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‘Roots’ icon gets salute in ‘Kunta Kinteh Island’

‘Roots’ icon gets salute in ‘Kunta Kinteh Island’

New Orleans will host screenings of a new documentary film, "Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles" on February 25th and 26th. The film honors the celebrated captive African, Kunta Kinteh, who gained worldwide recognition in the 1977 ABC television series "Roots."

Those who have lined up in support of the documentary include writer, director and actor Tyler Perry, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, and many other entertainment, civic and spiritual leaders. The film is also being widely supported by academia, with planned tour stops at institutions such as Harvard University, Morehouse College, Wayne State University, Northeastern University and St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.

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History profile: ‘The Real McCoy’

History profile: ‘The Real McCoy’

Although the name Elijah McCoy may be unknown to most people, the enormity of his ingenuity and the quality of his inventions have created a level of distinction which bears his name.

McCoy was born in Colchester, Ontario, Canada on May 2, 1844. His parents were George and Emillia McCoy, former slaves from Kentucky who escaped through the Underground Railroad. George joined the Canadian Army, fighting in the Rebel War and then raised his family as free Canadian citizens on a 160-acre homestead.

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Chicago students see a guide in President Obama

Chicago students see a guide in President Obama

CHICAGO – To these young men, President Barack Obama is a model of what they could become -- if they can avoid violence, unemployment and other pitfalls that have derailed some residents in their communities.

High school students enrolled in the Chicago schools' "Becoming a Man" program sat down with the president Friday in their school before he delivered a speech about the blight of gun violence on communities and the economy.

Student Vontate Stewart said Obama described his own struggles of the past and how he overcame them.

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  • Written by Gregory Wallace and Adam Aigner-Treworgy/CNN
  • Category: News

Man slaps 19-month-old toddler on plane, tells mother to ''shut that n****r baby up''

Man slaps 19-month-old toddler on plane, tells mother to ''shut that n****r baby up''

TODDLER ASSAULTED-Jessica Bennett and her son Jonah were traveling to Atlanta for a family funeral when her son was assaulted on the plane.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis woman says her 2-year-old son was traumatized by a man accused of slapping the boy and calling him a racial slur during an Atlanta-bound flight.

The boy's mother, , said in a

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  • Written by The Michigan Chronicle
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Lee Saunders, AFSCME's first African American leader

Lee Saunders, AFSCME's first African American leader

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is America's largest union, and Lee Saunders is the first African-American president in its 80-year history.

According to Saunders, while AFSCME's members are only 16 to 18 percent black, its ties to the African-American struggle for economic equality run deep.

On the 45th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968, The Root spoke to him about the significance of the landmark civil rights event in the labor movement's history, the import of his organization's efforts for the African-American community and what he hopes to see from President Obama's second term.

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