‘Long overdue’ – After 80 years, U.S. pediatrics apologize for racism against black doctors

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a formal apology for past racist behaviour against the two black physicians it repeatedly rejected membership 80 years ago. Nine years after AAP was founded, Doctors Alonzo deGrate Smith and Roland Boyd Scott first applied for membership in 1939. However, their applications were rejected. “When they applied to AAP to become members, they faced a ‘shameful gauntlet to membership’ that lasted six years, through multiple meetings of the AAP Executive Committee,” the pediatrics group said. More about this The APP revealed that…

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U.S. Rep and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis Offers Essay Full of Encouragement and Wisdom on Day of His Funeral

Not even death can stop John Lewis from giving his heart and soul to the fight for equality and justice for all. Civil Rights titan and Congressmember Lewis wrote an essay for the New York Times entitled “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation,” meant to be published today, the day of his funeral. As Lewis’s body is being laid to rest at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA, the spirited words in his essay urge us all to “answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for…

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Herman Cain Dies At 74 After Fight With Coronavirus

Source: NASA? / Getty Herman Cain has passed away at age 74 after being hospitalized with the coronavirus. The former presidential candidate, who was once considered by President Donald Trump for the Federal Reserve, was eulogized on his website by Dan Calabrese.  “Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away,” Calabrese wrote in a blog post. “We all prayed so hard every day. We knew the time would come when the Lord would call him home, but we really…

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American Academy of Pediatrics Apologizes Decades After Denying Two Pioneering Black Doctors Membership

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a formal apology for repeatedly denying two Black doctors membership to the academy 80 years ago. Drs. Alonzo deGrate Smith and Roland Boyd Scott, both Black pediatricians, applied to join the AAP in 1939, and they would find themselves repeatedly rejected and denied membership for a period of six years. It wasn’t until 1945 that both doctors gained membership in the academy and became the first Black members of the professional association. The AAP issued a statement on Wednesday, apologizing for this…

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Africa: New Books | Who Killed Berta Cáceres?

Before she was murdered, the indigenous activist helped the Lenca people in Honduras fight a hydroelectric dam project that would destroy the community. This is a lightly edited excerpt from Who Killed Berta Cáceres? Dams, Death Squads and an Indigenous Defender’s Battle for the Planet (Verso, 2020) by Nina Lakhani. The counterinsurgency state Río Blanco, April 2013 Dressed in her customary getup of slacks, plaid shirt and wide-rimmed sombrero, Berta Cáceres stood on top of a small grassy mound shaded by an ancient oak tree to address the crowd of…

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How we’re using artificial intelligence to scale up global fact-checking

Andy Dudfield is the Head of Automated Fact Checking at Full Fact, a UK charity that checks and corrects facts reported in the news. Africa Check, Full fact and Chequeado are part of an international fact-checking team that won a $2 million grant from Google.org. The organisations have launched an international project using machine learning to dramatically improve and scale fact-checking around the world. With much of the world adapting to a new normal, it is more important than ever that the public is aware of the dangers of false or…

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Coronavirus: NAFDAC, CUGZIN, 20 other plant medicines waiting for official recognition

By Femi Kusa Unlike many other people, I am not shocked that only one (CUGZIN) of the 21 Nigeria herbal medicines presented  and screened for COVID-19 cure has been accepted so far, not  even as a killer of the new  Coronavirus, but a possible cure of its symptoms through immune boosting. In the matter before their Lordships at the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), we should have expected that in the light of politics and power play, time and money constraints, and other Nigerian factors.  …

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