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by Frederick H. LoweJason Collins, a veteran of the National Basketball Association, who disclosed in April that he was gay, has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, making him the first openly gay player to play in the NBA.Collins signed the contract with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday as coach and former New Jersey Nets teammate Jason Kidd looked on.
by Frederick H. LoweThe memoir "Twelve Years A Slave" by Solomon Northup, which was published in 1853 and sold 30,000 copies before going out of print, is on The New York Times bestseller list thanks to an award-winning Hollywood blockbuster similar in name.The New York Times Book Review reported on Sunday that "Twelve Years A Slave," was number three on its nonfiction bestseller list, moving up last week from number four.
by Frederick H. LoweSigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on Saturday indefinitely suspended its University of Mississippi chapter after three freshman members tied a noose around a statue honoring James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African-American admitted to the school which is based in Oxford, Miss.
Museums/Historical ResearchThe African American Civil War Memorial Museum, which honors more than 209,000 black men and their white commanders who fought in the Civil War to abolish slavery, announced on Friday that it has launched a nationwide campaign to raise $575,000 to repair damage to the memorial caused by gunfire.Two individuals exchanged gunfire on Dec.
February 25 1930 ----- Archibald Henry Grimké, U.S. consul to the Dominican Republic, biographer and president of the Washington, D.C.-branch of NAACP, died on this day.
by Frederick H. LoweThe George Lucas Family Foundation, named in honor of George Lucas, the filmmaker who made the science fiction classic "Star Wars," and his wife, Mellody Hobson, have donated $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools for construction of a building that will be named in honor of African-American filmmaker, photographer and writer Gordon Parks.
by Edna Kane-Williams, AARP Vice President, Multicultural Markets and EngagementDarryl Murphy was just a college freshman in 1985 when he met Dr. Odell Hobbs, his choral instructor at Virginia Union University (VUU).