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239th Year of American Independence

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By: Brooke Rollins In 1843, a young man named Mellen Chamberlain had the opportunity to speak with a Captain Levi Preston of Danvers, Massachusetts. Captain Preston was no ordinary neighbor: the old man of 91 years was in fact one of the last surviving veterans of the Battle of Concord — the desperate fight of […]

Happy Independence Day!

Marc Veasey. 

United States Representative, Texas's 33rd Congressional District

By:  Congressman Marc Veasey Today marks the 239th birthday of our great nation. In these 239 years we have faced many challenges, overcome great obstacles, and persevered through tough times. We’ve come together in the darkest of times and celebrated together in the best of times. We have made great technological advances and built great […]

Confederate flag not welcome at NASCAR race tracks

NASCAR fan at Atlanta Motor Speedway waves confederate flag from truck. This week the racing tracks have asked fans to leave their flags at home. (Image: Duane Tate via Flickr)

NASCAR tracks are asking fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at all races and racing facilities, the tracks said in a joint industry statement on Thursday. “As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and […]

What part of American Southern history needs to be preserved?

confederate flag

By Sen. Royce West DALLAS — Texas made national headlines, ironically on of all days – June 19, when the United States Supreme Court upheld the unanimous, 2011 vote of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to deny an application by the Texas Division – Sons of Confederate Veterans to have issued, a license plate […]

‘You’re Fired Donald Trump’ is the message from Macy’s and NBC

Trump gets dumped by NBC and Macy's

(CNN) Macy’s is pulling Donald Trump brand merchandise from its stores after the Republican presidential candidate’s recent controversial remarks created a public uproar. The department store has come under intense pressure to cut ties with the real estate magnate and businessman after he referred to immigrants from Mexico and other countries “killers and rapists.” In a […]

Removing Flag May Get Done, But Not Now

The Confederate Flag from the Capitol grounds Richman,  South Carolina. photo source: flickr user/Jason Lander

By Barney Blakeney Special to the NNPA from The Charleston Chronicle The heinous June 17 massacre of nine African American worshippers at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston by a white supremacist spewing hatred for Blacks has spawned a renewed demand for removal of the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse grounds. But surprisingly […]

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Restore Voting Rights Act

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By Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Legislation that would retool and restore the Voting Rights Act was introduced in Congress on June 24. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the “Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015” in the Senate. Reps. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and […]

NAACP Sponsors Panel, March and Rally in Shelby County on 2nd Anniversary of Supreme Court Decision Gutting Voting Rights Act

Rally in front of Shelby County courthouse participants holding up signs of states covered by the Voting Rights Act. (Courtesy Photo)

by John Zippert Special to the NNPA from the Greene County Democrat The Shelby County Chapter of the NAACP with support from the statewide organization and many partners held a panel, march, rally and church services this weekend to remember the second anniversary of the Shelby vs. Holder decision by the U. S. Supreme Court […]

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