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Bayard Rustin, long recognized as the architecture of the 1963 civil rights march was a gay man. The new edition of Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin contains a wealth of historical documents on the late civil rights leader, such as never-before-printed interviews about gay rights and Bayard’s thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr.’s views on gay people.

In addition, some people may not know that Martin Luther King, Jr. was also known for a brief time as Professor King. NAACP chairman emeritus Julian Bond recalls being one of only eight college students at Morehouse that King ever instructed. Bond also reveals a few other little-known MLK facts in an interview with WMUK radio.

In a recent letter to President Obama, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR) identified payday lending as one of its top legislative priorities, representing a “path forward for our country in advancing social and economic justice.”  According to Wade Henderson, LCCR president and CEO, “Low-income people and people of color have long been targeted by slick advertising and aggressive marketing campaigns to trap consumers into outrageously high interest loans.”
Can the Filmore be saved? A passionate plea from the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce to help save an area know as “Harlem of the West.”

Sil Lai Abrams, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) award-winning writer and a domestic violence activist for women of color, created Redefining HERstory to provide students with tools to help reshape the violent and over sexualized stereotypes of women of color in the media, especially on reality television. The program also attempts to educate them about the links between media violence and domestic and sexual violence and increase male accountability for preventing gender-based violence.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) applauds the Obama Administration on its selection of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to receive $25 million in funding for Cybersecurity Education. Of the 13 HBCUs selected, five are TMCF member-schools – Norfolk State University (Virginia), Bowie State University (Maryland), North Carolina A&T University (North Carolina), South Carolina State University (South Carolina), and University of the Virgin Islands (US Virgin Islands).  Norfolk State University will serve as the lead in this endeavor.
Howard and Xavier Universities lead the path in producing minority pharmacists. Dr. Henry North, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas discusses how organizations like the National Pharmaceutical Association have helped increase the number of minority pharmacists.
Citing a shortage of minority engineers, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) endorses congressional efforts to increase funding to educate and train more minority scientists and engineers.

The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced a new partnership to combat Ebola with a consortium of noted faith-based leaders who head up some of the largest African American churches and religious organizations in the country. The joint initiative, I AM #STOPPINGEBOLA, will launch during Black History Month and aims to raise funds in support of UNICEF’s work to halt the spread of Ebola in Liberia, one of the West African countries hardest hit by the virus.
Members of the Faith-Based Leadership Consortium include Dr. Calvin Butts, the Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York and the President of the State University of New York College at Old Westbury; Bishop Charles H. Ellis, III, Presiding Prelate of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.; Dr. Williams B. Moore Chairman, Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, National Baptist Convention USA; Dr. James C Perkins, 20th President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.; and Bishop P.A. Brooks, First Assistant Presiding Bishop on the presidium of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Historic State Street African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church continues to serve Mobile, Alabama community.

A few weeks back Black fraternities and sororities led the outcry against VH1’s “reality show” Sorority Sisters. It’s clear the collective voices of the “Divine Nine” helped force the show off the air. Some are now asking if this coalition will continue its collective advocacy, Madame Noir’s Charing Ball, says “the organizations had organized so strategically that I thought for sure this campaign would serve as the launching pad for similar campaigns aimed at protecting the image of the Black community.” The political and social power Black frats and sororities also examined in this article.
And Black Greek unity will be in full effect as Central Florida University hosts a “Stroll Show” featuring all the members of the National Panhellenic Council. You gotta check out this video from a recent show at UCF.

Meanwhile, Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity became the latest Black Greek letter organization to come under fire for hazing allegations after a pledge files $4 million lawsuit.

PAHO Foundation has appointed Veronica Edwards, President and CEO, InGenesis, and Victoria Jones, Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Community Relations, The Clorox Company, to its Board of Trustees for three-year terms effective January 1, 2015. Formerly known as PAHEF – Pan American Health and Education Foundation, PAHO Foundation is the philanthropic partner of the Pan American Health Organization and provides opportunities for individuals, corporations and foundations to help disadvantaged people across Latin America and the Caribbean overcome obstacles to health.
The International Association of African American Firefighters were among the hundreds in New Haven, CT who paid final respects to pioneering firefighter Linda D. Cohens.
A community activist and educator who spent more than 40 years advocating for Oregon’s poor and underrepresented communities, Lucinda  Lilly Tate died Jan. 17, 2015, in Portland.  She served as co-chair of the Jobs with Justice Faith Labor Committee; chaired the African American Catholic Community of Oregon and also chaired the Rainbow Coalition. Tate is most remembered for her volunteer work with the Oregon Food Bank, where she served on the board of directors and also coordinated two food banks connected to the St. Andrew’s Parish.
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