PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (NNPA)—A traffic jam in the streets of Downtown Port-au-Prince makes it barely impossible to navigate the van from block to block. People walk along the edges of the streets, seemingly defying the moving vehicles only inches away. Some sit on chairs or upside down buckets on the sidewalk, selling goods or cooking in large pots.
Monthly Archive: February 2010
PRINCE HALL February 26-March 4 February 26 1920—Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950) founds the first nationally organized celebration of Black American history then called Negro History Week which was first celebrated on this day in 1926. Woodson scheduled the week to coincide with the birthdays of Civil War President Abraham Lincoln and Black abolitionist Frederick Douglas. However, in 1976, Negro History Week was expanded into the current day Black History Month. For his efforts in promoting knowledge of Black historical achievements Woodson became known as the “Father of Black History.” In explaining the need for the celebration, Woodson once said, “Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.”
by William McCall PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Aaron Campbell had been drinking at his apartment and was upset about the death of his brother after a long illness when he found himself exchanging a text message with a Portland police officer. “Aaron, we need to know if you intend on hurting yourself,” the message read. CITIZENS AND CLERGY PROTEST—Members and supporters of the Albina Ministerial Alliance gather on the steps of the Justice Center in Portland, Ore., Feb. 11. The 25-year-old Campbell responded: “Never.” Then he added, with a sense of humor: “wow, u guys text too. u get kudos.”
by Darlene Superville WASHINGTON (AP)—Michelle Obama, the president’s wife, told student essay contest winners from London on Feb. 18 that they have shown they are not afraid of the hard work that will take them somewhere in life. ESSAY WINNERS—First lady Michelle Obama meets with students from schools across the London borough of Islington, at the White House in Washington, Feb. 18, who were rewarded with a trip to the United States sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in London for winning a Black History Month essay competition. “What you’re doing is laying that foundation,” she said at the White House. “You’re demonstrating to your families, to your teachers, to your communities that you’re ready to put in the work and be serious and be focused.
LONDON (AP)—Model Naomi Campbell hosted a charity gala Feb. 18 on the eve of London Fashion Week to raise money for mothers and babies in Haiti. The “Fashion for Relief” show featured models from fashion, music, film and TV, and designs by Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana and others. NAOMI CAMPBELL The relief effort also includes proceeds from the auction of eight special edition Lotus cars donated by the carmaker. One was auctioned at the gala. The others will be auctioned online, with bidding open until Feb. 28.
by Lisa Leff SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—The law that bars the University of California from considering race in student admissions violates the civil rights of Black, Latino and Native American students who are underrepresented at the state’s most prestigious campuses and blocked from seeking redress through the school’s governing board, a class-action lawsuit filed Feb. 16 alleges.
The wall-to-wall news coverage, the charity events, the pledges from the international community have all raised hope for Haiti and her future. But there is always a gap between promised aid and help and the delivery of such aid, let alone the price of delivering such aid.There have been promises to help Haiti in the past, whether the pledges were motivated by natural disasters, like deadly floods in recent years, or political problems, like the ouster of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, the gap between the promise and its fulfillment has been a wide one. As the first Black Republic struggles to right herself, the American government, the international community and the nonprofits fulfilling many functions that should be the work of government must be held accountable—the old days of promise today and forget tomorrow cannot be allowed to repeat.
Allow me to discuss a number of persons and asinine statements that agitate me, that I sometimes am compelled to respond, particularly when people try to explain why they don’t read the New Pittsburgh Courier. These persons run the gamut, Blacks with advanced college degrees, college students in their third year, males, females, etc. Some of their excuses are listed below.
(NNPA)—My friend George Curry reminded me of something in his article on “Being True to Black Historymakers” when he said that in this year when we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro Sit-in that we must remember “they were not alone.” It is true that these students were not alone, because in August 1958, those of us in the NAACP Youth Council of Wichita, Kansas targeted the lunch counter at the Dockum drug store in the heart of town for a sit-in demonstration because they, like so many other establishments, did not let Blacks eat there. After about six weeks of sit-ins that drew 20-40 young participants, we successfully desegregated not just Dockum Drugs, but the Rexall chain of drug stores in that state.
Even as a bloodbath looms in the November distance, the Obama administration continues to push healthcare because they know that Americans love their entitlements like winos love wine. They are betting the farm that once that fiery warmth begins running through the National body we will not only love national health care, but will fight to defend it. We will also be too glassy eyed to notice that we have suddenly signed away our liberty, becoming slaves to those that serve us. But I digress. Like wine, entitlements cost money. Sadly the more addicted we become the less money we have to spend on more important and often essential things. The wino lacks food, housing and clothing; the entitlement addict lacks employment, savings and luxury.