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Energizing Harvest Prep

Energizing Harvest PrepMinneapolis, MN—On May 27, Xcel Energy announced a yearlong partnership with Harvest Preparatory School in North Minneapolis. The commitment includes a $50,000 grant to make the building more energy efficient and to support the school's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education (STEM). Xcel Energy employees are also expected to volunteer in classroom learning, and at family events over the 2014-15 school year that will teach students how to be energy efficient at home.
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Maya Angelou opened her life to open our eyes

Maya Angelou opened her life to open our eyesWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The day before she died, Maya Angelou telephoned Ebony magazine headquarters in Chicago to tell new editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller that she was proud of her. They barely knew each other. Miller knew Angelou mostly through her writings.
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Wells Fargo, NAACP, National Urban League to host Housing Forums for aspiring homeowners during National Homeownership Month

Wells Fargo, NAACP, National Urban League to host Housing Forums for aspiring homeowners during National Homeownership MonthWells Fargo (NYSE: WFC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and National Urban League have announced a joint effort to host housing forums in nine select markets across the country during National Homeownership Month in June. The forums will provide aspiring homeowners with information and resources to help navigate the path to homeownership successfully.
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African American Caucus announces 2014 Secretary of State Endorsement

African American Caucus announces 2014 Secretary of State EndorsementThe African American Caucus met on Thursday, May 23rd to vet 2014 candidates for endorsement. In addition to pre- answering a series of questions pertaining to issues in Minnesota's African American Community; members were interviewed in person. A 60% vote, with a quorum, was required for an endorsement.
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Maya Angelou, the Nation's wise woman

Maya Angelou, the Nation's wise womanBlackPressUSA - Maya Angelou walked into a meeting of civil rights leaders discussing affirmative action back in the 1990s, looked around, and put them all in their place with a single, astute observation.
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NAACP presidential selection process again mired in controversy

NAACP presidential selection process again mired in controversy[FIRST OF TWO ARTICLES]

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A search firm hired by the NAACP ranked Rev. Frederick D. Haynes, III, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, as the top candidate five years ago to become president and CEO of the NAACP.
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Making it official

Making it officialJamil Smith Cole and Michael Cole Smith are never ones to do the ordinary.

So when same sex couples were allowed to legally marry in Minnesota on Aug. 1 of last year, the two didn't rush out and get married on that day as many other couples did. The couple, who together own Talk of the Town Hair Salon, said that was too cliché, too ordinary.

"Everybody was pressuring us to do it (get legally married) on the first day but we want to do it how we want to do it," said Smith Cole. "Everyone was getting married at the courthouse. We're not courthouse people."
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Nardal Stroud, Michael Chaney, LaDonna Redmond: Fighting for food justice

Nardal Stroud, Michael Chaney, LaDonna Redmond: Fighting for food justicePart 3 in a series

Al McFarlane
Nardal Stroud, how do you come to this work? What are you doing to address the question of food justice?
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Changing attitudes about green living

Changing attitudes about green livingWASHINGTON (NNPA) – A record-high 356 temperatures were tied or broken across the contiguous United States in 2012, marking the warmest year ever in American history. Over that same period, widespread droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, snowstorms, and superstorms put a nearly $110 billion dent in the economy.

And according to environmental activists, that's something Blacks should be concerned about.
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Urban View replays Maya Angelou's final radio interview + a statement from Aretha Franklin

Urban View replays Maya Angelou's final radio interview + a statement from Aretha FranklinMay 28, 2014

As the nation and the world mourn the loss of one of our greatest authors, activists and human rights advocates, hosts on SiriusXM Urban View are memorializing Dr. Maya Angelou with commentary, clips and celebrity eulogies throughout the day.
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Africans share in grief over passing of Dr. Maya Angelou

Africans share in grief over passing of Dr. Maya AngelouMay 28 (GIN) – Legendary poetess Maya Angelou was renowned in Africa much as she was beloved in the country of her birth.
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