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‘Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him’

‘Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him’

(The Root) – Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland physician who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone and was brought to Nebraska for emergency treatment on Saturday, died Monday. He was the second person to die from the disease in the United States; Thomas Eric Duncan died from the disease after traveling to Dallas from Liberia earlier this year.

Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate WNEW reports that Salia “was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, arrived in Omaha on Saturday” and was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s “biocontainment unit that ha[d] successfully treated two other Ebola patients this fall.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

Obama’s step-grandmother in U.S. to promote schools

Obama’s step-grandmother in U.S. to promote schools

UNITED NATIONS — Barack Obamas 94-year-old step-grandmother is in the United States this week to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president's father was raised and is buried — and hopes to see the president again.

Sarah Obama, who was married to the president's late grandfather, said in an interview through an interpreter on Monday that she had "a vision" sitting under her favorite mango tree in the tiny village of Kogelo in 2013 of a legacy that would continue her work helping children and live on long after she is gone.

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  • Written by Edith M. Lederer-Associated Press
  • Category: National

54 years later, civil rights figure says U.S. divided by race again

54 years later, civil rights figure says U.S. divided by race again

NEW ORLEANS — Ruby Bridges was 6 years old in 1960 when she became the first black student to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans, one of the iconic moments in the U.S. civil rights movement. Today, the civil rights pioneer says America looks a lot like it did then: A nation with segregated schools and racial tension.

On Friday — 54 years later to the day when she first walked up the steps to William Frantz Elementary School — she commemorates that event with the unveiling of a statue in her likeness at her old school. Also, she is reuniting with the white teacher who taught her and with the sole-surviving U.S. marshal who walked her to school.

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  • Written by Cain Burdeau-Associated Press
  • Category: National

SCLC president joins forces with Gorbachev in peace effort

SCLC president joins forces with Gorbachev in peace effort

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is poised for a major role in bringing international peace and equality with the recent signing of a historic proclamation with world leaders in Berlin.

Charles Steele Jr., president of the Atlanta-based organization, presented the proclamation and secured support during a summit in Berlin Nov. 8-9 commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Steele, who was the only American participating in that summit, also met with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who agreed to serve as the international chairman of the SCLC’s Global Roundtable on Peace, an initiative that expands the international work Dr. Martin Luther King launched before his death.

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  • Written by Sherrel Wheeler Stewart-Special to the NNPA
  • Category: National

John Doar, ex-civil rights lawyer, dies at 92

John Doar, ex-civil rights lawyer, dies at 92

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Doar, a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s who was at the center of key battles to protect the rights of black voters and integrate universities in the South, died Tuesday at age 92.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son, Burke Doar.
Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer from 1960 to 1967, serving in the final months of the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and then staying on during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He rose to the position of assistant attorney general in charge of the department's Civil Rights Division and challenged discriminatory policies in Southern states that curtailed minority access to the voting booth and state universities.

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  • Written by Eric Tucker-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Delta-driven call to action focuses on teacher effectiveness

Delta-driven call to action focuses on teacher effectiveness

(PRNewswire) – The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), partnering with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), is issuing a Call to Action for nonprofit organizations to increase the dialogue around teacher efficacy to improve educational outcomes through their Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC).

The campaign is made possible by a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s designed to enhance teacher efficacy, particularly in urban areas where disparities continue to exist for disadvantaged student subgroups. DTEC’s mission is that “Teachers Believing = Students Achieving.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

Dutch court won’t rule whether ‘Black Pete’ racist

Dutch court won’t rule whether ‘Black Pete’ racist

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands' highest administrative court refused Wednesday to wade into the increasingly acrimonious national debate around "Black Pete," the sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus.

Opponents call Pete, who is often played by white people wearing black-face makeup and a frizzy Afro wig, a racist caricature. Most Dutch people insist he is a harmless fantasy figure.

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  • Written by Mike Corder-Associated Press
  • Category: National