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Commentary: Remembering Dr. King and Adam Clayton Powell

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Today, 51 years later, we have a generation that knew not Dr. King nor Congressman Powell. And what is even more tragic is that this generation is so social media-addicted that they don’t want to read or hear about anything that is not about them. We must remember Dr. King beyond ‘I have a dream.’ We must remember that he died because of his commitment to our future and life as we now know it.” […read more]

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Elizabeth Primas is an educator who spent more than 40 years working to improve education for children. She is the program manager for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign. Follow her on Twitter @elizabethprimas.
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COMMENTARY: A Dream Deferred — Is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Just Another Elusive Dream?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Parents must get engaged to hold legislators and educators accountable for their ESSA State Plans. Parents must also hold themselves accountable in prioritizing the education of our children. Research shows that just one year with a bad teacher can put a child three years behind. Now, think about what happens after years of neglect and lack of advocacy. […read more]

Op-Ed

Child Watch “Where Do We Go From Here?”

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to Read More

Politics

Upcoming Washington March Should Again Focus on Jobs

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Civil rights leaders will march on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 24 to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Read More

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Op-Ed

Obama Races Away from the Issue of Race

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   When Barack Obama accepted his party’s presidential nomination in Denver on August 28, 2008 – the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech” – excitement filled 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