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Blumenauer Announces Expected Vote on Federal Restaurant Relief Legislation

Under the terms of the legislation, grants would provide restaurants assistance for operating costs such as payroll and benefits, food, utilities, rent, and more.

Governor Seeks Review of Police Protest Response in Oregon

Videos from the demonstration in downtown Portland showed police grabbing a news photographer and pushing him to ground as he was trying to document them tackling and detaining a person on a sidewalk.

Portland Braces as Right-Wing Extremists Rally

Gov. Kate Brown warned violence would not be tolerated as right wing extremists converge on Portland "looking for a fight"

A Reminder: Delta Park is Vanport

As extreme right-wing, white supremacist groups prepare to converge on Portland tomorrow, here is a reminder of the historical significance of the place they plan to overrun and the stories of the people that lived there.

NEWS BRIEFS

Free COVID-19 Testing Tuesday, Sept 29

Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center will be offering free screening for all ages. ...

Oregon Reports 181 New COVID-19 Cases, No New Deaths

Although the curve is not flat, the number of cases is fluctuateing slightly less, with 21 new cases in Multnomah County. ...

Teletha Aldridge Benjamin Named as Recipient of the Gladys McCoy Lifetime Achievement Award

Benjamin says, “I learned about supporting my community from the examples of the adults in my neighborhood, and no one ever thought...

Blumenauer Statement on Planned White Supremacist Rally in Portland

“These are evil people looking for a fight and national media attention. Let’s not give them what they want." ...

Wish Launches $2 Million Fund To Support Black-owned Businesses

The Wish Local Empowerment Program is set to impact more than 4,000 small businesses across the US ...

Oregon names new public health director amid virus pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority on Tuesday announced Rachael Banks as its new public health director.She's held the same position in Oregon’s most populous county since 2017, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.Banks will be tasked with leading the state’s...

3 dead, 1 hurt in Salem hostage incident, police shooting

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Three people are dead and one was seriously injured in a hostage incident in a Salem, Oregon, home, in which a deputy fired gunshots, police said. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m....

No. 2 Alabama's electric WR Waddle taking on bigger role

Jaylen Waddle has been one of the nation's most dangerous return men, and a big-play receiver since first stepping on the football field for Alabama.The only thing holding him back: Four star receivers, one ball. There's still only one ball for the second-ranked Crimson Tide, but Waddle is higher...

No. 2 Crimson Tide rolls on offense to 38-19 win over Mizzou

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Nick Saban has never lost a season opener while coaching Alabama.Then again, he'd never had one like this.Yet despite an offseason largely scrapped by the coronavirus pandemic, and a delayed start to the season, Saban's second-ranked Crimson Tide looked just fine as they...

OPINION

In Washington Post, Gupta Shows How Massive Voter Turnout Can Protect Our Democracy

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president and CEO says, “Trump is far better at the art of distraction than understanding the powers — and limits — of the presidency." ...

Civil Rights Leaders Endorse Sarah Iannarone for Portland Mayor

The list of new endorsements include National Black Lives Matter activist and Campaign Zero Founder Deray Mckesson, civil rights attorney Bobbin Singh and others. ...

When Black Women's Lives Matter All Lives Will Matter

Brazen disregard for the lives and safety of Black women goes back over 400 years in U.S. history with the definition of Black women’s bodies as property at the complete disposal of white slave-owners ...

Sarah Iannarone Demands Action from Mayor Regarding Planned Right-Wing Demonstrations; Opens Safe Space for Portlanders

BIPOC, Queer, and other marginalized Portlanders will bear the brunt of these attacks simply because of their identity or the color of their skin. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Bitter debate taunts overpower Trump's, Biden's visions

CLEVELAND (AP) — The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into a bitter showdown Tuesday as the president repeatedly interrupted his opponent with angry — and personal — taunts that sometimes overshadowed the sharply...

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from Trump and Biden's first debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden sparred Tuesday in their first of three debates, hoping to sway undecided voters planning to cast ballots by mail and in person in the final weeks leading up to the Nov. 3 election.A look at how their statements from...

The Latest: Trump casts election doubts, Biden urges voting

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential election (all times local):10:50 p.m.President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden are painting a very different picture of the reliability of the upcoming election.Biden urged voters to cast their ballots and not be intimidated by...

ENTERTAINMENT

Barry Jenkins to direct 'Lion King' follow-up

NEW YORK (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. will make a follow-up to the 2019 live-action “The Lion King,” with Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar-winning “Moonlight” and the James Baldwin adaptation “If Beale Street Could Talk,” set to direct.Disney...

Reggaeton redemption: Balvin, Bunny top Latin Grammy nods

NEW YORK (AP) — At last year’s Latin Grammy Awards, popular reggaeton and Latin trap musicians such as J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Ozuna were dismissed in the show’s top categories. This year, they dominate.Balvin scored a whopping 13 nominations for the 2020 Latin Grammys,...

