The Equal Justice Initiative, a legal rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama, announced plans to honor victims of lynchings with a memorial. It’s slated to be the largest structure built to canonize victims of racial lynchings. A museum will also go alongside the memorial to trace the country’s history from slavery to present day. “Our goal isn’t to be divisive,” said Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative.“Our goal is just to get people to confront the truth of our past with some more courage.” The structure is slated to open in April 2017. Read More.
60,000 Seek Disaster Aid In Louisiana’s Torrential Flooding, 11 Confirmed Dead
Gov. John Bel Edwards confirmed 60,000 people have signed up for disaster aid relief through FEMA. Earlier in the day, 11 people were confirmed dead in unprecedented flooding that has ripped through the Gulf Coast state since the weekend; 40,000 homes have been damaged, while over 30,000 have been rescued from some of the worst flooding in the state’s recent history. Read More.
Baltimore Police Union VP Suspended After Exposed Email Leaks, Calling Protesters ‘Thugs’
Lt. Victor Gearhart, first vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, used his work email account to criticize protesters at the Maryland Fraternal Order of Police conference. The email was sent to the entire police department and included the lines, “expect more bad behavior from the THUGS OF BALTIMORE,” and “On the bright side maybe they will stop killing each other while they are protesting us.” Police Commissioner Kevin Davis suspended Gearhart on Monday after the comments surfaced. Read More.
Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, & Octavia Spencer Break Barriers In New Film, ‘Hidden Figures’
Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe, and Octavia Spencer star in the true story of three Black genius mathematicians who helped launch NASA’s space exploration program in the 1960s. Henson plays the lead Katherine G. Johnson, singer-actor Monáe takes on the role of Mary Jackson, and Spencer plays the role of Dorothy Vaughn. The movie follows the women’s trajectory as they crunch numbers – calculating the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space. Their work allowed Glenn to become the first U.S. astronaut to make a complete, successful orbit around Earth in 1962 – paving the way for the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Read More.
Brother Of Nate Parker’s Rape Accuser Speaks Out
An explosive interview with the brother of Nate Parker’s rape accuser reveals that the unnamed woman committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills in a drug rehabilitation program in 2012. She was 30 years old. The women’s brother is convinced that her life spiraled downward after the rape trial in which Parker was acquitted. “She became detached from reality,” he said. “My position is he got off on a technicality.” Read More.
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