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Emmett Till’s South Side Chicago Home Granted Preliminary Landmark Status

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Emmett Till’s South Side Chicago Home Granted Preliminary Landmark Status

Reclaiming our history! The Commission on Chicago Landmarks granted preliminary landmark status to the South Side Chicago home of Emmett Till, the Chicago SunTimes reports. Till’s childhood home was granted preliminary landmark status on the same date that the teen’s funeral was held 65 years ago. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks voted unanimously to preserve the home at 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave, a home currently owned by a real estate investment firm. Owner Blake McCreight of BMW Properties/Express Property Solutions said he had no idea what property he was purchasing. Still, he did testify in support of the commission’s...

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The Oldest WWII Veteran Turns 111 This Week

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The Oldest WWII Veteran Turns 111 This Week

A time to celebrate! Lawrence Brooks, the United States' oldest living World War II veteran, is turning 111 this week, according to Upworthy. He was born in Norwood, Louisiana in 1909, one of 15 children. When he enlisted he served in the predominantly Black 91st Engineer Battalion between 1941 and 1945 and was stationed in New Guinea, the Philippines, and Australia. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, where he’s celebrated his five previous birthdays, has a surprise for the centenarian. Due to the pandemic, the museum isn’t hosting it’s usually party for him but they still plan to make it a...

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Serena Williams Becomes First Person To Win 100 Matches In Arthur Ashe Stadium

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Serena Williams Becomes First Person To Win 100 Matches In Arthur Ashe Stadium

She’s on a quest to win her 24th grand slam title! In the iconic, and crowd less, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Serena Williams became the first athlete to win 100 matches in the stadium as she sealed her fourth-round victory Labor Day. She is now headed to her 53rd Grand Slam tournament. "I just kept fighting. She was doing so well, she was being so aggressive, and I knew I needed to do the same thing," Williams said in a postgame interview. The 38-year-old No. 3 seed who’s seeking her 24th Grand Slam win, competed against Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari, beating her 6-3,...

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105-Year-Old Survivor of The Tulsa Massacre Sues The City of Tulsa for Reparations

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105-Year-Old Survivor of The Tulsa Massacre Sues The City of Tulsa for Reparations

A chance at justice at last. Almost 100 years later, Lessie Benningfield Randle, a 105-year-old survivor of the Tulsa Massacre is suing the city for reparations, according to NPR. In the early 20th century, there were many Black-owned and operated communities that were creating Black wealth and a chance for upward mobility for ex-slaves and their descendants. One such place was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was dubbed “Black Wall Street” for the amount of money that was circulating within the Black community. However, in 1921, after a false accusation of an attack on a white woman, Sarah Page, by a...

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Beyoncé's Foundation Donates $1 Million To Help Black-Owned Businesses

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Beyoncé's Foundation Donates $1 Million To Help Black-Owned Businesses

Giving back for her birthday! A few days before her 39th birthday, Beyoncé announced via her BeyGood foundation that she is donating $1 million in additional funds to help Black-owned small businesses. In July, the superstar Grammy winner and her foundation partnered with the NAACP to launch the Black Owned Small Business Impact Fund to help those struggling due to the global pandemic. According to the Instagram post announcing the donation, the goal is "to help strengthen small businesses and ensure economic empowerment for Black businesses."   View this post on Instagram Beyoncé adds $1M to help Black-owned small businesses....

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