Insight News

Feb 14th


From free Frank to billionaire Bob and Beyond: The History of Black Economic Empowerment

(NNPA) - Why, the email asks, do we still have Black History Month?  The writer might be white, or she might not be. She identifies her self as a “conscious woman” and sends the email to one of my public addresses.  She seems chagrined that “race still matters” and wants to initiate an exchange of views with hers at the foundation – studying Black history is obsolete.  We have a Black president, the woman writes.  Black people have made so many strides.  Aren’t you holding on to the past, she argues, when you insist on having this month to study Black history?

Help Haitian immigration

Just a few days after an earthquake rocked the impoverished nation of Haiti, the Obama administration, moved to provide a new status for Haitian immigrants currently living illegally in U.S. Known as temporary protected status, this designation will protect illegal Haitian immigrants from deportation for at least a year and a half.  Under this new status, individuals who once had to work under the table and hide from the government will be allowed to apply for jobs, receive government funds to finance their education and more. In short, they can lead the types of lives they came to the U.S. looking for.

SNCC, fifty years later

(NNPA) - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday every January becomes an occasion for looking back at the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. As the celebration of the King Holiday leads into February and Black History Month, it's a time to consider not only how far we've come but how far we still have to go, and to reflect on some of the milestones in movement history. This year, one of those national and personal milestones is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

What would you sit in for?

(NNPA) - It has been 50 years since four young North Carolina A&T State University students sat in at a segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter for a cup of coffee, 50 years since their action triggered a movement that challenged, and ultimately changed a nation.  While a gala and concert were snowed out, thousands will line the streets of Greensboro to celebrate the museum’s opening.

Correction: MCTC’s intercollegiate men’s and women’s basketball teams

In reference to the Jan. 25 issue of Insight News, the article titled "New MCTC Intercollegiate Fundraising Committee Launches Campaign for Basketball Teams was published with dated information from June '09. The article was outdated and the information was no longer accurate. Insight apologizes for the error and submit a correction, as much has happened since that time.

Blacks and Super Bowl XLIV

The National Football League’s showcase event will draw an audience numbering in the millions and money in the billions for the NFL and team owners.  While African American fans root, bet and grouse about the game and competing teams, we’d be remiss not to ask the NFL, and its member teams, “Are NFL hiring and retention practices acts of equal and equitable opportunities?”

Children drop out and into lives of poverty and imprisonment

A homeless man talking about how he ended up on the streets said he had wanted to get in with the "cool" crowd in 8th or 9th grade—a crowd that smoked marijuana, got into fights, and skipped school. No adult reached out to help him turn his life around so he continued his decline into a life of chronic joblessness and poverty, and long stretches of incarceration after he dropped out of school.
Youths who drop out of school represent a colossal loss to our communities and nation.
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