November 30, 2004 NAACP President Kweisi Mfume announces he will step down after nine years as head of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights group. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
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November 30, 2004 Kweisi Mfume announces plans to resign the presidency of the NAACP. The former congressman has headed the nation's largest civil rights organization since 1996.
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November 30, 2004 NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates reports on the political legacy of NAACP president Kweisi Mfume, who is expected to announce his resignation as president of the nation's oldest civil rights organization later Tuesday.
November 30, 2004 In the second of two stories, high school students who are children of immigrants in Fremont, Calif., talk about cultural identity and the pressures to succeed academically. Hear NPR's Claudio Sanchez.
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November 30, 2004 Kevin Boyle's Arc of Justice tells the true story of a black physician's fight to keep his family home in the face of violent threats from white neighbors in 1920s Detroit. Boyle won a National Book Award.
November 29, 2004 Black farmers want to reopen a civil rights lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture that granted them more than $2 billion for past loan discrimination. After five years, reports show that more than three quarters of farmers seeking money from the settlement were denied, and advocates charge they have been discriminated against because of the way the settlement has been handled. NPR's Kathy Lohr reports.
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November 29, 2004 When Eddie N. Williams moved to Washington, few people knew of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, or even felt the need for a think tank devoted primarily to issues affecting African Americans. At the time, there were only a few hundred African-American politicians. Thirty-two years later, there are about 10,000. On the eve of Williams' retirement, we discuss the changes he's seen -- and some he hasn't.
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November 29, 2004 A recent report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse -- a non-partisan research center at Syracuse University in New York -- indicates the U.S. government's enforcement of civil rights laws has plummeted since 1999. NPR's Tavis Smiley discusses the report's co-author David Burnham, and Wan Kim, deputy assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.
November 26, 2004 The Robey Theatre Company in Sherman Oaks, Calif., has mounted For the Love of Freedom, Levy Lee Simon's trilogy about Haiti's slave revolt -- which rocked Napoleon's France -- and its historical aftermath. The Tavis Smiley Show offers a condensed version of the epic production.
November 25, 2004 As director of the Washington-based Rebecca Project for Human Rights, Malika Saada Saar helps low-income families find family-based substance abuse treatment. Saar, a recipient of the Ford Foundation's 2004 Leadership for a Changing World awards, speaks to NPR's Tavis Smiley.
November 24, 2004 Before the civil war, Thomas Jefferson's cousin Richard Randolph left land he owned in Virginia to dozens of freed slaves. Those former slaves went on to build new lives alongside their white neighbors, a community that became known as "Israel Hill." NPR's Tavis Smiley explores the so-called "promised land" with Melvin Patrick Ely, author of Israel on the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War.
November 24, 2004 A man accused of killing six hunters in Wisconsin says he was called racial epithets and fired on before he returned fire. A witness who was wounded in the shootings disputes that. Minnesota Public Radio's Brandt Williams reports.
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November 24, 2004 Congress was just about to pass an intelligence reform bill when two Congressmen decided the law had problems. One of those lawmakers, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), has been criticized by his colleagues for obstructionism. Sensenbrenner talks about why he thought loopholes in driver's license regulations were enough to kill the bill. Hear Sensenbrenner and NPR's Steve Inskeep.
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November 23, 2004 Sir Harold Evans, talks about his new book They Made America, which is the basis of a PBS special by the same name. Evans shares stories about African-American inventors and innovators. Hear Evans and NPR's Tavis Smiley.
November 20, 2004 NPR's Scott Simon talks with Earl Mills Sr., Chief Flying Eagle of the Mashpee Wampanoags and author of the Cape Cod Wampanoag Cookbook. The Wampanoags broke bread with the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving in 1621, on Plymouth Plantation. Mills talks about what was eaten at that meal.
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