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NMAAHC: Telling America’s story

“It is the purpose of the National Memorial Association; to erect a beautiful building suitable to depict the [N]egro’s contribution to America in the military service, in art, literature, invention, science, industry, etc. – fitting tribute to the Negro’s contributions and achievements, and which would serve as an educational center giving inspiration and pride to the present and future generations that they may be inspired to follow the examples of those who have aided in the advancement of the race and Nation.” – National Memorial Association, 1915

Five steps in the march to civil rights, equality

Whether patriots disguised as “Indians” or heirs of Attucks at a Woolworth’s lunch counter or drag goddesses marching down Fifth Avenue, the power of disruption has been the overwhelming tool of the otherwise oppressed in their respective marches toward equity in the American Dream. In many ways, a dream – a la Martin Luther King Jr. – has been the cadence along a similar set of civil steps.

Politics, race and college rivalry – a different playing field

We are way beyond the “melting pot” – that yesteryear vision of a United States of America when we would be so diverse racially that we could embrace any one of us as true Americans.

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Sickle Cell Disease

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. First officially recognized by the federal government in 1983, the national awareness month calls attention to sickle cell disease, a genetic disease.

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Key factors that can improve your quality of life as you age

When it comes to aging, Americans harbor plenty of concerns: going broke, succumbing to Alzheimer’s disease and/or spending the final lonely years in a nursing home.

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University of Texas honors first Black students

When Nathaniel Bradford enrolled at the University of Texas in 1963, he couldn’t join the band. Or a fraternity. Or play on the football team.

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Dallas ISD invites educators to design, launch a Choice School

The Office of Transformation and Innovation announced last week the release of the Public School Choice Competitive Proposal Process

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Louisiana governor: Flood damage at least $8.7 billion

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure.

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The political dialogue: Social media’s challenge to democracy

I’ve been involved in politics for the better part of a lifetime and have spoken at a lot of public meetings over the years.

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Understanding a breast cancer diagnosis

Whether it’s October or not, breast cancer is one of the most recognized cancers in the world.

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Increasing the community’s financial literacy

Irvin Ashford, the new national director for financial literacy at Comerica Inc., has dedicated his life to making the community financially successful.

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DuVernay conquers the small screen with Queen Sugar

The new family drama Queen Sugar follows three estranged siblings in a rural Louisiana town as they struggle to make sense of their lives while preserving a family legacy: a failing sugar-cane farm.

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Kaepernick's stance reveals hidden racism

As candidates running for office in the November election begin to turn the focus toward minority voters during the last leg of their campaigns, a couple of Republicans may have made a major misstep.

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Does your child have health insurance?

If asking parents this simple question could help ensure children stay healthier, do better in school, and even save a child’s life

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God, religion and the pursuit of justice

I will never forget when, eight years ago, I was canvassing, registering people to vote. Whenever you go door to door, you realize that you will get a wide range of reactions, from an open willingness to register to flat-out refusals – some hostile, with people not only shooing you from their door but daring you to come back!

Is it time for a new American national anthem?

It appears that the football player Colin Kaepernick has started American people to thinking or rethinking the song that should be the United States’s national anthem.

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Around the State

A Black Texas teacher is suing the state’s capital after being thrown to the ground by one White officer during a traffic stop and then being told by another that Blacks have “violent tendencies.”

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Veterans Affairs restates policy to ban Confederate flags

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has restated a policy that bans the raising of Confederate flags on permanent poles in federal cemeteries, affecting dozens of burial grounds across the nation – especially in the Deep South – and further contributing to the slow death of the 19th century symbols in modern American life.

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Jenkins joins national discussion on community dialogue, policing

Dallas County Commissioners Court Judge Clay Jenkins joined other elected officials from around the U.S. for the National Association of County Officials Conference and Exposition held in July in Long Beach, California. During the event, participants explored areas of improvement or patterns of need related to their respective home districts.

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Together We Ball basketball event brings communities together

The Dallas community came together again for the purpose of healing and understanding at the second annual Together We Ball basketball game and community day at P.C. Cobb Field House, Aug. 28. Established though Project Unity by founder Pastor Ritchie Butler of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the goal of the free event was to foster community engagement to help strengthen relationships between police officers and the community.

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