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Standing at Mandela’s prison window

Standing at Mandela’s prison windowSocial entrepreneur Tene Wells: Telling the universe our desires

Last month, I traveled to South Africa to look out a window. 


After a series of challenges in 2009, when I was fired, I questioned the trappings of my past successes and corporate security and decided it was time for me to do my: soul work. I applied and received a Bush Fellowship. As I envisioned my new life I decided that one of my learning objectives would include a trip to South Africa to witness the sparks of a new economy. However, the bigger objective was to look out the window of Nelson Mandela’s jail cell.
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Tom Joyner Foundation and Allstate join forces to raise scholarship funds

Tom Joyner Foundation and Allstate join forces to raise scholarship fundsFar too often, Historically Black Colleges and Universities' (HBCUs) students are unable to afford their dream of attending college and earning a degree. Recent changes to federal student loan policies are disproportionately affecting HBCU students, forcing approximately 28,000 HBCU students to drop out of school last year due to a lack of funds.
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FUNdraising Good Times: Nonprofit success: more than "feel good"

FUNdraising Good Times: Nonprofit success: more than Part two of a two part interview

Success in business is not enough. In fact, nonprofit involvement –and giving – can be a greater "buzz" than continued business growth. "After becoming reasonably able to share, a person realizes that the buzz you get from sharing can be greater than the buzz you get from daily life in business. Ten percent growth year-after-year doesn't always equal the buzz of giving ten percent to the community." That's the experience of Mike Bruns, founder of Comtrak Logistics, a national transportation and logistics company headquartered in Memphis.
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PJ Richardson: Life coaching via the Queen’s Project

PJ Richardson: Life coaching via the Queen’s ProjectThe Queen’s Project, a self-esteem building school program that is facilitated by its founder, Penny “P.J.” Jones-Richardson, sparked inspiration for the novel, “Nobody told me I was a Queen.”
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50th Anniversary: Remembering the March on Washington

50th Anniversary: Remembering the March on Washington Presidential Medal of Honor recipient Rev. C.T. Vivian, Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Laysha Ward, President of Target Foundation and President Jimmy Carter joined community and corporate leaders last Sunday in an event in Atlanta marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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And still, we march

And still, we marchFifty years ago, Whitney M. Young Jr., president of the National Urban League from 1961-71, worked alongside his fellow civil rights, social justice and labor movement leaders to organize the March on Washington, where 300,000 people gathered to demand jobs and freedom. As America prepares to mark the anniversary of this historic gathering, the National Urban League, under the leadership of Marc H. Morial, will once again mobilize citizens across the nation to gather in Washington, D.C. and continue the push for economic empowerment and justice. The National Urban League is working in partnership with Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, and Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
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March on Washington should again focus on jobs

March on Washington should again focus on jobs WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Civil rights leaders will march on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, August 24 to observe the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Now economists, labor groups and community stakeholders want to make sure that the Black jobs crisis gets top billing on the agenda.
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Profiles in Excellence: Trista Harris – a career of giving

Profiles in Excellence: Trista Harris – a career of givingTrista Harris never dreamed of climbing the corporate ladder.

She never wanted to go near it. Since she was just a young child, Harris' drive was to work in the nonprofit sector, devoting her talents to community building – choosing people over personal gain. In doing so, Harris has risen to the top of the nonprofit ranks and now heads the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), an organization whose members represent three-quarters of all grant making in the state, awarding almost $1 billion annually. For Harris, her life is driven by fighting to stamp out inequality and injustice.
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Metro Transit Police swear in 19 full-time officers

Metro Transit Police swear in 19 full-time officersThe Metro Transit Police Department has added 19 new full-time officers to its ranks. Officers were sworn in August 2, 2013 by Chief John Harrington at a ceremony in Minneapolis.
"This well-qualified group of full-time officers will fill a key role for our region's growing transit system – particularly as we prepare for METRO Green Line light-rail service next year," Harrington said. "Metro Transit customers represent many different cultural backgrounds and this diverse group of officers is reflective of the many communities that make up the Twin Cities."
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Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment program celebrates 10 years and 18,000 internships

Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment program celebrates 10 years and 18,000 internshipsOn Thursday, August 15 the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program celebrated 10 years of providing summer internship opportunities to Minneapolis youth in partnership with AchieveMpls and the Minneapolis WorkForce Centers. Since 2004, youth ages 14-21 have received nearly 18,000 internships and over 230 Twin Cities' employers have participated in the STEP-UP program.
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Lawyers’ Committee praises Federal Court Ruling NYPD’s stop and frisk practices unconstitutional

Lawyers’ Committee praises Federal Court Ruling NYPD’s stop and frisk practices unconstitutional Yesterday, a federal district court judge declared that the New York City Police Department’s controversial stop and frisk practices are unconstitutional. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law President and Executive Director Barbara Arnwine issued the following statement applauding the court’s ruling in the case, Floyd v. City of New York:
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