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									           Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Scores Big
               With 10th Annual Legacy Awards
     Event raises more than $100,000 for the NLBM and launches yearlong 20th Anniversary celebration.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., — The Negro Leagues
Baseball Museum (NLBM) closed the book on
the 2009 Major League Baseball season by              Manager Jack Zduriencik (Rube Foster “Ex-
                                                      ecutive of the Year” Award), ESPN editor                allows us to
honoring some of the games’ biggest and brightest
                                                      Claire Smith (Sam Lacy “Baseball Writer of              maintain a position
stars with awards named for Negro League
                                                      the Year” Award) and Hall of Famer Joe Mor-             of strength. Now, it
legends at the 10th Annual Legacy Awards. The
                                                      gan (Jackie Robinson “Lifetime Achievement”             is important that we
annual baseball celebration launched an exciting
                                                      Award).                                                 continue to build on
yearlong series of programs and events com-
                                                                                                              these partnerships
memorating the Museum’s 20th Anniversary.             Morgan, an Emmy-winning ESPN baseball                   as we move
More than 800 guests, “dressed to the nines,”         analyst, recalled writing his college thesis on the     forward with our
poured into the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas          Negro Leagues. “It was the only ‘A’ I got in            historic 20th anniversary plans. We encourage
City Convention Center on Saturday, January 30,       college,” Morgan acknowledged. He also shared           everyone to join our efforts to celebrate the
2010 for the star-studded affair. The gala event                                                               impact the Negro Leagues made on the game of
featured a who’s who celebrity line-up and an All-                                                             baseball, the civil rights movement and American
Star planning team led by St. Louis Cardinal Hall                                                              history,” Baker said.
of Famer Lou Brock and his wife Jackie; NFL
                                                                                                              To help plan this historic celebration, the NLBM
legend Gale Sayers and Judy and Jim Heeter.
                                                                                                              has stacked the line-up with two civic power
Seven-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster
                                                                                                              hitters by enlisting the support of Julia Irene
Roy Firestone hosted the event that raised in
                                                                                                              Kauffman and Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame
excess of $100,000 in net proceeds in support of
                                                                                                              second baseman Frank White. Kauffman along
the NLBM.
                                                                                                              with White and his wife Teresa are serving as
The Legacy Awards, established by the NLBM in                                                                 honorary chairs of the overall 20th Anniversary
2000, honors the best Major League Baseball                                                                   festivities.
players, managers and executives with awards in
                                                                                                              Other NLBM 20th Anniversary programs and
the name and spirit of Negro Leagues legends
                                                                                                              events include:
such as Buck O’Neil, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa
Bell, and Hilton Smith. Awards are presented in                                                                 Greatness Confirmed: The NLBM will
13 categories and recognize both on- and off-the-                                                              introduce a unique series of discussions focusing
field accomplishments. Baseball related awards         Hall of Famer Joe Morgan receives the                   on the careers of noted African-American and
are presented to recipients from the American          Jackie Robinson “Lifetime Achievement”                  Hispanic Major League Baseball players en-
League (AL) and National League (NL).                  Award.                                                  shrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
                                                                                                               The five-part series is scheduled to begin in the
The magnitude of the evening, and a day at the
                                                      the incredible emotions invoked by his first visit to   spring and conclude in October (dates to be
NLBM, left the young Legacy Award winners
                                                      the NLBM a few years ago. “I knew a lot about           announced).
humbled and honored to receive awards bearing
the names of legendary players they knew little, if   the Negro Leagues, but as a baseball player,             Coming Home 2010 (September 27-28): At
anything, about prior to their journey to Kansas      particularly one of African-American or Hispanic        its height, more than 2,600 men and women
City. All expressed heartfelt appreciation for the    descent, you are filled with so much pride and          played in the professional Negro Leagues. Today,
courage and determination displayed by those          gratitude. I was fortunate enough to have known         less than 150 of those legendary athletes are still
unsung baseball heroes of the Negro Leagues and       a number of these great players and it inspired me      alive. The NLBM will bring that inspirational
how their sacrifice open the doors for African-       tremendously. I’m a benefactor of their sacrifice       group together for an historic reunion, the first
American and Hispanic athletes to play in the         and I’m so proud that the Negro Leagues Base-           Kansas City gathering in a decade.
Major Leagues.                                        ball Museum is keeping legacy of the Negro
                                                      Leagues alive.”                                          2010 Buck O’Neil Golf Classic (Tuesday,
“I want to thank Josh Gibson and all of those                                                                 August 24—Shoal Creek Golf Course): Held
other great players of the Negro Leagues for          Proceeds from the Legacy Awards benefit the             annually in August, the Buck O’Neil Golf Classic
giving me an opportunity to pursue my dream of        NLBM and its education and community outreach           attracts an All-Star roster of baseball and sports
playing baseball,” said Tampa Bay Rays first          programming. Museum officials are ecstatic              legends who tee-it-up in support of the NLBM in
baseman Carlos Pena. Pena was the recipient of        about the overwhelming success of the Legacy            one of Kansas City’s biggest celebrity golf
the Gibson award after tying for the AL lead with     Awards and believe the momentum built from the          tournaments.
39 home runs with New York Yankees first              lead-off event will have a positive impact on the
                                                      entire yearlong 20th Anniversary celebration.            Buck O’Neil Memorial Birthday Tribute
baseman Mark Teixeira.
