Daily Archive: June 23, 2010


Tutu looks to World Cup’s legacy

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP)—Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu said South Africans should take a moment to congratulate themselves on being the first nation on the continent to host the World Cup—and then turn to building on the good will and good publicity the tournament has generated. DESMOND TUTU At a news conference in Cape Town June 21, Tutu said international broadcasts from the the main event of the world’s most popular sport, have cast the nation in a good light and will boost its tourism industry. Almost from the moment in 2004 it won the bid to host the World Cup, South Africa has faced questions whether a nation with high crime and poverty rates could host such an event.


St. Louis American wins top excellence distinction at NNPA Merit Awards

NEW YORK (NNPA)—The St. Louis American, the 82-year-old newspaper published by Donald M. Suggs, dominated the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s Merit Awards this year, once again becoming the “best newspaper in America” by winning the coveted John B. Russwurm Trophy. TOP YOUTH SECTION—Nexus Ransom, daughter of Chicago Defender Executive Editor and former Courier Managing Editor Lou Ransom, is shown with Courier Editor and Publisher Rod Doss after receiving the NNPA Merit Award for Best Youth Section. Miss Ransom was a contributing writer for the youth section as a Courier intern. The New Pittsburgh Courier picked up three awards including first place for best youth section, second place for best news pictures and third place for best use of photos. Courier staff writer Christian Morrow also picked up a second place award in the prestigious A. Phillip Randolph Messenger Awards for a story on “green jobs.” Last year’s Russwurm winner, the Chicago Defender, picked up eight awards including best column writing by former Courier Managing Editor Lou Ransom.


NNPA honors Rangel and Gordy at Legacy of Excellence gala

by Joan H. Allen NEW YORK (NNPA)—The National Newspaper Publishers Association celebrated its 70th anniversary with its first Legacy of Excellence dinner gala at its convention held this year in New York. GIVING?THANKS—Motown entertainment icon Berry Gordy reacts to a standing ovation by the audience after receiving his Legacy of Excellence Award. In the background are NNPA convention chair Cloves Campbell, mistress of ceremonies Michelle Miller, and NNPA chairman Danny Bakewell. It seemed appropriate that the launch of this awards gala would take place at their New York convention with the honoring of two icons, the Hon. Charles B. Rangel, a leader in politics and civil rights as a history-making African-American congressman and Berry Gordy, a pioneer in the creation of the first major Black-owned recording label to produce Black music and the phenomenal “Motown Sound.”


Rev. Jackson calls on BP to help Black fishermen in Gulf

NEW YORK (NNPA)—After returning from a recent trip from the Gulf Coast region, Rev. Jesse Jackson called on British Petro­leum to do more to help Black fishermen affected by the enormous oil spill currently consuming the region, during an address to the Black newspaper publishers June 18. REV. JESSE JACKSON “So long as British Petroleum is in charge of the information flow about damages done and in control of who is able to be a claimant, they control both bookends of the situation,” Jackson said during a speech at the National Newspaper Publishers Association‘s annual convention in New York.


Black leaders announce move against conservative attempt to distort King’s ‘Dream’

NEW YORK (NNPA)—Black civil rights leaders are furious that they will not be able to organize a march to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the historic March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech at the location where it happened this year because infamous right-wing Fox News personality and radio host Glenn Beck already booked the Lincoln Memorial Aug. 28 to hold his own rally. MARC MORIAL “We’re going to get together because we are not going to let Glenn Beck own the symbolism of Aug. 28, 2010,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial said during a breakfast at the NNPA’s 70th anniversary celebration at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers June 18. “Someone said to me, ‘Maybe we should just let him have it. I was like, Brother, where have you been? Where is your courage? Where is your sense of outrage?’ We need to collaborate and bring together all people of goodwill, on Aug. 28 to send a message that Glenn Beck’s vision of America is not our vision of America.”


This Week in Black History

Week of June 25-July 1 June 25 1773—Massachusetts slaves petition for their freedom. As a result of the petition a bill ending slavery in the state was actually drawn up and passed by the legislature. But the governor refused to sign it and there were not enough votes to override his veto. 1941—President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues Executive Order #8802 banning racial discrimination in the nation’s war industries on the eve of America’s involvement in World War II. The order came as a result of pressure from Black labor leader A. Phillip Randolph who had threatened a massive “March on Washington” to protest discrimination by the military and the military industry.


Guest editorial…The Civil Rights Movement, continued

by James H. Buford As the National Urban League celebrates its 100th anniversary as a civil rights and social services organization, it is a good time for us to look back and reflect upon the accomplishments, challenges and struggles which formed the Civil Rights Movement. It was in 1910 that Mrs. Ruth Standish Baldwin and George Edmund Haynes, a Caucasian female and an African-American male, founded the National Urban League to help reduce discrimination in urban areas.



We, you and I, are the solution

We as a people had to endure the worst form of slavery in the history of the world and lost more Africans in transit than the Jews did in the Holocaust. However, Jewish people to their credit have made “NEVER AGAIN” an everyday reminder of the atrocities they suffered. But when slavery in America is mentioned, the descendants of the slave masters dismiss it by saying, “that was long time ago.” The double tragedy is that a number of colored folks agree with them by responding in the same manner.



Sexting in the schoolyard

The New York City Department of Education is considering passing an ordinance that would outlaw “sexting” among students in public schools both within and outside the classroom. The law, which could go into effect as soon as this fall would include a provision for cyber-bullying, sexting and give school principals and administrators wide ranging powers to suspend, discipline and in some cases even expel students who engage in these activities even if it occurs outside regular school hours or off campus. While I’m as excited as the next person whenever public schools want to take a stronger stand on moral education this is yet another example of schools demonstrating their ignorance of the very kids they’re trying to teach.


Artur Davis attacks Blacks to gain White support

As an Alabama state senator, Hank Sanders has witnessed a long line of White politicians trying to get elected by what they used to call “outniggering” one another. Former Gov. George C. Wallace was a prime example. However, the last thing Sanders expected was an African-American trying to get elected by opposing the best interests of African-American voters and attacking Black leaders. But that’s exactly what Congressman Artur Davis did in his unsuccessful campaign to become the first African-American governor of Alabama.