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ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: APRIL 30

#1 R&B Song 1966:   “Get Ready,” the Temptations

 

Born:   Mabel Scott, 1915

 

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1949   John Lee Hooker charted with “Hoogie Boogie,” which reached #9 R&B. Considering contracts an acquired taste he had not acquired, Hooker recorded for anyone with the money and between 1949 and 1954 he had seventy singles out on twenty-one labels under no less than ten very diverse names, such as Birmingham, Sma & His Magic Guitar, Little Pork Chops, Delta John, and the ever popular the Boogie Man.

 

1949   Billy Eckstine entered the R&B hit list with “Caravan,” reaching #14 and #27 pop. The singer/trombonist had his own band before going solo in 1947, a who’s who of legendary talent that included Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Gene Ammons. Including his band releases, “Mr. B,”  as he was respectfully known, had eighteen hits between 1944 and 1976.

 

1966   The Platters’ “I Love You 1,000 Times” charted, reaching #6 R&B and #31 pop, their first hit in four years.

 

1983   Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield), the crown prince of Chicago blues, died of a heart attack at his Chicago home while sleeping. The man who started out driving a truck for a Venetian-blind company had driven blues to a new level of acceptance with his resonant, deep voice and biting electric guitar style. Muddy was sixty-eight.

Rest in peace, Muddy. The postwar Chicago blues  scene would be unimaginable without your tremendous contributions. Here is my favourite Muddy Waters’ standard, the first track on the album Hard Again, a song that I sometimes consider to be the “National Anthem” of men the world over:

 

 

1990   Prince performed at Rupert’s Nightclub in Golden Valley, MN as a preview of his new Nude Tour. The show was also a fund-raiser, with the $100 admission going to the family of his bodyguard, who had died earlier in the month.

 

1994   James Brown performed “Get on Up” with Jeffrey Osborne, Jim Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bruce Springsteen, and Magic Johnson, among others, at the inaugural night of the House of Blues, Los Angeles.

 

1994   The Staples Singers performed at the twenty-fifth annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

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COLORLINES: 100 DAYS OF OBAMA: CHEERLEADERS, HATERS, AND US

 


April 30, 2009 ColorLines Direct. News and commentary from ColorLines magazine and RaceWire blog.

100 Days of Obama: Cheerleaders, Haters and Us
Was it the best of times, or the worst of times? And what can we do about it?
Stop by arc.org/100days for the racial justice angle. There, you’ll find video by Tammy Johnson, audio of the Compact for Racial Justice Forum call “Race in Review: The First 100 Days,” a flyer “Obama’s 100-Day Climb toward Racial Justice,” and blog “What to Do in the Next 100 days.”
 
Your Community Calendar: May Day Events Happening Near You
RaceWire provides a list immigrant rights marches and rallies happening around the country this Friday, May 1, which is International Workers’ Day, but has become an annual day for immigrants, advocates and allies to take to the streets to demand fair and just immigration reform.
Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change
Representatives of indigenous peoples from around the planet convened in Anchorage, Alaska last week to discuss the challenges that climate change poses to their communities.
10 Things to Do in the Next 100 Days
Once you’re ready to move on from all of this 100-Day Obama talk, Tammy Johnson tell us where to go from here to build a mandate for racial justice.
Dom Apollon, ARC’s Research Director, recaps this week’s ongoing Supreme Court saga with voting rights.
Right Flu, Wrong Swine
Channing Kennedy presents a modest proposal. Why not rename the swine flu the spring breaker flu?
What Does Specter’s Switch Mean for Racial Justice?
One of the most concrete ramifications of this development for the racial justice movement is around the Employee Free Choice Act, which would empower unions and help protect the economies of communities of color.

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HATEWATCH: MAN DEFENDS FRONT YARD DISPLAY OF KKK AND CONFEDERATE FLAGS

OQUAWKA MAN DEFENDS KKK FLAG
Mother worries about his safety after news report.
By JOHN MANGALONZO

jmangalonzo@thehawkeye.com

OQUAWKA, Ill. — For Bruce Ruberg, it’s a white man’s burden.

