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It is the 101st statue erected in the Capitol Visitors Center, but only the fourth in honor of an African-American. While each state has only two such famous figures in the hall, this is the first opportunity for D.C. to welcome one of its very own. Congressional Republicans have refused to allow a second, declining to give the federal District of Columbia equality with states.

“Douglass’ life as an active D.C. resident and his deep commitment to our equal rights are the reasons that his statue is here to be unveiled today as a gift from the almost 650,000 American citizens of the District of Columbia,” Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said in prepared remarks at the unveiling.

Placement of the statue marks the culmination of the decade-long argument between DC leaders and Congressional Republicans over whether DC should be allowed to have the statue since it is not a state, but a federal district.

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Whenever states have eliminated affirmative action in the past, a decline in Black college enrollment has followed that decision, a study by The Civil Rights Project at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) shows.

Rather than make a definitive ruling on a case involving the University of Texas, on Monday the United States Supreme Court sent the case back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals with instructions for the judges to determine whether the university met the strict scrutiny standard mandated by previous Supreme Court ruling involving the University of California-Davis Medical School (Bakke) and the University of Michigan Law School (Grutter).

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SWAC Football and Basketball Championships Get a Warm Houston Welcome at the Texas Black Expo by the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy Street Team

The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) is returning to its original roots in Houston and members of the Texas Business Alliance Youth Entrepreneurship Academy (YEA) are assisting in promoting the league’s presence. The YEA Street Team supervised the SWAC booth at the Texas Black Expo held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, June 22-23, 2013.

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salecia

Salecia Johnson, age 6, grew frustrated in her Milledgeville, Ga., kindergarten class last year and erupted into a temper tantrum. Unfortunately, it’s something that mothers sometimes must confront with raising young children. But what happened next was not routine, nor should it be happening to Salecia or any other children.

Creekside Elementary school called the police, who said they found Salecia on the floor of the principal’s office screaming and crying. Police said she had knocked over furniture that injured the principal. The African-American child was handcuffed, arrested and hauled to the local police station. She was held for more than an hour before her parents were notified and she was charged with simple assault and damage to property, but didn’t have to go to court because she is a juvenile.

But the ordeal has severely impacted the child. Her mother, Constance Ruff, says Salecia is traumatized, having difficulty adjusting back to school and may never recover. Salecia, she says, has awoken at night screaming, “They’re coming to get me!” Sadly, her case is not an anomaly.

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JB

I am certain that you have heard by now, about Paula Deen, the 66-year-old Savannah kitchen celebrity, who has been swamped in controversy since court documents filed last week showed that Deen told an attorney who was questioning her under oath last month that she had conveniently used the N-word.

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ParadeofShameIt’s hard for me to overlook the shameful parade of sons of celebrated leaders who are in jail or on the way to jail for confessed crimes ranging from bribery, embezzlement and just plain thievery. Their crimes go beyond mere law-breaking.

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HungerWhile the term “food insecurity” has become the new buzz word and politically correct name for hunger, the issue of hunger continues to remain the same.

FALLBROOK CHURCH - CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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