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.
Obama nominates Katherine Simonds Dhanani as first U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in 24 years
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:51
Tom Gitaa, Mshale Newspaper, Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium
President Barack Obama has nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in 24 years. She is Katherine Simonds Dhanani, a Foreign Service veteran who has previously served in five other African countries in various capacities.
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:44
George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely White-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had organized competing marches in Selma and Montgomery on the weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," has been resolved with both groups agreeing to participate in a single march in Selma, a coalition of organizations has announced.
Feds close investigation into Trayvon Martin death
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:41
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Tuesday, February 24 that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department's Community Relations Service met today with Martin's family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.
KG returns: Minnesota Timberwolves, fans energized
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:23
Harry Colbert, Jr.
It seemed just like old times.
The atmosphere inside the Target Center was electric like it was back some 10 years ago when Kevin Garnett led Minnesota Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals. And though the Timberwolves are far removed from those days with the team dwelling at the bottom of the West, it didn't seem to matter to the sold-out crowd who came to see its favorite son return, power forward and future Hall of Famer, Kevin Garnett.