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In Selma, Ala., Obama proved that he is 'Black enough'

In Selma, Ala., Obama proved that he is 'Black enough'NEW ANALYSIS

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."
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Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund drive

Desolate Sierra Leonean living rough in UK spurs fund driveMar. 9 (GIN) – The somber face of a young man from Sierra Leone has become the emblem of Ebola's living survivors, suffering in silence without families, papers, or homes.
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Peal leads U business program

Peal leads U business programDarryl Peal has hit the ground running as the new executive director of Business and Community Economic Development (BCED) at the University of Minnesota.
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Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy launches year-long training program

Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy launches year-long training programIt 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.
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Solutions to violent extremism must come from within the community

Solutions to violent extremism must come from within the communityMohamud 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.
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Justspeak: The origins of a police culture of bias in Ferguson

Justspeak: The origins of a police culture of bias in FergusonThe 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."
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YMCA Youth in Government Program develops youth and prepares them to be leaders of tomorrow

YMCA Youth in Government Program develops youth and prepares them to be leaders of tomorrowThe 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.
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U.S. Postal Service previews Maya Angelou Forever Stamp image; Customers urged to tweet #MayaForever

U.S. Postal Service previews Maya Angelou Forever Stamp image; Customers urged to tweet #MayaForeverWASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service previewed the Dr. Maya Angelou Forever Stamp image and announced that the First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Tue., April 7, at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. The stamps may be pre-ordered now at this link for delivery shortly after April 7.
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Forever Stamp honors poet Maya Angelou

Forever Stamp honors poet Maya AngelouWASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will honor Maya Angelou — the beloved author, poet, actress and champion of equality — with a Forever Stamp.
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USPS dedicate Black Heritage Stamp for architect Robert Robinson Taylor

USPS dedicate Black Heritage Stamp for architect Robert Robinson TaylorBelieved to have been both the first African-American graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the country's first academically trained Black architect, Robert Robinson Taylor (1868–1942) becomes the 38th inductee into the Postal Service's Black Heritage stamp series.
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CenturyLink may exclude service to minorities, critics say

CenturyLink may exclude service to minorities, critics sayCompetition is good, right?

Of course it is. Competition in business is so needed that there are rules in our nation that guarantee a competitive marketplace. So it may come as a shock that when CenturyLink announced it wants to compete against Comcast – Minneapolis' only cable provider since 1983 – the communications company was met with opposition. But those opposed to CenturyLink say they agree with competition in a free marketplace, what they don't agree with is CenturyLink being able to cherry pick where to compete – especially if CenturyLink chooses not to service areas of lower income that tend to be minority concentrated.
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