Daily Archive: September 14, 2011


Black Muslims and Sept. 11 …Group struggles to fix image 10 years later

On Sept. 11, 2011, Americans commemorated the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States by the Muslim Al Qaeda organization. While news reports and online Website postings throughout the weekend demonstrated a nation still very much brewing with anti-Muslim rhetoric, African-American Muslims in Pittsburgh and across the nation were organizing to overcome the prejudice they continue to face in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. MUSLIMS FOR LIFE—From left: Abur-rahman Shareef, head of media relations and Omar Shaheed at the Ahmadiyaa Muslim Community blood drive on Sept. 4. (Photo by J.L. Martello) “The people who did this act, we don’t believe they were Muslim. They weren’t actually following the teachings of the Holy Koran,” said Omar Shaheed, president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. “There’s no teaching in Islam or in any religion that promotes the killing of another human being. There’s no teaching in Islam that supports that kind of behavior. How can you claim you’re representing God when you’re killing your own people.”


Brinker won’t fight contract change

Though Brinker Group LLC had its name attached to all the signage and promotional materials for the Hill District SHOP ’n SAVE construction project, Chairman and CEO Larry Brinker said it will not contest being replaced as the project’s construction management firm. As reported in the New Pittsburgh Courier last week, Hill House Economic Development Corp. Project Manager Jason Matthews replaced Brinker after failing to agree on costs. LARRY BRINKER According to the company, its initial bid of $5.6 million was based on architectural drawings that were only 65 percent complete. Brinker was then asked to trim its bid by nearly $1 million despite design changes and the shifting of some costs from the owner to the contractor.


The Hood—Stop the Violence rally major success

The Hood—Stop the Violence rally was a peaceful, entertaining and uplifting event that felt like a family reunion. The message of stopping the violence was loud and clear throughout the whole day and the Thomas family wants everyone to take that message home every day, not just for one day out of the year. This was the 10th annual rally Loaf and Cynthia Thomas have sponsored and hosted every September 11 in response to the attack on America and the senseless acts of violence that occur in the Hill District and other “hoods” in the city of Pittsburgh and throughout the country. FAMILY—The Thomas family, above, came together to hold their 10th annual The Hood—Stop the Violence rally. (Photo by Ashley G. Woodson) “We have a one granddaughter and have lived in the Hill District since we’ve been married and we are always willing and trying to find ways to make it a great place to live, work and party,” said Loaf Thomas.


Anti-bullying rally in Wilkinsburg reveals ‘no-snitching’ culture

The Wilkinsburg School District’s anti-bullying rally on Sept. 9 began on a positive note with all the glee of a sports pep rally. The school’s marching band played and students in the band’s drumline marched down the aisles of the Wilkinsburg High School auditorium as cheerleaders pranced in front of the stage. However, shortly after the Wilkinsburg students had finished cheering in favor of their Tiger’s football team, many of those same students could be heard booing a representative from the Wilkinsburg police department and their very own district superintendent. ARCHIE PERRIN “We have a lot of people who have friends and family who have been taken away and put in prison. These authority figures are frowned upon out in the streets,” said senior Jordan Howard, when asked about the reaction of his peers. “I may not agree with it, but I understand it.”


Taped interview discloses Jackie Kennedy’s opinion of MLK—‘That man’s terrible’

(NNPA)—Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy held a low opinion of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., calling him “phony” and “tricky” and alleging that King mocked the funeral of her slain husband, President John F. Kennedy. The remarks came in a series of interviews the first lady gave in the 1960s which will be part of a new book and set of audio CDs to be released in mid-September. “CANDIDATE’S WIFE”—In this Oct. 5, 1960 photo, Jacqueline Kennedy poses at her typewriter where she writes her weekly “Candidate’s Wife” column in her Georgetown home in Washington. (AP Photo/File) According to ABC News, which obtained tapes of the interviews, Kennedy said she was disgusted by FBI wire taps which allegedly detailed King’s attempts to set up a hotel orgy while in Washington for his historic August 1963 march and, at another point, his affair with another woman in a hotel. Kennedy claimed King also cracked jokes about the funeral of her assassinated husband, and its officiate, Cardinal Richard Cushing.


Community Calendar

Transplant symposium SEPT. 15—The Center for Organ Recovery& Education and the University of Pittsburgh will host its 2nd Annual Transplant Symposium “Transplantation Disparities: Current Trends and Future Prospects” at 7:30 a.m. at the University Club, 123 University Place, Oakland. This is designed for physicians, surgeons, nurses, transplant professionals, social workers, and prevention/wellness organizations, the symposium will focus on trends in minority transplantation, maximizing kidney transplantation, alternative options (presumed consent panel discussion), health challenges unique to the minority community and more. For more information, visit http://www.core.org.


White House rejects bid for Marcus Garvey posthumous pardon

by Tony Best A bid to secure a posthumous presidential pardon for Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero, has been rejected out of hand by the Barack Obama White House in Washington. But the administration’s rejection is unlikely to end the campaign in and out of the United States, Jamaica and elsewhere to clear the name of the iconic figure. MARCUS GARVEY Garvey, who led the greatest mass movement of Blacks in the United States in the first half of the 20th century and is often credited by historians and other experts with promoting the economic, social and political interests of the ordinary Black person as no other had been able to do for more than half a century, had a following that ran into the millions in the Western Hemisphere.


This Week In Black History

Week of Sept. 17-23 September 17 1787—The United States Constitution is approved but it includes three clauses allowing for the continuation of slavery even though it was suppose to be a document of freedom. 1861—Hampton Institute (now university) is founded. It has now become one of the nation’s leading predominately Black educational institutions. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. 1973—Illinois becomes the first state to honor Civil Rights Movement icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a state holiday.


Book: Kennedy scorned idea of LBJ as president

by Beth Fouhey NEW YORK (AP)—President John F. Kennedy openly scorned the notion of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson succeeding him in office, according to a book of newly released interviews with his widow, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. She said her husband and his brother then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, a longtime LBJ antagonist, even discussed ways to prevent Johnson from winning the Democratic nomination in a future contest. JACKIE AND CAROLINE—In this Dec. 6, 1963 photo, Jacqueline Kennedy and her daughter, six-year-old Caroline, arrive at their new home in the Georgetown section of Washington two weeks after her husband was slain in Dallas, Texas. (AP Photo/Bob Schutz, file) The book, “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,” includes a series of interviews the former first lady gave to historian and former Kennedy aide Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. shortly after her husband was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. Over seven sessions, she recalled conversations on topics ranging from her husband’s reading habits to the botched Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.



A thank you to all readers

On Sept. 7 there were several extremely rare occurrences that contribute to making living worthwhile. I stopped in the gas station that morning and was greeted by a young Black female who said “Good morning.” She asked was I Mr. Hop Kendrick that wrote a column in the New Pittsburgh Courier. Of course, the response was yes and she replied by stating she was a regular reader and that I knew her parents Everett and Barbara Utterback, and we hugged and I thanked her.