"Transforming Detroit: New Alternatives for Social and Economic Empowerment" will be the topic when author and Michigan Chronicle Executive Editor Bankole Thompson delivers a keynote address at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor on Oct. 2.
Bankole, who was a speaker at the 2011 Conference of Federal Judges for the Eastern District of Michigan, will deliver his address during the law school's Detroit Month 2013 program.
The program is being organized by "JDs in the D," a student organization that seeks to showcase the work that the Michigan Law community has been doing in Detroit, which is undergoing a major revitalization effort. The Poverty Law Society group and several other student organizations are among the sponsors
"Our goal is for Detroit Month to serve as a platform to promote strategic partnerships between Michigan Law and the City of Detroit, and to foster tangible opportunities for Michigan Law students and faculty to engage with Detroit businesses, community organizations and city initiatives," said Joshua Ronnebaum, one of the student organizers of JDs in the D.
WASHINGTON – If you're moving to a newly built house, say goodbye to mail delivery at your door.
And if some House Republicans get their way, all door-to-door mail delivery will go away.
The U.S. Postal Service is marching towards a more "centralized delivery," where residents pick up their own mail from clusters of mail boxes located in their neighborhood. Local postmasters are sending hundreds of letters to fast-growing communities, warning that cluster boxes will be the way mail will be delivered to new developments.
WASHINGTON President Barack Obama gave some of his most active and rowdy former campaign supporters on Monday an early glimpse of his return to speaking about jobs and the economy as he prepares for a three-speech tour to refocus his administration's message.
Speaking at an event sponsored by Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group formed from his campaign organization, the president urged his backers to help rally support for some of his second-term priorities, even as some of those issues languish in Congress.
"It's going to be the kickoff to what is essentially several months of us trying to get Washington and the press to refocus on the economy and the struggles that middle-class families are going through, but also for us to start exploring some big and bold ideas," Obama said of his Wednesday speech at Knox College in Illinois, which the White House has promised will return the administration's message to economic issues.
Like most of the black community, actor Omari Hardwick was deeply disturbed by the not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman's trial. He decided to channel his feelings into a poem and then reached out to his peers to help him present it in a video.
The result is "Little Black Boy Wonder," dedicated to Trayvon Martin. In the video Hardwick recites the poem with help from actors including Marlon Wayans, David Oyelowo, Eriq La Salle, Bill Duke and Gary Dourdan.
Residential segregation and ongoing poverty has left African Americans in some of the least desirable housing in some of the lowest-resourced communities in America. In addition to much higher poverty rates, African Americans suffer from concentrated poverty.
Those observations are just part of the latest economic snapshot by the Economic Policy Institute and are featured in its new project, "The Unfinished March." As part of the project, leading experts on race, economics and policy met Monday (July 22) in a symposium in Washington, D.C. at the AFL-CIO.
According to the snapshot, nearly half (45 percent) of poor African-American children live in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty, but only a little more than a tenth (12 percent) of poor white children live in similar neighborhoods. Children in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty experience more social and behavioral problems, have lower test scores and are more likely to drop out of school.
Despite the outrage over his Twitter attack on President Obama's remarks on race in America following George Zimmerman's acquittal, Black America reports that Tavis Smiley defended his comments Sunday during an appearance on "Meet the Press."
During the interview, he restated his tweet, saying he thought the president's remarks were too little, too late, "as weak as presweetened Kool-Aid." He then went on to criticize the president's role as a leader.
"I appreciate and applaud the fact that the president did finally show up," Smiley said. "But this town has been spinning a story that's not altogether true. He did not walk to the podium for an impromptu address to the nation. He was pushed to that podium. A week of protests outside the White House, pressure building on him inside the White House, pushed him to that podium."
LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson's mother faces more questioning Monday from a lawyer for the concert promoter she's suing in her son's death.
Katherine Jackson became "confused and tired" when AEG Live lawyer Marvin Putnam asked her "some pretty complex questions very fast" during his cross examination Friday, her attorney said.
"She was trying to answer the questions the best she could," Jackson lawyer Brian Panish said. "I think maybe she lost her temper a little bit and she tried to restrain herself in a very Christian-like way."