Unveiling yet another generation of leaders, the 39th Annual Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference crowned Black History Month observances last month with presentations and programs that were described as electrifying, motivating and inspirational.
Crossing Bridges: Selma to Minnesota-1965-2015, a march to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic and bloody Selma marches of 1965, catalytic events that led to the passage of the U.S. Voting Rights Act was held on Sunday, March 8 in St. Paul starting at the Capitol, and ending at Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St.
Leading Millennials in the 21st Century: What will it take?
Thursday, 12 March 2015 15:10
Irma McClaurin, PhD| Culture and Education Editor
"Shallow," "multi-taskers," "spoiled," "entitled" and "No respect for the boss" are just a few of the adjectives and descriptive phrases some senior executives in the federal government attribute to the group dubbed the "Millennials," also known as "Gen Y." This cohort is generally represented by those born at the beginning of the 1980s and continue through the early part of the decade marking the millennial (2000), give or take a few years plus or minus on either side. They are the largest generation since the Baby Boomers (those born in the forties and fifties) and comprise 70 million of today's population, ranging in age from puberty to their early thirties. Given the size of this future labor market, Millennials are a force to be reckoned with and, given their youthful age, must be accepted as here to stay.
Thursday, 12 March 2015 14:29
The "Culture Worrier" Interview with Kam Williams
Clarence Page is a nationally-syndicated columnist and member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board. Besides those duties, the Pulitzer Prize-winner makes frequent TV appearances, including on The McLaughlin Group as a regular member of the show's panel of political pundits.
In Selma, Ala., Obama proved that he is 'Black enough'
Thursday, 12 March 2015 14:10
George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief
SELMA, Ala. (NNPA) – Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was dogged by one question: Is he Black enough? The question was repeated so often that after showing up late for an appearance at the 2008 annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists in Las Vegas, Obama said, "I want to apologize for being late, but you guys keep asking whether I am Black enough."
Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy launches year-long training program
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:00
Harry Colbert, Jr.
It has often been said that as a leader dies, so does the movement.
In the struggle for advancement among African-Americans there have been a myriad of leaders in various arenas who have carried the baton of progress, but far too often that baton never gets passed on. It has been seen in politics, business, civic engagement and other areas where African-Americans have struggled to gain a foothold. Many times in the process of trying to fill the void of leadership the movement stalls and by the time other leaders emerge the momentum is lost.
Solutions to violent extremism must come from within the community
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:26
Interview by Al McFarlane, Editor-In-Chief, transcribed by Carmen Robles, Associate Editor, Afrodescendientes.
Mohamud Noor, Executive Director Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota, discussed recent White House initiatives to address preventing violent extremism being embrace as a viable alternative by our youth. He talked with me Tuesday, February 24 on the Conversations with Al McFarlane Public Policy Broadcast on KFAI, 90.3fm. You can hear the entire interview at kfai.org/archive.
Justspeak: The origins of a police culture of bias in Ferguson
Thursday, 05 March 2015 15:02
Irma McClaurin, PhD Culture and Education Editor
The conclusion reached at the end of the recent federal probe on the Ferguson Police department should come as no surprise: a culture of bias exists in the Ferguson Police department. According to the Wall Street Journal, "...the Justice Department probe concluded...Police in Ferguson routinely violated the civil rights of the city's Black residents."
YMCA Youth in Government Program develops youth and prepares them to be leaders of tomorrow
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 16:01
The YMCA Youth in Government program, a statewide youth civic education and leadership development initiative, encourages over 2,400 students in grades 7-12 from Minnesota and western Wisconsin to be life-long, active citizens through hands-on learning experiences.