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‘God Is Moving’: Southern Baptist Black Church Leadership and Family Conference “Equips, Encourages and Edifies the Saints”

Southern Baptist African American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference of his 30-some years. (more…)

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WATCH: CeCe Winans & Kelly Price Pay Tribute To Cissy Houston At 2017 Essence Festival with Performance of “Count On Me”

CeCe Winans and Kelly Price paid tribute to the legendary Cissy Houston during the Essence Festival gospel tribute on Sunday in New Orleans. The ladies sang “Count On Me” which was originally performed by Winans and Whitney Houston. (more…)

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Alaska to Honor Segregated Black Soldiers Who Helped Build Famed World War II Highway

Leonard Larkins and nearly 4,000 other segregated black soldiers helped build a highway across Alaska and Canada during World War II, a contribution largely ignored for decades but drawing attention as the 75th anniversary approaches. (more…)

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Should Churches Keep Their Civil War Landmarks?

How historic congregations grapple with Confederate legacy. (more…)

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CeCe Winans Kicks Off her “Let Them Fall In Love” Tour In New Orleans, Brings Bishop Paul Morton On Stage

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist, CeCe Winans kicked off her “Let Them Fall In Love” tour a few nights ago in New Orleans, and the singer who had been gone for 9 years did not disappoint fans as she performed songs off her new album and even bringing Bishop Paul Morton on

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Small HBCU Dillard University Outranks Many Other Schools in Graduating Black Female Physics Majors

One of the smallest historically black colleges in the U.S. boasts a huge accomplishment: pound for pound, tiny Dillard University in New Orleans graduates more physics majors -- and, notably, more female physics majors -- than far bigger schools with more resources.  (more…)

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Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus Demands White Representative Resign Over Lynching Comment

Black lawmakers in Mississippi are demanding the resignation of a white colleague who said Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. (more…)

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Alabama Lawmakers Approve Protections for Confederate Monuments

Alabama lawmakers of Friday approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments, names and other historic memorials, as some Southern cities rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property. (more…)

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Second Confederate Monument Taken Down in New Orleans Amid Protests

The second of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans was removed overnight in an operation to take down what some believe are symbols of racism—but not without a fight. Protests followed the removal of the statue, which saluted Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Those who argue the monuments honor Southern heritage—as

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New Orleans Begins Removing Statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

As police stood between opposing crowds, a crew lifted a statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its pedestal before dawn Thursday in New Orleans -- the latest in a contentious plan to dismantle four Confederate monuments in the city. (more…)

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The Jefferson Davis statue is removed in New Orleans. (Dinah Rogers/EPA)

New Orleans Removes Tribute to Jefferson Davis and the ‘Lost Cause of the Confederacy’

Jefferson Davis served as the first and only president of the Confederate States of America, though his legacy as rebel leader does not exactly shine in the historical record. The Civil War Trust notes that “Davis’ popularity and effectiveness were not enhanced by the growing numbers of Confederate defeats,” and Davis

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