Practicing his freedom of speech and expression, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, may raise a few eyebrows in Oquawka, but Ruberg proudly displays the Ku Klux Klan’s flag on his yard, right next to a Confederate flag.

Ruberg, whose nickname is Rebel, would not say whether he is a member of the secret society.

It’s been there for five years, maybe even longer.

“I believe in what the Ku Klux Klan is trying to do for the simple fact that you got the NAACP, you got Black History Month, you got Ms. Black America and black colleges, but a white man says one thing about Mexicans or blacks and you’re instantly a racist,” Ruberg said.

Not until an apparent complaint about the flag surfaced did Ruberg become the center of attention when a Quad Cities television news crew came knocking on his door. Soon, his face and views flooded the local airwaves.

Ruberg agrees it’s a tough argument, but noted that the Klan of the past does not compare to the Klan of the present, which he said campaigns and fights for border security.

“I’m not a racist per se,” he said. “I just believe America needs to wake up, and we need to start watching our borders. This is crazy what’s going on here, and our government is not doing anything about it.”

One controversial issue the unmarried man has is his disapproval of interracial marriages, not specifically about the union, but the offspring.

“It’s just my opinion. If a black and a white want to get together, I have nothing against that,” Ruberg said. “It’s when they have a child. They have to think about that because who’s going to suffer from that: the child. The whites don’t want them, and the blacks don’t want them.”

His mother, Bette Ruberg, who also lives in Oquawka, noted she does not agree with the flag but insists her son is not a racist and is known across town as a regular guy.

She complained that the TV report depicted her son as a heartless racist, spreading hate in the community.

She fears for his safety.

“My problem is there’s a lot of blacks in Burlington, in Monmouth (Ill.) and in Galesburg (Ill.), and they all watch Channel 8 news,” Bette Ruberg said Tuesday. “And the first night that was aired there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”

Different views

For many, KKK does not stand for the organization but a reminder of a dark and brutal past where blacks were tortured, hung, beaten and left for dead by white supremacists.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Klan has experienced a surprising and troubling resurgence due to the successful exploitation of hot-button issues, including immigration, gay marriage and urban crime.

Growing Klan chapters continue to be active in the South, and there are only two Great Plains states where the defamation league says there is an active — and growing — Klan membership: Nebraska and Iowa.

“The meaning of the flag is hurtful,” said Burlington NAACP president John Herring regarding Ruberg’s display. “It depicts violence and hate that is reprehensible.”

Herring noted, however, that like all Americans, Ruberg is provided such rights.

“Personally, I would like to see those who utilize their freedom to do it in a more responsible way,” Herring said.

Being in the NAACP and active in civil rights causes, Herring said fights for equal rights have been brutal. Seeing the flag brings back dark images of the past, he said.

“Even though it’s lawful, it may not be expedient,” Herring said. “We need to quit displaying the negative … the offensive.”

Larry Hartman said his friend has flown a flag in his yard for years, and it did not seem to bother people in town.

He described Rebel Ruberg as someone who volunteers at games, gives his time to causes in town and has friends from other races and creeds.

“The biggest complaint he has right now is that there’s a lot more for people to worry about than what he is flying in his yard,” Hartman said. “It’s something he believes in, and he said he’s not going to take it down.”

Hartman recalled a time or two when the flag was stolen. It was returned after the culprits were caught, and Ruberg did not press charges.

“That’s just the way he is,” said Wava Smith, a neighbor. “He’s like a rebel. It does not make any difference to me as long as it does not cause any trouble.”

Strong beliefs

Ruberg has been flying a KKK flag for more than 15 years. The more obvious one, the one that caused all the attention, was placed there five years ago. He said he got the flag from the Klan.

“If anybody’s curious about how I feel, come to my door and ask me and I’ll tell you,” Ruberg said Tuesday.

