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L.A. Sparks Draft Versatile Competitors for 2020 Season
April 23, 2020
The Los Angeles Sparks acquired talented prospects without having high picks in the 2020 WNBA Draft on Friday. The Sparks drafted Miami forward Beatrice Mompremier and guard Leonie Fiebich of Germany in the second round and West Virginia guard Tynice Martin in the third round. ... read more »
Suffragist Coralie Franklin Cook: First Descendant of Monticello Slave to Graduate College
December 6, 2019
Born into slavery in Lexington, Virginia, in 1829, Cook became the first descendant of a Thomas Jefferson Monticello slave known to have graduated from college. In 1880, she graduated from Storer College in West Virginia before becoming a teacher. ... read more »
COMMENTARY: What Do the 2019 Elections Mean for 2020?
November 22, 2019
While Democrats scored some gains, the Mississippi governor's mansion is still in Republican hands. Mississippi has the largest concentration of Black people – 39 percent – of any state, but African Americans remain underrepresented among elected officials in Mississippi. ... read more »
Senate Education Chair blocks bipartisan bill to extend HBCU funding
October 10, 2019
Each year as families beam with pride at seeing a son, daughter or another relative graduate from college, that achievement is nearly always the result of a family’s commitment to higher education.  And when these institutions are among the more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), that pride is magnified by the history of how our forefathers overcame what once seemed to be insurmountable challenges. ... read more »
The Human and Economic Toll of Gun Violence is Staggering
October 3, 2019
The September 18 state-by-state examination of the economic costs of gun violence, reveals numbers that the committee called "staggering." For instance, in 2017, for the first time, the rate of firearm deaths exceeded the death rate by motor vehicle accidents. Nearly 40,000 people were killed in the United States by a gun in 2017, including approximately 2,500 school-age children – or more than 100 people per day and more than five children murdered each day. Sixty percent of gun deaths each year are firearm suicides, researchers said. ... read more »
Report: Blacks Seven-Times More Likely than Whites to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder
July 18, 2019
“From their very first interaction with the police, to being arrested, booked, charged, convicted, and sentenced, Black people are discriminated against and disproportionately criminalized at every stage of the criminal justice system,” according to the Innocence Project report, #BlackBehindBars: Sparking a conversation on the Black wrongful conviction experience in the U.S. ... read more »
Check with Voter Registrar — Are You Still on the Rolls?
September 20, 2018
U.S. citizens across the country soon will vote on all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, for 35 U.S. senators and three dozen governorships. The House of Representatives and possibly the Senate are up for grabs. ... read more »
America’s Teachers Need More Community, Parental Support
August 27, 2018
The latest data from the Center for American Progress shows that the average salary for an attorney is more than two times that of elementary and middle school educators. The Washington Post reported last week that nearly 1 in 10 hosts who rent out their apartments, homes and spaces on Airbnb are teachers. Low salaries, compared with other college graduates, may inhibit highly-effective professionals from pursuing a career in education; specifically for people of color who currently make up just seven percent of public school teachers. ... read more »
NCAA tournament Round of 32 in San Diego: No. 5 Clemson and No. 5 West Virginia advance to Sweet 16
March 23, 2018
It was the Clemson Tigers (25-9)  who dismantled a very good SEC co-regular season champion team in the Auburn Tigers (26-8), 84-53; while Clemson was able to disrupt any flow Auburn tried to get, limiting them to only 17 made field goals the entire game. ... read more »
2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First Round
March 23, 2018
The 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament continued Friday, at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif., served as the host of four more first round tournament matchups. ... read more »
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