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Petey Jones, immortalized in ‘Remember the Titans,’ still works at T.C. Williams High School

The golf cart swung onto the sidewalk and out stepped a man, 61 years old with salty hair and bad knees. “Alexandria City Public Schools,” read the badge around his neck, which dangled next to a gold cross. “Security officer,” read his polo shirt, underneath the red T.C. Williams High School jacket, which covered the […]

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50 Years Ago Today, MLK Was Honored for His Dedication to Peace

Tuesday marks the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his commitment to peace and achieving racial justice through nonviolent action. Recipients of the award, considered “the world’s most prestigious prize,” receive a medal, personal diploma and prize money. After being notified of his selection on Oct. […]

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Home Depot Executive VP Marvin Ellison to Lead J.C. Penney

NEW YORK (AP) — J.C. Penney’s newly tapped CEO has a big challenge ahead of him: The troubled chain is showing signs of improvement after racking up billions in losses, but still hasn’t figured out how to get shoppers back into its department stores. Penney said Monday that Marvin Ellison, a 30-year retail veteran and […]

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A Tribute to a British Politician Who Fought to End the Slave Trade

In the coming year, one of the more nuanced anniversaries of the enduring struggle against slavery is slated to occur. Set prominently within London’s Westminster Abbey, the imposing monument to the great parliamentarian Charles James Fox will soon attain the two-century mark. Though of purely symbolic importance, the occasion nevertheless gives us pause to evaluate […]

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Kenya’s Ali Mazrui: Death of a towering intellectual

Mr Mazrui has been a household name in Kenya and beyond. Born in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa on 24 February 1933, some 20 years before the Mau Mau uprising against British colonial rule, he always portrayed himself as a true patriot. In his series of essays On Heroes and Uhuru-Worship, he wrote as […]

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Not a Black, but a White American Studies Course

Rather than the traditional African and African-American studies programs offered in universities across the nation, there is now an analogous white American studies program that examines the cultural experiences of white Americans, the European immigrant groups they’re descended from, and how race and their ethnicities influence their lives. The Whiteness Project now seems to be the […]

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Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe Revisits His Past In His New Film ‘Evolution Of A Criminal’

What drives a young, 16-year-old honor student to commit robbery, and how can he repent once the deed is done? Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe explores these complicated questions in his introspective documentary film “Evolution of A Criminal,” which chronicles the events of his own troubled past. Monroe, whose 1997 robbery led to a five-year prison […]

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Teenager’s mysterious death evokes painful imagery in North Carolina: ‘It’s in the DNA of America’

Friday 29 August was a big day for Lennon Lacy. His high school football team, the West Bladen Knights, were taking on the West Columbus Vikings and Lacy, 17, was determined to make his mark. He’d been training all summer for the start of the season, running up and down the bleachers at the school […]

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St. Louis Protests: ‘Just Because They Have a Badge’ Doesn’t Mean That They Can Kill Us

It’s been nine weeks since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. And for those in this majority-African-American municipality, as well as many citizens of the surrounding St. Louis metro area, Brown’s shooting, the hourslong delay after his death when his body was left lying in the street, […]

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Beyoncé Reigns Over Houston’s Airwaves

Don’t Blame Houston Listeners, Some Tell Radio One Beyoncé fans might be ecstatic over Radio One’s decision to drop its boldly formatted but low-rated all-news Houston radio station, but others are challenging the black-controlled network’s assertion that Houstonians just weren’t ready for so much journalism. For the moment, at least, the station is all Beyoncé all […]

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