundless energy and intrepid spirit.…

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Obama and a New Generation Come to Power

They’ve been called the “children of the dream.” They are the generation of African Americans,…

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NAACP Celebrates 100 Years with Focus on Human Rights

Organization pushing for stimulus funds distribution to be monitored

As the NAACP embarks on its 100th anniversary, the organization and America stands on the…

By Renita Burns

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I Don’t Know What To Say…What Would Pop-Pop Think?

Sen. Barack Obama is officially the Democratic Party nominee for the Presidency of the United States of America

Is this really happening? Did I just witness Sen. Hillary Clinton move to nominate Sen.…

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