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Iconic A. Philip Randolph Milestone Celebration

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Iconic A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum partnering with UAW to observe milestone

Chicago, Illinois -January 2015 - The year 2015 marks a milestone in the life of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter (APRPP) Museum because it celebrates two decades as the premiere guardian of the black union movement and keeper of A. Philip Randolph's legacy. To commemorate this occasion, the APRPP Museum, United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 551 - Union Solidarity Committee & Human and the Civil Rights Committee - will host a gala celebration at the historic Parkway Ballroom in Chicago, at 4455 S. King Drive on Saturday, February 28 from 5 to 9:30 PM.

The dual purpose of the event is to congratulate the Museum on its milestone and to present the 2015 A. Philip Randolph Gentle Warrior Awards. This coveted honor is presented to deserving Americans who “push gently, yet forcefully, against the boundaries of conventionality with a warrior spirit, in much the same manner as A. Philip Randolph did throughout his career.”  The presentation represents the climactic high point of the evening.

Dr. Lyn Hughes

Dr. Lyn Hughes, Founder

The Museum is located at 10406 S. Maryland in Chicago's Pullman Community and was founded in 1995 by historian/visionary/author Dr. Lyn Hughes.  Its history is rooted in Dr. Hughes' resolve to make the cultural institution the foremost chronicler of the black union movement -- with emphasis on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters -- and to provide an enduring tribute to A. Philip Randolph.  While the Museum is small in size, it is large in stature because of its unique niche within the pantheon of Museums worldwide. Within its walls are artifacts, memorabilia, interactive displays, exhibits and rare documents. Among the offerings are original porters' items donated by descendants of the labor pioneers.

Over one million people have visited the Museum since its founding.  This includes researchers, students, union members, history buffs, the curious and those wishing to become acquainted with this era. All have been exposed to the Museum by visiting the site, by coming to one of its many traveling exhibits or by attending one of the many programs the Museum sponsors.


Considered a “crown jewel” among cultural institutions, the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is also one of the centerpieces of the National Park Service's quest to designate the Pullman community as a National Park Service site.

Founder Hughes swells with pride as she reflects on the 20-year journey and this year's gala.  She is particularly proud to be partnering with the United Auto Workers in hosting this anniversary event.    “It is fitting for the Museum and the UAW Local 551 Union Solidarity Committee & Human and Civil Rights Committee to collaborate on this event because of our shared vision. That is to promote the union movement and to keep the life and legacy of A. Philip Randolph alive and vibrant. Proceeds from the celebration will allow the Museum to continue and strengthen this mission,” said Hughes.

Principals from the UAW, founder Hughes and Museum President David Peterson invite the public to support the event. “Those interested in preserving the rich history of the Black labor movement should join us on February 28 for this special anniversary. This celebration will shine a light on the black union movement and will remind us of the power of the movement, the sacrifices made and the ultimate victory by a committed group of men,” declared Peterson.

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Ferguson After the Trauma

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FAMU Psychologist Returns from Ferguson, Missouri After Offering Trauma Support to Community

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) psychology professor Jackie Collins Robinson, Ph.D. traveled to Ferguson, Mo. earlier this month to volunteer to assist local children and community members in dealing with the aftermath and subsequent trauma surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown.


Dr. Robinson, who is a licensed psychologist and licensed school psychologist in Florida, spent four days in Ferguson. Her visit was inspired by an invitation from the president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists to help the organization meet the emotional needs of impacted adults and children in the Ferguson area through conducting wellness workshops.

“The St. Louis Chapter is one organization responding to the people of Ferguson’s demand for trauma related interventions,” Robinson said. “I was happy to lend my skills to this effort.”

Robinson’s time in Ferguson was focused on providing intermediation for impending social and emotional distress within the local schools and community.

“The shooting of Michael Brown, and the related protests and marches – some of which have contained violence – could potentially lead to an increase in trauma related behavioral and emotional problems among adults and children in that community,” Robinson said. “I met with different people and offered my support to help them through what they are experiencing in that community.”

She added, “My hope is that through the support of community members and professionals, the children there will not suffer increased behavioral problems and decreased school performance in the aftermath of the violence.”

According to Robinson, she hopes the time she spent in Ferguson will serve two purposes: to contribute to the healing process for those traumatized by the tragedy and to demonstrate to FAMU students what it truly means to be committed to the community public service.

