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Md. Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller with Gov. Martin O'Malley. Photo by Sarah Tincher, Capital News Service
People in the News
From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley, Ben Jealous continues to push technology for equality.
Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP chair, is under fire for "refusing to denounce derogatory" Redskins' name. 
John W. Boyd, National Black Farmers Association president, honors "oldest farmer" Bernie Pringle
Black publishing group chair, Cloves Campbell, blasts NFL for 'almost a slave mentality'
Revs. Barbara Williams-Skinner, C.T. Vivian, Al Sharpton and other black clergy push Obamacare enrollment
Herman Taylor Jr., former elected official, joins Maryland Black Caucus Foundation board
Opinions/Views
I want to give a Black History "shout out" to the millions of nameless, faceless business women and men [barbers, hairdressers, cafe owners...] who rose before dawn and got home long after everyone was asleep. 
by Marc Morial
With an economy that is still treading water, job creation should be the number one priority for elected officials in Washington.
by William Spriggs
Mainstream organizations, grounded in the elite consensus, are now publicly engaging the orthodoxy that inequality is the price we pay for economic growth is important.

GOP Sen. Tim Scott needs Blacks to acknowledge and celebrate his presence in the U.S. Senate. Blacks need to gauge Scott for his position and positions on issues of importance to us and join with National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that “It’s a time to celebrate the influence of African Americans like Senator Tim Scott.”


African Americans are too dependent on government
Four weeks into the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace, I’m reminded of the tremendous impact the Affordable Care Act has on the lives of American women.
As a Filipino-American and as an openly gay man, I cheer the latest victory for the LGBT rights movement.
by Theodore Ransaw, PhD
Many Black males are torn between academics and thug culture and it appears the latter is winning.
by Benjamin Todd Jealous
The current federal minimum wage is inadequate, outdated, and out of touch with the modern cost of living.
The new white Negro
Part 8 - Race in America
By Isabel Sawhill
Moynihan's bracing profile of the collapsing Black family in the 1960s looks remarkably similar to a profile of the average White family today. In other words, family breakdown is now biracial.
White shame, black pain
by E. Faye Williams
The times demand action from more of us—African, Hispanic, Asian, Native and white Americans, LGBT friends, women, the disabled—everyone benefitting from the Civil Rights Movement.
If Trayvon Martin were not a young black male, he would be alive today. Despite the verdict, it’s clear that George Zimmerman would never have confronted a young white man wearing a hoodie. He would, at the very least, have listened to the cops and stayed back.
Science&Tech
The sun continues to produce significant solar flares, powerful bursts of radiation which - when intense enough - can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel. (Image Credit: NASA/SDO)

Delegate Pushes for Statewide Native American Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Day in Maryland falls on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year. But Delegate Peter Murphy, D-Charles, wants to see the celebration spread throughout all of November. Murphy has proposed legislation that would require the governor to proclaim November as Native American Heritage Month. It would also urge schools and cultural organizations to observe the month.

WASHINGTON - A government shutdown began Oct. 1, causing federal agencies in Maryland to close or seriously cut back operations and resulting in significant hardship for federal workers, as well as declining economic output and lower tax revenue for the state.

Gov. Martin O'Malley signed proclamation allowing Maryland courthouses to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples, effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Life & Style
Travel * Entertainment * Cars
Redskins name is racist, say critics
The decades-long debate heats up again as the Washington Redskins team name was lambasted as “racist” and “demeaning” during a daylong symposium at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Public Pursuits
Alan Bowser campaigns for Clerk of the Montgomery County Circuit Court: "equal justice for all"
New County Council Officers. Craig Rice (left)
was unanimously selected as the new president of
the Montgomery County Council on Dec. 3. George Leventhal was unanimously selected as vice
president. (Photo/Montgomery County)
Diversity Leader
Julian Norment is the new liaison
to the African American community for
Montgomery County's Office of Community
Partnerships.
Race in America: Past & Present

The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up until World War II.    


Part 2: Emmett and Trayvon: How racial prejudice has changed


Part 3: A House divided

Why do middle-class blacks have far less wealth 

than whites at the same income level?


Part 8: The new white Negro

Is family breakdown now biracial?
President Obama & First Family
(Photos/The White House)
NELSON MANDELA
1918 - 2013