KIMBERLY WEST-FAULCON While the United States Supreme Court decision on affirmative action last week did not eliminate the use of race-based criteria in college admissions, many do not see the decision as a victory.
1995—Song-stylist and singer Phyllis Hyman commits suicide in New York City shortly before she was scheduled to perform at a concert. For the week of June 26-July 2 June 261899—Black inventor William H. Richardson redesigns the baby carriage. While the idea for the baby carriage is nearly 300 years old, Richardson’s patent, filed at the Boston patent office, included several new features including a special joint which allowed the bassinet to be turned to face the mother or whoever was pushing the carriage. Many of Richardson’s designs are still in use today. [There is some authority that Richardson’s patent was actually filed on June 18.] 1942—Harvard medical student, Bernard W. Robinson, becomes the first African-American to win a commission to the United States Navy. June 27 1872—Paul Lawrence Dunbar, one of the most popular poets in Black American history, is born in Dayton, Ohio. Dunbar first gained national recognition with a collection of works published in 1896 entitled “Lyrics of a Lowly Life,” which included “Ode to Ethiopia.” Despite the power of his poetry, Dunbar angered some Blacks who were concerned about “what will White people think” because he generally used Black dialect and not Standard English in much of his poetry. Dunbar’s first poem was published in a newspaper owned by high school friends and American airplane pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright. The Wright brothers would also provide Dunbar with funds to open the Dayton Tattler—a newspaper geared toward the city’s Black community. Unfortunately, Dunbar died at the age of 34 in 1906 of Tuberculosis.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black people are arrested for possessing marijuana at a higher rate than White people, even though marijuana use by both races is about the same, the American Civil Liberties Union reports in a new study.
(Diane Bondareff/AP) NEW YORK (AP) – Columbia University is seeking to change the terms of a fellowship that can only be awarded to White…
RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—Once again the Black community has been shown how irrelevant they have become in the U.S. Most of the blame can be laid at the feet of the media appointed Black leadership for selling out their people. And we’ve gotten nothing in return. At least Judas Iscariot had sense enough to get 30 pieces of silver when he sold out Jesus Christ.
by Christian Morrow Just a reminder, the NAACP Region II conference will be held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel this weekend, with…
BENJAMIN TODD JEALOUS (Real Times News Service)–The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and its CEO and president Benjamin Todd Jealous are voicing their concern over a report of a “Dark Skinned Male” that it deemed irresponsible, reckless, and counterproductive
CONNIE PARKER by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer Back when steel ruled the local economy and Pittsburgh boast multiple corporate headquarters, the NAACP Pittsburgh Unit could always count on corporate support for its single largest fundraiser, the annual Human Rights Dinner.
FORMER STEUBENVILLE NAACP PRESIDENT ROYAL MAYO by Dr. Boyce Watkins (YourBlackWorld.com)–A man who once ran the NAACP in Steubenville, Ohio made some comments that have drawn a sharp reaction from women’s rights advocates across the country.