                                                                                                              (Saturday, November 13—The Gem Theater):
Other honorees included Houston Astros out-           “We came out of the gate flying,” said a jubilant       The NLBM will celebrate what would have been
fielder Michael Bourn (Cool Papa Bell “Stolen         Greg Baker, president of the NLBM. “We are              the 99th birthday of Negro Leagues legend John
Base” Award), Los Angeles Angels reliever             very excited and encouraged by the tremendous           “Buck” O’Neil. For more than a decade, Buck
Brian Fuentes (Hilton Smith “Reliever of the          show of support we’ve received from the Kansas          used his birthday to raise money and awareness
Year” Award), Boston Red Sox outfielder Mike          City community along with Major League Base-            for the NLBM where he served as chairman for
Cameron (Pop Lloyd Award for “Baseball and            ball and its teams,” Baker said.                        16 years until his death in 2006. The 2010 birth-
Community Leadership”), Texas Rangers                 “The NLBM has been, and continues to be, a              day celebration takes place on the actual day of
shortstop Elvis Andrus (Larry Doby “Rookie of         model cultural institution. This kind of support        Buck’s birth
the Year” Award), Seattle Mariners General

                                                                                                  Black College Monthly February 2010
                                                                                                          Prairie View’s KJ Black 2010
FAMU’s band revs Super Bowl crowd with                                                                    winner of Jake Gaither Trophy
Jackson tribute                                                                                           by Hal Lamar
By Angeline J. Taylor                                                                                     Prairie View junior quarterback KJ Black is this
                                                                                                          year’s 2010 Alonzo S “Jake” Gaither award
MIAMI GARDENS — Energetic, electrifying                                                                   winner. The Louisville Kentucky native was
and fantastic — all were words used to describe                                                           handed the hardware Saturday, February 6 during
Sunday’s Super Bowl pre-game performance by                                                               the lavish banquet put on annually by the 100%
Florida A&M University’s marching band.                                                                   Wrong Club of Atlanta. The 33 year old trophy
The band, known as the Marching 100, completed                                                            established by the club in 1978 is a Heisman-like
a rousing tribute to Michael Jackson in less than                                                         honor given to the most outstanding player from
10 minutes on the field at Sun Life Stadium. It                                                           an historically black college or university as
was a dedication that led Indianapolis Colts and                                                          determined by club members. Black won out over
New Orleans Saints fans to cheer with each tune                                                           stiff, stiff competition which included Florida
— “Beat It,” “Thriller” and “Smooth Criminal”.                                                            A&M quarterback Curtis Pulley, Albany State
                                                                                                          signal caller AJ McKenna, Clark-AU linebacker
“Today’s show was simply fantastic,” FAMU’s                                                               Zimier McCloud, Justin Hannah of Tuskegee and
Director of Bands Julian White said. “They          Jackson’s music, mix it with the Saints who’ve
                                                    waited 40 years to get here and the Colts with        other HBCU superlative
played well. They marched well. And the audi-
ence just gave a standing ovation. (Band mem-       their experience of being here before and you’ve
bers) gave all they had, and it came through very   got a show!”
well.”                                                                          A show indeed,
Band members and                                                                Rattlers were
FAMU cheerlead-         Unfortunately, only 74,059 fans at Super Bowl           pumped up by NFL
ers seemed to be        XLIV in Sun Life Stadium had the experience of          volunteers who kept
on their own            seeing the awesome display of musicianship and          shouting “Go
adrenalin highs as      precision of the FAMU Marching 100 Band. The            FAMU!” Another fan
they left the field.    Marching 100 has been credited for 30 innova-           who cheered the
They passed actors      tive techniques which have become standard              band on said,
Demi Moore and          operating procedures for many high school and           “They’re out of
Ashton Kutcher.         collegiate marching band programs throughout            Tallahassee.” And
Entertainer Carrie      the nation.This was the FAMU Marching 100               band members just
Underwood, who          fifth appearance in a Super Bowl, performing a          smiled when a lady
                        medley of Michael Jackson tunes before the              screamed out, “There        KJ Black receives 2010 Jake Gaither
later sang the
national anthem,        Saints and Colts took the field.                        go those Rattlers!”         Award
waited in the           Too bad big business comes first—$2.5 million            Associate Director of    The Wrongers also bestowed their national
stadium’s tunnel        dollar 30 second commercials and last second             Bands Shelby             championship trophy on the South Carolina State
with band mem-          football hype by sportscasters who are clueless,         Chipman said, “I think   Bulldogs .Buddy Pough’s elevens finished the
bers prior to the       to the point that the 10 minute pre-game show            the band was very        season at 10-2, captured their second straight
band’s perfor-          was a total blackout. Again, America missed out          electrifying. Of         MEAC title at 8-0 and represented in the NCAA
mance. Former           on the seeing the best marching band in the              course the music and     FCS playoffs.
NFL greats Emmitt       land—in another electrifying and fabulous                its relevance with
Smith and Deion                                                                  Michael Jackson kind     The Wrongers named Prairie View head coach
                        performance. Enough already with the over-the-
Sanders walked                                                                   of communicated          Henry Frazier their coach of the year. Frazier
                        hill rockers who can’t give away free CDs.
alongside the band                                                               with the fans. And       was also the speaker on the morning of the 6th at
after the Marching                                                               our great announcer      the annual breakfast honoring high school grid
100’s performance.                                                               Joe Bullard did a        superlatives from throughout the metro Atlanta
Tallahassee radio personality Joe Bullard, who      great job of connecting with the audience. I’m        area. He probably delivered one of the finest
serves as the band’s announcer, gave Sanders a      proud of these kids.”                                 reasons for an athlete to attend the Texas college
hearty hand shake after the high-spirited perfor-                                                         when he noted that “Prairie View has the highest
mance.                                              Students seemed awestruck by the Super Bowl-          graduation rate in Texas, second only to Rice
                                                    inspired atmosphere. There were Mardi Gras            University.” He said that the school’s winning
Bullard said, “This was a show for everybody!       beads so indicative of the Saints fans. And then      football ways have paid off in more ways than
Who did not love Michael Jackson? Take Michael there were Colts’ fans decked out in blue and              winning a conference championship.
