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A nation where slavery still thrives

| November 27, 2014
A nation where slavery still thrives

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist A couple of weeks ago, law enforcement officials in Mauritania arrested nine people for doing something the government considers radical: protesting slavery. In 1980, Mauritania became the last nation in the world to legally abolish slavery, an institution that that had existed in the poor, landlocked Islamic West African country […]

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Statement from Jonathan C. Ray, president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League regarding the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision

| November 27, 2014
Statement from Jonathan C. Ray, president and CEO of the Fort Wayne Urban League regarding the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision

Nov. 26, 2014 The killing of Michael Brown will forever leave a void in the hearts and lives of his parents, family and friends, who lost a son and loved one much too soon. His killing and the decision to not indict Officer Wilson are painful reminders of the criminal justice disparities. A grand jury […]

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Grand jury refuses to indict Darren Wilson, Ferguson erupts

| November 27, 2014
Grand jury refuses to indict Darren Wilson, Ferguson erupts

By Rebecca Rivas Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American ST. LOUIS–After three months of hearing testimony and viewing evidence, a St. Louis County grand jury chose not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown Jr., St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert M. McCulloch […]

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Blacks outraged by Ferguson grand jury decision

| November 26, 2014
Blacks outraged by Ferguson grand jury decision

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Long after the St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert M. McCulloch announced Officer Darren Wilson will not be prosecuted in connection with the killing of unarmed Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown and burning tempers and flames had subsided, African American leaders were still expressing their disappointment in a criminal […]

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2014 Gala Extravaganza honors variety of community contributors as ‘Lions’

| November 26, 2014
2014 Gala Extravaganza honors variety of community contributors as ‘Lions’

Special to Frost Illustrated Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Urban League FORT WAYNE– Fort Wayne Urban League (FWUL) welcomed a large gathering of influential business and community leaders to the Fort Wayne Urban League Annual Gala Extravaganza. The event, was held to celebrate another successful year of Urban League community services. Gala attendees were introduced […]

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Think life, live longer

| November 26, 2014
Think life, live longer

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive. Hey! What a relief! When you think about it, life is wonderful and everyone should count their many blessings; see what God had done. Whether you have a chronic […]

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Obituaries: November 26-December 2 Edition

| November 26, 2014
Obituaries: November 26-December 2 Edition

Henry Leon Byrd was born Jan. 6, 1939 in Fort Wayne to the late Charles and Bertha Byrd. A long and beautiful life came to an end on  Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was a U.S. veteran. He was  previously employed by International Harvester and retired from Holsum Bakery. Henry […]

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NNPA President Chavis’ statement on Feruson grand jury decision

| November 26, 2014
NNPA President Chavis’ statement on Feruson grand jury decision

(NNPA, Nov. 24)—Today’s announcement that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson who killed unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown in August 2014 is yet another systematic and tragic slap in the face of equal justice in the United States. On behalf of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), today our prayers […]

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U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

| November 26, 2014
U.S. demand for Ebola ‘moon suits’ creates shortages in Africa

GIN)–Aid agencies that use the iconic “moon suits”—the odd-looking full-body outfits used in battling Ebola—are running dangerously low as the protective garb is being snapped up by institutions in the U.S. World Vision, a Christian charity, was reportedly looking to send the hazmat suits to Sierra Leone when they found the items were out of […]

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Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

| November 26, 2014
Burkina Faso’s ‘Arab Spring’ sours as military scoops up major posts

(GIN)–Three weeks after a people’s revolt in Burkina Faso, which sent President Blaise Campaore fleeing into exile, dreams of a civilian-led transition to free elections were dimmed this week as the military held on to powerful posts in a new Cabinet. Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will be both prime minister and defense minister.  Four other […]

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