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Meet Lash Nolen, Harvard Medical School’s First Black Woman To Be Elected Class President

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Meet Lash Nolen, Harvard Medical School’s First Black Woman To Be Elected Class President

You go girl! LaShyra “Lash” Nolen made history by becoming the first Black woman to be elected as class president of Harvard Medical School, Teen Vogue reports. The Compton native says she was always inspired by the Black women around her, particularly her grandmother and mother who had Nolen at just 18-years-old and raised her as a single mom while pursuing her masters degree and working multiple jobs. Nolen says she owes most of her drive to her upbringing. “The city of Compton is one of the most resilient in the world. Growing up and watching [my mother and grandmother] struggle...

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Shammara Henderson Just Became the First African American Appellate Judge in New Mexico

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Shammara Henderson Just Became the First African American Appellate Judge  in New Mexico

More firsts! Shammara Henderson just made history by becoming New Mexico's first African American appellate judge in the state's 100+ year history.  Appointed the the Court of Appeals, Henderson is a former state and federal prosecutor, assistant district attorney and assistant U.S. attorney, despite being just 37-years-old. Her extensive experience is part of what she believes made her a great candidate, KOAT news reports. “I’ve always wanted to be a judge. I have that experience that would bring value to the bench in multiple different ways and I think it’s important for people to be able to see that. I think...

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The University Of Maryland Appoints Its First African American President In The School’s 164 Year History

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The University Of Maryland Appoints Its First African American President In The School’s 164 Year History

It’s turning out to be a great Black History month! The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents just appointed the first African American president in the school’s 164 year history, WJLA reports. Darryll Pines has worked on staff at the University of Maryland for the last 25 years. He previously served as dean of the school of engineering. Now, he has been named president, a job that will take effect this summer.  Pines is succeeding Dr. Wallace Loh, who decided to resign following the controversial death of one of the school’s football players, Jordan McNair. Loh congratulated Pines via social...

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Texas High School Student Makes History By Winning Grand Champion Prize With Her Steer

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Texas High School Student Makes History By Winning Grand Champion Prize With Her Steer

We love to see it! Angel Allen, a high school senior in Houston, Texas made history by becoming the first African American woman to win a Grand Champion Prize with her steer, ABC 13 News reports. Allen is a student at Nimitz Senior High School, which is a part of the Aldine Independent School District. Every year, Aldine hosts their annual Livestock Show. This year Allen entered her steer, Butterscotchm into the competition. For nine months, she raised the steer in preparation. And at the 61st annual Aldine ISD Livestock Show, Butterscotch took home the Grand Champion prize! The award...

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Morehouse College Makes History As The First HBCU To Have A Polo Team

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Morehouse College Makes History As The First HBCU To Have A Polo Team

More history in Black history month! Morehouse College just became the first Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to have a polo team.  The Morehouse Polo Club was started in 2019 by students Rian Toussaint, Justin Wynn, Jayson Palmer and Caleb Cherry, in partnership with Miguel Wilson, owner of the Ride To The Olympics Foundation , HBCU Buzz reports. Cherry is an experienced equestrian and the only member of the club with prior experience. He competed in horse riding competitions for 10 years before picking up polo about 5 years ago. The idea to start the club on Morehouse’s campus actually came...

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