Friday, July 19, 2019

Howard University Appoints Andrea D. Jackson As Dean of The College of Dentistry

Howard University has elevated Andrea D. Jackson, DDS, as dean of the College of Dentistry where she had been serving as interim dean since July 2018.

"It is a great honor and I am proud to serve as dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry," said Dr. Jackson. "Our college has trained more African-American dentists than any other dental school in the United States."

Dr. Jackson completed both her bachelor's degree in zoology, and doctor of dental surgery degree at Howard University. She then completed a certificate in general dentistry at Howard University Hospital, and certificate and master of science degree in prosthodontics at Georgetown University School of Dentistry.

Through more than 30 years of service at Howard University, Dr. Jackson has served in positions of increasing responsibility at the college including most recently as interim dean, associate dean of clinical affairs and professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics.

"As interim dean, Dr. Jackson has performed admirably, and gained the trust and confidence of faculty, students, and staff alike," said Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick . "We congratulate Dean Jackson as she assumes this new role of leadership for the College of Dentistry."

Dr. Jackson has served in various capacities with national dental organizations, including the Joint Commission on National Dental Board Examinations, the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments, and the American Dental Education Association. She is a diplomat in the American Board of Prosthodontics, a fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists, and a fellow in the American College of Dentists.

Howard University College of Dentistry is the nation's fifth oldest dental school and one of only two HBCU dental schools in the nation. It serves as the only dental college in the District of Columbia.

A bachelor's degree or three or more years of undergraduate education with the necessary pre-requisites is required for admission to dental school. The pre-doctoral dental program is four years, which is required to graduate and become a general dentist. Howard University awards the DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) degree at the end of its four-year program.

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About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to Excellence in Truth and Service and has produced four Rhodes Scholars, 11 Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, one Schwarzman Scholar, over 70 Fulbright Scholars and 22 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University visit

4 Chicago police fired for alleged police shooting coverup in shooting of Laquan McDonald,

Four officers accused of lying about the circumstances around the fatal shooting of a black teen have been fired by the Chicago Police Board.

The 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, which was captured on police video camera, sparked months of protests and became emblematic of longstanding police abuse in America’s third-largest city.

A jury in October convicted a white police officer, Jason Van Dyke, of second-degree murder for firing 16 bullets into McDonald, most of which struck the teen after he fell to the ground.

The Police Board said that Sergeant Stephen Franko and three other officers had exaggerated the threat posed by McDonald in order to cover for Van Dyke, according to a decision handed down Thursday.

“Their conduct is antithetical to that expected and required of a sworn law enforcement officer, who at all times has a duty to act with honesty and integrity and to accurately and completely report their observations,“ the board said in a statement.

“Their conduct is antithetical to that expected and required of a sworn law enforcement officer, who at all times has a duty to act with honesty and integrity and to accurately and completely report their observations,“ the board said in a statement.

U.S. Bank invests $1 million with the National Museum of African American History and Culture

U.S. Bank announces a $1 million investment with the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. With this five-year investment, U.S. Bank will join the prestigious Corporate Leadership Council, a community of engaged corporate donors whose values reflect a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“Honoring and celebrating African American culture is an important part of American history,” said Andy Cecere, Chairman, President and CEO of U.S. Bank. “At U.S. Bank, we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and the arts – which brings us closer together and strengthens our communities. Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich cultural experiences will continue to inspire many for generations.”

The National Museum of African American History and Culture was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution and stands upon four pillars. One pillar – to help all Americans see how their stories, histories and cultures are shaped and informed by global influences aligns with U.S. Bank employees’ shared core value of drawing strength from diversity.

About the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Since opening Sept. 24, 2016, the National Museum of African American History and Culture has welcomed more than 6 million visitors. Occupying a prominent location next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the nearly 400,000-square-foot museum is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. For more information about the museum, visit, follow @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or call Smithsonian information at (202) 633-1000.

About U.S. Bank

U.S. Bancorp, with 74,000 employees and $476 billion in assets as of March 31, 2019, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its relationship teams, branches and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, business, wealth management, payment, commercial and corporate, and investment services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company. Visit U.S. Bank at or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.


Susan Beatty, U.S. Bank


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Congressman Al Green Files Articles of Impeachment for a Third Time

On Tuesday, July 16, 2019, Congressman Al Green announced his renewed effort to impeach the President of the United States for his bigotry causing harm to society. These articles of impeachment are representative of the boiling point many Americans have reached as President Trump consistently spews racist rhetoric and finds ways to infuse it into policy and persistently aims to separate children from their parents. The President continues to be reckless, ruthless, lawless and, ultimately, unfit to hold the highest office in the land. We must impeach now.

Congressman Al Green says, “I will read articles of impeachment on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before the close of the business today. To condemn a racist President is not enough, we must impeach him. This will be a defining vote. The world is watching, and history will judge us all.”

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Eric Garner's family responds to Justice Department decision to not charge cop who killed Garner

Eric Garner's daughter and mother react to the not so surprising news that the William Barr led Justice Department will not be bringing federal charges against a New York Police Department officer accused of fatally choking her dad in 2014.