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An ‘eye on’ iron

| August 26, 2015
An ‘eye on’ iron

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. My first recollection that I have on the importance of the word iron, is when my mom would get up at 4 a.m. in the morning and begin to wash and “iron” clothes for the elite, to supplement my father’s hard-earned but meager wages. I could hear her knuckles rhythmically […]

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Senegal loses national treasure—Doudou N’Diaye Rose joins the elders

| August 25, 2015
Senegal loses national treasure—Doudou N’Diaye Rose joins the elders

By Doris Green (GIN)—It comes with deep sadness that the hands of another of Africa’s greatest treasurers are silenced. Senegal greatest drummer Doudou N’diaye Rose died at age 85. He was born in Dakar in 1930 and was named Mamadou of which the nickname is Doudou. In fact we had just celebrated his birth and […]

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Torture scenarios recounted by victims in embattled Burundi

| August 25, 2015
Torture scenarios recounted by victims in embattled Burundi

(GIN)—As a smiling Pierre Nkurunziza thanked God for a controversial third term in power, disturbing accounts of torture of his opponents were reaching the rights group Amnesty International. Testimonies provided to Amnesty included reports of beatings with iron bars, electric cables and batons. A journalist with the Agence France-Presse, Esdras Ndikumana, 54, was among those […]

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Archbishop Tutu’s Legacy Foundation recalls close friendship with Jimmy Carter

| August 25, 2015
Archbishop Tutu’s Legacy Foundation recalls close friendship with Jimmy Carter

(GIN)—In a note from the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation , the South Africa-based organization expressed its concern for former President Jimmy Carter, now battling an advanced stage of cancer. Archbishop Tutu is similarly struggling with cancer and has been in and out of the hospital. Carter, who considered himself a friend of Africa, […]

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Antislavery movement in Mauritania suffers setback as leader jailed

| August 25, 2015
Antislavery movement in Mauritania suffers setback as leader jailed

(GIN)—Despite a tough law against slavery passed in 2007 allowing slaveholders to be prosecuted, those who protest the practice may still wind up in jail, in some cases for years. This month, three activists, arrested at an anti-slavery demonstration, had their sentence of two years behind bars upheld by a Mauritanian court. They were found […]

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Interfaith activists in Central African Republic tapped for prize

| August 25, 2015
Interfaith activists in Central African Republic tapped for prize

(GIN)—Three religious clerics, the spiritual founders of a “peace platform” in the Central African Republic, were rewarded with a prize for their invaluable work. The Interfaith Peace Platform received the 2015 Sergio Vieira de Mello Prize for its efforts to end the squabbling among the country’s three major faiths. “Things are slowly getting better,” said […]

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Quakers revive Freedom Schools to provide historic clarity, healing, advancement of just society

| August 25, 2015
Quakers revive Freedom Schools to provide historic clarity, healing, advancement of just society

“We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”—Bernice Johnson Reagon By Paul Ricketts “The American school system is inexcusably treating the civil rights movement, essentially, as if it never happened, part of a collective, general amnesia about African-American history as a whole.” That is the assessment of Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the director of […]

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FWFD making push to diversify department to reflect changing community

| August 25, 2015
FWFD making push to diversify department to reflect changing community

Chief Eric Lahey spearheads effort to recruit from all segments of city FORT WAYNE—The Fort Wayne Fire Department is looking for a few good men, and women—and men and women of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Fort Wayne Fire Chief Eric Lahey said he is firmly devoted to building a more diverse department but not […]

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black lives have always mattered

| August 25, 2015
black lives have always mattered

© omowale-ketu oladuwa   power refers to the ability to do, the ability to be, the ability to prevail. beingness and aliveness originate with power. to be powerless is to be will-less, impotent and lifeless; without effect or influence; to be nothing, of no account. ––amos wilson   nothing the european mind ever devised was […]

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Spotlight on high school counselor Jason Nevils

| August 24, 2015
Spotlight on high school counselor Jason Nevils

By Jeanie Summerville What’s up, babies? Since school has began again, I thought it would be wonderful to bring someone to the forefront within the school system who’s there to help give students an understanding if they need it and to help them get through whatever they’re experiencing in their lives.  And, also to bring […]

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