Hillary Clinton

“It’s not enough to thank black women, we need to support black women,” said Hillary Rodham Clinton, who did just that as keynote speaker for the first Ida’s Legacy luncheon, a fundraiser for electing the next generation of progressive African-American candidates. Read more at StreetWise.

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Honors, at Last, for Ida B. Wells, ‘a Sword Among Lions’

Born in slavery in Mississippi in 1862, Wells grew up during Reconstruction, when constitutional rights were extended to formerly enslaved African-Americans. Black men participated in electoral politics throughout the former Confederacy. Wells took up her career as a journalist during a time “when the possibilities of racial inclusiveness and the power of unified, collective action were palpable,” the biographer Paula Giddings writes in “Ida:…

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Ida B Wells: Long Overdue Salute

Story originally appeared on the July 22 newsletter of TBTNewsService.com Ida Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931), more commonly known as Ida B. Wells, was an investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of…

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The Janus Ruling Is a Blow to Public Unions. It’s Especially Bad for Black Women.

The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing employees to opt out of paying fees to the unions who represent them will impact public-sector unions across the country, potentially weakening their collective bargaining power. But the 5-4 ruling in the case, known as Janus v. AFSCME, could have an especially bad impact on African-American women, according to an analysis done…

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The White Men’s Club Leading America’s Largest Cities

For a brief period beginning last December, London Breed had gained entry into a club that has, of late, almost exclusively belonged to white men: the ranks of big-city mayors. Breed, a 43-year-old African American woman and president of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, had automatically become the city’s acting mayor following the sudden death…

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Why I’m Raising Money To Build An Ida B. Wells Monument

Last week marked the opening in Montgomery, Alabama, of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a first of its kind exhibit commemorating over 4,000 lynching victims. The project, spearheaded by the Equal Justice Initiative, also includes a museum that traces America’s history of racism, from slavery to our current era of mass incarceration. It…

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‘If You Want to Win, Get a Black Woman Candidate’: A Q&A With Melanie L. Campbell

There has been a long-simmering tension between the Democratic Party apparatus and its African-American base. Many black women, especially, voice frustration at what they interpret as a lack of commitment from a party that repeatedly depends on them to push its candidates to victory. In last year’s Alabama special election, black women played the deciding…

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