WASHINGTON – Had it not been for Rosa Parks and others of her era, President Barack Obama said he wouldn't be unveiling a bronze statue of the civil rights icon in the U.S. Capitol.
"We can do no greater honor ... than to carry forward her principle of courage born of conviction," President Obama said at a ceremony on Wednesday.
Fifty-eight years after she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., Parks became the first African-American woman to be honored with a full length statue in National Statuary Hall.
WASHINGTON – Imagine the headline: "First Lady Goes Rogue, Breaks Out of White House."
Michelle Obama jokingly teased the idea of a first lady missing in action during an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" released Tuesday.
"Going to Target for me is like a dream, you know? That one time I went, you noticed it created a stir," the first lady told ABC's Robin Roberts, apparently referring to an incognito excursion to a Washington-area Target in 2011 where she shopped unnoticed for a while.
Richard Turere, 13, doesn't like lions. In fact, he hates them. Yet this bright Maasai boy has devised an innovative solution that's helping the survival of these magnificent beasts – by keeping them away from humans.
Living on the edge of Nairobi National Park, in Kenya, Turere first became responsible for herding and safeguarding his family's cattle when he was just nine. But often, his valuable livestock would be raided by the lions roaming the park's sweet savannah grasses, leaving him to count the losses.
"I grew up hating lions very much," says Turere, who is from Kitengela, just south of the capital Nairobi. "They used to come at night and feed on our cattle when we were sleeping."
In the age of short attention spans and mass media hopping from one story to the next, it is fairly remarkable that the shooting death of Trayvon Martin one year ago Tuesday continues to resonate among the consciousness of many Americans.
Most of this is because a dedicated group of activists, bloggers, social media afficionadios and members of the media – mostly the black press – have been diligent in ensuring that what took place on a cool, rainy night in Sanford, Fla., deserves to be brought out into the open and not to become a drive-by media story.
And no doubt the vigilance of Trayvon's parents – Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – has made it hard for people to forget. Since Trayvon was shot and killed after an altercation with George Zimmerman, a one-man neighborhood watch guy, Fulton and Martin have attended many high-profile events like the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend and the NAACP Image Awards, walking red carpets and telling anyone who would listen that their son should not have died and there was no justice.
Kilmichael, a small town in northern Mississippi, is known to blues aficionados as the place where blues artist B.B. King first began his love affair with the guitar. To voting rights advocates, it's a place that helps spotlight the ongoing need for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), now facing a challenge to its constitutionality in a lawsuit before the Supreme Court.
The Court will hear oral arguments on the merits of Shelby County v. Holder on Wednesday. A decision will most likely be rendered in June before the court's summer recess.
"When the 2000 Census revealed that the town had become majority black for the first time, the town's all-white board of aldermen responded by simply trying to cancel all elections in order to prevent African Americans from being elected to office," explained Dale Ho, assistant counsel of the political participation group, NAACP LDF.
Fathers playing an active role in their children's lives, including their health and safety, can make a positive difference. According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), setting a good example is the most important way to teach children healthy behaviors.
Even if you don't share a home with your children, following healthy habits when you are together encourages them to do the same. Resources available on the NRFC website (www.fatherhood.gov) confirm that healthy fathers are more available to emotionally and financially support their children and families.
With fathers in mind, here are five wellness tips:
February 26, 2012
That was the day two strangers – Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager walking back with Skittles and an iced tea he'd picked up at 7-Eleven, and George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida – met for the first and only time.
It's been nearly a year since Zimmerman shot Martin to death. The incident generated huge outrage across the country for months and led to a wide-ranging conversation about the state of U.S. race relations.