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. . . .
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. . . .
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 ...
(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.'' ...
WASHINGTON (NNPA) - A candidate for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee is drawing fire for distributing a CD to members that features a song called "Barack the Magic Negro." The story broke Dec. 26 on the Web site of The Hill newspaper, a publication that covers the U.S. Congress and the neighborhood around the U.S. Capitol ...
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As much of America prepared to celebrate the election of its first Black president and began anticipating a holiday season with family, a dubious anniversary passed quietly inside the Lee State prison in Leesburg, Ga. That was Nov. 3, 2008, the 17th anniversary of the day that William Jonathan Mayo was arrested and charged with armed robbery - only three credits shy of graduation from Morehouse College ....
July 27, 2004 – A little-known senator from Illinois makes a speech before the Democratic National Committee that propels him into the national spotlight.
Feb. 10, 2007 — Obama declares his candidacy in Springfield, Ill. The crowd endured sub-zero temperatures to hear his views on everything from health care to the war in Iraq.
Jan. 8, 2008 – Hillary Clinton wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary after she appears to shed a tear about the personal nature of the campaign ....
... Oct. 20, 2008 – Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorses Obama; McCain counters that he was endorsed by Nixon's Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and over 200 retired military leaders. McCain is also endorsed by al Qaeda, according to the New York Times.
Nov. 4 – Obama wins 349 Electoral College votes. McCain wins 162. ...
After waging what has been hailed as the largest voter-registration drive in U.S. history, the community organizing organization ACORN has suffered a series of character attacks, threats and office break-ins around the country.
The group's Burien office was robbed of $300 in cash and other valuables Friday night. Local police told The New York Times it was probably a "run-of-the-mill-burglary."
The break-in was the latest in a chain of events set off by comments made last Wednesday night by Sen. John McCain during the last televised presidential debate with Sen. Barack Obama
McCain said the 38-year-old advocacy group "may be destroying the fabric of democracy" by "perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country."
His charges appeared to touch on reports that, out of 1.3 million voters registering with the help of ACORN members, an alleged 10,000 – less than 1 percent of the total – included falsified registration cards.
The cards had been discovered by ACORN staff and turned in to elections officials for investigation.
ACORN spokesmen said that 13,000 workers were hired to staff the registration drive, and the fake names a few workers signed onto cards constitute fraud against ACORN, not the elections process.
"ACORN has a zero tolerance policy and terminated any field workers caught engaging in questionable activity," the group said in a statement....
The stories are almost comical: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, registered to vote on Nov. 4. The entire starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team, signed up to go the polls -- in Nevada.
But no one in either presidential campaign is laughing. Not publicly, anyway.
Republicans, led by John McCain, are alleging widespread voter fraud. The Democrats and Barack Obama say the controversy is preposterous and is just political mudslinging.
In the middle is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, a grass-roots community group that has led liberal causes since it formed in 1970. This year, ACORN hired more than 13,000 part-time workers and sent them out in 21 states to sign up voters in minority and poor neighborhoods.....