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Cincinnati faith leaders respond to murder charge in the death of Samuel DuBose

Cincinnati faith leaders respond to murder charge in the death of Samuel DuBoseUniversity of Cincinnati Police Officer, Ray Tensing, Wednesday July 29, 2015, was indicted on a murder charge in the killing of Samuel DuBose on July 19 during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate.

Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service

Leadership for Social Justice: #Time2Serve: Nelson Mandela and the transformative power of service"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant."

The late Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa, modeled servant leadership in action. His leadership focused on the importance of community-building and empowering others to lead social change. On July 18, as we celebrated Nelson Mandela's 97th birthday and honored Nelson Mandela International Day, we were challenged to discover the leader within. For many, this leader may be lying dormant like a sleeping giant since your leadership path is uncertain and your vision is unclear. For others, you may be developing your leadership skills but have yet to take action by leveraging your influence to advance social justice. No matter what stage you are in your leadership development, you can learn key lessons by exploring the leadership legacy of Mandela and principles of servant leadership.

Voting rights: The legacy

Voting rights: The legacyThe four living Minnesota legislators serving in 1965 in the U.S. House and Senate and civil rights icon, Dr. Josie Johnson, were recently honored for their work in passing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Charges against Black Lives Matter Minneapolis dismissed

Charges against Black Lives Matter Minneapolis dismissedBloomington Prosecutor Sandra Johnson has dismissed all substantive trespassing charges against the alleged organizers of the Black Lives Matter demonstration that took place at the Mall of America this past December.

Economic Summit explores entrepeneur path

Economic Summit explores entrepeneur pathA panel of entrepreneurs will discuss their paths to success, the common ingredients it took to get there, and how we can work together to increase opportunities for more African American entrepreneurs.

A hotbed of what?

A hotbed of what?Obama's visit to Kenya commenced in a reactionary frenzy to CNN's pre-visit headline that Kenya is a hotbed of terrorism. Africanists chronically discuss how Western media focuses on negative stories to perpetuate a sense of Africa as a place of despair, disease and violence. But this particular headline touched a raw nerve for Kenyans, Africans, and those who understand Africa because Obama was visiting Kenya to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit — a gathering of over 1,000 entrepreneurs from around the world, convened to discuss how small business, with an emphasis on technology, will drive Africa's economy forward.

The Rondo annihilation

The Rondo annihilationThe sky was deep bluish-blue, the grass loud green. Birds flocked in radiant colors across treetops, sang and frolicked in the freshest of air.

Rondo Avenue extended east/west from about Marion Street to Lexington Parkway. Our house was just one of several properties my father inherited from Uncle Mac Carter, who worked himself into early grave (on the railroad).

Arson suspected in devastating West Broadway fire

Arson suspected in devastating West Broadway fireMinneapolis fire investigators say arson is most likely the cause of the raging blaze that displaced more than 21 residents and several businesses and changed the landscape of West Broadway Avenue.

Africa and Obama 'on the move'

Africa and Obama 'on the move'Some people are now saying what was really obvious to me before President Barack H. Obama was re-elected to continue leading the United States of America. He is a Black man. He is an African man. As the first African American to be the president, the unprecedented hostility and threats against the president have been in too many instances racially motivated as well as based on partisan politics.

Unconscious bias: Is racism still alive?

Unconscious bias: Is racism still alive?This is a last of a three part series concerning the issue of whether racism is still alive in America, which the conversation was provoked by a rash of murders of, often times, innocent African-Americans taking place throughout the country.

In Part I of this series, we discussed the rising heroin epidemic in rural Nebraska and Iowa, and the fact that it's not considered a "crime problem" but rather a "public health issue." We also discussed how such dangerous, life threatening drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, and lottery gambling, are made legal, while African-Americans, mostly men, are incarcerated, often times for life, for consensual non-violent drug transactions.

Mightier than sword: Ida B. Wells' battle against injustice

Mightier than sword: Ida B. Wells' battle against injusticeThe pen is mightier than the sword."

Ida B. Wells wielded her pen for the advancement of racial equality and racial justice. She skillfully waged war through her publications and work as editor of Memphis Free Speech and Headlight. She continued to strategically advance social change while serving as a journalist with Chicago's Daily Inter Ocean and the Chicago Conservator, one of the oldest African-American publications in the United States. On July 16, as we celebrated her 153rd birthday, we are reminded of the power of writing as advocacy. Writing is indispensable tool for leaders since it is a tactical tool that can be employed to build and sustain social change. It can be used as a tool to educate diverse audiences, organize social change initiatives and advocate for social reform.
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