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Teacher put on leave after making students re-enact Michael Ferguson shooting

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An Alabama teacher is now on paid administrative leave for instructing students to re-enact the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in class. Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. An investigation is underway. 

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Feds investigating claims of civil rights violations at Chicago schools

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The U.S. Department of Education has launched an official investigation into alleged discrimination taking place at two public schools located on Chicago’s South Side. Course offerings at Dyett High and Mollison Elementary have been slashed to the point where physical education classes are only available online. 

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Country’s oldest black university in trouble

Alumni of the country’s oldest historically black private university are fighting to keep the institution up and running. Wilberforce University was founded in 1856. So far graduates have committed to raise $2 million in cash donations to keep the southwestern Ohio school going. 

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Student who went to MIT at 14 still shines today

A young man who went to MIT is still making us proud. David Van Valen set the trend years ago when he was accepted into the prestigious institution at just 14. 

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Queen Like Me: new children’s book tells stories of powerful black women

There’s a new book available that seeks to empower young black girls. And it’s doing so by telling the true stories of 15 influential women from the past and present. Queen Like Me: The True Story of Girls Who Changed the World, chronicles the life and times of powerful women of color, and the legacy […]

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Promoting literacy: Florida barbershop hands out books to young customers

If you go to Royal Touch Barbershop in Riviera Beach, Florida, you’ll get more than a haircut if you’re a young boy. Reggie Ross who owns the shop has boys and men reading books on various subjects such as culture, history, achieving success and college matriculation. Why? Because he wants to promote literacy among black […]

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Report: more than 22,000 black and brown children are homeless in Chicago

According to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the city’s 2013-14 school year saw more young people enrolled in Chicago public schools who were considered homeless than previous years. 

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Report: children of well-educated black parents have brighter futures

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, children of well-educated black parents have a greater chance of experiencing academic and professional success in the long-run.

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A list of empowering books for little black girls

It’s difficult for girls of color to build a healthy self esteem in this world. With images telling them that how they look isn’t quite good enough, it’s very important for little girls to have a great sense of self worth and empowerment about not just their looks, but who they are as a whole. […]

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From foster care to full scholarship: the story of Tyree Grant

18-year-old Tyree Grant knows about pain and suffering. But despite the teens troubled past, he managed to come out on top. In fact, the Bronx teen got a full ride to Dickinson College where he will attend in the fall.

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