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Bernice King has private audience with Pope Francis in Vatican City
 Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., met this week with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican.  The meeting comes 53 years after Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr. were received at the Vatican by Pope John Paul VI. But in a sign of the time, after the meeting Bernice King tweeted about it, simply...

4:05 PM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., met this week with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican.  The meeting comes 53 years after Coretta and Martin Luther King Jr. were received at the Vatican by Pope John Paul VI. But in a sign of the time, after the meeting Bernice King tweeted about it, simply...
Hearse that carried King’s body in Memphis up for sale: $2.5 million
 The hearse that carried the body of Martin Luther King Jr. through Memphis — from the hospital to the funeral home, and from the funeral home to the airport — is for sale. The asking price: $2.5 million. Gary Zimet, a Los Angeles-based dealer, is acting as broker for the sale on behalf of the anonymous seller, through Zimet&rsquo...

11:11 AM Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018

The hearse that carried the body of Martin Luther King Jr. through Memphis — from the hospital to the funeral home, and from the funeral home to the airport — is for sale. The asking price: $2.5 million. Gary Zimet, a Los Angeles-based dealer, is acting as broker for the sale on behalf of the anonymous seller, through Zimet&rsquo...
Trump appoints HBCU veteran to lead black college advisory board
 A week after Concordia College closed its doors, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Johnny C. Taylor Jr., the former head of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will become chairman of the President's Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Taylor, who is now CEO of the Society for Human Resources...

11:33 PM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

A week after Concordia College closed its doors, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Johnny C. Taylor Jr., the former head of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will become chairman of the President's Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Taylor, who is now CEO of the Society for Human Resources...
How two anthems shaped America and the meaning of Black History Month
 When James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” gained popularity in the first part of the last century, he was reluctant to follow the masses and label the song an “anthem,” recognizing that there was only one national anthem: Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” ...

8:44 AM Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

When James Weldon Johnson’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” gained popularity in the first part of the last century, he was reluctant to follow the masses and label the song an “anthem,” recognizing that there was only one national anthem: Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” ...
Concordia College Alabama is latest HBCU to shut its doors due to poor finances
 Streaming across the top of Concordia College’s official website are the words, “Change a future…Yours.”  Since 1922, students who came through the tiny Lutheran College in Selma, Ala., could live by those words. Not anymore.  Last week, officials at the college – which was down to 400 students, 100...

7:04 PM Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Streaming across the top of Concordia College’s official website are the words, “Change a future…Yours.”  Since 1922, students who came through the tiny Lutheran College in Selma, Ala., could live by those words. Not anymore.  Last week, officials at the college – which was down to 400 students, 100...
Perilous times for historically black colleges
 Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America. Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn&rsquo...

5:23 PM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America. Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn&rsquo...
Spike Lee and how ‘School Daze’ made black colleges matter 
 Thirty years ago this month — “A Different World” was still finding its way, and “The Quad” was still a generation in the future — Atlanta-born filmmaker Spike Lee introduced a large portion of the culture to black colleges with his landmark film, “School Daze.”  “Today, 30 years...

10:06 PM Monday, Feb. 19, 2018

Thirty years ago this month — “A Different World” was still finding its way, and “The Quad” was still a generation in the future — Atlanta-born filmmaker Spike Lee introduced a large portion of the culture to black colleges with his landmark film, “School Daze.”  “Today, 30 years...
Alumni giving at Claflin University sets national black college standard
 Whittaker V. Middleton, Claflin University’s vice president of institutional advancement, had just gotten off the road from a trip to Atlanta – but he wasn’t tired. He had just scored a $100,000 donation from an alumna to create a leadership academy. “I do a lot of traveling,” Middleton said. “You have...

3:45 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Whittaker V. Middleton, Claflin University’s vice president of institutional advancement, had just gotten off the road from a trip to Atlanta – but he wasn’t tired. He had just scored a $100,000 donation from an alumna to create a leadership academy. “I do a lot of traveling,” Middleton said. “You have...
Claflin University: Tiny South Carolina school shoots for the stars
 NOTE: This is one of two articles that describe the opposite fortunes of two HBCUs – Claflin University, which is flourishing, and Paine College, which is struggling to keep its accreditation.  When Henry N. Tisdale interviewed to become the president of Claflin College in 1994, he had one demand. At the time, the state&rsquo...

5:01 AM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

NOTE: This is one of two articles that describe the opposite fortunes of two HBCUs – Claflin University, which is flourishing, and Paine College, which is struggling to keep its accreditation.  When Henry N. Tisdale interviewed to become the president of Claflin College in 1994, he had one demand. At the time, the state&rsquo...
HBCU Journeys: Graduates talk about their time on campus

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

Sarah White Clark Atlanta University. Class of 1993. Currently an elementary school principal. I was born and raised in the city of Minneapolis. As an infant, I was adopted into a Caucasian family. (The family also adopted an African-American boy, who would become Sarah’s brother.) My parents were very good about trying to expose me...
THE CHOICE II: How one student found an HBCU with a little help from her parents
 Before she was #Hurtbae, Kourtney George was a high school senior trying to navigate her college choices.  A 2011 graduate of Woodward Academy, George’s Louisiana ties ran deep as both of her parents had gone to Southern University in Baton Rouge.  So she was headed to Louisiana State University – at least she thought...