Review: A smart portrait of a living legend in ‘The Glorias'

Gloria Steinem is always in conversation with herself in “ The Glorias,” a sprawling and thoughtful biopic of the writer and activist. Director Julie Taymor knows better than to try to capture her entire life in a film, even one as long as this, and her reflective odyssey of a woman...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

'I Am Woman' singer Helen Reddy, '70s hitmaker, dies at 78

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Helen Reddy, who shot to stardom in the 1970s with her rousing feminist anthem “I...

Black Appalachians find hope in national reckoning on race

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dayjha Hogg has known racism her entire life, but until recently she thought she and...

California's wine country residents facing fire fatigue

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping...

Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Britain's young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Culture...

UK pushes on with EU-reviled law as Brexit talks go to wire

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union and British negotiators hunkered down Tuesday to seek last-minute...

Dutch students work hard to keep virus out of shared houses

LEIDEN, Netherlands (AP) — This is not the student life Iris Raats had hoped for when she was accepted at...

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By Charles D. Ellison: For the NNPA from the Philadelphia Tribune

Faced with a sluggish economy and a state budget he once described as "flat" during a faculty meeting, Lincoln University President Ivory Nelson is in a bind like most Black college heads: just getting by. And like others in his situation, Nelson is deeply troubled that federal support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) is nominal.

"If you look at HBCUs as a whole, we receive 3 percent of the overall college population," notes Nelson, a Grambling University graduate in his 11th year as Lincoln's President. "But, we graduate 25 percent of all African Americans receiving a college degree. You don't want to lose that 25 percent — in fact, you want to increase it."

Addressing those concerns, the Obama administration recently rolled out its White House HBCU Initiative in a bit of fanfare during Congressional Black Caucus week, a follow-up to Executive Order 13532 signed in February that directs $850 million to HBCUs during the next 10 years.
Overall, the spending has been viewed as a boost, with the President committing $100 million more than in previous years.

White House HBCU Initiative Executive Director John S. Wilson Jr. is optimistic, describing the effort as "more empowered" when comparing it to previous administrations since President Jimmy Carter launched the program by Executive Order in 1980.

Wilson sees a holistic approach taking form. "Out of the $120 billion in higher education funding, 4 percent of that is going to HBCUs," argues Wilson when asked what makes the current President's initiative different.

Yet, funding parity becomes a major issue when talking with HBCU supporters who describe a lack of federal funding to Black schools for research and development grants, a pot of gold for institutions seeking to enhance prestige and attract additional funding.

"There is a gap when the better funded White institutions get the larger piece of the pie for R&D," observes one White House Initiative board member speaking anonymously.

And critics express concern that community colleges, two-year institutions serving a large share of minority students, are getting federal dollars that could be shifted to full-degree four-year HBCUs. Nelson cited HBCU competition with community colleges as an "issue."

Wilson contends the money is there. "There's too much money to say we've got money flowing away from HBCUs," Wilson says. "We have a more informed and sensitive perspective when it comes to HBCUs and we are better resourced. Of the $40 billion in Pell Grants, a disproportionate share goes to HBCU students."

Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital also appears upbeat. "I think we have a renewed opportunity with this president to state the case for HBCUs," says Howard-Vital.

Other HBCU presidents like Nelson are also encouraged, but there is hesitation. "$850 million is a good start, but it's not enough. It is over 10 years, spread out over many different schools."

And, it remains unclear how much Members of Congress are helping to marshal resources for HBCUs in their states and districts. Democrats are generally supportive of HBCU efforts, particularly when pushed by a unified effort from the Congressional Black Caucus, which Wilson says works closely with his office. But, there is the usual pushback from Republicans who argue HBCU funding is "affirmative action" straining an already tight federal budget.

Pennsylvania-delegation Members such as Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), whose 7th District houses Cheyney, were difficult to reach for comment. Yet, Howard-Vital heaps praise on Sestak for finding nearly $2 million in federal funding for science programs and scholarships. But, there is concern that Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) has yet to visit Cheney or Lincoln's campus.

"Senator Specter has been here on several occasions," says Howard-Vital of Cheyney. "Sen. Casey's Chief of Staff has been here. But, I would like more interface with him."

Casey's office claims the Senator has been instrumental in securing federal dollars for HBCUs, including $255 million annually supporting "minority-serving" institutions. "Senator Casey met with Dr. Howard-Vital when she was in DC this summer," notes Casey press secretary Stephanie Zarecky. "Senator Casey's office also worked closely with Cheyney [for] the hearing he chaired on college affordability at Temple University last year."
Marybeth Gasman, an Associate Professor of Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania and a national expert on HBCUs, sees a much more "centralized" effort under the Obama administration. "The current HBCU Initiative is much better organized," says Glasman. "Obama realized that the Initiative was not as centralized as it could be and so he asked the current director to pool the resources of all of the agencies — basically making them more accessible to HBCUs."

Still, the funding stream could be more robust argues Glasman. "It's a start, but I think more could be done. HBCUs have long been underfunded at every level. Critics say that HBCUs are inferior, but they never discuss the unequal support at all levels that has existed from their inception through the current day."

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