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Civil War Ball at Madera Ranchos school alarms some parents


Some parents say an upcoming Civil War Ball at Ranchos Middle School is culturally insensitive, and are asking Golden Valley Unified School District to reconsider the event.

The dance, slated for this Friday, has been held for the past eight years as a way for eighth-grade students at the Madera County school to celebrate the end of the Civil War unit in their history classes.

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Alexandria World War I African American Veterans


Two African Americans of World War I.

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress

On Oct. 28, 1917, the colored citizens of Alexandria had a send-off parade for 52 colored drafted men leaving for Camp Lee in Petersburg. At least a thousand people attended the parade. The parade marched down King Street to City Hall where all the draftees and members of the draft board lined up. The troops of cavalry from the St. Asaph Camp and a colored band led the procession from City Hall to Union Station. Everyone in the parade carried the United States flag, and two cars carrying gifts and a huge basket of fruit followed. Reverend William H. Powell, pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church…

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Ungrateful, Non-voting Negroes Ignore Bloody War for African-American Voting Rights. : ThyBlackMan


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“I’m just one vote.”
“My vote won’t matter.”
“Them White folks gone do what they wanna do anyway.”

These are some of the many excuses given by some African Americans when it comes to exercising their right to vote; a right fought for by many people in this country—both Black and White—that has cost so many people so much; even their very lives.

Obtaining the right to vote was a major part of the civil rights history of African Americans in this country. However, many Black…

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Mayor Kenney references Starbucks arrests at ceremony honoring African American Civil War troops


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World War II Caribbean nationals worried about deportation


In normal circumstances, a meeting of heads of governments of former British colonies is usually a mundane, scripted, formal affair, but this week’s 2016 edition of the Commonwealth Summit of nations could be different because Caribbean leaders want to raise a very specific issue with Prime Minister Theresa May and senior cabinet officials.

The issue has to do with plans by London to send home hundreds of Caribbean nationals who had migrated with their parents in the 1950s and 1960s, some even earlier, on documents provided by their parents. Some never bothered to regularize themselves, assuming that they were legitimate citizens because they had come to the United Kingdom when their home countries were part of the British Empire.

Back then, Britain had put out a spirited appeal to…

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Starbucks discrimination ‘a sign of America’s cultural war’ | News


The arrest of two black men at a Starbucks shop last week in the US city of Philadelphia has sparked outrage from protesters, who accuse the coffee giant of racial profiling.

The two men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were sitting in the coffee shop in the affluent Rittenhouse Square neighbourhood, waiting for a third person to arrive for a business meeting.

They asked to use the toilet, but the manager refused because the men had not purchased anything. The manager then asked them to leave, and when they declined, called the police.

A mobile phone video showing police arresting and handcuffing the men went viral, triggering protests against Starbucks and calls for boycott on social media.

For members of the African American community, incidents like this are not uncommon. 

Racism…

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