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Higher Internet Prices Threaten African American Online Presence

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By Thomas W. Dortch, Jr.

In 2002, only four out of ten African Americans used the wondrous possibilities of the Internet, nearly 30 points behind the national average. That’s the bad news.

A New Generation Standing for Children

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By Marian Wright Edelman

"Honestly, it was a life-changing experience."
"[The conference made me ask] myself some questions about society that galvanized me into action."


Historical Background of Black English

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The European enslavement of Africans from 1433 to 1865 resembles an hourglass, with “friendly” sand in the top -- converting to “enslaving” sand as it goes through the stricture into the bottom called slavery.


Reviving America’s Spirit of Optimism

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By Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League


Last week I became the beneficiary of a great privilege and responsibility: I was appointed president and chief executive of the National Urban League.

Actually, I can say without hesitation that long before last week I was a beneficiary of the Urban League, too.

Extreme Black Child Poverty Hits A High

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By Marian Wright Edelman

A recent Children's Defense Fund analysis found that the number of Black children living in extreme poverty is at its highest level in 23 years. In 2001, despite several years of a booming economy, nearly one million Black children lived in extreme poverty, meaning they lived in a family with an annual income of less than half the federal poverty level (in 2001, that meant disposable income below $7,064 for a family of three).

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