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BET networks celebrates the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

BET networks celebrates the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. MemorialBET Networks honors the legacy of the civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., with a special day of programming on BET and CENTRIC in celebration of the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, August 28.

"BET Networks is truly honored to be a partner with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation and support such an important moment for our country, and especially for African-Americans," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "We are proud to honor his legacy and dedicate an entire day to this on BET and CENTRIC."
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Amy Xu joins Cultural Jambalaya Board of Directors

 Amy Xu joins Cultural Jambalaya Board of DirectorsMin (Amy) S. Xu, attorney and partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, has been named to the board of directors of Cultural Jambalaya.  Edina-based Cultural Jambalaya,is an award-winning and volunteer-based nonprofit that creatively uses international cultural photography to promote understanding and respect for all cultures, founded by globe trekker and photographer, Gail Shore.

Shore travels the world on self-funded solo treks to obtain compelling images of individuals and the traditions, rituals and religions that enrich fragile cultures around the world. Many of her images are currently available to educators who want to creatively and visually illustrate to students the diverse cultural backgrounds that continue to make up more of America’s rich mosaic.
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UK riots stir response worldwide

UK riots stir response worldwide(GIN) - The spectacle of anarchy unfolding in Britain’s low income neighborhoods of Black Africans, South Asians and others, has prompted mixed reactions of worry and concern from African, Caribbean and Asian communities around the world.

Widespread riots have been viewed on the internet, with looting, burning buildings and vehicles and attacks against civilians and even the police.

The disturbances were reportedly triggered by the death of a Black London man and father of 4, Mark Duggan, 29, believed to have been caught in a crossfire of police shooting in a raid called Operation Trident.
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NAACP laments the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr

NAACP laments the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP laments the passing of Matthew J. Perry, Jr., a federal judge, civil rights attorney, and a former member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  Perry passed away July 31st, 2011 at his home in South Carolina.

“Matthew Perry was a venerated member of the NAACP family,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “He commanded extraordinary respect throughout South Carolina as well as in our NAACP community.”
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Sierra Leone leads the way for maternal care

Sierra Leone leads the way for maternal care Women have been spilling out the doors of rural health clinic in Sierra Leone since the government eliminated fees for pregnant women and children.

The subsidized clinics have eliminated the need for births performed by the light of cell phones and flashlights. Trained medical staff oversee the deliveries, ensuring a higher level of protection for the new moms.

By waiving the fees, the government sharply reduced the mortality rates for pregnant women and deaths from malaria for small children.
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Deficit food fights in Congress dampened fund drives for famine in Somalia

Deficit food fights in Congress dampened fund drives for famine in SomaliaRelief organizations often chalk up their biggest fund raising successes during major humanitarian crises.

But the devastating famine in Somalia fell by the wayside as media turned its attention to other news scoops – including the protracted Congressional fight over the debt ceiling, the Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal, and the recent massacre in Norway.

“It’s even slower for us than Pakistan was,” grieved a spokesman for Mercy Corps, a U.S. relief and development group.
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Representative Rena Moran awarded fellowship to Midwestern leadership institute

State Representative Rena Moran (DFL – St. Paul) was among 37 select lawmakers chosen to participate in a training program that annually identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest.

Representative Moran will meet with fellow lawmakers from Minnesota and 10 other Midwestern states and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan on August 12-16, in Madison, Wis., for The Council of State Governments’ 17th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD).
 
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Jimmy Jackson: A great man

Jimmy Jackson: A great manJames Otho Jackson, known to many as "Jimmy" Jackson, of Minneapolis, died on June 8, 2011 at the age of 75.

James Jackson was a strong spirit, a student of the life and a social servant of the world, a wise conscious philosopher who was passionate about music and art.  He touched many people from all walks of life bridging cultural and social class barriers, as well as generational gaps in the diverse communities of people who had the privilege of crossing paths with him throughout his life.
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Freedom From Fear Awards: Welder frees workers from Texas labor camps

Freedom From Fear Awards: Welder frees workers from Texas labor campsSynopsis: Lured by the promise of a well-paid job, an Indian guest worker soon found himself in a labor camp in Texas. This is part three in a six-part series profiling winners of the Freedom From Fear Awards.

With the proceeds from the sale of his parents' home in India, loans from aunts and uncles, and the money he'd saved while working as a welder in the Middle East, Aby K. Raju was able to scrape together the $20,000 the job recruiter wanted from him in exchange for a job in the United States and a green card.
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Image not part of Tut exhibit: Science Museum

I'm writing in response to "An Open Letter to the Science Museum of Minnesota," published on July 27 and written by Rev. Les Lester from the St. Paul NAACP. 

The Science Museum is proud to host Tutankhamun: The Golden King and The Great Pharaohs. This is the exhibition's first and only stop in Minnesota. It has reached across North America and features stunning objects from King Tut’s tomb, as well as from the tombs of some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history.
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South Africans in joyous spirit, mark Mandela's 93rd year

South Africans in joyous spirit, mark Mandela's 93rd year(GIN) - The birthday of national hero Nelson Mandela was marked with tree planting, children’s choruses of Happy Birthday Madiba, and “67 minutes” of good deeds suggested by The Nelson Mandela Foundation. “Read to someone who cannot see, help the elderly with grocery shopping, get tested for HIV with your partner, help a neighbor in need,” the Foundation suggested.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged people around the world "to make a difference" by tutoring a child, feeding the hungry or volunteering at a hospital or community center.
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