Tag: African American

tim kaine

Kaine makes case for African American history study

Sen. Tim Kaine testified in support of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, legislation introduced in February.


university of virginia uva

UVA sociologist: ‘Faith is a family-friendly force’ for African-Americans, Latinos

African-American and Latino couples who attend church together experience happier relationships and family life.


virginia tech

Virginia Tech’s ‘What Happened to the Dream?’ celebration honors Martin Luther King’s legacy

To remember the life and legacy of civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr., Virginia Tech will host, “What Happened to the Dream?”, a ten-day celebration beginning Jan. 19.


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Today’s African American: Still the minority?

Dr. Whitfield Scott explains why minorities still don’t have the same level of freedom in his new book, A Focus on the African American’s History of Enslavement, Contribution to the Growth of the Nation, and His Struggle to be Free.


New Food Bank hunger study shows majority of clients work

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank today released a new study—Hunger in America 2014, a comprehensive demographic profile of people seeking charitable food assistance in the Blue Ridge area.


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JMU Calendar of Events: Oct. 10-19

Campus events and activities at James Madison University. From the JMU Office of Public Affairs.


EMU students and faculty produce, tweet, #DontShoot photo in solidarity with national protests

Faculty, staff and students of EMU gathered on the steps of Northlawn early in the fall semester to raise their hands in solidarity with the African American community of Ferguson, Missouri, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, 2014.


Professor Charles Ogletree to give Mudd Distinguished Lecture in Ethics at W&L

Charles Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard University, will give the Mudd Distinguished Lecture in Ethics for 2014-2015 at Washington and Lee University. Ogletree’s talk will be Wednesday, Oct. 1.


Nathaniel Deutsch, co-director of Center for Jewish Studies, to lecture at W&L

Nathaniel Deutsch, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is also co-director of the Center for Jewish Studies, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Monday.


Virginians headed to NYC for largest climate event in history

Over 80 activists from Richmond and surrounding areas began their journey to the People’s Climate March taking place today in New York City. The march, which starts at 11:30 a.m., is being hailed as the largest climate march in history.


Award-winning poet opens 2014-15 Writers Read series at EMU

Evie Shockley, an award-winning poet who embraces both free-verse and traditional styles of writing, will open up the 2014-15 Writers Read series on Wednesday, September 24, at 8 p.m. in Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium.


Sexism: The Killer Elephant in the Room

Sexism is socially-constructed gender bias, creating a culture that objectifies females as mere collections of body parts. Sexism ensures a climate in which women are viewed as possessions, as property, as somehow inferior by definition, with the result that male domination of females is sanctioned.


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Annual Free Prostate Screenings offered at Augusta Health

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death due to cancer in men. In 2014, it’s estimated that 233,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and approximately 29,500 men will die from it.


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Casting call for Civil War TV pilot being shot in Central Virginia

If you have ever wanted to appear on the small screen, this may be your chance! There will be an open casting call for background players for Point of Honor, an ABC Signature & Amazon Studios pilot directed by Randall Wallace.


charlottesville

Vinegar Hill monument artist to present model

Participants in the Dialogue on Race, a Charlottesville City initiative, and the Jefferson School have commissioned the nationally renowned artist, Melvin Edwards to create a monument about Vinegar Hill.


Another Democratic legislator resigns

Richmond Democratic State Sen. Henry Marsh has joined the parade of Democrats leaving the Virginia General Assembly.


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President Obama: EPA power plant rules and climate change

I think a lot of people are aware of the Climate Action Plan that I put forward last year based on what we know, which is that climate change is real. It has impacts not just in a distant future. It has serious impacts, as we speak.


Virginia Department of Health announces new program to reduce HIV, AIDS

The most recent surveillance data collected by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) indicates that 6,600 women are living with HIV disease in Virginia.


Website for Mary Baldwin College research project online with assist from Augusta Free Press

Extensive research led by Mary Baldwin College professor Amy Tillerson Brown into a local African-American cemetery is now easily accessible online on a new website produced by Augusta Free Press.


Thomas Duncan: African-Americans will benefit greatly from Obamacare

African-Americans will benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, as a disproportionate percentage of blacks will become newly eligible for healthcare coverage.


Blog: Communities of color and the environment

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Campaign for Communities, which created a coalition of Latino, African American, low-income and environmental organizations working to educate, register and turn out voters using environmental issues as motivation.


virginia general assembly

School year-round? Virginia Democrats unveil proposal for 12-month programs

At a press conference today, Democratic Senator Donald McEachin (D-Henrico,)Senator Henry L. Marsh (D-Richmond) and Delegate Rosalyn Dance (D-Petersburg) unveiled amendments to the Virginia budget that would fund grants for year-round schooling programs.


Gift to Stuart Hall creates $1 million scholarship fund for African-American students

Stuart Hall School on Friday celebrated the 170th anniversary of its founding with an announcement of a $500,000 gift by Stuart Hall alumna Lucy Dent Venable.


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ACLU of Virginia applauds federal school discipline guidance

The ACLU of Virginia applauds federal guidance released yesterday by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to assist schools in administering discipline in a nondiscriminatory way and to provide alternatives to overly punitive school discipline practices.


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Change in command at Virginia State Police field-ops bureau

Effective Dec. 25, Virginia State Police Maj. George L. Daniels Jr., was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and appointed bureau director of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Field Operations. Daniels takes the place of retiring Lt. Col. Eugene A. Stockton, who has served as the BFO bureau director for the past decade.


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Longwood economist says socioeconomic factors predict SOL pass rates

Many of the most commonly cited remedies for improving educational test scores—shrinking class sizes, boosting teacher salaries or hiring teachers with advanced degrees—actually have little power to predict Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates, says a Longwood University economist.