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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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Opinion

- It was 20 years ago this month that the monstrous Rwandan genocide unfolded. In less than 90 days, close to 1 million Rwandan Tutsis and their Hutu allies were murdered by right-wing Hutu extremists, instigated by the government of Rwanda. The scale and speed of the genocide defied imagination.more More Arrow

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 In this Jan. 26, 2011 file photo, Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams plays in an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma's criminal appeals court has overturned the conviction of former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams, accused of sexually assaulting two women at an off-campus party in 2010. The Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, reversed the conviction for Williams because several jurors made unauthorized visits to the crime scene.  Photo/Sue Ogrocki
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma court has overturned the conviction of former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams, who was accused of sexually assaulting two women at an off-campus party in 2010.more More Arrow

Easter eggs on a lawn.
Some residents of Henrico County, Va., received a nasty surprise when they opened the rainbow-hued eggs found strewn on their lawns on Easter Sunday morning: White supremacist messages instead of the usual candy.more More Arrow

In an April 10, 2014, image provided by WXIA-TV, 9-year-old Willie Myrick is embraced by Grammy Award-winning gospel singer Hezekiah Walker in front of the congregation at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Atlanta. Police say Myrick was abducted from his driveway but was released after singing the gospel song
ATLANTA (AP) — A 9-year-old Atlanta boy who police say was abducted for a short time from his driveway is being praised by community leaders for his calm as he sang the gospel song "Every Praise" until the man released him.more More Arrow

In this April 7, 2014 file photo, cattle belonging to Cliven Bundy are rounded up with a helicopter near Bunkerville, Nev. The federal Bureau of Land Management says six cattle died in a roundup of animals it says rancher Cliven Bundy allowed to graze illegally on public land outside his southern Nevada property. The BLM said Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that two of four animals that were euthanized bore Bundy brands. Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher, File
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who has become a conservative folk hero for resisting the federal government's attempts to round up his cattle faced sharp criticism Thursday for racist comments published in a New York Times article.more More Arrow

Affirmative Action
A Supreme Court decision, April 22, upholding states’ right to ban the use of race-sensitive policies in university admissions wielded a serious blow to affirmative action, experts said, and shifts the battleground to the states.more More Arrow

Anita Johnson, a community organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Anita Johnson, a community organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin, spends her days beating the streets—knocking on doors, visiting senior citizen homes, addressing congregations and other groups about changes in election laws.more More Arrow

Delaware State University.
Delaware State University has received a historic $1,050,000 grant from The Bernard Osher Foundation to permanently establish DSU’s Osher Reentry Scholarship Endowment, ensuring that significant scholarships will be annually available to nontraditional students.more More Arrow

2014 Ford Focus
DETROIT – Every now and then we get the chance to test drive a basic car, although these days basic is relative. Such was the case with the 2014 Ford Focus Hatchback SE. The test car had a key that actually opened the door, however, there was remote lock and unlock, and that key started the car. There was no push button start or stop. There wasn’t a navigation system, either.more More Arrow

In this photo taken Monday, April, 21. 2014 four female students of government secondary school Chibok, who were abducted by gunmen and reunited with their families walk in Chibok, Nigeria. Nigerian parents say more than 200 girls and young women abducted from the Chibok school by Islamic militants remain missing one week later, despite a
CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — A week after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate fathers who headed into a dangerous forest to find their daughters.more More Arrow

In this image taken from video dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu South Sudan on Sunday April 20, 2014. U.N.'s top humanitarian official in south Sudan Toby Lanzer told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday April 23, 2014, that the ethnically targeted killings are
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.more More Arrow
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Health

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Just in time for National Minority Health Month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers are reporting “promising strategies” for reducing racial and ethnic health disparities in several areas.more More Arrow

Swan Lockett stands for a photo in the doorway of her Houston apartment, Monday, April 21, 2014. Lockett said she was unable to get an affordable health care plan on the federal marketplace. The federal health care overhaul is providing coverage for millions of Americans, but it has only chipped away at one of its core goals to sharply reduce the number of people without insurance.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Swan Lockett had high hopes that President Barack Obama's health overhaul would lead her family to an affordable insurance plan, but that hasn't happened.more More Arrow

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.more More Arrow

President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.more More Arrow