2012 Year in Review - National
WI Staff | 12/26/2012, 9:26 a.m.
Turnage Spencer said that she's estranged from her husband and escaped an abusive marriage. She said she lived a very comfortable lifestyle and is facing these financial difficulties because she chose not to stay. Radio personality Tavis Smiley, Princeton Professor Cornel West, Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader, as well as most of the people left in the auditorium turned their full attention to the petite woman who sobbed softly as she talked.
U.S. Census: Blacks Flee Cities for Suburbs - Newly released census data shows that blacks moved away in large numbers from many of America's major cities to the suburbs, with the most significant shifts in population occurring in the South. The motivation behind the move between 2000 and 2010 included the promise of well-paying jobs, better amenities and a desire on the part of parents to move to stronger schools and safer neighborhoods. Meanwhile, as blacks move away from urban centers, there has been a corresponding influx of whites which is changing the complexion of these cities.
Five Largest Mortgage Servicers Agree to $25B Payout - After more than a year of negotiations, five of the nation's largest mortgage providers agreed last week to pay $25 billion after investigations by the Department of Justice, state attorneys-general and state regulators revealed widespread abuse and fraudulent practices that led in part to the meltdown of the housing market. This is the largest federal or state civil settlement in U.S. history and sets the stage for the Obama Administration, through the federal government, to put in place safeguards to ensure that consumers and homeowners are protected going forward, said U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan in a conference call on Thursday, Feb. 9.
The National Bar Association has appointed Demetris W. Cheatham the first female executive director in the Association's 87-year history. Representing approximately 44,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students, the NBA is America's oldest and largest organization of minority attorneys and judges.
George Zimmerman, who has been charged with 2nd-degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin, has been released on bail. Zimmerman, 28, admitted shooting 17-year-old Trayvon on Feb. 26 as the unarmed youth walked along a gated community in Sanford, Fla.
During a 90-minute conversation with Washington Informer Publisher Denise Rolark Barnes last week, Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) spoke eloquently and at length about the philosophy, discipline and principles of non-violence and its importance in America's daily discourse. The event marked The Washington Informer's highly-anticipated presentation of "A Conversation with Civil Rights Icon John Lewis."
Charles Taylor only smiled once during the court hearing in the Netherlands before he was found guilty of aiding and abetting during the bloody civil war in Sierre Leone. Looking up, the warlord, who became Liberia's president before he was finally convicted on Thursday, April 26, for helping bring about years of terror in neighboring Sierra Leone, beamed when he caught the eye of his daughter.
To combat the high toll of HIV and AIDS among Black women in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched Take Charge. Take the Test., a new campaign to increase HIV testing and awareness among African-American women.