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Press promotes ‘no snitching’ to slam Sharpton

by David A. Wilson, theGrio.com This morning I woke up to headlines from New York Post and the New York Daily News that could very well have been written by Tony Soprano himself. The local NYC tabloids derided Rev. Al Sharpton as both a “rat” and a “snitch” for his alleged cooperation with the FBI-NYPD in the…

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Health Care Enrollment

By Jeffrey Young, HuffingtonPost.com On the last day to sign up for Obamacare, evidence appears to be mounting that what started as a disaster may turn out a success. Monday is the deadline to enroll in health insurance for 2014 via the health insurance exchanges created by President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and it’s clear…

Elizabeth Eckford  is one of the Little Rock Nine,  who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Nation’s Most Segregated Schools Aren’t Where You’d Think They’d Be

A recent study has found that a complex racial history and a lack of programs encouraging diversity have helped New York schools claim the title as the most segregated in the nation. By Stephen A. Crockett Jr. , theRoot.com New York state’s public school system is the most segregated in the country because most of…

Video: Black Youth, Black Police & Transformative Justice

Members of BYP100, a black youth activist organization, have a dialogue with a black police officer after being profiled on Princeton University’s campus, where they had convened for a conference. Watch the dialogue here: To learn more about the Black Youth Project100, click here. For more breaking news, click here.

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Google Celebrates Black History Today

Google honored Civil Rights activist Dorothy Height with a “Doodle” on the search page today.

Jan Buchler, who recently retired as the director of a community-based organization, served as a facilitator of one of the diverse dialog groups at the 100th Birthday Celebration for Dr. James Cameron: A Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation. (James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Racial Repair and Reconciliation: A Homecoming

By Dr. Fran Kaplan, Guest Blogger, Wisconsin Humanities Note: Staff of the Wisconsin Humanities Council (WHC) asked ABHM’s Virtual Museum Director to blog about her personal reactions to the Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation that honored the museum’s founder, Dr. James Cameron, in February 2014. WHC funded the Gathering. (…) As I looked around…

Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?

By Walter Dean Myers, The New York Times Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. (…) As I discovered who I was, a black teenager in a white-dominated world, I saw that these characters,…

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Why Black Women Die of Cancer

By Harold P. Freeman, New York Times SINCE the early 1970s, studies have shown that black Americans have a higher death rate from cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. This is especially true when it comes to breast cancer. A study published last week in the journal Cancer Epidemiology found that, in a…

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8 Influential Women of 2014

By Charlotte Alfred, HuffingtonPost.com 1. Afghanistan’s first female police chief showed the world what courage looks like. Col. Jamila Bayaz was appointed to run security in the Kabul’s District 1 in January, becoming the first woman in such a senior frontline role. The mother-of-5 is responsible for policing an area of the Afghan capital that…

12 Years a Slave Best Film of 2014

By Christopher Rosen, HuffingtonPost.com A little more than six months after “12 Years a Slave” debuted at the Telluride Film Festival, Steve McQueen’s slavery drama has been named Best Picture at the 2014 Oscars. Based on the memoir by Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841, “12 Years a Slave”…

Jan Buchler, who recently retired as the director of a community-based organization, served as a facilitator of one of the diverse dialog groups at the 100th Birthday Celebration for Dr. James Cameron: A Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation. (James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

A Frank Talk About Race

By James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A wonderful thing happened at the 100th birthday celebration for the founder of America’s Black Holocaust Museum — dozens of people from all colors and backgrounds sat at tables to discuss race relations in this city. (…) Last Sunday, about 150 people gathered at the Milwaukee Public Library…

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ABHM Celebrates Dr. Cameron’s 100th Birthday with Racial Reconciliation Gathering

On Sunday, February 23, 2014, more than one hundred Milwaukeeans and a dozen others from around the country gathered at Centennial Hall to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. James Cameron, ABHM’s founder, on what would have been his 100th birthday. Dr. Cameron passed away in 2006, so now the Dr. James Cameron Legacy…

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An African American Justice System

By Ashley Woods, HuffingtonPost.com Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told a crowd of 18,000 in Detroit on Sunday that African-Americans should set up their own courts after being failed by the U.S.’ own justice system. “Our people can’t take much more. We have to have our own courts. You failed us,” Farrakhan said during the…

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12 Years a Slave to Be Part of Public High School Curriculum

Montel Williams is using his celebrity to introduce 12 Years a Slave into educational settings where students can learn about history.

Being a Black Student on a White Campus

By Rhonesha Byng, HuffingtonPost.com In an emotional video released earlier this week, students at the UCLA School of Law gathered to share their stories of being among the few black students on campus as part of an awareness campaign simply titled “33.” According to the video, out of roughly 1,100 students, 33 of them are…

Why Michael Sam’s Coming Out is Crucial for Black Gay Men

By Drew-Shane Daniels, Huffingtonpost.com Michael Sam made history yesterday as the first Division I college football player ever to come out as gay. The defensive lineman from the University of Missouri spoke publicly about his sexual orientation, and could potentially become the first openly gay player in the National Football League. The 2013 SEC Defensive…

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“Spies of Mississippi” on PBS on February 10, 2014

Dawn Porter’s documentary about an organization created in Mississippi to spy on citizens and preserve white supremacy is available on PBS.

Coca-Cola Advertises Diversity

By Patrick Kevin Day, LaTimes.com Every year, there’s always one Super Bowl ad that generates a bit of next-day controversy. And this year’s ad appears to be Coca-Cola’s “It’s Beautiful” ad. The one-minute ad features children and adults from all walks of life, from across the country, singing “America the Beautiful” in multiple languages. Seems fairly…

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ABHM Presents “Created Equal”: Movies About America’s Civil Rights Struggle

America’s Black Holocaust Museum curated a list of movies that reveal American history and the Black experience.

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Flowchart to ID Racism

By Meredith Clark, MSNBC.com If a post on the Iowa Republican Party’s Facebook page is any indication, the right’s efforts to appeal to non-white voters still have a ways to go. On Friday night, the Iowa GOP surfaced a less-than-helpful flowchart to identify racism. The “Is someone a racist?” graphic was posted to the official…

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Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did

Hamden Rice writes about Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact his life has on Black Americans who lived in terror of white violence.