He addressed his beliefs on interracial children, who he said face humiliation, ridicule and sometimes violence.

But his primary concern is border security.

“The way I’m looking at it, sir, is that we are catering to these Mexicans, the illegal ones even,” he explained. “If you can’t speak English, why are you here?”

Whites have the burden of being politically correct, Rebel Ruberg said, and that is why he is letting his opinion be known. He said it’s not fair that other races can take pride in celebrating their ethnic backgrounds.

“If it’s a white man, nobody cares,” he said. “Somebody needs to speak up for the white people.”

He also takes issue with minorities, particularly African-Americans, pointing out their ancestors’ suffering.

“They got equal rights now, but like anybody else, you give a little bit and they want more,” Rebel Ruberg said.

For the man, the battle is now more a sense of preserving his right. He does not condone violence against other races, nor does he sympathize with those who do.

He is proud of being white, just like blacks are proud of their heritage.

All he asks is that others respect his beliefs, just as he respects those of others.

But as long as his KKK flag waves in Oquawka, his white man’s burden continues.

 
 
 
Matt Ryerson/The Hawk Eye

A Ku Klux Klan flag flaps in the wind along with a Confederate flag Tuesday in the yard of Oquawka, Ill., resident Rebel Ruberg.

 
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“I believe in what the Ku Klux Klan is trying to do for the simple fact that you got the NAACP, you got Black History Month, you got Ms. Black America and black colleges, but a white man says one thing about Mexicans or blacks and you’re instantly a racist,” Ruberg said.”
 
 
Depends on what you say.
 
Racist, inflammatory, words that disparage an entire group, or incite violence against a group, as well as pay homage to a flag that represents the Confederate state’s rights to perpetuate the “peculiar institution” and defend the destruction of Reconstruction, and the creation into law Jane Crow segregation, is right up their with hate speech.
 
Just because an American has the protection of the First Amendment, does not mean they have the right to spew forth invectives and malicious rhetoric. The First Amendment may protect racist vitriol, as it guarantees the right to speak freely, but, it does not protect one from making a complete racist ass of one’s self.
 
As for the  “I believe in what the Ku Klux Klan is trying to do……”
 
Anyone who believes in what the KKK is still trying to do in the 21ST Century has not only some serious racist issues going on, they also have some real psychological problems as well.
 
The KKK was a filthy, brutish group of anti-human monsters. Their shit stank then….and it still stinks, no matter how pretty and fancy they try to dress it up.
 
 
“One controversial issue the unmarried man has is his disapproval of interracial marriages, not specifically about the union, but the offspring.

“It’s just my opinion. If a black and a white want to get together, I have nothing against that,” Ruberg said. “It’s when they have a child. They have to think about that because who’s going to suffer from that: the child. The whites don’t want them, and the blacks don’t want them.”

 
 
True…the Whites (overwhelmingly) did not want them. It was good enough to procreate them into the world, but, not good enough to publicly acknowledge them to the world. Because of the rampant sexual defilement of thousands of Black women during Jane Crow segregation, many Whites walking around now have siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews they know nothing of. In present day America, many Whites still have antipathy towards Black people because the worship of whiteness, and denigration of blackness, is so deeply embedded into the psyches of Americans. The culture of America reinforces hatred of blackness and slavish worship of whiteness, so, latent, hidden racist beliefs certainly come to the fore where B/W hybrid children are concerned.
 
As for Blacks not wanting hybrids (the correct word to use, not bi-racial; first generation B/W bi-racials in 21ST Century America do not exist), it was a rare case where Blacks (overwhelmingly) spurned, abandoned, ignored and shunned hybrid children. The Black community was more likely to take in and care for a B/W hybrid more than White Daddy, White Grandpaw, White Uncle, etc. That caretaking of B/W children still pretty much still holds true, as often it is the Black Grandmother, aunt, etc., who is the primary caretaker of the children of B/W unions. Blacks of today would correctly be classified as multigenerational mixed-bloods since we cannot truly claim 100% black/African blood. Hell, we have lived in this country for over 450 years, so it is not possible for us to have remained pure black with all of the rape-mixing going on in America against her Black citizens.
 
