American Express donates $500,000 to Civil Rights Museum
American Express Co. says it will donate half a million dollars to the development of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, N.C. The donation will be used for the design, development and installation of exhibits to preserve and commemorate the courage of four North Carolina A&T State University students who desegregated a Woolworth�s lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C. on Feb. 1, 1960. The students� actions resulted in the first student-orchestrated, nationally publicized �sit-in,� a pivotal tool in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. The museum is scheduled to open on Feb. 1, 2005.
Congressional Black Caucus gets Proactive for Presidential Elections
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. and the Joint Center for Political Economic Studies formed a partnership to play an active role in the 2004 U.S. presidential race. They will develop a questionnaire for the presidential candidates in order to gauge where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to African-Americans and to influence what happens in the voting booths in 2004. Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus�s 33rd Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., Caucus President Weldon J. Rougeau said the foundation is focused on finding innovative ways to eliminate the disparities that exist in economic development, education and public health for African-Americans. The presidential questionnaire will be largely shaped by the exchange of ideas and data on these issues and on African globalism. For more information, visit www.cbcfinc.org  on the Web.
Americans ar Unhappy at Work
Less than half of all Americans say they are satisfied with their jobs, the highest level of discontent since a previous survey conducted in 1995 by NFO WorldGroup for the Conference Board. The new survey says the decline of all ages, accross all income brackets expressed the least amount of satisfaction. Householders earning less than $15,000 a year are less sactisfied with their employment than those earning in excess of $50,000. But satisfaction has fallen even among high-end earners. In 1995, 66.5 percent today. Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board's Consumer Research Center, notes that workers are steadily growing more unhappy with their jobs as technology transforms the workplace, "accelerating the pace of activities and productivity demands, and blurring the lines of work and play."
Sickle-cell anemia gets Awareness Stamp
Th latest addition to the U.S. Postal Service's Social Health Awareness stamp collection will be dedicated to sickle-cell anemia, a blood disoder that affects 1 in 500 African-Americans. Two millions Americans, or 1 in every 12 African-Americans, carry the sickle-cell trait; that is, they carry one gene for the disease. The stamp, designed by James Gurney, of Rhinebeck, N.Y., portrays a mother holding her baby and features the inscription "Test for Sickle-Cell." The Postal Service has issued social and health awareness stamps since 1950s.
- Compiled by Ines Bebea