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National Social Justice Advocate Cornell William Brooks Selected President-CEO of America’s Largest Civil Rights Organization

Written by Featured Organization on Sunday, 18 May 2014 15:21.

The NAACP National Board of Directors announced its selection of Attorney Cornell William Brooks to be the Association’s next National President & CEO. He will become the 18th person to oversee operations at the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization in its 105-year history. “We are proud to welcome Attorney Cornell William Brooks as our new president and CEO,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors. “Mr. Brooks is a pioneering lawyer and civil rights leader, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Association. We look forward to leveraging his legal prowess, vision and leadership as we tackle the pressing civil rights issues of the 21st century.”

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New WWC Quick Review on study of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship

Written by Featured Organization on Sunday, 18 May 2014 14:46.

The study examined the impact of the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship on high school students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. Depending on how long the student had attended Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS), the scholarship would cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for attending any public college or university in the state of Michigan. The authors hypothesized that the promise of such a scholarship might have an effect on students’ high school outcomes. The study focused on students who attended KPS schools from ninth grade through graduation. The authors compared the differences in academic and behavioral outcomes in high school before and after introduction of the Promise Scholarship for students who would be eligible to receive it (if they were accepted to a public Michigan college or university) and those who would not (because they had not attended school in the district for long enough to qualify).

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Moral Mondays Are Going Back to Raleigh on May 19!

Written by Featured Organization on Sunday, 18 May 2014 14:38.

Moral Mondays Are Going Back to Raleigh on May 19!  In preparation for this new phase of our campaign to turn North Carolina away from the path of extremism, NC NAACP members, Moral Monday arrestees and Forward Together Moral Movement supporters are invited to  Moral Monday Mobilization Call Tonight 7 PM. Before we move into the streets for Moral Monday on May 19, join us on Saturday's conference call and at Sunday's service as we receive our marching orders for a new season of petitioning our legislators to repent of their immoral actions, to repeal these disastrous laws that are hurting our state's most vulnerable, and to restore our confidence in their ability to govern for the good of the whole.

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Federal Judge Rules North Carolina Lawmakers Do Not Have Blanket Immunity; Must Release Secret Communication on Voter Suppression Bill

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 16 May 2014 10:20.

DURHAM, NC - A federal judge ruled today that members of the North Carolina General Assembly do not have absolute immunity and protection from releasing crucial emails and other internal documents related to their motivations and rationale for passing what is arguably one of the most restrictive and harmful voter suppression laws in the nation. Attorneys challenging the measure, from the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and Advancement Project, had requested this information several months ago from 13 primary sponsors of the bill - including documents on what data they used in drafting the legislation, whom they consulted with, and what information they may have known about its impact on voters - but state lawmakers had refused to comply. U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder agreed with an earlier ruling by Magistrate Judge Joi Peake that lawmakers don't have a blanket privilege from responding to requests for information. Now, if state officials want to withhold any documents, they will have to explain what they want to withhold and why. The court also ordered the state to disclose whether they intend to have any legislators testify in response to a forthcoming motion for preliminary injunction being filed by the NAACP and other plaintiffs in the case.

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NCDOT Releases More Data for Highway, Multi-modal Projects under New Law

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:57.

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is taking the next step to implement the Strategic Mobility Formula, a project prioritization process established last year by the Strategic Transportation Investments law. NCDOT today released data for 3,100 projects, based on criteria contained in the new formula. The data includes the original list of highway projects released in March and adds:

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A Better Way to Compensate College Athletes

Written by George E. Curry, NNPA Columnist on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:30.

Travis Holt byline photo Athletes at Northwestern University shocked the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports, by taking steps to unionize student/athletes. Surprisingly, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell, former NFL great Jim Brown and Harry Edwards, who organized a human rights protest at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City that culminated in Tommy Smith and John Carlos giving a clenched fist salute when they mounted the winners platform, do not support the idea. It’s not that Bill Russell, Jim Brown or Harry Edwards have mellowed – they have not. Rather, they think there’s a better way to help athletes who generate $500 billion a year to major universities, athletic vendors and others.

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First Woman-Owned Business Day a Huge Success

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 12 May 2014 15:02.

May 1 was the first annual Woman-Owned Business Day. Fashionable office supply retailer UrbanGirl.com, a woman-owned small business, founded the holiday. UrbanGirl coordinated the event along with more than 500 other woman-owned businesses across the country and around the world. This event was a true grassroots effort with no businesses paying to participate. The businesses promoted each other in the spirit of collaboration.

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Juneteenth Tour of the 13th Amendment Ending Slavery Visits Historic Edenton

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 12 May 2014 14:59.

EDENTON, N.C. -- A handful of documents changed the character of the United States. The 13th Amendment that formally ended legal slavery in this country is one of them. It will be exhibited by Historic Edenton State Historic Site at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse June 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. As part of the observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War led by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, and in recognition of Juneteenth, June 19, the date many African-Americans observe as when the last of the enslaved in 1865 learned they were free, there will be a tour of North Carolina's copy of the 13th Amendment in June. "The 13th Amendment wasn't just a symbol of freedom; it was indissoluble proof that equality means nothing if it is not meant for all," said Governor Pat McCrory. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of this rare exhibition to view one of the most important documents in our history."

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The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Announces 2014 Education Scholarship Event Slated for June 6

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:44.

The North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Foundation June 6, 2014 Education Scholarship Event includes: Issues Briefings (Survival of HBCUs, Affordable Care, Learning The New Rules for Voting in NC), a Networking Luncheon, a Memorial Service Honoring Deceased NCLBC Members and The William L. Wainwright Scholarship Banquet with Keynote Speaker U. S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield. Full event information is available at www.NCLBCF.org

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The Silent Wars of African American Girls

Written by Jazelle Hunt, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Monday, 05 May 2014 13:46.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – March 1 was the last time eight year-old Relisha Rudd was seen, leaving a local hotel here with Kahlil Tatum, a 51-year-old custodian who had been tasked to babysit her. Exactly a month later, Tatum was found dead; Rudd remains missing and the trail has gone cold. The same week Tatum’s death was announced, the body of 30-year-old, first-year medical resident Teleka Patrick was pulled from a lake in Indiana. In the days leading up to her December disappearance, she and others expressed concern over her mental health. The circumstances of her death remain unclear. 

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