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  2014 Black History Month: Civil Rights in America

 The Afro-American Newspapers’ Character Education program is designed to promote positive character traits in our public school students. Each year, several corporate professionals and business leaders join our effort and share stories that illustrate how the building of their character not only helps them personally but also in the workplace. During Black History Month, the AFRO is delivered to public middle schools across the region including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Each publication contains the testimonies of our corporate partners.  more More Arrow
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- "Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity."   Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Prioritiesmore More Arrow

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Hank Aaron received hate mail as he closed in on and eventually broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record in 1974. Forty years later, the baseball great has drawn a new round of controversy for recent racially-charged remarks.more More Arrow

James Meredith statue on the campus of The University of Mississippi.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.more More Arrow

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Prestigious Harvard University made history this spring when it accepted the largest percentage of Black students to its freshman class in school history, capping with a series of notable individual achievements by Black students targeting Ivy League institutions.more More Arrow

Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D).
It was a sunny March morning when Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D) and her small band boarded the No. 4 bus, beginning their trek from the Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati to a proposed new county Board of Elections in Mount Airy.more More Arrow

Rock, center, with Tuskegee Airmen colleagues, members of the Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, former Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen PR Officer Arit Essien and Dekalb SCLC President Nathan Knight, kneeling, during Oct. 27, 2012  initial meeting at Sam's Club, Lithonia, Ga.
DECATUR Ga. -- Heroically they fought and served defending against the spread of Nazism during WWII and spearheading integration within all units of the United States Armed Forces, but for an unknown number of surviving Tuskegee Airmen, formal recognition is something that still has not come...more More Arrow

Annie E. Casey Foundation.
African-American children in the United States fare worse than any other group on key factors affecting economic success later in life. According to a report released in April by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this fact highlights the necessity of focusing on the way systems operate to exclude Black children from meaningful participation in the nation's economy.more More Arrow

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, appears at his arraignment in New Century, Kan., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Cross is being charged for shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City on April 13. Photo/The Kansas City Star, David Eulitt, Pool
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City was brought into a video conference room in a wheelchair Tuesday to make his first court appearance.more More Arrow

In an undated photo provided by the Utash family, Steven Utash, left, poses with his daughter Felicia. Steven Utash, a motorist beaten by a mob when he stopped to help a Detroit child struck by his pickup truck April 2 is speaking with family members at a hospital, Friday, April 11, 2014 after doctors took him off a ventilator Thursday. Photo/Utash Family Photo
DETROIT (AP) — A 16-year-old Detroit boy charged with assault and ethnic intimidation in the mob beating of a suburban motorist has been ordered held on a $400,000 cash bond.more More Arrow

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Wells Fargo, one of the world’s leading lenders, has launched a Get College Ready online initiative to prepare parents and would-be students for the financial gauntlet of higher education.more More Arrow

A trailer sits in the backyard of a home in Williston, N.D., on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Federal prosecutors say the area outside the home, including this intersection and trailers in the backyard, was the site of an August 2012 drug-related assault planned by a ring known as
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town.more More Arrow
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Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md. has achieved the status of “Top Performer” from the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative.more More Arrow

A report by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization, titled “Map the Meal Gap
Nearly 23 percent of Baltimore residents suffered inadequate access to food in 2012, according to a new report prepared by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization.more More Arrow

In this photo provide by MSF, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders), taken on Friday, March 28, 2014, healthcare workers from the organisation prepare isolation and treatment areas for their Ebola, hemorrhagic fever operations, in Gueckedou, Guinea. Health officials in the West African nation of Guinea say they're now treating eight cases of Ebola in the capital. Dr. Sakoba Keita, a spokesman for the health ministry, announced on national television the virus had reached the city of 3 million. Keita said Friday, March 28, 2014, at least 70 people have died in the country's south since the Ebola outbreak began last week. Photo/Kjell Gunnar Beraas, MSF
The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.more More Arrow

In this March 14, 2014 picture, Rice Elementary School Principal Ernesto Villanueva slaps hands with students during an early morning running program at an elementary school in Chula Vista, Calif. Amid alarming national statistics showing an epidemic in childhood obesity, hundreds of thousands of students across the country are being weighed and measured. Beltran son’s Chula Vista Elementary School District is being touted as a model for its methods that have resulted in motivating the community to take action.
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran's second-grader, it also measures her son's body fat.more More Arrow