Today, we’re going back to 1968 — before Dr. King was murdered, before his “Mountaintop” speech, before the sanitation strike that brought him to Memphis.
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VIDEO: TSDtv — History: Hidden in Plain Sight: The Tragedy That Launched the 1968 Sanitation Strike

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The names of Echol Cole and Robert Walker are not as widely known as Rosa Parks, James Meredith or any others — and that’s because they weren’t civil rights activists. They were just two men working a very crappy job to provide for their families. It was a garbage truck malfunction that took their lives and galvanized their peers to strike. It’s fascinating how much history turns on such seemingly random occurrences. […read more]

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Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visitwww.juliannemalveaux.com
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Our Planet is Melting. Who Cares?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Our world is melting. Glaciers are disappearing. Oceans are rising. Lowlands (mostly populated by low income and Black people) are disappearing. And, before Democrats took power in this term, few other than Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New Green Deal have been able to address matters of climate change and, in the words of the New Poor People’s Campaign, “ecological devastation.” […read more]

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Op-Ed

King’s True Legacy

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist   This month will mark the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Across the nation and throughout the world community, millions of people will pay tribute and celebrate the birth of one our greatest freedom fighters and Read More

Op-Ed

King’s Unfinished Symphony of Freedom

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist This weekend, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, best known for Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Dream.” Fifty years later, the dream challenges us yet. It is alive because it Read More

Op-Ed

Obama has Blacks Marching Backward

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist As the country and the world begin to focus on the upcoming 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, this is a good time to revisit the real goals of the March. Of course, it is most remembered for Dr. Read More

Op-Ed

Washington March was for Jobs and Freedom

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist As we approach the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington – Aug. 28 –  Americans will recall Dr. King’s famous “dream;” many can recite entire passages of his historic address. But it’s worth recalling the full meaning Read More

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Op-Ed

What Blacks Can Learn from South Africa

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Nelson Mandela turned 95 years old on Thursday, July 18.  He has been hospitalized for more than a month, and the world holds its breath as we witness the decline of the lion that roared for freedom in South Africa.  Read More

National

Memphis Centerstage as World Reflects on Dr. King

by Karanja A. Ajanaku Special to the NNPA News Service from The New Tri-State Defender MEMPHIS – A billing for the evening read: “Mountaintop Speech Commemoration.” It was a summons to gather back at Mason Temple, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last oration Read More

Religion

Latino Minister Fires Up Ebenezer on King Day

[CNN] Atlanta (CNN) – In all the 45 years of a commemorative service on the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., there had never been a Latino delivering the keynote address. That changed Monday as the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez took the podium and belted out Read More

Op-Ed

$8.5 Billion Agreement with Mortgage Servicers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The recent joint announcement by two key federal regulators believed a negotiated agreement with 10 mortgage servicing firms would help more than 3.8 million consumers who were wrongfully foreclosed during 2009 and 2010. Brokered by the Federal Reserve and Read More

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Connecting the Past with the President

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  It was a flawed document that freed enslaved people in Confederate areas that he did not control. At the same time, it was a progressive document because Read More

Op-Ed

CHILD WATCH: New Year’s Resolutions

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   As New Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do better in the new year. We all measure Read More