Daily Archive: June 27, 2012



Burgess calls for complete minority contracting report

In the wake of a New Pittsburgh Courier story showing the 2011 annual report published by the Pittsburgh Equal Opportunity Review Commission showed neither the work done by Minority- and Women-owned firms nor the actual amounts paid to such firms by the city and its authorities, Pittsburgh Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess has introduced legislation to demand such reporting. REV. RICKY BURGESS As noted in the June 13 edition of the Courier, in many instances, the report contains projections of work to be done by M/WDBE rather than the actual work done.


Rev. Paige dies at 75

A dynamic preacher, mentor, leader and friend, but most importantly a true man of God, are just a few of the expressions used by many to describe Rev. Delano Roosevelt Paige. As a longtime leader of one of the most well-known churches in Pittsburgh, Rev. Paige was dedicated to his ministries, his followers and his community, but on June 22, he was unexpectedly called home to receive his crown. He was 75 years old. REV. DELANO R. PAIGE “Reverend Paige was a dynamic human being and spiritual leader and spiritual warrior. He was larger than Rodman, the church he pastored, and his denomination. He was really about God’s Kingdom,” said Bishop Loran Mann, pastor of Pentecostal Temple COGIC in East Liberty.


Student loan rates may double

Next month, college graduates could see the interest rates on their student loans double if congress doesn’t take action. A 2007 law designed to keep interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford loans low, is set to expire July 1. “Every student should have the opportunity to go to college, regardless of their family’s income,” said Zainab Javed, a sophomore at Mercyhurst College in Erie. “But if Congress allows the interest rates to double, that will not be possible.” PRESIDENT OBAMA Congress is set to vote this week on legislation that would keep the current student loan interest rate of 3.4 percent from doubling to 6.8. If the legislation is not passed, approximately 1.5 million African-American students would see their student loan debt increase.



Legacy Honoree: Jean Bryant

Jean Bryant, the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Women of Excellence Legacy Award winner for 2012, has always striven to make a positive impact. Her success at having done so through multiple endeavors in a variety of fields for more than half a century is a testament to her tenacity, charity and commitment to helping others. “I have always tried to do meaningful things,” she said. “If something isn’t right, I’m out there trying to do something about it. But it’s God that propels me in these directions” JEAN BRYANT Born in Roselle, N.J., in 1933, Bryant spent her formative years in the Garden State, raising her own family in Orange, N.J., and then starting her career in journalism with the New Jersey Afro American.


Message from the Editor and Publisher

The New Pittsburgh Courier is pleased to recognize and introduce the 2012 50 Women of Excellence, nominated by our readership. Together, they symbolize the best of what this city has to offer. They shine a light on the values and principals held most dear to our society. Though they represent a cornucopia of professions, they share a devotion to strengthening our community. ROD DOSS On Thursday, June 28, the New Pittsburgh Courier will hold its annual luncheon to recognize this year’s list. The luncheon will be held at the Westin Convention Center from 12 to 1:30 p.m.


Community Calendar

Town Hall Meeting JUNE 28—The New Deal Coalition for Economic Party and Justice will host a Town Hall Meeting on the Addison Terrace Development from 6-8 p.m. at the Elise Hillman Auditorium, 1825 Centre Ave., Hill District. This is an opportunity for residents to come out and hear how economic and community government funds are being used for housing, employment and business opportunities in the Hill District and City of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 412-371-3689 ext. 14.


This Week In Black History

For the week of June 27-July 1 June 27 1833—Prudence Crandall, a liberal White woman, is arrested in Canterbury, Conn., for operating an academy designed to educate young Black women. The academy was permanently closed.


Andrew Young and Danny Bakewell honored for ‘Legacy of Excellence’

ATLANTA (NNPA)—Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and Danny J. Bakewell Sr., the National Newspaper Publishers Association chairman emeritus and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times, were presented with NNPA’s Legacy of Excellence Awards last Friday night in recognition of their lifelong work, courage, commitment, sacrifice and achievements. HONOREE—Andrew Young, center, accepts Legacy Award from NNPA Chairman Cloves Campbell Jr., left, and Xernona Clayton. (NNPA Photo/Freddie Allen)



Stop student loan interest rates from doubling

One of the top issues on the American political and economic scene today is the possible doubling of student loan interest rates set for July 1 if nothing is done. Obama has rightfully made it his top priority to stop. Education is supposed to be the foundation of this country, yet it appears that the politicians, especially the GOP, could care less. As long as the rich get theirs who cares about middle America. For those of us who have paid bills, who have gotten loans, who have sent kids to college or have them there now, this is a huge deal. This is gigantic. This will prevent a lot of kids from going to college.


Pass the Voter Empowerment Act

(NNPA)—“With a pivotal presidential election just six months away, we must do all we can to ensure free and fair elections and that everyone can vote.” Voter Empowerment Act fact sheet Thanks to rising citizen outrage and efforts like the National Urban League’s “Occupy the Vote” campaign, the voter suppression movement is facing mounting resistance. As we reported several weeks ago, voter suppression laws in Florida designed to purge voter rolls and make it more difficult to register voters, have now been challenged by the Justice Department. There is also a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that takes direct aim at some of the most egregious voter suppression tactics being employed or considered in dozens of states throughout the nation.