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10 African Americans Win 2018 Rhodes Scholarships, Most Ever in Rhodes History


Cadet Simone Askew, of Fairfax, Va., is one of 32 Americans awarded Rhodes scholarships to study at Oxford University in England. (Richard Drew, File/Associated Press)

The latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars includes 10 African Americans — the most ever in a single Rhodes class — as well as a transgender man and four students from colleges that had never had received the honor before.

The Rhodes Trust on Sunday announced the 32 men and women chosen for post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England. Among them: the first black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets at West Point; a wrestler at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who’s helping develop a prosthetic knee for use in the developing world; and a Portland, Oregon, man who has studied gaps in his hometown’s “sanctuary city” policy protecting immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.


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In the near future, Generations X, Y and Z will converge in the workplace

(Source: In the near future, three of the most studied generations will converge on the workplace at the same time: Generation X, the age cohort born before the 1980s but after the Baby Boomers; Generation Y, or Millennials, typically thought of as those born between 1984 and 1996; and Generation Z, those born after 1997, […]

via A Survey of 19 Countries Shows How Generations X, Y, and Z Are — and Aren’t — Different — Kopitiam Bot

The top three industries that struggle with diversity (according to Millennials)

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by Ray Hayes

When it comes to diversity, Baby Boomers and Millennials have different views of the term.  While Baby Boomers believe diversity focuses on ethnic / racial context, Millennials widen that definition and include other aspects such as sexual orientation, gender, and even thought.   In addition, Millennials consider diversity when making employment decisions a lot more than previous generations. According to the Institute for Public Relations (IPR) recent study, “…47 percent of millennials consider diversity and inclusion of a workplace in their job search, compared to just 37 percent of Baby Boomers and 33 percent of Gen X’ers.”

Diversity is indeed the future.

When taking a closer look at the future, Millennials have already identified 3 industries where diversity could use improvement moving forward.  These industries include technology, healthcare/medicine, and higher education.

In my opinion, these listed industries are in need of diversity increases.  Technology is easily the most well…

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Code2040 raises $5.6 million to help support diversity in tech

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Code2040 is a San Francisco non profit that focuses on increasing diversity in the technology sector.  Recently the organization successfully raised $5.6 million to help fuel these efforts thanks to the support of  the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation along with a few others.  The new funding will go to help support the expansion of the organization and assist in educating and employing more black and Latino students at tech corporations.

Diversity in tech is one of the most challenging sectors to improve upon in recent memory.  The learning curve is very specific and involves access to resources that many under represented groups do not have.  The issue is connecting under privileged individuals with these resources and help them over a period of years to be ready for future opportunities.

The current political climate makes things a bit difficult to provide a growing community with these resources, but…

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Lieutenant-Colonel Harcus Strachan, VC

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By Emily Monks-Leeson
This week, Library and Archives Canada’s Discover Blog honours Lieutenant-Colonel Harcus Strachan, Canadian Victoria Cross recipient for his actions during the First World War Battle of Cambrai, which took place one hundred years ago today.

A black-and-white photograph of a seated officer wearing a cap and all the accoutrements of an officer. Lieutenant Harcus Strachan, VC, undated (MIKAN 3221434)

Born in Borrowstounness, Scotland, in 1887, Strachan immigrated to Canada in 1908. He enlisted in The Fort Garry Horse regiment, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1915. He was a commissioned lieutenant and, on November 20, 1917, took command of a mounted squadron of The Fort Garry Horse at Masnières, France. When the squadron leader was killed, Lieutenant Strachan led the squad through the German line of machine gun posts and charged the German battery, killing seven of the gunners in hand-to-hand fighting. He then cut telephone communications three kilometers behind the German lines, rallied his surviving men, and fought his way back…

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U.S. Postal Service Honors National Museum of African American History and Culture with Forever Stamp



by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (@lakinhutcherson)

Opened just a year ago on Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) became the 19th Smithsonian museum and the only national museum devoted exclusively to African American life, art, history and culture. The museum’s collections, which include art, artifacts, photographs, films, documents, data, books, manuscripts and audio recordings, represent all regions of the United States and acknowledge the cultural links of African Americans to the black experience around the world as well.

To commemorate NMAAHC, the United States Postal Service is issuing a Forever Stamp in its honor. The stamp art is based on a photograph of the museum showing a view of the northwest corner of the building. Text in the upper-left corner of the stamp reads “National Museum of African American History and Culture.”

The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will be held on Friday, October 13…

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Digitizes Vintage Photos For Black Families


The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington D.C. harbors pieces of history that illustrate the story of the Black experience in America, and now the institution is giving African American families the opportunity to preserve memories of their own, The Baltimore Sun reported.

The museum launched a free program—dubbed the Community Curation Program—which provides Black families with the tools and equipment needed to preserve old photographs and footage by converting them into digital records, the news outlet writes. The program is supported by the Robert Frederick Smith Fund and travels to different cities across the country. The museum also provides the same equipment at the institution in Washington. One of the project’s latest stops was at the Impact Hub Baltimore in Station North…

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