Columnist battles for life after 'devastating' diagnosis
Thursday, 09 April 2015 15:58
Hazel Trice Edney
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - For the past 22 years, Jim Clingman has published his cutting edge "Blackonomics" column in Black-owned weekly newspapers around the country. The column mainly pushes for economic justice, which he views as a core necessity for Black progress in America.
Thursday, 09 April 2015 15:53
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The slow-moving, uneven economic recovery continues to elude Black workers and some economists predict that even with a falling unemployment rate, at the end of 2015, Blacks will still be further away from full recovery than Whites.
A Day of Infamy, 47 Years Ago Today: Atlanta and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thursday, 09 April 2015 13:55
HEATHER GRAY Counterpunch
Martin Luther King Sisters Chapel, Spelman Campus April 7, 1968 by Heather Gray (1996) The line moved in unison up the stairs and through the chapel door. No one spoke. I could barely lift my feet. It was April, the onset of Spring. I was shivering. His body was still. His eyes were closed. He was peaceful. His compassionate voice was no more. I wanted to run. Yet, so desperately did not want to leave. What now? I thought. What now?
Women Leading Change: 3 tips for becoming a servant leader
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:08
Dr. Artika Tyner
The servant leader builds a vision for justice and exercises the moral commitment to advance the future of social change. Khaleelah Muhammad embodies the qualities of a servant leader through her vocation as a lawyer, educator, and community activist. Servant leadership is described as "the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead" by Robert K. Greenleaf. The focus of servant leadership is to restore community connections, build new partnerships, and promote the common good. This process of engagement is built upon the premise that each individual has the ability to transform the world around us as we make a conscious choice to serve others and lead change.
African Americans have all the leaders we need, and are developing more
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:06
Jeffrey A. Hassan, Executive Director African American Leadership Forum
Barack Obama, nationally and internationally, and Keith Ellison, locally, nationally and internationally are quintessential "Black" leaders – Black leaders who have not forgotten where they came from. Black leaders who rely on the heritage of hundreds of thousands of Black folks that literally gave their lives, so that they would have the opportunity to lead our people and our nation. Literally hundreds of thousands, indeed millions, of Black folks worldwide look upon Barack Obama and Keith Ellison as their leaders. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of Black folks proudly display Barack and Michelle Obama's pictures on their mantel places and throughout their homes. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is known internationally in such faraway places as the Sudan and Saudi Arabia, as the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress; and, oh by the way, he is Black. While Obama and Ellison are, indeed, Black leaders, it just so happens that other ethnicities think quite highly of him as well.
Bush Foundation selects community creativity cohort
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:42
The Bush Foundation selected 16 organizations that work in the arts for its Community Creativity Cohort. The Cohort is a one-time program designed to both recognize and learn from exemplary organizations that meaningfully engage people in the arts and integrate the arts into public life.
Monday, 06 April 2015 14:28
Mayo Clinic, In the Loop
Al McFarlane would like to one day say he's not half the man he used to be. McFarlane, of Minneapolis, who once weighed more than 300 pounds, decided he needed to take better care of himself, so he set a goal, made a plan and set about getting there. When he started to see some success – he's lost more than 50 pounds, changed his diet and improved his fitness – he wanted to share it with others. So he hatched a plan, working with his fitness trainer, Tyrone Minor, to create the Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge, or I2H, as the cool fitness buffs call it.
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Minneapolis Urban League Board of Directors announced that Scott Gray will be stepping down as president and CEO to pursue other opportunities. Gray will remain on board with the organization for 30 days to assist with the transition. The Board has appointed experienced community leader, assistant pastor, and attorney Steven Belton as the Interim CEO. Belton and his family have had a strong connection with MUL going back to his early years when his family was honored as an "Urban League Family of the Year".
Monday, 06 April 2015 14:10
Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who skyrocketed to national prominence by representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was followed, confronted and shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., said that since the 4th grade, he always knew that he wanted to grow up and fight for the community.