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Puerto Rico: Nearly a year after Hurricane Maria | Panel Dicscussion

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In Ark Republic’s culminating event for our first, major collaborative project, “The Hurricane Trifecta: One Year Later,” a panel discussion exploring post-Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, shows on one hand, gross government neglect, while on the other, creative and effective grassroots and community organizing.

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Ruminations on the (Black) womanist power of Aretha Franklin | Think Piece

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“I never knew how much I loved her,” professed my friend when we lamented on the passing of Aretha Franklin.

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The world mourns the passing of a Queen, Aretha Franklin

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Legendary soul singer, Aretha Franklin passed away Thursday morning at 9:50 am in her Detroit home. She was 76.

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Congressional member continues to question FBI about Black Identity Extremism

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A California congressperson wants to know, what exactly is Black Identity Extremism, and who is being targeted?

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Woolworth’s to Waffle House: Black women, food service, and a history of refusal

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On the same day Travis Reinking shot four people to death, including one Black woman in a Tennessee Waffle House, disturbing cellphone footage circulated on social media of 25-year-old Chikesia Clemons being wrestled to the floor and threatened by uniformed police officers in a Saraland, Alabama Waffle House.

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One witness recalls the last days of Martin Luther King | Podcast

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Clara Ester recounts the chain of events leading up to the 1968 assassination of a Civil Rights icon

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Vitamin K: How an episode of Boondocks on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. foretold how much we lost our moral fiber | Think Piece

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“What happened? What happened to our people Huey?”

If Martin Luther King were alive today, what would he say?

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Co-opting a King: Dr. King’s legacy and the misuse of his words | Think Piece

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s popularity has surged this year—not just because of the yearly festival of remembering him on his birthday, nor the implications of his legacy on the Black Lives Matter Movement—but because his words and image are misconstrued for a variety of purposes.

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To pimp a dream: MLK voiceover sells Dodge trucks, draws criticism

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The Super Bowl is a yearly fete known in more contemporary times for its advertisements and half-time shows.

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MLK birthplace declared a national historic park

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This week, Donald Trump signed a bill changing the historic birthplace of slain Civil Rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from a historic site to a historic national park.

Located in the Sweet Alburn district of Atlanta, the landmark consists of King’s birthplace, the church in which he was baptized and a member, as well as he and his wife’s memorial site.

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