11 23 2014
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Activists, Politicians All Salute the Late Wilbert 'Bill' Tatum - 'Black Press Giant'

'Black Press giant' Wilbert "Bill" Tatum, publisher emeritus, CEO and chairman of the board, 76, died in a hospital in Croatia on the evening of Feb. 25, after a brief illness. His wife, Susan, and family were working to bring Tatum's body back to the U. S. from Croatia, a country in Central Europe. His daughter has expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of support and condolences from leaders in the Black Press, political, public service and Black leadership communities across the nation. . . .

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1920s Silent African American Films Net $60k

 A historian has netted $60,000 from the auction of vintage films depicting the life of blacks in Oklahoma in the 1920s. Currie Ballard, the assistant secretary to the state Senate, first sold a copy of the films to the Oklahoma Historical Society, then had his collection of 29 film reels auctioned at the Swann Auction Galleries in New York.
Ballard said the buyer wanted to remain anonymous but that the films were purchased by an Ivy League university. . . .

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New Edition of Dubois' 'Gift of Black Folk' Being Published

The Ku Klux Klan was rising again. Segregation was the law and Martin Luther King Jr. was not even born yet. Amid the terror and oppression, civil rights pioneer W.E.B. DuBois published a groundbreaking book in 1924 that challenged the pervasive stereotypes of Black Americans and documented their rarely recognized achievements. His book, "The Gift of Black Folk: The Negroes in the Making of America," detailed the role of Black Americans with the earliest explorers to inventions ranging from ice cream to player pianos. He argued that Blacks were crucial to conquering the wilderness, winning wars, expanding democracy and creating a prosperous economy by producing tobacco, sugar, cotton and rice and helping to build the Panama Canal. . . .

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Organ, Blood Donation Helps Save Lives

The life-saving gifts of blood and organs for transplant needed by African Americans are not always available. 
Because blood and organ recipients are most likely to find compatible matches from donors of the same ethnic background, low donation rates among the African American community can result in shortages of blood supply and organs for transplant.
The sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blood and Donor Registry Drive ...

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Africans Express Cautious Hope for Obama Presidency

(GIN) -  After the initial moment of euphoria for the landslide victory of Barack Obama, some Africans are now expressing a more cautious note of hope for the new leader.
''Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East conflict, Pakistan and India is where the focus of U.S. policy is going to be,'' said Francis Kornegay of Johannesburg's Institute for Policy Studies. ''So there is no realistic prospect that Africa will overtake any of those concerns. On the other hand there are some pressing security concerns on the continent.'' ...

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