As for Black colleges, they still exist because many Black students who attempt enrollment at predominantly White colleges face not having enough prerequisites/points to allow the entrance to many White colleges. Also, with many predominantly White colleges eradicating minority-based admissions, the need for Black colleges still holds.
 
And Black History Month.
 
If the so-called public school system of America was to include Black American’s history in textbooks the way they should, there would be no need for a Black History Month. But, America still shys away from her maltreatment of her Black citizens, so not much chance of Black Americans history being completely incorporated into elementary/junior high/senior high textbooks.
 
 
“My problem is there’s a lot of blacks in Burlington, in Monmouth (Ill.) and in Galesburg (Ill.), and they all watch Channel 8 news,” Bette Ruberg said Tuesday. “And the first night that was aired there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”
 
So, the people of Burlington have only one TV station in the whole town? Wow, that sucks. Where I live, we have at least 10 stations to choose from to get our various news sources. And where did she get the idea that all Black people in that town watch only Channel 8? Has she been conducting Gallup Polls on which TV station certain races watch? Has she been compiling Nielsen Ratings on whether it is Black men or Black women who watch Channel 8? What kind of fact-finding mission did she go on to back up that Black people watch Channel 8?
 
 
“And the first night that was aired there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”
 
“. . . .there was a threat made that there was going to be four black guys that’s going to come here and beat Rebel up.”
 
What?
 
Just four Black guys? Must not be very many Black guys in that town? Must be that the rest of the Black guys are out trying to bring the services of some more TV stations to Burlington, instead of wasting their time on the likes of Rabid, er, excuse me, Rebel.
 
 
“Whites have the burden of being politically correct, Rebel Ruberg said, and that is why he is letting his opinion be known. He said it’s not fair that other races can take pride in celebrating their ethnic backgrounds.”
 
Nooo.
 
Whites have the burden, like everyone else, to face up to this country’s racist past. It is a sordid and sickening history, and acknowledging and facing up to that brutal past is the first step.
 
As for other races “taking pride in celebrating their ethnic backgrounds”, I do not see how any sane, rational human being can consider lynching, burning, torturing, raping, impregnating by force/coercion, enslaving, beating to death, segregating, starving, stereotyping, debasing, degrading another group of people because of their skin color can be considered something to be proud of, and that is what the Klan has always stood for. And still does.
 
There is nothing wrong with celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the Festival of San Fermin (in and outside of America), Knights of Columbus, Oktoberfest, etc.. But, there is something psychologically wrong with a human who celebrates a flag and history that legally sanctioned and condoned the vicious annihilation of Black people.
 
 
“If it’s a white man, nobody cares,” he said. “Somebody needs to speak up for the white people.”
 
There are people who care. People do care for those who speak, walk, and live right. People do care for those who do not break the laws of the U.S. Constitution nor the Commandments of God’s law. No one has time for those who do not.
 
 
“He also takes issue with minorities, particularly African-Americans, pointing out their ancestors’ suffering.”
 
 
Of course he takes issue with Blacks. They, including Native Americans, have suffered through some sick sadistic shit in this country at the hands of White people. Filth, perversions, and abominations that would turn ones stomach. Those which have been wronged the most invoke the most fear in those who know their group has done the most horrific wrongs to that group, and that is why Black citizens to this day are hated so much by people like Ruberg. The legacy of slavery and segregation is still with us in unequal housing, disparity of the law, malignant myths and stereotypes, and wealth and wage gaps that continue to persist.
 
 
“They got equal rights now, but like anybody else, you give a little bit and they want more,” Rebel Ruberg said.

