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Edelman, Marian Wright

Marian Wright Edelman Civil rights attorney, advocate for children and families, founder of Children’s Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman was born June 6, 1939 in Bennettsville, South Carolina to Arthur Jerome Wright, a Baptist minister, and Maggie Leola Bowen Wright, a church woman and activist. Like many other rural southern towns, Bennettsville was segregated, and…

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LGBTQIA+ Health Disparities

LGBTQIA+ Health Disparities  By: Laura Crouch   Editor’s Note:  LGBTQIA+ is an umbrella acronym that generally stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (and/or questioning), intersex and asexual. The acronym is designed to be as inclusive as possible with the “+” indicating any person who does not identify specifically with any of the listed terms but…

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Economic Inequality: An Introduction

Brought up on the Declaration of Independence and the idea that all people are created equal, Americans have traditionally described themselves as living in a classless society. This classless society meant that individual effort and talent contributed to one’s place in society. The vast majority of Americans, it has been believed, are middle class. Looking at the data, however, it’s clear that economic inequality exists. But what is it? Economic inequality is the unequal distribution of income (earnings) or wealth (net worth or savings) in a society.

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Shelby County v. Holder (2013)

Shelby County v. Holder (2013)   Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013), was a landmark decision of the U. S. Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of two provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination in voting to obtain federal…

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Food Assistance in the United States

Food Assistance in the United States  By: Laura Crouch In the United States, millions of people face hunger and food insecurity each day. Unable to provide for themselves and their families, they turn to food assistance programs for both short and long term needs.    The USDA defines food insecurity as “a household-level economic and social…

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