Daily Archive: January 13, 2012


McKenzie, Rice to receive Spirit of King Award

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his life tirelessly making sure that everyone had the same opportunities and treatment, no matter what their race. On Thursday, Jan. 12, Port Authority, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Kingsley Association and the New Pittsburgh Courier, will honor two individuals who possess a King like spirit at the annual “Spirit of King” Award ceremony held at the Kingsley Association. EDNA McKENZIE This year’s honorees, the late Edna McKenzie and Monsignor Charles Owen Rice, are two individuals, who like King, devoted their lives to making life better not only for the people of their day, but for generations to come. MONSIGNOR CHARLES OWEN RICE The “Spirit of King,” beginning in 1989, is a posthumous award presented to individuals from Pittsburgh who best personify the spirit of King and who have impacted the region in the areas of civil rights, leadership, culture and education. Eric Wells, director of employee relations at Port Authority and member of the committee, said that both of this year’s honorees were deserving of the honor and were selected based on their services given to the Pittsburgh community in an effort to make it a better place.


History of the Spirit of King Award

The life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has served as a tremendous inspiration for millions throughout the world. King’s influence can be witnessed in the “Spirit of King Award Program” established in 1989 by the Kingsley Association, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Port Authority. In recognition of the significance of the life dedicated to the service of others, these organizations built a tradition based on acknowledging Pittsburgh area citizens who, like Dr. King, have advanced the cause of equality. BYRD R. BROWN The Spirit of King Award is given annually in January during a program celebrated at the Kingsley Association. Led by Elmer McClung, the observance began with a simple tree planting in 1986. The Program has grown to include the establishment of the Wilhelmina Byrd Brown Parklet at that location, named for the first honoree. Subsequent honorees have included people from all walks of life representing diverse areas of human endeavor. Some have been well known to many, while others quietly dedicated their lives to helping others. Each shares the dedication of spirit and perseverance through practice to the ideals of freedom.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Jan. 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968, he was only 39 years old. He was without a doubt the most prominent leader in Black history. He is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world, using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Calendar

Leadership/Diversity Awards JAN. 13—Coro Center for Civic Leadership in Pittsburgh will host its 5th Annual Martin Luther King Leadership and Diversity Awards from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave., North Shore. The awards are a display of the best the Pittsburgh region has to offer in leadership and diversity. The keynote speaker for the event will be Rich Fitzgerald, county executive-elect and Lynn Cullen will be the emcee. Registration is required. For more information, call Kelsey Halling at 412-208-0251 or visit http://www.CoroMLKAwards.org.


Will Pittsburghers be taxed out of their homes?

by Christian Morrow Just when homeowners thought it was safe to open the mail, the ongoing battle over tax assessments enters a new round. In an inevitable response to Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s Jan. 5 declaration that the county would use 2002 property values to assess this year’s taxes, Common Pleas Judge Stanton Wettick ordered that 2012 valuations be used—even though reassessments have only been completed for Pittsburgh and Mt. Oliver. Adding to the confusion, however, Wettick’s order only specifies that “the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh School District are barred from setting millage and calculating taxes for 2012, unless the millage and taxes are based on the 2012 assessed values.”


Living with diabetes

by Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy During the month of November families gather around tables of scrumptious food and have their fill-sometimes stuffing themselves more than a turkey, then comes Christmas, then the New Year. Then, imagine if you were unable to eat as you pleased because it was literally harmful to your health? Many people, such as diabetics, are faced with this dilemma all year. Not only are diabetics prohibited and cautioned on certain food intake during the holidays, but they also run the risk of causing health problems that could be fatal. Whether a diabetic or not, learning more about this disease could assist one in understanding how to live with it or support a relative or friend.


NC recommends money for sterilization victims

by Martha WaggonerAssociated Press Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)— It’s a question that has not been answered before and doesn’t have an easy solution: How do you repay people for taking away their ability to have children? North Carolina’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force is the first in the nation to tackle that question and is set to recommend how much to pay victims of forced sterilization, along with whether the victims’ descendants are eligible for the money. MOTHER WAS STERILIZED—Delores Marks poses for photograph in her home in Durham, N.C. Marks’ mother, Margaret Helen Cheek, had been sterilized during North Carolina’s eugenics program at Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, N.C., where she was a patient for more than 10 years. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)


Political race baiting

The 2008 election of Barak Obama to the United States presidency gave many of us hope that, indeed, American issues of race—and how it relates to politics—had somewhat diminished. We knew that we weren’t yet a “post racial” society, but we believed that Obama’s election marked a giant leap forward. Fast forward to 2012: the presidential race is heating up and Republican candidates are trying to establish ground in a crowded field. Comments by some of the presidential hopefuls clearly demonstrate that, although voters may have been able to look beyond race, our candidates are having a hard time doing the same.



Celebrating the life of Aunt Julia Mae

(NNPA)—I can’t think of a time when I didn’t visit Johnson City, Tenn. My Aunt Julia Mae Cousin has repeatedly regaled me about my first trip there. She says I was only several weeks old when her mother, Sylvia Harris, brought me to her from Tuscaloosa, Ala. Aunt Julia Mae said I was sick at the time and that she took me to her physician, who immediately healed me of my illness. Although Big Mama took me back home to Mrs. Martha Brownlee, my mother and her daughter, Aunt Julia Mae told anyone who would listen: “I have never been able to get rid of him since that time.”