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Eston Hemings, an accomplished musician and cabinetmaker

All the fanfare surrounding the opening of the Sally Hemings exhibit at the Thomas Jefferson Monticello estate in Virginia last week finally gives recognition to the slave woman who was the mother of four surviving children by Jefferson.

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The Rev. Sharpton and civil leaders oppose the separation of families

About the same time members of Congress were conferring on a bill to keep immigrant families together who had been detained at the border, the Rev. Al Sharpton, along with several civil rights leaders, were voicing their objection to the children being separated from their parents.

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Dorothy Cotton was the personification of the brave civil rights activist

In the annals of the Civil Rights Movement, there is a photo of eight stalwarts in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, James Bevel and Hosea Williams. Only one of them is a woman—Dorothy Cotton.

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Jazz harpist and composer Dorothy Ashby

In the world of jazz, harpist Dorothy Ashby had a unique and singular presence.

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Trump and Kim on the same Page

The on and off again meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump finally happened Tuesday in Singapore, although little is known about what transpired beyond their cordial exchanges after a five-hour session.

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Attorney Lewis Myers Jr., ‘the people’s lawyer,’ dead at 70

A coterie of African-American revolutionaries and civil rights activists were recipients of the wise counseling of attorney Lewis Myers Jr., including the Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr., Assata Shakur and his good friend, Min. Louis Farrakhan.

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Charles W. White, an artist and muralist of political commitment

No gallery or collection of African-American artists is complete without one from Charles Wilbert White.

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Five hundred days of Trump

“L’etat, c’est moi!” (“I am the state!”) is an expression widely attributed to Louis XIV and his long monarchical rule in France, but to some extent, it can be applied to Trump as he moves autocratically in his absolute political authority.

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Pioneering military woman, attorney and cleric, Dovey Johnson Roundtree, passes at 104

Described by some as a “one-woman legal aid society,” Dovey Johnson Roundtree shattered several color and gender barriers in her long and productive career.

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Rosie Lee Tompkins, a private but spectacular quilt maker

From what I can gather, Rosie Lee Tompkins, the extraordinary quilt maker, was not that interested in the spotlight, preferring a more reclusive life to do her work.

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