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Black Press of America Elects New Chairman: Danny Bakewell Aims to Harness the Power

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 12:15.

Danny BakewellMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (NNPA) – Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell, the new chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers, says he aims to fortify the power of the Black Press of America by unifying its ranks while also uniting with other civil rights organizations.

Children Living With Hunger in North Carolina

Written by Yasmine Regester on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 12:24.

(NNPA) - One in four children live on the brink of hunger in North Carolina. Three and a half million children in America, ages five and under, are food insecure. These are just some of the statistics recently released in a report by Feeding America, a network of churches and organizations striving to change this problem.

Report Shows Need for Tougher Hate Crime Laws

Written by James Wright on Friday, 19 June 2009 15:13.

hate crimes lawWASHINGTON (NNPA) - Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Michael Lieberman, Washington counsel of the Anti-Defamation League, said hate crime is becoming a serious problem that needs to be dealt with as the country’s demographics change and technology becomes a tool of information and activism for hate groups.

Wilmington Attorney Challenges Bar Association and Country Club

Written by Elise Muhammad on Friday, 12 June 2009 14:50.

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Two years after the construction of the Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington suffered the infamous race riot/massacre of 1898. Recently, over a century later, Attorney Peter Grear refused to attend an event held there by the New Hanover County Bar Association and met with a country club board member about the “history of racial exclusion and exploitation” at the root of his objection.  He also wrote bar association President Alex Dale, explaining his position and requesting that it be shared with other bar members.  The event was co-sponsored by the bar association and the New Hanover-Pender Medical Society.

New CBC Report May Give Peek at Presidentís Black Agenda

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Thursday, 11 June 2009 18:01.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - A bi-annual report released last week by the Congressional Black Caucus may give a sneak peek at President Barack Obama's agenda for Black America.  "We have a very forward-thinking, progressive, bold agenda and that's what we're working on in terms of the Congressional Black Caucus agenda - but also the president's agenda - which 99 percent of the time is in sync," says CBC Chair Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) in an interview with the NNPA News Service.

Political Claims Get a Reality Check in “Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age”

Written by Urban Institute on Friday, 29 May 2009 14:41.

No matter where you get your news, politicians’ and pundits’ hyperbolic claims about public policy are almost unavoidable. Regardless of past results, we are told that a proposed policy change is sure to turn around a sagging economy, transform failing schools, or eradicate poverty. In Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, Paul Gary Wyckoff presents an accessible, compact, and iconoclastic exploration of the paradox between the exaggerated claims made for public policies and the reality of their limited effectiveness.

Studying the Suburbs

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 May 2009 12:22.

SUBURBS, URBAN, MIGRATION, NEIGHBORHOODSWith over half the Canadian population now living in the suburbs, Dalhousie University Architecture and Planning professor Dr. Jill Grant says it’s an obvious time to study this increasingly popular living option – one that remains a bane to planners and urbanists. Are people drawn to the concept of perfectly matching houses throughout a neighbourhood, the “little boxes” as the famous song goes, or is it the slightly sterile lack of urban energy often associated, fairly or not, with life in the ‘burbs? More likely it’s a desire for living space that feels shiny, new and most of all, roomy, that one is increasingly hard-pressed to find in the downtown core of most Canadian cities.

Rural HIV: Surprising Stats, Stigma & Sexual Behavior

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 May 2009 12:18.

Headed up the highway on a 60-mile roundtrip from his home in a small Vermont town, Jonathan Heins is on a weekly run to pick up the multiple drugs he needs to manage HIV. He’s been infected since the early 1980s, before these meds existed; he has no idea why he, unlike so many of his friends from the time, is still alive. “I was told to get my affairs in order,” Heins says from his cell phone, “an easy job for me at the time. I had a few pairs of sneakers and some underwear. But I’m still alive.”

Campus Receives Gift of Huge Soaring Seahawk Sculpture: 20-foot Wingspan

Written by University of North Carolina Wilmington on Friday, 22 May 2009 11:50.

UNC Wilmington's Soaring Seahawk sculptureA huge Soaring Seahawk sculpture was installed today, Thursday, May 21, 2009, on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Faculty, staff, students and community members turned out to witness the installation of the flying copper Seahawk, or osprey, which has a 20-foot wingspan.

Nation’s Report Card Shows Blacks Excelling in Education

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 15 May 2009 15:32.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – A report that measures the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States shows that African-American students made greater gains from early 1970s than Caucasian students.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its report, The Nation’s Report Card: NAEP 2008 Trends in Academic Progress, on Tuesday. Since 1969, the report has been a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time. “We have two basic types of assessments, what we call ‘Main NAEP’ and ‘Long-Term Trend,’” Stuart Kerachsky, acting commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), said in a statement. NCES manages the NAEP.