Daily Archive: June 28, 2013



Friend: Trayvon Martin encounter racially charged

Witness Rachel Jeantel continues her testimony during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. June 27. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Jacob Langston, Pool) by Kyle Hightower SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman’s defense attorney insisted during several testy exchanges with an important prosecution witness Thursday that Trayvon Martin injected race into a confrontation with the neighborhood watch volunteer and insinuated the young woman was not believable because of inconsistencies in her story. However, 19-year-old Rachel Jeantel stood firm in her testimony about the night Zimmerman shot the unarmed Black 17-year-old after a fight that Jeantel said she overheard while on the phone with Martin. Jeantel has said Martin told her he was being followed by a “creepy-ass cracker” — implying Martin was being followed by a White man because of his race.



Commentary…Homewood at the crossroads

C. MATTHEW HAWKINS On Monday, June 24, Councilman Ricky Burgess convened a Homewood community discussion about how to deal with vacant or abandoned properties. The discussion was held at the neighborhood branch of Carnegie Library. Homewood Renaissance Association CEO Rev. Eugene Blackwell, Operation Better Block Executive Director Jerome Jackson, Rosedale Block Cluster Executive Director Diane Swann, and Community Empowerment Association CEO Rashad Byrdsong, were among the 50 community and non-community participants in the meeting.



The Afro-American Music Institute celebrates fathers

WORKING WITH THE BOYS—Pamela Johnson in blue dress dances and sings with the boys’ choir. (Photos by J. L. Martello) The Afro-American Music Institute and its subsequent Afro-American Boys’ Choir is Pam and James Johnson’s greatest joy. “I can manifest their spirits through music and the choir gives the boys a sense of unity because they all have accomplishing something,” said James “Dr. J.” Johnson.