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Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Civil rights activist and former Democratic presidential candidate endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday.

Jackson listed 13 reasons why he’s supporting Sanders in a statement Sunday which includes funding for HBCU’s, national voting rights, a civil rights commission, a wealth tax, a two-state solution for Palestine and Isreal, and a single-payer health care system.

In 1988 Jackson went head to head with Biden when both ran for president. Jackson said that the former vice president’s campaign did not reach out to him or ask for his support.

Sanders endorsed Jackson’s campaign during the 1988 presidential election.

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Civil rights icon Rev. Joseph E. Lowery dies at 98

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The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, who has been called the dean of the civil rights movement, died Friday, The King Center said.

Lowery, 98, was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with the Rev. Martin Luther King.

The Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights said he died peacefully at 10 p.m. surrounded by his daughters at home.

“Hailed as the ‘Dean of the Civil Rights Movement’ upon his receipt of the NAACP’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Lowery had assumed and executed a broad and diverse series of roles over the span of his nine decades: leader, pastor, servant, father, husband, freedom fighter and advocate,” the institute said in a statement.

Lowery, who delivered the benediction in President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Obama later that year.

“Born and raised in Jim Crow Alabama, preaching in his blood, the Rev. Joseph Lowery is a giant of the Moses generation of civil rights leaders,” Obama said at the ceremony. “It was just King, Lowery and a few others, huddled in Montgomery, who laid the groundwork for the bus boycott and the movement that was to follow.”

Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery attends Grounded in History, Soaring into the Future: Rev. Joseph E. Lowery’s 94th Birthday Celebration at Delta flight Museum in Atlanta, Georgia on Oct. 6, 2015.Paras Griffin / Getty Images file

He was born in Huntsville, Alabama, on October 6, 1921, and in the 1950s, he headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, the organization that led the movement to desegregate buses and public accommodations, according to the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute.

In 1965, King picked Lowery to chair the delegation delivering the demands of the Selma-to-Montgomery march to Alabama’s governor, George Wallace.

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Coronavirus live updates: Italy’s death toll climbs over 9,000

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A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed over 26,000 people around the world.

Globally there are more than 576,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has over 94,000 cases of COVID-19, the highest number in the world.

There have been at least 1,438 deaths in the U.S. More than 1,000 people have died in the past week alone.

At least 813 people in the U.S. have recovered.

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Dark Melanin Could Be Your Defense against CoronaVirus; It’s True and False, Maybe.

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Dark melanin could be your defense against the CoronaVirus; It’s True and False, Maybe. Decide for yourself and take no chances. Only one person has been cured of the coronavirus and no outbreaks in Africa.

In over 45 countries, most have been in China, but cases are now rising fast in parts of Europe and the Middle East, while the first infection in Latin America was recorded on Wednesday, in Brazil.

But across all of Africa, just two cases have surfaced — a tally that has health specialists scratching their heads, given the continent’s close economic ties with China. Read More Here

“OUR MELANIN IS OUR DEFENSE,” claims one post, shared more than 2,000 times since February 11 by a Facebook user in South Africa.

“SENOU (pictured here) is a young Cameroonian student in China recently infected with # Coronavuris [sic],” the caption reads.

“Chinese doctors have confirmed that he remained alive because he has black skin, the antibodies of a black are 3 times strong, powerful, and resistant as that of a white [sic]”. Though this article disagrees, it doesn’t dispute the claims. Read More here

OUR MELANIN IS OUR DEFENSE"SENOU (pictured here) is a young Cameroonian student in China recently infected with #…

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According to TheGrio First African to be diagnosed with Coronavirus also becomes the first to recover.

A student from Cameroon is reportedly on the way to a full recovery after being diagnosed with the coronavirus that has been plaguing the rest of the world for weeks.

According to Business in Cameroon, the Chinesembassy to Cameroon reports that Kem Senou Pavel Daryl is believed to have contracted the virus while living in Zhengzhou which is the capital of China’s Henan province.

After experiencing flu-like symptoms, a dry cough, and a fever on January 28th, he began a treatment of intense antibiotics and medicine usually reserved for HIV patients. Now the 21-year-old has been released from the hospital and is recovering in his dormitory while he is under the mandatory two-week quarantine period needed before being allowed back in the general population.

A recent CT scan showed no remaining signs of the virus, which makes him simultaneously the first known African to be infected and also the first to be totally cured. As of the time of this report, no other African victims of the virus have been reported. Read More here

Could your Dark skin be used to cure other? Plasma

On Thursday (Feb. 13), a Chinese senior health official called on people who had recovered from the new coronavirus to donate blood plasma, because it might contain valuable proteins that could be used to treat sick patients, according to The New York Times

The call for plasma came after an announcement by the state-owned company, China National Biotec Group, that these antibodies helped treat 10 critically ill patients, reducing their inflammation within 12 to 24 hours, according to the Times.  Read More Here

According to The Independent As coronavirus continues to spread to countries across the globe, health organisations are urging governments to prepare for the worst.

Currently, there are 81,191 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,768 people have died from the respiratory virus.

This week, federal health experts have warned America that it is only a matter of time before the country is hit with the virus. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but more really a question of when it will happen – and how many people in this country will have severe illness,” Dr Nancy Messonnier of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.

As of Tuesday, 14 people have been diagnosed in the US, “in addition to 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings,” bringing the total to 53 cases, according to the CDC.

Although the current risk remains low, Americans have been urged to prepare “with the expectation that this could be bad,” Messonnier said, adding that “disruption to everyday life may be severe”. Read More Here

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