7:44 PM Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

Before she was #Hurtbae, Kourtney George was a high school senior trying to navigate her college choices.  A 2011 graduate of Woodward Academy, George’s Louisiana ties ran deep as both of her parents had gone to Southern University in Baton Rouge.  So she was headed to Louisiana State University – at least she thought...
HBCUs started in the North, were needed most in the South
 The first historically black colleges were founded in the North, although 90 percent of HBCUs eventually were located in the South.  But black schools were forbidden in the South before the Civil War. It was not until 1865, the end of the war, that HBCUs began appearing in Southern states.  And suddenly they were cropping up...

11:00 AM Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

The first historically black colleges were founded in the North, although 90 percent of HBCUs eventually were located in the South.  But black schools were forbidden in the South before the Civil War. It was not until 1865, the end of the war, that HBCUs began appearing in Southern states.  And suddenly they were cropping up...
Wiley Bolden, 99: Long life was dedicated to education
 Wiley Bolden spent nearly a century as an educator, from working as a professor at Georgia State University to leading both Savannah State University and Morris Brown College. But he always had time to stop, pause, and smell the roses. “He knew the names of almost every tree and plant. He would see one and just name it and tell us about...

9:50 PM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

Wiley Bolden spent nearly a century as an educator, from working as a professor at Georgia State University to leading both Savannah State University and Morris Brown College. But he always had time to stop, pause, and smell the roses. “He knew the names of almost every tree and plant. He would see one and just name it and tell us about...
HBCUs: Born in the North but most needed in the South
 Forget the football duels between North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T. It doesn’t matter if Howard or Hampton is the real “HU.” The biggest rivalry in the black college universe might be between Cheney University and Lincoln University — two very old schools separated by 24 miles of U.S. 1 in the rural outskirts...

5:01 AM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

Forget the football duels between North Carolina Central and North Carolina A&T. It doesn’t matter if Howard or Hampton is the real “HU.” The biggest rivalry in the black college universe might be between Cheney University and Lincoln University — two very old schools separated by 24 miles of U.S. 1 in the rural outskirts...
Kennesaw State student: ‘I didn’t think I would fit in at an HBCU’
 NOTE: Delanie Mason and Kendall Youngblood made different choices when it came to deciding whether to attend an HBCU. This is one of two articles that profile the women and explain their decisions. Read Kendall’s story here. There was something different about Delanie Mason when she moved into her freshman dorm at Kennesaw...

5:01 AM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

NOTE: Delanie Mason and Kendall Youngblood made different choices when it came to deciding whether to attend an HBCU. This is one of two articles that profile the women and explain their decisions. Read Kendall’s story here. There was something different about Delanie Mason when she moved into her freshman dorm at Kennesaw...
THE CHOICE: Black students weigh HBCUs against mostly white schools
 For college-bound African-Americans, choosing between a historically black college and a predominantly white one has become more complicated with each passing year. Delanie Mason, who grew up in Gwinnett County, goes to Kennesaw State, even though her parents and siblings all chose HBCUs. Kendall Youngblood, after a year at the University...

5:01 AM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

For college-bound African-Americans, choosing between a historically black college and a predominantly white one has become more complicated with each passing year. Delanie Mason, who grew up in Gwinnett County, goes to Kennesaw State, even though her parents and siblings all chose HBCUs. Kendall Youngblood, after a year at the University...
President Trump nominates Alveda King for Frederick Douglass commission
 Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., and a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, has been nominated by the president to serve on the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.  The announcement comes roughly a year after Trump implied that Douglass, a former slave turned social reformer and abolitionist, was still alive. ...

1:08 AM Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018

Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., and a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, has been nominated by the president to serve on the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission.  The announcement comes roughly a year after Trump implied that Douglass, a former slave turned social reformer and abolitionist, was still alive. ...
Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign
 More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin”...

7:43 PM Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018

More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin”...
Suppressed photo of Obama, Farrakhan might have derailed 2008 campaign
 More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin”...

10:54 AM Wednesday, Feb. 07, 2018

More than a dozen years after the fact, a photographer has come forward with a photo that might have derailed Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid. Askia Muhammad, who works for the Nation of Islam’s newspaper, the Final Call, has published a book in recent days that features the image: a “grip and grin”...
Could this long-lost photo have derailed Obama’s 2008 campaign?
 It was a normal Wednesday on Capitol Hill when photographer Askia Muhammad told a freshman senator from Illinois: “You look just like the minister.” The “minister” was Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who had been invited to speak at the weekly Congressional Black Caucus lunch in 2005. The senator was Barack...

11:46 PM Tuesday, Feb. 06, 2018

It was a normal Wednesday on Capitol Hill when photographer Askia Muhammad told a freshman senator from Illinois: “You look just like the minister.” The “minister” was Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who had been invited to speak at the weekly Congressional Black Caucus lunch in 2005. The senator was Barack...
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