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Morehouse College is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious Historically Black colleges in the country, and the only all-male one. One of the reasons this institution has managed to survive over 150 years is that it knows how to adapt with the times and the needs of African-American men. In a surprising move, the college has now opted to include transgender men in that number, and will begin accepting them in 2020!

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The new policy, known as the Gender Identity Admissions and Matriculation Policy, applies to all students who enroll in the private college by the fall 2020 semester.
The announcement comes after Spelman College, a private historically black all-women’s school in Atlanta, adopted a similar policy in 2017.
“In a rapidly changing world that includes a better understanding of gender identity, we’re proud to expand our admissions policy to consider trans men who want to be part of an institution that has produced some of the greatest leaders in social justice, politics, business, and the arts for more than 150 years,” said Terrance Dixon, Morehouse vice president for enrollment management. “The ratification of this policy affirms the College’s commitment to develop men with disciplined minds who will lead lives of leadership and service.”

Policy only allows for trans men to be admitted

The policy was developed after 15 months of community engagement with faculty, staff, students and alumni, the release says. Morehouse President David A. Thomas created a task force that led the community engagement meetings.
“Morehouse College has been at the forefront of human rights issues for 152 years,” Thomas said in a statement to CNN. “Today’s vote to reaffirm our dedication to educating and developing men, including trans men, is an important step into one of the new frontiers of social justice — gender identity.”
The policy also states that students who are admitted into Morehouse “are expected to self-identify as men throughout their education at Morehouse,” the release states. Should a student transition from a man to a woman, the student would no longer be eligible to enroll at the school, the release states.
Trans women, or any person who identifies as a woman, will not be considered for admission into the school, the release says. Morehouse spokeswoman Aileen Dodd said students who identified as trans women before 2020 are eligible to graduate from Morehouse, but are not permitted to graduate from the school after 2020. A trans woman is a person who was born a man but transitioned to become a woman.
There will be a system in place to consider exemptions to the rule, with the Morehouse president having the final say, the release says.
Other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that have nondiscrimination policies addressing gender identity include Tuskegee University in Alabama, Howard University in Washington, Florida A&M University, Southern University and A&M College in Louisiana, North Carolina Central University and Morgan State University in Maryland.
We definitely applaud Morehouse’s move to be more inclusive with their enrollment. We are not sure what ramifications this will have on the college, but we are sure they can meet whatever challenges arise. What do you think of Morehouse’s decision, sound off in the comments’ section below!

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#JusticeForSadie! African-American Museum Founder & Activist, Sadie Roberts-Joseph Found Dead in a Car Trunk

The evil and cruelty of this world seems to have no end, affecting even the best of people. Death has invaded the ranks yet again and unfortunately one of its latest victims is an African-American museum founder  in Baton Rouge, and activist, Sadie Roberts-Joseph. In what has been called a “heinous act,” her body was found in the trunk of a car on Friday. She was 75. 

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The evil and cruelty of this world seems to have no end, affecting even the best of people. Death has invaded the ranks yet again and unfortunately one of its latest victims is an African-American museum founder  in Baton Rouge, and activist, Sadie Roberts-Joseph. In what has been called a “heinous act,” her body was found in the trunk of a car on Friday. She was 75.

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The body of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, 75, was located Friday but it wasn’t immediately clear what led officers to the car. The cause of her death is still unknown, police told the station. The vehicle was about 3 miles from her home, CNN affiliate WAFB reported.
Roberts-Joseph was a renowned advocate in the Baton Rouge area. She founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African American Museum in 2001, where she had been hosting the city’s Juneteenth celebration for years. “Ms. Sadie was a tireless advocate of peace in the community,” the police department said in a statement. “Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community, she will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served.
She also founded Community Against Drugs and Violence, a non-profit organization focused in creating a safer environment for children in North Baton Rouge. Local politicians, advocates and community members on Saturday mourned Roberts-Joseph’s death.
State Representative C. Denise Marcelle said in a Facebook post that the activist “never bothered anyone” and was looking to expand her museum.
The NAACP Baton Rouge Branch remembered Roberts-Joseph in a Facebook post.
“We lost a Cultural Legend Yesterday! #RIP Sadie Roberts Joseph,” the group wrote. “From reviving Juneteenth, to the Culture preserved at Her Museum, she was a trendsetter and icon in this City.”
Police investigating the activist’s death urged anyone with information about the case to call police detectives at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).
This is nothing short of a tragedy and injustice. We truly hope whoever is responsible for her death is found and sentenced appropriately. Let’s all keep her family, friends, and colleagues in our prayers. Rest In Power, Queen!

