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Local Efforts Underway To Remove Public Confederate Statues

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Local Efforts Underway To  Remove Public Confederate Statues

By Leonard E. Colvin Chief Reporter New Journal and Guide          Two local public confederate monuments have become the target of efforts by Blacks calling for their removal. One is in the heart of Norfolk’s downtown banking district and one in Portsmouth’s most historic neighborhood.

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Charleston Churches Discussing Security After Massacre At Emanuel

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Charleston Churches Discussing Security After Massacre At Emanuel

By Barney Blakeney Special to the NNPA from The Charleston Chronicle         This week as Charleston remains in a state of shock after the premeditated murder of nine participants in the Bible study session at Mother Emanuel, many local church congregations held conversations about security in the wake of the carnage.

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Historic Week For Supreme Court

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Historic Week For Supreme Court

By Leonard E. Colvin Chief Reporter New Journal and Guide          Last week the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions which saved a major component of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare),  struck down state laws banning Gay marriage and preserved a key part of a 60s era anti-housing discrimination law.

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Noted Educator, Marva Collins, Dies At Age 78

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Noted Educator, Marva Collins, Dies At Age 78

Bluffton, S.C. Marva Collins, the educator who developed an award-winning system for educating black children in her Chicago private school, has died at age 78. Collins opened Westside Preparatory School in 1975 with $5,000 from her pension savings after working as a substitute teacher for 14 years in the Chicago public schools. 

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Spirits Undaunted by Charlotte Church Fire

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By Rosaland Tyler Associate Editor New Journal and Guide            CHARLOTTE, NC—The choir rocked as people streamed into the pews four days after fire destroyed parts of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church.           A total of 14 engines and 75 firefighters worked to quench the flames at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church. Two firefighters were injured and treated for heat-related injuries. Church officials said damage to the education building, the sanctuary and gymnasium could amount to more than $250,000.

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“Amazing Grace” is about Black Slavery

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“Amazing Grace” is about Black Slavery

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist         My late mother’s favorite hymn was “Amazing Grace.” Her favorite version was sung by the great Mahalia Jackson. Oh, how I remember listening to her work around the house saying those sweet words. I wonder if she knew the roots of this great song. The author John Newton was a minister during the 1700s from England.

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July 4th: Taking our Cue from Frederick Douglass

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July 4th: Taking our Cue from Frederick Douglass

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist         Though the keynote address was delivered 163 years ago in Rochester, N.Y. on the significance of the 4th of July celebration in the United States, the roaring eloquence and penetrating clarity of Frederick Douglass’ speech still rings true today. Slavery and its lingering aftermath in America continues to be the albatross around the neck of our democracy that chokes the quality of life for millions of African Americans and others who cry out freedom, justice, equality and prosperity.

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One Nation, One Flag

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One Nation, One Flag

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “A house divided against itself cannot stand…I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.” – President Abraham Lincoln, House Divided Speech, June 1858

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Rewriting Confederate History

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Rewriting Confederate History

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist         On their Website, the Sons of Confederate Veterans describe themselves as preserving the “history and legacy” of the Confederacy. Their organization, they say, is “dedicated to ensuring that “a true history of the 1861-1865 period is preserved.” I would suggest, instead, that the Sons of Confederate Veterans is guilty of rewriting history instead of preserving it.

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Pride, Prejudice, and the Confederate Flag

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By Robert Fikes Jr. Librarian, San Diego State University         Five days after the shocking murder of “The Beautiful 9” in a Charleston, South Carolina church, Paul Butler, a black law professor at Georgetown University who earned degrees at Yale and Harvard, caught people completely off guard. During a radio interview he responded to a representative of the Daughters of the Confederacy who said that though she was against the Confederate flag being so prominently displayed in South Carolina, she believed the flag honored her (white) ancestors of whom she was proud. Butler stunned listeners when he calmly but pointedly retorted:

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Local Efforts Underway To Remove Public Confederate Statues

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By Leonard E. Colvin Chief Reporter New Journal and Guide Two local public confederate monuments have become the target of efforts by Blacks calling for their removal. One is in the heart of Norfolk’s downtown banking district and one in Portsmouth’s most historic neighborhood.

Charleston Churches Discussing Security After Massacre At Emanuel

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By Barney Blakeney Special to the NNPA from The Charleston Chronicle This week as Charleston remains in a state of shock after the premeditated murder of nine participants in the Bible study session at Mother Emanuel, many local church congregations held conversations about security in the wake of the carnage.

Historic Week For Supreme Court

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By Leonard E. Colvin Chief Reporter New Journal and Guide Last week the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions which saved a major component of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), struck down state laws banning Gay marriage and preserved a key part of a 60s era anti-housing discrimination law.

Noted Educator, Marva Collins, Dies At Age 78

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Bluffton, S.C. Marva Collins, the educator who developed an award-winning system for educating black children in her Chicago private school, has died at age 78. Collins opened Westside Preparatory School in 1975 with $5,000 from her pension savings after working as a substitute teacher for 14 years in the Chicago public schools. 
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Spirits Undaunted by Charlotte Church Fire

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By Rosaland Tyler Associate Editor New Journal and Guide CHARLOTTE, NC—The choir rocked as people streamed into the pews four days after fire destroyed parts of Briar Creek Road Baptist Church. A total of 14 engines and 75 firefighters worked to quench the flames at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church. Two firefighters were injured and treated for heat-related injuries. Church officials said damage…

“Amazing Grace” is about Black Slavery

in National Commentary
By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist My late mother’s favorite hymn was “Amazing Grace.” Her favorite version was sung by the great Mahalia Jackson. Oh, how I remember listening to her work around the house saying those sweet words. I wonder if she knew the roots of this great song. The author John Newton was a minister during the 1700s from England.

July 4th: Taking our Cue from Frederick Douglass

in National Commentary
By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Though the keynote address was delivered 163 years ago in Rochester, N.Y. on the significance of the 4th of July celebration in the United States, the roaring eloquence and penetrating clarity of Frederick Douglass’ speech still rings true today. Slavery and its lingering aftermath in America continues to be the albatross around the neck of our democracy…

One Nation, One Flag

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By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “A house divided against itself cannot stand…I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.” – President Abraham Lincoln, House Divided Speech, June 1858

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