Daily Archive: December 16, 2011


Courier archives preserved Federal grant helps save photos

After funds from a federal grant it received more than three years ago have nearly been exhausted, the New Pittsburgh Courier has made tremendous progress in its project to protect, preserve and digitize its historical archives, containing approximately 750,000 photos from the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, at one time the most circulated Black newspaper in the country. IT’S A PROCESS—An experienced archivist uses equipment secured through a federal grant to scan and preserve one of the images from the Pittsburgh Courier Newspaper’s historical archives. (Photo by John Brewer)


Voter ID Bill denounced by local advocates

Joined by representatives from a variety of voter and civil rights groups—among them the League of Women Voters, VOTEPA, the ACLU and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh—Black Political Empowerment Project Chair Tim Stevens called for members of the state Senate to vote down the voter ID bill, which they were due to consider for the first time the following day. VOTER SUPPRESSION—Joined by members of several voter and civil rights groups, Black Political Empowerment Project Chair Tim Stevens calls for a “no” vote on new state voter ID legislation. (Photo by Gail Manker)


Pittsburgh’s Fashion Hunter

The latest reality show doesn’t center on losing weight, or who is going to be voted off of the island, or what is in the storage locker, it focuses on the reality of finding great fashion at a bargain price for the New York consignment store Second Time Around. LADIES IN RED


Stand up for voting rights

(NNPA)—At the heart of a democracy is the fundamental right to vote. Yet for Black Americans, especially, the right to vote is historically blood-soaked and sacred. We paid a heavy price to get the right to vote. But it is not just a legal right; it is also a moral responsibility to vote given the tremendous sacrifice by so many of our fore parents that successfully waged a tireless struggle to dismantle American apartheid. Today for more than 45 million Black people in the United States, we cannot afford to take for granted this important civil right and civic responsibility.


The Obama blueprint for re-election

(NNPA)—With the next election 11 months away, President Obama has begun sharpening his populist message and drawing a sharp contrast between his vision for America and the Republican alternative. Obama’s speech last week in Osawatomie, Kan. provided an example of how he plans to attack his Republican opposition.



If Romney could choose Black or Mormon

REAL TIMES MEDIA—On a recent trip to Atlanta I noticed a large billboard right alongside highway 285 that surrounds the city. It featured three smiling multicultural faces and at the bottom it read: I’m a Mormon. I was surprised by this, since I frequently visit Atlanta and hadn’t seen these signs before. What’s more I was surprised that such signs were appearing just around the time that the GOP primary was heating up and Romney was beginning to see himself as Mr. Inevitable. The funny thing is that the signs didn’t make me think of the powerful Mormon church behind Mr. Romney, or the inevitability of his campaign, it made me realize all the more just how much trouble he will be in if he even manages to win the GOP nomination for president.


Do we really care that Panera Bread may want to keep Blacks in the back?

Dear Editor: In response to the Panera Bread issue, the idea that African-Americans are not in positions to interact with the public is something that we accept and do not question unless there is a media firestorm. This is a problem in many industries. This supports the need for there to be more African-American owned businesses. Most small businesses hire in this fashion: first you hire family, second friends and third persons that look and fit into your culture.


Exhibit honoring Teenie Harris at AWC

There once was a time when African-Americans in the Pittsburgh area, particularly the Hill District, seemed to be living an American dream that has all but died in today’s society. They had expectations, futures filled with promise … and Charles “Teenie” Harris captured it all on film. PAST TO PRESENT—Teenie Harris photos of the past was on display at AWC with current photos of these people today photographed by Rebecca Droke and Bill Wade. (Photo by J.L. Martello)