African-American – News

African-American – News February 4, 2012

NAACP Ceo Ben Jealous speaks to York students
NAACP Ceo Ben Jealous speaks to York students (Monterey County Herald)
The York School graduate who ascended to become president and CEO of the NAACP returned home to the Peninsula this week, bringing with him an optimistic but pragmatic view of the state of our union.
Year-over-year Jobs Data By Race And Education (OfficialWire)
Hard-hit African-Americans and the most-educated Americans enjoyed the most improved job prospects in the 12 months ending in January.

Report Shows Large Drop in African-American Unemployment (KSFO AM 560)
The unemployment rate among African-Americans dropped by more than two percentage points from December to January, according to the labor department’s report released Friday.

Nia Norfleet Strives To Become Nascars First Black Female Driver (thegrio)
In 2012, despite the myriad of records and firsts for African-Americans in sports, one franchise has yet to see its first African-American female member: NASCAR drivers. Twenty-four-year-old Tia Norfleet, as the daughter of professional racecar driver Bobby Norfleet, is determined to take that historic drive one day soon. Tia Norfleet is making history as… The first and only woman to be issued a NASCAR license in the organization’s 63-year history. While that is a huge accomplishment, Norfleet continues to work toward her goal of becoming the first black female driver.

US Rep Jackson Faces First Democratic Challenge (OfficialWire)
The former congresswoman and one-time Mary Kay saleswoman dashed up to the pulpit of the black megachurch and offered stories of growing up poor and raising two children on her own as she tried to win the congregation’s support for her bid to unseat Rep.

Will racism hinder Obama’s re-election? (The Washington Post)
The role of race in that election, they argue, was similar to the impact religion had in the 1960 presidential race when many voters rejected John F. Kennedy simply because he was Catholic.

Out & about
Out & about (Journal Gazette)
All weekend – ‘TRENCH ART: PRODUCTIVE PASTIMES FROM THE DEBRIS OF WAR’ – Ends Feb.
Nearly 700 women donate breast tissue for research (Washington Examiner)
Nearly 700 women have donated healthy breast tissue to the nation’s only facility to collect, catalog and analyze tissue for breast cancer research.

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