Rev. Jesse Jackson and wife, Jackie, share a moment with Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Gillum and the Rev. Al Sharpton at the CBCF Phoenix Awards Dinner. Jackson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award/Courtesy NAN
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Jesse Jackson, Others Honored at CBCF Phoenix Awards

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Fifty-five years after the March on Washington, we know the Dream still demands that we march and shout for justice. Let’s be clear, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about the Dream, it wasn’t about being asleep in the face of injustice…” — Sen. Kamala Harris […read more]

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Op-Ed

Remove Confederate Flag Now

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist The savage act of racial terrorism at Emanuel A.M.E. Church – Mother Emanuel – in Charleston, S.C., has been met with extraordinary expressions of faith in that community. Last Thursday, the victims’ relatives offered the terrorist their forgiveness. Read More

Op-Ed

The Chicago Reckoning

  By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Why is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a neck and neck run-off for re-election? He enjoys national press attention, advertises the endorsement of hometown favorite, President Obama, brandishes a $30 million-plus campaign war chest, largely funded by 100 or Read More

National

Remembering Dr. Calvin Rolark

Friends Recall Informer Founder by Stacy M. Brown Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who writes a weekly column that runs in The Washington Informer, simply couldn’t find the right words. Jackson, who marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr., Read More

Op-Ed

Indenturing Our Young People

  By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist The young in America are being forced into cruel levels of debt, and this debt is already curbing their life prospects. Its economic effects are damaging to everyone. Yet, with Washington frozen, the debt burdens on the Read More

Op-Ed

End the NCAA’s Plantation Economics

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist   “It cannot be said that the employed scholarship players are ‘primarily students.’” With that statement, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board last week accepted a petition by Northwestern football players that they were employees Read More

Politics

Preserving Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Nearly a month after his death, there is a bitter struggle to define – and, in many instances, re-define – the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president. “There is an Read More

Politics

U.S. Supported White Minority-Rule in South Africa

NEWS ANALYSIS By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – President Obama and former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush flew to South Africa to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela, the country’s first democratically elected president who died Read More

Op-Ed

Tale of Two Cities: Chicago and New York

By Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Bill De Blasio is garnering national attention for his landslide election in the New York City mayor’s race. De Blasio campaigned on a populist agenda, highlighting the stark contrast between the poor and the mega-rich in New York’s Read More

Politics

Colombian Rebels Release U.S. Vet

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – FARC, the Colombian guerrillas, freed former U.S. veteran Kevin Scott Sutay Sunday after more than four months of captivity. According to a joint statement by Cuba and Norway, Sutay, 27, was handed over to U.S. officials Read More

Op-Ed

Double Standard even Among Pro-Homosexual Groups

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   William Thomas and Bruce Harris are two very successful judges who most people don’t know.  Thomas is from Miami and Harris is from Chatham Borough, N.J.  Both were nominated for  judgeships and both were defeated.  Both are Black.  Both Read More

Politics

Diary bombshell: RFK’s secret slams against Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Gov. Cuomo

[NEW YORK POST] The Post exclusively reported Sunday how Robert F. Kennedy Jr. grappled with what he called his “lust demons” and kept a scorecard of more than two dozen conquests in a secret diary. Below are more sensational details from the journal, in which RFK Read More

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Op-Ed

D.C. Marches Inclusive – Up to a Point

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Organizers of the two recent marches on Washington – one called by Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King, III and the other engineered primarily by King’s sister, Bernice – almost stumbled over one another praising the diversity of 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

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Op-Ed

Jackie Jackson: A Mother’s Love

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was scheduled to be sentenced to prison in connection with using campaign funds for personal use. Dozens of letters were sent to the judge on his behalf, but none more touching 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

Focus on Poverty, Not the Middle Class

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Several of us were sharing our views on radio Sunday night with Gary Byrd when my friend and colleague Cash Michaels urged us to remember that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated while organizing poor people. This is Read More

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Op-Ed

Figments of the Racist Imagination

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Hold the presses! Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, those bad “Black militant” leaders who all these years have exercised a Svengali-like influence over the masses have lost their clout. So says Black conservative pundit John McWhorter in the July Read More

Op-Ed

North Carolina’s Tea Party Nightmares

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist North Carolina — once poster child for the New South — now displays the nightmares spawned by the Tea Party right no longer restrained by the Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court’s conservative gang of five disemboweled it Read More

Op-Ed

LBJ’s War on Poverty still only Partly Won

By Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist Fifty years ago, Medgar Evers, the NAACP regional secretary in Mississippi, was murdered by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Evers’ death received national attention, serving only to strengthen the movement for civil rights. Two years later, President Lyndon Read More

Politics

Zimbabwe on Path to Regain International Acceptance

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief HARARE, Zimbabwe (NNPA) – With several low-key, but unmistakable gestures, the United States has signaled that it is moving toward normalizing relations with Zimbabwe, the former White minority-rule nation once known as Rhodesia. In March, former United Nations Ambassador Read More

National

South Africa: ‘Free but not Equal’

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (NNPA) – When international icon and former political prisoner Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa in 1994, it marked a watershed moment for the former minority-ruled country. Mandela, the standard bearer for the African Read More

Politics

Jesse Jackson’s Ties to Africa Pay Off

by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief NEWS ANALYSIS PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – When South Africa President Jacob Zuma recently presented Jesse Jackson with the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award – the highest honor a non-citizen of the country can receive – he cited the Read More

National

Jesse Jackson Honored for Anti-Apartheid Work

Jesse Jackson honored in South Africa (Photo by Butch Wing). by George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Human rights activist Jesse L. Jackson has been presented the Companions of O.R. Tambo Award, the highest award a non-South African can receive, for Read More

Op-Ed

An Apology to Jesse Jackson

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   It’s time to man up – I was wrong about Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. First, some background. I wrote a column in 2008 under the title, “Winners and Losers from Election ’08” in which I listed Jesse Jackson, Sr. as one Read More