Emmett Till: new memorial to murdered teen is bulletproof | The Guardian

A new memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated on Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized. The new marker is bulletproof. Till, 14, was kidnapped, beaten and killed in 1955, hours after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. His body was found in a river days later. An all-white…

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‘Mormon Land’: The life of Jane Manning James — from her quest to be sealed to Joseph Smith to her patriarchal blessing by Hyrum Smith and her legacy for black Latter-day Saints | The Salt Lake Tribune

When historian historian Quincy Newell was researching 19th-century African American Mormons, one name kept popping up: Jane Manning James. This African American convert, who worked in church founder Joseph Smith’s household and eventually was “sealed” to him as a “servant,” probably still ranks as the most famous black female member of The Church of Jesus…

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A recently found Ben Enwonwu painting has sold at seven times its valuation for $1.4 million | Quartz Africa

When a man found the almost forgotten portrait of his mother in their family house in Texas, he had no idea just how life-changing his discovery would be. The portrait, Christine, was by one of the most revered African artists of the 20th century, Ben Enwonwu. The captivating sitter was Christine Elizabeth Davis, an American…

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Suicide attempts by Black teens have risen, and I’m not surprised | Mic

I remember the first time a friend of mine died by suicide. I was living in Washington, D.C. when I got the phone call from our mutual friend, Preston. The friend we’d just lost was a young Black man brimming with potential. He had a smile that lit up a room and an incomparable sense…

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democratic leader and regular Trump target, dies at 68 | The Washington Post

Elijah E. Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Maryland who gained national attention for his principled stands on politically charged issues in the House, his calming effect on anti-police riots in Baltimore, and his forceful opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump, died early Thursday morning at Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate in Baltimore.…

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