Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy launches year-long training program
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:00
Harry Colbert, Jr.
It has often been said that as a leader dies, so does the movement.
In the struggle for advancement among African-Americans there have been a myriad of leaders in various arenas who have carried the baton of progress, but far too often that baton never gets passed on. It has been seen in politics, business, civic engagement and other areas where African-Americans have struggled to gain a foothold. Many times in the process of trying to fill the void of leadership the movement stalls and by the time other leaders emerge the momentum is lost.
Solutions to violent extremism must come from within the community
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:26
Interview by Al McFarlane, Editor-In-Chief, transcribed by Carmen Robles, Associate Editor, Afrodescendientes.
Mohamud Noor, Executive Director Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, discussed recent White House initiatives to address preventing violent extremism being embrace as a viable alternative by our youth. He talked with me Tuesday, February 24 on the Conversations with Al McFarlane Public Policy Broadcast on KFAI, 90.3fm. You can hear the entire interview at kfai.org/archive.
Justspeak: The origins of a police culture of bias in Ferguson
Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:02
Irma McClaurin, PhD Culture and Education Editor
The conclusion reached at the end of the recent federal probe on the Ferguson Police department should come as no surprise: a culture of bias exists in the Ferguson Police department. According to the Wall Street Journal, "...the Justice Department probe concluded...Police in Ferguson routinely violated the civil rights of the city's Black residents."
YMCA Youth in Government Program develops youth and prepares them to be leaders of tomorrow
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:01
The YMCA Youth in Government program, a statewide youth civic education and leadership development initiative, encourages over 2,400 students in grades 7-12 from Minnesota and western Wisconsin to be life-long, active citizens through hands-on learning experiences.
U.S. Postal Service previews Maya Angelou Forever Stamp image; Customers urged to tweet #MayaForever
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 15:54
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service previewed the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp image and announced that the First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Tue., April 7, at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. The stamps may be pre-ordered now at this link for delivery shortly after April 7.
USPS dedicate Black Heritage Stamp for architect Robert Robinson Taylor
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:59
Believed to have been both the first African-American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the country's first academically trained Black architect, Robert Robinson Taylor (1868–1942) becomes the 38th inductee into the Postal Service's Black Heritage stamp series.
CenturyLink may exclude service to minorities, critics say
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:22
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Competition is good, right?
Of course it is. Competition in business is so needed that there are rules in our nation that guarantee a competitive marketplace. So it may come as a shock that when CenturyLink announced it wants to compete against Comcast – Minneapolis' only cable provider since 1983 – the communications company was met with opposition. But those opposed to CenturyLink say they agree with competition in a free marketplace, what they don't agree with is CenturyLink being able to cherry pick where to compete – especially if CenturyLink chooses not to service areas of lower income that tend to be minority concentrated.
A one-day gathering of several hundred at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs was convened by the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) and it brought together some who may have had diverging thoughts but common goals. These goals are to put into plan actions that will empower area African-Americans – many of whom have been marginalized and are not seeing the same economic, educational and political gains as their white neighbors.