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The Olympic Winter Games – Vancouver 2010
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. On February 1 st, the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced its team members for competition at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Team USA consists of 216 athletes, including 123 men and 93 women.

African American History Month
The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) designates the annual theme for U.S. Black History Month. The theme for 2010, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment,” recognizes the lives of successful black men and women. This year ASALH is celebrating the centennial of the National Urban League, which was founded in New York City in 1910 by a group of dedicated reformers, both black and white, who wanted to address the needs of African Americans as they migrated northward to escape economic, social and political oppression in the South.

Literature: Push by Sapphire
A courageous teacher inspires Claireece Precious Jones, the victim of father-daughter incest and other violence, to learn to read and then to write her story. In finding her voice, Precious is empowered to create a new life.

In Focus: Ambassador Murphy's Heroes - Rosa Parks
Rosa McCauley Parks, who is known today as the “mother of the civil rights movement” because her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat sparked the pivotal Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. She didn’t set out to make history when she left her job as a seamstress to board a bus on the afternoon of December 1, 1955.

New Publication: Pop Culture vs. Real America

EducationUSA Corner: Lehreraustausch


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Updated: February 8, 2010