Daily Archive: October 27, 2010


Hundreds pay final respects to Grayson

Services and vigils were held in three different locations for Jeron Grayson, who was shot to death Oct. 17. Students gathered Thurs­day night to remember Grayson who was shot at a party near the California University campus. Friends and classmates sang songs and lit candles before walking across town to Mechanic Street to the site where he was shot and killed. A LOVED ONE LOST—The Grayson family and friends surround the casket of Jeron Grayson. (Photo by Ashley G. Woodson) The wake was held Wed­nes­day at Wesley Center AMEZ Church from 4-8 p.m. and the line of people from all over came out to pay their respects. Hundreds of mourners stood in line for more than five hours to pay their respect to the family. City officials and Pastors from other churches were also in attendance along with students from Schenley High School, Hampton University and California State University.


Small business, education top Sestak’s list

Taking time from canvassing Phila­delphia and neighboring Bucks County, Democratic senatorial candidate Joe Sestak made time to speak to the New Pittsburgh Courier. Sestak said people should vote for him because he believes in working for race, gender and ethnic equality. He said he did it in the military as a rear admiral, and the service was better for it. JOE SESTAK “I’m a public servant. My priorities are job creation, education, health care, continuing financial reform and giving everyone a fair chance,” he said. “As (U.S. rep.) Mike Doyle said, ‘Joe, you’re a crummy politician, but you’re a good public servant.’ I’ll take that.


NAACP Pa. convention highlights multiple issues

This year, the NAACP state convention, held at the Monroeville Doubletree Hotel, celebrated its 76th year by featuring a number of workshops for both its regular membership and those in its youth and college divisions, to address issues critical to the state’s African-American communities. Several sessions were chaired by local branch members such as Black Political Empowerment Project founder Tim Stevens and Imani Christian Academy headmaster Milton Raiford. BUSINESS IN COMMON—Flanked by NAACP State Conference President J. Wyatt Mondesire and Convention Planning Co-chair Marcella Lee, Courier Editor and Publisher Rod Doss accepts the Businessman of the Year award. (Photo by Erin Perry) Though some members arrived for the early bird reception Oct. 21, most arrived the following morning where state NAACP President Jerry Mondesire welcomed attendees and laid out the agenda for the remaining two days during the opening plenary session.


Cosby serious about family values

On Oct. 30, former sitcom star, TV trailblazer and best-selling author Bill Cosby will come to Pittsburgh for a comedic performance at Heinz Hall. Well known for his controversial critiques of the African-American community, Cosby’s performance will throw seriousness aside for a night of laughs. NIGHT OF A THOUSAND LAUGHS—On Oct. 30 at 5:30 p.m., Bill Cosby will take the stage at Heinz Hall. (Photo by Erinn Chalene Cosby) “What value is a Black human being in his or her own neighborhood? People say ‘don’t say that; that’s dirty laundry,’ but we’re trying to save beautiful Black lives. We’re talking about your children, your beautiful Black children,” said Cosby in an exclusive interview with the New Pittsburgh Courier. “Of course, I’m not going to talk about that at Heinz Hall. We’re going to laugh. We’re going to close the doors and we’re going to laugh. We’re going to have a good time.”


Community Calendar

Town hall meeting OCT. 28—The 12th Ward Democratic Committee will host a Town Hall Meeting from 6-8 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7060 Lemington Ave., Homewood. The meeting will focus on what matters to 12th Ward residents. This is a time to voice one’s concerns. For more information, call 412-661-6161.


‘Hang them’: Uganda paper publishes photos of gays

by Godfrey Olukya KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) —The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: “Hang Them.” Alongside their photos were the men’s names and addresses. UNDER SEIGE—A Ugandan man reads the headline of the Ugandan newspaper “Rolling Stone” in Kampala, Uganda, Oct. 19, in which the papers reveals the identity of allegedly gay members of Ugandan society and calls for public punishment against those individuals. (AP Photo) In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.


AFRO mourns loss of former leader, John H. Murphy III

by Zenitha Prince For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—John H. Murphy III was being remembered last week as the steady hand that guided the Afro-American Newspapers through the turbulent waters of civil rights history and a perilous industry. The newspaper’s former president and CEO died Oct. 16 at the Stella Maris Nursing Home in Timonium, Md. He was 94 years old.


This Week in Black History

For the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 4 October 29 1929—The Stock Market collapses ushering in the Great Depression bringing about Black unemployment rates ranging from 25 to 40 percent. The effects of the Great Depression would last until the start of World War II which created massive war industry jobs and a second mass migration of Blacks from the South to the industrial North. PEARL PRIMUS 1994—Famed dancer Pearl Primus dies. She blended African and Caribbean dance and music with Black American traditions of blues, jazz and the jitterbug to form a new vibrant dance form. She formed a dance troupe and she personally appeared in such early Broadway hits as “Showboat” and “Emperor Jones.” Primus was known for her amazingly high leaps. In 1991, the first President Bush awarded her the National Medal of Arts.


Corruption in education

by Brandon PerryFor New Pittsburgh Courier (Editor’s Note: This is part three of a four-part series from the Indianapolis Recorder dealing with the abuse of power) (INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.)—You go to school to be educated—at least that’s the plan. But the fact is that corruption is one of the last things families expect when a loved one is enrolled in an educational institution. Educators and the faculty they work with—whether at the grade school, high school or university level—are expected to conduct themselves with integrity and fairness. CHARGED—Former dean Cecilia Chang is charged with abusing students and embezzlement at St. John’s University.


Tips to prevent/stop education abuse

•Students, from the elementary to the university levels, should report ALL cases of abuse of power. It is never OK for an instructor or administrator to harass, humiliate, intimidate or discriminate against students. It also is illegal to demand payments and “favors” for grades, materials or anything that should be provided by the school for no charge.