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Minister Rodney Muhammad, the new president of the Philadelphia NAACP. (Credit: Cherri Gregg)

New Philadelphia NAACP President Hopes To Regain Traction In Communities

Minister Rodney Muhammad was elected on Saturday to head the more than a century old NAACP chapter.

12/09/2014

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A Timely Remembrance Of Rosa Parks

This December remember Rosa Parks and her resolve as we fight bullies and acts of injustice in our immediate surroundings.

12/01/2014

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Ceremony Marks Day When Phila. Memorial To Black American Vets was Relocated from ‘Back of the Bus’

For 60 years, the memorial sat in an obscure location in Fairmount Park. Twenty years ago, it was relocated to Logan Square, near the Franklin Institute.

11/11/2014

(A rally for Michael Brown was held outside Camden City Hall.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Rally in Camden, NJ For Ferguson, Mo. Teen Shot By Police

Camden residents want to make sure there are no Michael Brown-type incidents in their city.

08/28/2014

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Young Philadelphians Revisit the 1964 ‘Freedom Summer’ in Mississippi

Nearly 40 students from Youth United for Change will attend the “Freedom 50″ conference, honoring the civil rights workers who signed up African-American voters in 1964, including the three who were murdered by the Ku Klux Klan.

06/24/2014

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Gay Rights Advocates Say Work Is Not Done Despite Legalization Of Same Sex Marriage In PA

Now that same sex marriage is a reality in Pennsylvania, LGBT advocates says they will now focus their efforts on gaining civil rights protection.

05/24/2014

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 08: Senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Debo Adegbile testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee January 8, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Adegbile has been nominated by President Barack Obama to become the next Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. (Credit: Wong/Getty Images)

Senate Blocks Adegbile From Civil Rights Post

Several Democrats, including Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey and Delaware’s Chris Coons, joined Republicans in the Senate Wednesday afternoon in quashing President Obama’s pick for a key post in the Justice Department.

03/05/2014

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Schools Shifting From ‘Zero Tolerance’ Discipline Policies

Because rates of discipline have been disproportionally high for some racial groups, guidance from the US Dept. of Education and Justice is suggesting changes in ‘zero-tolerance’.

01/28/2014

The civil rights leader Martin Luther KIng (C) waves to supporters 28 August 1963 on the Mall in Washington DC (Washington Monument in background) during the 'March on Washington'. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

2013 IN REVIEW: Civil Rights Movement Turns 50

The tumultuous year of 1963 included the March on Washington, Dr. King’s historic speech, and the assassination of Pres. Kennedy.

12/26/2013

(US attorney general Eric Holder, at lectern and on large screen, addresses the National Urban League.  Credit: Justin Udo)

US Attorney General, in Philadelphia, Promises Strong Civil Rights Agenda

Eric Holder touched on issues that are currently affecting our region.

07/25/2013

(Mayor Michael Nutter, at lectern and on big screen, addresses crowd gathered for Independence Day ceremonies in front of Independence Hall.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Pulls All The Stops For July 4th Daytime Festivities

Security was tight but the mood was light in the place where our nation was born 237 years ago.

07/04/2013

U.S. Supreme Court building (credit: Mark Wilson/ Getty Images)

US Supreme Court Decides Silence Isn’t Enough To Avoid Self-Incrimination

The newest Supreme Court ruling on what has become known as the “Miranda” warning makes a big shift, according to James Funt, chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s criminal justice section. In his words, “Anything you don’t say could be used against you in court.”

07/02/2013

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Gay Rights Activists Eagerly Await SCOTUS Ruling

The US Supreme Court will close its term today with a ruling on a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, which blocks gay married couples from federal benefits, as well as California’s Proposition 8 that bans gay marriage in that state.

06/26/2013

Protection Through Sovereign Immunity

The federal government, along with every state has voted itself a protection of immunity, which means it can’t be sued, no matter how glaring its error, without its own permission.

06/19/2013

(Ranger Renee Albertoli asks question to kids Hoping to earn the park's latest trading card. Credit: John McDevitt)

Independence National Historical Park Unveils Latest Earn And Learn Trading Card

Independence National Historical Park unveiled its latest earn and learn trading card. The program is designed to help kids connect with the faces, places and stories represented in the park.

06/01/2013

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