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Pope Francis is escorted by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters upon arrival to the U.S. from Cuba on Sept. 22, 2015. Photo: Getty Images.

Pope Francis Visits Homeless in D.C.

Courtesy of NPR and news reports   Pope Francis, fresh from a historic speech before a joint meeting of Congress, had lunch with homeless and low-income people at Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C. on Sept. [...]
Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Congressional Black Caucus Releases Report on Health Disparities

The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust has released “The 2015 Kelly Report on Health Disparities in America,” an official Congressional analysis of the state of African American health in the U.S. that offers a blueprint [...]
Black Lives Matter members Marissa Johnson, left, and Mara Jacqueline Willaford, right with a Black power fist, call for a moment of silence to commemorate Michael Brown after interrupting a Bernie Sanders rally in Seattle. Sanders stands behind the two women to the right. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson).

Presidential Candidates Must Address White Supremacy, Says #BlackLivesMatter Activist

  On the eve of the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, Mara Jacqueline Willaford and two other members of Seattle’s Black Lives Matter chapter captured national media attention when they interrupted presidential hopeful Bernie [...]
Jose Alejandre speaks at the Community Forum on Racial Justice on Aug. 18 at Brookins AME Church in Oakland. Photo by Ashley Chambers.

Teen Leaders and Rep. Barbara Lee Say: “We Must Speak Up” for Racial Justice

“In order to improve race relations in America, we must speak up. Comfortable silence has gotten us nowhere,” said Alomar Burdick, one of the young panelists speaking at the Community Forum on Racial Justice on [...]
Amelia Boynton Robinson. Photo: Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images.

Congressional Black Caucus Remembers Civil Rights Icon, Amelia Boynton Robinson

Amelia Boynton Robinson, civil rights activist and leader in the 1965 Bloody Sunday march who endured a brutal beating that day in Selma, died on Wednesday at the age of 104.
Photo By Evan Vucci /Associated Press

Federal Appeals Court Rules Texas Voter ID Law Violates Voting Rights Act

  By Ryan Reilly and Samantha Lachman, Huffington Post   A federal appeals court on Wednesday found that Texas’ strict voter identification law violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, in a victory for [...]
President Barack Obama meets Ethiopian
President Mulatu Teshome. Photo courtesy

President and Barbara Lee Visit Ethiopia and Kenya Obama: “I’m Proud To Be the First Kenyan-American President”

  By NBC News and Post Staff President Barack Obama spoke proudly of his Kenyan heritage before a raucous and affectionate crowd in Nairobi.   “I am proud to be the first American president to [...]