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Police officer cleared of fatal shooting of unarmed man

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:31 pm December 24, 2014 A grand jury in Houston declined to indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. The Harris County, Texas, grand jury deliberated for months to determine whether police officer Juventino Castro should face criminal charges for Jordan Baker’s shooting death. 

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MLK Memorial statue finally unveiled in Houston

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:07 pm May 27, 2014 Houston officials and residents honored civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a statue on Saturday. National leaders and activists have been pushing for the statue for decades. 

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Couple forced into strip-search over $3 earrings

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:48 pm April 11, 2014 A Houston couple says they were intimidated into a strip search over $3 earrings while shopping at a local beauty supply store. Deadra Pattum and her fiance John Marsden say they were humiliated inside of Y Beauty Supply when they stopped by to purchase some hair extensions. 

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Father shoots, kills 17-year-old boy in daughter’s bedroom

By BYP @blackyouthproj 1:36 pm March 14, 2014  A Texas father shot and killed a 17-year-old boy after finding him in his daughter’s bedroom Thursday morning. Johran McCormick died after sustaining wounds at a residence inside a Spring-area home on Bridgestone Lakes subdivision off FM 2920. 

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Texas police take white teen away from black guardians

By BYP @blackyouthproj 12:48 pm December 3, 2013 13-year-old Landry Thompson traveled to Houston for a training session with some of the best dancers in the industry. Thompson, accompanied by dance instructor Emanuel Hurd and another dancer, stopped at what should have been a routine gas station stop for a brief nap before heading back […]

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Politician fakes being black to win election

Passing for black? It happens. Dave Wilson was elected the the Community College Board of Trustees in Houston after giving off the impression that he was black. Wilson beat Bruce Austin, who is black, in a tight race.

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The Perils of Desegregation

By tamara @tamaracg 12:00 pm August 31, 2011 Integration, while necessary, cost us more than we might have initially thought. I’m not the first person to make this statement and I won’t be the last. Simply put, the costs of integration were high. Before integration became federal law, Black people lived in tight-knit communities where […]

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