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President Obama, Congressman John Lewis, and Others Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

August 06, 2015

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. introduces President Barack Obama, with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building South Court Auditorium, Aug. 6, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama, Congressman John Lewis, and Others on the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

August 06, 2015

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Fifty years ago, on August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law — a landmark piece of legislation breaking down barriers across the South that prevented countless African Americans from voting.
This afternoon, President Obama hosted a discussion here at the White House to mark the Act's 50th anniversary, featuring Congressman John Lewis, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, and others.

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Fueling High-Tech Growth through Minority Businesses

August 06, 2015

The U.S. Department of Commerce has established a new partnership between the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) to support minority business development through our nation’s investment in research and development at more than 300 federal laboratories. 

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50 Years Ago:

August 06, 2015

This morning, Congressman John Lewis sent the following message to the White House email list, reflecting on the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and highlighting the barriers to the vote that are still present today.
Tune in at 2 p.m. ET today as President Obama leads a conversation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act — followed by a discussion featuring Congressman John Lewis and Melissa Harris-Perry.
And if you didn't get the email, sign up for email updates here.

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50 Years After the Voting Rights Act, We Still Have Work to Do

August 06, 2015

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Ed. note: This is cross-posted on Medium.

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Nonprofit Success Depends on Your Business Mindset

August 06, 2015

Running a nonprofit takes passion dedication, and a big heart. Whether you’re working to save endangered animals, slow climate change, or help your neighborhood prosper, it’s easy to let your...

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President Obama's Iran Deal Speech Echoes John F. Kennedy

August 06, 2015

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Iran nuclear agreement at American University in Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Yesterday, President Obama spoke on the Iran deal at American University's School of International Service.

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U.S.-Africa Business Forum Still Paying Dividends One Year Later

August 05, 2015

One year ago, the Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosted the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum. This forum brought together leaders from more than 45 Sub-Saharan and North African nations to discuss regional economic, political and development issues, with the aim of forging deeper transatlantic ties and showcasing a new kind of partnership rooted in these shared interests.

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SBIR Agency Blog #6: Department of Energy

August 05, 2015

For small businesses that are new to federal funding, the process can at first appear overwhelming—there are new registrations required from multiple sources, the funding solicitations are very...

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The Department of Commerce is Open for Innovation

August 05, 2015

Guest blog post by Julie Lenzer Kirk, Director for the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
 

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