“While I was there I met and observed children who have to pass by the site of Michael’s death every day. That consistent reminder can impact them in ways that could affect them mentally and even in their day-to-day behavior, such as not trusting those in authority or being afraid to go to sleep with the lights off. I felt it was my duty to use my experience in psychology to reach some of the people who may be forever changed by what happened in Ferguson.”

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. expressed her support of Robinson’s efforts and affirmed the University’s commitment to fostering an academic environment that encourages students to explore careers in the social sciences.

“Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is proud of the guidance and insight Dr. Robinson offered to a community that has experienced very unfortunate events in the past weeks,” said President Mangum. “The events surrounding the death of Michael Brown underscores the need for institutions like FAMU to continue to provide training for future social scientists, in order to ensure our communities have the support needed to be healthy and productive.”

Robinson currently serves as the director of the Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application (CEPRA), and is a nationally certified mental health first aid instructor.


Student Research Rocks at NASA

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Howard University students Josh Brown, Jade Noel Parker, Daril Brown, and Phathom Donald conduct rocket experiment.

WASHINGTON (September 2014) – A team of Howard University students made history when their in-flight research project was launched into space from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The project collected atmospheric samples near the highest point of the flight to test for the presence of microorganisms. Data from the samples will be used to develop a bio-signature that can help look for life on Earth-like, extra-solar planets.

The Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket was launched at 7:21 a.m. EST and flew to a height of 73.3 miles. It landed in the Atlantic Ocean 43.9 miles from Wallops Flight Facility, 12.16 minutes after launch. It contained several other student-built experiments.

The project was part of the RockSat-C 2014 Program which provides an opportunity for students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and launch the payload on a rocket. Student teams, like Howard’s, had been steadily working since the fall to design, plan, and build a payload that would perform an in-flight experiment. The RockSat program is funded and supported by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA.

The Howard University students involved were: Ajamu Abdullah, Daril Brown, Josh Brown, Olivia Dickens, Phathom Donald, Hilton Hosannah, Shii-Anna Mudie, Jade Noel Parker, and Aara'LYarber.

Marcus Alfred, associate professor in physics and astronomy, directed the project along with Vernon Morris, professor of chemistry and atmospheric sciences, and Broderick Eribo, an associate professor in biology

“I believe this is the first payload ever launched into space that was entirely designed and built at Howard University – and only the second from an HBCU,” Alfred said. “The students accomplished a unique feat and deserve kudos and recognition. We are excited about the prospect of analyzing the ‘space samples’ in the weeks to come.”

Alfred said Howard is planning to participate in the launch annually and has begun gearing up for next summer’s project. He also said students and professors are designing and constructing a small satellite to put into orbit within the next 24 months.

To learn more, visit the student webpage:


Meet Miles Morales, New Spider-Man

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Donald Glover has been cast to voice Miles Morales, the current Ultimate Spider-Man in the comics, in an upcoming dimension-hopping episode of “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors”. The episode will focus on Peter Parker (Drake Bell) as he tries to prevent theGreen Goblin from collecting the DNA of several Spider-Men across dimensions, including the Iron Spider, Amazing Spider-Girl, Spider-Man 2099, and of course Miles Morales.


Teaching Children about Activism

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Many people have heard of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. Many people have expressed anger, tweeted thoughts, posted rants on Facebook, and are looking for ways to take action.

Then, I thought of my situation as a mom of a preschooler and toddler, in addition to being a Parent Coach, and realized that this is a critical time in history. We are living civil rights history and have an opportunity to change the narrative. We may not all be in Ferguson, MO right now, but we can still inform, empower, and inspire our children (and ourselves) about the power of activism and collective impact. Together- we can BE THE CHANGE.

Below are a few ways you can encourage your children to get involved and stand up for their rights:

  1. EDUCATE: Learn about and from past civil rights leaders and the plight for human rights
  2. SERVE: Get involved with your church and local community organizations to help others in need
  3. COMMUNICATE: Know who your local and state politicians are and how to communicate with them to express concerns and invoke change
  4. ACT: Register to vote when you become 18 years of age, find out what issue matter to you and then show up to the polls to VOTE!
  5. UNITE: Peaceful protests change history!
Remember, the civil issues and response of the next generation depends on how we raise them up today.

Shine on,

D. Manigat


Urban Parenting Magazine


Inaugural Henry N. Tisdale Visionary Leadership Pre-College Academy

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Middle and high school students from Williamsburg County had a unique experience this summer at Claflin University, participating in the inaugural Henry N. Tisdale Visionary Leadership Pre-College Academy.

 Claflin University President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale poses with participants of the inaugural HNT Visionary Leadership Pre-College Academy at Claflin.

