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Marc H. Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest civil rights organization.

Marc H. Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, the nation's largest civil rights organization.

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Affirmative Action: Dissecting Rhetoric from Reality

The attack on equality of education

According to a leaked memo, the Department of Justice is planning to redirect resources from its civil rights division to investigate and sue universities that use “intentional race-based discrimination” in their admissions process because of its purported negative effects on Asian-American applicants.

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Where the Flames of Righteous Anger Burned

Ferguson Empowerment Center rises

Three years ago this month, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed, black 18-year-old named Michael Brown. The anger and unrest sparked by that shooting came to be symbolized by the image of a burning convenience store on West Florissant Avenue. And it presented one of the greatest challenges of his career for Michael McMillan, who’d been appointed President and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis just a year before.

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Men and Women on the Side of Right

A civil rights icon charts a new course

After 12 historic years leading the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, the Rev. Dr. William Barber is stepping up to a new challenge.

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Prisons, Poverty and the Price of Freedom

Jay-Z gesture bring focus to justice reforms

Hip-hop legend Jay-Z recently celebrated Father's Day by allowing incarcerated fathers to spend the day with their families.

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The Unfinished Struggle for Equality for All

Where do we go from here

As he prepared to step down as president and chief executive officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, it is likely Wade Henderson pondered the same question that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., did 50 years earlier as he sat alone in a secluded rental house in Ocho Rios, Jamaica – the question that would become the title of his final book: Where do we go from here.

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Remembering the Life of John F. Kennedy at 100

His enduring legacy for civil rights

On May 29th, we marked the centenary of President Kennedy’s birth. Whatever history has assigned to him as flaws, shortcomings and misdeeds, he believed our country could do better for all of its citizens, regardless of race, color or creed.

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State of Black America: Protect our Progress

With Trump there is reason to worry

As of this writing, for 102 days our nation has watched as the Trump administration has taken shape—and, for many of us, there is reason to worry.

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Defending Voting Rights across the Nation

A commitment to equality and opportunity

A federal court this month dealt a blow to Texas’ efforts to disenfranchise voters of color.

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Why We Can’t Support Supreme Court Nominee

Gorsuch falls short on civil rights

More than most other communities, the future of African Americans’ rights and opportunities hang on the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice.

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Pay-to-Play and Privately Run Prisons

A signal for large scale incarcerations

Twenty-four hours after the election of Donald Trump as this nation’s 45th president, the stock prices of privately run prisons in this country soared. And this reversal of fortune came as no surprise to private prison operators—or criminal justice reform advocates. With Trump in the White House, privately owned prison companies rightly presumed that they had a staunch ally of their business model and motives in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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New Justice Must Bring Independence to the Court

A check on executive and legislative power

The United States Supreme Court has played an important role in the progress of the Civil Rights Movement. The executive and legislative branches of government have, at times, had to be prodded toward active reform of racial justice.