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Evers Home Added to African-American Civil Rights Network

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has added the Mississippi home of Medgar and Myrlie Evers to the African-American Civil Rights Network, which was created by federal law this year.

Medgar Evers was the Mississippi NAACP’s first field secretary beginning in 1954, and led voter registration drives and boycotts to push for racial equality. He was assassinated in June 1963 outside the family’s ranch-style home in Jackson.

His widow, Myrlie, who is still alive, served as national NAACP chairwoman from 1995 to 1998.

The National Park Service unveiled a bronze plaque in May showing the Evers’ home is a national historic landmark. The Interior Department approved the landmark designation in 2016 and announced it in 2017.

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Emmett Till’s memorial sign was riddled with bullet holes. 35 days after being replaced, it was shot up again

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(CNN)A sign memorializing Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered 63 years ago, has been vandalized — again.

It’s the third sign to go up at the site outside Glendora, Mississippi, near where the 14-year-old’s body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River in 1955. And it was installed just 35 days before it was pierced with bullets.
The people who put it up might just leave it that way.
Patrick Weems, co-founder of the county-supported Emmett Till Interpretive Center, said the community has ignored Emmett’s vicious murder long enough.
“For 50 years, our community lived in silence, and there’s those who want to erase history,” he told CNN. “We’ve been through that.”
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The King and the Queen: How LeBron James and Beyoncé are rewriting the rules of celebrity

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The truest line in Spike Lee’s newest film, BlacKkKlansman, comes courtesy of the president of a college’s Black Student Union. She’s talking to the title character about W.E.B. Du Bois and double consciousness.

“We shouldn’t have a war going on inside ourselves,” she tells him. “We should just be black.”

Maybe the September 2018 cover of Vogue is what it looks like to “just be black.” Or maybe it’s LeBron James striding through the halls of his newly opened I PROMISE public school in Akron, Ohio, and having a conversation with Don Lemon on CNN that drew the ire of the president. Maybe it’s tens of thousands of fans in a stadium going apes— while the Carters close out another On The Run II tour date with “Apes–t.”

The two biggest black celebrities in America, LeBron James and Beyoncé, are both taking big social and artistic swings at the heights of their careers. And they’re doing so as deeply informed, politically engaged citizens, neither of whom went to college. Their actions aren’t defined by vanity or solipsism but by a deliberateness that challenges their audiences to keep up. They have, as sociologist Tressie McMillan-Cottom would say, done the reading.

Read more by @ The Undefeated HERE

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African-American Artist Shoots Beyonce’s Historic Vogue Cover

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Stop what you’re doing right now.

Beyonce will be on the cover of US Vogue’s September 2018 issue!

Yes, you read that right.

Not only is an African American going to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine, this will be the first ever Vogue cover shot by an African American photographer- Tyler Mitchell.

Read more by Udanya Sinha HERE

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