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Community Focus: Redefining African women through campus life


Stepping into a new world presents its challenges and new opportunities. Here’s how an organization is helping international students transition on campus.

Grace Olaleye celebrated her third birthday in 1986, at this point it had been one year since she left her home of Nigeria and she’s experiencing many firsts, like any kid.

“I did not understand English. My parents did not sit down and teach me, it was literally Sesame Street and I’m a big fan of PBS,” Olaleye said.

Grace says her parents gave her all they could, she grew up in a predominately white neighborhood and it was hard for her to connect so she encountered many “hard” firsts.

“At the time it was difficult for me as an immigrant to be accepted in those spaces because I didn’t look like my age mates,” …

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Community rallies for 2 African men facing deportation – Story


– Two men facing deportation are hoping the support of a community will convince the government to let them stay in the U.S.

Both immigrants could be put on a plane to Africa at any moment. Protests outside the Rosa Parks Federal Building Thursday as the two Detroiters face deportation.

“A lot of times you forget lack immigrants, a lot of times we either think of the conversation as Black Lives Matter or separating families,” said Nabintou Doumbia. “We don’t realize there is an entire group of people who actually exist in between those two things.”

Nabintou and Assita Doumbia’s father, Banny, is one of them. The Ivory Coast native and married father of four is facing deportation after living in metro Detroit for 30 years. He’s been in ICE custody in Chippewa County since August.

Doumbia…

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Ilford seniors club for Caribbean community awarded £10,000 to hold monthly food and dance classes | Latest Ilford …


PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:00 19 September 2018

Caribbean seniors enjoying a reggae dance session at the Ilford Sports Club.

Caribbean seniors enjoying a reggae dance session at the Ilford Sports Club.

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A seniors club has been awarded £10,000 to continue delivering dance classes with delicious meals for…

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Weekly lunch serves Seattle's aging East African community



Non-profit groups are partnering with the city of Seattle to help keep older members of the growing East African population healthy and active.
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St. Pius X history: Savannah churches, community opened doors to classical education during segregation – Entertain…


It was the Catholic church that opened doors to a powerful education, even though they were to segregated classrooms, inside parish churches. It took until the mid-20th century to open St. Pius X High School on Anderson Street, now the home of Savannah Classical Academy.

As early as 1897, missionary Franciscan sisters started caring for African-American orphans and abandoned children in what is now known as St. Benedict, according to memoirs from the Society of African Missions American Provence, which helped start schools for African Americans in Savannah and other areas.

 

The SMA members were invited to the Diocese of Savannah in 1907 by the Right Rev. Benjamin Keiley to catechize and educate African Americans, according to Diocese documents. Keiley assigned the parish to Father…

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Overwhelming Community Support for First African American Tournament of Roses President


The community came out in great numbers to celebrate The Tournament of Roses first African American to serve as President of the Rose Bowl Parade. Gerald Freeny will serve as President effective January 1, 2019, and will officiate over the parade and game on January 1 , 2019. Freeny was unable to attend a large event at the E-Central Credit Union in Pasadena . Freeny ‘s wife Trina represented the Freeny family at the event.

Joe Hopkins and Maxine Waters

Also present were Danny Bakewell and Joe Hopkins who were influential in protesting the history and demanding that the Tournament integrate its nine member board. Hopkins and Bakewell were acknowledged by speakers Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congresswoman Judy Chu. Their actions included a blockade of a part of Orange Grove Boulevard…

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