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Dozens of HBCU leaders pen letter to Senate in support of Biden spending bill

Heads of the country’s historically Black colleges and universities voiced their full support for President Biden’s Build Back Better in a letter to the Senate on Tuesday. → Read More

Arbery prosecutors grill defendant McMichael in cross-examination

Prosecutors on Thursday during their cross-examination of Travis McMichael, one of the three white men on trial for the February 2020 killing of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, elicited a series of statements that could hurt his defense. → Read More

Co-defendant testifies Ahmaud Arbery did not threaten him

Travis McMichael, one of the three white men on trial for the February 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery, said Thursday that the 25-year-old Black man never threatened him before the final altercation in which he was killed. → Read More

Sherrilyn Ifill stepping down as NAACP Legal Defense Fund president

Prominent civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill will leave her post as the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund this coming spring after holding the position for nearly a decade. → Read More

Black Caucus eager to see BBB cross finish line in House

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), signale... → Read More

Judge in Arbery case rebukes defense lawyer, calls comments 'reprehensible'

The judge presiding over the trial for those charged with murder of Ahmaud Arbery admonished defense attorney Kevin Gough on Monday after he motioned for a mistrial, citing the presence of prominent Black pastors being present throughout proc → Read More

Bill seeks to aid families of Black WWII veterans deprived of GI benefits

A trio of congressional lawmakers are looking to resuscitate legislation that would give financial benefits to descendants and spouses of Black veterans who fought in World War II that were excluded from aid outlined in the original GI B → Read More

CBC's pivotal role on infrastructure underscores caucus's growing stature

Top members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) played leading roles in brokering the deal that allowed the bipartisan infrastructure bill to emerge from House gridlock and reach President Biden’s desk. → Read More

Detroit voters back committee to study reparations

Detroit residents on Tuesday voted in resounding support of a resolution to establish a city commission to study reparations, making Motown the latest city in the country to pass such a measure. → Read More

Minneapolis votes down measure replacing police department

Minneapolis on Tuesday voted down Question 2, a ballot measure that would have overhauled the city’s police department. → Read More

NBA player to speak at National Conservatism Conference

Orlando Magic power forward Jonathan Isaac is one of a handful of NBA players who have spoken out against vaccine mandates → Read More

Black Caucus emerges as winner in spending package

The $1.75 trillion framework agreement for President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan represents a significant victory for Black lawmakers, who have been adamant that promises made to Black communities be kept by the White House. → Read More

CBC chair: Spending bill will include funds for HBCUs, housing, childcare

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, signaled Wednesday... → Read More

Black Caucus pushes for priorities in final deal

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Tuesday that she has ma... → Read More

Frustration with Biden among Black leaders rises

Black voters and activists are increasingly frustrated with Democrats and the Biden administration in the wake of the party's latest failure to advance voting rights legislation. → Read More

Dems hit crossroads on voting rights

Democrats are about to reach a new political crossroads on voting rights as the Senate gears up for a procedural vote Wednesday that is doomed to failure. → Read More

Deval Patrick launches initiative to spur grassroots organizing growth

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on Monday launched Bridge Together, a new initiative from Democratic super PAC American Bridge 21st Century that aims to empower grassroots activists in next year’s midterm elections and beyond. → Read More

Senate to vote next week on 'Freedom to Vote' Act

The Senate will vote on the Freedom to Vote Act — Democrats’ pared down version of their For the People Act — next week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Thursday. → Read More

Gruden ouster over emails marks latest stain on NFL

Jon Gruden’s resignation as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders — spurred by sudden fallout from reporting by The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times on past emails in which the 58-year-old used racist, homop → Read More

Senate Judiciary squares off over John Lewis voting rights bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a hearing on the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which was introduced to the upper chamber on Tuesday by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). → Read More