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    Three Men Indicted in Arkansas Cross-Burning

    Three Arkansas men were indicted on federal civil rights charges Nov. 2 in connection with a cross burning in the yard of an African-American resident in Salado, Ark. Aug. 28. James Bradley Branscum, 22, Tony...

    Doll Found Hanging From Noose Outside Laurel, Md. Church

    Authorities in Laurel, Md. are investigating a potential hate crime after finding a doll hanging from a noose outside a Black church on Oct. 31. According to The Washington Post, a maintenance man of...

    Destroyer Named in Honor of Late Black Naval Officer

    The late Vice Adm. Samuel L. Gravely Jr., the first African American to command a warship in the U.S. Navy, is to be honored by having a vessel named for him when the guided-missile...

    Six Men Indicted on Terror Charges

    Six men in two separate cases stand accused of aiding Somali terrorist organizations. Three men in California and three men based in the Midwest were charged in separate incidents. A federal grand jury in St....

    A Veteran Accepting the Challenge

    Adjusting to life after a spinal cord injury can be hard for anyone, but Howard Cox has overcome the additional obstacles and is finally living his life one day at a time. At 51,...

    Brazil Elects First Female President

    Dilma Rousseff, a one-time Marxist turned capitalist, was recently elected Brazil’s first female president, according to the country’s Supreme Electoral Court. Rousseff, who was chief of staff for Brazil’s former president, the well-liked Luiz Inacio...

    Five African Nations Top List of Most Corrupt Countries

    The east African nation of Somalia tops Transparency International’s list of most corrupt countries in the world, and Sudan, Chad, Burundi and Equatorial Guinea are among the top ten. Forbes’ senior editor Daniel Fisher said...

    Equal Rights Legal Giant to Receive Thurgood Marshall Award

    Elaine R. Jones, retired president and director-counsel emeritus of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) and Howard University alumna, has been named the recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2011 Thurgood Marshall...

    John Hope Franklin Park a Milestone in U.S. History

    Hundreds of people from across the nation assembled to dedicate and formally open the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in Tulsa, Okla. to the public last week. JHF Reconciliation Park celebrates the lifetime achievements...

    African Nation Benin Ravaged by Floods

    The small West African nation of Benin has been ravaged by a record flood, which could cripple the county for years to come. Months of heavy rains across the country since July have caused...

    NAACP Calls-Out Deceptive, Misleading Campaign Tactics

    NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous Oct. 27 called for an end to deceptive and misleading campaign tactics designed to discourage voters from visiting the polls by both parties. Jealous urged the change in...

    2010 Census Participation Figures Released

    A total of 74 percent of U.S. households participated in the 2010 census, the U.S. Census Bureau announced Oct. 21. The national percentage was the same level of participation recorded in the 2000 census. In...

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