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Occupation of Howard U's Admin Building Hits Week Mark

Students are demanding change after financial aid scandal came to light

(Newser) - For more than a week now, students have been occupying the administration building at Washington DC's Howard University, protesting after a financial aid scandal came to light last week. An investigation last year revealed some employees at the historically black university were getting grants from the school to attend... More »

FBI Traces Racist Threat to Panera Bread WiFi for Arrest

John Edgar Rust allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested a white man in his mid-20s who allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University two years ago, and the investigation involved a nifty bit of internet sleuthing. Agents first traced the threat posted on Reddit and 4chan to the wireless internet at a Panera... More »

Beyonce Has a Surprise for 4 'Bold' College Students

Singer offering scholarships for 4 different colleges to celebrate 'Lemonade' anniversary

(Newser) - Beyonce has apparently taken her message of feminist empowerment to heart, and she's putting her money where her melodious mouth is, per Pitchfork . To mark the first anniversary of her Lemonade album, the singer is offering four "Formation Scholars" scholarships for young black women for the 2017-2018 school... More »

Obama's Howard Speech Hailed as 'One for the Ages'

Activism is more than hashtags, he told graduates

(Newser) - President Obama's commencement address at Howard University on Saturday is still reverberating, with some ranking it among the best speeches he has ever delivered. Black Lives Matter activists are among those praising Obama, who spoke about being "comfortable in your blackness" and of the importance of compromise and... More »

Obama Tells Class of 2016 US Is 'Better Place' Than When He Graduated

But they still have 'plenty of work to do'

(Newser) - President Obama said Saturday that the country is "a better place today" than when he graduated from college more than 30 years ago, citing his historic election as "one indicator of how attitudes have changed," the AP reports. Obama delivered the commencement address to the Class of... More »

Rachel Dolezal Sued School for 'Anti-White Bias'

She accused Howard University of discriminating against her

(Newser) - Rachel Dolezal isn't just a white woman who presents herself as black—she's a white woman who accused a largely black university of discriminating against her because she's a white woman. Dolezal, 37, who today stepped down as head of NAACP's Spokane chapter , sued Howard University... More »

Rachel Dolezal to Speak ... Eventually

Spokane NAACP meeting scheduled for tomorrow is postponed

(Newser) - Looks like Rachel Dolezal won't speak out publicly just yet after all. The president of the Spokane, Wash., chapter of the NAACP—whose parents say she's white but pretends to be black —will not address the furor around her racial identity tomorrow as planned, the AP reports.... More »

Howard U's 'Hands Up' Protest Photo Goes Viral

Students show their support for Michael Brown of Ferguson

(Newser) - One of the most viewed images related to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is actually from Washington, DC. It's out of Howard University, to be exact, and it shows scores of students from the school making a "hands up" gesture in solidarity with Brown, reports... More »

I, Barack Obama's Stand-In ...

Full scale rehearsal for inauguration features ersatz First Family

(Newser) - A full-scale rehearsal for Barack Obama's inauguration unfolded in Washington before dawn yesterday, featuring a stand-in first family. A 26-year-old Army staff sergeant took an ersatz oath of office while a Navy yeoman playing Michelle Obama looked on, reports the Washington Post. Two children played Malia and Sasha. Each character... More »

Dems Fret Over School Ruling

Howard U. debate concentrates on race

(Newser) - The Supreme Court decision limiting the role of race in public-school assignments was the talk of the town yesterday—even at the Democratic debate. The agenda at historically black Howard University was minority issues, and although attention naturally fell on Barack Obama, his seven competitors also had their moments in... More »

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