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How did you get that name?

Deciding which ancestral line you want to research can be difficult. One of the greatest challenges my genealogy students at Wayne County Community College District have in researching their ancestors is finding them using a surname (last name). Researching the spelling of surnames in how they sound, as opposed to how we spell them today, can be a painstaking challenge like trying to find a needle in a hays ...

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Ma Ellen: ‘Invest in our girls, if Africa is to rise’

In an open letter dated June 16 — the International Day of the African Child — Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf warned there would be no “Africa Rising” without a serious investment in young girls. The key to addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges is a quality education for all children, especially girls, the former World Bank official known as “Ma Ellen”declared. ...

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Former African leaders call for legalizing low-level drugs

A report cited by two former African presidents has called for the decriminalization of minor drug offenses. The report states trafficking, consumption and production is undermining development in West Africa and abetting corruption. Picking up the momentum led by some U.S. governors, the report by a panel of African experts criticized current punitive policies which, they said, was fueling corruption in a ...

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From Nairobi, Kenya to Detroit: Anything is possible!

Somewhere in the Great Lakes Region in East Africa, lies the country of Kenya. Most people know Kenya as home of long distance runners, while others think of it as a vacationing spot because of its wildlife. What most don’t know about Kenya is that it is also one of Africa’s most highly heterogeneous countries, containing some of the continent’s most diverse ethnic groups and complex cultures. One of Kenya’ ...

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African World Festival wants to make Detroit designers fashion stars

For over three decades, the African World Festival has provided Detroiters a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage from all corners of the diaspora — drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, storytelling, poetry, food and fashion. Now organizers want to make sure the D is dressed appropriately at this year’s festival by launching the Detroit Rocks the Runway Emerging Designer Showcase. Selected local d ...

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War resisters group holds first African CONFAB in Cape Town, S. Africa

War Resisters’ International, founded in 1921 by conscientious objectors to the First World War, will hold their first conference in South Africa, July 4-8. Conference organizers plan to draw attention to the great cost to Africa of the global arms trade, which prompted a report by Oxfam International titled, “Africa’s Missing Billions." “Since 1990, around $300 billion has been lost by Algeria, Angola, Bur ...

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Nova Scotia agrees to pay former residents of Home for Colored Children

The province of Nova Scotia, Canada recently reached a settlement in the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children case, according to the Halifax Chronicle Herald. At least 150 former residents of the Dartmouth home will share in the $29 million settlement. In their suit, the plaintiffs alleged extreme sexual, physical and psychological abuse at the facility, which housed mostly Black orphans or those from fami ...

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South African miners in historic strike stand firm on pay demand

South African miners are holding out for a living wage in the longest strike against mining companies in the country’s history. A deadline set for June 9 by the government was reached without progress and the talks collapsed. The two sides are far apart on the wage issue with the Association of Miners and Construction Union (AMCU) seeking $1,200 a month — double their current wage — while the companies are ...

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Nigeria bans additionaal protests over abducted girls

Police in Nigeria have issued a ban against further protests by Nigerian citizens, mostly women, who are demanding the government rescue the nearly 300 kidnapped schoolgirls whose whereabouts government claims to know. National anger and frustration has turned on the government for its failure to rescue the teenage students and many others being targeted around the country. The girls had been studying in th ...

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New president of Malawi takes power under felony cloud

In his second try for elected office, Peter Mutharika captured the winning margin of victory and edged out Malawi’s first woman president, Joyce Banda. The 74-year-old Mutharika, brother of a former president, was declared the victor last week in a disputed election. But he comes into office under a cloud, accused of attempting a constitutional coup two years ago by hiding the death of his brother, Presiden ...

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