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Labor mobilizes to save Voting Rights Act

Voting rights were high on the agenda of the AFL-CIO's executive council meeting February 27 as the Supreme Court heard a challenge to Section 5 of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act.

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Remember Trayvon Martin, with video

One year ago, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin because he thought the young man looked suspicious. And one year later, what happened that night still outrages us.

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Ghosts of Memphis’ slave past: Fallout over renaming Confederate parks

The effort to rename Nathan Bedford Forrest Park, a memorial to the Confederate General, pre-war slave trader, and post-war founder of the Ku Klux Klan, recently began.

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Today in black history: Harold Washington won the mayoral primary in Chicago

In 1983, Washington won the Democratic mayoral primary and later was elected the first African-American Mayor of Chicago, serving from 1983 until his death in 1987.

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Today in black history: Actor Sidney Poitier born

Born to Bahamian parents in Miami, Fla., while they were selling produce from their island farm, Poitier began life in humble working-class circumstances, which he never forgot.

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Today in black history: Du Bois organized Pan African Congress

W.E.B. Du Bois was an early proponent of Pan-Africanism and helped organize several Pan-African Congresses to free African colonies from European powers. The first of those was on Feb. 19,1919.

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Conversation: How Black freedom struggle shapes America

Join People's World in celebrating African American History Month with a national teleconference presentation by Prof. Jamie Wilson.

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Better know an owner: Clippers’ outrageous Donald Sterling

It is incredibly ugly that owners such as Donald Sterling can latch themselves onto the games we enjoy and wreak so much social havoc.

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I remember the Scottsboro defense

The decision to fight for the Scottsboro Nine was preceded by years of activity led by the Communist Party and its predecessor organizations.

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