                                                    white, including one person who painted his hair,
                                                    face and chest.                                       “The football program has done its part to in-
                                                                                                          crease enrollment at Prairie View from 8,000 to
                                                    Student Melvina Hunter, 19, said “I can’t say that    10,000 students in the last three years,” he said
                                                    I’ve never seen that many people. But I’ve never      .The school is also building a new stadium and
                                                    seen that many people in one arena. I fed off the     field house. The high schoolers needed to hear
                                                    crowd’s energy.”                                      that because too few of them make an HBCU
                                                    And for the Tallahassee residents who didn’t get      one of their choices when looking at colleges. But
                                                    to see the pre-game show, Bullard said, “I            as my dear friend and NBA Hall of Famer Ken
                                                    promise you — if they didn’t see us on TV, this       Hudson noted, “if you have the talent, they will
                                                    crowd will remember the 100.”                         find you. ESPN goes on those campuses, too.”

                                                                                              Black College Monthly February 2010
 Bethune-Cookman recruits South                                                  Bethune-Cookman Excited
 Florida; Gets a few Bluechips                                                   About New Football Coach
Bethune Cookman University head football coach Brian Jenkins
signs highly regarded QB Tim Smith and safety Jabari Cargill, Fort                                                             DAYTONA BEACH —
Pierce Central to first recruiting class.                                                                                      There was no doubt in
                                                                                                                               Lynn Thompson’s mind
Fort Pierce Central High School athlete Tim Smith, who originally commit-                                                      that Bethune-Cookman’s
ted to Rutgers, signed to play quarterback at Bethune-Cookman, where his                                                       search committee made
recruiter from Rutgers is now head coach, and teammate Jabari Cargill will                                                     the right choice in select-
join him as a defensive back. Smith said he felt good about Rutgers, but                                                       ing Rutgers assistant
“things started to change” when wide receivers coach Brian Jenkins left for                                                    Brian Jenkins as the
Bethune-Cookman. The relationship he had built with Jenkins was the                                                            Wildcats’ next head
biggest draw to Rutgers, and he liked what he saw when he visited Bethune-                                                     football coach. He
Cookman about two weeks ago.                                                                                                   discovered over the
                                                                                                                               weekend that many B-CU
“I just felt good about the environment, and the coaches there and everything                                                  fans agree with him. “I
about,” Smith said. At Rutgers, Smith was going to play receiver and some                                                      was at the mall (Sunday
Wildcat quarterback, but at Bethune-Cookman he could play quarterback,                                                         night) and people stopped
which was his original position before a suspension at the beginning of the                                                    me. They were very
season changed his role to more of an athlete position. Smith said he didn’t                                                   excited about our choice,”
care which position he played and was confident he would still be sought out                                                   said Thompson, the
despite the disciplinary issue. He had received offers from Iowa State,                                                        Wildcats’ athletics direc-
Purdue, South Florida, Tennessee and several other Division I schools.                                                         tor. The school, who has
                                                                                                                               been without a coach
Bethune-Cookman University Head Football Coach Brian Jenkins has been                                                          since Alvin Wyatt was
a busy man since being named new coach December 21. Along with Tim                                                             fired Nov. 21,
Smith, the Wildcats announced signing 20 student-athletes to attend B-CU
and play football for the ‘Cats and Jenkins in the 2010 season. “This recruit-   ”He’s a wonderful young man with a bright future,” Thompson said.
ing class will always be special because it was my first one,” said Coach        “His name came up early in the process, and the more we looked we
Jenkins. “We recruited players who were high in character and high in            saw something about him that everybody on the committee felt was
integrity and we didn’t just recruit anybody. This is a special group we will    attractive. This guy stood out as a good fit for our university and its
bring to Bethune-Cookman University and I am excited with the signees. I         mission. We feel he’ll do a great job.” Jenkins, 38, was on the Rutgers
am thankful to basically four coaches who were relentless and worked long        sideline Saturday night during its 45-24 victory over UCF in the St.
hours and pulled off this recruiting class in a short amount of time.”           Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field. He was with the Scarlet Knights
                                                                                 for one season, coaching wide receivers. He came over to Rutgers
                                                                                 from Louisiana-Lafayette, where he spent seven years as the running
                                                                                 backs coach and special teams coordinator. He also was an assistant
                                                                                 coach in NFL Europe and at Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois and
Bethune-Cookman University National Signing Day                                  Western Kentucky universities.
