When asked about Katie Everette Johnson’s importance to the struggle for civil rights in Pittsburgh, her neighbor Rev. Margaret Tyson summed it up best: “Every TV show I watched (about the struggle) on WQED last week—she was in every one of them.” KATIE E. JOHNSON
Daily Archive: February 17, 2012
Black history, from slavery to freedom, has been a struggle for both men and women. From the time Blacks were brought to America on the first slave ship, women have been just as much a part of the struggle as men. In the past they served in more of a supportive role helping and assisting in the fight for freedom, but during the early part of the 21st century they have taken on more active leadership roles as men have in many cases become inactive.
by Jesse Washington The labels used to describe Americans of African descent mark the movement of a people from the slave house to the White House. Today, many are resisting this progression by holding on to a name from the past: “Black.” For this group—some descended from U.S. slaves, some immigrants with a separate history—“African-American” is not the sign of progress hailed when the term was popularized in the late 1980s. Instead, it’s a misleading connection to a distant culture. DON’T CALL ME AFRICAN-AMERICAN—This Jan. 31 photo shows Gibre George, who started a Facebook page called ‘Don’t Call Me African-American,” in Hollywood, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The debate has waxed and waned since African-American went mainstream, and gained new significance after the son of a Black Kenyan and a White American moved into the White House. President Barack Obama’s identity has been contested from all sides, renewing questions that have followed millions of darker Americans:
by Jim Kuhnhenn WASHINGTON (AP)—For a president who promotes technology at every opportunity, Barack Obama often strikes an awed, self-effacing pose in the presence of technicians, scientists and high tech machinery. “If I’m nodding, you should just assume that everything you said is going completely over my head,” he once told winners of a New York science fair. Still, he loves the stuff. PROMOTING TECHNOLOGY—President Barack Obama talks with Morgan Ard, center, and Titus Walker, left, both 8th grade students at Monroeville Jr. High School in Monroeville, Alabama as they show how their robot picks up a stuffed eagle in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Feb. 7, for the White House Science Fair. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) At no point has his inner geek been more evident than on Feb. 7 as he mischievously—“The Secret Service is going to be mad at me about this”—helped fire an eighth-grader’s award winning high-speed marshmallow air cannon at the drapes of the White House’s elegant State Dining Room.
by Nancy Benac DES MOINES, Iowa (AP)–She did some wild arm swings, sharp robotic turns and pulsing fist pumps. Michelle Obama busted out a few new moves Feb. 9 to mark the second anniversary of her campaign against childhood obesity with a few new friends—14,000 or so, it turns out. DOING THE INTERLUDE—First lady Michelle Obama does the Interlude during a Let’s Move event with children from Iowa schools, Feb. 9, at the Wells Fargo Arena in De Moines, Iowa. during her three day national tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let’s Move. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) The first lady rocked out with thousands of sixth- to ninth-graders at a Des Moines arena on the first stop of a three-day trip to highlight her “Let’s Move” campaign. It was a giant pep rally for eating right and exercising, complete with confetti, balloons and a towering birthday cake made of fruit. The first lady and crowd revved up by doing the Interlude, a dance that started in a dorm room at the University of Northern Iowa and went viral from there.
As you read this week’s column, ask yourself does it pertain to you? What real significance or impact does Black History really have in your life? Is there really any relevance or is it just fashionable to have skits about prominent Black men and women of yesteryear to give you a temporary good feeling?
(NNPA)—Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder’s plan to build a United States National Slavery Museum not far from the nation’s capital is almost eight years behind schedule and his group is mired in so much debt that it recently filed for bankruptcy.
(NNPA)—Former Massachusetts Gove. Mitt Romney’s recent statement, “I’m not concerned about the very poor…We have a safety net…If it needs repair, I’ll fix it” has caused once again considerable debate about poverty in America. But for millions of impoverished Black-Americans the focus should be on encouraging education, self-empowerment and economic development as a means of getting out of poverty rather than waiting on some non-caring presidential candidate to patch a gaping hole in the so-called poverty-prevention safety net.
by Ron Busby (NNPA)—It appears that with every proposed budget cut, Congress slices just a bit m-o-r-e from the American Dream of equal opportunity in education. African-American students, as well as other minority groups, will especially feel the deep slash of cuts aimed at the federal Pell Grant.
Dear Editor: I have heard quite a few people complain about the movie “Red Tails” by (George Lucas). The main beef is the distortion of facts and the “Hollywood” approach to the context of the movie, which is supposedly a chronicle of men who, against all odds and the prevailing prejudices of the time, excelled in an undertaking that practically everyone with pale skin predicted would fail miserably.