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Reactions to Parker as new NAACP president

When the vote counting was finally completed around 10:45, Constance Parker, long-time friend and first vice president to outgoing President M. Gayle Moss, had won the election to be the NAACP Pittsburgh Branch’s new president.

Parker defeated Debra Walker by a narrow 26-vote margin, 171 to 145, with Regina Ragin-Dykes finishing a

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YWCA honors racial justice champions

On Nov. 14 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, several local community leaders were honored during the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s 21st Annual Racial Justice Awards Dinner.

“It’s a pleasure to honor your work tonight, your work toward social justice,” said YWCA CEO Magdeline Jensen.

RACIAL JUSTICE HONOREES—From left,
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Hill District grocery…finally

There have been some changes in Jeff Ross’ life since he first agreed to operate the planned Hill District SHOP ‘n SAVE three years ago—he’s remarried, one of his daughters married and he has a new grandchild—but still no store, until now.

SAVING A LOT—Announcing that all the funding is in place for the Hill District SHOP ‘n SAVE,
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Steelers praise parenting at Urban League forum

In 1996, while Pittsburgh Steelers back-up quarterback Charlie Batch was attending college at Eastern Michigan State University, his sister was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Homestead. While Batch’s experience unfortunately mirrors that of many Pittsburgh area youth who have lost loved ones to gun violence, many youth do not have a p

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UL works to improve ‘State of Black Pgh’

On Nov. 10, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh presented their annual State of Black Pittsburgh report at Carnegie Mellon University as part of a daylong event. While previous reports focused on devastating statistics showing dire conditions for African-Americans, this year’s report focused on their positive efforts to address issues in t

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