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Tubman, King, Anderson to Grace U.S. Currency

U.S. paper money is getting a historic makeover. For the first time in history, famous Black pioneers will grace the U.S. currency. Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh president and a slave owner, will be on the back of the bill. Jacks ...

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This School is the Whitest HBCU in America

by April Taylor (NPR) It seems like a common sense conclusion to assume that the student bodies at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) mainly consist of African American students. However there are some HBCU’s where African Americans comprise a minority of the student population. NPR recently reported on one such school, Bluefield State College. Shockingly, Bluefield State College’s student ...

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Remaining Tuskegee Airmen Honored on 75th Anniversary

The Tuskegee Airmen are celebrated for good reason. They helped accomplish the cherished “Double V” - a victory over Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in Europe, and overcoming “Jim Crow” discrimination practices that had kept them from opportunity and achievement. Black men, initially denied the opportunity to serve as combat pilots in the U.S. military, persisted and achieved their place in history. Their celebr ...

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Rachel Dolezal Pens Book On Racial Identity

Rachel Dolezal‘s story isn’t over yet. The former head of the NAACP’s Spokane, Washington chapter is reportedly writing a book about racial identity. Obviously, Dolezal isn’t a go-to expert on the topic, but nonetheless, we’re sure she has an interesting perspective to share with the world. The 38-year-old mom and civil rights activist told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie that she’s “ready to move on” from her tim ...

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White House Initiative Makes Books Available to Low-Income Kids

Accessing books has become a lot easier for children living in poor communities. The White House reports that it issued more than 1 million access codes in the first week of its Open eBooks initiative. The initiative provides thousands of digital books worth $250 million free to students through an e-reader app. This is not a federal program but a collaborative effort with libraries, publishers and nonprofi ...

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$4.9 Million Deal Reached for Jailed Man Dragged and Tased By Cops

The family of a Chicago man, who was tased as he was dragged from his holding cell by Chicago police, is slated to receive $4.9 million from the city in a settlement reached by the city administration. In December 2012, police used a taser on Philip Coleman, 38, after he suffered a mental breakdown the evening before the encounter, during which he allegedly assaulted his mother. The deal was reached on Feb. ...

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A Salute To A. Philip Randolph

By Lyn Hughes Ph.D and F. Finley McRae April 15 is A. Philip Randolph’s birthday. One might ask, who is he?  Should we care?  The answer is a resounding yes! for America’s political, economic and social landscape is dotted with trees bearing fruit from A. Philip Randolph’s vision, courage, genius and pragmatic leadership. A. Phillip RandolphOn the national stage, that leadership began with his defiant forma ...

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Poor White Kids Are Less Likely to go to Prison Than Rich Black Kids

By Max Ehrenfreund, washingtonpost.com It’s a fact that people of color are worse off than white Americans in all kinds of ways, but there is little agreement on why. Some see those disparities as a consequence of racial discrimination in schools, the courts and the workplace, both in the past and present. Others argue that economic inequalities are really the cause, and that public policy should help the p ...

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Prisons, Pipelines and the Public Education System

In American society, every citizen has a role. Whether each individual is willingly receptive of their role, or not, their assignment is, undoubtedly, meant to benefit that which American society holds most dear to its heart. Even more so than our beloved freedom, our society upholds our system of capitalism. After all, the red, white and blue isn’t only stained with the blood of those who sought freedom, b ...

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Obamas Dance the tango in Argentina

By Daniella Diaz, CNN When in Argentina, dance the tango. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tangoed with professional dancers Wednesday during a state dinner at the Kirchner Cultural Centre in Buenos Aires. The event started with a dance performance for the guests at the dinner. A couple of dancers performed while Argentine President Mauricio Macri explained aspects of the dance to Obama. ...

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