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Tom Carper Open to Filibuster Carve Out For Voting Rights

From Carper

Right now, in state houses across the country, state legislators are enacting a wave of voting restrictions with the sole purpose of making it harder to vote. In this year alone, 19 states have enacted 33 laws to restrict voting, oftentimes specifically targeting Black Americans. Meanwhile, many elected officials are embracing the Big Lie as justification to strip away voting rights and weaken our non-partisan electoral process. 

This is wrong. In response, Congress must act with the same urgency as it did in 1965.

She became a park ranger at 85 to tell her story of segregation. Now 100, she’s the oldest active ranger.

From the WaPo

When asked how it feels to be 100 years old, Betty Reid Soskin gave a subtle shrug, smiled and said: “The same way I felt at 99.”

But she’s not just any centenarian: Soskin is the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service, and after celebrating her birthday on Sept. 22, she’s still going strong.

Seated in the study of her apartment in Richmond, Calif., dressed proudly in her park ranger uniform, Soskin reflected on her life.

As Confederate statues come down, West Point honors Buffalo Soldiers

And 114 years after they first came to the Army’s then-segregated academy to teach horsemanship to White cadets, the Black Buffalo Soldiers of West Point finally had their statue.

And at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, the U.S. Military Academy raised its first outdoor statue of a Black man.

Etched into the granite are the words, “In Memory of the Buffalo Soldiers who served with the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments as part of the United States Military Academy Cavalry Detachment at West Point.”

The Black Surfers

NYT story on the African history of surfing and how it spread to the United States and Nova Scotia.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/31/sports/black-surfers.html

 

Book About Ruby Bridges Considered Critical Race Theory

Republicans in Tennessee want to ban the book "Ruby Bridges Goes to School" as too harsh for public school children. The book tells the story of the young Bridges who integrated New Orleans public schools.

CIVIL RIGHTS ICON BOB MOSES DIES AT 86

Moses was considered Mississippi's MLK. He was an organizer for SNCC. He helped organize the 1964 voter registration project the Freedom Riders in 1964. In addition, he received a MacArthur genius award and founded the Algebra Project to help poor students with learning math skills.

Moses was not as well known as John Lewis or Fannie Lou Hamer, but he was an icon in his own right. Rest in power

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/25/us/bob-moses-dead.html

Phylicia Rashad Under Fire For Defending Bill Cosby

Rashad was recently appointed the new Dean of the Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University. She has a distinguished acting career. She is most remembered as Clair Huxtable on the Cosby Show. When Cosby was released on a legal technically after being convicted of raping women, Rashad suggested that a great wrong had been corrected. As a result, several students and alumni want her out. The university itself denounced her defense of Cosby.

Backlash to defense of Cosby

Nikole Hannah-Jones Awarded Tenure at UNC

(CNN)The board of trustees at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill voted Wednesday to grant tenure to award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones after facing backlash from Black students and faculty who said the board's initial failure to do so reflected a history of systemic racism at the school. 

Barack and Michelle Obama Are Bringing a ‘Civics Remix’ in New Kids Series for Netflix

Per a press release sent to The RootWe the People is set to teach kids all about American civics as well as empower and “educate a new generation of young Americans about the power of the people.” Spanning across ten animated music videos, the former president and first lady also tapped a handful of creatives and musicians to help bring the sometimes tedious tidbits of U.S. civics from somber to showstopping.

[Race History] NAMIBIAN GENOCIDE OF 1904

It has been called the first genocide of the 20th century, the “forgotten genocide’’ and the genocide that was the precursor of the Holocaust. Tens of thousands of Africans were killed between 1904 and 1908 by German soldiers in what is now Namibia, a vast, arid country northwest of South Africa.

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