Daily Archive: May 18, 2011


Search for new head… Roque steps down from Hill House

Victor Roque, who took over the reigns of the Hill House Association last year following the departure of Evan Frazier, has himself decided to step down. He informed the board last week that he will leave at the end of the fiscal year, June 30. Marvin Prentice, vice president and COO, will assume Roque’s duties while a search is conducted for a new head. Details of the scope and timetable for the search have yet to be finalized by the board. VICTOR ROQUE “We are ever grateful for Victor’s leadership and commitment during a time of growth and promise for the Hill House and the communities we serve,” said Board Chair Al Hiles. “It’s a historic time in the Hill District and an exciting time for the Hill House. Victor played a key role in guiding us through a number of Hill House ‘firsts’ and we find ourselves in a better place for his talent and commitment.”


Target holds job sessions…Management already in place

Dressed to make an impression in a crisp red business shirt, tie and slacks, Adejuwon Anjooorin stood out among mostly high-school aged applicants at the first of two final Target job sessions held at East Liberty Presbyterian Church May 12. But that didn’t faze the Nigerian native. He doesn’t care whom he works with, just that he works. TRYING TO MAKE THE TEAM—Target team leader Dave Melocchi collects a resume from jobseeker Jemimah Worthy during a May 12 job forum at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. (Photos by J. L. Martello). “My wife has one year left to get her graduate degree from CMU’s Heinz School for Public Policy. My savings is going and I need a job,” he said. “I was in marketing and brand visibility for one of the largest dairy firms in Africa, so I know a little about sales.” Though he and some of the other hopefuls at the session had relevant employment experience, Target team leader Dave Melocchi told the 50 or so applicants that experience is not as critical as availability.



Milliones new Hill CDC head

After five years operating without official leadership, the Hill District Community Development Corporation has named Marimba Milliones as their interim executive director. “The organization is excited to turn this corner after years of hard work. We will now focus on fulfilling the role of facilitator for Hill District development and will serve as a resource to residents, private, public and community-based developers.” Milliones said. “The needs of the Hill District are diverse and a CDC focused on collaboration and balancing all interests is essential—residents, government, business owners, developers and new parties seeking opportunity must all be considered.” MARIMBA MILLIONES The Hill CDC has played a key role in addressing the development components of the Greater Hill District Master Plan, which includes a number of initiatives such as workforce development and the creation of business incubators. The organization has been focusing its efforts on infield development to fill in vacant land left by homes that have been demolished.



Pageant creates life-changing experiences

Life changing experiences don’t come along every day. When they do, they sometimes change lives in positive ways. The Miss Ebony Teenage/Miss Princess Pageant changes lives in a positive way, according to Tameka Mathews-Taylor, whose daughters competed in both. Tazha Mathews competed in the Miss Ebony division the last two years and Marva Taylor, in the Miss Princess division, in the 2011 pageant. PROUD WINNERS—Miss Princess, MaKenzie Wright, left, and Miss Ebony Teenager, Daysiah Foy proudly hold their trophies. See more photos on contestants in next week’s edition. (Photo by J.L. Martello). “[Tazha] was very shy last year. I had to actually pull her in the room. Since [her first year in] the pageant, she has danced for a number of churches. She’s taken the lead role in her school play,” said Taylor, whose oldest daughter, Jajuana Murphy, competed in the Miss Black Teenage Pageant in 2008. “Had it not been for the pageant that taught her that there is an inner beauty, so be confident in that, I don’t think she would be where she is right now.”


Community Calendar

Inclusivity Party MAY 18—The Western Pennsylvania Diversity Initiative will host an Inclusivity Party from 6-9 p.m. at the LeMont Restaurant, 1114 Grandview Ave., Mt. Washington. This fundraiser and celebration of Pittsburgh’s diversity and economic development will feature the sounds of the Kevin Howard Trio, a silent auction and delicious food. The guest speaker will be Eric Peterson, manager of Diversity & Inclusion for the Society for Human Resource Management. Registration is requested. For more information, visit http://www.wpdiversity.org.


