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Obama Reignites Push for Gun Legislation

Written by George E. Curry on Monday, 30 September 2013 17:59.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of high-profile gun violence in the nation’s capital and  Chicago, President Barack Obama told members of the Congressional Black Caucus and their dinner guests that he will renew his effort to persuade Congress to pass legislation toughening the nation’s gun laws. Speaking at the CBC Foundation Dinner Saturday night, Obama said, “We can’t rest until all of our children can go to school or walk down the street free from the fear that they will be struck down by a stray bullet. Just two days ago, in my hometown of Chicago, 13 people were shot during a pickup basketball game, including a 3-year-old girl.


Black Women Murdered by Men Three Times Rate of White Females

Written by Freddie Allen on Monday, 30 September 2013 17:58.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black women are murdered by men, often their present or past husbands or lovers, at a rate that is nearly three times the murder rate of White women killed by men, according to a report by the Violence Policy Center. The report titled, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data,” found that, “black females were murdered by males at a rate of 2.61 per 100,000, compared to a rate of 0.99 per 100,000 for white females.”


HBCUs Must Adapt to Teach the 21st Century Students

Written by Freddie Allen on Monday, 30 September 2013 17:57.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As historically Black colleges and universities adapt to the rapidly changing educational landscape, advocates say that collaborative partnerships in business, in the community, and on campus will be needed to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive in the 21st century.


African-American College Football Players Earn Top Honors for Community Service

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 23 September 2013 12:50.

(BLACK PR WIRE) – Many student athletes who excel on the field also score points in their personal lives by successfully balancing athletics, schoolwork and giving back to their communities. The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), along with sponsorship partner Allstate, recognizes college/university football players of exemplary character with their annual Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® award, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college sports. 


Guillermo Perales Promotes Diversity in His Business

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 23 September 2013 12:11.

Where many people see a struggling economy, others see a land of opportunity. Many new entrepreneurs in America are immigrants like Guillermo Perales, who has a unique perspective on why diversity in business is needed.


Resolution To Defeat Voter Suppression

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 19 September 2013 19:08.

WHEREAS, the right to vote is a fundamental right of American citizenship guaranteed by the constitution;

WHEREAS, in 1787 black people were slaves and declared and counted as 3/5 of a person for representation in the United States House of Representatives and not allowed to vote at the founding of this country;

WHEREAS, in 1835 the voting rights of free black property owners were eliminated by the North Carolina Constitution;


American Families Taking ‘Divergent Paths,’ Study Finds: Inequality Linked to ‘Marriage-Go-Round’ Among Some Groups

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 14:11.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a period of relative calm during the 1990s, rapid changes in American families began anew during the 2000s, a new analysis suggests.


Saving the World One Drop at a Time

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 13:47.

AdaOko-Williamscropped-John Travis HoltOU College of Engineering Hosts International WaTER Conference and Prize -- Norman, Okla. -- The WaTER (Water Technologies for Emerging Regions) Center at the University of Oklahoma is bringing together researchers and advocates from around the world to focus on the life-sustaining resource – clean water. The center reports more children die each year due to unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene than AIDS and malaria combined. This is not due to water scarcity, but rather poverty, inequality and government failures that result in poor or dangerous water quality. Left: Oko-Williams


Police Kill Unarmed Former Football Player Seeking Help After a Car Crash

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:03.

John-Travis-Holt-screen shot 2013-09-16 at 9.25.25 amThink Progress / BySy Mukherjee -- Jonathan Ferrell, 24, had pulled himself out of a wrecked car before seeking help, only to be shot fatally by the police. September 16, 2013  |  The following post first appeared on Think Progress. Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in North Carolina is facing charges of voluntary manslaughter after fatally shooting Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former Florida A&M football player who had apparently been seeking help after surviving a major car crash early Saturday morning.


NCDOT’s Top Equipment Operators Place 4th Overall in Southeast Equipment Roadeo

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 13 September 2013 12:13.

RALEIGH — NCDOT equipment operators captured three top-three finishes in the individual competition and fourth place overall in the Southeast Regional Equipment Operator Roadeo held in Lexington, KY on Wednesday. The event is an annual competition held to recognize the skills and talents of state transportation department employees throughout the southeast United States who operate heavy equipment and vehicles.