                                                                                 BALTIMORE, Md. — The Morgan State men’s
Offense                                                                          basketball team moved up a few positions in the
1. Andrew Ferris OL/LS 6-2, 250 Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland HS)
2. Angelo Cabrera RB 5-8, 175 Dunnellon, Fla. (Dunnellon HS)
                                                                                 latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll
3. Anthony Jordan RB 6-1, 215 Atlanta, Georgia (North Atlanta HS)
4. Anthony Reagan OL 6-4, 340 Ocala, Fla. (West Port Ocala High)                 Morgan State improved from No. 20 to No. 17, earning its highest
5. Brett Kremer TE 6-2, 215 Daytona Beach, Fla. (Seabreeze HS)                   ranking ever in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
6. Brian Dorsey OL 6-4, 355 Jacksonville, Fla. (Ribault HS)
7. David Blackwell QB 6-2, 225 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Iowa Western CC)            The squad collected 262 points Monday, which fell ahead of George
8. Javoris Johnson WR 5-10, 170 Tallahassee, Fla. (Florida High)                 Mason at No. 18 (218 points) and behind 16th-ranked College of
9. Pat Harris WR 6-0, 180 Ft. Pierce, Fla. (Treasure Coast HS)                   Charleston (276 points). The No.1 position is currently held by Butler
10. Jazz Moss WR 5-9, 175 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Plantation HS)                   (761 points).
Defense                                                                          The 262 points represented the most votes ever received by a
11. Arlen Nibbs DE 6-0, 260 Atlanta, Georgia (North Cobb Christian HS)           Morgan State team.
12. Dion Hanks CB 5-10, 180 Miami, Fla. (Edison HS)
                                                                                 The Bears made their first appearance in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll
13. Isiah Corbett DE 6-1, 240 Belle Glades, Fla. (Glades Central HS)
14. Jabari Cargill S 6-3, 205 Ft. Pierce, Fla. (Ft. Pierce Central HS)
                                                                                 ranked No. 23 on Jan. 26 of this season, marking their first since
15. Marcus Farley LB 6-0, 215 Miami, Fla. (Miami Central HS)                     finishing the 2008-09 season ranked No. 23. During last year’s
16. Michael Ross LB 6-1, 200 Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington HS)               historic run the Bears captured the MEAC Championship and
17. Tevin Toney DE 6-2, 230 Sebring, Fla. (Sebring HS)                           concluded their historic season as the No. 15 seed during the school’s
18. Tim Burke CB 5-8, 180 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Plantation HS)                   first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
19. Jackie Wilson Athlete 6-1, 210 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Boyd Anderson HS)
                                                                                 Senior guard Troy Smith hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds
20. Tim Smith Athlete 6-2, 210 Ft. Pierce Fla. (Ft. Pierce Central HS)
                                                                                 to help the first-place ranked Bears edge Bethune-Cookman 48-47
                                                                                 streak to 10 straight. With the win, Morgan State improved to 18-7
                                                                                 overall and 10-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

                                                                                             Black College Monthly February 2010
                     FAMU’s Coach Taylor happy, so far, with signing class
The verdict is still out as to which of the MEAC schools grabbed
the most talented players on the first day of the national signing
period, but FAMU’s coach Joe Taylor ended the day praising his                                                        Terry Johnson
recruiters. He gave them credit for beating out Florida schools such                                                  Johnson is a 5’11 180 Ath/CB out of Rickards high
as Division-I upstarts FIU and FAU, along with Hampton and                                                            School in Tallahassee. Johnson was a 1ST Team All
Bethune-Cookman in his league.                                                                                        Big Bend athlete with ability to excel on both sides of the
                                                                                                                      ball. On offense Johnson passed for over 1200 yards
                                                                                                                      and 20 touchdown passes. While on defense, Johnson
”When you look at the other schools that we’re recruiting the same                                                    dominated with 7 Interceptions, 16 Pass Break Ups and
guys, that really impressed me,” Taylor said during a Wednesday                                                       45 tackles.
afternoon press conference. “I felt like we were able to compete.                                                     Anthony Hamm
Jacksonville State, FIU, FAU were recruiting some of these guys                                                       Hamm is a 6’2"-220lb, LB from Mainland High School.
and they still decided to come here. The Bethune-Cookman’s and                                                        He was a 3-star outside linebacker that can also play
Hampton’s, we were able to win on those guys.”                                                                        defensive end. He totaled over 200 tackles in his career
                                                                                                                      at Mainland, which included 18 tackles for loss and 9
When LeRoy Vann was making national headlines on his way to setting records for returning punts and
kicks last season, Ocala Forest High School safety Devan Roberts was watching with the rest of nation.                Shelley Anthony
                                                                                                                      Anthony is a 6’3 295 OL from Sandy Creek HS/WKU-
Every time he saw or heard anything about Vann, Roberts began to think how he could do the same for                   The transfer from Western Kentucky Anthony is expected
the Rattlers. After signing a letter of intent Wednesday to play his college football at FAMU, Roberts                to compete for the starting position at the center this
said he doesn’t intend to take long to prove his point.                                                               upcoming Spring.
                                                                                                                      Saf Ahmad
”I have a knack for the end zone,” Roberts said during a telephone interview. “I know LeRoy Vann is a                 Ahmad is a 6’3 270 OL from Miami Norland HS/FIU- He
great return person. It’s huge shoes to fill but I’m going to try.” Roberts and linebacker Anthony Hamm               is a transfer from FIU. Ahmad is expected to compete for
were the two biggest names signed by FAMU on the start of the national signing period. Hamm comes                     starting Guard position this upcoming spring.
with a reputation for being a ball-hound (nine career sacks), while Roberts is a speedster who had more               James Poe
than 700 return yards and scored 10 touchdowns during his high school career.                                         Poe is a 6’4 240 HB/TE UCF/Freedom HS- 3 star
                                                                                                                      transfer from UCF. Poe is expected to compete for a
                                                                                                                      starting position this upcoming spring. He attended
                    FAMU’s Class of 2010 Football Recruits                                                            Georgia Military College before coming to UCF.

