In 1944, Harry McAlpin became the first African American reporter to
cover a presidential news conference, but was denied membership to the White House Correspondents’ Association. Saturday night at its 100th anniversary dinner, the Association posthumously honored McAlpin, creating a scholarship in his name.
34% of American adults are obese and
only 20% of Americans perform aerobic exercises. The Office of Minority Health warns that these numbers
are worse for America’s urban centers. It was stats such as these that prompted the
Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and its Health Committee 5 years ago
to launch the Nat'l Urban Health Conference which will celebrate its
4th Conference this week, April 25-27, under the theme “Our Health Is Our
Among the highlights at the recent National Action Network (NAN) annual
convention this year is the appearance of United States Attorney General Eric
Holder, though he is but an opening act for President Obama’s
presentation on Friday. But Holder can hold his own when it comes to public speaking, and
particularly when talking about the law and its deficiencies as it
pertains to people of color.
At the beginning of the year, for the first time in the 144-year history
of Ohio State University, the school appointed a Black president. Many
hope this landmark move will increase diversity at the university.
Historically Black colleges and universities are facing serious
enrollment and economic issues that could significantly impact the
future of the specialized institutions of higher learning, according to a
top administrator at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in Trenton. The discussion occurred at the first annual education conference hosted by the African American
Chamber of Commerce of NJ (AACCNJ) in late February at the Hyatt
Regency in New Brunswick.
Chokwe Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; Pan-Africanism activist; and lawyer, has died. He was 66. Here, writer Herb Boyd fondly remembers the "young man with a keen political sense...ready to fight
for a number of local, national and international causes."
Last week, PBS aired the documentary, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” as part of the American Masters series. Filmmaker Pratibha Parmar set out to write the story years ago after
realizing that the series, which celebrates
icons of American pop culture, featured few or no women. Released in 2013, the film touches on the highs and lows of Walker's life as an author and activist.