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Voter Outreach

Voter Outreach

Concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action

Written by Peter Grear Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts,…

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7

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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

The unconscious mind could catch a liar

“We set out to test whether the unconscious mind could catch a liar – even when the conscious mind failed,” says ten Brinke. Along with Berkeley-Haas Assistant Professor Dana R. Carney, lead author ten Brinke and Dayna Stimson (BS 2013, Psychology), hypothesized that these seemingly paradoxical findings may be accounted for by unconscious mental processes.

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Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Written by Peter Grear, Esq.  Since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the…

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Download Greater Diversity News Digital PDF Edition for FREE

FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website

The FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website. No paper, no hasel, read on your laptop or mobile devices. 

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Martin Luther King Day of Service

Written by Featured Organization on 14 January 2011.

Many may view the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. solely through the lens of civil rights. For the two of us, the centerpiece of his message is the power of service and volunteering to heal racial wounds and lead America into a new era of shared responsibility and equal opportunity. Much of Dr. King’s service message can be summed up in one of his most famous sayings: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others.”

For a quarter of a century, the nation has set aside a day to honor one of the great heroes of American history. In recent years, the holiday has been designated as a Day of Service -- “a day on, not a day off” -- to honor Dr. King’s fundamental commitment to engaging people of all races and walks of life in service to our nation and our world.

Nowhere is Dr. King’s persistent and urgent question more fully pursued and realized than in the two agencies we lead; the Peace Corps and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Fifty years ago, Senator John F. Kennedy posed Dr. King’s question to an audience of 5,000 students on the steps of the University of Michigan with a challenge that they serve people in need around the world.

The eager response of those willing students ignited one of the signature service movements of our times. Since 1961, more than 200,000 Americans have volunteered through the Peace Corps to fight poverty, disease, illiteracy, and a host of other challenges in 139 countries around the world. President Kennedy’s vision of an army of domestic anti-poverty volunteers was realized in 1965 with the creation of VISTA .

In 1993, millions more Americans were given the chance to serve with the creation of AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Each year, CNCS engages more than five million Americans in “getting things done” through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve programs. Our service members, who represent all races, ages and walks of life, stand shoulder to shoulder with communities across the country; feeding the hungry, helping struggling students in our schools, responding to natural disasters, and serving in many other ways.

Dr. King understood that working together in common purpose was essential to building what he called “the beloved community.” The desire of Americans to bridge divisions in order to lend a helping hand has always been bigger than politics. In 2009, in a spirit of bi-partisanship, rarely seen these days in Washington, it took Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), working with leaders in the House, just weeks to introduce, debate, rally the votes, and pass the Serve America Act -- the most sweeping expansion of national service in a generation.

Like Dr. King, these visionary leaders understood that as a nation, we are strongest, we are more united, and we are at our best when we do for others. Our own service work has taught us that doing for others is also a powerful way to do for yourself.

We both grew up at a time when leadership opportunities for African American men, both in and out of government, were just beginning to open up. Inspired by the sacrifices of Dr. King and others, we chose the path of public service. That path has taken us from volunteering in poor villages abroad and homeless shelters here at home to leading America ’s service agencies at a time of great need for grassroots hope among communities worldwide.

Today, we are pleased to announce that the Peace Corps and CNCS are partnering to bring the rewards of service to more people and communities – especially to those who may not have had that chance before. It is our privilege to be inspired by the Americans who make a commitment to service opportunities that have led them to a better life and opened new doors of opportunity.

On this 25th anniversary of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, with so many problems facing our nation, we say to all Americans – if you have not already made service a part of your daily lives, get started today. And don’t just do it for one day. Make it a lifetime commitment. Dr. King changed the course of history armed only with the power of his ideals and grassroots citizen support. His life of service reminds us that the everyday acts of ordinary citizens make this country extraordinary.

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