During the academy – which was designed to give students a jump start on college planning and a taste of University life – the students spent time enhancing their critical thinking and reasoning skills while taking part in a variety of career and personal development seminars led by academic, business and industry experts.

Students from Hemingway MB Lee Middle School participated in the first session on June 16-20, and the University hosted students from Hemingway High School on June 23-27. The academy is named for Claflin's eighth and current president, Dr. Henry N. Tisdale, a Kingstree native.

By providing programs and services for students that offer academic opportunities and aid in their efforts to complete high school, earn a college degree, attain meaningful employment or pursue graduate studies, the HNT Visionary Leadership Pre-College Academy hopes to help the next generation of global leaders with visionary perspectives reach their full potential. Seminars were presented on such topics as financial literacy, spirituality, community service, time management, wellness, etiquette, teamwork, bullying, career exploration, peer pressure and more.

Claflin University's Vice President for Administration Drexel Ball poses with participants of the inaugural HNT Visionary Leadership Pre-College Academy at Claflin.

Dr. Verlie Tisdale, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, led a seminar on time management. She told the nearly two dozen students gathered in Ministers’ Hall that they will be pulled in many different directions while at college.

“You have to prioritize your time,” she said. “Always know what is important.”

Today’s students face even more distractions and strains on their time with smart phones, texting and social media.

When you constantly check text messages and Facebook, “You are allowing that person to infringe on your time,” Tisdale told the teens. “Don’t let someone else take possession of your time.”

Procrastination, she said, is another trap that students should be careful not to fall into.

“Don’t wait until the last minute,” she said. “Be attentive, participate and interact. … And be flexible – plan for the unexpected. Make plans so that you can have time to get things done.”

Tisdale said students shouldn’t be afraid of what others may think of them if they need help mastering a certain topic or subject.

“You’ve got to be true to yourself,” she said. “Worry about you, and be your best you. … Nothing beats a failure but a try.”

Quailia Flegler, a 15-year-old rising sophomore at Hemingway High, said she’s enjoying her time at Claflin and the skills she’s learning.

“I enjoyed the managing money session,” she said. “I want to go into finance in college.” Flegler said her career goal is to be an entrepreneur and have a temp agency.

For Flegler and 17-year-old Ty’Juan McCrea, a rising junior at Hemingway High, attending the HNT Visionary Leadership Pre-College Academy was their first time on the Claflin University campus.

“I wanted to come get a good experience of college life,” McCrea said. “I think it’s a pretty good campus. I like the environment and area.”

McCrea said he also enjoyed learning how to budget his money – and his time. “You can use them both together,” he said of the skills.

Carolyn Snell, assistant to the vice president for student development and services and director of career development at Claflin, said the University family and Orangeburg community were instrumental in making this first HNT Visionary Leadership Pre-College Academy a success.

“This is an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students to experience life on a college campus before embarking on their higher education journey,” she said.



1,000 scholarships for HBCU students to study in China

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Chinese Government signs Memorandum of Understanding with Historically Black Colleges & Universities in Beijing 

(BEIJING) – A delegation of presidents and senior administrators from eight American Historically Black Colleges & Universities signed an MOU today with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), China’s nationwide nonprofit organization conducting international educational exchanges and cooperation on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

The delegation also participated in the HBCUs-Chinese Universities Roundtable where they engaged in dialogue with their Chinese university counterparts to discuss mutually agreed upon processes for implementing the 1,000-scholarship award initiative.

“We’re delighted to be a part of this historic moment in progressive global student exchange and study. This collaboration between the Chinese government and HBCUs provides an excellent opportunity to enable our students to become competent in Chinese history and culture, and will significantly enhance their abilities to be successful global leaders throughout the world,” said Dr. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University and the delegation’s leader. Dr. Wilson signed the MOU on behalf of the delegation.

The MOU formally acknowledges the 1,000 scholarships for HBCU students announced by Vice Premier Liu Yandong at a November 2013 Capitol Hill meeting in Washington, D.C. between leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus and HBCU presidents from Howard University, Morgan State University, Tougaloo College and Xavier University of Louisiana.

The HBCUs meetings in Beijing this week are parallel to the 5th U.S.-China Consultation on People to People Exchange (CPE) being held in Beijing from July 9-11, 2014. The CPE is co-hosted by U.S. Sec. Of State John Kerry and China’s Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong, China’s highest-ranking government official overseeing education. The CPE is designed to enhance and strengthen ties between the citizens of the United States and the People’s Republic of China in the areas of culture, education, science and technology, sports, and women’s issues. On Wednesday, July 10, the HBCU delegation will attend the closing session of the CPE meetings with Sec. Kerry and Vice Premier Liu.

