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Harold Washington a Giant in the History of Big City Mayors

30th Anniversary Harold Washington Tribute Committee launches effort to immortalize legacy of the man who transformed Chicago politics. (Chicago, April 2, 2013) The charismatic late Mayor Harold Washington is noted for transforming Chicago’s political environment and creating an open all-inclusive government that represents Chicago’s rich diversity.   Citizens, civic, faith, and political leaders are launch ...

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A Community Beseiged….. Can Black America be Healed?

By Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Baby Jonylah Watkins Is it finally enough? While some wonder if, and others pray that, the recent shooting death of six-month-old Jonylah Watkins in Chicago brings enough shock, sadness, pain and outrage to reverse violent trends in inner cities, anti-violence experts and advocates say change nor a healing will come until America confronts and cor ...

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Jesse and Sandy Jackson Enter Guilty Plea

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The swift political and personal descent of former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. has accelerated with criminal information documents being filed accusing him of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, and making false statements in connection with allegations that he diverted approximately $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. H ...

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Carter G. Woodson’s Group Preserves Black History

By Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For 97 years, the Association for the Study for African American Life and History has been commemorating the accomplishments of African Americans through Black History celebrations. In 1915, Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History and sought to expand the understanding of Black history beyond slavery. ...

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U.S. Health Worse Than Nearly All Other Industrialized Countries

WASHINGTON – U.S. citizens suffer from poorer health than nearly all other industrialized countries, according to the first comprehensive government analysis on the subject. Of 17 high-income countries looked at by a committee of experts sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the United States is at or near the bottom in at least nine indicators. These include infant mortality, heart and lung disea ...

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New Gun Legislation is Not the Answer

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist I really had not planned on writing anything about the shooting in Newtown, Conn. because I didn’t have anything fresh or thought provoking to write. As I have indicated before, I can’t muster any extra sympathy for the tragic events in Connecticut when young kids are dying every day in Chicago and they barely get a mention in the news, and definitely not by this White Hous ...

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Obama Opens Second Term with a Bold Return to His Base

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) — Rejecting calls for him to move closer toward his Republican critics, a confident President Barack H. Obama kicked off his second term on Monday by making an impassioned plea for a more inclusive America. “It is not our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began,” Obama said in his inaugural speech. “For our journey is not complete unt ...

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A Double Legacy for President Obama

In an affair replete with symbolic doubles, President Barack Hussein Obama will re-take the oath of office as head of government in the United States of America on Sunday, Jan. 20, and again on Jan. 21, which is also officially the national Martin Luther King holiday. This will be the 57th inauguration ceremony for an American president, although Mr. Obama remains the 44th president of the United States. Th ...

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Bobby Womack Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease

After sparking widespread rumors of a comeback after the release of  “The Bravest Man in the Universe,”  album soul singer Bobby Womack has announced that he’s experiencing early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. “The doctor says, ‘You have signs of Alzheimer’s, “it’s not bad yet, but it’s gonna get worse” Womack revealed. Womack, 68, admitted that he’s having trouble remembering things, including the name o ...

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Gov. Perdue Issues Pardon of Innocence for Wilmington 10

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue today signed a Pardon of Innocence for the Wilmington 10 and issued the following statement: “I have spent a great deal of time over the past seven months reviewing the pardon of innocence requests of the persons collectively known as the Wilmington Ten. This topic evokes strong opinions from many North Carolinians as it hearkens back to a very difficult time in our state’s past, a ...

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