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Day: <span>July 1, 2004</span>

Mourn the Man’s Death but also His Legacy

By Ivan Eland We frequently mourn the loss of charismatic figures-for example, John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana and now Ronald Reagan-without really making an honest assessment of what they contributed to society and history.      Although President Ronald Reagan should be mourned for being a pleasant and optimistic person who articulated many admirable American ideals, the […]readmore

Slave Testimony: 1837-1862

Excerpt from the Narrative of James Curry …When my master’s family were all gone away on the Sabbath, I used to go into the house and get down the great Bible and lie down in the piazza and read, taking care, however, to put it back before they returned. There I learned that it was […]readmore

The Law and You

By Eric Adams He was a true American Hero and the entire country joins in mourning the lost.  That comment often follows men who have made the transition from the physical world to the spiritual.  In many cases American citizens of African ancestry are swept up in the media frenzy and we find ourselves joining […]readmore

Bed-Stuy Children’s Book Fair

The First Bedford-Stuyvesant Children’s Book & Reading Fair, an intergenerational literacy event featuring reading awareness and learning activities for families and young people, will take place Sunday, July 18 (12:00 Noon – 5pm) at Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Avenue (between Tompkins & Marcy Avenues),  with concurrent informative and inspirational workshops (2:00pm – 4:30pm) for […]readmore

Verizon Foundation At Work in the Community

  We were introduced to Patrick Gaston, the new president of Verizon Foundation, at the recent Ebony Women in Marketing and Communications Awards luncheon event. Mr. Gaston had just been named president of the foundation, which leverages good work with $70 million in contributions annually.    It was not until early June that we spoke by […]readmore

Education and Community

by  Stanley Kinard Hands off Ray! Ignorance allied with power is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. -James Baldwin Educator, sports legend, and community leader Ray Haskins is under attack.  Mr. Haskins was recently dismissed as principal of M.S. 390 where he served for the past two and a half years. M.S. 390 is […]readmore

Rashad Makes History

Phylicia Rashad distinguished herself at the 58th Annual Tony Awards on June 6, 2004, at Radio City Music Hall, by being the first African-American woman to win the coveted award for Best Lead Actress in a Play. This lovely, veteran actress of the screen, TV and theater won for her mesmerizing performance as Lena Younger, […]readmore

The Parent’s Notebook

By Aminisha Black Creating Family Cultures for Social Change The family is the smallest social unit in a society.  It remains the place where principles and values can be taught that shape leaders of tomorrow.  The strength of Africa’s family structure is credited with sustaining our ancestors through slavery and the following years of oppression.  […]readmore