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President Biden has spoken personally about the importance of ending police violence and reimagining public safety. Thanks to the voters who elected President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, we now have a Department of Justice that actually cares about justice. And I am not just talking about justice as an idea. I am […]

Ben Crump continues to be wherever grieving families need a legal advocate. BY AARON MORRISON AND JOHN SEEWER ASSOCIATED PRESS Ben Crump, the Rev. Al Sharpton says, is “Black America’s attorney general.” In less than a decade, the Florida-based attorney has become the voice for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor and […]

Families of the slain men feel a connection in their anguish and activism. BY SOPHIA TAREEN ASSOCIATED PRESS A Black Chicago teen’s lynching in 1955 galvanized the civil rights movement. A Black Minneapolis man’s killing by police last year propelled a worldwide call for racial justice and ending police brutality.  The murders of Emmett Till […]

Police reforms will never work unless accompanied by and embedded in rebuilding and empowering communities. Even as Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd, police 10 miles away fatally shot an African American man, Daunte Wright, after pulling him over for an alleged traffic violation. That triggered protests that led to […]

BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER Review of “Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, From the Revolution to Reconstruction’’ by Kate Masur. W.W. Norton & Company. 448 pages. $32. In an 11-page pamphlet published in 1813 titled “Letters from a Man of Colour, on a Late Bill, Before […]

BY DARA KAM NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Desmond Meade has won international acclaim for his voting-rights advocacy and helped thousands of convicted felons like him be able to cast ballots in Florida. But the 53-year-old husband and father hasn’t redeemed himself enough for Gov. Ron DeSantis to grant a pardon. The Republican governor […]

Black voters who turned out to elect President Joe Biden were hoping for some real change. We’re getting it. Kristen Clarke is one of the country’s most effective civil rights lawyers. She has tackled issues like police accountability, fair housing, educational and economic opportunity, and the school-to-prison pipeline. And Biden has nominated her to lead […]