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MSNBC Moves Al Sharpton To Sunday Mornings

Reverend Al Sharpton, who has hosted an early-evening program onMSNBC for four years, is moving to a once-a-week perch at the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news network as it seeks to focus more intently on breaking-news coverage and less on partisan viewpoint and opinion. The last edition of Sharpton’s weekday program, “PoliticsNation,” will air Friday, September 4, according to a memo sent Wednesday evening to ...

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Events Mark Emmett Till Slaying 60 Years Later

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. They’re also trying to continue the legacy of his late mother, Mamie Till Mobley, who worked with young people and encouraged them to cha ...

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Black Students Nationally Disproportionately Disciplined

Black boys and girls are suspended and expelled from schools at extremely high rates By Frederick H. Lowe African-American boys comprise 47% of suspensions and 44% of expulsions from kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools in 13 Southern states.  These removals from school result in many of them being referred to the police, unlike white students who are disciplined by school officials, according ...

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Valor and Virtue Academies Open School Year Ready to Lead by Example

Valor Academy, the first all male college prep school in Jacksonville, enrolled 140 young men in their Northwest location in its inaugural year in 2014. The young scholars scored multiple speech and debate victories on local, state and national level and more than 70% of students achieved academic growth in reading and math. Doors opened this week with students outfitted in their uniforms and trademark blaz ...

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Library Has Special Cards Available for Duval Educators

Beginning this school year, the Jacksonville Public Library is offering a new Educator Card exclusively for educators in Duval County public, charter and private schools. The special card allows teachers to supplement their curriculum with an abundant, ever-changing supply of books on a range of subjects and reading levels to support educational success for students of all ages. The Educator Card benefits i ...

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Familiar Faces from Ferguson Fellowship at Vigil for Mansur Ball-Bey

by Kenya Vaughn Special to the NNPA from The St. Louis American “Hey, how have you been,” said Cathy Daniels, affectionately known to Ferguson protesters as “Mama Cat.” She walked around greeting people Thursday night at the intersection of Page and Walton – near where 18 year-old Mansur Ball-Bey was fatally wounded by St. Louis City Police around noon the day before. “It’s been a long time,” she said recog ...

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Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies at 104

PHILLIP LUCAS, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights march in 1965, championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, died early Wednesday at age 104, her son Bruce Boynton said. Boynton Robinson was among those beaten during the voting right ...

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Judges Assigned to Rule on Makeup of Corrine Brown’s Congressional District

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief After the Florida Republican-dominated state legislature failed to redraw Rep. Corrine Brown’s congressional district and seven others that had been gerrymandered to favor Republicans, a three-judge federal panel was named this week to do the job for them. Brown, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, was elated by the decision. “This is where we need to be,” she ...

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FAMU – Auburn Collaboration Promises Big Reward

Tallahassee—Auburn University and Florida A&M University began the first in a series of collaborative efforts that will positively impact athletic performance, health disparities among African American women, and physical development.  Participants from both universities shared important Kinesiology findings and fielded questions from coaches, physical education professors and Ph.D. candidates who discu ...

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America’s Oldest Known Veteran, Emma Didlake, Dies at 110

The nation’s oldest known veteran, Emma Didlake, died Sunday, a month after meeting President Obama in the White House. She was 110. Didlake, an African American housewife who joined the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in 1943, fell ill Sunday morning and suddenly died. Her granddaughter, Marilyn Horne, said she had complained of feeling tired over the past few days, and had showed signs of failing over the we ...

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