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Rice University Waives Tuition for Low-Income and Middle-Class Students

Could this start a trend towards universal education for all American students?

Rice University, a private 4-year university in Houston, TX., has decided to award scholarships that will cover the cost of tuition to students from low-income and middle-income families starting next fall.

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Video: Maxine Waters Says It's Crucial for Black Communities to Vote in Midterm Elections

"We need to change the direction of this country," Waters said when accepting an award from The National Newspaper Publishers Association.

The National Newspaper Publishers Association honored Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) with a National Leadership Award during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 48th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday night.

Waters urged the association of more than 200 Black-owned community newspapers from around the U.S. to encourage Black people to get out and vote in the midterm elections.

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97-Year-Old Black Woman Has Been an Election Day Poll Worker for 79 Years

Laura Mitnaul Wooten, honored during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual conference, urged Black people to vote in midterm elections.

Left to right: Chair of NNPA Dorothy R. Leavell; Laura Mitnaul Wooten; and NNPA President and CEO Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. / DIVERSITYINC

Laura Mitnaul Wooten plans to head to the polls on Nov. 6 to vote in the midterm elections, and to work, as she's done every Election Day for the past 79 years, consecutively. Wooten said that the right to vote, which so many suffered and even died for, is currently being taken for granted.

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Obama to Trump: We're Supposed to Stand up to Discrimination and to Nazi Sympathizers

To voters: You can make sure that white nationalists don't feel empowered to march in Charlottesville in the middle of the day.

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Former President Barack Obama kicked off his campaigning for November's midterms, on Friday afternoon, and took jabs at President Trump and the spineless backbones of his Republican constituents.

Obama spared no expense rebuking the administration's actions that have emboldened racists.

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Progressive Black Woman Defeats Middle of the Road Incumbent White Male Democrat

Ayanna Pressley is likely to become the first Black woman to be elected to Congress in Massachusetts' history.

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In a wave of unprecedented primary wins by diverse, younger and progressive candidates, before the Nov. 6 election, a Black woman is set to make history as the first to be elected to U.S. Congress in Massachusetts.

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If you've always wanted to visit the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., but couldn't get tickets, here's your chance.

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