A national organization Friday indefinitely suspended a fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi and expelled three of its freshman members because of their suspected involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of the first African-American student to enroll in the then all-white college, the Associated Press reports.
Sigma Phi Epsilon said in a statement obtained by the AP that it had suspended the Alpha Chapter at the university, and the chapter voted to expel all three men and submit their names and identities to investigators.
The statue of James Meredith was discovered Sunday with a noose tied around the neck, along with an old Georgia flag that bears a Confederate battle emblem.
OXFORD, Miss. – Three 19-year-old white male freshmen from Georgia were declining through their attorneys late Thursday (Feb. 20th) to be questioned by university police regarding the vandalism Sunday morning of the University of Mississippi's James Meredith statue, according to University Chief of Police Calvin Sellers.
Sellers said the University Police Department had gathered enough evidence by late Wednesday to bring charges through the student judicial process against two of the students. Both state and federal authorities were working in close coordination to determine whether criminal charges were applicable, he said.
Working through an advisor to the students, university police had arranged a meeting for Thursday morning, Sellers said, but the students did not appear as promised. As university police were attempting to locate the two students late Thursday, they became aware of an Oxford attorney who was representing one of the students, which then led to information that three students had retained legal counsel.
(BLACK PR WIRE) – MIAMI, Fla., – A national story-gathering campaign kicked off Tuesday (Feb. 18th) to acknowledge black men and boys as assets to society. BMe Community, a high-growth, mission-driven social enterprise, is leading this campaign, and has set a goal of getting thousands of people to share stories about black males they know who help others.
Trabian Shorters, former vice president of communities for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and founder of BMe Community said, "We believe that black men and boys are assets to society. So, we are asking people to share the stories about the black men they know – the coach, the pastor, the neighbor, the co-worker or the friend who inspires in an everyday kind of way."
Shorters believes such stories are plentiful. He quotes data from the U.S. Census, W.K. Kellogg Foundation studies and researchers such as Ivory Toldson showing that one quarter of all adult black males are military veterans; black people start businesses at a higher rate than other Americans, black Americans give 25 percent more of their income to charities than do white Americans, and that black males are nearly twice as likely to be in college as they are to be in prison.
WASHINGTON – If America is ever to end the revolving door of prison recidivism, it needs to ease the re-entry of former offenders back into society by allowing them to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder believes.
Holder announced his position during a recent conference on criminal justice reform at Georgetown University Law Center at Washington, D.C. He called on state officials, state leaders and other elected officials to reform or repeal laws that block ex-felons from voting, more than two million of them Black.
Holder said that some of the laws dating back to the Reconstruction Era were specifically crafted to target blacks and weaken their voting power, especially in Southern states where most blacks live.
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.
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."
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.