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Column: Overcoming inequality, the knee on the neck of Black America

BY BILL CURTIS VIRGINIA BEACH — Thomas Paine, a Virginian and an American revolutionary, penned a pamphlet titled “The Crisis” on Dec. 23, 1776, that captured the imagination of people in the Colonies who were on the verge of defeat by… Continue Reading

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Column: Turn pain into promise, violence into peace and equality

Ed. — This appeared in the Sunday, June 7, print edition of The Independent News. BY ISRAEL ZOBERMAN VIRGINIA BEACH — What a year it has been, and it is not yet over. I was awakened early in the morning by my… Continue Reading

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Steps to Justice: African American leadership issues and recommendations for Virginia Beach

Ed. note – What follows is the text of a plan submitted by the Virginia Beach NAACP, the Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference and the Virginia Beach African American Leadership Forum to the city a month ago.  On Tuesday, Oct.… Continue Reading

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Column: Those who serve our communities must be the example

BY SHIRLEY BAPTISTE ZWAHL VIRGINIA BEACH — I have a deep gratitude for the legacy of service that my family has created. As the youngest of seven, I am proud of the fact that almost all of my brothers and sisters have… Continue Reading