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Trump Puts Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Put On Hold

(Washington, DC-AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says a newly designed 20-dollar bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman won’t be coming out next year. Mnuchin told the House Financial Services Committee a new security feature to fight counterfeiting will be part of a redesigned bill in 2020, but a twenty with a likeness of Tubman is unlikely to come out before 2028.

Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in 2016 a new 20-dollar bill with Tubman on the front would be unveiled in 2020 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called it “pure political correctness.” The twenty-dollar bill currently features a likeness of Andrew Jackson, one of Trump’s favorite presidents.

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Tuskegee Airman Dies At 95

(New York, NY) – One of the last Tuskegee Airman, the ground-breaking African-American pilots trained in World War Two, is dead. Floyd Carter Senior died Thursday at age 95, after a career in the Air Force Reserves and nearly three decades with the NYPD. red-tails-portraitsCarter eventually became a Lieutenant Colonel after joining with the other airmen at Tuskegee University in Alabama. He flew in Korea and Vietnam and led the first supply planes over Berlin during the Cold War airlift.

In 2007 he was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by President Bush.

NBA players Step Toward Equality In Limited Edition Sneakers

(Washington, DC) –  When LeBron James stepped on the court wearing mismatched sneakers in the nation’s capital, it wasn’t a fashion statement by the NBA’s most popular athlete. The message was clearly emblazed in gold on the back of his kicks, one white and one black: Equality. Sneaker enthusiasts around the world eagerly await NBA All-Star weekend when new and limited editions of the latest shoes make their debut, but the month leading up to the highly anticipated shoepalooza is often used to make a social statement.5a82a5ab05872.imageStarting with Martin Luther King Day and coinciding with Black History Month, players and companies honor the past and create dialogue about the future through footwear.

”I just think it’s more of a paying homage to people that paved the way before me,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. ”It’s much more than just shoes. It’s more so of a memorial more than anything.”

Nike, which started building Black History Month campaigns in 2005, has created an entire theme around equality. Kyrie Irving’s fourth signature shoe has the word repeated over and over in black over a white body with a red and green outsole. There
are multiple Air Force 1 models with ”equality” on the body, and the Jordan line has been involved from a fly knit Air Jordan 1 to player-only editions of the Air Jordan 32.BlogIMG_5188 copyJonathan Johnson-Griffin, the global senior creative director of Nike Basketball and Olympics, says they also wanted to celebrate the Pan-African flag, leading to a red, black and green motif featured on several models that didn’t specifically include the
word ”equality.” He believes the messages are especially pertinent during divisive times epitomized by the violent demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

”Equality is the north star that we want to celebrate in sport,” Johnson-Griffin said. ”We feel like people feel a lot more equalized in sport than sometimes they do outside of sport. We want to celebrate the many chapters of that idea and many different dimensions of how we can celebrate equality. And BHM is a really iconic one.7dd9face5ea1444715e01452873f0ae4‘When you see LeBron making a statement around equality, that’s a big invitation to everyone to come celebrate who they are.” Nike isn’t the only apparel company celebrating Black History Month. Last year, Adidas honored Arthur Ashe on the James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose models. A 2018 collection wasn’t created, but Lillard’s ”Dame 4” has an edition that honors the Harlem Renaissance with nods to the Apollo Theater and Savoy Ballroom.

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The Story Of Recy Taylor And Why You Should Know Her

(SL) – Recy Taylor died December 28th, 2017, 3 days before her 98th birthday but her story will forever live on as a staple example of the sexual abuse, rape and overall injustice that transcends as Oprah Winfrey said, every culture, geography, race, religion, politics or workplace.

In 1944, 24-year-old Recy Taylor and two friends were walking back from a late-night church service in Abbeville, Ala., when seven young white men in a car stopped them and threatened them with a gun. Taylor was abducted, blindfolded forced to enter the car, and the men drove off with her into the woods where they raped on her . They kept her for 4-5 hours and no one knows exactly what all they did to her, but it was horrific.

They warned her that if she said anything about it they would kill her.

“Some white boys took me out there and messed with me,” said Taylor in a 2011 NPR interview with journalist Michel Martin.

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The brutal crime was eventually reported to the civil rights organisation, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

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MLK MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION TO HOST MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON AS PART OF MLK WEEKEND COMMEMORATION

(ATLANTA – October 6th, 2017) – Dust off your bikes and bones—there’s a new race in Martintown; one that has a social good cause at its core.   The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Merchants Association (MLKJDMA) announces today that it will hold its inaugural MLK Race for the Dream on Sunday, January 14, 2018.  The events will include a marathon, half-marathon, bike tour, a weekend Mixer as well as a health and fitness expo. 

The events will begin and end on MLK Jr. Drive and Whitehouse Drive, at Booker T. Washington High School, which was attended by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, GA.   The Health & Fitness Expo will feature the latest athletic gear and equipment as well as health and fitness experts.  Registration will be open as of August 1, 2017.

“The races and bike tour are just one of many initiatives that we are launching in the community to benefit the MLK Dr. Corridor,” says Terry Collier, President of the MLKJDMA.  “Our mission is to improve and increase economic impact in the district.  Over time we have lost historic businesses.  We are working in conjunction with the Mayor’s office as well as city and state officials to launch initiatives that will preserve established businesses as well as attract new businesses to the district for the next generation.  We have a three-phased plan to upgrade the corridor and bringing a weekend of events to our community will highlight not only the advances that have been made, but also strategies for the future.”

