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More Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Monday, January 17, 2022 Northern Orange County MLK Commemoration Event (livestreamed) 11:00 am | FREE | Virtual King Day: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday at Chavis Park 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | John

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State of American Energy Remains Strong Despite Federal Government Barriers

According to the American Petroleum Institute, abundant domestic energy has helped reduce energy costs for American households over the past decade. On Wednesday, January 12, API presented the State of American Energy Report. The national trade association, which represents all

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The Freedom to Vote Act Would Boost Voter Participation and Fulfill the Goals of the March on Selma

In March 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, and several other civil rights activists and leaders led thousands of nonviolent demonstrators on a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. This five-day, 54-mile march was conducted in an effort

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Statement by Union Veterans Council Executive Director Will Attig on Veterans Role in the Fight for Voting Rights

Veterans have defended our rights and freedoms across the globe, and we should not need to defend the fundamental right to vote at home in the United States of America. The choice is clear: now sideline the filibuster and pass

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Flim Review: “The 355” – Surprisingly Engaging Espionage Action/Thriller

Need a break from COVID mania and winter melancholia? A dose of pure escapism may help. For 122 minutes this often generic but surprisingly engaging espionage action/thriller may take your mind off your troubles. You’ll suspend disbelief for James Bond

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IN MEMORIAM: Maxine McNair, 93, the Last Living Parent of the 1963 Birmingham Bombing Victims, Dies

Maxine McNair, who was the last living parent of the four African American girls murdered in a 1963 Alabama church bombing by the Ku Klux Klan, died on January 2, 2022 at 93. Maxine and Christopher McNair’s daughter, 11-year-old Denise

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Black America Salutes CEO Robert F. Smith for Accelerating Racial Equity and the Spirit of Giving

Today we are witnessing an increased spirit of giving to help underserved communities across the United States. The Black Press of America acknowledges and takes public note of both the responsibilities and the opportunities for corporate leaders to be “Thy

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U.S. Department of Energy Kicks off Recruitment to Support Implementation of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

“Clean Energy Corps” Hiring Campaign and Applicant Portal To Streamline The Largest DOE Staff Expansion In More Than Four Decades WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the launch of its Clean Energy Corps, which is

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Democratic Sens. Manchin and Sinema Kill Any Hopes for Voting Rights Legislation

The two renegade Democrats pre-empted President Biden’s visit to the Capitol in embarrassing fashion. Before he arrived, the duo took to the Senate floor to declare they would not support any changes to the filibuster under any circumstances. President Biden

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Just Saying… America’s Checkered Voting Rights History

Social and political commentary from a progressive point of view While this nation is known as a representative government for the people by the people, its actual history tells quite a different story. It appears the idea of America as

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U.S. Inflation Soars to Record Highs – The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.5 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.8 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday, January 12. Over the last 12 months,

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The Battles Over Voting Rights, Preventing Fraud and Access to Ballots – 5 Essential Reads

President Joe Biden chose Atlanta, Georgia – the historic home of the 20th century’s battle for civil and voting rights – to make a strong argument on Jan. 11, 2021, that the Senate must ditch the filibuster and pass legislation

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Gene Wade named CEO of the Propel Center, a new HBCU Technology and Learning Hub

  (ATLANTA, GA) – The Propel Center, the global HBCU technology and learning hub intended to level the playing field and open greater doors of opportunity for their students, has announced the naming of respected social entrepreneur and education advocate

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With Time Running Out on Democrats’ Majority, President Biden Attempts to Get ‘Forceful’ on Voting Rights

The coming weeks will tell if President Joe Biden’s “forceful” voting rights speech in Georgia on Tuesday, January 11, results in any tangible movement to blunt suppressing laws in Republican-led states around the country. Notably, the next several days will

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Maya Angelou First Black Woman on U.S. Coin

Famous author and noted civil rights leader Maya Angelou became the first African American woman featured on the 25-cent coin. The U.S. Mint began shipping the quarters on January 10. Reportedly, the Angelou coin is the first in a series

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MLK Family Asks for No Celebration Until Lawmakers Pass Voting Rights Legislation

  Martin Luther King III said that if his dad were alive today, his biggest concerns would include nuclear war, healthcare and poor communities, and voting rights.(Official Photo/Martin Luther King III) Prayer breakfasts, marches, parades, and an uptick in volunteer

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Modeling The New Black Student Movement (The NBSM) – Exclusive for The NBSM