Michael Ethridge                                                                                                      Eric Watts
                                                           recruit out of Boyd Anderson HS in Fort Lauderdale Fl.     Watts is a 6’2 215 LB Wolfson HS- 3 star transfer
Ethridge a 6’3" - 245 lb tight end is regarded as an       WHe was a top 5 in Broward County in Receiving
excellent run blocker with great hands. In his time at                                                                linebacker from the University of Illinois. He is expected
                                                           Yards, receptions and touchdowns with 768 yds, 47          to come in and compete for starting LB position this
Godby, Ethridge had 25 receptions for 225 yards and 4      receptions and 8 touchdowns.
touchdowns. Ethridge is also a fierce and tenacious                                                                   spring.
run blocker who recorded over 100 pnacakes as a tight      Shawn Brown                                                Joshua Newkirk
end.                                                       Brown is a 6’3 290 OL/DT from Miami Central HS- 1st        Newkirk is a 6’3 240 LB WSSU- is a transfer from
                                                           Team All Miami Dade & 2nd Team All State (6A) from         WSSU. Newkirk is expected to come in and compete for
Dennis Hall                                                Nationally ranked Miami Central HS. Brown is a 3           a starting linebacker position this spring.
Hall 5’10" - 170 lb Wide Receiver from Pahokee High        year starter with tremendous athleticism, size and
School. Hall possesses incredible athleticism and          strength to go along with over 50 pancakes in his          Steven Robinson
speed out of football powerhouse Pahokee HS in Belle       career as a Rocket. On the Defensive side of the ball      Robinson is a 6’3 300 OL Lincoln HS/UCF- He is a
Glade, Fl. In his career at Phaokee, Hall recorded 84      Brown also recorded 6 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, and      transfer offensive lineman who is expected to come in
receptions, 14 touchdowns and over 700 yards               57 total tackles at DT. Rated:                             and compete for a starting position this summer. He
receiving. In their state championship game, Hall                                                                     earned four letters in football for head coach Kyle Rice
caught the game winning touchdown pass vs.
                                                           Aaron Wynn                                                 at Lincoln High School . He was named first-team
                                                           Wynn is a 6’5 280 OL from Lakewood HS- 2 star              Class 4A All-State by the Florida Sports Writers
nationally ranked Trinity Catholic.
                                                           recruit out of Pinellas County where he was also           Association
Dante “Bubba” Black                                        voted 1st Team All County and Most Valuable
Black is a 5’9" running back from (Ocala) Dunnellon        Lineman in Pinellas county.                                Jarien Moreland
HS. he was one od Dunnellon High School’s all-time                                                                    Moreland is a 6’5 320 OL Glades Central HS/UCF- He
                                                           Devon Roberts                                              is a transfer offensive lineman who is expected to come
rushing leaders with over 5,000 rushing yards and over
                                                           Roberts is a 6’1 180 DB from Ocala Forest HS- 1st          in and compete for starting position this summer. He
50 touchdowns in his career for the Tigers. With blazing
                                                           Team All County Playmaker out of Forest HS in Ocala,       earned four letters for head coach Willie Snead at
4.3 speed and 10.8 spped in the 100-meter stretch.
                                                           Fl. In his just his senior season alone Roberts had        Glades Central High School.
Black is an incredible return specialist with 18 career
                                                           over 72 Tackles, 7 Interceptions, 18 Pass Break Ups,
returns for touchdowns and kick off returns and punt                                                                  Willie Ferrell
                                                           and 4 sacks. Also specializing on Kick Off and Punt
returns.                                                                                                              Ferrell is a 6’2" - 235 lb LB from FAMU High. He is a
                                                           Return, Roberts accumulated over had 700 career
Christopher White                                          return yardage and 10 touchdowns.                          transfer from OLE MISS. He is a 4-star linebacker. He
White is a 6’4" - 225 lb defensive end from Newberry                                                                  was rated the No.33 linebacker in the nation and No.75
                                                           Patrick Davis                                              player in Florida as ranked by Rivals.com.
High School. he is a relentless defensive lineman with     Davis is a 6’1 240 FB from Eastside HS- out of
incredible athletic ability and knack for sacking the      Gainesville Fl, with a nose for contact at the Fullback    Brandon Green
quarterback. In his senior season, White recorded 11       position. He was a dominant force at both run              Green is a 2009 Tampa Catholic H.S. grad who played a
sacks while anchoring the defensive squad with 67          blocking and pass receiving and collected 23               season at prep school, at Hargrave Military Academy in
tackles and 17 for loss.                                   pancakes and 6 touchdowns during his senior                Virginia, which is considered to be one of the country’s
Kevin House                                                season. Davis also was the starting Fullback in the        elite prep schools for football.
House is a 6’3 315 Offensive Lineman from Edward           Florida/Georgia All Star Game this past season and         Jordan Stanley
White HS-1ST Team All State & All Conference               also boasts a 3.0 gpa and an Honor Roll student at         Stanley is a 5-11/185 Running Back out of Florida A&M
Offensive Lineman out of Edward White HS in                Eastside HS.                                               University H.S., Tallahassee, who is signed on an
Jacksonville, FL. he was awarded Offensive Lineman         Rodney Johnson                                             academic scholarship. Jordan is clocked at 4.42 forty
of the Year and dominated at his position with 78          Johnson is a 5’9 175 RB out of Hillsborough HS. The        and is a shifty runner with the power to go inside or
Pancakes in his senior campaign and 0 sacks allowed        4.4 speedster out of Hillsborough High School has          outside. Jordan had over 1200 yards and 17
in two years at Edward White HS. Rated                     the ability to take it the distance on any play, Johnson   Touchdowns for the 2009 season.
