Gunman murders 10 in a quiet suburb

An immigrant from China killed 10 people and wounded 10 others during the Lunar New Year’s Eve celebration in Monterey Park, California. The latest news reports indicate that one of the wounded individuals has died, bringing the total number dead to 11.  Police identified the man as Huu Can Tran, 72, who hid in a white van…

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Michelle Commander takes command

Michelle Commander has been named deputy director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and Culture, which is based in Washington, D.C. Commander joined the museum after working as the deputy director of research and strategic initiatives at The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. She has written several…

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Benjamin Jealous to lead the Sierra Club

Benjamin Jealous has been named the seventh executive director of the Oakland, California, Sierra Club. He took over the Sierra Club, whose founder, John Muir, disliked Black people. He took over the Sierra Club, whose founder, John Muir, disliked Black people.  Jealous replaced Michael Brune on August 13, weeks before the Sierra Club’s executive director announced his…

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Former Memphis cops arrested for a brutal beating

Five former Black Memphis police officers have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of Tyre Nichols, who was arrested during a traffic stop. The former Black officers—Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin, III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith. In addition, they all were charged with aggravated assault, one count…

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Edgar Daniel Nixon played a crucial role in organizing the landmark Montgomery bus boycott

Edgar Daniel Nixon,  known as E. D. Nixon, was an American civil rights leader and union organizer in Alabama who played a crucial role in organizing the landmark Montgomery bus boycott there in 1955. The boycott highlighted the issues of segregation in the South, was upheld for more than a year by black residents, and nearly brought the city-owned bus system to bankruptcy.…

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Prostate cancer is higher among Black men

The American Cancer Society reports that cancer rates are 5 percent higher among Black men compared to White men and 79 percent higher than for Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Overall, the incidence is higher in Black men because of prostate cancer, which is 70 percent higher than in White men, three times higher than among Asian…

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