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Black History : Photo Essay (3 Parts)

As the debate continues about the need for Black History Month, presents our Photo Essay representing more than 390 years of " Yes We Can". This is a 3 part series and we invite your comments:

Much like Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama is a man for all people. He is humble yet confident; he is gracious yet firm; and he is a peacemaker in every situation. People from every continent love him.

He has been called a cultural icon, bringing hope where there is none. His election to the highest office in the world is a historic achievement that many of us thought would never happen. Thousands of martyrs have sacrificed, marched, protested, fought and died for equal rights in America, paving the way for anyone daring to push the limits of success.

The journey has been long for Barack, and even longer for BlackAmericans as a whole. What began on a hot day on the West Coast of Africa some four centuries ago in packed-to-capacity slave ships, culminated on a cold morning on the East Coast of America in our nation’s capitol.

Our history hopefully will inspire others.

It is on the shoulders of these giants that we stand. It is this history which we wish to chronicle.


Part 1: 390 Years of 'Yes we Can"  



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Part 2:  Our President Barack Obama: Hopes and Dreams Can Be Powerful

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 Part 3: Our Journey Continues 

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Scholarships For Black American Students in 2016

Every year, many organizations give away scholarships in celebration of Black American history. These scholarships are usually given to African American students, and are designed to inspire the next generation of Black Leaders.

Here are the top 10 Black history month scholarships for 2016 (Some have deadlines in January, but most are in February!):

#1 - Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: In addition to a financial scholarship, this foundation also provides its scholars with mentoring and leadership development opportunities, and internships. Only for minority high school students in the United States.

#2 - Steve Harvey/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program:Under the umbrella of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, this program offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures.

#3 - Ron Brown Scholar Program for African Americans: Provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities.

#4 - Frito-Lay “Create to Celebrate” Black History Month Art Contest:Applicants have to submit online an original piece of art created in any medium (video, song, photo, sculpture, painting, etc) that celebrates African American achievement.

#5 - Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Awards scholarships to students who excel in the classroom and give back to their communities. Special consideration is given to students who are female, minorities, first-generation college students, military veterans and military dependents.

#6 - Tom Joyner Foundation "Full Ride" Scholarship: Awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with high academic records.

#7 - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation/ General Mills Health Scholarship Program: Open to both undergraduate and graduate students who plan to major in health-related studies. Academic achievement, leadership qualities and service to the community are required. Preference will be given to African-American students.

#8 - UNCF•MERCK Science Research Scholarships and Fellowships : The UNCF•Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to help African American undergraduate students who are interested in science to further their science education and potentially pursue science careers. The UNCF•Merck awards provide
tuition support and opportunities for research experience in a state-of-the-art research facility.

#9 - Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program : The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward program returns with a stronger focus on African American moms and their impact on the academic success of their teens. Building on the initiative's accomplishments, this year's program will offer up to 20 winners each a $5,000 scholarship and an invitation to the all-new Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy.

#10 - Gates Millennium Scholars Program : The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding Black American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. 

To find hundreds of other 2016 scholarships, visit

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