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Mary Morris: Retired but still committed to community service

Mary Morris: Retired but still committed to community service

| July 11, 2014

By Chief Condra Ridley On June 28 , 2014, the Oxford Community Association expressed their gratitude, love and respect for Mary Morris to honor her retirement from the Fort Wayne Housing Authority (FWHA). Well-wishers from all over Fort Wayne gathered at the McMillen Community Center to lift their voices in praise and thanks for Ms. […]

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Thomas N. Todd: ‘You can’t download freedom’

Thomas N. Todd: ‘You can’t download freedom’

| June 26, 2014

Activist spouts overlooked “four-letter” words to make a point By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (NNPA)—Rapidly-expanding technology, social media and new smart phone apps are no substitute for the hard work needed to fight persistent racism in the United States, said Thomas N. Todd, a longtime Chicago activist and civil rights lawyer. Speaking […]

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SCENIC health facility shining beacon in Elkhart

SCENIC health facility shining beacon in Elkhart

| June 26, 2014

By Chasiti Falls When I was awarded a six-year Cuban medical scholarship I was told I only had one obligation. I agreed to and gave my word that once I graduated, I would give back to an underserved community. I can truly say I am doing just that working at an outstanding clinic in Elkhart, […]

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Traditional parental roles changing

Traditional parental roles changing

| June 25, 2014

Fathers changing how they interact in family By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—A cache of new research from the Pew Center paints a picture of the modern American family—a picture in which the historically rigid roles and responsibilities of moms and dads are meeting in the middle. But, that picture has always been a […]

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Spotlight on Michael Gaston owner of Turn N Headz Barbershop

Spotlight on Michael Gaston owner of Turn N Headz Barbershop

| June 19, 2014

By Jeanie Summerville Whatz up, babies? I hope that all of you are taking the time out your days to bring yourselves and others some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind because it feels so good! On that note, it pleases me to bring to you this week’s spotlight […]

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Boys & Girls Clubs complete 1st year as an 21st Century Community Learning Center

| June 18, 2014

Club Children Celebrate Improvement in Academic Skills FORT WAYNE—Julian beamed as he walked to the podium to receive his certificate and several hugs for his achievements in the tutoring program initiated this year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. His mother, siblings, aunt and grandparents were all in attendance. Their faces betrayed […]

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and i love you for that, ruby, my dear . . .

and i love you for that, ruby, my dear . . .

| June 16, 2014

© 2014, omowale-ketu oladuwa “i don’t know who i would be if i weren’t this child from harlem, this woman from harlem. it’s in me so deep.” —ruby dee, 1924-2014                                                          mother-sister, from striver’s row […]

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Sandra Craig-Ridley honored with ordination posthumously by AME Church

Sandra Craig-Ridley honored with ordination posthumously by AME Church

| June 10, 2014

FORT WAYNE—It is said that the reward of a life well-lived in service is eternal peace in heaven. While there are many ways to serve, the ministry often is considered the most noble. There’s another saying: Many are called but few are chosen. That said, it is a tremendous honor to be accepted into the […]

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Keith and Nicole Woolridge: Dallas, Chicago roots create unique leadership chemistry for Eagle’s Nest

Keith and Nicole Woolridge: Dallas, Chicago roots create unique leadership chemistry for Eagle’s Nest

| June 5, 2014

By Eric D. Hackley Eric Hackley: Why did you want to become the new directors and take on the task of rebuilding the Eagle’s Nest Youth Center? Nicole Woolridge: Because we love working with children. With my husband Keith being from Texas and me being from Chicago, we see that there are so many children out here […]

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YWCA Northeast Indiana names Smiley winner of the 2014 Peggy Hobbs Award

YWCA Northeast Indiana names Smiley winner of the 2014 Peggy Hobbs Award

| June 5, 2014

Special to Frost Illustrated FORT WAYNE—One of the area’s most venerable service agencies recently honored a member of the community for outstanding services to others. On May 19, at the agency’s Annual Meeting, YWCA Northeast Indiana named Marsha Smiley as the winner of the 2014 Peggy Hobbs Award for outstanding volunteerism. Smiley is a literacy […]

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