New York City's MOST READ African American Weekly Newspaper
Founded in 1975 as "Big Red"
Circulation of over 60,000 weekly for over 35 years. Serving metropolitan New York

The New York Beacon is New York's most popular weekly newspaper targeting the African American communities of New York City.
Published by Smith Haj Media Group
The Beacon is Affilliated with NEPA (Northeast Publishers Association) and NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association).
Walter Smith is the founder and president of the Northeast Publishers Association.

The New York Beacon, through newsstands sales, free delivery to local institutions, online version, facebook, twitter, myspace, and
Youtube, reaches an estimated 400,000 readers per week.

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Obama Says Civil Rights Movement
Opened Door for His Election
President Barack Obama at the Civil Rights Summit (Photo by David
Hume Kennerly/LBJ Foundation)
By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief

AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA) – With civil rights legends Andrew Young,
John Lewis, Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President
Barack Obama on Thursday credited the Civil Rights Movement and
landmark legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in the
1960s for paving the way for his becoming the nation’s first Black

Keynoting the three-day celebration at the Lyndon B. Johnson
Presidential Library in observance of the 50th anniversary of the 1964
Civil Rights Act, Obama said: “Today, as we commemorate the 50th
anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we honor the men and women
who made it possible.  Some of them are here today. We celebrate
giants like John Lewis and Andrew Young and Julian Bond. We recall
the countless unheralded Americans, Black and White, students and
scholars, preachers and housekeepers –   whose names are etched not
on monuments, but in the hearts of their loved ones, and in the fabric
of the country they helped to change.”

There is no better evidence of that change than his election, the
president said.
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AUSTIN, TEXAS (NNPA) – Former President
Bill Clinton praised President Lyndon B. Johnson
for signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965
Voting Rights Act into law, but said the progress
that stemmed from those landmark measures are
being undermined by Republican-led efforts to
suppress the vote.

“We’re here because the Civil Rights Act and the
Voting Rights Act made it possible for Jimmy
Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to be
president of the United States,” Clinton said to
loud applause during a speech Wednesday that was
part of a 3-day celebration of the 50th anniversary
of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Clinton said 10 states require some form of state-
issued ID before allowing voters to cast a ballot.
Last year, the U.S. Justice Department sued Texas
and North Carolina over their voter ID laws,
charging that undercut voter participation by
Blacks and Latinos.   
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Bill Clinton Says Voter
ID Laws Undermine
Civil Rights Progress
Former President Bill Clinton (Photo by Jack
Plunkett/LBJ Foundation)
By George E. Curry  NNPA Editor-in-Chief
AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA) – Although he
grew up in a rural farming community in
Georgia during an era of rigid racial
segregation in the 1920s and 1930s,  former
President Jimmy Carter said his life was
shaped at an early age by “Black culture.”

The nation’s 39th president made his
comments Tuesday night during a
conversation at the 50th anniversary
celebration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,
landmark legislation signed by President
Lyndon B. Johnson that outlawed
discrimination against racial and ethnic
minorities as well as  women.

Former presidents Carter, Bill Clinton and
George W. Bush along with President Barack
Obama made individual presentations over a
3-day period at the Lyndon B. Johnson
Presidential Library here on the campus of
the University of Texas.  
Instead of a formal speech, Carter was
seated on stage with Mark K. Updegrove,
director of the Lyndon B. Johnson
Presidential Library, for an hour-long a
discussion on Carter’s early life and his
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Jimmy Carter Says His
Life Shaped by ‘Black
Former President Jimmy Carter (Photo by
David Hume Kennerly/LBJ Foundation)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Enrollment for the
president’s health care law has grown to 7.5 million
Americans, the Obama administration announced
Thursday, handing President Barack Obama and
the Democrats bigger coverage numbers to tout in
the face of election-year attacks. Sign-ups for the
law stood at 7.1 million last week, but people who
had started signing up when the enrollment period
closed March 31, or who had trouble signing up,
were given extra time to finalize their applications.
Four hundred thousand more have now done so,
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius said in testimony before the Senate
Finance Committee.  
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Sebelius: 7.5 Million
Now Signed Up
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The 16-year-old boy charged
in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was
not troubled and his family didn’t see any sign that he was
capable of violence, his attorney said Thursday, deepening
the mystery over what prompted the rampage that injured
21 students and a security guard. Alex Hribal did not have a
history of mental illness, defense attorney Patrick
Thomassey said, adding that he’s not aware that the slender,
dark-haired boy had been bullied, either. He said the attack
seemingly came out of nowhere. “He’s not a loner.
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Attorney: Stabbing Rampage
Came Out of Nowhere
Stabbing suspect is taken into custody by local police
By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite great
progress that grew out of the Civil Rights
Movement, “a web of stubborn obstacles
remains” that prevents children of color,
especially Black children, from reaching their
full potential, according to a recent report by
the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “Differences
in opportunity are evident from the earliest
years of a child’s life. Too often, children of
color grow up in environments where they
experience high levels of poverty and
violence,” the report stated. “Such
circumstances derail healthy development and
lead to significant psychological and
physiological trauma.” The report titled,
“Race for Results: Building a Path to
Opportunity for All Children,” featured the
foundation’s new “National Race for Results
Index” that tracked 12 key milestones,
including fourth grade reading proficiency,
birth weight, the share of children who live in
two-parent families and the proportion of
children living in poverty.
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Black Children Rank
Last on Milestone Index