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  From the Huffington Post: In one of the greatest domestic population shifts in American history, African Americans poured out of the South in the early 20th century. The so-called “Great Migration” brought millions of southern blacks to areas across the country, including hundreds of thousands who came to Chicago. The city’s South Side quickly […]

From the New York Times: There are enough signs that New York’s system of providing public defenders is failing poor people that a broad class-action suit challenging the system can move ahead, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday, setting the stage for a sweeping battle in the courts and perhaps the Legislature. The 4-to-3 ruling […]

HOUSTON – Black leaders called Tuesday for indictments against eight police officers accused of beating a teenage burglary suspect in an incident caught on surveillance video. Click here to view photos. Representatives of the NAACP’s Houston branch, the Nation of Islam and other groups said they have confidence in the legal system and will continue […]

PITTSBURGH — As a scholar, poet and abolitionist, George B. Vashon broke barriers in the 1800s: he was the first black to graduate from Oberlin College, the first black lawyer in New York state and the first black professor at Howard University. Click here to view photos. But in his home state of Pennsylvania, where […]

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Many students graduate with manageable debt or no education loans, but almost 17 percent of graduates in 2008 borrowed $30,500 or more to get their bachelor’s degrees, according to a new analysis. Click here to view photos. A report released today by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, […]

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday launched an effort to get voters who propelled him to victory in 2008 to rally behind Democrats and help turn back Republicans in November congressional elections. Click here to view photos. Obama, in a video message distributed to his supporters, formally leaped into the election campaigns for November […]

From the NY Daily News: Ethnic frictions are rising in city politics this election year, as black and Latino candidates – who routinely pay lip service to interracial solidarity – are squaring off in districts around the city. Click here to see photos. In Harlem, Puerto Rico-born Adam Clayton Powell 4th is running against longtime […]

WASHINGTON — The last time Barack Obama was in Asheville, N.C., he complained he was too busy to play golf. The president plans to fix that this weekend. Obama and his family were to leave the White House at midday Friday and fly to Asheville, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. […]

WASHINGTON – Beginning Monday, air travelers flying into the United States from Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Yemen and other “countries of interest” will be subjected to enhanced screening techniques, such as body scans, pat-downs and a thorough search of carry-on luggage. Additionally, all passengers on U.S.-bound international flights will be subject to random screening, the Transportation Security Administration announced Sunday. Airports were […]