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The Black Girls Cheer Movement Empowers Young Cheerleaders of Color | Black Enterprise

A movement to empower young black girls is gaining momentum, according to ABC News, thanks to Black Girls Cheer. Sharita Richardson was and still is fond of cheerleading, a lifelong passion. The woman with roots in North Carolina started cheerleading in middle school. As a mother, she raised three daughters who cheered competitively. In 2014, Richardson took a different perspective of cheerleading as a doctoral student. “Someone said the best thing to do your dissertation on is something you know a lot about, and I was kind of lost because I didn’t really know a lot about anything besides cheerleading. […]

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Calls to boycott the black woman-owned Honey Pot Company backfired spectacularly | Fast Company

After deeming a Target ad for the feminine-product brand “racist,” some people attempted to trash the company online. Target is consistent when it comes to branding itself as inclusive and supportive of small businesses. In February, for instance, Target celebrated Black History Month as it does every year, by highlighting a selection of black-owned brands. One of those brands was the Honey Pot Company, which makes plant-based feminine products and is owned by Bea Dixon. The Honey Pot commercial had been running all February without incident. But then all hell broke loose on March 1, when fans of Honey Pot […]

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Goodbye, Columbus Day. CPS ends the holiday in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day — and parade organizers call it ‘a slap in the face.’ | Chicago Tribune

Columbus Day will no longer be observed in Chicago Public Schools — and the group behind the city’s annual Columbus Day parade is already pushing to reverse that decision. “This is a slap in the face of the more than 500,000 Italian Americans in Chicago, and the 135 million Italian Americans worldwide,” said Sergio Giangrande, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, in a statement provided to the Tribune. Giangrande said the group “is challenging CPS’s decision and has mounted a campaign to reverse this action.” Following similar moves in other school districts and cities, the Chicago Board […]

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In 1918, A Black Man Avoided Lynching & Convinced The Mob To Donate To His School. | InspireMore

His passion for his students was so strong that not even tornadoes, financial difficulties, or an attempted lynching could stop his work. In the dictionary, a hero is defined as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” Oftentimes, heroes work tirelessly behind the scenes to give aid to those who are less fortunate, never giving a moment’s thought to recognition for their good deeds. Risking their lives to help others without doing it for the spotlight is the true mark of a noble hero. Throughout our country’s history, there have been many men […]

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Fannie Lou Hamer | PBS

Fannie Lou Hamer was born in 1917, the 20th child of Lou Ella and James Lee Townsend, sharecroppers east of the Mississippi Delta. She first joined her family in the cotton fields at the age of six. Although she managed to complete several years of school, by adolescence she was picking hundreds of pounds of cotton a day. In the early 1940s she married Perry Hamer, known as Pap, and worked alongside him at W.D. Marlow’s plantation near Ruleville, in Sunflower County. Hamer’s ability to read and write earned her the job of timekeeper, a less physically demanding and more […]

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Black Boys Don’t Need More Discipline, They Need Mentors | Education Post

Black children’s pain is often criminalized or punished rather than treated. When I first met Chris, he was quiet—I could tell he was trying to figure out who I was, and who I could be in his life. The stories I heard about Chris did not align with the boy in front of me. I was told he was constantly removed from class and referred to the office. In fact, he had 60 such referrals in the first semester of school. Chris wasn’t receiving the education required for his success, so my job as his mentor was to serve as […]

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79 years of love: Virginia’s longest married couple celebrates another anniversary | WSLS 10 News

A.J. and Lillie Reeves celebrate lifetime together We Were Eight Years in Power Virginia’s longest married couple just celebrated another anniversary. A.J. and Lillie Reeves recently celebrated 79 years of marriage. The pair were married Jan. 25, 1941 in Sontag. The couple is from Truevine, where they’ve lived their entire life. The couple was recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Record as the 2019 Virginia winners of Worldwide Marriage Encounter’s Longest Married Couple Project. At the time recognized, A.J. was 105 years old and Lillie was 96. Rachel Lucas, WSLS 10 News Featured Image, Photo Courtesy Franklin News […]

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Before Making Military History, She Witnessed One Of History’s Worst Race Riots | NPR WAMU 88.5

Olivia Hooker was a 6-year-old in Tulsa, Okla., when a race riot destroyed her community as well as her own home. In less than 24 hours, mobs of white men destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Greenwood District, an affluent African American neighborhood of Tulsa. It’s estimated as many as 300 people were killed. As they wrecked her own home, she and her three siblings quietly hid under a dining room table, careful not to make a sound. The Tulsa Race Riot is considered one of the worst race riots in American history. Living through it inspired […]

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Josephine Holloway cleared path for girls of color to be Scouts | Tennessean

While many things have changed since Holloway launched her first troop in 1924, the essential value of Girl Scouting remains. When people think of Girl Scouts this time of year, visions of Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas dance in their heads. Cookie season is sweet. But I’d like to offer even more substantial food for thought during Black History Month. It is also at this time of year that Girl Scouts in Middle Tennessee remember the wisdom and courage of one of our pioneers. Among the country’s first African-American Girl Scout troop leaders, Nashville’s Josephine Groves Holloway cleared a path […]

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The Cruel Story Behind The ‘Reverse Freedom Rides’ | NPR WAMU 88.5

After three days on a Greyhound bus, Lela Mae Williams was just an hour from her destination—Hyannis, Mass.—when she asked the bus driver to pull over. She needed to change into her finest clothes. She had been promised the Kennedy family would be waiting for her. It was late on a Wednesday afternoon, nearly 60 years ago, when that Greyhound bus from Little Rock, Ark., pulled into Hyannis. It slowed to a stop near the summer home of President John F. Kennedy and his family. When the doors opened, Lela Mae and her nine youngest children stepped onto the pavement. […]

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