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According to ABC7 Eyewitness News, A memorial service was held over the weekend for Frederick K.C. Price, one of Los Angeles’ most prominent religious leaders and founder of the Crenshaw Christian Center. Apostle Price, who led services in the landmark FaithDome for many years, lost his battle with COVID-19 on Friday after weeks in the hospital. Price founded the Crenshaw Christian Center in 1973 and built it into one of America’s first Black megachurches, with 28,000 members and an estimated 15 million households watching televised church services every week. His son, Pastor Frederick Price, Jr., presided over Sunday’s service and talked about the pain of losing his father. He said, “The emotions really are released when I’m around, I believe it’s the same for my siblings, when we get around love, when we hear the love. When we’re reminded of how awesome a man of God our father was.” Price was born in Santa Monica in 1932 and married his wife Betty in 1953. He is survived by his wife, four children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
According to Reuters, Suspected Islamists killed three soldiers and 13 civilians and burnt down a church in a raid on a village in Democratic Republic of Congo’s northeastern Ituri province, the army and a rights group said on Monday. The attackers opened fire when they entered the village of Ndalya on Sunday morning, about 60 miles south of the city of Bunia, said Christophe Munyanderu, coordinator of the group Convention for the Respect of Human Rights. An initial assessment showed that 13 civilians had been killed, Munyanderu said. The attackers also burned down a Catholic church, he said. “For the moment our troops are occupying the village after this attack which cost civilian lives,” said army spokesman Jules Ngongo Tshikudi, adding that three soldiers and four assailants were killed when the army drove them back. It was not clear who carried out the attack, although Tshikudi blamed the Allied Democratic Forces, a Ugandan armed group active in eastern Congo since the 1990s. The group killed about 850 people last year, according to U.N. figures.
According to PEOPLE Magazine, A North Carolina mother of five is dead after she was accidentally shot when her children found a gun in her purse. Gabriel “Gabby” Henderson, 25, was found by Cornelius police around 7 p.m. Monday when officers responded to a report of a shooting at the apartment, the Charlotte Observer reported. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Police say that four of Henderson’s five children discovered a small semiautomatic handgun in their mother’s purse and were all in the room at the time of the shooting, the Charlotte Observer reported. Henderson’s oldest child was out in the living room. It’s not clear what led to the gun going off, but Henderson’s youngest child was also “inadvertently” shot, ABC News reported. The child was taken to Charlotte’s Atrium Main Medical Center and is expected to recover from their injuries, according to WSOCTV.
According to The Associated Press, A House congressional panel held a hearing on whether and how to provide compensation for America’s history of slavery and racial discrimination. Democrats say “H.R. 40: Exploring the Path to Reparative Justice in America,” would create a commission to study the history of slavery in the United States and in the American colonies from 1619 to 1865. The commission would also make recommendations about its findings. But newly elected Black Republican lawmaker, Rep. Burgess Owens, a former NFL player, said “it is impractical and a nonstarter for the United States government to pay reparations.” “Forty years later, our nation has elected a Black American as president and Black female as vice president. It’s called progress,” Rep. Owens said referring to former president Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee acknowledged Owens personal success saying that he “eloquently” spoke of successful overcomers in the Black community, but said that his argument misses the point of HR 40, which she says is to address disparities. Rep. Jackson Lee said, “We’re hidden in the corners of this nation, of those of African-American heritage, the descendants of enslaved Africans who have felt the sting of disparities. They continue to feel that sting.”
According to Reuters, Several historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a new initiative announced Tuesday. The funding for the HBCUs comes as leaders of the colleges and universities continue to advocate for additional funding nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, which has threatened the survival of many already chronically underfunded schools. Details about the initiative were shared with The Associated Press ahead of the announcement. HBCUs have long been underfunded as a result of decades of structural racism and lack of equitable public funding, said Brent Leggs, executive director of the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, which is supplying the grants. He said, “They stand as a living testament to African American history and the ongoing achievements of highly influential Americans. But they continue to be overlooked and underfunded. The starting point is to equip HBCUs with the resources, knowledge and information they need to invest in their historic assets.” The HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative seeks to preserve HBCUs as educational institutions as well as physical spaces of historic and cultural significance. The eight schools getting the grants are: Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina; Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi; Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee; Morgan State University in Baltimore; Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas; Spelman College in Atlanta; Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama.
According to CBS Detroit, Karen Hudson-Samuels’ career in broadcast journalism spanned over four decades in Detroit. After making her name at WGPR-TV as an anchor, producer and news director, the historian and journalist used her vision to create one of the biggest accomplishments of her lifetime. To preserve the history of the country’s first black-owned and operated television station, WGPR, Samuels worked tirelessly to bring the William V. Banks broadcast museum to life. The 68-year-old’s sudden death leaves the industry reciting her legacy and questioning why she had to go so soon. The Detroit media icon was found dead at her home by her husband last Tuesday, just one day after taking the COVID-19 vaccine but the official cause of her death is still unknown. Her husband, Cliff Samuels said, “We suspect it may have just been a stroke but because of the normal side effects of the vaccine it may have masked that. Hopefully we’ll know soon from the autopsy report.” A private service for Samuels was held Friday, Feb. 19. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to the WGPR-TV Historical Society.
According to ESPN, Once again, Serena Williams came within reach of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, playing well enough Thursday to get to the closing days of a major tournament. And once again, Williams couldn’t quite get it done, as she was defeated 6-3, 6-4 by Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semifinals. Osaka, who also beat Williams in the chaotic 2018 US Open final, reached her fourth major title match and stretched her winning streak to 20 matches by claiming the last eight points. Osaka, 23, said about Williams, 39, “I don’t know if there’s any little kids out here today, but I was a little kid watching her play, and just to be on the court playing against her, for me, is a dream.” Osaka will face 22nd-seeded American Jennifer Brady for the championship on Saturday. Brady beat No. 25 Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the other semifinal.
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