Archive for the ‘African-American’ Category

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Dallas County’s First African-American District Attorney, Craig Watkins, Named Texan of the Year

December 26, 2008

craig-watkins-588.jpgJan.1, 2007, the day Craig Watkins was sworn in as Dallas’ first African-American district attorney, marked a seismic shift in local politics. Perhaps even more significant than the election of Ron Kirk, our first black mayor, Mr. Watkins’ first two years in office illustrate a commitment to just and effective enforcement of the law; citizens expect as much and rightly so.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Warns Inmates of `Jail Hotels’

December 26, 2008

jesse-jackson-591.jpgThe Rev. Jesse Jackson has warned against prisons becoming “jail hotels” during his annual Christmas visit to the Cook County, Ill., jail.

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Rick Warren to Speak at MLK Memorial Day Before Inauguration

December 23, 2008

rick-warren.31.jpgJust one day before giving the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, a local pastor will be the keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Commemorative Service, officials at Saddleback Church said.

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Advisor to Martin Luther King Dies: Incest Charge Marred Legacy of Rev. James Bevel

December 23, 2008

james-bevel-565.jpgThe Rev. James L. Bevel, a prominent figure in the civil rights movement whose legacy was clouded by an incest conviction has died, a relative said. He was 72.

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Some See God’s Will in Obama Win

November 30, 2008

barack-obama102.jpgThe day after Barack Obama was elected president, Larry Younginer knelt in front of the congregants at his suburban Atlanta church and offered a prayer of thanks. “Lord, we have again come to you in prayer, and you have heard our cries from heaven, and you have sent us again from the state called Illinois, a man called Barack to heal our land,” said Younginer, a 62-year-old retired information systems worker at Coca Cola in Atlanta. 

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Barbara Lee Named New Chairwoman of Congressional Black Caucus

November 22, 2008

barbara-lee.JPGRep. Barbara Lee was named chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday, giving the Oakland Democrat a high-profile platform to push her priorities, from increasing funding for HIV/AIDS to pushing for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

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Black Caucus Says No Special Relationship to Obama

November 20, 2008

black-caucus.jpgThe Congressional Black Caucus announced its new leaders Wednesday without mentioning President-elect Barack Obama until asked. Members disputed the notion that his historic presidency would affect their profile or their role.

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Protesters Rally Near Texas Court in African-American Dragging Case

November 18, 2008

draggin-death-protests.jpgProtesters galvanized by a dragging death that has stirred memories of
the notorious James Byrd case rallied twice outside an eastern Texas
courthouse to speak out against a judicial system they consider racist.

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Family Seeks to Cash In on MLK-Obama Items

November 14, 2008

king-obama-tshirts.jpgZealous guardians of his words and his likeness, the family of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is demanding a share of the proceeds from the sudden wave of T-shirts, posters and other merchandise depicting the civil rights leader alongside Barack Obama.

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Baptist Leader says Noose Hanging at Baylor Must Spark Honesty about Racism

November 14, 2008

The Baptist approach to racism is best described as “resolutionary,” at least within the dominant white community, according to a white Baptist leader who grew up in Nigeria.

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