By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) On March 19, several civil rights groups filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the contents of the agency’s redacted memo referred to in government documents as the “Race Paper.” The Center for Constitutional Rights along with Color of Change first uncovered the existence […]
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Official Portraits Unveiled in Washington
By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) With buzz building for months, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recently unveiled the official portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington D.C. New York City-based artist Kehinde Wiley created the portrait of President Obama and Baltimore artist Amy Sherald was selected to […]
Rep. Danny Davis Introduces Bail Reform Bill
Criminal Justice Reform: Rep. Danny Davis’ New Bill Pushes Back on Money Bail By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) During a recent press conference on Capitol Hill, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) said that at any given time there are roughly 500,000 people sitting in local jails waiting for their day in court. “These are […]
Is Trump the Worst President in the Last 50 Years?
By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Donald Trump, a man best known as a “birther” with a reality TV show and a real estate empire, who claimed that Mexico was sending drugs and rapists to the United States, was sworn in as president on January 20, 2017. What happened next was predictable and we […]
Will Alabama’s Newest Senator Hire Blacks?
Civil Rights Groups Want Alabama’s Newest Senator to Hire Minorities By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Black voters propelled Doug Jones’ to a historic victory in Alabama’s special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacant Senate seat. Now, civil rights groups are calling on the Senator-elect to hire Blacks and other minorities to high-level […]
CBC Members Call Trump Presence at Museum Opening an Insult
John Lewis and Bennie Thompson Spar with President Trump Over Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Dedication By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) When two members of the Congressional Black Caucus, longtime Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), heard that President Donald Trump planned to attend the Mississippi Civil […]