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Gee’s Bend quilts have captured the public’s imagination with their kaleidoscopic colors and their daring geometric patterns. Direct descendants of slaves in rural Alabama managed to cultivate a groundbreaking art practice while facing oppression, geographic isolation and intense material constraints. This year Target launched a mass produced collection based on five quilters' designs raising questions about what is lost when a cultural tradition is commercialized.

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In 1965, Ronald Yancey made history as the first Black student to graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology(also known as Georgia Tech). Almost 60 years later, he’s passing his academic legacy on to his granddaughter. 

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Dr. Ashley Robertson Preston, an assistant professor of history at Howard University and author of the acclaimed book “Mary McLeod Bethune the Pan-Africanist,” has detected a palpable shift in national sentiment.

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Despite overall declines in cancer deaths, Black women continue to face disproportionately high mortality rates, a phenomenon the organization aims to address through its newly unveiled VOICES of Black Women study.

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Senior Airman Roger Fortson (U.S. Air Force via AP) 

The mother of a Black U.S. Air Force airman who was fatally shot by deputies who burst into his apartment in the Florida Panhandle began crying while listening to her family’s attorney recount the death of her son.The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, said that Senior Airmen Roger Fortson said Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputies responding to a disturbance call at the apartment complex burst into the wrong unit and fatally shot Fortson when they saw he was armed with a gun.

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Benjamin E. Mays High School Class of 2012 Graduation / (Photo Credit: March Richardson/Patch) 

An HBCU that has overcome adversity is reaching back to help high schoolers do the same!

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sits with Clarence B. Jones before President Joe Biden awards them the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 3, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) 

Honorees include civil rights icons such as the late Medgar Evers, prominent political leaders such as former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. James Clyburn, and actor Michelle Yeoh.

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Oregon's Secretary of State has joined top election officials in six other states in sending a letter to the parent company of Facebook, asking it to stop allowing ads that claim the 2020 presidential election was stolen. In the letter addressed to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the secretaries said allowing such ads will further erode trust in elections and fuel threats of political violence against election workers

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Officials said the tour builds on Harris’ extensive travel to communities nationwide. Since the beginning of 2024, she has made more than 35 trips to 16 states, engaging with small business owners and entrepreneurs in underserved communities to discuss challenges and opportunities.

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