Nationally, there is a movement to improve conditions along MLK corridors in US cities.  The MLKJDMA plans to pilot this program in Atlanta and then expand it nationally, with the next targeted city being St. Louis.  Several major metropolitan cities with MLK districts have expressed interest in bringing the competitions to their areas, not only for the economic impact, but also to educate their communities around health and fitness. 

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For Better or Worse? We’ll Take For Better In This Case, Gainesville, FL Removes Confederate Statue, Jacksonville Could Be Next

(SL) –  History is like a marriage combined of good times and bad, for better or worse… but let’s be clear honoring those who suppressed and enslaved doesn’t deserve such loyalty. And with that being said, let death do us part.

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Shall I be the next to yell “Timmmmmmberrr!” The statue of evil has crumbled to the grown. Traveling through various cities, you see pieces of history here there and everywhere and most write it off as just that. History. But some memories should’ve never been solidified in concrete, erected and paraded as a monument of pride. A part of Civil War history, yes. Worthy of concrete memories, no.

Screen_Shot_2017-08-14_at_7.40.26_PM_c45-0-2515-1440_s561x327Following the announcement that a confederate statue will be removed from Charlottesville and the dismantling of a confederate statue in Durham, NC (by fed up residents), Gainesville Florida legally took the charge to fall next in line.

A monument  dedicated to fallen Confederate soldiers that’s stood in downtown Gainesville, in front of the Alachua County Administration Building, for 113 years was brought down Monday and removed.

Nicknamed “Old Joe,”, the statue now stands in Oak Ridge Cemetery near Rochelle, southeast of Gainesville.  A representative of the Kirby Smith Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was on hand, but declined to comment.

Are We Living Dr. King’s Dream?

(SL) – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is on the 15th but, it is celebrated like other floating holidays under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, and always the 3rd Monday in January, so today we honor the legacy of Dr. King. King cited 3 plagues – racism, poverty and war. It’s been over four decades since his death but his words, actions and principles still shape activism to this day. He is the Icon of Democracy.  P MLK SERVICE 0118 5A 1_WAGA9935_146.mxf_00.01.27.04_1453117019326_731469_ver1.0And so much more than “the speech”.  Dr. King had a dream, yes, but he was an organizer and they don’t talk much about everything he did up until the Voting Rights Act  either. He stood up for the marginalized and against injustice. He is the pure definition of the civil rights movement. Dr. King set the standard and we just have to keep moving.

As Rev. William Barber the III said, “Bringing together blacks and whites and Latinos, and Jews and Christians and Muslims. But doing it in a way that takes race and class seriously and does not separate them.”

Having been arrested thirty times, Dr. King routinely threw his body upon the gears of the machine to show that change doesn’t roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but through continuous struggle against institutionalized injustice.

He was awarded the Nobel Peace Price in 1964, during a time when black people could barely get a public sip of water. His messaged  crossed the borders of the world. From Atlanta, GA to as far away places as  Olso Norway, again he is the Icon of Democracy.

His Death:

The US government called Dr. King the most “dangerous Negro leader in the country”, routinely spied on him and reportedly even went as far as writing him a letter in 1964 urging him to commit suicide.

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American civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968) lying in state in Memphis, Tennessee, as his colleagues pay their respects to him (right to left); Andrew Young, Bernard Lee and Reverend Ralph Abernathy (1926 – 1990). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

He was assassinated on April 4th, 1968, in Memphis TN.  MLK Jr.’s surviving family filed a civil suit in Memphis, TN, in which the jury found elements of the US government complicit in his assassination.

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The very spot where Dr. King was assassinated.
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Dr. Kings children visit his tombstone.

It’s been noted that when MLK was assassinated he was planning the “Poor People’s Campaign” – a mass march and occupation of DC until the US government granted poor people an “Economic Bill of Rights”.

Handwritten Letter By Civil Rights Icon Malcolm X Goes On Sale

(Fox News) – A handwritten, six-page letter by activist Malcolm X written just after his famed pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964 was discovered in a storage locker and is going up for sale for $1.25 million.

The letter — on stationery imprinted with Arabic writing and illustrations of historic sites — reads: “I have just completed my pilgrimage (Hajj) here to the Holy City of Mecca . . . which is absolutely forbidden for non-Muslims to even rest their eyes upon. I very much doubt that 10 American citizens have ever visited Mecca, and I do believe that I might be the first American-born Negro to make the actual Hajj itself.”

“If white Americans could accept the religion of Islam . . . they, too, could then sincerely accept the Oneness of Men . . .”

– Malcolm X, in a 1964 letter

Recounting his experiences meeting “Muslims here of all colors and from every part of this earth,” Malcolm, who was assassinated in 1965, wrote that if Americans converted to Islam, it would stop racism.

“If white Americans could accept the religion of Islam . . . they, too, could then sincerely accept the Oneness of Men, and cease to measure others always in terms of their ‘difference in color,’ ” he wrote. “And with racism now plaguing America like an incurable cancer, all thinking Americans should be more respective to Islam as an already proven solution to the race problem.”