Friday, 03 January 2014 11:21
George E. Curry, NNPA Editor-in-Chief
PRETORIA, South Africa (NNPA) – Nearly a month after his death, there is a bitter struggle to define – and, in many instances, re-define – the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
The mission continues: New year brings new methods
Thursday, 02 January 2014 16:05
Scott Gray, President/CEO, Minneapolis Urban League
The essence of a new year is that it brings forth new opportunities and new possibilities for an organization to grow, change, and transform. January is the time when individuals as well as organizations reflect on lessons learned from the prior year, and use this wisdom for continuous improvement in the coming year.
Contractor denies subpar workmanship at Minnesota African American Museum
Monday, 30 December 2013 16:13
Harry Colbert, Jr.
Recently Insight News published an article chronicling the tribulations of the Minnesota African American Museum (MAAM) and its dispute with the contractor hired to rehab its main building at 1700 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis.
Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:31
Dr. Artika R. Tyner
What does freedom truly mean?
For African-Americans, was it won 150 years ago with the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation? What are some of the challenges facing freedom today? These are some of the questions that I began to ponder as I explored freedom's journey through the chapters of the past, present, and future.
When we think about freedom today, some see it as a historical ideal that has been achieved and while others are so overwhelmed with the injustices around them that they have given up hope of ever affecting any form of change.
As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, we cannot forget he was impacted by the loss of freedom that comes with being incarcerated. In his book, "Long Walk to Freedom," Mandela recalled that while in prison, he was entitled to have only one visitor and write and receive one letter every six months. He said that it was "one of the most inhumane restrictions of the prison system."
Can you talk about racism in the college classroom?
Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:15
Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet
Recently, Professor Shannon Gibney was reprimanded by Minneapolis Community and Technical College after three white male students complained about her classroom discussion of structural racism. That's not the only classroom where structural or institutional racism or white privilege are discussed, or where such discussions spark protests or anger. The consensus of professors and students who have responded to requests for interviews is that, while these discussions often can be painful, investing in this type of curriculum is essential in the long run. We invite readers to share their own experiences and points of view, either through comments or through articles submitted for publication.
Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:11
Herb Boyd, Special to the NNPA
NEW YORK – Clara Gantt, 94, has waited more than 60 years for her husband to come home from Korea, and last Friday his remains were returned in a flag-draped casket to the Los Angeles International Airport.
Her husband, Sgt. First Class Joseph E. Gantt, was a field medic with the 2nD Infantry Division when he was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950 after his unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces near the town of Kunu-ri, North Korea.
Hunger at the holidays for 500,000 Minnesotans: Recent SNAP cuts push more to food shelves
Monday, 23 December 2013 15:50
Minnesota's unemployment rate is at a six-year-low and the state budget is back in the black, but for many of the working poor, the economic rebound has yet to be felt. According to the new director of Minnesota FoodShare, Suzanne Shatila, the need at food shelves remains around record levels, and recent cuts to SNAP benefits have more people looking for help in feeding their families.