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According to Black Press USA, President Donald Trump will travel to Columbia, S.C., on Friday, October 25, to deliver the keynote address at the 2019 Second Step Presidential Justice Forum, NNPA Newswire has learned exclusively. Hosted by the 20/20 Bipartisan Justice Center, a nonprofit founded by a bipartisan group of African American leaders from across the country who advocate for criminal justice reform, the event will be held at Benedict College, one of South Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which is located in an opportunity zone. “The Trump Administration’s support for HBCUs in South Carolina and across the Nation has been unprecedented and makes states more economically competitive,” a White House official told NNPA Newswire. The historic First Step Act is providing prisoners with a second chance through rehabilitative programs, fair sentencing, and smart confinement.

According to Black Press USA, A new partnership between NBA great Shaquille O’Neal and Miles College will help bring a Papa John’s Pizzeria to every Historically Black College and University Campus in the nation. “Historically Black Colleges and Universities have paved the way for African Americans and people of other races to receive a quality education deservedly,” O’Neal said in a statement issued through the Purpose PR Firm in Birmingham. “HBCUs have been pivotal in the development of young minds; influential in highlighting the history and culture of African Americans and effectively provided a means for academic success,” O’Neal stated. “It is in these great halls of these wonderful institutions that students saw their potential magnified and exemplified.” In a statement, Miles College President Bobbie Knight said she was excited about the new venture. O’Neal and Knight plan to formally announce the HBCU initiative that will ultimately involve all HBCU’s at a noon press conference on the Campus of the Birmingham, Alabama school on October 26.

According to Associated Press, A Detroit artist is working with University of Michigan students to create a mural depicting the school’s first black student. Artist Tylonn Sawyer and the students want to honor Samuel Watson, a doctor who attended the Michigan’s medical school in the 1850s. University researchers say Watson, who was of mixed race, passed as white while attending the school. Watson ultimately received a medical degree from the Cleveland Medical School and became Detroit’s first elected black city official. The mural is inside the Ann Arbor campus’ Modern Languages Building. A related exhibition runs Nov. 18-Dec. 19 at the Institute for Humanities Gallery, and Sawyer is scheduled to speak at the opening reception on Nov. 21. Sawyer says he was inspired by current efforts to censor or remove post-Civil War Confederate monuments.

According to Associated Press, A man left paralyzed by a deputy’s bullet after he was mistaken for a burglar has settled his lawsuit against the sheriff’s office. The Post and Courier reported Friday the case against the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office was settled for $750,000. Bryant Heyward was rendered a quadriplegic from the 2015 shooting. Heyward was at home when armed burglars came to his home. He grabbed a gun and after a shootout called 911 as he hid in the laundry room. An arriving deputy shot Heyward. The deputy wrote in his report that he saw a door open and a “black male appeared and pointed a handgun.” The newspaper reported that as Heyward was shot, he yelled, “Wrong guy, sir. This is my house.”

According to FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall opened up about the need for police across the nation to regain the public’s trust. While Chief Hall said training was not the issue in the shooting of Botham Jean, she said she is going to increase training for Dallas police officers. In addition to more time at the gun range and training officers for implicit biases, Chief Hall said the department was recently audited to see if data reveals any evidence of racial profiling in the department. In a sit down conversation with the Dallas Bar Association, Chief Hall was candid about the impact the shooting of Botham Jean had on the department and even law enforcement across the country. “We know that shooting changed everyone’s life. A family was left without a son. Now, there’s another family left without a daughter for a number of years,” she said. “We recognize we have work to do. We don’t run from it. “As a police chief and department, every time one of my officers uses force, it’s not if, it’s when. We can’t be on trial every time an officer does his or her job,”

According to Associated Press, A new bulletproof memorial to Emmett Till was dedicated Saturday in Mississippi after previous historical markers were repeatedly vandalized. The brutal slaying of the 14-year-old black teenager helped spur the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. The 14-year-old African American teen was kidnapped, beaten and killed in 1955, hours after he was accused of whistling at a white woman. His body was found in a river days later. An all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted two white men of murder charges. Patrick Weems, executive director of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission, said the new marker was dedicated Saturday. Members of Till’s family, including a cousin who was there the night Till was kidnapped, attended the ceremony at the site where the teen’s body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River. This is the fourth historical marker at the site. Previous ones became a target for vandals. The first historical marker was placed in 2008. Someone tossed it in the river. The second and third signs were shot at and left riddled with bullet holes. The new 500-pound steel sign has a glass bulletproof front, Weems said. Weems said the markers were placed as an attempt to acknowledge the truth of what happened there and hopefully spark “new conversations.”

According to Black Press USA, EMMY® Award-winning comedian, actress and writer Wanda Sykes will host the 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting night of inspiration, history and crowd-rousing performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions. For the first time in its history, the Bounce Trumpet Awards will be held in Hollywood, taking place at the Dolby Theatre. It will tape Dec. 4, 2019 and will world premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET for Black History Month. Bounce, the fastest-growing African-American network on television, exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the event. Visit for more information. The Bounce Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee.

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