This Week In Black History

Week of May 21-27 May 21 1862—Mary Patterson becomes the first Black woman in U.S. History to be awarded a master’s degree. She earned it from Oberlin College in Ohio. 2009—NFL star quarterback Michael Vick is released from federal prison after serving 19 months of a 23 month sentence for financing a dog fighting ring. Formerly with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick is now with the Philadelphia Eagles. JAMES YOUNG and BLANCHE KELSO BRUCE 2009—A Black man—James Young—is elected mayor of Philadelphia, Miss.,—a town which during the 1960s had the nation’s most racist reputation. Ku Klux Klan members dominated the town and it was known for the mistreatment and unpunished killings of Blacks. One of the most brutal events in the city was the 1964 murders of three civil rights workers. In his 2009 election victory, Young captured 30 percent of the White vote.


50 years later, students ­retrace 1961 Freedom Ride

by Zinie Chen Sampson RICHMOND, Va. (AP)—Charles Reed Jr. skipped his college graduation ceremony to do something much more significant to him: retracing the original 1961 Freedom Ride and paying tribute to those who helped win the civil rights that his generation enjoys. FREEDOM RIDERS—These 1961 file photos released by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History shows the booking photos of Reginald Green and Joan Trumpauer Mulholland taken after their arrest in Jackson, Miss., as part of the original Freedom Ride. (AP Photo/Mississippi Department of Archives and History) Reed says missing graduation doesn’t compare to the sacrifices the original Freedom Riders made when they challenged the South’s segregation laws: quitting jobs, dropping out of college, and ultimately, risking their lives. “What the Freedom Rides did 50 years ago paved the way for what I have today as an African-American,” said Reed, a 21-year-old business administration major at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. Reed was one of 40 college students who joined a handful of the original Freedom Riders on an eight-day journey from Washington, D.C., through the South.



Blacks, Whites and talk show hosts equal blue

Over the years there have been a vast number of incidents that have occurred between the Black communities and the police, incidents that too frequently have resulted in death. These incidents were inclusive of police at every level, local, state and federal. There are three high profile cases in recent history that stand out—two resulted in death and the third against a young Black man, which may cause permanent physiological damage. Jonnie Gammage, a Black man in Brentwood driving a Jaguar was killed. Jerry Jackson a Black man charged with the impossible turning a car around in the Armstrong Tunnel was killed, and most recent, a young honor student, Jordan Miles was beaten, walking while Black.


Powerful weapon in the war on unemployment

(NNPA)—“Now that I have my second chance, I’m taking it to the max, taking advantage of it to the fullest.” Ida DeLeon, 21-year-old participant in the Urban League of Rochester’s Job Training Program Last week, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, enlisted in the war on urban unemployment with the introduction of the Urban Jobs Act. Gillibrand’s Urban Jobs Act is the Senate version of House Bill, H.R. 683, which was introduced earlier this year by New York Rep. Edolphus Towns. Both bills would provide federal grant funding to the National Urban League and other non-profit groups to offer job training, education, and other support services for urban youth. The legislation will especially target those who have dropped out of high school or who have had some involvement with the criminal justice system.


Are Freedom Rider seeds bearing fruit?

(NNPA)—Fifty years ago this month, the Freedom Rides began. While the Supreme Court ruled that segregation in interstate commerce, including bus terminals, was illegal, the laws were not being enforced. Because the law failed to act, people of conscience, courage, and determination acted instead. Resistance to desegregation was such that those who got on buses risked their lives. The Freedom Riders, who were both African-American and White, were arrested and attacked on the bus route. Anniston, Ala. was an especially violent site of attack, where the local Klan and other residents, some still dressed in their church-going finest, were allowed to beat Freedom Fighters without police interference. The plan seemed to be that there would be an initial attack in Anniston, and a second attack in Birmingham. Someone attempted to burn or bomb the bus that transported Freedom Riders.