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• Monday, February 2, before shooting the game winning shot against the Los Angeles Clippers, Jarret Jack (@jarrettjack03) of the Brooklyn Nets sported a t-shirt celebrating Black History Month while warming up. The twist: Jack’s shirt read “Black History Years,” with the word “Month” crossed out. This statement of a t-shirt was given to him by Atlanta entrepreneur Frank Cooker (@frankcooker), who has started a movement to dismiss the commercialization of Black History Month. Cooker is giving away the T-shirts for free Saturday, February 7, at Atlanta retail shop A Ma Maniere and will only accept donations, which are to benefit the Center for Civil and Human rights in Atlanta, GA.
• Washington D.C. makes a $20 million investment in the education of males of color. New D.C. Mayor, Muriel E. Bowser (@MurielBowser), and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor, Kaya Henderson (@HendersonKaya), join together to push the initiative “Empowering Males of Color,” which focuses on improving educational opportunities for preK – grade 12 Black and Latino males. The $20 million will be dedicated towards funding a prep school for D.C.’s young males of color, set to open in 2017. On Thursday, February 5 you can join in “Living Legacies of Hope: Desegregation, Literacy and Black Education Achievement,” a panel discussion at The Wright Museum sponsored by The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., in partnership with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. The event begins at 6 PM and is free of charge.
• This year, the legacy of J Dilla, late hip hop producer and Detroit native, is being celebrated across the world. Dilla, who passed away in 2006 due to Lupus-related complications, maintains a worldwide fan base. The Wright Museum has partnered with The Foundation for Women in Hip Hop (@WeFoundHipHop) and the J Dilla Foundation (@JDilla_Fndn) to present J Dilla Youth Day. On Sunday, Feb 8, free of charge, kids can discover the world of hip hop, while also engaging in leadership seminars led by the N.A.A.C.P. Detroit Branch and interactive activities focused around S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).