 

And that is all that Blacks have received in America…..”a little bit”:  scraps, crumbs, mollification, nullification, pacification.
 
Blackness has been stuffed into a never-ending vise of negativeness, while whiteness has been uplifted onto the pedestal of virtue and refinement, even with all that it has done in the name of race hatred. So, no, Black citizens want and desire what any citizen should have—-to be treated as equals, as citizens. Nothing more, nothing less.
 
 
“For the man, the battle is now more a sense of preserving his right. He does not condone violence against other races, nor does he sympathize with those who do.
 
 
He “does not condone violence against other races”, but he shows his respect and devotion to a group that has a bloodthirsty history of violence and destruction against Black citizens.
 
No way can anyone sympathize with such a man of such a morally bankrupt mentality.
 
 
“But as long as his KKK flag waves in Oquawka, his white man’s burden continues.
 
 
Want to get rid of that “white man’s burden”?
 
Stop condoning and supporting racist hate.
 
Then maybe you can relieve yourself of some of the burden of being the racist hater that you are.
 
Free speech?
 
Free speech is fine.
 
But that does not include the hatred and demonizing of other groups nor the mentally incapacited adoration of the worst racist organizaton that exists in America.

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HATEWATCH: WHITE SUPREMACIST RECEIVES ONE MONTH JAIL SENTENCE, PROBATION FOR HATE CRIME

VERHAAGH ALREADY SERVING JAIL SENTENCE ON UNRELATED CHARGE

By John Lee • Gannett Wisconsin Media • April 27, 2009

 

APPLETON — A self-professed white supremacist from Green Bay will serve a month in jail and two years of probation for the unprovoked attack on a black man in a Little Chute bar.

The sentence imposed last week on Michael J. Verhaagh, 33, by Outagamie County Judge Michael Gage added six months probation and 72 hours of community service to the agreement that had been worked out between Verhaagh’s attorney and the district attorney’s office.
 
Gage also ignored Verhaagh’s request to forego the jail sentence — he had spent 46 days in jail on the charge before getting bail money — because he is on an electronic bracelet as part of a jail sentence he is serving in Brown County on an unrelated charge.
 
Gage also ordered that the jail term begin immediately after the Brown County sentence ends May 31, and ordered that probation run consecutive to any other probation or parole terms he has.
 
Gage also ordered $1,200 restitution for the victim’s eye injury, and ordered him to write a letter of apology to the victim.
 
Verhaagh entered no-contest pleas to battery as a hate crime and disorderly conduct, and repeat offender charges were dismissed.
 
The criminal complaint said Verhaagh told other customers in the Pine Street Bar that he did not like people of other races, and displayed tattoos of a swastika and a likeness of Adolf Hitler.
 
Witnesses said he walked up unprovoked to the victim, punched him in the face and knocked him down.
 
“He strongly believes what he believes and that is not going to change in five minutes or five months or five years,” said Curtis Borsheim, an assistant district attorney.
 
Erica Bauer, Verhaagh’s attorney, said Verhaagh is apologetic for what happened and is embarrassed by his tattoos. She said he got them when he “got caught up with racists in his younger years.”
 
Gage told Verhaagh he was fortunate the victim’s injury was not more serious.
 
“I think the nature of the offense itself requires a consequence,” the judge said.
 
— John Lee writes for The Post-Crescent of Appleton.
 
 
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“One month in jail.”
 
He attacks, without provocation, an unarmed Black man, injuring that man’s eye, causing medical bills, and lost of time and wages from the job for that Black man.
 
And for punishment, he only receives one month in jail and two years probation.
 
Were it not for plea-bargaining down (“entered no-contest pleas”), Verhaagh probably would have received a stiffer sentence.
 
Then again, that sentence probably would have been six months, or less, in jail.
 
Wonder what the sentence would have been if it were a Black woman who atacked a White man without provocation?

