Tag: Al Sharpton

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Opinion

The GOP does something right for civil rights

RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—Last week, the Republican National Committee, under the leadership of its chairman, Reince Priebus, did something that has never been done before in the history of the Republican Party. Their feat was so astonishing and yet few in the media is writing or talking about it. Priebus hosted a luncheon commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The event accomplished something that no other March on Washington event was able to achieve. Sharpton’s event was a joke and an embarrassment. The King’s family event was a disappointment.

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Rock royalty join Trayvon Martin’s mom at NY rally

Beyonce’and Jay-Z join Travon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Rev. Al Sharpton at the “Justice for Travon” vigil in New York, Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Noerdlinger Media. Rachel Noerdlinger) NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators, including music superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce, joined Trayvon Martin’s mother Saturday in New York City at one of about 100 rallies around the country calling for justice for the slain Black teenager. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and the Rev. Al Sharpton led the noontime “Justice for Trayvon” rally on a blazing hot plaza in downtown Manhattan, where some people swooned as the temperature topped 90 degrees.

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Zimmerman cleared in shooting of Trayvon Martin

Darrsie Jackson, center, reacts after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman with her children Linzey Stafford, left, 10, and Shauntina Stafford, 11, at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had been charged with the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Martin, the unarmed Black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. (AP Photo/John Raoux) by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider Associated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in Fla. shooting

The father of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin, cries as he listens to the description of his son’s death during opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial, with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, left, and Daryl Parks, a family attorney, right, in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank/Pool) by Kyle HightowerAssociated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman was fed up with “punks” getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman’s head against the pavement. The prosecution began opening statements in the long-awaited murder trial with shocking language, repeating obscenities Zimmerman uttered while talking to a police dispatcher moments before the deadly confrontation.

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High court sends back Texas race-based plan

In this Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Abigail Fisher, right, who sued the University of Texas, walks outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) by Mark ShermanWASHINGTON (AP) — Affirmative action in college admissions survived Supreme Court review Monday in a consensus decision that avoided the difficult constitutional issues surrounding a challenge to the University of Texas admission plan.

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King’s 1963 Detroit march remembered with walk

Dignitaries at the front of the Freedom Walk include, left to right, Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP; Martin Luther King, III; Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, Roslyn Brock, chairman of the NAACP; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing; and Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow Push Coalition Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Detroit News, John T. Greilick) DETROIT (AP) — Thousands participated in a Detroit march commemorating the 50th anniversary of one that Martin Luther King Jr. led in 1963. The walk down Woodward Avenue on Saturday morning culminated in a riverfront rally at Hart Plaza. The civil rights icon visited Detroit on June 23, 1963, to lead tens of thousands in a freedom walk and also previewed his “I Have a Dream” speech.