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2015 Steve Harvey/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program Now Open

Nationwide — The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures. The program is under the umbrella of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, and since 2012, the popular talk show host and best-selling author has been providing this opportunity. Partnering with the ...

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HBCUs Divided Over Free Community College

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNNPA) – Black college educators and supporters are sharply split over whether President Obama’s proposal to offer a free two-year community college education to students making progress toward earning an associate or bachelor’s degree would hurt are harm Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Lezli Baskerville, president and C ...

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MLK Estate Drops Lawsuit Against King Center Over Licensing

KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — With the dismissal of one of two lawsuits that effectively pitted them against each other, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s children took a step Thursday toward resolving the issues that have divided them in recent years. The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. on Thursday voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit it had filed in August 2013 against the Martin Luther ...

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Black Lives Still Matter to Grassroots Organizations and Black Media

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The last several months have seen an outpouring of activism, with slogans coming in waves: “Justice for Mike Brown,” “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” and “I Can’t Breathe.” But the phrase “Black Lives Matter” has emerged to bind each flashpoint into one cause. The 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin and acquittal of George Zimmerman served as the first of ...

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Harriet Tubman Historic Park Established

Congress has voted to establish a national historic park for Harriet Tubman, a conductor on the Underground Railroad. The U.S. Senate voted in December to establish a Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in her former home in Cayuga County, N.Y. and Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she grew up. Congress also passed similar legislation. The administration of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has secured $20 m ...

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Judge Could Rule in Dispute over MLK Bible and Nobel Medal

Kate Brumback, ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA (AP) — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s traveling Bible hasn’t gone on regular display since President Barack Obama used it while taking his second oath of office two years ago. The public hasn’t seen the slain civil rights icon’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize medal in recent years, either. Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta ju ...

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Rep. G.K. Butterfield Becomes New CBC Chair

by Joyce Jones Rep. G.K. Butterfield takes over the helm of the Congressional Black Caucus during what could be described as the worst of times for African-American lawmakers on Capitol Hill. When they take the oath of office on January 6, the Republican Party will be in control of both chambers of Congress and hold a super-majority in the House. It also will mark the final two years of President Obama's te ...

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Edward Brooke, 1st Black Elected U.S. Senator, Dies

BOSTON (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. He was 95. Brooke died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home, said Ralph Neas, Brooke’s former chief counsel. Brooke was surrounded by his family. Brooke was elected to the Senate in 1966, becoming the first black to sit in that ...

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Bishop Guns and School Superintendent Plan “Youth Lives Matter” for Area Students

Ducal County School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and Bishop John Guns recently sat down to discuss a new initiative, “Youth Lives Matter”. Troubled by the increased youth violence in northwest communities. The educational and ecumenical leaders discussed school and community-based strategies to improve the safety and well-being of youth. The leaders are encouraging parents and the community to support e ...

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FAMU Rebounds – Academic Achievements, Patents and Fundraising Soars

Tallahassee—The Florida A&M University Board of Trustees welcomed the good news. President Elmira Mangum revealed a dramatic change in academic growth, recruitment and fundraising. “FAMU must be “best in class” and that requires outside financial resources, which means cultivating and obtaining gifts from major corporations. Increased endowments are components of my vision for FAMU’s future,” according ...

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