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Ferguson Alternative Spring Break Gives College Students Chance to Give Back

  Activists in Ferguson, Mo., are looking for 250 college students to participate in a week of “community service and civic engagement” for Ferguson Alternative Spring Break. Volunteer initiatives include registering new voters, manning food banks, planting gardens and helping clean the streets. The alternative spring break is running for five week-long sessions from March 7 to April 11. Registration opened ...

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Good Teachers Make the Difference in Student Learning: Teach for America Focused Developing High Quality Educators

by Reggie Fullwood As the old saying goes, "If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got." There is no place that that platitude is more relevant than in public education. Every large school district throughout the nation struggles with achievement gaps in schools in low-income communities. Often times we make achievement a race issue, but it's more so an econo ...

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Alpha Phi Alpha Oratorical Competition Awards Area Young Men With Scholarships

By D. Willie The Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. held its 7th Annual MLK Oratorical Competition last weekend featuring seven local young men competing for $5,500 dollars in scholarships. The eloquent scholars moved the crowd at Westside High School with their thoughts on "Modern media and its effects on the black community." Winner included: 1st place - Joseph Belk (Westside High); ...

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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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