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Sidney Poitier – Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil rights movement on screen

In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the keynote speaker for the 10th-anniversary convention banquet of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Their guest, he said, was his “soul brother.” “He has carved for himself an imperishable niche

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Secretary Marty Walsh Announces Major Global Initiative To Empower Workers, Ensure Rights, Promote Democracy

Largest US commitment to support trade union rights in the global economy WASHINGTON – In advance of the Biden-Harris administration’s Summit for Democracy this week, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh today announced the Multilateral Partnership for Organizing, Worker Empowerment

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Elevate the Voices of Black Borrowers – Jim Crow Debt: How Black Borrowers Experience Student Loans

Ed Trust recently released Jim Crow Debt: How Black Borrowers Experience Student Loans in partnership with Dr. Jalil Mustaffa Bishop. Data on the student debt crisis often overlooks the perspectives and lived experiences of Black borrowers, who are most negatively affected by student loans. So, we surveyed nearly

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Getting Latino & Black Students Better Access to Non-novice Teachers

The Education Trust is excited to release these new companion reports exposing the inequities in access to non-novice teachers for Black and Latino students: Getting Black Students Better Access to Non-Novice Teachers Getting Latino Students Better Access to Non-Novice Teachers

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Maps of America’s High Levels of Inactivity Showing 25% Of U.S. Adults Are Not Active Enough To Protect Their Health

More than 1 in 5 adults is inactive in all but four states, according to new state maps of adult physical inactivity prevalence released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For these maps, physical inactivity for adults

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Racial and Ethnic Diversity Is Lacking Among Nonprofit Leaders – But There Are Ways To Change That

About 87% of nonprofit CEOs in the U.S. were white in 2019, down from 90% in 2016. Similarly, roughly 78% of nonprofit board members were white in 2019, down from 84% in 2016, according to Board Source, a nonprofit that

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Stressed Out at College? Here Are Five Essential Reads on How To Take Better Care of Your Mental Health

Nearly 70% of college students say they are experiencing emotional distress or anxiety related to the pandemic. That’s according to a January 2022 survey that also found nearly 9 out of every 10 college students believe U.S. colleges and universities

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About 1 in 3 Child Care Workers Are Going Hungry

Of the nearly 1 million child care workers in the United States, in a recent white paper, my colleagues and I found that 31.2% – basically 1 out of every 3 – experienced food insecurity in 2020, the latest year

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State Efforts to Close the K-12 Digital Divide May Come Up Short

In 2021, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced that education officials in his state had “closed” the digital divide by ensuring that every public school student had a laptop or tablet and internet access. “Closing the digital divide wasn’t just

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Omicron Variant Is Deepening Severe Staffing Shortages in Medical Laboratories

Medical laboratory professionals form the backbone of health care and the public health system. They conduct some 13 billion laboratory medicine tests annually in the U.S. As of January 2022, these individuals had also performed more than 860 million COVID-19

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Black Family-Owned Construction Firm Awarded 7 Multi-Million Contracts Including JFK Airport

Meet Darrell K. Choates, Sr., his father, his son, and his grandson (that’s 4 generations), the owners of Choates G Contracting LLC, a Black-owned construction firm headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company has recently scored — not one or two

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AUTO REVIEW: A Preview of the 2022 Range Rover: New Levels of Emotional Engagement

The opulent and mechanically-savvy Range Rover (RR) is the consummate SUV for connoisseurs of the finer things in life, from travel to housing to automotive. Over the past 50 years, Land Rover has asserted its dominance in the US marketplace

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Rap Mogul Jay-Z and Team ROC Demand DOJ Investigate Racism, Corruption in Kansas Police Department

Hip-hop pioneer Jay-Z and Team ROC, the social justice side of his entertainment company, have demanded the U.S. Department of Justice probe the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department for systemic misconduct. Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, joined in

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PGA TOUR announces Spaces as part of Twitter extension in 2022

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA, AND SAN FRANCISCO – The PGA TOUR and Twitter announced a renewal of their content agreement that supports the TOUR’s creation of exclusive content for Twitter’s new live audio feature, Spaces. As part of the agreement,

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Howard University Professor Says Americans Are Quitting ‘Bad Jobs’

It’s official, America has entered the Great Resignation. In August, 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs, and the quit rate, measured by the government against total employment, rose to 2.9 percent in August. But that was August. According to the

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Vaccine Uptick found in African Americans, But Access and Misinformation Still Confounds Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the life span of Black males by an average of three years and has robbed Hispanic men of about 2.5 years, according to the latest information from health officials. Black females have seen a more

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2022 Will Be a Great Year for Blacks and People of Color in America

With the election of President Biden and Vice President Harris, they have quickly delivered for the American people, while helping our country recover from a pandemic, and an economic crisis. It is very easy for the Republicans to talk about

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For Scores of Years, Newspapers Printed Hate, Leading to Racist Terror Lynchings and Massacres of Black Americans

“FRIED OVER SLOW FIRE: Negro Commits the Unspeakable Crime and Is Put to Death With Horrible Torture; MOB GLOATS OVER FIENDISH BARBARITY” – Herald Democrat, Sherman, Texas, May 23, 1902 “LYNCHING CAUSED BY BRUTAL MURDER” – The Times and Democrat,

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

President Biden has whiffed in his attempts to persuade hold out Senate Democrats to go around or abolish the filibuster to get voting rights legislation through Congress. The White House, led by the President, had engaged in a fiery campaign

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Cedric Richmond Issues Blistering Voting Rights Attack Against GOP, Trump

  White House Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond continued the administration’s forceful tone on voting rights with a blistering attack on Republicans and former President Donald Trump. Richmond, who served as Louisiana’s representative in the U.S. House for a decade before assuming his

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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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Phoenix Suns Owner Sarver’s Commitment to Public Health Research

The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research and ESPN have teamed up each year for 15 years to raise awareness and funding to support life-saving cancer research. Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver has remained a big supporter of the Jimmy V

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The Southern Strategy Revisited: Suppressing Minority Votes

Well, as North Carolinians await an NC Supreme Court decision on litigation of recently gerrymandered redistricting maps they don’t know when they will get to cast their primary ballots. The Court has scheduled an expedited hearing on February 2 to

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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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