African American Museum Founder Discovered Dead in Car Trunk in Louisiana — TIME

BATON ROUGE, La. — A 75-year-old Louisiana woman who founded an African American history museum was discovered dead in the trunk of a car, and police said Saturday that investigators were working diligently to find those responsible. Baton Rouge police Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said investigators were still waiting for a coroner to determine a cause…

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‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’: The History of Frederick Douglass’ Searing Independence Day Oration — TIME

After the Independence Day military parade in the nation’s capital on Thursday, President Donald Trump will give a speech at the Lincoln Memorial, the most recognizable memorial to his predecessor’s leadership during the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. And yet, alternative Fourth of July commemorations across the United States often draw attention to…

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Nike Pulls ‘Betsy Ross’ Sneakers After Colin Kaepernick Claims Flag Symbolizes Slavery — CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nike has yanked a new patriotic sneaker design just before it was set to hit store shelves because of the complaints from one of their most controversial endorsers. The sneaker giant pulled their Air Max 1 USA shoe, which included a Revolutionary-era U.S. flag with 13 white stars in a circle on…

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Black student sues district after white classmate with lower GPA named salutatorian instead of her — Nappy News

A black high school graduate is suing a recently desegregated Mississippi school district, alleging that she was denied her rightful place as class salutatorian — second to valedictorian — when the honor was given to a white student with a lower grade point average instead.

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Homeless High School Valedictorian Earns $3 Million In Scholarships — CBS New York

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS Local) — A homeless teen in Memphis who graduated valedictorian at his high school has earned $3 million in 50 scholarship offers, tripling his original goal of $1 million in scholarships. “When I heard that I got three million, I was more than elated,” said Raleigh Egypt High School graduate Tupac Mosley.…

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The Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Won’t Arrive Until 2028, If It Ever Comes at All — TIME

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday the redesign of the $20 bill to feature 19th century abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman has been delayed. The decision to replace Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president, with Tubman on the $20 bill had been made by Mnuchin’s predecessor, former Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, who had served…

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Legendary Director John Singleton Dead At 51 — Black America Web

NEW YORK (AP) — Director John Singleton, who made one of Hollywood’s most memorable debuts with the Oscar-nominated “Boyz N the Hood” and continued over the following decades to probe the lives of black communities in his native Los Angeles and beyond, has died. He was 51. Singleton’s family said Monday that he died after […]

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‘Tea Is Everything’ For Couple Behind Bed-Stuy Sanctuary Brooklyn Tea — CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Sometimes, tea for two can turn into something much bigger. Tea brought Alfonso Wright and Jamila McGill together. “We started dating, and at that point, I didn’t know much about tea at all,” Jamila said. WEB EXTRA: Taking A Trip Through Time At McNulty’s Tea And Coffee Alfonso introduced her to fragrant…

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How Reconstruction Still Shapes American Racism — TIME

During an interview with Chris Rock for my PBS series ­African American Lives 2, we traced the ancestry of several well-known African Americans. When I told Rock that his great-great-­grandfather Julius Caesar Tingman had served in the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War — enrolling on March 7, 1865, a little more than a…

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