A voting rights session at the Democratic National Convention had just ended when Khari Johnson, a high school student from Jackson, Miss., emerged from the room with a look of seriousness.
Johnson had heard a lot about threats to the right to vote and that's what drew him to the panel discussion that featured some voting-rights heavyweights. "I thought because I am 17 – I will be 18 next year – that it is important and that I need to hear these things," he said.
CHARLOTTE, N.Car. – Renee Drayton, 43, a volunteer for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, could not see him from her vantage point as he delivered the speech that conveyed his acceptance of the Democratic Party's nomination.
It's doubtful that she could have screamed any louder had she have been seated down front.
"I can't wait to get back to Maryland and pull up my bootstraps and get back to work on the campaign," said Drayton, who found herself with a soul-satisfying view when – moments after he completed his address – the President, his family and Vice President Joe Biden and his family – stepped onto the sliver of the stage that could be seen from her seat.
by Anthony Advincula
CHARLOTTE, N.Car. – Former President Bill Clinton appealed Wednesday night to millions of American voters, making a clear case that President Obama is the right choice to lead the country for four more years.
Before a roaring crowd at the Democratic National Convention here, Clinton touted Obama's efforts to shape up the economic doldrums left behind by the previous Republican administration.
CHARLOTTE, N. Car. – Twelve hours after wowing supporters at the Democratic National Convention during her address at the Time Warner Cable Arena, First Lady Michelle Obama stepped from behind a curtain in a ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center and the room exploded.
A sea of African-American faces surged forward, with waves of people jostling for a view of Mrs. Obama that they could capture via camera. The setting was the African-American Caucus, filled with African-American delegates and about as many other African-American convention-goers that could be wedged into the room.
The New Tri-State Defender's Executive Editor, Karanja A. Ajanaku, is directing the production of TSD's Sept. 6-12 edition from Charlotte, N.Car., where he also is covering the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Greetings from Charlotte, where I am inside the Charlotte Convention Center for TSD coverage of the Democratic National Convention. Immediately upon arrival I thought of the headline on the Aug. 30-Sept.5 TSD story on the RNC in Tampa. It reads: "Rare but real: African-American Republicans" ... The contrast here hits you right in the face.
by Charlene Crowell
When this year's student debt burden surpassed the $1 trillion mark, it became even larger than the amount of debt held on credit cards. New findings now conclude that heavy student loan debt delays the ability of young graduates to buy a home and in the worst scenarios, strips Social Security benefits and even disability income also known as Supplemental Security Income.
There has been a 46 percent increase in average debt held at graduation from 2000 to 2010.
In 2008, then-congressman and former Obama law-school classmate Artur Davis was one of a handful of black Democratic rising stars, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, California elected official Kamala Harris and others, credited with ushering in an Obama-era of post civil rights generation political leaders. Since then Davis had his rise up the political ladder abruptly halted by a bruising primary loss in the Alabama governor's race. Earlier this yea,r he officially left the party he had once represented in Congress and became a registered Republican. Davis addreseds the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. In a candid conversation with The Root, Davis addressed his critics and his political conversion.