Early in 2021, Greater Diversity News (GDN) asked “Is a new black student movement needed”?  By May 2021, the answer to the question revealed itself. That is when a group of FSU students met to discuss the question with FSU

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Arthur Smith is the Right Man for Falcons’ Rebuilding Job

With two games remaining in the season, the Atlanta Falcons sit at 7-8 with scant playoff hopes. The fact the Falcons have won seven games this year is a miracle. Yes, the best wins in the Falcons’ victory column are

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New York’s Second African American Mayor, Eric Adams, Takes Power

Former New York City Police Department Captain Eric Adams wasted no time in causing healing and making big decisions as he took over City Hall as the 110th Mayor of New York. Adams, 61, a former State Senator, is New

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U.S. House January 6 Attack Chairman Bennie Thompson Lays Out the Investigation Ahead

During two interviews on January 2, Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) outlined steps moving forward after months of investigation of the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters. The Chair of the special committee to

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Sophia the Robot Commits to Help End Global Racism and Injustice

Sophia the Robot said she’s committed to improving the quality of life for all people throughout the world, and asserted that artificial intelligence (AI) can help bring racial equality, economic equity, and justice to America and around the globe. The

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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

I listened intently this morning as our 46th President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the nation from Statuary Hall observing the first anniversary of last year’s insurrection. I found myself reflecting upon the attack on Pearl Harbor

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Infoblox Unveils a Diverse Student Certification Program to Grow Minority Representation in the Technology Sector

The University of La Verne and TELACU Education Foundation join in this initiative, which aims to prepare minority students for technology careers Santa Clara, Calif – Today, Infoblox, the leader in cloud-first networking and security services, launches the Infoblox Diverse

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Burned Out from Lingering Pandemic, Some on Front Lines Find Faith an Antidote

When the Omicron variant started emerging around the country, Registered Nurse Currine Smith flashed back to the despair she felt at the beginning of the pandemic. Now entering the third year of COVID, she describes feeling a sense of dread

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Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta to visit Southeastern North Carolina

Shekhar Mehta, president of the 1.4 million-member worldwide Rotary movement, will speak to an audience of 300 Rotarians in Wallace on Jan. 11. His speech to a district-level Rotary banquet will be part of a three-day visit to Southeastern North

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What Is Humanizing Education? A Greater Diversity Exclusive Part 1: Facing Our Inheritance

Consider this: None of the people alive at the time of the Civil War designed the system of enslavement. They were born into it and shaped by it. By 1865, nearly three-quarters of a million of their lives were taken

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School Closure Debates Put Teachers Unions Front and Center

Classes in Chicago were canceled for a third day on Jan. 7, 2022, amid a bitter standoff between the teachers union and public school leaders over in-person instruction during a spike in COVID-19 infections. The dispute echoes those that occurred

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Regret Can Be All-Consuming – A Neurobehavioral Scientist Explains How People Can Overcome It

A friend of mine – we will call him “Jay” – was working for IBM in New York City in the early ‘90s. He was a computer programmer and made a good salary. Occasionally, competitors and startups approached Jay to

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Apply Now for Chevron Richmond’s Black History Awareness Scholarship

  High school seniors in the West Contra Costa Unified District (WCCUSD) are encouraged to apply for the annual Chevron Richmond Black History Awareness Scholarship program. Applications can be accessed at https://richmond.chevron.com/community/education/scholarships and must be received by email on or

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Congressional Black Caucus Announces New Executive Director, Vincent Evans

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) and the Congressional Black Caucus announced Vincent Evans as Executive Director for the 117th Congress. “We are thrilled to welcome Vincent Evans to the Congressional Black Caucus. As a leader for effective change,

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Grammy Awards Show Canceled, Officials Cite Omicron Variant as Reason

  It could be a while before the music artists find out winners in categories like Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist. The Recording Academy and CBS Television have postponed the 64th Annual GRAMMY

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Biden, Harris Blame Trump for Jan. 6 Attacks, Says America Must Move Forward

On the anniversary of the deadly January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, President Joe Biden doubled down on his campaign slogan from the 2020 election. He declared the race against former President Donald Trump as a “battle for the

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Keechant Sewell Makes History as 1st Black Woman to Lead NYPD as Commissioner

Keechant Sewell has made history as the first African American woman to be sworn in as NYPD’s police commissioner. This is also the first time a woman of any nationality has ever led the nation’s largest police department in its 176-year

