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Biden calls for ‘relentless diplomacy’ not war

In his first address to the General Assembly at the U.N. on Tuesday, President Biden mentioned “global” 17 times, and that comes as no surprise to this annual gathering of nations.

When the Amsterdam News was boycotted

No story about the Amsterdam News labor dispute and the organization of the first Newspaper Guild unit at a Black-owned newspaper is complete without noting the significant role played by Marvel Cooke.

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Isaac Dickerson, an original member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

On two previous occasions we have featured two female members of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers and one male vocalist.

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Gov. Newsom defeats recall; Trumpism rebuked

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California defeated the recall and decisively rebuked Trumpism. With more than 70% of the vote tabulated, Democrat Newsom is projected to get two-thirds of the turnout, repelling a recall that was successful 18 years ago.

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Margaret Elaine Mattic, aspiring actress and a casualty of 9/11

Over the last week or so, the nation has paused to remember and reflect on that horrific day on September 11, 2001, now commonly known as 9/11. On that date, nearly 3,000 people perished in the three attacks from terrorists with the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan as the place where most of the people died.

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Benjamin M. Holmes, spokesperson and original member of Fisk Jubilee Singers

In last week’s classroom column we featured Mary Eliza Walker Crump, an original female member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. To balance things, we now profile Benjamin M. Holmes.

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‘It’s Code Red,’ Biden warned

Standing amid and near the damage done by Hurricane Ida, the evidence starkly and tragically underscored his comments that climate change was real. “This is code red,” he said in Queens on Tuesday. “The nation and the world are in peril.”

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The ‘Forever War’ is over

“The war in Afghanistan is over,” President Biden said Tuesday afternoon, a day after the last plane of troops left Kabul. In a solemn unbroken tone, Biden said, “I believe this is the right decision, a wise decision, and the best decision for America.”

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Mary Eliza Walker Crump, an original member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers

Rarely are there articles that focus on the individual members of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, when there is one even on the group. In future columns we will place each one in the spotlight beginning this week with Mary Eliza Walker Crump.

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W. A. Domingo, a prominent socialist and voice for Jamaican independence

It’s perhaps easier to list where W.A. Domingo wasn’t than where he was.

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