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ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: APRIL 29

#1 Song 1972:   “The First Time,” Roberta Flack

 

Born:   Duke Ellington, 1899; Big Jay McNeeley, 1927; Carl Gardner (the Coasters), 1928; Tammi Terrell (Thomasina Montgomery), 1946

 

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1944   “G.I. Jive” by Louis Jordan charted, reaching #1 R&B for six weeks as well as #1 pop for two. Jordan’s recording’s hold the R&B record for most weeks at #1, an astounding 113 weeks.

 

 

1950   Johnny Otis & His Orchestra jumped on the R&B charts with “Cry Baby,” reaching #6. The vocals were done by Mel Walker & the Bluenotes (not Harold Melvin’s group).

 

1956   To capitalize on Elvis Presley’s revival hit of “Money, Honey,” Atlantic Records reissued Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters’ three-year-old original in both the pop and R&B markets.

 

 

1957   “The Negro disk jockey, once considered a rarity on the nation’s airwaves, has become almost commonplace in this day and age,” Ellis Waters stated today in the New Negro men’s magazine, Duke. The writer continued: “There are now more than 500 Negro platter spinners on the air across the nation.” He described disc jockeying as the “newest Negro industry,” a $250 million annual business.

 

1960   Sam Cooke began a week’s engagement at New York’s Apollo Theater.

 

1967   Cincy Birdsong (Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles) made her stage debut as a replacement for Florence Ballard in the Supremes at the Hollywood Bowl in a benefit concert for the UCLA School of Music. Also performing was the Fifth Dimension.

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ON THIS DAY IN BLACK MUSIC HISTORY: APRIL 28

#1 R&B Song 1962:   “Mashed Potato Time,” Dee Dee Sharp

 

Born:   Emma Pought (the Bobbettes), 1942; Milan Williams (the Commodores), 1948

 

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1956   The New York City doo-wop group the Willows entered the charts with the singing-group standard “Church Bells May Ring,” reaching #11 R&B and #62 pop.

 

 

1958   The Drifters recorded their classic “Drip Drop.” It was the last charter (#58 pop) for the original group.

 

1958   The Charts’ “You’re the Reason.” the Solitaires’ “No More Sorrows,” and the Spaniels’ “Tina” were all released today.

 

 

 

1961   The Flamingos, the Vibrations, the Miracles, Shep & the LimeLites, Jerry Butler, and Maxine Brown played Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater while the Del Vikings performed on American Bandstand, also in Philly.

 

1963   Ray Charles performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

 

1990   MC Hammer (Stanley Burrell) charted with the dance-rap classic “U Can’t Touch This,” reaching #1 R&B (#8 pop). In its first week on the charts it reached #28, the highest position a rap song had achieved up to that time. The song appropriated the entire baseline of Rick James’ “Superfreak,” but thanks to the tenacious pursuit of his publisher, Jay Warner, james soon wound up with 50 per cent of the ownership of the new song.

 

1991   Quincy Jones recorded his album Hallelujah!, a modern-day version of Handel’s Messiah, at A&M Studios in Hollywood. On hand to sing on the album were patti LaBelle and Stevie Wonder.

 

1995   Barry White performed at the Safari Park Garden Theater in Nairobi, Kenya, becoming the first Westerner to do so.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR BLACK WOMEN

Black women have put so much into their families, their communities, even this nation. Black women receive so little in return for all they contribute and work towards to make the world a better place for others. Well, Black women should do things for themselves as well, starting with their education. And what better way to do that than to seek out scholarships that so many young Black girls are eligible for.
 
The following are scholarships created specifically for Black females.
 
There is a world of learning and accomplishing out there that you can do, ladies.
 
Go for the gusto!
 
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The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC) sponsors two African American female scholarships each year. This non-profit organization’s mission is to promote and protect the interests of African American women professionals and entrepreneurs. One of the ways the organization meets its mission is by providing college scholarships for African American women.
 NANBPWC that provides scholarships to black women whose interests lie in business and entrepreneurial studies.
 
