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A trailblazer’s view of ‘Building Atlanta’

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ATLANTA – Atlanta businessman, construction management mogul, philanthropist and now author Herman J. Russellhas released his book, “Building Atlanta: How I Broke through Segregation to Launch a Business Empire.”
 Award-winning broadcast journalist Angela Robinson recently hosted a book signing and interviewed Russell on his life, struggles, and how he broke through segregation to launch his business empire. The interview was serious and at times brought memories that provoked tears and laughter. 

Dallas County accidentally backs reparations

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It was a mistake … but it was well executed.
During a recent meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court last week, officials voted on an item called the “Juneteenth Resolution,” in reference to the annual commemoration of the day U.S. soldiers arrived in Texas to free slaves after the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). The only African-American commissioner, John Wiley Price, submitted the resolution. The resolution eventually came up for a voice vote and was passed unanimously.
But Price’s resolution addressed more than Juneteenth. Price’s resolution addressed everything from the injustices of slavery to Jim Crow laws to predatory lending practices that African Americans have been subjected to.

Student TCAP scores across Tennessee grew this year but at a slower pace

TCAP Scores
The number of students in Tennessee who are meeting academic standards rose for the third year in a row, although at a slightly slower rate, according to the new state-wide data released by the Tennessee Department of Education today (July 1st). Students who took the state’s Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) tests showed small improvements on most tests, which continued the state’s upward trajectory of the past few years.
Some of the biggest gains highlighted were in math, where 19 percent more students scored proficient in Algebra II than in 2011 when the test was first administered. More students in grades 3 to 8 scored proficient than last year, but the pace of that growth has slowed.  Around 100,000 more students across all grade levels are proficient in math in Tennessee than in 2010.

Student is the first African-American valedictorian in her school’s history

A high school student in Queens, N.Y. now has the distinction of being her school’s first African-American valedictorian. The story is making national news, even though there are many trailblazers of a similar sort around the nation. But without regard to the context within which the story is being released, her achievement is nothing short of remarkable.
According to reporter Mona Rivera, Shanelle Davis is a senior at Benjamin Cardozo High School in the Bayside area.
“It’s an incredible honor. It’s still surreal to me,” she said.

‘Is that a misquote on the memorial tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?’

Dr King Misquote
“The inscription on the memorial tomb of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is not what he said in his world famous speech, ‘I Have A Dream,’” said James D. Sewell, publisher of a new website, www.MLK-Tomb-Misquote.com, which is dedicated to correcting what Sewell calls an insult to Dr. King.
“I recently logged onto the U.S. Park Service website to research a tribute poem I was writing about Dr. King, when I discovered what looked like a misquote on Dr. King’s memorial tomb,” said Sewell.
“When I first saw it, I wasn’t really sure what to think,” said Sewell. “I could not believe that a man of Dr. King’s stature would be misquoted on his memorial tomb, and especially in his most famous speech.”