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The Retirement Wealth Gap

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.26.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Though 401(k) plans (a defined contribution retirement plan) are supposed to build wealth, a new study by the Economic Policy Institute suggests that these plans are actually exacerbating wealth inequality by not adequately providing for most people's retirement.

Florida Youth Take 'Stand Your Ground' Fight To The Next Level

Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices

Although it has been over a year since it made national news, the Trayvon Martin case pushed the country's controversial "Stand Your Ground" laws into...

Is Less College Debt Always Better?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.24.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

Should students be borrowing more, not less? It's a relevant question for minorities in particular, since they are hit harder by crushing loans. Students of color are more likely to take on more student loan debt and graduate with more debt as well.

Remembering Troy Davis and Ending the Death Penalty

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.21.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Two years ago, the state of Georgia ignored the facts, doubts and pleas of hundreds of thousands of people and killed Troy Anthony Davis. Today, on the anniversary of his execution, we rededicate ourselves to ending the immoral, biased and ineffective practice of capital punishment.

St. Paul's College and the Future of HBCUs

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.20.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Saint Paul's demise should serve as a wake-up call to those who care about the future of HBCUs. For more than 175 years, the institutions have played a crucial role in African-American advancement. However, even the wealthier HBCUs are struggling financially.

A Third Legal Challenge To Texas Voter ID Law

Texas Tribune | Ross Ramsey | Posted 09.18.2013 | Latino Voices

Two groups representing minority voters and officeholders sued to block the state’s new voter ID law, which will be used for the first time in a sta...

Women of the NAACP: Exemplars of Achievement

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 11.16.2013 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

The NAACP has always been an organization that practices what it preaches. Our mission statement is to "ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons" -- not just men.

History Can Move in Two Directions at Once

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.13.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

After so many historic civil rights victories, how could it be that my generation had grown up just in time to find itself the most murdered generation in the country and the most incarcerated generation on the planet?

Funeral Planned For Conn. Slave Who Died In 1798

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 11.12.2013 | Black Voices

WATERBURY, Conn. — A slave who died more than 200 years ago in Connecticut but was never buried was given an extraordinary funeral Thursday that...

Saluting a Friend to Justice

Deepak Bhargava | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics
Deepak Bhargava

I have had the great fortune to work closely with Ben on many of those issues. He is soulful, brilliant, and strategic -- a gem in the movement for human rights and social justice in the U.S.

Marching for a Living Wage

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The progress made in closing racial disparities will not continue without a focus on bridging economic inequality.

NAACP President To Step Down Later This Year

AP | Posted 11.08.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Benjamin Jealous, the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, says he plans to step do...

NAACP, KKK Team Up For Historic Moment

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics

DENVER — A secret meeting between a representative of the Wyoming chapter of the NAACP and a Ku Klux Klan organizer ended with the Klan organize...

Choosing a Reputable Credit Counselor

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 11.03.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

If you are having trouble paying your bills on time and are living paycheck to paycheck, you may benefit from going to a credit counselor to get your budget on track.

KKK, NAACP Leaders Have Historic Meeting

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics

Leaders from branches of the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP had a historic meeting in Casper, Wyoming on Saturday to discuss recent acts of violence again...

Remembing W.E.B. Du Bois: A Towering Figure Who Died 50 Years Ago

Peter Dreier | Posted 11.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Du Bois was one of the towering intellectual figures of the 20th century. Fifty years after his death, his ideas -- and his activism for economic and social justice -- remain an important influence on American culture.

Reflections on This Week

Ben Jealous | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

We gathered half a mile from the White House, where an African-American president and African-American attorney general have held office for five years.

Racial Equality In and Out of the Workplace

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

When Phyllis Freeman and her husband started their own DBEs (disadvantaged business enterprises) they couldn't anticipate all the obstacles they'd face both within and outside of their company.

Fifty Years After the March on Washington, What Would MLK Be Marching for Today?

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

America has made progress on many fronts in the half-century since King electrified a crowd of 200,000 people, and millions of Americans watching on television, with his "I Have a Dream" address. But there is still much to do to achieve his vision of equality.

A N*gg*r Is a Black Person, Says Webster

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 10.28.2013 | Media
Tanya Young Williams

No matter how Merriam-Webster and other dictionaries define the N-word -- I have never and will never be a n*gg*r -- although I am very proud to be a black person.

Jermaine Spradley

Here's What Became Of The Organizations That Organized The March On Washington | Jermaine Spradley | Posted 08.28.2013 | Black Voices

On Sunday, August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to stake their claim for jobs and freedom in a tur...

A Slave's Skeleton Will Rest In Peace, At Last

Religion News Service | Ann Marie Somma | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion

WATERBURY, Conn. (RNS) The remains of an 18th-century Connecticut slave whose abuse continued long after his death will finally be given a dignified b...

VIDEO: Keeping the Dream Alive for American Democracy

Philip Radford | Posted 10.27.2013 | Green
Philip Radford

Tomorrow, the progressive movement will stand together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington because we want to protect working families, keep our air and water clean, and ensure justice for every American.

NAACP Continues Pursuit In George Zimmerman Case

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- NAACP President Ben Jealous says he plans to turn over petitions with more than 1.7 million signatures calling on the Department of Just...

Stop-and-Frisk in NYC: Myths and Reality

Ben Jealous | Posted 10.22.2013 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

Mayor Bloomberg and his police commissioner Ray Kelly have defiantly continued to defend "stop-and-frisk" in the press. Let's take a look at some of their biggest myths.