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Across Black America week of April 27, 2017

4/27/2017, midnight

Kentucky

Many students at Western Kentucky University believe that a conversation about reparations for slavery is worth having. On April 18, the student government voted in favor of giving slavery reparations to Black students. “We demand reparations for the systemic denial of access to high-quality educational opportunities in the form of full and free access for all Black people (including undocumented, currently and formerly incarcerated people to Western Kentucky University),” the resolution reads, according to the Daily News “due to discriminatory education, housing and employment policies that have disproportionately held back Black Americans, we believe this resolution is ultimately a conversation starter for discussing how to make college both more affordable and accessible for communities of color and marginalized people in general,” said an email from the school’s student government. The student government at Western Kentucky University voted to support slavery reparations for Black students in the form of free tuition and free access to the public Bowling Green campus.

Nevada

The Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort, will host its first sports leadership summit May 19-21 in Mesquite, which is about 80 miles north of Las Vegas. The summit will address how the industry is evolving and offer educational sessions on leadership and team development, as well as feature on court and on-the-field training demos. One of the key speakers at the event will be Marvin Menzies, the African American coach of UNLV men’s basketball team. Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is a comprehensive sports facility and hotel. The outdoor field and training complex bridges the gap between lodging, location and tournament and camp operations. The brand new facility is designed to host sports camps, events and conferences in addition to providing more than 700 hotel rooms, as well as-a 30,000 square foot field house. With special emphasis on youth sports and clinics, Rising Star Ranch has been open since October 2016, and is already forming unique partnerships with well known coaches and sports-minded organizations. The facility was recently named the Nevada home of Nike sports camps.

New Jersey

Princeton University, which has spent much of the past year reflecting on its racial history, announced April 18 that it plans to rename two campus buildings in honor of Black Nobel laureates and faculty members, reports NJ.com. West College, a residential college in the middle of campus, will now be known as Morrison Hall in honor of faculty member, writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the school announced in a statement. Morrison is heralded as the first Black woman to win a Nobel Prize for literature. The Dodds Auditorium, named after a former White president of the college, Harry Dodds, will be renamed the Arthur Lewis Auditorium in honor of Sir Arthur Lewis, a former faculty member, economist and Nobel laureate, the statement said. “(Lewis) remains the only person of African descent to win a Nobel Prize in a field other than literature or peace,” the statement said. The recommendations for renaming were made by the Council of the Princeton University Community (CPUC), which is made up of faculty, students, staff and alumni. They were instructed to advise the university’s Board of Trustees on which campus buildings to rename in order to recognize people who have brought a “more diverse presence to campus,” the statement said.