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Emergency preparedness plans marginalize African Americans

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WASHINGTON – This September marks the 10th anniversary for National Preparedness Month. And when it comes to emergency situations, African-American communities tend to be among the most vulnerable and least prepared.
 
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning, and founding director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, believes that emergency preparedness efforts sometimes reflect the marginalization of low-income and communities of color.

Obama’s African legacy already being debated

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WASHINGTON – President Obama showed a deeply personal side of him rarely seen in public as he toasted African leaders at a State Dinner at the White House at the recently-concluded U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington. 
 
“Tonight we are making history, and it’s an honor to have all of you here,” he said on Aug. 5. “And I stand before you as the president of the United States and a proud American. I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa. The blood of Africa runs through our family. And so for us, the bonds between our countries, our continents, are deeply personal.”
It was precisely because of those special bonds that Africans and African Americans had such high – some say unrealistic – expectations of what Obama would do for Africa when he was first elected president in 2008. 
Now those expectations have faded with the passage of time.

Cameroon soccer star felled by stones hurled in stadium – Was it race?

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Aug. 25 (GIN) – Soccer star Albert Ebosse Bodjongo of Cameroon was killed almost instantly by a stone lobbed from the bleachers in the Tizi Ouzou stadium of north-central Algeria this weekend. He had been playing for the home team and made its only goal before the stone-throwing incident occurred.
 
The Algerian Football/Soccer Federation lamented the death of the 24-year-old Ebosse and urged that soccer be suspended indefinitely at all stadiums in the country.

Remember when black TV programs were angry and unapologetic?

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When I was growing up in a northern-New Jersey ghetto in the early Afro-picked 1970s, my mom used to take me places in her car. Our radio dial was locked to 1430 WNJR, a soul AM station, and in the afternoons I would hear something at the top of the hour called “National Black Network News.” National black newscasters were talking about the condition of black people.
We don’t hear enough of that anymore.
 
I was reminded of that when I heard that William Greaves had passed away on Aug. 25 at the age of 87. Nearly 50 years ago, Greaves was fighting a war in the media world and we were all the beneficiaries. The skirmishes were over black public-affairs television programs – shows that presented undiluted African-American political, social and cultural views on white television during the height of the civil rights movement and black power eras. Greaves was a pioneer of one: “Black Journal.”

The 2014 Middle Passage Commemoration to Focus on the West African Nation of Ghana

 
 
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The 21st annual Middle Passage Commemoration is next Tuesday (Sept. 9)  
7 p.m. in the Little Theater in the Alma C. Hanson Student Center on the LeMoyne-Owen College campus, 807 Walker Ave.
 
The annual program honors those Africans that were victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade with a candle-lighting ceremony and by connecting their experiences to present times. 
 
This year the spotlight is on African Americans and the African Diaspora in the west-African country of Ghana. The featured speaker is Dr. Ernestine Jenkins, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis where she also serves as the graduate coordinator of the concentration in Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora.