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Inspired by the recent protests against racism at the University of Missouri, scores of students at Ithaca College in New York decided to stage a walkout Wednesday demanding that the institution’s president, Tom Rochon, step down for turning a blind eye to racially charged incidents on campus. The students gathered at the school’s quad to listen to speeches and hold a 20 minute silent demonstration. “With University of Missouri’s president stepping down, we demand Rochon to do the same as it is vital to fight against both covert and overt racism in all places of education and empowerment,” said one of the organizers of the protest. An on-campus group called People of Color at Ithaca College is demanding that the student body vote for or against Rochon by the end of this month. The institution’s faculty council will also hold a vote. Yesterday, many people took to Twitter using the hashtag #BlackOnCampus to share their experiences with racism and discrimination while in school. Read more.

OWN to Develop Mini-Series about Tulsa Riots

OWN has always featured programming that shines a spotlight on historical events that have shaped our country; i.e. their “#Selma50” special. One of the network’s newest series will delve into the Tulsa, Oklahoma race riots. The riots, which took place in 1921, began after a group of White people attacked African-Americans in the Greenwood area. Lasting over a span of 18 hours, the tragedy was recognized as one of the most deadly riots in our country’s history. The area in which it occurred was known as the wealthiest Black neighborhood in the country at the time. The mini-series will reportedly be centered on a journalist named Mattie Clay, played by actress Octavia Spencer. No details regarding producing, directing, and writing have been released. Read more.

WHO Reports Africa is On Its Way to Being Meningitis-Free

Just days after announcing that Sierra Leone was Ebola-free, the World Health Organization is now reporting that Africa is close to getting rid of meningitis due to a new vaccine. According to scientists, 90 percent of people who were vaccinated with meningitis A still had protective antibodies 5 years later. “We have nearly eliminated meningitis A epidemics from Africa, but the fact is the job is not yet done,” said Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, WHO’s Director of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals. “Our dramatic gains against meningitis A through mass vaccination campaigns will be jeopardized unless countries maintain a high level of protection by incorporating the meningitis A vaccine into their routine childhood immunization schedules.” Back in 1996, a meningitis A epidemic infected nearly 250,000 people and claimed 25,000 over the span of a few months. Read more.

Town Square To Be Named After Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland is ending an amazing year with something very special. Copeland, who became the first Black principal ballerina for the American Ballet Theater, will get her own intersection in her hometown of San Pedro, California. The intersection, called ‘Misty Copeland Square,’ will be at 13th Street and Pacific Avenue. The naming ceremony will take place next month on December 21st. Talk about a full circle moment! Read more.


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