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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

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New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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NCCU Student Success Symposium

Written by Featured Organization on 07 April 2011.

DURHAM — As part of North Carolina Central University’s commitment to creating and sustaining a culture of student success, a student symposium will take place tomorrow and Saturday in the Pearson Cafeteria Banquet Hall. The theme is “The Journey to Graduation and Beyond.”  Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (April 8) and the program is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. with a reception to follow. Registration starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday with the program scheduled for 9 a.m.

 

The featured speaker Friday evening is Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ark. Kimbrough has gained national prominence as one of the youngest college presidents in the nation and has forged a national reputation as an expert on fraternities and sororities, with specific expertise regarding historically black, Latin and Asian groups.

The aim of the symposium is to gather students to obtain their perspectives on how to create and sustain a culture of academic success. A 21-member committee of NCCU students has conducted the planning. They assigned other students to act as symposium speakers and responders. Students will present papers on the subject of how to achieve student success.  NCCU Chancellor Charlie Nelms has promised to allocate $100,000 to support potentially successful initiatives that arise at the symposium.

The symposium is being held at a time when the university — and the entire 17-campus University of North Carolina system — is seeking to increase the number of students who progress from freshman to sophomore year and who graduate in four to six years. System administrators are pushing the individual schools to do a better job of lowering dropout rates and graduating their students in six years or less.  State leaders increasingly want to tie funding for new enrollment to student success.

This symposium is one of a number of recent NCCU initiatives to enhance student success.  The university began with the restructuring of the University College to oversee the academic progress of all freshmen and sophomores and to provide tutoring and other support services as necessary.  Despite budget constraints, 21 new advisors have been hired to assist students.  A Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Communicating to Succeed” was developed as a result of NCCU’s accreditation review. It focuses on improving students’ speaking and writing skills. The Honors Program has been revamped.  Additional programs such as Centennial Scholars, Annie Day Shepard Scholars and Summer Bridge have been developed to better prepare and coach students to succeed at the university level.

In recent interviews, committee members said that although undergraduate success is the main focus of the symposium, they also will seek a vigorous discussion on success beyond the undergraduate years — from graduate school to jobs to an attitude about life. “Our goal is not just successful students, but successful people,” said committee member Christopher I. Knuckles.

For more information about the symposium, contact Frances D. Graham, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and special assistant to the chancellor, at (919) 530-7451 or <studentsuccess@nccu.edu>.

Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University was the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans.  Today, this dynamic campus has a diverse student body of 8,600 enrolled in academic programs including law, biotechnology, library science, business, nursing, education and the arts.  For two years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked NCCU as the best public historically black college or university in the nation.


 

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