Adams, Hill, Scott, and HBCU Caucus Celebrate Passage of Resolution Condemning Bomb Threats

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By Sam Spencer Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC-12), Congressman French Hill (R-AR-02), Chairman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-03), and the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus celebrated the passage of H. Con. Res. 70, a resolution condemning threats of violence against historically Black colleges and universities (“HBCUs”) and reaffirming support for HBCUs and their students. “I’m proud of the House for passing H. Con. Res. 70, a resolution that condemns the despicable, cowardly bomb threats to Historically Black Colleges and Universities on multiple days this year,” said Congresswoman Alma Adams, founder and cochair of the Congressional Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. “These threats were

Kamala Harris marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ anniversary in Selma

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By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press Vice President Kamala Harris visited Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate a defining moment in the fight for equal voting rights, even as congressional efforts to restore the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act have faltered. Under a blazing blue sky, Harris linked arms with rank-and-file activists from the civil rights movement and led thousands across the bridge where, on March 7, 1965, white state troopers attacked Black voting rights marchers attempting to cross. The images of violence at the Edmund Pettus Bridge — originally named for a Confederate general — shocked the nation and helped galvanize

Black Women Leaders Weigh in on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s SCOTUS Nomination

By Glenda C. Carr On February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden made history when he nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, to the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated to serve as the fifth woman and first African American woman on the Supreme Court in the history of the United States, Judge Jackson will serve the nation with distinction. This is a historic moment in the court’s progress toward diversity. Judge Jackson brings a lifelong commitment to equality, opportunity, and fairness. President Biden said he wanted a justice with “character” and someone who is “courteous to the folks before them and treating

Kamala Harris Mocked after Echoing Concern for Ukraine-Russia Tensions

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By Kalyn Womack Vice President Kamala Harris is facing heat for her comments following the annual Munich Security Conference, reported the New York Post. While trying to emphasize that the tensions at the Ukraine-Russian directly threaten Europe, after “70 years of peace,” right-leaning reporters and Twitter users accused Harris of being unprepared. Vice President Harris was sent to Germany to echo President Biden’s concern about a Russian invasion of Ukraine to European allies, reported the Associated Press. Upon the vice president’s return from Germany, she met with reporters in Washington to stress the severity of the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Kamala Harris via Press Conference: “We’re talking about the potential for war in

Barack Obama Releases Statement On Russian Invasion of Ukraine

By Murjani Rawls As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, former U.S. Presidents such as George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have spoken up about their concerns and condemned the events that have transpired. According to The Hill, former president Barack Obama has joined voices of the international community stating Russia’s attack is a “violation of international law” and the “basic principles of human decency” in a statement he released. “People of conscience around the world need to loudly and clearly condemn Russia’s actions and offer support for the Ukrainian people. And every American, regardless of party, should support President Biden’s efforts, in coordination with our closest allies,

The big changes Ketanji Brown Jackson’s presence could bring to the Supreme Court

By Madiba Dennie, a counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice One Black woman won’t quickly right the ship of a 6-3 court unmoored from principle, but dissenting opinions have influenced the court and Congress to pursue changes to laws. The Supreme Court has made thousands of decisions over hundreds of years that have shaped the lives of millions of people. And, astonishingly, at no point in the court’s multicentury history has any Black woman had a say in making any of the decisions we have had to abide by. Until now. For the first time, a Black

Amazon Robotics, Hampton University team up to establish robotics program

Courtesy of Hampton University To help expand the diversity of the talent that will shape the future of robotics, Amazon has invested in a number of academic engagements with colleges and universities, including a new collaboration with Hampton University. At Hampton University, a historically black college and university (HBCU) based in Hampton, Virginia known for its cutting-edge STEM research, Amazon Robotics is funding the establishment of a robotics degree program. By investing in developing Hampton’s robotics program, Amazon supports building expansive learning opportunities for faculty and students by offering cloud-based robotics research, infrastructure improvements, and STEM-based activities to increase the

Jackson State University Joins FedEx Student Ambassador Program

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By Jackson State University The world’s largest express transportation company, today announced the launch of the FedEx-HBCU Student Ambassador Program with select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Jackson State University (JSU) student Jay’La Manor, a junior business major from Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ezra Snell II, a sophomore sociology major from Clinton, Mississippi, will represent the institution in the inaugural cohort. FedEx leaders, school presidents, and select student program participants will participate in a special ceremonial presentation during the ringing of The Closing Bell® at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today at 4 p.m. ET commemorating the launch of the program and a nationwide celebration of Black

The ESG and Law Institute Partners With Howard University School of Law

Written by Howard University Newsroom Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP’s ESG and Law Institute, a forum of businesses and academic institutions dedicated to the independent study of issues relating to the intersection of ESG (environmental, social and governance), business and the law, today announced that it has signed on its second academic partner, Howard University School of Law. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Howard Law, one of the nation’s finest law schools and one that shares our mission to advocate for and defend the rights of all, to create a new hub for ESG legal research

Voters head to polls in Florida special election to fill late Alcee Hastings’ seat

By Steve Contorno, Two hundred and eighty days after Rep. Alcee Hastings died from pancreatic cancer, voters in the late lawmaker’s deeply Democratic South Florida congressional district will finally pick a replacement. Democrat Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick is the heavy favorite against Republican Jason Mariner in Tuesday’s special election for Florida’s 20th Congressional District, where President Joe Biden won 77% of the vote in 2020. As of Monday afternoon, about 37,000 Democrats had voted early or by mail, compared with 6,000 Republicans. One of two Black-majority seats in the state, the district has been vacant since Hastings’ death last April, much to the ire of

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