Lesser Known Women Civil Rights Activists

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“But while male leaders like King and Malcolm X are renowned for their contributions to the influential movement, the role women played in the civil rights struggle goes largely unnoticed. Americans may know the names of Rosa Parks or Coretta Scott King, but the numerous other women who played key roles in the fight for equal rights are too often wiped from the history books,” writes Alison Durkee.

“There’s a Chinese saying, ‘Women hold up half the world,”‘ the late civil rights historian and NAACP chair Julian Bond told NBC News in 2005. “In the case of the civil rights movement it’s probably three-quarters of the world.”

Do you know these women who have played important roles in movements for civil rights over the past 2 centuries?

  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett
  • Dorothy Height
  • Maya Wiley
  • Ella Baker
  • Amelia Boynton Robinson
  • Mary Church Terrell
  • JoAnn Robinson
  • Diane Nash
  • Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Claudette Colvin
  • Septima Clark
  • Pauli Murray
  • Anna Arnold Hedgeman
  • Mary McLeod Bethune
  • Shirley Chishom
  • Anna Julia Cooper
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Majora Carter
  • Flo Kennedy

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Weight Loss for the Holiday 10

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15 SCIENTIFICALLY-PROVEN WEIGHT LOSS TIPS THAT WORK

Read the entire list at blackdoctor.org

  • Eat breakfast
  • Eat 30 grams of fiber a day
  • Cut soda and sugary juices
  • Reduce your meat intake

 

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African American History – 17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great In 2016

17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great In 2016

Antonia Blumberg    Associate Religion Editor, The Huffington Post

If there was ever a year that needed Muslim women to show the world just how great America already is, 2016 was it.

Muslim Americans continue to face rising intolerance and Islamophobia as a result, in part, of aggressive attacks on their community by politicians and conservative media. They were assaulted, ridiculed and at times even murdered for their religious identification ― and hijab-wearing Muslim women often bore the brunt of this bigotry.

But they didn’t remain silent. If anything, Muslim women lead the charge in advocating for the rights of minority groups and taking America to task for its ongoing failure to uphold its founding values of “life, liberty and justice for all.” Here are 17 women who made America great in 2016.

  • Ilhan Omar

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Ilhan Omar was born in Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 after spending four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. On Nov. 8, she became the first Somali-American Muslim woman elected to a state legislature, with a victory in Minnesota. The 34-year-old campaigned on a progressive platform, advocating for affordable college, criminal justice reform, economic equality and clean energy.

  • Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made history this year as the first U.S. athlete to compete at the Olympics in a hijab. Though she didn’t win a gold medal, Muhammad still scored an important victory as one of the most recognizable athletes entering the Rio Olympics and an important reminder of the obstacles Muslim athletes often have to overcome to pursue their dream.

  • Kiran Waqar, Balkisa Abdikadir, Hawa Adam and Lena Ginawi
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Teen poets Kiran Waqar, Balkisa Abdikadir, Hawa Adam and Lena Ginawi comprise the slam poetry quartet, Muslim Girls Making Change, and that’s exactly what they do. The teens participated in the international youth poetry festival Brave New Voices, where they presented powerful poems on topics ranging from identity to bigotry.

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Minimum Wage Action

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Credit: https://www.sott.net/article/295438-Raising-the-minimum-wage-to-15-would-benefit-all-workers-as-well-as-the-economy

 Set the Minimum Wage at $15 per hour

At the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ (CT-UCC), a resolution was adopted which called for a minimum wage of $15 per hour beginning in 2019. The resolution was sponsored by Faith Congregational Church UCC, Asylum Hill Congregational Church UCC, Center Church, UCC and Immanuel Congregational Church UCC, all of Hartford. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, and the CT minimum wage will be $10.10 per hour starting January 11, 2017. While CT has been a leader in setting its minimum wage above the federal standard, more needs to be done. CT United Way has participated in ALICE [Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed], a study of how much it costs to live in Connecticut, what those expenses are, how much people earn, and poverty levels. The study can be found here. What it tells us is that in 2014, the hourly wage for a Household Survival Budget for a single person was $11.33 and for a family of 4 with 2 small children $35.39. Given a 2% inflation rate those figures are about $11.56 and $36.10.

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The cost of living here, however, is far more expensive than the ALICE individuals and families can afford. We CAN do something about this.   At it says in Proverbs 14:31,” You insult your Maker when you exploit the powerless; when you’re kind to the poor, you honor God.”

10 Affirming Books for Black Children

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 10 Affirming Books for Black Children

courtesy of AtlanticBlackStar.com

  • Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Carole Byard
  • The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
  • Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
  • Brothers of the Knight by Debbie Allen, Pictures by Kadir Nelson
  • Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • My Man Blue by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Jerome Lagarrigue
  • The Dancing Twelve Princesses by Rachel Isadora
  • I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by David Catrow
  • Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkney, Photographs by Myles C. Pinkney

Dry Itchy Skin? Here’s Help!

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When Your Skin Is Dry

It can be uncomfortable — rough, itchy, and gray or ashy in color. It may feel tight, especially after you shower, bathe, or swim. You may have unusual redness and lines and cracks in the skin, sometimes deep enough that they bleed. Many things can cause it, and what you can do it about it depends on what brought it on.

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