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“He Was A Random Choice…” Young Father Fatally Shot After Visiting His Premature Twins in Hospital

Gone too soon. These are the words that should be used to describe Tyrese Garvin, a twenty year old father who was shot on his way home after visiting his premature twins at the hospital. Tyrese’s murder was a senseless and random one done by a group of teenagers. He was taken off life support Friday at the University of Louisville Hospital, where his children were also being cared for. 

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Gone too soon. These are the words that should be used to describe Tyrese Garvin, a twenty year old father who was shot on his way home after visiting his premature twins at the hospital. Tyrese’s murder was a senseless and random one done by a group of teenagers. He was taken off life support Friday at the University of Louisville Hospital, where his children were also being cared for.

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Tyrese Garvin’s twins

The new father to premature twins — a boy and a girl — had just finished visiting his newborns, who were about a week old at the time, at the University of Louisville Hospital on June 23 when he was allegedly shot by three teenagers, community activist Christopher 2X told The Courier-Journal.

When family members decided to take Garvin off life support, 2X, who was speaking to the outlet on behalf of the family, explained that the mother decided to take the newborn twins from the maternity ward to Garvin’s bedside for his final breaths.

“He was just a random choice that these teenagers chose to shoot,” 2X said to The Courier-Journal. “This kid was loving life, and there’s no reason for him to be shot like that.”

The Louisville Metro Police have arrested three male teenagers, ages 14 to 17, who allegedly carried out the fatal shooting.

“Tyrese was taken from us way too soon, as he was a victim of the ongoing gun and gang violence surrounding the Louisville area,” Garvin’s family wrote on a GoFundMe page they started to raise money to help cover funeral costs and medical bills from when he was in the ICU.

This is nothing short of tragic as these children will never get to know their father and his family is not grieving a death instead of celebrating two amazing births. We will pray for Tyrese’s family and hope that justice is served when it comes to his even younger murderers.

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Tragic! Two Brothers, Ages 5 & 6, Drown in Local Swimming Pool

Memorial Day weekend is the first summer holiday, and one rife with poolside fun. However, for one Florida family it will always be a day tempered with tragedy. Two children and brothers, 6-year-old Ja’Kye Joseph and 5-year-old Branario Minto, were found dead after drowning in their apartment complex’s swimming pool. The siblings were found floating face down last night around 9:30 PM, as neighbors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate them.

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Memorial Day weekend is the first summer holiday, and one rife with poolside fun. However, for one Florida family it will always be a day tempered with tragedy. Two children and brothers, 6-year-old Ja’Kye Joseph and 5-year-old Branario Minto, were found dead after drowning in their apartment complex’s swimming pool. The siblings were found floating face down last night around 9:30 PM, as neighbors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate them.

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Wildine Joseph, mother of Ja’Kye Joseph and Branario Minto

“I ran over there and saw two children laying on the side of the pool, the kids were on the floor and they were giving them CPR,” a neighbor told CBS4.

Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Rescue paramedics attempted to revive the brothers, who were non-responsive. The boys were pronounced dead after being taken to Northwest Medical Center, according to police.

Their mother, Wildine Joseph, said she was asleep when the drowning occurred.

“I’m so sorry. If I was there I could have saved them on time,” she said, according to Local 10 News. Joseph added, “I will always miss my babies. I’m sorry, Ja’Kye. I’m sorry, Branario. They’re only 5, and they’re only 6.”

The boys reportedly were unable to swim, and their mother speculated that they snuck out and jumped a fence to get into the pool area.

A neighbor told Local 10 News that the apartment complex pool is a popular spot for children, and there are often “more kids than adults.”

Police are still investigating the incident, and are asking anyone that may have seen the boys near the pool to provide information.

Additionally, Child Protective Investigations Section removed a 4-month-old child and 1-year-old child from the home as part of their investigation, according to the sheriff’s release.

This is so tragic. There are few pains greater than the loss of a child; and to lose two of your children in one day is heartbreaking. We would like to offer the family and friends of these two young boys our sincerest condolences and prayers.

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