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Economic recovery eludes Black workers

Economic recovery eludes Black workersWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The slow-moving, uneven economic recovery continues to elude Black workers and some economists predict that even with a falling unemployment rate, at the end of 2015, Blacks will still be further away from full recovery than Whites.
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A Day of Infamy, 47 Years Ago Today: Atlanta and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Day of Infamy, 47 Years Ago Today: Atlanta and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.Martin Luther King
Sisters Chapel, Spelman Campus
April 7, 1968
by Heather Gray (1996)
The line moved in unison up the stairs and through
the chapel door.
No one spoke.
I could barely lift my feet.
It was April, the onset of Spring.
I was shivering.
His body was still.
His eyes were closed.
He was peaceful.
His compassionate voice was no more.
I wanted to run.
Yet, so desperately did not want to leave.
What now? I thought. What now?
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Women Leading Change: 3 tips for becoming a servant leader

Women Leading Change: 3 tips for becoming a servant leaderThe servant leader builds a vision for justice and exercises the moral commitment to advance the future of social change. Khaleelah Muhammad embodies the qualities of a servant leader through her vocation as a lawyer, educator, and community activist. Servant leadership is described as "the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead" by Robert K. Greenleaf. The focus of servant leadership is to restore community connections, build new partnerships, and promote the common good. This process of engagement is built upon the premise that each individual has the ability to transform the world around us as we make a conscious choice to serve others and lead change.
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African Americans have all the leaders we need, and are developing more

African Americans have all the leaders we need, and are developing moreBarack Obama, nationally and internationally, and Keith Ellison, locally, nationally and internationally are quintessential "Black" leaders – Black leaders who have not forgotten where they came from. Black leaders who rely on the heritage of hundreds of thousands of Black folks that literally gave their lives, so that they would have the opportunity to lead our people and our nation. Literally hundreds of thousands, indeed millions, of Black folks worldwide look upon Barack Obama and Keith Ellison as their leaders. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of Black folks proudly display Barack and Michelle Obama's pictures on their mantel places and throughout their homes. Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is known internationally in such faraway places as the Sudan and Saudi Arabia, as the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress; and, oh by the way, he is Black. While Obama and Ellison are, indeed, Black leaders, it just so happens that other ethnicities think quite highly of him as well.
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The state of Black Press in Minnesota

The state of Black Press in MinnesotaIn my mind, being a publisher and being a freedom fighter are one and the same. For it is the spirit of the Arc of Black people's emergence and transcendence that calls us.
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Bush Foundation selects community creativity cohort

Bush Foundation selects community creativity cohortThe Bush Foundation selected 16 organizations that work in the arts for its Community Creativity Cohort. The Cohort is a one-time program designed to both recognize and learn from exemplary organizations that meaningfully engage people in the arts and integrate the arts into public life.
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A former car dealership, 800 West Broadway sat vacant for years: Groundbreaking set for Northside health, career, and education collaboration

A former car dealership, 800 West Broadway sat vacant for years: Groundbreaking set for Northside health, career, and education collaborationAll around Minneapolis proof of the economic boon can be seen with the recently developed or under development commercial and residential sites – everywhere except north Minneapolis.
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No longer fitness challenged

No longer fitness challengedAl McFarlane would like to one day say he's not half the man he used to be. McFarlane, of Minneapolis, who once weighed more than 300 pounds, decided he needed to take better care of himself, so he set a goal, made a plan and set about getting there. When he started to see some success – he's lost more than 50 pounds, changed his diet and improved his fitness – he wanted to share it with others. So he hatched a plan, working with his fitness trainer, Tyrone Minor, to create the Insight 2 Health Fitness Challenge, or I2H, as the cool fitness buffs call it.
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Gray leaves MUL post; Steven Belton named interim

Gray leaves MUL post; Steven Belton named interimOn Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Minneapolis Urban League Board of Directors announced that Scott Gray will be stepping down as president and CEO to pursue other opportunities. Gray will remain on board with the organization for 30 days to assist with the transition. The Board has appointed experienced community leader, assistant pastor, and attorney Steven Belton as the Interim CEO. Belton and his family have had a strong connection with MUL going back to his early years when his family was honored as an "Urban League Family of the Year".
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Ben Crump: NNPA Newsmaker of the Year

Ben Crump: NNPA Newsmaker of the YearWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who skyrocketed to national prominence by representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teenager who was followed, confronted and shot to death by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., said that since the 4th grade, he always knew that he wanted to grow up and fight for the community.
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The state of Black Press in America and in the world

The state of Black Press in America and in the worldThe National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation (NNPAF), state on the public record that the evolution of the 188-year living legacy of Black American owned newspapers throughout the United States remains strategically important, insightful, indigenous, and impactful.
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