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Every year, the dedicated teacher would put together a bulletin board for Black History Month, honoring famous achievers.
There was Martin Luther King Jr., of course. Thurgood Marshall, the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice. George Washington Carver, the inventor and scientist.
Several years ago, Loretta Augustine-Herron added a little-known face to the board at her Mississippi school. It was a photo of a friend she had worked closely with in Chicago who was just launching his political career.
His name was Barack Obama....

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – On the verge of commemorating the Martin Luther King National Holiday Jan. 19, Martin Luther King III, has declared, "We've got to roll up our sleeves" during what he describes as "a very special period in the history of our nation and world."
Speaking last week to the ceremonial swearing in of the Congressional Black Caucus ...

The Multnomah Bar Association recognized longtime attorney Carl R. Neil, a partner at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler LLP, at its awards luncheon Sept. 19.
Neil received the 2007 Professionalism Award, the highest honor that the organization bestows upon a member. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School, Neil  has more than 45 years of experience in the areas of commercial litigation, maritime law, carriage ...

1860 : Republican Abraham Lincoln is elected president in 1860. South Carolina secedes from the Union, followed by the other slaveholding states. All the New England states except Connecticut already have abolished slavery; other states, for example Illinois, ban it in their constitutions. 
1861: President Lincoln declares the Southern states to be in rebellion and raises an army....

At a time when the country was recovering from the bloodiest war in its history, Revels (1822-1901), the son of a free Black man and an enslaved Black woman, became the first African American to be a United States senator – from the state of Mississippi, no less. He was elected by an overwhelming majority of the Mississippi state Senate – the way U.S. senators were elected at the time – on Feb. 25, 1870, after arguments....

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