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Slave trade ancestors to be remembered on Father’s Day

Slave trade ancestors to be remembered on Father’s Day

A growing South Florida tradition, now in its 24th year, continues with the annual Sunrise Ancestral Remembrance of the Middle Passage ceremony on Sunday, June 18, from 5:30 to 8:00 a.m. at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. The ceremony honors the memory and the heroism of the millions of individuals who endured the horrors of […]

Radio host receives honorary doctorate from Shaw

Radio host receives honorary doctorate from Shaw

Nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner urged the 202 graduates of Shaw University on May 13 to follow the lead of their new alma mater to become doers who “change the game.” He reminded graduates that Shaw changed the game often, as the first institution of higher learning established for freedmen, the first college in […]

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

‘Christmas in May’ for many college students

The extension of Pell grants will cover summer classes for the first time since 2011. BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Despite broader political turmoil in Washington and Tallahassee, federal and state lawmakers have agreed to dramatically increase financial aid to the neediest college and university students. On May 4, the […]

Mixed messages from Trump about HBCUs

Mixed messages from Trump about HBCUs

Statement about funding Black colleges worries educators, legislators BY JANE KENNEDY TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE Repeatedly during his first 100 days, President Donald J. Trump signaled to the leaders and supporters of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that the federal support on which HBCUs depend would remain a priority under his administration. One sign […]

HAIL B-CU’S NEWEST WILDCAT

HAIL B-CU’S NEWEST WILDCAT

Bethune-Cookman University’s Class of 2017 commencement ceremony will be long remembered. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF DAYTONA BEACH – If Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) President Edison Jackson was attempting to build bridges between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the Trump administration by selecting Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to be the Class of […]

Florida NAACP calls for B-CU president, board chair to resign

Florida NAACP calls for B-CU president, board chair to resign

FROM STAFF REPORTS The NAACP Florida State Conference is calling on Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) President Dr. Edison Jackson and Board Chairman Dr. Joe Petrock to resign effective immediately. The NAACP, B-CU alumni, students as well as Daytona Beach residents have expressed outrage over the university’s decision to have U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as its […]

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Never to be forgotten In 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed to a bullet hole in a St. Augustine hotel he stayed in while protesting racial segregation there.  King was targeted for death from the time he began his civil rights career in Montgomery, Ala., in 1955. He was murdered in Memphis, Tenn., on […]

Muslim teen writes #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on Stanford application and gets accepted

Muslim teen writes #BlackLivesMatter 100 times on Stanford application and gets accepted

BY MONIQUE JUDGE THEROOT.COM Is your activism performative or substantive? One New Jersey teen knew exactly how to show his answer to that question when filling out his application to Stanford University. Asked “What matters to you, and why?,” the teen could think of only one thing: #BlackLivesMatter. Ziad Ahmed wrote the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter 100 […]

Toddler schools Target clerk on doll choice

Toddler schools Target clerk on doll choice

BY YESHA CALLAHAN THEROOT.COM Two-year-old Sophia was promised by her parents, Brandi and Nick Benner, that if she successfully pooped on her potty for a month, she would be rewarded with a gift. That challenge was obviously no match for Sophia, because off she went to Target to pick out her gift. Sophia spotted a […]

A Decade of Dreams

A Decade of Dreams

For 10 years, Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine have partnered with Walt Disney World to host the Disney Dreamers Academy. Florida was well-represented with 14 students from 100 selected nationwide. BY PENNY DICKERSON FLORIDA COURIER “You don’t let other people stop your dreams because it’s not theirs, it’s yours. My mind has been expanded, and […]

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