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19th and 20th Century Race-Driven Massacres and Violence on African Americans Silenced in American History

June 1, 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Spanning three days, the Tulsa Race Massacre leveled the booming African American neighborhood of Greenwood near Tulsa, Oklahoma, leaving hundreds dead and thousands of livelihoods ruined. A May 2021 Forbes article, “The Epic Rise Of Black Wall Street And The …

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Robert F. Smith Speaks of Risk and Community at the 2021 Black Men in Leadership Conference

On May 18, 2021, Robert F. Smith was the featured keynote speaker at the virtual Black Men in Leadership Virtual Conference, hosted by The Executive Leadership Council. Thinking back on his own “origin story,” Smith spoke about the challenges and successes that stemmed from his particular upbringing in Colorado, and the leap of faith he …

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African American Music Appreciation Month Honors the Importance of Black Music

This month marks the celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month, a date set by President Jimmy Carter on June 7, 1979, to raise awareness and foster appreciation of music that is composed, arranged or performed by African American artists. As President Barack Obama stated in his 2016 proclamation, African American music displays “the creative …

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REFORM Alliance’s “Give Life Back” Campaign Promotes Probation and Parole Reform

In April, the REFORM Alliance, a group launched to transform probation and parole by changing laws, systems and culture, launched “Give Life Back,” a campaign to inform and inspire people to become part of the growing movement to reform the parole and probation system in the United States.  Growing research, like a 2021 report from …

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Elite U.S. Colleges Will Welcome Their Most Diverse Student Body in History

Elite U.S. Colleges Will Welcome Their Most Diverse Student Body in History

The incoming class of college students at many of the top colleges in the United States is set to be the most diverse in history. According to a recent article in the New York Times, “early data suggests that many elite universities have admitted a higher proportion of traditionally underrepresented students this year — Black, …

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Honoring Famous Inventors

Honoring Famous Inventors During National Inventors Month 2021

Many of us know the famous saying, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration,” which was once uttered by well-known inventor Thomas Edison. However, few understand the hard work, determination and, of course, perspiration that goes into bringing an inspiration to life. That is why, during the month of May, we celebrate these genius …

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20 Years of Preserving African American History in Our National Parks

Throughout 2021, the National Park Foundation (NPF) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its African American Experience Fund (AAEF). Established in 2001, AAEF’s mission is to connect people to the role that African Americans have played throughout history in our national parks.  “Black history is American history,” said National Park Foundation Chief Program Officer LaTresse …

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