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Leon Ford Jr., Who Was Shot And Paralyzed By Pittsburgh Police, Is Now A 2019 City Council Candidate

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Leon Ford Jr., Who Was Shot And Paralyzed By Pittsburgh Police, Is Now A 2019 City Council Candidate

Photo credit: Harrison Jones/Post-Gazette In a case of mistaken identity, then 19-year-old Leon Ford Jr. was left paralyzed after being shot five times by a Pittsburgh police officer during a traffic stop in November of 2012. Now six years later, Ford has announced his bid to run for Pittsburgh City Council. "Proud to announce that I will be running for city council in the same district that I was raised—and shot by a police officer," Ford wrote in an Instagram post. "I am excited to embark on this new journey. My life has been a true testimony of tragedy to...

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Lucy McBath, Mother Of Jordan Davis, Wins Georgia Congressional Race

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Lucy McBath, Mother Of Jordan Davis, Wins Georgia Congressional Race

Photo via: Lucy McBath On Thursday morning, gun-control activist Lucy McBath was officially declared the winner in Georgia's 6th congressional district race, reports The New York Times. The victory comes six years after her son Jordan Davis was fatally shot by a white man during an argument over loud music at a Florida gas station in 2012. The man went on to be charged with first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. “Six years ago I went from a Marietta mom to a mother on a mission," McBath said. She went on to express in an Instagram post...

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Meaza Ashenafi Sworn In As Ethiopia’s First Woman Supreme Court Chief

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Meaza Ashenafi Sworn In As Ethiopia’s First Woman Supreme Court Chief

Photo credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Right on the heels of Sahle-Work Zewde becoming Ethiopia's first modern-era woman president, another Ethiopian woman has achieved yet another significant milestone by being sworn in as the first woman to head the country's Supreme Court. Meaza Ashenafi was sworn in last week by Ethiopia’s parliament after being unanimously approved. Ethiopian Chief of Staff Fitsum Arega shared on Twitter: "Abiy Ahmed nominated Meaza Ashenafi as the first woman Federal Supreme Court President. Ethiopia's march towards gender parity in key leadership positions continues unabatedly. Congratulations!" HE PM Abiy Ahmed nominated Meaza Ashenafi as the first woman...

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Iowa National Guard Appoints First African American Sergeant Major

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Iowa National Guard Appoints First African American Sergeant Major

Photo by: Sgt. Tawny Schmit First Sergeant Jeffrey Lewis just made history as the first African American to be promoted to Sergeant Major in the Iowa Army National Guard. The 54-year-old began his military career with the Iowa National Guard in 1981 when he was enlisted as a combat medic, reports Des Moines Register. "As a medic you take care of people," he told local news station WHOtv.com. "You are able to go out and walk with the infantry. You are able to go out and be with the artillery guys, the cav guys. And your primary, sole responsibility is...

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Here’s the barbershop that has a literacy program for their child customers

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Here’s the barbershop that has a literacy program for their child customers

At the Fuller Cut barbershop in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the barbers encourage their child customers to do two things while sitting in their chair: pick out a book and read aloud. Barber Ryan Griffin brought the idea of a literacy program to the Fuller Cut barbershop after becoming inspired by a similar program in Harlem, New York that he read about. As people have donated books to the barbershop since the program started, children have gotten the opportunity to practice their reading skills all while getting their favorite haircut. Parents even receive two dollars off the haircut if their children participate....

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