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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

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

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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Un-Sung Hero of the Civil Rights Movement

Written by Charles B. Evans on 18 March 2013.

Recently, while attending an event at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, where local citizens had gathered to witness the swearing in of a new chief of police, I was taken aback by a photo that appeared in one of the museum showcases. After taking a second look, I realized it was a photo of a childhood friend who was an active participant in the 60' s Civil Rights Movement.

In view of the young black man who was being installed as the chief of police, my mind raced back instantly to the sacrifices made by the young men and women who made it possible for African Americans like the new chief of police to serve in such an honorable position. Now 50 years later, there was this uncanny reminder of my friend and neighbor, Charles Allen “Shane” McNeill, a native Fayettevillian, who was born and raised in the College Heights section of Fayetteville, North Carolina.

A multi-talented individual, Charles attended Newbold Training School located on the campus of Fayetteville State Teacher College, known today as Fayetteville State University. Later he attended E. E. Smith High School, where he played varsity football and basketball for three years and sang in the choir. He was also an active member of the E. E. Smith High School debate and drama clubs. Charles participated in the College Heights Recreation League, and played softball, baseball, and football under the supervision of Arthur “Monk” Smith, a Fayetteville icon. Upon graduation from high school, Charles attended Johnson C. Smith College in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he majored in political science with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. He lettered in football for three years. It was at J.C. Smith that he began his civil rights crusade, along with thousands of other college students nationwide.

Unlike Rosa Parks who has been honored for her role in the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott; the “Greensboro Four,” students at North Carolina A & T State University who have been noted for pioneering sit-ins at the Woolworth Department Store in Greensboro, North Carolina; and the nine African-American students in Little Rock, Arkansas who received recognition for the integration of Little Rock High School in 1957, Charles Allen McNeill was under the radar for his civil rights activism. But, he did indeed play a significant price for his involvement in the lunch counter sit-ins, which included an unfortunate incident with a police officer that struck him on the head causing severe physical and mental damage that lasted him a lifetime, all caused by an accusation that he pushed a white woman who spat on him. With this life-changing event, Charles had to leave college needing only 12 credits to graduate. Fortunately, for many, his simple acts of civil disobedience helped redefine racial equality in America, but for Charles, unfortunately, his acts of courage negatively affected his life forever.

During this year of reflection on some of the important events of the Civil Rights Movement, I am pleased to have been reacquainted through a photographic memory of my friend, Charles Allen McNeill, who passed away in 2003.  Free at last! •

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