African-American – News

African-American – News December 31, 2011

State adds 13 historical highway markers
State adds 13 historical highway markers (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
This contemporary illustration of the pre-Civil War escape from slavery by Henry “Box” Brown shows his “resurrection” in Philadelphia after being mailed there from Richmond in a wooden box 3 feet long and 2 feet wide.
Historic Firsts Detailed in Former Mayor’s New Memoir (NBC Dallas)
Odom was the first African-American elected official in Orange County, Texas in 1965.

Tonia Hughes sparkles in Cinderella (Insight News)
If it is in fact how we react to life’s most challenging experiences that make us who we are, than singer/actress Tonia Hughes is definitely one of the rarest of diamonds.

Lifelong Illness Led West Hartford Woman To Help Others (The Hartford Courant)
For Janis Spurlock, being born with a serious medical condition was a catalyst that prompted her to help other sick people either those like her with sickle cell disease , or people living with AIDS/HIV. “She turned what might have seemed [a] limiting situation into the empathy that taught the folks she worked with how to live with chronic … (more)

Black community celebrates Kwanzaa Dec. 26-Jan. 1 (The Toledo Journal)
As an African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.

Ron Paul’s Viciously Homophobic Statements Revealed (EDGE)
As Ron Paul campaigns for the GOP presidential nomination, statements attributed to him in newsletters are coming back to haunt him.

Vivian Named SCLC V.P.
Vivian Named SCLC V.P. (Public Broadcasting Atlanta)
During the civil rights movement, non-violence was the main strategy against racial discrimination.
Occupy, civil rights groups join at NC event (SavannahNow)
Members of a traveling Occupy group met Thursday with civil rights leaders in Greensboro and announced marches reminiscent of the one in Selma in the 1960s in an unusual confluence of interests of blacks and the mostly white anti-Wall Street movement.

Michigan Chronicle Publisher Sam Logan, 78, earned Detroiters’ respect (Detroit Free Press)
Whether he was regarded as a friend or foe for his editorial stances, Sam Logan often earned the trust, respect and admiration of his contemporaries no matter where he stood on sensitive political, educational and social issues of the day.

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