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Educator, youth advocate, spiritual leader Juanita Tolbert passes on

Educator, youth advocate, spiritual leader Juanita Tolbert passes on

| October 20, 2017

FORT WAYNE—The city lost an iconic community champion recently with the passing of Juanita Tolbert on Oct. 14. Tolbert, the the matriarch of the famed Tolbert musical, was a renowned education leader in the Summit City and tireless advocate for youth in the community, engaged in a wide variety of community projects, including Friends of […]

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Congressional Black Caucus memebers host panel discussion on STEM careers

Congressional Black Caucus memebers host panel discussion on STEM careers

| October 20, 2017

ALC panel encourages high school students to pursue STEM careers By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) A recent panel discussion hosted by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, showcased the importance of an education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The panel discussion was held during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual […]

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Ms. Emma Summerville crosses over at 85

Ms. Emma Summerville crosses over at 85

| October 20, 2017

Grandmother of late James Hardy, mother of Frost Illustrated writer Jeanie Summerville, matriarch of Norfleet standouts passes away FORT WAYNE—Emma L. (Wristpus) Summerville was born Nov. 19, 1931 in Caledonia, Mississippi.  She was the daughter of the late Robert E. and Jennie (Williams) Wristpus. She departed this earthly life on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at […]

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee to lead second Annual Love Train Unity Walk

Jackie Joyner-Kersee to lead second Annual Love Train Unity Walk

| October 19, 2017

FORT WAYNE—Last year it was the survivors of the Charleston Church Massacre leading the way to unity in our community, and now six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be at the front of the line. Having been dubbed “The Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated, her athletic accomplishments are literally second to […]

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Rep. Maxine Waters seeks to protect consumers with ‘Megabank’ bill

Rep. Maxine Waters seeks to protect consumers with ‘Megabank’ bill

| October 19, 2017

By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire) In an effort to rein in financial institutions that have track records for harming consumers, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) recently unveiled The Megabank Accountability and Consequences Act (H.R. 3937). The new bill would require, “prudential banking regulators, such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal […]

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Confederate statues fall, but economic racism lingers

Confederate statues fall, but economic racism lingers

| October 17, 2017

By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Cheers to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, one of the first mayors to take Confederate statues down and to make the strong point that these statues represent nothing but oppression. You should check out the speech he delivered, in May, at MarketWatch.com. More cheers to Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh […]

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We need a values revolution in America

We need a values revolution in America

| October 17, 2017

Reclaiming our moral values, critiquing the so-called values voters summit By the Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II (President, Repairers of the Breach) 22 1-3 God’s orders: “Go to the royal palace and deliver this Message. Say, ‘Listen to what God says, O King of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you and your officials […]

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Hey, dope fiend, put that NFL crack pipe down

Hey, dope fiend, put that NFL crack pipe down

| October 17, 2017

By Jeffrey Boney (Houston Forward Times/NNPA Member) Hey, dope fiend? Yeah, I’m talking to you. Don’t look around. We need to have a serious talk about your addiction to the National Football League (NFL). The truth is that, consuming the NFL on all of its various platforms, is like a drug for many of us […]

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Don’t let oligarchs silence The Black Press

Don’t let oligarchs silence The Black Press

| October 16, 2017

By Akwasi Evans (NOKOA The Observer/NNPA Member) Have you missed us, lately? We had a lot of news we wanted to share with you, but we couldn’t afford to print it. Each week it gets harder both mentally and physically. This job used to be fun. I still enjoy the service and I love being […]

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New Amazon HQ2 would bring significant economic benefits to Gary, Indiana

New Amazon HQ2 would bring significant economic benefits to Gary, Indiana

| October 13, 2017

Gary’s Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson lobbies for Amazon headquarters By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) GARY, Ind.—It could the greatest comeback in the history of any American city. Gary, Indiana, a predominately black city, that has struggled with business closures, soaring unemployment, poverty, foreclosures and depressed property values for decades, could be seeing a dramatic turnaround […]

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