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President Joe Biden is delivering the commencement address at Morehouse College, the historically Black, male-only institution in Atlanta. The speech on Sunday offers Biden an election-year appearance before a Black audience but could expose Biden to the anger that some Morehouse and other college students around the country have been expressing over his support for Israel in its war against Hamas militants in Gaza

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The Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds) 

The Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley had always loved the Black Church, and developed an ambition in his youth to become a pastor even as he realized he was gay. When he was offered a prestigious job as a minister at age 22, he decided to keep his sexual identity a secret. It took six more years before he stood before his congregation in a Boston suburb and came out. 

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Seventy years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled separating children in schools by race was unconstitutional. On paper, that decision — the fabled Brown v. Board of Education, taught in most every American classroom — still stands. In reality, school integration is all but gone, the victim of a gradual series of court cases that slowly eroded it, leaving little behind.

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Brown also represents something more somber: It ultimately led to thousands of Black teachers losing their jobs.

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Michael Cohen leaves his apartment building on his way to Manhattan criminal court in New York, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) 

Cohen's testimony Tuesday focused on purposefully mislabeled checks, false receipts and blind loyalty.

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Arizona Sen. Shawnna Bolick, R-District 2, speaks, Wednesday, May 1, 2024, at the state Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) 

The marked split between the husband and wife adds to an increasingly confusing and chaotic legal and philosophical landscape surrounding abortion access in Arizona.

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Chinese migrant Li Kai aka Khaled (AP Photo/Serkan Gurbuz) 

The daily struggle to find work for Chinese immigrants living illegally in a borough of New York is a far cry from the picture Donald Trump and other Republicans have sought to paint. The former president has repeatedly suggested that Chinese migrants are a coordinated group of “military-age” men who have come to the United States to build an “army.” Asian advocacy organizations say they’re concerned the exaggerated rhetoric could fuel further harassment against Asians in the U.S.

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Pinky Cole Hayes, founder of Slutty Vegan and Bar Vegan, gave an inspiring commencement speech for the Savannah State University 2024 graduating class–and then surprised them all by announcing the entire class would receive an $8.75 million “Entrepreneurial Starter Pack,” Black Enterprise reports.

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Educator Mary McLeod Bethune (Robert Abbott Sengstacke via Getty Images) 

When I first landed an internship as an archives technician at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House-National Historic Site – the D.C. home of the woman who founded Bethune-Cookman University – I didn’t see a strong connection between the college founder’s life and the rest of the African diaspora. But in the process of preserving the records and retrieving them for scholars, I soon came to see Bethune in a different light.

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A new statue honoring civil rights activist and journalist Daisy Bates has been installed in the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo/NNPA) 

In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled segregated schools unconstitutional. According to her bio, Bates began gathering African American students to enroll at all-white schools after the ruling.

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