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Detroit Dirt: Creating Environmental Security and Sustainability


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Pashon Murray’s work in the family owned waste removal business, was a catalyst and inspiration for her current work as co-founder and now CEO of Detroit Dirt. Detroit Dirt was started by Murray and urban farmer Greg Wilerer in 2011. Wilrer is no longer with the business. Murray hails from Grand Rapids, MI but now calls Detroit home. She is a graduate of Texas Southern University, a historically black college. After graduating college, Murray worked briefly and then decided to return to Grand Rapids to explore starting her business combining her interests in agriculture and the environment.  A major focus of Detroit Dirt is making compost (soil). However, the primary goal of Detroit Dirt is to help the city develop greater urban sustainability. Through its composting operation, Detroit Dirt diverts tons of waste from being placed in area landfills.

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TruthBeTold.News: An HBCU Digital Fact Checker

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truth be told

TruthBeTold.News, (formerly HU Insight) is a non-profit website operated by the School of Communications at Howard University. Students in the School of Communications provide fact-checking on issues of interest to the black community. The website has two goals to educate students in journalism techniques as well providing a public service by investigating claims made about the black community. Continue reading “TruthBeTold.News: An HBCU Digital Fact Checker”

Which Celebrity Did NOT Attend An HBCU?

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On Wednesday, January 20, 2016, we asked our Black Mail Readers to guess which celebrity on the list below did not attend an HBCU (Historically Black College/University).

  1. Jesse Jackson (Civil Rights Activist)
  2. Spike Lee (Actor/Director)
  3. Erykah Bahdu (Singer)
  4. Langston Hughes (Writer)
  5. Alice Walker (Writer)
  6. K. Michelle (Singer)
  7. Samuel L. Jackson (Actor)
  8. Oprah Winfrey (Actress/Talk Show Host)
  9. Jerry Rice (Former NFL Player)
  10. Common (Entertainer/Actor/Rapper)

The answer is #2-Spike Lee.  Spike Lee attended New York University. 

Trivia Question: Which Celebrity Did NOT Attend A Historically Black College or University (HBCU)?

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 Black Mail Trivia:

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) have graduated some of our nation’s brightest! All of the people on this list except one attended an HBCU. Can you guess the person on this list who did not attend an HBCU? Comment with your answer. Continue reading “Trivia Question: Which Celebrity Did NOT Attend A Historically Black College or University (HBCU)?”

Lincoln University: First Degree Awarding Historically Black College (HBCU) in the U.S.

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Lincoln University
Lincoln University

Lincoln University is the first degree awarding historically black college and university in the United States. Located in Pennsylvania, it was founded in 1854, by John Miller Dickey and his wife Sarah Emlen Cresson. It was originally founded as Ashmun Institute; named after religious leader and social reformer, Jehudi Ashmun to provide education to young men of African descent. It is

John Dickey served as the first president of the university. The name was changed from Ashmun Institute to Lincoln University in 1866 after the assassination of President Lincoln. Lincoln University’s first African American president, Dr. Horace Mann Bond was appointed in 1945. The university began accepting female students in 1952. It is affiliated with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is considered a state run coeducational accredited university. Famous alumni include poet, Langston Hughes, Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, and microbiologist Hildrus A. Poindexter know for his work and research of tropical diseases. Nigeria’s first president, Nnamdi Aikiwe and the first Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah are also graduates.

In 1946, Nobel Prize winning physicist, Albert Einstein visited Lincoln University and gave a speech in which he called racism, “a disease of white people” and further added that he, “did not intend to be quiet about it”. Einstein was given an honorary degree by the University. Lincoln University current has about 2,000 students.

Albert Einstein lecturing on the theory of relativity at Lincoln University in 1946
Albert Einstein lecturing on the theory of relativity at Lincoln University in 1946


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