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Apr 16th

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One on One with Martin Luther King, III

On the eve of what was supposed to be the landmark dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, The Washington Informer spoke with the preeminent civil rights leader's son Martin Luther King III. He shared his thoughts about his father, the monument and the momentous occasion.  The dedication ceremony was postponed due to Hurricane Irene.
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Martin Luther King, Jr., shaping our hopeful future: A reflection on a lasting legacy

"Take the first step in faith," Martin Luther King, Jr.  Told us.  "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Inspired by his eloquence and his moral courage, ordinary Americans took the first step in faith, and then more and more steps up the staircase to justice and opportunity. 

As our nation marks the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28 by dedicating a  memorial to Dr. King on the National Mall, we at AARP understand that the journey to fulfill the promise of our country is far from over.  We can see the whole staircase, but we haven't gotten to the top yet.
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JOBS NOW targets Boehner fundraiser

JOBS NOW targets Boehner fundraiserMore than 200 Minnesotans gathered outside the Wayzata Country club to demand attention from their representatives, who spent the day playing golf with donors for $10,000 a ticket.

Saying radical budget cuts to healthcare and education would kill thousands of jobs for already struggling Minnesotans and make a “shameful” racial employment gap even worse, the crowd called on the representatives to focus on putting Minnesotans back to work before courting high-dollar donors.
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The Living Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

AARP released a thought provoking video that captures the true spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. The 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's historic I Have a Dream speech was celebrated Aug. 28 at the official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. This is the first memorial on the National Mall to honor a man of color and the only one that does not commemorate a president or a war.
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Collaborations key to multicultural markets

Joe Mudd, Al McFarlane, Don Bryant, and Gerry Fernandez addressed the annual Multicultural Marketing Summit in St. Paul on April 5th, 2011 for a broadcast of Conversations with Al McFarlane

Al McFarlane: What are the strategies to make sure that you sell a quality product, that as a business organization, you are prepared to deliver quality and value, but that you get beyond barriers that don’t make sense, and that keep us at the margin?

Joe Mudd: Be prepared.  I say that from the corporate side as much as I say from the entrepreneurial side. Because the truth is, regardless of your product, corporations today are not looking for a reason to add another supplier. You have to understand that going in.
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BET networks celebrates the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

BET networks celebrates the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. MemorialBET Networks honors the legacy of the civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr., with a special day of programming on BET and CENTRIC in celebration of the unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, August 28.

"BET Networks is truly honored to be a partner with the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation and support such an important moment for our country, and especially for African-Americans," said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Networks. "We are proud to honor his legacy and dedicate an entire day to this on BET and CENTRIC."
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Amy Xu joins Cultural Jambalaya Board of Directors

 Amy Xu joins Cultural Jambalaya Board of DirectorsMin (Amy) S. Xu, attorney and partner with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, has been named to the board of directors of Cultural Jambalaya.  Edina-based Cultural Jambalaya,is an award-winning and volunteer-based nonprofit that creatively uses international cultural photography to promote understanding and respect for all cultures, founded by globe trekker and photographer, Gail Shore.

Shore travels the world on self-funded solo treks to obtain compelling images of individuals and the traditions, rituals and religions that enrich fragile cultures around the world. Many of her images are currently available to educators who want to creatively and visually illustrate to students the diverse cultural backgrounds that continue to make up more of America’s rich mosaic.
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UK riots stir response worldwide

UK riots stir response worldwide(GIN) - The spectacle of anarchy unfolding in Britain’s low income neighborhoods of Black Africans, South Asians and others, has prompted mixed reactions of worry and concern from African, Caribbean and Asian communities around the world.

Widespread riots have been viewed on the internet, with looting, burning buildings and vehicles and attacks against civilians and even the police.

The disturbances were reportedly triggered by the death of a Black London man and father of 4, Mark Duggan, 29, believed to have been caught in a crossfire of police shooting in a raid called Operation Trident.
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NAACP laments the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr

NAACP laments the passing of the Honorable Matthew J. Perry, Jr(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP laments the passing of Matthew J. Perry, Jr., a federal judge, civil rights attorney, and a former member of the NAACP National Board of Directors.  Perry passed away July 31st, 2011 at his home in South Carolina.

“Matthew Perry was a venerated member of the NAACP family,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “He commanded extraordinary respect throughout South Carolina as well as in our NAACP community.”
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Sierra Leone leads the way for maternal care

Sierra Leone leads the way for maternal care Women have been spilling out the doors of rural health clinic in Sierra Leone since the government eliminated fees for pregnant women and children.

The subsidized clinics have eliminated the need for births performed by the light of cell phones and flashlights. Trained medical staff oversee the deliveries, ensuring a higher level of protection for the new moms.

By waiving the fees, the government sharply reduced the mortality rates for pregnant women and deaths from malaria for small children.
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Deficit food fights in Congress dampened fund drives for famine in Somalia

Deficit food fights in Congress dampened fund drives for famine in SomaliaRelief organizations often chalk up their biggest fund raising successes during major humanitarian crises.

But the devastating famine in Somalia fell by the wayside as media turned its attention to other news scoops – including the protracted Congressional fight over the debt ceiling, the Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal, and the recent massacre in Norway.

“It’s even slower for us than Pakistan was,” grieved a spokesman for Mercy Corps, a U.S. relief and development group.
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