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Maryland Archaeologists Discover Harriet Tubman’s Father’s Home

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Maryland Archaeologists Discover Harriet Tubman’s Father’s Home

A landmark discovery! Maryland archaeologists have discovered the location of Harriet Tubman’s father’s home, NBC News reports. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center announced that the home of Harriet Tubman’s father, Ben Ross, has been discovered by archaeologists in Maryland. The site, named “Ben’s 10,” was located on property owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge extension in Dorchester County, Marland. It is believed that Ross received the 10 acres of land in the 1840s as part of a will agreement from a slave owner who decreed that Ross should be freed...

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After More Than Three Decades, House Judiciary Committee Finally Set To Vote On Slavery Reparations Bill

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After More Than Three Decades, House Judiciary Committee Finally Set To Vote On Slavery Reparations Bill

It's about time! After more than three decades since its introduction, the House Judiciary Committee is finally set to vote on a slavery reparations bill, Blavity reports. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is spearheading the efforts to push for a vote on the historic H.R. (House Resolution) 40 bill. The late Michigan Representative John Conyers first introduced the measure in 1989 "to establish a commission that would examine the effects of slavery and develop reparations proposals for Black Americans." The bill's name is a play-off of the reneged Civil War-era promise of 40 acres and a mule to all newly freed slaves....

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Former NFL Player Eddie George Is Taking Over As Head Coach At Tennessee State University

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Former NFL Player Eddie George Is Taking Over As Head Coach At Tennessee State University

HBCUs are the way to go! Former NFL player Eddie George is gearing up to take over as head coach at Tennessee State University (TSU), Blavity reports. George was an Ohio State University Heisman award winner and a first-round draft pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. He earned four Pro Bowl selections and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. The former NFL running back spent seven seasons with the Tennessee Titans, closing out his career with more than 10,000 rushing yards and scoring 68 touchdowns. Now George is preparing himself for the next stage in his illustrious...

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Beloved Rapper DMX Joins The Ancestors At 50-Years-Old

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Beloved Rapper DMX Joins The Ancestors At 50-Years-Old

Remembering a rap legend! DMX, born Earl Simmons, passed away Friday following a heart attack on April 2 that left him on life support. His family released a statement announcing he passed with relatives by his side.“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him,” the Simmons family said. “[He] inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”The rapper and actor known for his iconic growls and bark was born in Mount Vernon, NY, on Dec....

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Tennessee State University Could Be Awarded A Half-Billion Dollars In Owed Funds From The State

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Tennessee State University Could Be Awarded A Half-Billion Dollars In Owed Funds From The State

State better have their money! Tennessee State University (TSU) could be awarded a half-billion dollars in owed funds from the state, News Channel 5 Nashville reports. When TSU was founded, the federal government placed the college and the University of Tennessee (UT) on a land grant program. This particular program ensures that for every dollar sent by the federal government to fund the schools, the state of Tennessee would match that amount.  Now the University is citing years of unpaid land grant matches. A joint committee of the legislature is reviewing the debt, which, according to financial analysts, rounds out at about...

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