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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

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7 in a temptation-resistance paradigm. Approximately half of the children were lied to by an experimenter, who said there was “a huge bowl of candy in the next room” but quickly confessed this was just a ruse to get the child to come play a game. 

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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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National Save the Family Now Movement: It's All About the Family

Written by Rev. Dr. R. B. Holmes, Jr. on 17 December 2010.

It is important during this holiday season that you and I rededicate our passion for the family. Family is important for the survival of this nation in general and this is particularly true for the black race. Strong families make dynamic churches, thriving communities, better schools, and a greater nation.

Because God blessed me with great parents who taught my seven siblings and me the importance of faith, family, hard work, education, morals and a sense of purpose, I have a passion to see families flourish. My parents are now with the Lord in heaven, but their spirit of family devotion and dedication lives daily in my heart and soul. This "National Save the Family Now Movement," is designed to place emphasis on the fact that families work, and we must rebuild and reclaim our families.

My parents were married for over 60 years. During those years, I personally witnessed the love of family, the power of family unity and the power of prayer. Just last week, I eulogized my last living uncle, who pastored the New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Gary, Indiana for 53 years. My uncle, my father's brother, was married to one wife for 57 years. The example of commitment and longevity in marriage was demonstrated by my grandparents who were married for over 55 years until death separated them. Yes, marriage matters and family matters, and we must not allow the popular culture to destroy the influence that positive families can have in this world. Indeed, we can never downgrade the significance of marriage.

I know what some of the data is saying about the plight and predicament of the black family, such as the high rate of divorces in black families, the rise of teenage pregnancies and other critical issues. This "National Save the Family Now Movement" will not be deterred by statistics but will focus on fighting the good fight for the thriving of our families. There are many examples of black couples who have remained together in spite of life's challenges and struggles.

In February 2011, the Rejoice Musical Soul Food Network and the National Save the Family Now Movement will sponsor a "National Celebration of the Black Family" in Memphis, Tennessee, February 17-19, 2011. On Saturday, February 19, 2011, we will honor 40 families from across this country who have been married for 40 years plus.

Let me be clear here. In the United States there are many black couples who have stayed in their marriages for a long time and for the long term. You can help us by nominating a family in your community who has been together for 40 years or more. Simply write an essay of 500 words or less describing why these organizations should honor the couple and send your nomination to savethefamily@musicalsoulfood.com by January 17, 2011.

Please help us show the world that marriage still works because black couples love each other, are committed to each other and together have weathered the storms of life. The black press is the organization that is most prepared and strategically placed to lift the black family and, if we don't tell this story, it is unlikely it will get told.

We are very fortunate to have over 200 black newspapers in this country. We have excellent leadership in the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA); under the dynamic leadership of Chairman Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.; and the NNPA Foundation led capably by Chairwoman Dorothy R. Leavell. The leaders of the Black Press have joined forces with the "Black AIDS Institute and the Greater Than AIDS Organization," encouraging black publishers to write weekly articles to increase awareness about the challenges surrounding the HIV/AIDS virus. I commend Mr. Bakewell and Mrs. Leavell for leading us in this venture because we cannot save the black family if we do not consistently and courageously address this grave problem.

The "National Save the Family Now Movement" will enthusiastically join this effort. I certainly encourage all of our publishers to continue to emphasize the positive people, programs and events that are taking place in our communities to strengthen and sustain the black family.

At the Capital Outlook Newspaper, where I am the publisher, we honor on a monthly basis the "Family of the Month." This program has been a great success, generating wonderful enthusiasm from our readers. My friends, family still matters and on behalf of my family, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2011.

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