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Closing the Financial Gap

Bank of America Invests $150 Million to Close Gap in Funds for Minority Entrepreneurs

Continuing this summer’s notable $1 billion commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, Bank of America recently announced an additional investment: $150 million to 40 minority-led funds based in 21 markets across the U.S. This move is part of the larger effort by the U.S. financial community and marginalized community advocates, like Robert F. …

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Medical Care

Progress in Equitable Medical Care and Research

It’s an unavoidable fact that medical science has lagged when it comes to diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer in African American communities. A number of factors contribute to this, including a slow rebuilding of trust in medical institutions due to past mistreatment of minority community members, such as the Tuskegee study on Black …

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Banking Fees

People of Color Pay More in Banking Fees than White Americans

A new Bankrate survey found that people of color pay on average more than double what white Americans pay in banking fees. When asked about fees including ATM, overdraft and routine service charges, Latinos reported paying $14 a month on average, and Black adults reported paying about $12 a month. In comparison, white adults only …

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How Remote Working Can Improve Diversity and Inclusion

As we continue to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of life, a new dynamic has emerged. With more people than ever working from home, increased focus has been placed on how working remotely, if done correctly and with intention, can increase diversity in the workplace and expand opportunities for workers who …

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Time 100

Celebrated African Americans Make History on the TIME 100 Most Influential People

Former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, once said, “Success isn’t about how much money you make; it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” This is the idea behind TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people, each one having changed or made an impact on the lives of people around …

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NMAAHC Virtual Visits

Explore New Virtual “Visit” Resources at the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Although COVID-19 has restricted the public’s ability to visit museums in-person, new digital tours are available through the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s (NMAAHC) website. From virtual exhibitions to online collections, innovative and engaging educational resources now offer visitors the ability to take a “trip” to the museum from anywhere.  In the …

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The Eagle Academy Foundation

Robert F. Smith Joins Eagle Academies’ Students and Staff for Town Hall

On January 29, 2021, philanthropist and entrepreneur Robert F. Smith joined students and staff members from the six Eagle Academies for their 14th “Eagle Up Fridays” Town Hall session. This week’s virtual Town Hall was appropriately named “Legacy” and centered around Smith’s advice to students, cultivated from years of personal experience. During the hour-long Town …

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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall Goes Virtual to Expand Access to the Arts

Music is an important creative outlet for children and adults alike — it can bridge cultural divides and can help youth learn creative self expression. Our world may look different these days, but institutions across the country are working hard to safely produce events and online content that bring people together and help expand the reach …

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Morehouse Robert F. Smith Speech

A Brief History of Robert F. Smith’s Work with Morehouse College

Robert F. Smith’s 2019 announcement that he would pay off all student loans accrued by that year’s graduating class at Morehouse College made headlines nationwide. The donation was more than just a grand philanthropic gesture, though. Smith has been a friend of Morehouse College for years, and his work with the Atlanta HBCU is far …

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ational Museum of African American History and Culture

Restoring Black U.S. History to the Mainstream

U.S. history curricula for K-12 classrooms have smoothed the rough edges of hard facts for students. But the lack of a full accounting of past triumphs and disasters, especially regarding Black communities, doesn’t do justice to the full scope of history. There have been accounts of textbooks that didn’t teach Civil War history beyond the …

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