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  • 30th Anniversary March on Washington
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    30th Anniversary March on Washington

    Civil rights activists spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the 30th Anniversary March on Washington entitled, “Jobs, Justice and Peace.” The march, whose participants…

  • Developing a Civil Rights Agenda
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    Developing a Civil Rights Agenda

    Participants talked about the Democratic Party civil rights agenda as it related to legal issues and the justice system. Among the topics they addressed were racial profiling, the death…

  • Cathy Hughes Radio Talk Show
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    Cathy Hughes Radio Talk Show

    Cathy Hughes had a variety of guests including, Benjamin Chavis and Lani Guinier, and talked to listeners from the Washington, DC area and around the nation. Benjamin Chavis, Jr will soon…

  • Crisis of Black Leadership
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    Crisis of Black Leadership?

    At a town hall meeting during a conference on race relations, participants talked about the state of African-Americans in U.S. society and how they can unite to promote their interests as a…

  • AfricanAmerican Leadership Town Hall Meeting
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    African-American Leadership Town Hall Meeting

    This was a forum to dicuss issues of particular interest to African-Americans. This meeting was not sponsored by the NAACP as planned because of the dismissal of Ben Chavis as executive…

  • NAACP Executive Director Dismissal
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    NAACP Executive Director Dismissal

    Mr. Chavis reacted to his dismissal as NAACP Executive Director by the Board of Directors.

  • NAACP Sexual Harassment Settlement
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    NAACP Sexual Harassment Settlement

    Executive Director Chavis called a news conference to discuss the sexual harassment allegations on the part of a dismissed employee of the NAACP. The case was settled prior to the sexual…

  • Minority Issues
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    Minority Issues

    At the 85th annual convention of the NAACP, Mr. Andrews introduced Mr. Chavis with glowing praise. Then Mr. Chavis spoke about the NAACP’s continuing struggle for civil rights in the face…

  • NAACP Leadership Summit
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    NAACP Leadership Summit

    African-American leaders spoke about race, religious, and cultural unity among African-Americans. Minister Farrakhan gave a rousing address featuring quotes from Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive” address and…

  • Brown v Board of Education 40th Anniversary
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    Brown v. Board of Education 40th Anniversary

    Mr. Chavis is marked the 40th anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision which knocked down the concept of “seperate but equal” in the nation’s public school systems.…

  • Martin Luther King Jr Celebration
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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

    Mr. Chavis delivered the 8th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture. Following a Comanche prayer and introduction by Mr. Early, Mr. Chavis spoke of Dr. King’s accomplishments and beliefs.

  • Low Income Environmental Concerns
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    Low Income Environmental Concerns

    Following an introduction by Mr. Chavis, Vice President Gore spoke about environmental justice and the need for a government effort to clean up waste dumps in low income areas within inner…

  • US Economic and Environmental Issues
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    U.S. Economic and Environmental Issues

    In their second meeting, council members discussed how to promote economic development while preserving the environment. This 25-member council is made up of business leaders and cabinet…

  • US Race Relations
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    U.S. Race Relations

    At the annual meeting, the leading U.S. black leaders spoke about the state of race relations in the U.S. and the chances for improvements in the future in a lively and often provocative…

  • 1968  The Year and The War and The Culture
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    1968 - The Year and The War and The Culture

    Mr. Gibson and Mr. Chavis spoke on the civil rights movement in the late 1960's during a retrospective of the year 1968. The guests recalled the major figures and events of the civil rights…

  • Life and Career of Ben Chavis
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    Life and Career of Ben Chavis

    Mr. Chavis, the new head of the NAACP, talked about growing up in the segregated south and his involvement in civil rights struggles. He related how he joined the NAACP when he was twelve…

  • 30th Anniversary March on Washington
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    30th Anniversary March on Washington

    Representatives of several civil rights and special interest organizations spoke in a news conference to discuss the plans for the 30th anniversary march on Washington, DC. The march on August 28 will…

  • Future of AfricanAmerican Communities
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    Future of African-American Communities

    Mr. Chavis, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, spoke to an audience attending the annual conference of the National Urban League. In his remarks, he…

  • AfricanAmerican Issues
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    African-American Issues

    The vice-president mentioned his upcoming trip to visit flood-damaged areas in the Midwest. He discussed civil rights issues, including the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of the August 28 March…

  • AfricanAmerican Issues
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    African-American Issues

    Mr. Chavis spoke to a large audience attending the NAACP convention on the organization’s agenda for the future. During his remarks, Mr. Chavis honored members of the NAACP, described the…

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