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Phi Beta Sigma Honors Founders at 100th Anniversary

Members of the black fraternity Phi Beta Sigma and its sister organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., took over D.C. to mark the 100th anniversary of the men's fraternal organization.

Sentencing Guidelines Drop for Drug Offenses

Reducing federal prison terms for drug traffickers currently incarcerated has excited a population that had all but given up hope.

Booker, Paul Float Sentencing Reform Legislation

Freshman Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) teamed earlier this month to introduce a bill that would radically change the nation's criminal justice system.

Frederick Tapped as Howard University's 17th President

A scholar, surgeon and researcher who enrolled at Howard University as a 16-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago, has been named as the school's 17th president.

Obama Talks Youth Initiative, D.C. Statehood During School Visit

President Obama made an appearance Monday at the Walker Jones Education Campus in D.C., where he expounded on his quest to improve the quality of life for young minority males.

Sharpton, NAACP Condemn NYPD Chokehold Death

The NAACP and the Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the New York City police officers who killed an asthmatic Staten Island man Thursday by putting him in a chokehold.

NAACP to Honor Howard U.'s William Spriggs

William Spriggs, a professor and past chairman of Howard University's economics department, was recently selected by the NAACP as this year's recipient of the organization's Benjamin L. Hooks "Keeper of the Flame" Award.

Biden to Address NAACP Convention in Las Vegas

Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be one of the speakers at this year's NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas.

Blacks Continue to Fight for Justice a Year After Zimmerman Verdict

A year after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, civil rights leaders and activists have ramped up efforts to challenge a criminal justice system that often treats blacks and women as ...

Black Unemployment Down, But Not Enough, Obama Administration Says

The Department of Labor reported a significant dip in unemployment among blacks, but the rate is still unconscionably high, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said.

Senate Approves Harriet Tubman Park Bill

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to establish a national historical park at Harriet Tubman's former home and related properties in Auburn, New York, and her childhood residences on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

CBC Blasts Boehner for Attempt to Sue Obama

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge (D), the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, criticized House Speaker John Boehner for his efforts to sue President Obama over alleged abuses of executive authority.

Family, Attorney Want Calif. Officer Charged in Highway Beating of Woman

The family of a woman who was captured on video being beaten by a police officer on a California freeway was joined Thursday by several civil rights leaders in their call for criminal charges during a press conference in Los ...

Dispatches from Freedom Summer: Ghosts of Greenwood

As the nation prepared to mark the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer — that violent and heady 10 weeks during which Northern volunteers joined forces with Southern activists in Mississippi, all working to meaningfully enfranchise black residents — I felt ...

Howard U. Program to Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act

The Department of Justice, in conjunction with Howard University, will host a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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