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‘Your Heritage Is Taken Away’: The Closing of 3 Historically Black Colleges | The New York Times

Wadzanai Mhute, The New York Times Sonya Perdue Bolton, far left, who was in the marching band at Saint Paul’s College, in 1983. Featured Image the 1930s, the women of Bennett College, one of the nation’s two historically black colleges for women, have dressed in white and sung their “Preference Song” over an annual breakfast. They wave white linen napkins in the air, cheering “dear old Bennett College,” and welcome incoming freshmen. The tradition, near and dear to the Belles of Bennett College, may soon be lost, along with the school itself. In December, the Southern Association of Colleges and […]

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History of slaves sold for Georgetown detailed in new genealogical website | American Magazine

Adelle Banks, American Magazine GU272 descendent Carolyn Smith gestures toward gravestones of descendants of enslaved people in Houma, La. Behind her are sugar plantations and the sugar mill where her ancestors worked. Photo by Claire Vail. Featured Image — A genealogical association has launched a new website detailing the family histories of slaves who were sold to keep Catholic-run Georgetown University from bankruptcy in the 1800s. American Ancestors announced the new GU272 Memory Project website on Wednesday (June 19), the anniversary of Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when some American slaves learned they had been freed. Twenty-seven years earlier, a […]

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Homeschooled Genius Haley Taylor Schlitz, Age 16, Accepted Into 9 Law Schools | Diversity Inc.

Keka Araujo, Diversity Inc. Teen phenom Haley Taylor Schlitz,16, who graduated from high school at 13, is preparing to attend Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law this fall, one of nine schools that accepted her, according to the American Bar Association. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News) Featured Image Taylor Schlitz is the epitome of excellence. The 16-year-old Texan and college senior who graduates in May from the Texas Woman’s University (she graduated high school at 13) is preparing to start law school at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law this fall. It is one of nine law schools […]

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UAB student selected for prestigious national fellowship | Birmingham Times

Yvonne Taunton, Birmingham Times Sandra Cutts (Provided Photo). Featured Image a week of interviews in legislative offices on Capitol Hill, Sandra Cutts, a University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering doctoral candidate, has been selected as one of 60 students to be a 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy fellow. Cutts is also one of only 14 of those students selected for a post in a legislative office for a one-year period. Cutts’ one-year fellowship in the highly competitive program begins this month in Mississippi’s U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s office in Washington, D.C. There, Cutts will gain a unique […]

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Historically Black Medical School Works to Inspire Youth | AFRO

Travis Loller, Associated Press, AFRO Dr. James Hildreth dissects a frog Friday, March 29, 2019, with seventh grader Keyshawn Walker at the Haynes Middle Health/Medical Science Design Center in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Travis Loller). Featured Image , Tenn. (AP) — The number of African-American men entering medical school hasn’t budged since the late 1970s, and Dr. James Hildreth wants to change that. Hildreth is president and CEO of Nashville’s Meharry Medical College, the oldest historically Black medical school in the country. On Friday, Hildreth and about 200 Meharry faculty and medical students spent the day at Haynes Middle Health/Medical Science […]

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Education Department rejects nearly all applicants for a student loan forgiveness program | Los Angeles Times

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Los Angeles Times of thousands of public servants have applied to have their federal student loans forgiven through a temporary relief program run by the U.S. Education Department. Fewer than 300 have had success. Now, one of the lawmakers who championed the initiative wants to know what happened. “We authorized $700 million dollars to help ensure public servants — including firefighters, teachers and nurses — receive the loan forgiveness they have earned, and it’s maddening that the Trump administration is letting it go to waste,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said in an email. Kaine and other Senate Democrats […]

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