(The Rev. Earle J. Fisher, Ph.D. is senior pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in Whitehaven, Founder of #UPTheVote901 and the Henry Logan Starks Fellow at Memphis Theological Seminary.)
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REV. EARLE J. FISHER: After #MLK50: #MLK51 – Going in circles

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Here we are, again, musing the question, “Where do we go from here?” And I continue to contend the critical question is, “Where have we gone from there?” The answer is – in circles. #MLK51 looks and feels a lot like just another commemoration. […read more]


The Case for Black Doctors

Damon Tweedy, THE NEW YORK TIMES DURHAM, N.C. (The New York Times) — In virtually every field of medicine, black patients as a group fare the worst. This was one of my first and most painful lessons as a medical student nearly 20 years ago. Read More


Mixed Record on Progress of Black Women

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the stubborn persistence of racial disparities in health, there is cause for Black women to celebrate. “Overall, our life expectancy continues to rise, while teenaged pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically. And most recently, the rate of Read More

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Health Crisis is Real

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   My friend is awaiting health insurance.  This is not academic.  She’s afraid that she might have cancer. Think about what it says about a society that someone concerned about a serious illness has to wait to see whether Read More


Study: Racism May Speed Cell Aging and Premature Death in Black Men

[Raw Story] A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this week found that aging was accelerated at the cellular level in African-American men who reported experiencing racial discrimination and who internalized anti-black attitudes. Although it is well-known that African-Americans have a shorter life span Read More


Subtle Racism Damages Health

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “My office says my name, Rachel, on the door. I am the only one who sits in it. People constantly walk in, see me, and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry…I’m looking for Rachel.’ I’m half black.” “Upon Read More


Selma SCLC Protests Closing Legal Services Office Serving Black Belt Region

by Rev. Franklin Fortier Special to the NNPA from the Greene County Democrat The Selma Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is protesting the Legal Services Corporation, of Alabama’s  recent announcement that it will close two of its nine offices and terminate eight of Read More

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Health Disparities: A Function of Assets, Access and Attitudes

by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C.  This is an important effort because Washington is such a Read More


Studies Show Your Zip Code Can Affect Your Health

By Charlotte Roy Special to the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World How can five simple numbers affect the longevity of your life? When it comes to your socioeconomic status, a lot, studies have shown. According to Professor and author Dr. Henrie Treadwell and her Read More


New Guidelines Issued to Improve Cultural Competency

by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its standards for cultural competency in health care, hoping to narrow the racial and ethnic health disparities common throughout the United States. “This provides another opportunity to Read More