The HBCU trip to China is the culmination of the collective works of the Chinese government and the China-U.S. Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), a Hong Kong-based nonprofit organization that encourages and facilitates exchanges among public policy makers, civic leaders, think tanks, academia, and business organizations in the U.S. and China to enhance understanding and mutually beneficial relationships. CUSEF hosted and organized the first meeting of the HBCUs with Vice Premier Liu during the HBCU’s first visit to China in September 2013.

The other HBCU delegates to Beijing are: Dr. Beverly Hogan, president of Tougaloo College, Dr. John S. Wilson, Jr., president of Morehouse College; Dr. Pamela Hammond, provost of Hampton University; Dr. Weldon Jackson, provost of Bowie State University; Dr. Myra Burnett, vice provost of Spelman College; Dr. Barbara Inman, V.P. for Student Affairs, Hampton University; Dr. T. Joan Robinson, V.P. Division of International Affairs, Morgan State University; Dr. Anthony Wutoh, Assistant Provost for International Affairs, Howard University; Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, dean of the School of Pharmacy, Xavier University of Louisiana; Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris, dean of Humanities & Social Sciences, Morehouse College; Dr. Loye Ashton, director of International Studies, Tougaloo College; and Dr. Ruihua Shen, director of Chinese Studies, Morehouse College.

A key goal of the HBCU – Chinese University Collaboration is to encourage and increase international educational study opportunities for diverse students to study in China. The HBCU delegation’s visit from the U.S. side is managed and organized by Julia Wilson, CEO and founder of Wilson Global Communications, an international consultant to the HBCU pilot group, and the liaison representative for the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF). In China, the CEAIE is managing logistics on behalf of the Ministry of Education.

Source: Morgan State University


Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

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Justice Department and Howard University to Host Program Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

 The Department of Justice announced today that it will be co-hosting the historic program and celebration, “The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Preserving Progress, Charting the Future,” with Howard University on July 15, 2014.  Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964, the groundbreaking act outlawed discriminatory voting requirements and segregation in schools, employment and places of public accommodation.  Attorney General Eric Holder has made protecting civil rights a top priority of his administration of the Department of Justice.The long road to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was paved with the footsteps of countless ordinary Americans and well-known civil rights leaders who marched, held sit-ins, staged boycotts and led freedom rides to end segregation and discrimination.  The call for comprehensive civil rights legislation gained momentum in 1963, as civil rights activists continued to organize peaceful demonstrations throughout the country.  After hundreds of nonviolent protestors were met with police violence and arrest in Birmingham, Alabama, President John F. Kennedy delivered a nationally televised speech voicing his support for comprehensive civil rights legislation.  After President Kennedy’s assassination in November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson made a commitment to pursue passage of civil rights legislation.  And after the longest debate in senate history, the Civil Rights Act was finally passed and signed into law, becoming the first of many legislative victories over the next 50 years that have been critical tools for protecting civil rights.
The speakers and participants at the 50th anniversary program at Howard University will honor the strides that have been made in the journey for equal rights, and look to the work that remains to fully realize that promise.  In addition to Howard University Interim President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick and the keynote address by Attorney General Holder, the program will include remarks from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, who lead two of the Department of Justice’s key government partners in enforcing the Civil Rights Act.  Ambassador Andrew Young, former leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference will also deliver remarks.  Charlayne Hunter-Gault will moderate a roundtable discussion titled “The Impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” featuring civil rights movement veterans and scholars including Howard University School of Law Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Lisa A. Crooms-Robinson, Julian Bond, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Todd Purdum and Helen Zia.  Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will deliver the event’s closing remarks.The program begins at 10 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University and will include a temporary display of original pages from the Civil Rights Act of 1964, on loan by the United States Archives. The display will be available for viewing prior to the program beginning at 9 a.m. in the lower level of Cramton Auditorium.

A limited number of tickets for the celebration are available to the public, which will also include performances by the Howard University Choir and the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C., as well as readings and videos commemorating the act.  Tickets are free and available, starting today, at the Cramton Auditorium Box Office on the Campus of Howard University on a first come, first served basis.  Media registration details will be provided at a later date.

For more information contact:

Dena Iverson Public Affairs Specialist U.S. Department of Justice 202-514-2007 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rachel Mann Communications Specialist 202.238.2631 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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