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Women of color wield decisive power in this election

 
Voter ID, marriage amendment impact Black women
News Analysis

By Dwight Hobbes 


Contributing Writer

 

Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party.
Advocate-activist Kenya McKnight, a 2012-13 Humphrey Policy Fellow

and 2013 Bush Fellow, was a 2009 Fifth Ward City Council candidate in Minneapolis. She comments, “Because women make up the largest numbers in America, [they] have the ability to influence policy on many levels that impact birth rights, families and infrastructures of our communities.  

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Barack Obama’s 2008 candidacy for president, it goes without saying, motivated the highest rate of voter registration among African Americans since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Whether Obama can be re-elected assumes a twofold premise: that Blacks automatically vote Democrat, and that his running would inevitably draw enough votes to make victory a lock for the Democratic Party. Continue Reading →

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What has President Obama done for Blacks?

 
Affordable Care Act, HBCU investment top some advocates’ lists

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Since Barack Obama took office four years ago as the first Black president in U.S. history, he has been criticized by many Blacks for not doing enough for the Black community. The MSRspoke with an author and political leaders who say the political sound bites that list the president’s accomplishments are not being captured. “I think much of the criticism on the president is unfair, and I think part of my job is that we get the information out there in the community on what the president has done. He doesn’t get enough credit on things he has done, and [for things that] have directly benefited the African American community,” states Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who also is U.S. Conference of Mayors president. “This president has put more money in Historically Black Colleges than other presidents before him have,” says National Congress of Black Women, Inc. President E. Faye Williams on the Obama administration’s investment in HBCUs. Continue Reading →

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