Since becoming the first African-American to graduate from the Coast
Guard Academy in 1966, Merle Smith has seen more diversity among the
corps of cadets. But he says the academy still has work to do to better
reflect the face of America.
Last December during a massive “Stand for Freedom” rally in Manhattan,
John A. Payton, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational
Fund, told a throng of marchers that “These are dangerous times we’re
living in, but we’ve won in the past and we will win in the future.
It’s getting harder and harder to register our votes and these efforts
disproportionally affect people of color.” That passionate voice for justice was stilled last Thursday when Payton, 65, died in Baltimore.
The Washington Post is reporting that Donald M. Payne, the first Black congressman from New Jersey, has died. He was 77. A congressional delegate of the United Nations, Payne was a longtime advocate for Africa and one of the first public officials to denounce the mass killings in the Darfur region of Sudan.
A year ago, Clive Davis' glittery pre-Grammy showcase was winding down
after a number of electric performances when the grandest name of all,
Whitney Houston, walked on stage to close the evening with what promised
to be a show-stopping tribute to her famous cousin, Dionne Warwick.
This year, on the day our nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
I proudly stood alongside NAACP State Conference presidents on the
steps of the capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina for the annual
King Day at the Dome March and Rally. The event has grown into a
massive commemoration over the years, but this year it took on a new
significance as Attorney General Eric Holder joined the commemoration,
honoring Dr. King and pledging to carry forward his mission in the years
A generation gap in several states between older whites and younger
Latinos and African-Americans has race relations experts concerned that
age differences in the population are influencing spending and public
policy in areas such as education, transportation, immigration and
Many African-Americans have hoped to one day achieve the so-called
American Dream. But that vision is fading fast, according to a new
nationwide study in Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company’s
(MassMutual) State of the American Family series, conducted by Forbes