Daily Archive: February 11, 2010


Black History Month—100 years of progress in health…The Early Years

Forward: Few persons, perhaps, recall that among the opposing points of view held by Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois was an approach to the problem of the health of the Negro. Early in this century, while still at Atlanta University, Dr. DuBois made the first significant scientific approach to the health problems and biological study of the Negro. He found a Negro public unprepared for it, and White public hostile to it. In 1915, Washington approached the problem of health from a different viewpoint by crystallizing sentiment for a National Negro Health Week. This is but part of the story which Dr. Montague Cobb, professor of anatomy in the Howard University School of Medicine, tells as he points out how the difference in the life expectancy of Whites and Negroes has been reduced fifty percent in the last fifty years.


‘S’no more! Snowstorm cripples city

Pittsburgh is still trying to unbury itself from a snowstorm that blanketed the city with approximately two feet of snow Feb. 5 and 6. However, with many roads still barely accessible and houses without power the city must brace itself for another six-10 inches predicted to fall Feb. 9 and 10. At the peak of the storm late Feb. 5, Duquesne Light was reporting more than 50,000 customers with power outages. By Feb. 6, that number was down to 14,000, and by Feb. 7, just over 5,000. Most were in suburban areas, but they were spotty. SNOW COVERED—Like many city streets, Wymore Street in Elliot was covered with more than 20 inches of snow after the storm ended Saturday. Just north of the city in Ross Township and Bellevue, residents had power. But from Avalon all the way to through Leetsdale, electricity was out for up to 40 hours. And just across the Beaver County line, in Ambridge and Aliquippa power remained on.


YMCA appoints new district vice president

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh recently appointed Kevin Bolding as Downtown District YMCA Vice President. Bolding is responsible for overseeing Downtown’s public YMCA as well as the U.S. Steel Tower, Highmark headquarters, and Children’s Hospital corporate centers. NEW LEADERSHIP—Kevin Bolding currently serves several Downtown YMCA locations. “Kevin’s wealth of leadership experience will help the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh become an even more valuable resource for the Downtown community,” said Eric Mann, president of the Greater Pittsburgh YMCA. “Everyone at the YMCA especially looks forward to working with him on the opening of the new Downtown Y.”


Murray charged in Jackson’s death

by Linda Deutsch LOS ANGELES (AP)—The scene was eerily familiar, Katherine Jackson and her family walking grimly into a courtroom, occupying a special family row, demonstrating their love for their beloved son and sibling, Michael. DOCTOR CHARGED— Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s doctor, is escorted by Los Angeles County Sheriffs deputies as he arrives at the Airport Courthouse to face charges of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death in Los Angeles Feb. 8. It could have been a photograph from the pop superstar’s long ago trial in Santa Maria. But the one face missing from the tableau on Monday was the most famous one—Michael Jackson, dead seven months, his premature passing the painful subject that had brought the family to court once more. Another man sat in the defendant’s chair now—Dr. Conrad Murray, who stands accused of causing Jackson’s death.


The Pittsburgh Courier…Newspaper of Record

“Pittsburgh Cour-eee-irrr 5 cents,” was the chant that nearly a dozen news boys and girls shouted out to the hundreds of people that entered the Twentieth Century Club on Feb. 1 for the annual K. Leroy Irvis Black History Month Program. The Pittsburgh Couriers handed out by the carriers were actually the program for the evening and a mini version of the newspaper complete with ads for Dr. Fred Palmer’s Skin Whitener, promising to make you more popular with lighter skin and Dixie Peach Hair Pomade, 7 full ounces for 25 cents. The ad said the pomade was prepared especially for kinky hair. CHANNELING TEENIE HARRIS—Photographer Carmon Rinehart. A photo of a Pittsburgh Courier delivery truck complete with driver from a by gone era had been blown up to full size and was surrounded by stacks of the historic newspaper that celebrates its centennial this year.


Group advocates decriminalizing drugs

The National Council for Urban Peace and Justice has been conducting a continuing series of open forums throughout the city of Pittsburgh in an effort to discuss and plan strategies to advance the Campaign for Drug De-Criminalization & Amnesty, as well as other crucial programs addressing the problems plaguing the African-American Community. Recently a small group gathered at the Kingsley Association in the East Liberty community.


Speak Out: What is your feeling about the tragedy in Haiti?

The Island of Haiti recently suffered one of the worst earthquakes in history killings thousands of people. So we asked Pittsburghers their reactions and if they donated and this is what you said: “It’s very close to my heart because I am Dominican and to know that it happened…it’s a horrible feeling because I’m here and not there helping out. However, my company is doing a big part helping with the donations for Haiti relief and I was able to make my donation thru my company. It made it easier and comforting for me to be able to donate.” Rita Taylor, Stacy Randolph and Benedict Killang Rita Taylor North Side UPMC


Community Calendar

CAUSE lecture FEB. 12—The Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for African American Urban Studies and the Economy will host their Lecture and Discussion event with Dr. Okezi T. Otovo from 4:30-6 p.m. at the university’s Steinberg Auditorium, Baker Hall A53, 5000 Forbes Ave., Oakland. Her topic will be “Making Better Babies and Perfecting the Race: Mothering and Nation-Building in Brazil.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served before the lecture and discussion. For more information, call 412-268-8928.


Black History Month Calendar of Events

BHM speaker series FEB. 10—PNC Financial Services will host the Black History Month Speaker Series, “A Conversation in Courage” from 8:15-9:30 a.m. at the August Wilson Center for African-American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This event is in celebration of Black History Month. Renee Powell, the daughter of the late golfer, entrepreneur, and visionary William J. Powell, will be the keynote speaker. He was the only African-American to design, build, own and operate a golf course. And she was the second African-American woman to play Ladies Professional Golf. The event is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast will be served and registration is requested. For more information, email corporate.events@pnc.com.


Miss Virginia wins 2010 Miss America crown

by Oskar GarciaAssociated Press Writer LAS VEGAS (AP)—A 22-year-old Virginia woman who said she once thought her only talent was singing is the newest Miss America, emerging from a field of 53 contestants. Caressa Cameron, a broadcast journalism student at Virginia Commonwealth University, now plans a second year away from college as she travels extensively to raise money for charity and carry the 89-year-old pageant’s crown. HERE SHE IS—Miss Virginia Caressa Cameron reacts after being crowned Miss America Jan. 30 at The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.