Daily Archive: May 9, 2013



NAACP head says Orie Sisters’ sentence just; Judge orders re-sentencing for ex-Justice Melvin

Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, right, and sister Janine Orie, left, arrive for court with a family member on May 7, for sentencing for their February convictions on corruption in Orie Melvin’s election campaign. The sisters avoided prison time for their corruption convictions but were sentenced Tuesday to house arrest for what a judge called crimes of “arrogance.” (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Following the May 7 sentencing of former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister on public corruption charges, NAACP Pittsburgh Unit President Connie Parker said she received several calls complaining that they should have gone to jail.



Black-owned banks face challenges

The once-towering stature of the Black bank has diminished. After almost 125 years of serving the underserved, the Black banking community has been brought to a new low by a shrinking clientele, questions of relevance, competition from big banks and the fluctuating fortunes of its traditional client base—churches, small businesses and lower- and middle-income Blacks, who have borne the brunt of the economic recession.



Historic milestone for African-American voters in 2012

“But if we know enough to be hung, we know enough to vote. If the Negro knows enough to pay taxes to support the government, he knows enough to vote; taxation and representation should go together. If he knows enough to shoulder a musket and fight for the flag, fight for the government, he knows enough to vote … ” — Frederick Douglass (“What the Black Man Wants,” 1865)



Positive people and their actions refute excuses

LOUIS ‘HOP’ KENDRICK I understand very clearly that there are conditions such as no parents, dysfunctional parents, no father, no positive male image, parents being involved in alcohol, illegal drugs, poverty all around you, despair, hopelessness, lack of love or caring, racism and disrespect. There are even those in 2013 who put an added emphasis on the greatest tragedy in the world, slavery.