Daily Archive: April 24, 2013

Metro

Wagner: Management skills separate him from Peduto

JACK WAGNER MAKING HIS POINT (Photo by J.L. Martello) Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner says his 27 years in politics makes him “hands down” the most qualified candidate in the race to become Pittsburgh’s next mayor.That’s what he’s said at every candidate’s forum to date, and what he told the New Pittsburgh Courier editorial board during an April 17 interview. “Twenty-six percent of the population has twice the unemployment rate and that needs to be addressed,” he said. “It will take leadership to get there and I’m dramatically better, in terms of what I bring to the table.”Wagner spent 10 years on Pittsburgh Council and followed that with a 10-year stint as state senator before serving another seven years as auditor general from 2005 to 2012.

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Metro

Community Calendar 4-24-13

FAME LuncheonAPRIL 25—The Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education will host the 15th Annual FAME Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Duquesne Club, 325 6th Ave., Downtown. The event will honor the anniversary of the minority scholarship program and will honor the 68 scholars and nine graduating seniors. Gregory Dell’Omo, Phd, president of Robert Morris will be the keynote speaker. Registration is requested. For more information, call 412-363-5553 or visit http://www.famefund.org.

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National

This Week In Black History

ELLA FITZGERALD For the week of April 24-30April 241867—The first national meeting of the Ku Klux Klan is held at the Maxwell House in Nashville, Tenn. The White supremacist organization and its various offshoots would go on to launch a wave of terror, which would result in death and injury to thousands of African-Americans over the years. The Klan would remain the nation’s most powerful anti-Black terrorist organization for the next 70 years. The first chapter, however, was actually formed a year earlier in Pulaski, Tenn. Most of the early Klan members were former soldiers of the defeated Confederate Army from the Civil War. The group’s initial aim was to spread fear among Blacks and prevent them from voting. But as the organization grew, it expanded into anti-Jewish, anti-Catholic and anti-foreigner activities. The first grand wizard was Nathan Bedford Forest.1944—The United Negro College Fund is incorporated. Over the years, the fundraising activities of the UNCF would result in thousands of college educations for African-Americans.