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Men used as slaves, abused seek compensation

Peonage researcher and detective Antoinette Harrell has spent the past five years researching peonage that took place at the infamous Arthur G. Dozier Reform School in Marianna, searching for a lead that could confirm that peonage practices took place in the state operated school campus.

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Congress: Act on CHIP

“In this dark day of discontent So many feel despair As poverty and dissidence Cause sadness everywhere.”

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A word to police officers

The arrest and harassment of Seattle Seahawk Michael Bennett by Las Vegas police officers was bad in and of itself. For people of color, it represented the all-too-familiar scenario of what happens far too often: There is a confrontation that involves what looks to be excessive force by police officers and despite what looks like obvious abuse of another human beings, the officers are excused.

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Texans remain resilient in wake of Harvey

More than a week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, the devastation already appears to have surpassed the damage caused by both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy in other parts of the country.

Is this America? Kharon Davis held years without trial

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed...” – US Constitution 1789 (rev. 1992)

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Education cuts ties to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Senators seek answers about new departmental appointee

A recent letter from the U.S. Department of Education to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with a controversial appointment, have together triggered reactions that do not bode well for the 44 million consumers who together share $1.4 trillion in borrowed student debt.

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Suffering in silence: Blacks, mental illness

African Americans endure more intense and frequent mental and behavioral health issues than their counterparts, at least in part related to poverty and exposure to racism and discrimination, both of which disproportionally affect minorities.

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Counseling Corner: Getting school mornings under control

In too many homes, the average school day morning can best be described as chaos. Parents shouting, homework missing, favorite clothes suddenly hiding and a hundred other calamities that add stress to the morning and too often mean rushing to make school on time.

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Feds, Texas offer choices for students homeless after Harvey

Michael Evan Hilburn says he can’t wait to start kindergarten this week at a school about 20 miles from the Houston shelter where he and his father have been living since Harvey devastated the city.

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DeSoto ISD to host leadership forum for girls

Fewer than 1 in 10 minority women will be employed as scientists and engineers, according to a National Girls Collaborative Project study. Racial and ethnic female groups are significantly underrepresented in the science and engineering workforce despite an increase over the past two decades.

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Equifax breach exposes 143 million people to identity theft

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

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Chambers receive funding for community assistance

Toyota’s relocation of its headquarters from California to Plano will theoretically change the economic landscape of the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the better as more corporate jobs, dealerships and support businesses open up for those seeking work. Along with this move, the automobile company brought the gift of community aid amid criticism of jobs going to northernmost Dallas County rather than to the Southern Sector.

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Through the Storm

Stranded Houston Ballet instructor teaches Montana youth

Renowned ballerina Lauren Anderson, a Houston native, was supposed to return home on Sunday. But after Hurricane Harvey left the nation’s fourth largest city under water and she was stuck in Helena without her family, she decided to put her extra time to good use for local children.

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Tubman on the Twenty?

Treasury secretary avoids discussing changes to the $20 bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is raising speculation that Harriet Tubman’s future on the $20 bill could be in jeopardy.

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Black, White, rich, poor: Harvey didn’t discriminate

Harvey did not discriminate in its destruction.

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Praying and standing for children

As a new school year begins, I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring adults to be God’s hands and feet standing for children everywhere in these very difficult times in our nation and around our shared world.

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Kaepernick’s protest, a patriotic tradition

Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, is being blackballed – itself a revealing phrase – from the National Football League with the collusion of the all-White owners. He is ostracized because a year ago he exercised his First Amendment right to free speech by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

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What do we have to offer Harvey evacuees?

I had the pleasure of spending Labor Day with church members who fellowshipped with Hurricane Harvey evacuees at a barbecue my church hosted.

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We are our brother’s keeper in time of trouble

What will the people do who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey? And what will “church people” do in response to the enormous needs of people that will only increase, even as the flood waters recede?

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The nation must come together to help hurricane survivors

“During difficult times like this, we’re reminded that we’re bound together and we have to look out for each other. And a lot of the things that seem important, the petty differences melt away, and we focus on what binds us together and that we as Americans are going to stand with each other in their hour of need.” – President Barack Obama

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