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New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

| January 21, 2015
New report finds ‘staggering inequality’ of incomes once decried by MLK

(GIN)—Income inequality, one of the issues that so troubled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is again front and center in today’s news. A new report on the topic has come up with figures that even caught the financial community by surprise. For example: members of the “world’s richest” club earn half-a-million dollars per minute, the […]

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Crime and Safety Report: January 21-27 Edition

| January 21, 2015
Crime and Safety Report: January 21-27 Edition

Woman critically injured in shooting FORT WAYNE—At approximately 3:08 a.m., Jan. 14, officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to the 800 block of Hamilton Avenue regarding a shooting. An adult female was found in the residence with a gunshot wound and taken to a local hospital in critical condition. Investigators determined that the […]

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Video: Eric Hackley interview with Dorothy Cole

| January 17, 2015
Video: Eric Hackley interview with Dorothy Cole

Ms. Cole discusses how she was abused as a 3 year-old child at home by her parents to the extent that she didn’t have the opportunity to worry about Mississippi racism, segregation, lynchings, politics and Historic White Supremacists.

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With criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out

| January 17, 2015
With criminal record, it’s one strike and you’re out

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent Ronald Lewis was standing on a street with his brother, who was selling drugs. When police were approaching, Lewis warned his brother. Both were arrested. That minor, almost reflexive reaction, led to Lewis sharing a drug possession charge with his brother as well as charges of being an instrument […]

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Nobel Peace Prize vindicated Martin Luther King Jr. for stand on nonviolence

| January 16, 2015

By Zachary Lester Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at age 35, he was the youngest person to ever be presented the prestigious honor. He was the third black recipient and the second African American, following Ralph Bunche, the famed […]

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Boko Haram commits ‘deadliest massacre yet’ in Baga

| January 15, 2015
Boko Haram commits ‘deadliest massacre yet’ in Baga

(GIN)—The northern Nigerian town of Baga was devastated over the weekend by a surprise raid conducted by Boko Haram insurgents apparently aimed at a major military base constructed there. Amnesty International estimates the death toll could be as high as 2,000, though some witnesses cite lower tolls in the hundreds. Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, a […]

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Alphas to hold Black and Gold Ball

| January 15, 2015

FORT WAYNE—Theta Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. is scheduled to host its Black and Gold Ball at 7 p.m., March 21 at Landmark Conference Centre 622 Ellison Road, featuring a social reception entertainment, dancing, dinner and a cash bar. Proceeds from this event will fund the works of Alpha Phi Alpha […]

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Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Dorothy Cole discusses earliest memories growing up in Benoit, Miss.

| January 14, 2015
Fort Wayne Black History Conversations: Dorothy Cole discusses earliest memories growing up in Benoit, Miss.

Overcoming the trauma of abuse ERIC HACKLEY: What are your earliest memories? DOROTHY COLE: I can remember my mom buying flour and cornmeal in 25-pound bags.  And, what they did was made me a cotton sack out of the flour bag. I wasn’t allowed to chop cotton, but I was picking cotton at the age of three. […]

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‘The Mountaintop’ play brings dramatization of MLK’s final hours to USF campus

| January 14, 2015
‘The Mountaintop’ play brings dramatization of MLK’s final hours to USF campus

FORT WAYNE—The University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts presents “The Mountaintop,” a play by American playwright Katori Hall. Directed by Brad Beauchamp, “The Mountaintop” is a gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The local production stars Fatima Washington and Ennis […]

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Movie Review: ‘Selma’

| January 13, 2015
Movie Review: ‘Selma’

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic R.I.P. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Your story has been told. Your legacy passed on. Your strategies for non-violent demonstrations shared. Your ability to change hearts, minds, and laws has been well-documented.  “Selma,” in the most inspiring way, relays MLK’s state of grace. It is a worthy homage befitting […]

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