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A goal to ‘dismantle bigotry and racism.’ Miami’s 5000 Role Models honors top students | Miami Herald

In eighth grade, Alexander Sanchez’s life was in turmoil. His grandmother had passed away after battling dementia. A buddy from his football team was shot to death at a park in Homestead. Alexander stopped caring about his grades and was hanging out in Brownsville, “getting into trouble,” he recalled. But at the urging of family, Alexander soon became part of the lauded 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, the long-running mentoring program for young men of color in Miami-Dade County. And on Monday, the 17-year-old Alexander was one of 42 students honored at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. […]

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East St. Louis woman who raised 12 children and helped feed the hungry dies at 105 | Belleville News-Democrat

A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. The narratives came from the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration, a program that employed researchers from 1936 to 1938 to interview former enslaved people, producing more than 2,300 narratives that, thankfully, reside online and are fully searchable. Those whom the law defined as property recounted various unique human experiences — their daily horrors and monotonies, how they freed themselves or learned of their emancipation, the surge of exhilaration upon securing freedom, and how they […]

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3-year-old uses lemonade stand profits to buy diapers for babies in need | KMOV4

Associated Press, KMOV4 Photos: Ava’s Lemonade, Durham Rescue Mission via Facebook. Featured Image , N.C. (AP) — A 3-year-old North Carolina girl and her mother have come up with a sweet way to help struggling mothers provide for their children. Ava Lewis opened a lemonade stand in front of her mother’s hair salon, with the proceeds going toward helping women facing challenges that include raising children. “I wanted her to do bracelets, but she said she would rather do lemonade,” said Maggie Lewis, Ava’s mother. WTVD reports that on Monday, the mother and daughter dropped off several boxes of baby […]

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Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Alabama Woman Who Was Shot While Pregnant | The New York Times

Farah Stockman, The New York Times in Alabama said on Wednesday that they were dropping a manslaughter charge against a woman over the death of the fetus she was carrying when she was shot in the belly, in a case that stirred national outrage. Likewise, Negro Spirituals and the black gospel tradition are legendary—birthing such towering figures as Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke. But that history has often been turned into stereotype, an easy reference for down-home authenticity. Divorced from their roots, easy evocations of African American gospel glide over a complex tapestry of syncretism and synchronicity, innovation and preservation, […]

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‘I’m either too black or not black enough’: One teenager’s experience | BBC News

Aries Brown, BBC News Illustration by Debie Loizou. [Reuters], Featured Image article was written by Aries Brown, an 18-year-old African-American student at an international school in eastern Europe. It was originally written for her school newspaper, and has been reprinted with her permission, and that of her school. Coming here for my senior year has been quite an experience. The most jarring: I feel like a minority. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a minority before. Technically, all people of African descent are minorities in America, the place where I’ve lived most of my life. Yet, this is the first […]

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