civil rights

Obama Nominates Vanita Gupta to Be Civil Rights Chief

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On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric holder announced President Obama has appointed a new head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and it is a woman. WooHoo! POTUS selected Vanita Gupta, the deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Gupta is leading...

Changes in the HBCU landscape may render black civil rights lawyers extinct

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After graduating from Lincoln University, a historically black college and university (HBCU),Thurgood Marshall couldn’t return to his hometown of Baltimore for legal training because the University of Maryland Law School refused to admit blacks. He had no choice but to attend another HBCU: the Howard University School of...

NAACP Pushes District Attorney to File Felony Charges Against San Jose State University Students

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Civil rights leaders are pushing prosecutors to file felony charges against four white students who allegedly participated in hate crimes against a black student at San Jose State University. According to a police report the students, who currently face misdemeanors hate crime and battery charges,...

Sudanese Woman Says She’d Rather Be Flogged Than Wear Hijab

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Amira Osman Hamed is ready to sacrifice her body for her beliefs. The 35-year-old Sudanese woman has refused to adhere to a law, which requires all women in her country to cover their hair with a hijab. Hamed faces brutal lashings if she’s convicted of...

Emmett Till’s Family Wants Mountain Dew to Drop Lil Wayne

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If there’s one thing we learned from the Rick Ross ordeal, where he spit rape lyrics and was dropped from his contract with Reebok after protests and petitions, it’s that you can best combat irresponsible rap lyrics by hitting rappers where it hurts: in their...

LGBT Rights vs. the Civil Rights Movement, Are They the Same?

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Let’s call a spade a spade. There are many people across Black America that have a problem with homosexuality.  And by Black I mean descendants of African slaves, first generation African-Americans, Cablasian or whatever particular Black applies to avoid the “we are not a monolith”...