Wednesday, July 10, 1996

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  • Representative Cynthia McKinney

    REPRESENTATIVE CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, Democrat of Georgia won her primary in a landslide victory last night, taking 67% of the vote in a race against three white male challengers. McKinney represented a majority black district in the Southern state until the Supreme Court ruled her was the result of racial gerrymandering and declared it unconstitutional. Most of the seats held by members of the Congressional Black Caucus are under the same threat and some are worried the redistricting will nearly eliminate black representation in Congress. Cynthia McKinney, and her colleague Sanford Bishop, another African American Congressman from Georgia, are running for re-election in a re-drawn majority white district. Both won their primaries last night, but perhaps the most difficult battle lies head in November when they face Republican challengers in a part of the country where white Democrats have flocked to the GOP. I caught up with Cynthia McKinney by phone at her victory event in the wee hours of the morning.

  • Million Man March Spurs Local Activism

    Last October’s Million Man March has given momentum to a range of local activism in African American Communities around the U.S. In a moment, Co-host Salim Muwakkil will join me, along with Reverend Al Sampson, the Chairman of the Million Man March Committee of Chicago to talk about his group’s plans during the Democratic National Convention this August, and his work on an upcoming National Black Political Convention, another outgrowth of the Million Man March. But first, last month, African American women in Los Angeles held a "Million Women March," and even though the event wasn’t attended by a million, or even thousands of women, it was a time for African American women to rally together around common concerns.

  • Million Man March and Local Activism

    Salim Muwakkil joins me now on Democracy Now, along with Reverend Al Sampson, the Pastor of the Fernwood United Methodist Church of Chicago and the Chairman of Chicago’s Million Man March Committee.

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