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Joan Higginbotham, a former NASA astranaut, is among five Charlotte-Mecklenburg women who will be inducted this year into the Women’s History Hall of Fame.

The induction will take place Friday, March 22, at the Levine Museum of the New South.

During her 20-year career, Higginbotham played a role in 53 space shuttle missions and was the third African-American female to fly aboard the shuttle. She logged more than 308 hours in space before retiring in 2007.

Four others also will be inducted: Read More

Karitsa Kerns of Johnson C. Smith University received a $5,000 scholarship from MassMutual. The scholarship honors high-achieving college students of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent who are interested in pursuing careers in the insurance and financial services industry.

Kay Hagan, a Democratic senator from North Carolina, co-authored an amendment to reinstate a tuition-assistance program for military service members. The program was suspended by the Pentagon because of forced budget cuts. Read More

Kim Kotz, Susan Hoover and Franky Riley have joined Industrial Strength, the YWCA's personal training team.

Gov. Pat McCrory is set to become state honorary chair of the United Negro College Fund, which supports five Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the state. Read More

Susan Woods announced that the Emerging Leaders Mentorship Program for Black Male Youth is seeking donations to take young men to the Black College Expo, this year at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. To make a tax-deductible contribution, click here.

Trevin Parks, a senior guard on the Johnson C. Smith University men’s basketball team,  has been named to the Daktronics NCAA Division II All-Atlantic Region first team. This is the third consecutive selection for Parks. In the last two seasons, he earned second team honors.

Kennedy Meeks, a senior on the West Charlotte High School basketball team, was selected to the East team of the McDonald’s All-American Game. Read More

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