Lenworth Lennon                                            averaged over 10 yds per carry with 832 yds on the
Lennon is a 5’10 180 WR Boyd Anderson HS- 3 Star           ground and 17 touchdowns.

                                                                                                         Black College Monthly February 2010
Smith saves Morgan State’s perfect mark,
beats B-CC
                                                                                         N.C.A.A. Fails to Stop
                                                                                         Licensing Lawsuit
                                                                                  By PETE THAMEL
Morgan State senior Troy
Smith made the shots that
counted, then watched as
                                                                                  A district court judge in San Francisco on Monday denied the
Bethune-Cookman didn’t.
                                                                                  N.C.A.A.’s motion for dismissal in a class-action lawsuit headed by
Bethune-Cookman led by a                                                          the former U.C.L.A. basketball star Ed O’Bannon. The ruling leaves
point with under a minute                                                         the N.C.A.A.’s licensing contracts open to discovery.
left to play when Troy
                                                                                  O’Bannon’s lawyers filed the antitrust suit in July, claiming that
Smith was fouled on a
                                                                                  former athletes should be compensated for the use of their images
loose ball rebound. The
                                                                                  and likenesses in television advertisements, video games and on
senior stepped to the line
                                                                                  apparel. They said Monday’s ruling was an important first step.
with 37 seconds left and
knocked down a pair of                                                            “This is a truly historic day — to our knowledge, no one has ever
free throws to give the                                                           gotten behind the scenes to examine how student-athletes’ current
Bears a 48-47 lead. The                                                           and future rights in their images are divided up and sold,” said Jon T.
free throws turned out to                                                         King of Hausfeld LLP, one of the lead lawyers representing
be the final points of the                                                        O’Bannon.
ballgame.                                                                         The N.C.A.A.’s licensing deals are estimated at more than $4 billion,
                               Without a doubt, Coach Todd
Kevin Thompson had 12          Bozeman’s Morgan State Bears are the               although all of those deals may not be made public in this case. The
points and nine rebounds                                                          N.C.A.A. said in a statement that it was confident in its case.
                               hottest program in the Mid-Majors. The
for the Bears (18-7, 10-0                                                         “We’re pleased that the court recognized defects in some of the
                               2009 MEAC Champion Bears have
Mid-Eastern Athletic                                                              claims made by plaintiffs and dismissed those,” said a statement
Conference), who have
                               moved to No. 17 in the latest Mid-Major            provided by the N.C.A.A. spokesman Erik Christianson. “The
won 10 straight, including     Poll.                                              court’s other rulings at this preliminary stage of the cases do not
their last 12 regular season                                                      diminish the N.C.A.A.’s confidence that we will ultimately prevail on
conference games since last             “I didn’t want to extend the game         all of the claims.”
season.                                 and play overtime and we were
                                                                                  The significance of this case appears to transcend financial reward,
                                        going to win it on the last shot,” said
Morgan State won despite shooting                                                 as its cuts to the core of the N.C.A.A.’s amateurism ideals.
                                        Bethune-Cookman head coach Cliff
56 percent (13-23) from the free                                                  “We think the N.C.A.A. will defend this case saying they are
                                        Reed. “We had our best player
throw line and playing its second                                                 protecting amateurism and trying to prevent excess commercializa-
                                        taking the last shot and we were in
game within a 24-hour time span.                                                  tion,” King said. “That’s their mantra in regard to the big-business
                                        the position we wanted to be.”
“This is the second week we’ve had                                                aspect. We think their hypocrisy will be fully exposed once their
                                        Morgan State outrebounded the
to play back-to-back games,” said                                                 numbers are put in the public eye.”
                                        Wildcats 35-33 and committed six
Morgan State head coach Todd                                                      Michael McCann, a professor at Vermont Law School who special-
                                        turnovers to Bethune-Cookman’s
Bozeman.                                                                          izes in sports law, called Monday’s ruling a “setback” for the
                                        eight, and the Wildcats wouldn’t
“We had a lot of stuff going on         have needed a last shot had it not        N.C.A.A. He said that the case would probably be followed closely
within the team this weekend and        been for missed opportunities down        by members of Congress who were interested in the N.C.A.A.’s
we fought through it. When you          the stretch.                              tax-exempt status.
continuously pull through adversity                                               “I think it’s an important case because it gets at the core of the
                                        Morgan State shot 33 percent (6-18)
like that, hopefully it’s a sign that                                             student-athlete mission and the issue that new players have in terms
                                        in the second half – including 1-for-4
you have a good team. This should                                                 of waving away potential benefits they may enjoy when they’re out
                                        from 3-point range – and 33 percent
make us stronger.”                                                                of college,” McCann said.
                                        (3-9) for the game.
Reggie Holmes, who entered the                                                    O’Bannon, who led U.C.L.A. to the 1995 national title, brought the
                                        Joe Davis added 9 points for the
game as one of the nation’s leading                                               lawsuit after he kept seeing his likeness used each year around
                                        Bears, and Ameer Ali and Troy
scorers (22.9 ppg), was held to six                                               N.C.A.A. tournament time.
                                        Smith had six apiece. Davis went 4-
points on 2-of-12 shooting.
