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    Auburn Celebrating Harriet Tubman’s Life As Free Woman For 200th Birthday

    Auburn Celebrating Harriet Tubman’s Life As Free Woman For 200th Birthday

    Auburn, a city in Cayuga County, New York, is known for its arts and culture, but also for its deep connections to abolitionist Harriet Tubman.   As Tubman’s 200th birthday approaches, Auburn is gearing up for a bicentennial celebration honoring her legacy and her life after slavery. The famed Black figure is discussed at lengths in relation to topics like fighting slavery and the Underground Railroad, but the history of her life after freeing other slaves is rarely taught.   RELATED: Ha

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    Lawsuit: Wyoming’s 1st Black Sheriff Aaron Appelhans Fires Racist Deputy 

    Lawsuit: Wyoming’s 1st Black Sheriff Aaron Appelhans Fires Racist Deputy 

    A new federal lawsuit revealed Wyoming’s first Black sheriff fired a white deputy, who is being accused of afflicting a Black subordinate with racist name-calling, leading him to quit, according to The Associated Press.  On one occasion, Cpl. Jamin Johnson, his wife and children were walking out of their home when Albany County Patrol Sgt. Christian Handley shouted a profanity and the N-word at Johnson.  RELATED: Wyoming county elects Aaron Appelhans as first Black sheriff “Mr. Handl

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    Sen. Tim Scott Creates MLK Videos, Calls Out Biden’s Voting Rights Speech

    Sen. Tim Scott Creates MLK Videos, Calls Out Biden’s Voting Rights Speech

    With a video series on issues concerning the Black community, Tim Scott, who is the only Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, is putting fourth what he believes is a positive response to partisan rhetoric on race that he can combat, according to The Associated Press.  RELATED: Biden Strongly Pushes for Congress To Pass Voting Rights Bills This method comes with some huge criticism of President Joe Biden’s rhetoric. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, he hoped roundtables on issues su

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    Economist Lisa Cook Poised To Become First Black Woman on Fed Board

    Economist Lisa Cook Poised To Become First Black Woman on Fed Board

    President Joe Biden has nominated three people to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, including Lisa Cook, who would be the first African American woman to serve, per Washington Informer.  According to a White House statement, Cook teaches economics and international relations at Michigan State University and previously served on President Obama’s White House Council of Economic Advisers.  RELATED: Tori Cooper Becomes First Black Transgender Woman on Presidential HIV Council   Sh

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    Dr. Bernice King: ‘Voting Is the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy’

    Dr. Bernice King: ‘Voting Is the Heart and Soul of Our Democracy’

    Since 1986, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been observed by Americans, taking place on the third Monday in January. It is a day to celebrate the civil rights icon as he was an advocate for nonviolent protests during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.  Ever since his assassination on April 4, 1968, there was a push to have a federal holiday named in his honor. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law, and it has been observed in all 50 states almost four

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    US Preserving Black Churches Project Receives $20 Million Donation

    US Preserving Black Churches Project Receives $20 Million Donation

    The Lilly Endowment Inc., which supports religious, educational, and humanitarian causes, has donated $20 million to the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund as seed money for the Preserving Black Churches Project, per the Associated Press.  Preserving Black Churches is a new initiative to assist historic Black churches in the United States that are both stewarded by active congregations and being adapted for new uses, such as community centers or treatment programs, conserve their

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    An American Hero: Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Dies at 102 

    An American Hero: Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee Dies at 102 

    Tuskegee Airman Brig. Gen. Charles McGee took flight when the world told him the ground was his ceiling because of his skin color.   But McGee’s incomparable contribution to his country is forever inked in the skies. McGee grew another set of wings after passing away Sunday morning at 102.   McGee was one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen.   FILE- Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles McGee, a Tuskegee Airman and a decorated veteran of three wars, flies a Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet wi

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    Paramount Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Children of Blood and Bone’

    Paramount Pictures Acquires Film Rights to ‘Children of Blood and Bone’

    Paramount Pictures won a bidding war with the likes of Netflix, Universal and Amazon to acquire the film rights to Tomi Adeyemi’s Young Adult trilogy “Children of Blood and Bone.”.  Adeyemi will have a prominent role in the film adaptation, which included writing the script and executive producing the movie.  “Tomi Adeyemi’s ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ has not only become a phenomenon in the YA world, it has transformed every expectation of what world-building fantasy can be,” said Co-P

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    Iconic Journalist Ida B. Wells Honored With New Barbie Doll

    Iconic Journalist Ida B. Wells Honored With New Barbie Doll

    Ida B. Wells, the famous Black journalist who was known for exposing the horrors of lynching, has been immortalized by Barbie, according to CNN.   The Ida B. Wells doll is the latest addition to Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series, as the Wells doll features the journalist in an 1800s style high neck black dress with her hair piled up on top of her head.  RELATED: Ida B. Wells Monument Unveiled in Chicago, Illinois “Born into slavery, Ida grew to become a journalist, activist, and suff

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    Senate Passes Bill To Honor Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

    Senate Passes Bill To Honor Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley

    The Senate passed a bill to give the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Emmett Till, the 14-year-old who was killed by white supremacists in the 1950s, and to Mamie Till-Mobley, his mother who wanted an open casket funeral to highlight the brutality of his murder, according to the Associated Press.  RELATED: 65 years after Till the House makes lynching a federal crime In August of 1955, Till was tortured, abducted and killed after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mi

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