 
 
The National Scholarship:
This African American scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who have a cumulative grade point overage of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale). Applicant packages must include official high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation written on school letterhead, and an essay.
One letter of recommendation must be written by a school counselor or the principal. The other letter must be written from one of the student’s English, math, or science teachers. The essay must address the topic; “Why is Education Important to Me?”
To learn more about these scholarships, just conduct a free, college scholarship search at www.scholarships.com.”
 
This black women scholarship program is for college sophomores and juniors who are majoring in journalism, economics, or a related field. The $1,000 scholarship program is open to US citizen African American women enrolled in an accredited college or university and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale).
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. Candidates must submit the official application form, along with two letters of recommendation, an essay, and an official college transcript.
The essay must explain how the applicant’s career plans are relevant to the scholarship program’s theme, which is “Black Women’s Hands Can Rock the World.” One letter of recommendation must be from one of the student’s professors or academic advisor. The other letter must be from an NANBPWC member.
 
Essence Scholars Program
For 35 years, ESSENCE has been the only magazine dedicated to reflecting Black women and their lives. That mission has not changed. It has, however, evolved along with the women for whom the magazine exists. Today’s ESSENCE speaks to a reader who is defined not by her age or income by her mind-set. Rather than addressing her as a woman with one interest, one style, and one perspective – we see her and speak to her as multidimensional. Time Warner Inc. acquired full ownership of ESSENCE Communications in 2005. ESSENCE and Time Warner share a commitment to serve the public, enrich people’s lives and strengthen communities around the world. ESSENCE, with the support of Time Warner and in partnership with UNCF, is proud to sponsor 5 scholarships to benefit African American women attending one of the UNCF member institutions, Hampton or Howard.
 
 
Jeanette Rankin Foundation Grants for Low-Income Women, which offers scholarships for black women who live in high-poverty areas, over 35 years of age, and demonstrate a vision that will change society:   http://www.ohfa.org/oldpages/Rental/rankin.pdf  
 
 
African American Women in Computer Science Scholarships
AAWCS is offering scholarship opportunities for African-American women enrolling in Computer and Information Sciences (CIS), Computer Engineering, or Mathematics at Florida A&M University.  For more information or to apply, click here.
 
There are two categories of awards:
  • The Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship is awarded to African American freshman, sophomore, junior or senior students enrolled in an accredited college or university. The eligibility requirements are outlined in the current annual application.A minimum of $1,000 will be granted per award. Students must apply annually.
  • The Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister to Sister” Scholarship is awarded to mature African American women (at least twenty-five years of age and older) who are returning to college without the support of a spouse. These candidates may have dropped out of college to seek employment or care for their children. The eligibility requirements are outlined in the current annual application.A minimum of two (2) $500.00 awards will be made annually based on competition, as outlined in the annual application.
 
 

For the past 27 years, BISA has been operating a successful scholarship program targeted for inner-city and financially needy young black high school women to attend colleges and universities across America. First criterion for selection is financial need, second, they demonstrate potential for academic growth and leadership and third, they are able to provide some clues about their career goals. BISA’s scholarship assistance program is clearly targeted for disenfranchised and economically disadvantaged young black women. Many of our young scholars (age 17 to 20 years old) are already parents.

BISA’s supportive services (hands-on-approach) are provided for each student over the entire two or four years of undergraduate study. These Services include: financial support, books, transportation, tutoring, mentoring, counseling (students and parents), networking among distinguished black women, on-site-visits, BISA’s books and calendars of distinguished black women, and monthly contacts by assigned BISA member. Each student is provided a (1) 800 number for easy access to BISA.

In 1995, BISA joined the Combined Federal Campaign and expanded its scholarship program to serve residents by initiating resident-partnership programs on campuses at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
BISA currently administers a $190,000 National Scholarship Program that helps to support 40 to 50 eligible students over a four-year time span. Students of the Washington, DC area are enrolled in the following colleges and universities: University of Maryland (College Park), North Carolina Central, Virginia State, Bennett College, Penn State, and Temple University.

