Would MLK want a memorial or a revolution? In an op-ed for the New York Times, Cornel West mourns the "absence of a King-worthy narrative to reinvigorate poor and working people" and calls for "a revolution in our priorities."

African Union pledges $380 million in famine aid: The African Development Bank announced in a statement a donation of $300 million for long-term development in the Horn of Africa, to be spent by 2013. African nations also pledged $28.8 million in food donations during the conference, held at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopia's capital.

Latinos outnumber African Americans in college: The number of Latino students enrolled at U.S. colleges has surpassed the number of African-American students on campus for the first time, researchers at the Pew Hispanic Center have found.

Researchers to tackle high breast-cancer rates in black women: A team of researchers co-led by Julie Palmer of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University has been awarded $19.3 million from the National Cancer Institute to study why African-American women are more likely to be diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and at a younger age, with poorer prognoses, than women of European descent. 

In other news: Minority Babies Almost the Majority.

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