                                        for-6 from the field including a big      The lawsuit states that his likeness was used in “DVDs and photo-
Cliff Reed scored a game-high 15        layup at the 1:21 mark play that gave     graphs used by the N.C.A.A. and its business partners.”
points (4-20 FG) to lead the Wild-      Morgan State a 46-44 lead.
cats, who have lost the last five       Bethune-Cookman answered on the           O’Bannon has maintained that the case is not about the money —
times to the Bears, and he had a        ensuing possession when Reed fed          the lawsuit does not mention a dollar amount being sought — but
chance to win the ballgame in the       Jarrell Thomas for a 3-pointer from       about making sure that future generations of athletes are not taken
final seconds. Reed dribbled the        the baseline with 57.1 remaining.         advantage of.
clock down to 4 seconds before he                                                 King said: “We think the court and public will be shocked at how
                                        Morgan State avoided its first home
drove to the hole for a shot in the                                               crassly commercial the sale of all these items are. It’s not a public
                                        loss of the season and have not been
lane. His shot hit the rim and Albert                                             service. It’s purely to make money. In every other walk of life you
                                        upset at home since a 49-47 loss to
Abrahams’ follow-up tip rimmed                                                    enter, you have to share the proceeds.”
                                        Hampton on February 23, 2009.
out, and time expired during the
scrum for the rebound.

                                                                                              Black College Monthly February 2010
St. Augustine,                                       MEAC Basketball Standings                              SWAC Basketball Standings
Clark Atlanta                                                                                                                          Conf         Over-
                                                                              Conf          Overall        all
head for home                                     TEAM.                       W-L           W-L            TEAM                        W-L          W-L
                                                  Morgan State                10-0          19-7           Jackson State               11-1         13-11
Lut Williams
                                                  Delaware State              8-3           13-9           Arkansas-Pine Bluff         9-3          9-14
                                                  South Carolina State        7-4           13-9           Texas Southern              8-3          12-11
The CIAA’s men of St. Augustine’s and
the SIAC’s men of Clark Atlanta’s enter           Howard                      6-5           7-19           Prairie View A&M            7-4          12-10
the final weeks of their respective regular       Bethune-Cookman             6-5           14-11          Alabama State               7-5          10-13
seasons with two-game leads in their confer-      Norfolk State               5-6           6-17           Alabama A&M                 5-7          8-12
ence races.                                       Maryland-Eastern Shore      5-6           7-18           Mississippi Valley State    5-7          6-19
                                                                                                           Grambling State             4-8          6-14
But neither is getting any love on the national   Hampton                     4-7           8-16
                                                                                                           Southern University         2-10         4-20
scene.                                            North Carolina A&T          4-7           8-17
                                                                                                           Alcorn State                1-11         1-24
                                                  Florida A&M                 3-8           6-18
Despite excellent records - 19-3 for Lonne
Blow’s squad at St. Aug’s and 17-3 for            Coppin State                2-9           7-16
Darryl Jacobs’s team at CAU - neither has
been able to break into the National Associa-                                         CIAA Baketball Standings
tion of Basketball Coaches Div. II Top 25.
That may have something to do with the fact
                                                       Eastern Division
that neither was picked in the preseason to                                                    Division             Conference          Overall
come away with their conference’s top prize.                                                   Record Win %         Record Win %        Record Win %
                                                       Virginia Union University               6-1      0.857       14-5    0.737       18-7 0.720
Blow’s team was picked to finish behind
                                                       Bowie State University                  3-2      0.600       11-6    0.647       13-8 0.619
Johnson C. Smith in the Western Division,
                                                       Elizabeth City State University         2-4      0.333       7-11    0.389       13-12 0.520
maybe fourth behind Virginia Union and
Elizabeth City State of the East.                      Virginia State University               2-4      0.333       4-13    0.235       6-17 0.261
                                                       St. Paul’s College                      2-4      0.333       3-15    0.167       4-16 0.200
Instead, Blow’s team has lost only two
games in conference play, at home to Bowie             Western Division
State 68-64 on Jan. 2, and at Virginia Union
(57-45) a week later.                                                                          Division             Conference          Overall
Since that loss, the Falcons have run off ten                                                  Record Win %         Record Win %        Record Win %
straight wins to seize control of the confer-
                                                       St. Augustine’s College                 7-0        1.000     15-2     0.882      21-3    0.875
ence race, winning those games by an
                                                       Chowan University                       4-3        0.571     11-6     0.647      15-8    0.652
average 16-point margin.
                                                       Johnson C. Smith University             4-3        0.571     10-7     0.588      16-8    0.667
The streak has included a 24-point (74-50)             Shaw University                         2-5        0.286     9-8      0.529      12-12   0.500
win over third-place Chowan, a four-point              Livingstone College                     2-5        0.286     7-10     0.412      10-13   0.435
win (75-71) on the road that avenged the loss          Fayetteville State University           2-5        0.286     4-12     0.250      7-15    0.318
to fourth-place Bowie State and a 19-point
win (67-48) at fifth-place Shaw. The Falcons
knocked off JC Smith Monday, 83-71 to give
them a two-game sweep of the Golden Bulls.
