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Walter P. Reuther Library receives grant from NHPRC to expand discovery and access to oral histories

Wayne State University’s Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs was recently awarded a grant totaling $109,152 from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to facilitate the discovery and promotion of 1,660 oral histories of individuals directly involved in the labor, civil rights and social justice movements, among other important historical developments. ...

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Fearless Afro-American foreign correspondent William Worthy dies

William Worthy, a pioneering correspondent for the Baltimore Afro-American who defied the U.S. government in the Cold War era to report on Communist Cuba, China, the Soviet Union and Vietnam, died last month at the age of 92. Worthy gained worldwide attention in 1961 when he traveled to Cuba without a passport and interviewed Fidel Castro two years after the Cuban Revolution. He was arrested upon his return ...

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New NAACP President says his strength is among the grassroots

Underscoring the fact the NAACP has been a grassroots organization for its 105 years of existence, new NAACP President Cornell William Brooks, last week, said that has been and will continue to be his strength. “The NAACP, as a matter of history, tradition, culture, political effectiveness and advocacy, is a grassroots organization,” said Brooks. The power and the promise and potential of the NAACP lie, not ...

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From Black Wall Street to the Black Dollar Project

Despite historically high unemployment rates, African Americans have shown resiliency in their ability to persevere as consumers. In 2013, the National Newspaper Publishers Association collaborated with Nielsen to create a report and compile Nielsen’s third installment called, “The African American Consumer Report,” which showed the spending habits of the African American consumer. Most importantly, the rep ...

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Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def postpones tour, rumors abound

Popular hip hop recording artist, stage and film actor Yasiin Bey, formerly known to the world as Mos Def, recently made headlines with reports that his upcoming U.S. tour had been postponed for reasons unknown. Promoters of the Boston show, where Bey’s tour was to kick off, caused controversy when they announced, last week, the postponement was due to Bey having been denied entry into the country by U.S. I ...

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Empress Verdiacee Tiari  uncovered hidden history

Her Highness Verdiacee Tiari Washitaw Turner Goston El-Bey, the empress of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Empire and leader of the Emperial Washitaw Nation of Muurs, made her transition in April 2014, completing the lifetime of a matriarch who was celebrated around the world. In her time, Empress Verdiacee was a published author, archivist, historian, international diplomat, mayor, judge, business woman and ...

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The front lines of the longest war in American history

It’s not just a movie, its real life. And it’s not what you thought it would be, it’s much more. The scenes in “The Hornet’s Nest” are taken from actual moments during the war. It shows the daily life of our soldiers, their struggle, their pain, their heroism and an aspect of war one can never anticipate. As a documentation of modern warfare, the film is a pioneering work that uncoils its tale using video f ...

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Poll: 30 percent plan to oppose Obama in midterms

African Americans are being urged to vote in numbers like never before in November’s midterm elections to help Democrats keep control of the U.S. Senate, and a recent Gallup poll should give them added incentive. Some 30 percent of registered voters told Gallup they will vote for a candidate in November’s elections opposed to President Barack Obama. An equal number said the same thing before the 2010 midter ...

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WCCCD increases security standards with Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement police certification

An increase in security officers and training standards are two benefits of the transition to Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards by Wayne County Community College District for some of its officers. The certification will add additional requirements to the current P.A.330 WCCCD had used to provide guidelines to its security training. MCOLES curriculum for certification requires a minimum of 560 ...

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Ras Baraka elected mayor of Newark

Ras Baraka, one of the sons of the late poet/playwright Amiri Baraka, handily beat rival Shavar Jeffries, May 13, to become the next mayor of his father’s city. The mayor-elect paid tribute to his father, who died in January, and his mother, Amina Baraka, who was nearby off-stage at the Robert Treat Hotel. ...

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