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Alvin Bragg Makes History As Manhattan’s First African-American District Attorney

Alvin Bragg has made history as the first African American to be elected as Manhattan’s district attorney in New York City. Bragg, who is 48-years old and a native of Harlem, is a civil rights lawyer and a former federal

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Rev. Barber, Bob Moses, Rep. Raskin – Time for a Third Reconstruction? Addressing Poverty and Low Wages

117th CONGRESS 1st Session H. RES. 438 Third Reconstruction: Fully addressing poverty and low wages from the bottom up. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES May 25, 2021 Ms. Lee of California (for herself, Ms. Norton, Ms. Bush, Ms. Sewell, Ms.

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How Changing Parental Beliefs Can Build Stronger Vocabulary and Math Skills for Young Children

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea The key to improving young children’s vocabulary and math skills may lie in changing their parents’ beliefs. We describe these findings in an article published in

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The Promise of Repairing Bones and Tendons With Human-made Materials

Brittany Taylor is a biomedical engineer and assistant professor who studies novel ways to improve bone and tendon healing after injuries. She is exploring drug delivery systems and temporary artificial tissue replacements to promote healing of tendons and the interface

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IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Helen Chavis Othow Dies at 89

Dr. Helen Chavis Othow, the beloved author, college professor and sister of National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., died at the age of 89 on January 1, 2022 in Oxford, North Carolina. A lover

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Apply Now for Chevron Richmond’s Black History Awareness Scholarship

High school seniors in the West Contra Costa Unified District (WCCUSD) are encouraged to apply for the annual Chevron Richmond Black History Awareness Scholarship program. Applications can be accessed at https://richmond.chevron.com/community/education/scholarships and must be received by email on or before

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Sen. Schumer Says Senate Will Vote on Changes to Filibuster by MLK Day

The U.S. Senate will vote by January 17 on whether the chamber will adopt new rules to circumvent the draconian filibuster to enable voting rights and social justice bills, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced on Monday, January 3. “The

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Mary Alice Jervay Thatch, Freedom Fighting Publisher of Wilmington Journal Dies

Mary Alice Jervay Thatch, who often told the story of how as a baby, she used her diaper to clean the floor of the Wilmington Journal and who went on to become the editor and publisher of the historic newspaper,

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If You Need Help at Work, Ditch Email, Text and Ask in Person

ITHACA, N.Y. – According to new Cornell University research, asking in person for help maximizes one’s chance of getting a “yes.” If you must ask from a distance, though, choose video or a phone call, rather than email or a

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The ‘Sore Loser Effect’: Rejecting Election Results Can Destabilize Democracy and Drive Terrorism

An attendee at an October 2021 political rally hosted by right-wing activist Charlie Kirk asked: “How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?” The attendee was referring to the baseless allegation that Joe Biden stole

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10-Year Old Black Girl Dies From Online TikTok Challenge, Family Warns Others

Nyla Anderson, a 10-year old girl from Chester, Pennsylvania, has sadly died after reportedly trying the “blackout challenge” that tells participants to hold their breath until they faint. Her grieving family wants to alert others about its dangers. Nyla was

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FILM REVIEW: The Best Films of 2021

  In 2021, the box-office did not disappoint with outstanding films on the big screen and streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Apple TV +. Films like Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, Denzel Washington’s A Journal

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NBA Star Chris Paul and Phoenix Suns Owner Exemplify Support for HBCUs

When the NBA and NBA Foundation announced new programs earlier this year designed to create more opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), it only underscored the value placed on those institutions by the

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The WARM Place named 2021 PGA TOUR Charity of the Year

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – The PGA TOUR announced today that The WARM Place, a Fort Worth-based non-profit beneficiary of the Charles Schwab Challenge, has been named the 2021 PGA TOUR Charity of the Year. The WARM Place provides year-round grief

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The New Year Offers America New Hope

Today we sit on the precipice of a new year. America has struggled through 2021 and looks with great anticipation toward a new year that holds the potential for outstanding accomplishments or dismal failure. It is a cliché, but nonetheless

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Ghislaine Maxwell Guilty in Epstein Sex Trafficking Trial: What the Case Revealed About Female Sex Offenders

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has been convicted for her role in luring and grooming girls to be sexually abused by the American financier Jeffrey Epstein. In a court in lower Manhattan, Maxwell – a close friend of Epstein’s – was

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