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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
of www.haaretz.com.

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 [...]
President Obama visits the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP.

President Obama Speaks at Federal Prison, Calls for Criminal Justice Reform First President to Visit a Prison

President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Oklahoma on Thursday, July 16, becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.
President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels, right, and correctional officer Ronald Warlick during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, Thursday, July 16. Photo courtesy of Evan Vucci / AP.

Obama: People Should Be Punished, But Not Sentenced to Life

Ryan J. Reilly, The Huffington Post   The criminal justice system is “particularly skewed by race and by wealth,” President Barack Obama said on Tuesday in a speech at the NAACP Annual Convention in Philadelphia, [...]