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NAN concludes their successful 16th annual convention

While President Barack Obama was the star speaker of the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAN’s 16th Annual National Convention on Saturday, over 5,000 people attended the four-day event, making this the largest convention to date and the biggest national civil ...

Affirmative action struck down by nation’s top court

Affirmative action lost a major battle this week. In a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed a majority of voters in Michigan to end affirmative action in the state. The Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action case has ...

NAN convention bigger and better than ever

It would take a Paul Bunyan to get his arms around the proliferation of ideas and proposals germinated at the 16th Annual National Action Network Convention last week at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

Mumia Abu-Jamal celebrates 60

Activists and comrades of political prisoner of war Mumia Abu-Jamal have scheduled a number of events next week commemorating the anniversary of his physical birth.

Marissa Alexander awaits jury selection, retrial

Marissa Alexander’s ongoing case will hit a pivotal point on May 16, when a hearing will determine if there will be a “Stand Your Ground” hearing along with jury selection slated in July.

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. met 50 years ago

Although records indicate that two of the most influential Black U.S. leaders of our time had been aware of each other’s activism since at least 1957, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. met face-to-face only once, on March 26, ...

Racial groups clash over Texas Black man’s death

Racial tensions are taking shape in the aftermath of the mysterious death of Alfred Wright in Texas.

NYC Human Rights Report Card grades Council Members

The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center, UJC, has released its 6th annual New York City Council Human Rights Report Card. The report card which assigns city council members a grade of A, B or C bases marks ...

Faith and community leaders host anti-violence training

Faith and community leaders gathered at Israel Memorial AME Church in Newark for a training session to mobilize the community, reduce gun violence and advocate for reforms that would end mass incarceration.

Alabama veteran who hired KKK hit man to kill Black neighbor begs judge for mercy

The scheduled sentencing hearing for Allen Wayne Morgan, convicted of attempting to hire a white supremacist hit man to murder his Black neighbor, was postponed

Alabama veteran who hired KKK hit man to kill Black neighbor begs judge for mercy

The Feb. 25 scheduled sentencing hearing for a Caucasian man in Alabama convicted of attempting to hire a white supremacist hit man to murder his Black neighbor was postponed at least a month so that records of his mental health ...

Hoodies up for Trayvon: Two years later

Dozens of angry protesters representing various grassroots organizations rallied in Times Square to commemorate the second anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin

It Does Not Have To End in Violence or Death

A group of black youth were pulled over by a police officer in New Jersey on March 8. They were just leaving a conference at the Princeton University Campus. But the story does not end as you expect.

Obama nominee Adegbile rebuked by Senate

On March 5, the U.S. Senate announced that it had rejected Debo Adegbile, President Barack Obama’s nomination to oversee the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

President Obama to headline NAN convention in April

The Rev. Al Sharpton announced this week that President Barack Obama will address the National Action Network’s 16th annual national convention.

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