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  • Association of Black Cardiologists Announces New President, Board Chair and Executive Committee Members

    Association of Black Cardiologists Announces New President, Board Chair and Executive Committee Members

    The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), an inclusive organization dedicated to eliminating disparities in cardiovascular diseases, has recently installed John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA, FACC, FHRS as its 17th President and Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH as its first woman Chair of the Board of Directors. “I am confident that Doctors Fontaine and Pegus will continue the ABC legacy of outstanding leadership in the battle to eliminate healthcare disparities,” remarked Malcolm Taylor, MD, chairman of the Nominating Committee.  Shown is Cheryl Pegus, MD, MPH […]

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  • Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike & Martin Luther King Jr. Memorialized 50 Years Later

    Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike & Martin Luther King Jr. Memorialized 50 Years Later

    A new model for civil rights monuments & memorials: I AM A MAN Plaza in Memphis #IAMAMANPLAZA Sculpture, text and landscape come together to form an important new American Civil Rights memorial. Cliff Garten Studio is pleased to announce its design of I AM A MAN Plaza, a large-scale public sculpture park and memorial plaza commissioned to pay tribute to the members of the pivotal 1968 Sanitation Workers’ Strike and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The strike and its I Am a Man! slogan came to represent […]

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  • Job Applicants Enter Settlement with Target Corporation over Discriminatory Criminal Background Screening Policy

    Job Applicants Enter Settlement with Target Corporation over Discriminatory Criminal Background Screening Policy

    The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the law firm of Outten & Golden LLP have reached a settlement with Target Corporation to resolve allegations that its overly broad and outdated criminal background check policy discriminated against African-American and Latino applicants.As part of the settlement, filed on behalf of a class of job applicants, Target Corporation will institute a hiring process for class members to obtain jobs at any of Target’s approximately 1,800 U.S. based retail stores. Class members who would […]

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  • The dysfunctionality of the American Political System

    The dysfunctionality of the American Political System

    By:  Charles Blatcher, III Those who pay attention to the political winds understand we are living in peculiar times. What we have experienced during the past year represents a major downslide in democracy.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off in the general election. The election was different. Regardless of who won, the results were going to be the same political gridlock and legal wrangling. The campaign set the stage for the political chaos that we are witnessing now. The […]

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  • Black Veterans Question Military Bases named after Confederate Soldiers

    Black Veterans Question Military Bases named after Confederate Soldiers

    By: Charles Blatcher, III Chairman, National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations March 18, 2018      Statues, monuments, government buildings and military installations are supposedly named in honor of outstanding individuals deserving of the recognition. In August 2017, the National Coalition of Black Veteran Organizations contacted the Army Chief of Staff, General Mark A. Milley regarding the names of some Army Bases that missed the mark of honor. The Army maintains eleven Installations named in honor of Confederate Soldiers. They […]

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  • Black Soldiers in World War I

    Black Soldiers in World War I

    Photograph credits: Charles Blatcher (Left) Corporal Freddie Stowers, USA (Center- (Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of South Carolina Military Museum and Sergeant Henry Johnson, USA(right -web photo) This year’s Black History Month theme recognizing Blacks in the Military during World War I is most timely. It is recorded that over 400,000 served in the Armed Forces, the Army manned the 92nd and 93rd Divisions. The majority of the Black Soldiers of the era served in the United States Army. The United States […]

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  • Racial And Gender Bias At Work Harmful For Women Of Color And Their Health 

    Racial And Gender Bias At Work Harmful For Women Of Color And Their Health 

    New Research Shows Unfair Treatment of Asian, Black, Latinx and Multiracial Women in US Workplaces Is Detrimental to Both Employees and Companies In Spite of Challenges, Women of Color Continue to Be Driven to Succeed and Contribute at Work Catalyst released a new report, Day-to-Day Experiences of Emotional Tax Among Women and Men of Color in the Workplace, finding that a majority of women of color—specifically individuals who identify with Asian, Black, Latinx and multiracial backgrounds—experience an “Emotional Tax” in US workplaces affecting […]

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  • Spelman Receives $2 Million Gift From the Karsh Family Foundation to Support KIPP Schools Graduates’ Success in College

    Spelman Receives $2 Million Gift From the Karsh Family Foundation to Support KIPP Schools Graduates’ Success in College

    Spelman College is pleased to announce a $2 million gift from the Karsh Family Foundation. The gift will fund annual and endowed scholarships that support graduates of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools, a nationwide network of open enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools. Spelman is grateful for the consistent support of Bruce and Martha Karsh, whose first gift to Spelman was in 2012. At the time of their first gift, Spelman became a KIPP College Partner, an alliance with KIPP Schools that is designed to identify strategies that can be […]

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  • 10 Reasons to Explore Jacksonville’s African American Heritage Trail –

    10 Reasons to Explore Jacksonville’s African American Heritage Trail –

    From the arrival of the very first European explorers back in the 1500s, people of African descent have had a significant role in the making of Jacksonville. Today, the region’s African-American Heritage Trail provides a wide-ranging look at black Jacksonville’s fascinating past. For example,  learn about Jacksonville’s original renaissance woman Eartha White, a tireless humanitarian, dedicated to improving the lives of black residents. Here are 9 other reason to explore Jacksonville’s African American Heritage Trail. #1 Learn about the composers of “America’s Black National Anthem.” “Lift […]

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