Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Joint Economic Committee Democrats recently held a public forum at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York, where they discussed the impact of economic challenges and persistent inequities facing the African-American community. [read more…]
For the nation’s automakers, diversity is measured in colors and it’s better to be a solid green than a token yellow or a nonexistent red. The recently released Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund (CEF), revealed a multi-topic assessment scorecard of diversity in the auto industry.
Jason Goolsby and his friend, Michael Brown, both 18, now understand the dangers that can come when “walking while Black.” And Jason says that after a frightening run in just a few days ago with Metropolitan Police Department [MPD] officers, he now “feels afraid every time I see red and blue lights.” [read more…]
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, 50 Morehouse College undergraduates traveled 12 hours by bus using this historic time to present their sacred empowerment ceremony to young Black men who need it most. Football players, staff and faculty at Ballou High School in Southeast sat in awe of the dynamic performances of the Men of Morehouse on Friday, Oct. 9.
Jackie Robinson in baseball, Tiger Woods in golf, Bill Pickett in rodeo: there have been many American pioneers, who defied the odds to become legends in sports, where Blacks had previously been excluded. On Sept. 10, Arizonans may have gotten a glimpse of a new potential legend, when they attended the preview party for the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships. The keynote speaker, 22-year-old Kareem Rosser, is now considered the best African-American polo player in the U.S. [read more…]
WASHINGTON — Tony Blair had nowhere to sell his wares at Saturday’s Million Man March. But he came anyway. With a table and boxes of T-shirts, buttons and key chains, Blair and his team of three from Chicago set up on the National Mall, about 800 yards from the Capitol steps, where Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and many others commemorated the 20th anniversary of the original march and spoke beneath the banner “Justice or Else.” (Farrakhan spearheaded the original march of Oct. 16, 1995, with the intention of inspiring African-American men to improve their lives and their communities.)
WASHINGTON — The most surprising element of Saturday’s Million Man March was its women. The 20th anniversary celebration of 1995’s landmark gathering included women of all racial origins, religions, creeds and cultures. They filled the National Mall from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.
WASHINGTON — Bill Murrain, a lawyer from Conyers, Georgia, traveled to the National Mall for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March and stood side-by-side with three generations of black males: his sons, son-in-laws, and five grandsons. And last weekend, as Murrain walked near the White House, he spoke with pride about the accomplishments of black Americans over the years, which includes the historic election of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president.
WASHINGTON — Minister Louis Farrakhan called for an end to police violence against African-Americans and demanded a halt to black-on-black crime, which kills more inner-city men than all other causes combined. [read more…]
A sea of Black men, women and children covered every bit of open space on the National Mall during the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, held on Saturday, Oct. 10 here in the District.
But when the man behind the march, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, stepped to the podium, his message may have come as a surprise to those accustomed to hearing him include controversy in his conversation.