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Mar 06th


"It’s February, Do You Know Where Your History Is?"

The shortest month of the year, and all across this great land of ours, copies of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speeches and Langston Hughes' poems are dusted off, opened gingerly and read for the next 28 days as an acknowledgement of diversity and inclusiveness…only to be returned to their cobwebbed bookshelves and dusty desk drawers to hibernate for next 337…their purpose and significance forgotten by St. Patrick’s Day as we don plastic derbies and drink green beverages to "celebrate our Irish heritage."

The meaning of the jobs meeting

(NNPA) - It was good to see the photo of NAACP President Ben Jealous and National Urban League President Marc Morial leave the White House, snow hip deep, after they met with President Barack Obama to talk about the ways the unemployment crisis is affecting African Americans.

That Audi Commercial!

The new Audi TDI ad was one of the more provocative commercials shown during the Super Bowl.
The commercial opens with an unsuspecting grocery shopper asking for a plastic shopping bag rather than paper.  He is immediately taken into custody by the “Green Police.” As his head is being slammed into the check-out counter the green officer barks, “You picked the wrong day to mess with the eco-system plastic boy!” The spot ends with a long line of cars stopped at an “Eco-check point.” An officer spots the Audi.  “TDI here,” he observes.  “Clean diesel.”  The officer then nods to the driver, “you’re good to go sir.”  The driver smiles and then speeds past the traffic jam.  The tag line reads:  “Green has never felt so good.”

Change student loans

Last fall, the Obama administration, with support of House Democrats, revealed a plan that would overhaul the way student loans were disbursed to college students.  Instead of receiving loans from banks and other lenders students would, under the proposed plan, receive funds directly from the federal government.  The plan would save the nation $80 billion in fees, charged by the lenders that service student loans, over ten years. The savings would then be used to increase Pell Grants to students, help forgive loans for students going into public service, assist community colleges and provide early childhood learning programs and modernize public school facilities.

From free Frank to billionaire Bob and Beyond: The History of Black Economic Empowerment

(NNPA) - Why, the email asks, do we still have Black History Month?  The writer might be white, or she might not be. She identifies her self as a “conscious woman” and sends the email to one of my public addresses.  She seems chagrined that “race still matters” and wants to initiate an exchange of views with hers at the foundation – studying Black history is obsolete.  We have a Black president, the woman writes.  Black people have made so many strides.  Aren’t you holding on to the past, she argues, when you insist on having this month to study Black history?

Help Haitian immigration

Just a few days after an earthquake rocked the impoverished nation of Haiti, the Obama administration, moved to provide a new status for Haitian immigrants currently living illegally in U.S. Known as temporary protected status, this designation will protect illegal Haitian immigrants from deportation for at least a year and a half.  Under this new status, individuals who once had to work under the table and hide from the government will be allowed to apply for jobs, receive government funds to finance their education and more. In short, they can lead the types of lives they came to the U.S. looking for.

SNCC, fifty years later

(NNPA) - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday every January becomes an occasion for looking back at the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. As the celebration of the King Holiday leads into February and Black History Month, it's a time to consider not only how far we've come but how far we still have to go, and to reflect on some of the milestones in movement history. This year, one of those national and personal milestones is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
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