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Civil Rights Groups Sue Texas over Voter Citizenship Question

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Civil rights organizations are suing Texas officials about alleged plans to purge thousands of naturalized citizens from its voter rolls, a move that intentionally targets minority voters, according to their lawsuit. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, the national ACLU, the Texas Civil Rights Project, Demos, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights …

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Preserved by Purpose: Tales from the Pole

“It’s what you used to slide down!” blurted out the 25-year-old brother to his 5 months pregnant 23-year-old sister.   For a few seconds, everyone at the table was too shocked to do anything but look down at the Taboo game pieces.   The awkward silence that followed was broken when the young lady quickly grabbed her purse and car keys and …

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No More New Year’s — New You

Morgan A. Owens, NNPA Newswire Contributor Let’s be really honest, how often do we neglect our New Year’s resolutions after January? Many times, we set resolutions but don’t know where to start. We get stuck and revert to old habits that aren’t helping us bloom into the best we can be. Morgan A. Owens Often, we are our own worst …

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Preserved – Christians, Stop Supporting Immorality

It’s been less than a week since one of the most divisive Supreme Court nomination fights ended with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court.   Many Christians and white evangelicals gleefully celebrated the shifting of the Supreme Court to an ultraconservative majority that could eventually overturn the Roe V Wade decision that legalized abortion.   They claimed that …

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Preserved by Purpose: Living the Diamond Life

This past weekend, Serena Williams, considered by many to be the best tennis player in the world, suffered a stunning defeat at the US Open.     What made the loss to the phenomenal Naomi Osaka all the more hurtful to many was the fact Williams was disrespected by the chair umpire and fined $17,000.  After the match, Williams did something that …

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Preserved – A Purpose 27 Years in the Making

27 years ago, I had what I thought was the perfect job when I worked for an African American bookstore in San Antonio.   Not only did I get to satisfy my love of reading but I also got to satisfy my love of all things African American.   We sold books but we also sold art, clothes, and jewelry and I …

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Preserved – Witness Without Regrets

It was my habit to take notes of my former pastor’s sermons (late Dr. Jerome McNeil, Jr) as a way for me to remember his inspiring thoughts.   I remember once struggling to keep up with the rapid pace of his words then he said three words that made me stop writing mid sentence.   He said that we should be “witnesses …

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Preserved by Purpose: Spiritual PTSD and Life After Warfare

The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have shown that sometimes the hardest thing to deal with isn’t just the battle in a war but might be what happens afterwards.     As a result, the news is full of stories of soldiers and their families who have struggled to transition back to normal life after the life changing trauma of war. …

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Preserved by Purpose – Salsa for the Soul

“The key to salsa dancing is knowing how to lead and knowing how to follow.  Ladies, even if you don’t know where your partner is going. Don’t watch his feet..just follow his movements…even if you don’t know where he is going.”  When I heard this phrase during Salsa dancing lessons at a restaurant in my hometown of San Antonio a …

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