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There is no statue honoring Yvonne Bernadette Lee Odom in my hometown of Delray Beach, Florida. I would like to feign surprise, but I am not that good a thespian. The same reason she does not have a statue celebrating her life-risking sacrifice to improve society is the same reason there is little to no…

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The NBA has made a point to promote racial equality. Following the uprising that occurred after the killing of George Floyd, the league permitted players to wear powerful statements, such as “Black Lives Matter,” “Vote” and “Equality” on the back of each jersey. The Atlanta Hawks took things a step further by honoring Atlanta native…

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On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, Google released a new video ahead of Black History Month highlighting phenomenal African Americans who have made noteworthy accomplishments. The concept behind the video is to bring awareness to some of “the most searched” history makers and moments that have captured the attention of the world. It opens with “the…

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A minister from the city where Martin Luther King Jr.’s life ended declared that the national holiday honoring the civil rights hero has degenerated into “a sham.” “You have to hold people’s feet to the fire to practice what they’re preaching. That’s why I’m calling MLK Day in Memphis and in so many parts of…

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To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, U.S. Bank, and its subsidiary Elavon launched a new African American business resource group chapter and presented a special program to honor the civil rights leader’s legacy. The program featured a fireside conversation between chapter president and Elavon vice president of education and engagement Terra Wallace and the…

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So much has transpired—both good and unfortunate—in the 50 years that have passed since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was felled by an assassin’s bullet. And though this day commemorates the anniversary of that fateful day, it feels right to focus our attention on the life that he lived while here, instead of lamenting his…

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy was honored by people across the city of Atlanta. Atlantans commemorated him on Jan. 15 with parades, by visiting monuments, and performing community service.

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The nephew of sacrosanct civil rights paragon Martin Luther King Jr. said President Trump is not a racist, but that the former reality star-turned-politician is just “racially ignorant.” “I don’t think President Trump is a racist in the traditional sense as we know in this country,” Isaac Newton Farris Jr. stated after standing beside the…

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On Monday, January 15, 2018, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which this year happens to fall on King’s actual 89th birthday. King, who was born Michael King Jr., was a minister and the father of the…

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On Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, people across the country will celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by offering thanks in the form of community service, gathering with loved ones and for some, recounting the day they too marched for their freedom alongside the Civil Rights activist. While many people are too young to…

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On Monday, Jan. 16, the nation will celebrate the life of trailblazing civil rights activist, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his words on freedom and equality — that continue to resonate with us today. While his death was nearly five decades ago, his mission to guide us as we strive to become a…

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Ozell Sutton

A highly revered leader in the Civil Rights Movement has died in Atlanta, according to family members. Ozell Sutton who worked directly with Dr. Martin L. King Jr. died at Atlanta’s St. Joseph’s Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the age of 90.  Sutton marched with King in Selma, Alabama, and was present at the…

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