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The Forgotten Tale of DeWitty: A thriving black town in Nebraska

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

Located in the Sandhills of Cherry County, Nebraska, the settlement of DeWitty was established in 1908 by black homesteaders who constructed housing made of stacked sod.  These settlers farmed some of the least hospitable land in the state.  The families were spurred to the area by the 1904 Kinkaid Act, which allowed settlers to claim […]

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JP Morgan Chase to Pay $24 Million to Settle Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay $19.5 million to more than 200 current and former black financial advisers and their attorneys in a class action settlement with the bank. The nation’s largest bank also will spend $4.5 million to launch in-house development programs over the next three years to recruit advisers and help them be […]

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‘Hidden Figure’ Raye Montague Dies at 83

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

Arkansas’ own “hidden figure” who worked as an engineer for the U.S. Navy and was seen as a leader for women of color in the engineering field has died at age 83. Raye Montague passed away on Wednesday at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, according to Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs, according to the […]

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Velma Middleton: Jazz Vocalist Best Known for Singing With Louis Armstrong’s Band

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

Velma Middleton was an American jazz vocalist. She is best-known for singing with Louis Armstrong’s big bands and small groups. She was originally a dancer and, although overweight, she often did splits on stage, even during her Armstrong years. Middleton had an average but pleasing and good-humored voice. After Armstrong broke up the orchestra in […]

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Wangari Muta Maathai: Renowned Kenyan Evironmental Poltical Activist and Nobel Laureate

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

Wangari Muta Maathai was an internationally renowned Kenyan environmental political activist and Nobel laureate. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In 1984, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first […]

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Election 2018: Black seniors citizens ordered off bus taking them to early voting

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression. The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director said they […]

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Edward Bannister: Black Canadian American Artist Known for Painting “Under the Oaks”

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

Edward Bannister, an artist from birth, arrived in Boston in 1850 from his native Canada. As many young men from St. Andrew’s, he “went to sea”, working his way up to the position of cook. Perhaps his cuisine was enhanced by his boundless creativity! This crew position was lucrative, and also brought him into contact […]

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Kalan Haywood Jr., 19, Becomes Youngest State Legislator in History of Wisconsin

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

At only 19 years old, Kalan Haywood Jr. will be the youngest state legislator in Wisconsin. He may also be the youngest legislator in the nation, according to political experts. Haywood will represent Milwaukee’s 16th District after a hard-fought primary against five Democratic challengers, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. That battle would be his last. There […]

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Traditions of African-American Funerals and Burials — Past and Present Day

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

African Americans in the south have always had traditional ways of handling funeral ceremonies and burials of loved ones. African Americans mark the final resting place of love ones in a unique way. In African religion, death is the last transitional stage of life and it requires passage rites, it was  believed this took a long time […]

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Meet The REAL ‘Lone Ranger’, An African American Lawman Who The Legend Was Based On

Oct 19, 2018 08:00 am

The real “Lone Ranger,” it turns out, was an #African American man named Bass Reeves, who the legend was based upon. Perhaps not surprisingly, many aspects of his life were written out of the story, including his ethnicity. The basics remained the same: a lawman hunting bad guys, accompanied by a Native American, riding on […]

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