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Writing Contest Kicks Off Its Fifth Cycle

For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. Library of Congress, in conjunction with a bevy of public and school libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, is hosting "A Book that Shaped Me," a summer essay-writing contest that allows rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on books that made an impact on their lives.

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Judge Dismisses Assault Charge Against Officer in Freddie Gray Trial

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge dismissed the second-degree assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice, one the six officers charged in the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

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Students Embark on Annual Civil Rights Tour

Nearly two dozen local African-American and Jewish students recently embarked on a 25-day civil rights journey through New York, New Jersey and much of the American South.

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Community Marks Kwame Ture's 75th Birthday

On what would’ve been his 75th birthday, a cadre of former colleagues and mentees gathered at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe on Georgia Avenue in northwest D.C. to remember Kwame Ture and ensure that today’s grass-roots activists keep his memory alive in the ongoing fight for African liberation.

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Panel Discusses Implications of Menthol Ban

Since Chicago became the first U.S. city to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, including those containing menthol, The Chicago Defender and other minority-owned media outlets in that region have railed against these laws, saying they heavily discriminate against Black people.

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Bobby Jones Receives NNPA Lifetime Achievement Award

The National Newspaper Publishers Association honored Grammy-winning gospel singer Bobby Jones with its Lifetime Achievement Award during its annual convention in Houston.

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D.C.'s Independent Voters Left Out Once Again

Months of campaigning, canvassing and debating in D.C. ended last week with the Democratic closed primary, and in the largely blue city, the winners will most likely breeze through November's general election — meaning nearly one-fifth of unaffiliated D.C. voters are left out of the electoral process. It's a reality that doesn't sit well with a growing number in the constituency.

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Batchelor Eyes State Board of Education Seat

As Markus Batchelor gears up to challenge Tierra Jolly for the Ward 8 representative seat on the D.C. State Board of Education, he reflects heavily on the experiences, elders and community programs that have enriched his short but fruitful life, pledging to do his part in creating a similar environment for thousands of youth if elected in November.

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Ward 8 Council Candidates Engage Youth

Several Voice Concerns Over Incumbent's Early Exit

Not even the cries of teenagers and young adults eager to have their questions addressed could compel Ward 8 D.C. Council member LaRuby May to stay through an entire public campaign event.

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Thousands 'Tap the Future' During Business Competition

Later this year, a world-renowned beer company will award hundreds of thousands of dollars to a team of entrepreneurs.

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