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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Nation’s Report Card Shows Blacks Excelling in Education

Written by Featured Organization on 15 May 2009.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A report that measures the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States shows that African-American students made greater gains from early 1970s than Caucasian students.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its report, The Nation’s Report Card: NAEP 2008 Trends in Academic Progress, on Tuesday. Since 1969, the report has been a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time. “We have two basic types of assessments, what we call ‘Main NAEP’ and ‘Long-Term Trend,’” Stuart Kerachsky, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), said in a statement. NCES manages the NAEP.
    Main NAEP measures grade-based student performance in mathematics, reading, and other selected subjects every two years, while Long-Term Trend NAEP provides national-level results for both public and private school students.
    Unlike Main NAEP, the Long-Term Trend NAEP assesses students by age rather than grade. The assessment was administered to 9-, 13- and 17-year-olds in representative samples of about 9,000 students in each age group, for a total of about 26,000 students per subject. Each student was assessed in one subject: reading or math.
    On reading, all three ages were asked to locate specific information in a text, make inferences based on information located in two or more locations in the text, and identify the main idea of the text, Kerachsky said.
    At age 9, black and white students had higher average reading scores in 2008 than in all previous assessment years – the average score for 9-year-old black students was 34 points higher in 2008 than in 1971, compared to a 14-point increase for white students, according to the report.
    Among 13-year-olds, black and white students had higher scores in 2008 than in 2004 and 1971. Black students showed a 25-point gain in 2008 compared to 1971, and white students showed a 7-point gain.
    The report also found that the average reading score increased for white 17-year-olds from 2004 to 2008, but showed no significant change for black students. Comparing 1971 to 2008, black students showed a gain of 28 points, while white students showed a gain of 4 points.
    The gaps between black and white students were narrower for all three ages in 2008 than in 1971, according to the report. The gaps narrowed by 20 points, 17 points, and 24 points at ages 9, 13, and 17, respectively.
    On mathematics, students were accessed on their knowledge of basic mathematical facts and formulas, ability to carry out computations using paper and pencil, and ability to apply mathematics to daily-living skills.
    Comparing 2004 to 2008, there was no significant change in the score for black students at all three age groups, while white students showed a gain of 5 points, according to the report. However, gains across all three age groups for black and white students were higher in 2008 than in 1973.
    The average score for 9-year-old black students was 34 points higher in 2008 than in 1973, compared to a 25-point increase for white students. Comparing 1973 to 2008, black 13-year-old students showed a gain of 34 points, while white students showed a g
    The report cited changes in the student population as a possibility for black and Hispanic students achieving significantly higher than white students. For example, the report states, the percentage of 9-year-olds assessed in reading who were white decreased from 80 percent in 1975 to 56 percent in 2008.
    For the 17-year-olds, Kerachsky added, “The percentage of white students in the total 17-year-old student population has fallen since the early assessments.”
    According to the report, the proportion of black students has remained more stable over time, making up 14 percent of 9-year-olds accessed in reading in 1971 and a 6 percent in 2008.ain of 16 points. And the average mathematics scores for black 17-year-old students was up 17 points, compared to 4 points for white students. •
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Lawsuit continued from front

• “The temporary suspension of all foreclosures within the Farm Service Agency’s farm loan program, which will not only aid farmers facing economic hardship but will also provide the opportunity to review the loan granting process for possible discriminatory conduct; “
• “The creation of a Task force to conduct a review of a sample of program civil rights complaints that have been processed or that are currently being processed - the complaints and inquiries total over 14,000, including over 3,000 that have not been processed;”
• and “Granting greater authority to USDA’s Office of Civil Rights. The Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights will collaborate with the other agencies to develop and implement a proposal for data collection across USDA, make sure all complaints are incorporated as part of one data system; and develop USDA policy and training to ensure that all complaints are received and dealt with in a consistent manner within a specific timeframe.“ •

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