February 2013

February 28th, 2013
Written by Mark Sherman - ... in Feature Stories, Latest News with 1 Comment
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative justices voiced deep skepticism Wednesday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy both acknowledged the measure's vital role in fighting discrimination and suggested...
February 27th, 2013
Written by Janice S. Ellis... in Publisher's Note with 0 Comments
President Obama standing in front of Rosa Parks statue
The irony of the Rosa Parks statue being unveiled in the Halls of Congress at the same time that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is being defended before the Supreme Court cannot go unnoticed. As we come to the close of yet another Black History month, these two different yet related events remind us of how slowly real and lasting change takes place when it comes to race relations in...
February 27th, 2013
Written by Jeff Karoub in Focus on Health with 1 Comment
It appears that it is a common occurrence where patients refuse treatment from a provider because of race. It's been called one of medicine's "open secrets" - allowing patients to refuse treatment by a doctor or nurse of another race. In the latest example, a white man with a swastika tattoo insisted that black nurses not be allowed to touch his newborn. That led several black nurses to sue the...
February 26th, 2013
Written by Suzanne Gamboa ... in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
Whitney Young
Whitney Young, Jr. was an unsung leader in the Civil Rights movement. He chose to work with leaders within the systems, including presidents in the Oval Office and CEOs in corporate boardrooms. Young felt that was critical to the Civil Rights movements to make meaningful gains where it mattered: to secure jobs, and implement anti-poverty programs like Head Start. Young was often criticized for...
February 26th, 2013
Written by Jesse Washingto... in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
John F. Kennedy
For many older African-Americans, Kennedy was a president who sympathized with black struggle like no other before him. They recall him speaking eloquently against segregation despite resistance from Southern racists in his own Democratic party. Some even feel that his support for civil rights was one reason he was killed, even though racial motives are not prominent among the many theories about...