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City Council confirms Austin Fire Department's first African-American chief

The Austin Fire Department has its first African American fire chief who will begin his duties this winter. The Austin City Council confirmed Joel Baker …
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Queen City Dolphins motivates African-American swimmers – Story

Thirteen years ago, a minority based swim team was just a dream for Marcus Green and Rodney Sellers. Now it’s a reality.

 “I swam in college, and I was the only black on my team,” said Sellers, co-founder of the Queen City Dolphins. “We seek kids that want to get into the sport but didn’t feel at home because nobody looked like them. That was the basis of why we started this.”

Since its inception in 2005, the Queen City Dolphins have grown from 12 swimmers to more than…

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City designates African American burial ground under Penn parking lot as historic

Map from University Archives and Record Center

Last winter, a more than 150 year old African American burial ground was discovered lying underneath a Penn parking lot. Now, the city—with Penn’s support—is taking action to protect it. 

In a unanimous vote on Nov. 9, the Philadelphia Historical Commission officially designated the African Friends to Harmony Burial Ground underneath Penn’s 4111-23 Chestnut parking lot as a Historic Place. Any plans to renovate the lot must now receive approval from the Commission. 

The portion of the burial ground not underneath the parking lot—namely the approximate quarter a Philadelphia business is developing into a new apartment building—was not included in the designation. 

According to the…

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Henderson Martin squeaks by Mull, becomes first African-American woman on Alcoa City …

Updated 7:45 a.m. Wednesday: With absentee ballots counted, Tanya Henderson Martin defeated Mayor Don Mull for the final Alcoa City Commission …
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Beloit Daily News – News, Beloit City Council passes 2019 budget

BELOIT – In the Beloit City Council’s busiest meeting of the year, the council approved a 2019 operating budget, amended City Manager Lori Curtis Luther’s contract and passed changes to the city’s comprehensive plan.

Before getting to the city’s $96 million 2019 budget and other key issues, the council recognized Walter Knight, Beloit’s first African American city councilor, with the honorary naming of the Portland Avenue Bridge.

Council President Kevin Leavy said Knight’s legacy with the Rock County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) was the perfect pairing with one of Beloit’s bridges. The center served disadvantaged individuals, helping them build occupational and social skills to launch successful careers.

“He was the…

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NAACP unites in demand to make Panama City polling sites acessible to hurricane victims


Florida officials have rejected a formal request from voting rights advocates to make polling locations more accessible to African-American residents of Panama City, Florida, who were hard hit by Hurricane Michael.

Late last week, a coalition of voting rights advocates, led by the NAACP and its Florida State Conference and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, sent a letter to Florida Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, Bay County Supervisor of Elections, Mark Andersen, and other Florida officials urging that the Glenwood Community Center early voting site in Panama City remain open for voting on Election Day so that African-American residents of Panama City would not have to travel outside the city to vote.

The group also…

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