By Stacy M. Brown, Senior National Correspondent, NNPA Newswire Jim Brown, the superstar Cleveland Browns running back who quit football at the very height of his hall-of-fame career, has died at 87. He passed away on May 18. Perhaps the greatest running back ever, Brown quit football to pursue an acting career at 30. From
AFRO CEO and Publisher Dr. Frances ‘Toni’ Draper speaks at commencement ceremony for Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education
By Aria Brent, AFRO Staff Writer On the evening of May 23 Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) School of Education (SOE) held their 114th commencement ceremony, celebrating the latest group of alumni to join the network of over 24,000 educators. AFRO Publisher and CEO Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper delivered the commencement speech for the SOE graduates
By DaQuan Lawrence, Special to the AFRO Comptroller of Maryland, Brooke Lierman (D), was sworn into office on Jan. 16 as the first woman to serve in an independent, statewide office in the state of Maryland. In a one-on-one interview with the AFRO, Lierman discussed her career and path to the Comptroller’s Office, her experience
By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org In honor of D.C. Black Pride, xHood, a community organization for Black queer families, will host the Black Parent Pride Summit at the Eaton Hotel from May 26 to May 28. The three-day event assembles Black parents from the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate, connect and obtain critical family-building
Coppin State University was founded in 1900 to fill the need for education for African Americans. Specifically, Coppin was founded as a school for black educators, who would go on to teach generations of young people in Maryland, and specifically in the Baltimore City Public School System. The university’s namesake, Fanny Jackson Coppin, was a
By Cheryl Stewart, Morgan State University PR Overcast skies endeavored to set the tone, but the joy of achievement recently prevailed at Morgan State University, as 622 candidates received bachelor’s degrees during the 146th undergraduate commencement exercises for the institution, officially deemed a “national treasure” in 2016. Acclaimed civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin
By John Celestand, Word in Black My 9-year-old son’s favorite player is Ja Morant. I need to explain this further, so you really get it. The person writing this article— the one who contributed to giving my son life—grew up a Los Angeles Lakers fan, played for the Los Angeles Lakers and won an NBA
By Tashi McQueen, AFRO Political Writer, email@example.com On May 20 the NAACP Board of Directors issued a travel notice for Florida, warning individuals that Florida is “openly hostile” concerning Black Americans, people of color and people within the LGBTQ+ community. The notice advises the aforementioned groups to “understand that the state of Florida devalues and
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