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Seeds of Hope: Baltimore Program Supports Youth and Dreams

Seeds of Hope: Baltimore Program Supports Youth and Dreams

For 30 years, The Choice Program at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County has supported Baltimore City youth, including young people facing poverty. Each year, about 50 AmeriCorps volunteers work with The Choice Program and Baltimore City families to find community solutions and reduce suspensions and incarceration. Equal Voice News spent time with Shay Couch-Murray, […]

Freeman Hrabowski Reflects on Race, Peace and Trust in Baltimore

Freeman Hrabowski Reflects on Race, Peace and Trust in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Freeman Hrabowski learned early in life the sting of being abused by police because of the color of his skin. As a 12-year-old, Hrabowski, who is Black, marched in the May 1963 Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, organized by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Eugene “Bull” Connor, the Birmingham public safety commissioner, ordered […]

Former NAACP Chief Ben Jealous Declares Bid for Maryland Governor

Former NAACP Chief Ben Jealous Declares Bid for Maryland Governor

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former NAACP president Ben Jealous announced Wednesday that he’s running for governor of Maryland as a progressive Democrat, and in doing so he repeatedly tried to link popular incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to President Donald Trump.  Jealous, who is running in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1, could face a […]

America’s Next Leaders: A Black Youth’s Focus? Mentoring in Baltimore

America’s Next Leaders: A Black Youth’s Focus? Mentoring in Baltimore

Each year, Equal Voice News features “America’s Next Leaders”, a series that profiles the recipients of the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Sargent Shriver Youth Warriors Against Poverty Leadership Award. The award honors young people who, in the spirit of Sargent Shriver, have demonstrated a deep commitment to social justice and have transformed that commitment into effective […]

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

Why the Rural Poor Should Always Merit Attention in America

When the Economic Development Authority of McDowell County in West Virginia announced the opening of a privately-owned prison in 2006, hundreds of laid-off coal miners expected jobs would flood into this rural county, where only one in three people is employed. In the following months, those jobs did come but a significant portion went to […]

D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers. The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it […]

Boston Home of Malcolm X Becomes Site of Archaeological Dig

Boston Home of Malcolm X Becomes Site of Archaeological Dig

BOSTON (AP) — Archeologists are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the slain Black rights activist’s early life. The two-week archaeological dig began Tuesday in Boston’s historically Black Roxbury neighborhood. Organizers say they also hope to learn more about the property’s long history, which includes uses […]

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