Daily Archive: May 19, 2010


Pitt to host nation’s largest race seminar… Davis uses vision for ­solution-focused conference

The city of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Center on Race and Social Problems will host one of the largest race relation conferences to ever take place in the ­country. From June 3-6, the “Race in America: Restructuring Inequality” national conference will take place at various places around the university area. LARRY DAVIS “My goal was to put on the largest conference on the issue of race. There has never been a large number of scholars and experts on race together in one place at one conference,” said Larry E. Davis, Ph.D., dean and professor of Pitt’s School of Social Work and Director of the Center on Race and Social Problems. “We have some of the most prominent scholars in Pittsburgh and the country coming. I would not miss this conference.”


Penn Hills schools making changes… Superintendent retiring, vice principal under fire

Toward the end of last school year, the Penn Hills School District was jolted by a series of incidents involving weapons in the schools—and Superintendent Joseph Carroll had to explain the district’s actions. As the end of this school year approaches, the district is laying off teachers, has suspended an assistant principal for a racial slur, and has to answer a federal lawsuit filed by a former student who, as a senior, was suspended last year—and again, Carroll is fielding complaints. SUPERINTENDENT JOSEPH CARROLL Next year, he won’t have to—he is stepping down as superintendent. Carroll tendered his resignation at the beginning of the May10 school board meeting. The board accepted it in an 8-1 vote. It becomes effective July 9.



Miles replaces Carroll as head of Larimer group

For years, Ora Lee Carroll, the East End activist who founded East Liberty Concerned Citizens Corp. as a vehicle to rebuild Pittsburgh’s Larimer neighborhood, would say she had battled enough politicians and was going to quit and go back home to the South. But she would always try again, in her blunt, politically incorrect fashion to get funding for development projects—only to be rejected. GROWING THE COMMUNITY—Convalescing ELCCC Board Chair Ora Lee Carroll is seen here potting plants during her Project Africa campaign. “She would call people out in public when they didn’t come through for her, state reps, the mayor, the Urban Redevelopment Authority—she didn’t care,” said John Brewer, owner of the Pittsburgh Trolley Station Oral History Center. “So most of the time, they were not inclined to give her money.”


Black church emerging as leader against HIV/AIDS

The African-American faith community has traditionally been absent from efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The church’s message has ranged from the denial of the epidemic and how it is impacting the Black community to the vilifying and ostracizing of those infected. RENEE BEAMAN However, through the work of organizations like Beautiful Gate Outreach Center in Wilmington, Del., this trend has turned in the opposite direction. The center, which is located in Bethel AME Church, works to eliminate the spread of HIV/AIDS and offers support for those with the disease.


Judge Woodruff inspires student athletes at All-City luncheon

On a soggy Sunday afternoon in May, Pittsburgh residents gathered at the Westin Convention Center Hotel Downtown to attend the third annual New Pittsburgh Courier All-City Awards Luncheon, honoring the best players and coaches in football and basketball. GIVING SUPPORT—Judge Dwayne Woodruff with wife Joy. The luncheon, which was re-established in 2008 at the behest of Assistant to the Publisher Stephan Broadus, honored inner-city high school athletes and their coaches for outstanding performances in football and basketball. Courier Managing Editor, Ulish Carter, Advertising Manager Eric Gaines, and Editor and Publisher, Rod Doss, joined Broadus to hand out trophies and medals; Gaines also gave the invocation.


Former Courier cartoonist nominated for award

COLUMBIA, Md.—Kerry G. Johnson knew he was a gifted artist after winning an art contest as a kindergartner in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. “Ever since I was a little boy, art has been my passion, and I have relished developing my skills as a cartoonist, caricaturist and graphic designer throughout my life,” said Johnson, whose webcomic, Harambee Hills (http://www.go­comics. com/harambeehills), was recently nominated in the “Rising Star” category of the 2010 Glyph Comics Award presented by the East Coast Black Age of Comics. KERRY JOHNSON


Speak Out: There was only one homicide in ­Allegheny County in April. What do you think about it?

In April there was only one Black person killed in Allegheny County. We asked Pittsburghers what they thought and here’s what you said: MALKIA PENN, DARNELL MAGWOOD and LOREN WEBB “I think it’s good. Usually you hear every day on the news someone getting shot. That’s an improvement and hopefully it will stay that way. It’s sad how the Black neighborhoods are rundown because of the violence and I am impressed that there is less killing. Hopefully we can find way to keep the homicide rate down.”Malkia PennMcKees RocksHome health aide


Community Calendar

Westinghouse pageant MAY 21—Westinghouse High School will host their 2010 Miss Westinghouse Pageant “Classique and Magnifique” at 6 p.m. at the school auditorium, 1101 N. Murtland Ave., Homewood. Tickets are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. For more information, call Ms. Sears at 412-805-0584 or Mrs. Jones at 412-665-3940.


Mandela reunites with World Cup trophy

JOHANNESBURG (AP)—Nelson Mandela reminisced with fellow anti-apartheid activists and met with top football officials May 6, one month ahead of South Africa’s upcoming World Cup, which he helped bring to Africa for the first time. SOLID GOLD— Nelson Mandela smiles as he holds the FIFA World Cup trophy, at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 6. The 91-year-old former president, who retired from public life in 2004, met with FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke and chief local organizer Danny Jordaan, who brought the 18-carat, solid gold World Cup trophy to the Nelson Mandela Foundation building in Johannesburg. The meeting was held in private, with no journalists present, though FIFA later released photographs.


Police commissioner desperate to avoid Obama World Cup security challenge

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP)—South Africa’s police commissioner says he hopes the United States is knocked out of the World Cup in the first round to avoid the massive security challenge of a visit by President Barack Obama. General Bheki Cele told parliament in Cape Town May 7 it was “50-50” whether Obama would visit Africa’s first World Cup, but they had been told that if the U.S. team makes the knockout stages Obama might jet in.