July 30, 2004 Despite growing international pressure, the U.N. Security Council passes a resolution with only an implicit threat of sanctions if Sudan doesn't rein in the ethnic Arabic militias accused of raping and murdering black Africans in the Darfur region. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports.
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July 30, 2004 How do you get to Africa on a shoestring budget? NPR's Tavis Smiley discusses tips for making the most of your trip -- and tracing African ancestry -- with attorney James White, co-author of the book Roots Recovered.
July 30, 2004 Maritza Correia is the first African-American woman to make a U.S. Olympic swim team. She'll compete in the 400-meter freestyle relay at this summer's Games in Athens.
July 30, 2004 Ten years ago, the Denny's restaurant chain was forced to pay a $54-million settlement in a class-action suit charging it discriminated against African Americans. But discrimination in the corporate world persists. NPR's Tony Cox discusses what it takes to change corporate culture with U.T. Saunders, an organizational-development consultant, and Rachel Hood, director of corporate diversity at Denny's.
July 29, 2004 Bill Cosby's sharp speeches about the need for black self-responsibility are raising eyebrows and inspiring comic strips. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates reports that the creator of The Boondocks comic strip, Aaron McGruder, is fanning the debate with a parody of Cosby's remarks.
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July 28, 2004 Rev. Al Sharpton energizes the audience at the 2004 Democratic Convention with his response to questions asked of African-American voters by President Bush at last week's National Urban League convention.
July 28, 2004 Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico is the first Hispanic to serve as permanent chairman of the Democratic National Convention. His high profile in Boston is part of a larger Democratic Party effort to woo Hispanic voters in 2004, an effort that some polls show is gaining ground. NPR's Linda Wertheimer reports.
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July 28, 2004 NPR's Mike Pesca reports from the Democratic National Convention in Boston on how the political party is trying to emphasize its appeal to Americans from diverse backgrounds and portray itself as the "big tent" party.
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July 28, 2004 Senate hopeful Barack Obama stirs the crowd at the Democratic Convention with stories of equality and hope in America. Obama, an Illinois candidate for Senate and a rising star in his party, turned to his own history in making his most powerful points.
July 27, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Washington, D.C., Democratic Party delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, about Monday night's Democratic National Convention speeches, civility in the presidential race and black voter turnout.
July 27, 2004 Forty years ago, a poor black sharecropper named Fannie Lou Hamer captured the nation's attention with her testimony before the Democratic National Convention about her struggle to register to vote. She challenged the DNC to seat her Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party instead of the state's all-white delegation. Hamer will be honored Tuesday at the DNC in Boston. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.
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July 27, 2004 Illinois state senator Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Democratic convention Monday night. A rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama is heavily favored to win a U.S. Senate seat this fall. At 42, he would become the third black American to serve in the Senate in the last 100 years. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
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July 26, 2004 Producer Dmae Roberts reports on a group of New Zealand musicians mixing modern musical styles with traditional Maori language.
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July 26, 2004 NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks with Jack Izzard of the BBC about a movement within the European Union to place sanctions on the Sudanese government. An estimated 30,000 people, mostly black Africans, have died in ongoing ethnic violence in the Sudanese province of Darfur. Observers blame the violence on marauding bands of ethnic Arabs supported by the Sudanese government.
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July 23, 2004 A week after deciding not to speak to the NAACP, President Bush addresses another prominent civil rights group, the Urban League, to ask African Americans for their support. The president tells the gathering in Detroit that the GOP knows it has a lot of work to do to win the support of black voters. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.
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