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Ole Miss offers reward for men who desecrated Meredith statue

Ole Miss offers reward for men who desecrated Meredith statue

At the request of Chancellor Dan Jones, the University of Mississippi's Alumni Association on Monday offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two individuals believed involved in the desecration of the James Meredith statue on The University of Mississippi campus.

The University Police Department (UPD) is looking for two men who were seen early Sunday morning near the Meredith statue, which commemorates the 1962 integration of the university. One of the men was reported to have been wearing camouflage pants. The statue had been draped with a noose and an old Georgia state flag, and the men were heard shouting racial slurs.

Jones condemned the action as contrary to the beliefs and values of the university community.

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‘Anti-Bully Campaign Rally’ to seek solutions

‘Anti-Bully Campaign Rally’ to seek solutions

When it comes to bullying, there are numbers that could easily move some to declare that it's worse than we thought.

According to the Tennessee Department of Education's Bullying and Harassment Compliance Report issued under a law passed in 2012, there were 7,555 cases of bullying reported statewide. Of that number, 5,478 were confirmed.

"This is a serious problem," said Debbie McClennon, organizer of the "Anti-Bully Campaign Rally" slated for Saturday (Feb. 15th). "Our kids are frustrated, and they always say the same thing – that parents can't help, teachers can't help, and principals can't help. Victims of bullying feel they have no help, no safe haven. This problem is getting worse. It's not just going to go away."

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
  • Category: News

National Marriage Week designed to strengthen bonds

National Marriage Week designed to strengthen bonds

National Marriage Week (Feb 7-14) is a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate and build a stronger marriage culture. Over the last decade, 41 percent of births occurred out of wedlock, more are opting to cohabitate and the number of divorces is steadily increasing. National Marriage Week is a great time for couples to reassess, refresh and renew their commitment to their marriages.

Marriages need consistency, commitment and connection to grow and flourish. Marriage is an interactive institution that unites two to become one. To achieve a successful marriage, the husband and wife must be 100 percent engaged in the marriage daily.

You made the commitment to pour into your marriage the tenacity and energy needed to make your marriage and spouse top priority in your life. It's imperative that you learn how to keep your spouse happy, healthy, and satisfied. This is an ongoing process that must be nourished regularly.

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Report: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step down this year

Report: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step down this year

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans to step down some time this year, according to the New Yorker's Jeffrey Toobin, whose feature story is slated to run in the magazine's Feb. 17 issue, the Washington Times reports.

The first African-American attorney general told the writer that he planned to remain "well into" 2014, but he also told CBS News last year, on Nov. 19, that he didn't have "any plans" to step down, the Washington Times reports.

Holder, a graduate of Columbia Law School, first joined the U.S. Justice Department in 1976 and was appointed to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1988 by President Ronald Regan. He would later join the Clinton administration as a Deputy Attorney General in 1997, the first African-American to hold that position. After the Clinton years, Holder practiced at a private firm before joining the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

 

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Will the next black senator be a familiar face from Oklahoma?

Will the next black senator be a familiar face from Oklahoma?

Oklahoma. With its wide ranges, tornado alleys and young, upstart NBA franchise, it's the last place you'd think of when considering black political hotbeds. But as Sen. Tom Coburn prepares to retire after a yearslong battle with cancer, black Republicans in the Sooner State are seeking to flip that script on its head.

A crowded Senate-primary field is emerging, with conservative Republican powerhouses eyeing the reliably red seat as a career step to the next level. That landscape, set against the larger battle of wills between establishment Republicans, evangelical conservatives and mosquito-buzzing Tea Party irritants, is actually being shaped and shifted by a fairly influential tag team of black Republicans with national clout.

Young Oklahoma state House Speaker T.W. Shannon just announced his bid last week. And another name floating around is that of Shannon's former boss: J.C. Watts. The former congressman, once a rising star in the Republican Party who rode in on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's "Contract With America" wave, abruptly cut short his visible political career in pursuit of evangelical ministries and consulting contracts.

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Ford teams with Dr. Henry Louis Gates for Black History Month

Ford teams with Dr. Henry Louis Gates for Black History Month

DEARBORN, Mich. (PRNewswire) – Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. will join Ford Motor Company's African American employee resource group, Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network (FAAN), in celebrating Black History Month on Feb. 21.

The theme, "Finding Your Roots," is inspired by Gates, the keynote speaker, who is host of the PBS series "Finding Your Roots." He is also the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University.

Established in 1983, FAAN is Ford's first employee resource group. Its motto, Networking Today for a Successful Tomorrow, encompasses the organization's goal to help people of African descent and other diversity constituents to maximize their contribution to Ford Motor Company.

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Fearing gentrification, Black Portland neighborhood tells Trader Joe’s ‘no’ to new store

Fearing gentrification, Black Portland neighborhood tells Trader Joe’s ‘no’ to new store

The Trader Joe's grocery store chain recently announced that it no longer plans to open a store in a predominately African-American neighborhood in Portland after activists claimed the store's prices weren't affordable for black families.

Local community leaders and activists said opening a Trader Joe's in the historically black neighborhood would "increase the desirability of the neighborhood for non-oppressed populations" and risk gentrifying the neighborhood.

In a statement to EurWeb, the Portland African American Leadership Forum said having a somewhat pricey food store in their Portland neighborhood would displace residents and perpetuate income inequality in the area.

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