Each year, the White House grants the Presidential Medal of Freedom to individuals who have made major social, political, and cultural contributions to the country. It’s recognized as the highest civilian honor. Later this month, President Obama will bestow the medal on nineteen distinguished recipients including musician Stevie Wonder, murdered civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, and notable choreographer Alvin Ailey. “I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our nation’s highest civilian honor,” said the President in a statement. “From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.” Last year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients included Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Read more.
Low-Income African Americans Are Being Pushed Out By Recent College Grads
A new study shows that recent college graduates are pushing lower-income African Americans out of major cities. Between 2000 and 2010, cities including San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago and Austin lost unprecedented numbers of black residents. San Francisco experienced a 20.4 percent loss in their black population during that decade. Washington D.C. and Chicago also saw double-digit loses. The study also showed that over the past three decades there has been an influx of college graduates moving to these cities. These recent college grads account for a large percentage of the work force in these cities, and contribute to income disparity. Read more.
Army Drops the Use of Term ‘Negro’
Until recently, the term “negro” was listed as acceptable when describing black or African American personnel in the Army. Following a backlash, Uncle Sam changed its policy and publicly apologized. “The U.S. Army fully recognized, and promptly acted, to remove outdated language in Army Regulation 600-20 as soon as it was brought to our attention,” said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Alayne Conway. “We apologize to anyone we offended.” The policy now lists “Black” and/or “African-American” as acceptable terms. Read more.