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"Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream"

Growing up in New Jersey as the only African American Muslim at school, Ibtihaj Muhammad always had to find her own way. When she discovered fencing, a sport traditionally reserved for the wealthy, she had to defy expectations and make a place for herself in a sport she grew to love.

From winning state championships to three-time All-America selections at Duke University, Ibtihaj was poised for success, but the fencing community wasn’t ready to welcome her with open arms just yet. As the only woman of color and the only religious minority on Team USA’s saber fencing squad, Ibtihaj had to chart her own path to success and Olympic glory. Proud is a moving coming-of-age story from one of the nation’s most influential athletes and illustrates how she rose above it all.


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How Aretha Franklin Found Her Voice

Even though we are becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, for black and biracial Americans, the pressures to adapt to a dominant white culture – and surrender their unique sense of self – can be suffocating.

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Dangerous Stereotypes Stalk Black College Athletes

If you go strictly by the official account, heatstroke was the cause of death for University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair.

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Kofi Annan: A Complicated Legacy of Impressive Achievements and Some Profound Failures
Kofi Annan (80) was an important historical figure who played a critical role in many key events of the 1990s and 2000s.
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Saluting the Children on the Frontlines of the Civil Rights Movement
Marian Wright Edelman says that we owe all of the children who have fought for civil rights a debt of gratitude. In July, thousands of students participated in the Children’s Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools National Day of Social Action.
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Four Reasons Why Anti-Trump Latino Voters Won’t Swing the Midterms
The so-called “Latino vote” has always been more promise than reality for Democrats. My political science research indicates that a Latino blue wave is not likely to tip the upcoming election in Democrats’ favor.
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Why It Matters That Teens Are Reading Less

Today’s teens have come of age with smartphones in their pockets. Compared to teens a couple of decades ago, the way they interact with traditional media like books and movies is fundamentally different.

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The Living Word
Galatians 5:13-14
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13: For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
14: For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”




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