Women Leading Change: How to become a drum major for justice
Thursday, 16 April 2015 11:51
Dr. Artika Tyner
A drum major for justice is a leader who breaks down barriers that restrict access to justice and creates new inroads to freedom. Attorney Melanie Bates is a drum major for justice who has committed her life's work to effecting social change. Bates is a Policy & Communications Associate with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of the Nation's Capital. Early in her life, Bates recognized the important leadership role of lawyers and decided to unleash the transformative power within her hands to create change. Her dream was to become a lawyer in order to ensure that every person, regardless of socioeconomic status, has equal access to quality legal representation. Each day, she makes her dream a reality through her exercise of leadership and service in the community.
Conversations with Al McFarlane Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 RECAP
Tuesday, 14 April 2015 13:40
Conversations with Al McFarlane last Tuesday opened with the rhythmic and sultry vocals of Twin Cities jazz stylist Thomasina Petrus' interpretation of Billy Holiday's "Strange Fruit" from the Petrus CD "If Only ... Billie Unsung." The program celebrated Holiday's 100 birthday. Holiday died at the age of 44.
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.