Students in the following states are enrolled in colleges and universities as listed:

BISA continues to develop and implement the national scholarship program for financially needy and inner-city young black women. To ensure that supportive services are seamless, each of the college presidents at the partnership institutions has assigned a liaison to be a contact for BISA’s students. The liaisons update BISA about progress, grades, and participate in an annual teleconference addressing each student. A BISA member is also assigned to each student. These services are free to the students. BISA’s literature is also provided free to college liaisons, libraries, presidents, and distinguished women.  

 
The Black Women in Sport Foundation offers scholarships to currently matriculating college/university students:
 
 
 
There are plenty of scholarships that young Black women can apply for. Another good source to go to is  http://www.fastweb.com and enter your profile. They will return a list of scholarships that you are eligible for and links to apply for them.
 
Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, a mentoring program, is also available for young Black women:
 
Business and Professional
Women’s Foundation
2012 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Business and Professional Women’s
Scholarship for Black Women
Tel: (202) 296-9118
Eligible Inst.: US schools
 
 
Other sources for scholarships:
 
 
  1. UNCF Merck Science Initiative
  2. The Ron Brown Scholar Program
  3. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students and Fellowships for Minority Doctoral Students
  4. Gates Millennium Scholarships for under-represented minorities in the disciplines of education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health, and the sciences
  5. Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program
  6. National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships
  7. Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
  8. General Motors Minority Engineering and Science Scholarship
  9. Microsoft General Scholarships, Women’s Scholarships, Underrepresented Minority Scholarships, and Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
  10. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Opportunities for Minority Students in Health Services Research
  11. The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships/
  12. American Political Science Association Minority Programs – Fellowships, Summer Institute, Recruitment Project, Mentoring Initiatives
  13. American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Student Scholarships
  14. Boeing Undergraduate Scholarships for historically black colleges and minority institutions
  15. US Air Force ROTC Minority Scholarships at HBCUs and HSIs
  16. Congressional BLack Caucus Foundation Scholarships
  17. Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida)
  18. Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships
  19. Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
  20. The Siemens Teacher Scholarship initiative – encourages minority students to consider careers teaching math and science.
  21. HP Scholars – a scholarship opportunity for minority students interested in engineering
  22. National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholarships
  23. National Black MBA Association’s Scholarship Programs
  24. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Scholarships
  25. The Association of Black Women Physicians: Rebecca Lee, M.D. Scholarship Awards – provides assistance to women medical students who are residents of Southern California or enrolled in Southern California medical schools
  26. APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors
  27. American Chemical Society Scholars Program – Scholarships for underrepresented minority college students with financial need
More Resources
  1. 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel http://www.blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm
  2. Scholarship & Financial Aid Help http://www.blackexcel.org/fin-sch.htm
  3. FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form & Info) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  4. Aid & Resources For Re-Entry Students
  5. Guaranteed Scholarships http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/
  6. SIT Study Abroad: Undergrad Field Study Around the World – Scholarships and Financial Aid
  7. INROADS internships http://www.inroads.org/
  8. Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarship Resource List
  9. ScienceNet Scholarship Listing
  10. American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program
  11. RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS AT OXFORD http://www.rhodesscholar.org/info.html
  12. FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid (scholarships) http://www.finaid.org/
  13. CollegeNet’s Scholarship Database http://mach25.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/M25/index
  14. AFLCIO Union Plus Scholarship Database
  15. International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search – IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad.
  16. College Board Scholarship Search
  17. Burger King Scholarship Program – awards assist students who work part-time and excel academically
  18. Sports Scholarships and Internships http://www.ncaa.org/about/scholarships.html
  19. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
  20. Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships
  21. Student Inventors Scholarships
  22. Maryland Artists Equity Foundation Visual Arts Scholarships
  23. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Scholarships
  24. The Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship

 

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