BILL NEAL, LEFT, WITH DEACON JONES :10 Last week the NFL lost one of its greatest ever players and most certainly one of the 10 greatest D-Lineman of all time. The creator of the head slap, Deacon Jones died of natural causes at the much too young age of 74. Anybody that knew “The Deacon” will tell you it wasn’t all natural causes. The man lived life large…all legal…but large! I know because I had the pleasure and privilege to have interviewed him about 25 years ago, when he was in town to do a “Lite Beer” promo. My first major assignment for the New Pittsburgh Courier, given to me by “The President” of the Know It All Club and my writing mentor Eddie Jeffries. (All I can tell ya without getting head slapped from above is, yes there were women when I got there…4 to be exact! Like I said, natural causes!)
Daily Archive: June 12, 2013
Almost a month after the senseless shooting deaths of 1-year-old Marcus White Jr., who was killed at an East Hills community picnic with his aunts; 16-year-old Delasia Detrieuille, who was killed in a housing complex when confronting two boys who allegedly had robbed her of a gun she was trying to sell earlier in the day; and John Haas, a jitney driver who was killed while picking up a charge in a McKeesport housing complex because his vehicle was mistaken for a rival gang member’s, the community will come together to take a stand against the acceptance of senseless violence in their neighborhoods at Pittsburgh’s Juneteenth Stop the Violence & Community Awareness Event on June 29 at Stage AE from 1-4 p.m.
MEDGAR EVERS For the week of June 12-18June 121840—The world’s first anti-slavery convention took place in London, England. The aim of the gathering was to unite abolitionists worldwide. However, the effectiveness of the convention was harmed by a decision to exclude female delegates.1886—The Georgia Supreme Court upholds the will of former slave owner David Dickson who had left over $300,000 to a child he fathered by raping a 12-year-old Black girl. The ruling made Amanda America Eubanks the wealthiest Black person in America. She would later marry one of her White first cousins. 1963—Medgar Evers, Mississippi field secretary for the NAACP, was assassinated in front of his home by White supremacist Byron de la Beckwith. All-White juries twice refused to find De la Beckwith guilty although the evidence was overwhelming. Finally, in 1995, Beckwith was convicted of killing the civil rights activist. Beckwith died in prison in 2001.
BILL FLETCHER JR. (NNPA)—The court martial of Pvt. Bradley Manning for allegedly providing thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks is the latest in efforts undertaken by this administration to crush whistleblowers. In fact, the Manning case is reminiscent of that faced by Daniel Ellsberg in the famous “Pentagon Papers” incident surrounding the Vietnam War. In the case of the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg released classified documents concerning the Vietnam War to the New York Times. These documents revealed the criminality and hypocrisy of the U.S. aggression. Yet, the Bradley Manning case is not simply the latest in a list of prosecutions. It stands as a particularly illustrative example of steps taken by an administration that had promised so-called transparency when Obama was elected in 2008. Instead, we have found something to the contrary. Not only have whistleblowers faced retaliation, the Obama administration has used the Espionage Act six times in order to squash whistleblowers.
AUBREY BRUCE Hey everybody hot off the press, according to the Bleacher Report “Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed part of the 2012 NFL regular season with injuries to his ribs and shoulder. This offseason, Big Ben is taking no chances with his long-term health and ability to stay on the field for a full 16-game season.
MASTERS BRING HOME THE GOLD—The City of Champions spoke loud and proud once again as the Pittsburgh Old Timers captured the American Old Timers League…
Soiree JUNE 14—The Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Pittsburgh will host its Commit to Care Soiree at 9 p.m. at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. This event is to raise awareness of the importance of service to youth and challenge attendees to dedicate time to a child. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ULYP’s “Bridging the Gap” mentoring program. For more information, call Marisa Bartley at 724-307-8597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULIANNE MALVEAUX (NNPA)—When George Orwell wrote the novel 1984, he envisioned a character, real or imagined “Big Brother” who was a know-all, see-all, omnipotent and elusive presence that intruded into lives because he could. Those who knew about “him” were told that they did not exist, but in many ways, Big Brother may not have existed, either. The omnipotence had taken on a life of its own.
MARC H. MORIAL (NNPA)—“The enduring hope is that race should not matter; the reality is that too often it does.”—Anthony Kennedy, associate justice of the Supreme CourtAs early as this week, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the United States Supreme Court may issue a ruling that could seriously limit or altogether eliminate the use of affirmative action in university admissions. While much of the current debate about the continued need for affirmative action has been distorted by the use of coded buzz-words like “preferences,” “entitlements,” and “quotas,” we should remember that the original intent of the policy when it was first introduced in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, was to foster non-discrimination and fairness.
HARRY C. ALFORD (NNPA)—Last week, I explained why we have Black business programs. The evolution of them from the Civil Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the cause for their existence. Title VI of the Act and along with U.S. Supreme Court decisions justifies their existence. The most frustrating thing about it is the fact that most of them don’t work too well. Our collective gains in the public and corporate marketplace have been little and slow in coming. If we had genuine efforts and very positive results after 49 years of law there would be no need for affirmative action and minority participation programs. In other words, there would be no more discrimination in the business marketplace. But unfortunately, racism still raises its ugly head.