Daily Archive: June 27, 2013



Obama pledges to fight for restoration of Voting Rights Act

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Obama has pledged that his administration will do “everything in its power” to repair the damage done by the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday when it struck down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. “I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today,” he said in a statement. “For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.”



The ‘forgotten goals’ of the 1963 March on Washington

HISTORIC DREAM SPEECH—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Aug. 28, 1963. (AP Photo) by Freddie AllenFor New Pittsburgh CourierWASHINGTON (NNPA)—The hoopla surrounding the observance the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom often ignores that lack of progress made since 1963 on tough issues such as persistent unemployment and wage disparities, according a newly-issued report.



Black Enterprise Magazine confab draws more than 1200 entrepreneurs

PITTSBURGH FITS IN—Former Pittsburgher, Robert James mingles with father and son Black Enterprise executives Earl G. Graves Jr., left, and senior. (Photos by Diane I. Daniels) For more than 40 years Black Enterprise Magazine has served as the guru of business magazines in the African-American community. It has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Known as the ultimate source to build “Wealth for Life,” the magazine is considered the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African-Americans.



Despite Supreme Court ruling, voting abuses still widespread

Attorney General Eric Holder expresses disappointment in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the Alabama voting rights case, Shelby County v. Holder, June 25, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by George E. Curry WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the part determining which states and political subdivisions are subject to the preclearance provision of the law, is likely to spark voting rights challenges around the nation, according to a study by New York University.



Affirmative action polls show deep racial gulf

GEORGE CURRY (NNPA)—In the months leading up to this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action in college admissions. However, a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 68 percent of Americans favor the principles behind affirmative action.



Domestic ­spying is nothing new

BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—Forgive me if I come across as cynical, but why is anyone surprised by our domestic spying? I am not talking about the ridiculous situation with the IRS. That is a tempest in a teapot, and everyone knows that. No, I am speaking about the NSA spying.



Congratulations to all those with a map

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK The last two award-giving programs that I attended were a real blessing because all of the awardees were definitely deserving. They, as individuals or organizations, have proven conclusively that they have more than rap, they have a map.