Daily Archive: April 7, 2010


New Pittsburgh Courier salutes Fab 40

Some of Pittsburgh’s most elite, young leaders were inducted into the New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2010 Fab 40 class on March 26. If it’s up to this group of honorees, the future looks extremely bright. DR. BARRETT WOODS, Lance Woods, Camille Davidson, Dr. Shailen Greene, Suzanne Woods, Elizabeth Greene, Tyrone Greene and Royce Woods. Celebrating their success in areas such as social service, corporate, health care and education, each honoree brings a gift of having taken advantage of the doors opened by those who have gone before them. Not forgetting where they’ve come from, these leaders under the age of 40 have reached back to help others reach upward. They’ve become the change we’ve all waited for. WTAE’s meteorologist, Demetrious Ivory, a 2009 Fab 40 honoree, emceed the event, held in the upper lobby of the U.S. Steel Tower. Ivory said this year’s group of honorees is a fresh crop from a wide range of career paths, who just don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.


United community walk for peace

In an effort to introduce themselves and show the Homewood-Brushton community they care, The House of Manna Faith Community Church held a Prayer Walk for Peace April 2, which included approximately 300 leaders and those from various churches of different denominations, races and community groups. UNITED—Participants at the Prayer Walk for Peace raise one finger to symbolize that they are one united community. “We wanted to introduce ourselves to the community, give people hope and show them that we care about the community and what is going on in it,” said Dina Blackwell, mission ministry leader of House of Manna and the walk’s organizer. “I live in Homewood and the need is visually visible everyday. I was given this vision from God in January and went with it.”


What’s in a name? Members: PCOC not ACORN

April 1 saw the official demise of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and its remaining state affiliates. However, many local ACORN members jumped ship months before and had already begun creating a new organization, Pennsylvania Communities Organizing for Change. NEW BEGINNING—Lucille Prater-Holliday leads PCOC members in one of the new organization’s first rallies. “There’s a lot of changes happening. It’s a completely new and different organization at this point,” said Mary Ellen Hayden, a former ACORN organizer. “They’ve created something that’s really going to work. We want to continue to do all of that community service that we always did.” PCOC has already secured funding from the Tides Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes social justice, and has gained status as a 501 (c) (3) and 501 (c) (4). The mission of PCOC is to advocate on behalf of low to moderate-income families.


Specter says he fully supports Obama

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter says African-Americans should vote for him in the Democratic primary because he fully supports President Obama and his opponent has less experience and cannot beat likely Republican candidate Pat Toomey. TOUTING EXPERIENCE —U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter tells the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board that his history of support for civil rights and education gives him the edge over his primary election opponent, U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak. “I beat him before and I’ll beat him again,” Specter told the Courier editorial board. “I’m running to help President Obama carry out his agenda.” In 2004, Specter—then a Republican, narrowly defeated Pat Toomey in the Republican primary after President George W. Bush campaigned for him. Last year, Specter returned to the Democratic Party after polls showed he would not win a similar primary contest, especially after he voted for the $1 trillion stimulus package. Specter said he didn’t leave the Republicans, they left him.



14 of 21 homicides Black lives…Numbers already more than last year

With March’s homicides, this year’s totals have already surpassed the total for the previous year. In 2009, there were 18 homicides and for this year so far, there are 21. The beginning of the year started out with a step in the right direction but what will it take to get our communities back on track? Maybe what we need are those community prayer walks and vigils as a reminder that violence cannot and will not be tolerated. It takes the whole community, not just one particular group.


Thompkins earns first Dignity and Respect Champion Award

Will Thompkins is the recipient of the Dignity and Respect Champion award, a monthly honor recognizing people who are engaged in their communities, live by the principles of dignity and respect, and promote an environment of inclusion. WILL THOMPKINS Thompkins, director of community and outreach at The Pittsburgh Project, a nonprofit community development organization with a 25-year track record of developing leaders and serving the city’s most vulnerable residents, was nominated by Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship program for students in Pittsburgh Public Schools.


Counseling conference in city

AWARDEES—Twinet Parmer, Patricia Robertson, Michael Goh, Aretha Marbley and Michelle Mitcham. The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development held its annual Samuel H. Johnson Luncheon…


Speak Out: What do you think of the new health care law?

President Obama recently signed the historic health care reform bill into law, so we asked Pittsburghers what they thought. Here’s what you said: Antoinette Turner, Garret Moore, and Mark Lee “I think the only reason there is a problem is because bigger businesses are losing money. It is the best thing to happen for the poor community. It is going to take a while for it to be implemented but it is great for people to have access to health care.” Antoinette Turner Point Breeze Student/housekeeping


Community Calendar

Diversity celebration APRIL 9—The Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise will host their 2nd Annual “Inclusive Voices: Converse. Listen. Learn” from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Omni…


South Africa furor over apartheid-era song ban

by Anita PowellAssociated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP)—A song that advocates the killing of White farmers has ignited debate about race and free speech and raised questions about the sticking power of efforts toward achieving racial reconciliation. After Johannesburg’s South Gauteng High Court ruled last week that the song violates hate-speech laws, the ruling African National Congress—which for decades led the fight against the brutal and racist system of apartheid—said it would appeal in court for the right to sing what it called an important anti-apartheid anthem. JULIUS MALEMA