                                                                                                           SIAC Basketball Standings
With the CIAA about to enter its final week
                                                  They made a brief appearance in the Top 25 a             School                      Conf Overall
of regular season play (ending Feb. 20)
                                                  couple weeks ago, but fell out after a loss at           Clark Atlanta University    14-4     17-4
before the league tournament begins in
                                                  Morehouse (74-71 in OT) on Jan. 28. The
Charlotte on Feb. 22, St. Aug’s plays three of                                                             Tuskegee University         13-6     14-8
                                                  Panthers suffered a 56-52 setback at Benedict
its final four regular season games at home.                                                               Claflin University          14-7     14-8
They will host cross-town rival Shaw Satur-
                                                                                                           Benedict College            13-7     14-9
day.                                              CAU has been able to hold on to second in the
                                                  Div. II South Region despite the Morehouse               Lane College                12-7     14-7
SAC is currently ranked sixth in the NCAA                                                                  LeMoyne-Owen College        11-9     13-10
                                                  loss. Arkansas Tech, the top ranked team in the
Div. II Atlantic Region behind top-seed
                                                  NABC national poll, is the top-ranked team in            Albany State University     11-9     11-12
Indiana (Pa.). Bryan Poore’s 17-3 West
                                                  the region. Tuskegee (12-7), second in the               Stillman College            10-9     12-9
Virginia State Yellow Jackets, currently
                                                  SIAC, is ranked ninth in the region.                     Paine College               8-13     8-16
second in the West Virginia Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference, are ranked fourth in the     CAU will play four straight home games before            Kentucky St University      7-12     7-15
region. Bowie State is ranked ninth.              finishing up with two games on the road. The             Fort Valley St University   6-14     8-15
                                                  SIAC regular season ends on Feb. 27 with the
Most expected Clark Atlanta to finish at least                                                             Morehouse College           5-13     5-15
                                                  tournament beginning Mar. 2.
behind both recent SIAC powers Claflin and                                                                 Miles College               3-17     3-20
Benedict. Instead, the Panthers suffered a
loss to open the season and then ran off 14
straight wins to jump on top of the confer-
ence race.

                                                                                              Black College Monthly February 2010
  Beyonce and Jay-Z Dominate The Richest Couples List
  By Boyce Watkins, PhD
                                                                                                            their children to fruitful careers, Will Smith and
                                                                                                            Jada Pinkett Smith are preparing their children for
Jay-Z and Beyonce go beyond the definition of a                                                             a bright future. While you might not be able to get
power couple. They might as well be called                                                                  your child a job in Hollywood, you can help them
“Super Friends” because they simply dominated                                                               to get a job and learn how to build wealth at an
the list of richest celebs in the lastest Forbes list.                                                      early age.
Last year, the couple pulled in over $122 million,                                                          3) Thinking like a boss pays off: Jay-Z is no
with Beyonce leading the charge with her $87                                                                longer the best rapper in the game, even he might
million dollar income. Poor Jiggaman only raked in                                                          admit to that. But he owns half the game, which
$35 million, giving his wife the ability to officially                                                      is why he will always make money. Be an owner,
wear the pants of the house. Just kidding. An                                                               not a laborer. An understanding of business
empowered woman like Beyonce would only be a                                                                management goes a long way toward true
threat to a man who doesn’t understand what                                                                 economic empowerment.
such a potent woman can do for your
household.What is most interesting about the                                                                Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your
couple’s massive wealth is that they actually took                                                          Black World
a pay cut last year. In 2008, the couple actually
earned $162 million dollars. As the comedian Katt
Williams might say, “Now that’s pimpin!”                                                                    Real Fathers, Real Sons, Real
The also-rans on the list didn’t even come close                                                            Men Continuing the Dream
to the Beyonce and Jay-Z. Next on the list was
Harrison Ford and his wife Calista Flockhart, who
brought home $69 million. Harrison earned his
take from the $65 million dollars he received from       OK, so what’s the teachable moment in all this?    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department
‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal            Let’s try to find our financial lessons:           of Children and Families (DCF) will join Florida
Skull.’                                                                                                     A&M University (FAMU) along with 100 Black
                                                         1) The world is better off with women being
                                                                                                            Men of Florida on Friday, February 26, at 10 a.m.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are third on the list,      allowed to work. In fact, women are now more
                                                                                                            in Lee Hall Auditorium to honor every day
with a “measly” $55 million in combined income.          than 50% of the American labor force, and this
                                                                                                            ordinary men during its Black History Month
Perhaps Beyonce and Jay-Z should send them a             trend is not going to reverse anytime soon. In
                                                                                                            celebration, Real Fathers, Real Sons, Real Men:
care package.                                            terms of working women, a stronger embrace of
                                                                                                            Continuing the Dream.
                                                         laws designed to support women in the workplace
Let’s not forget Will Smith and Jada Pinkett             might be beneficial to our nation. As it stands,   This year’s keynote speaker is Senator Anthony
Smith, America’s other favorite example of Black         America is among the worst among wealthy           C. Hill Sr., a native of Jacksonville Fla. Hill was
Royalty. This couple brought home $48 million last       nations when it comes to supporting women in the   first elected Senator in 2002, and has been
year. But even their kids are making dough, since        workplace with things like paid maternity leave    reelected subsequently. Prior to becoming a U.S.
Jaden is now starring in ‘The Karate Kid,’ and           and child care.                                    Senator, Hill served as a House of Representative
Willow is now part of the ‘Madagascar’ series.                                                              from 1992 to 2000. In 2002, he was recognized as
                                                         2) Peep out Will and Jada’s kids: By positioning
                                                                                                            being one of the 25 Most Influential Floridian
                                                                                                            from ONYX Magazine.
                                                                                                            During a time when black men are often viewed
 Falcons Move Up To No. 4 In Atlantic Regional Basketball Rankings                                          in a negative light, the DCF will commemorate
                                                                                                            African-American men in social services, educa-
 Saint Augustine’s College continues its steady rise up the Atlantic Regional men’s basketball              tion, media and government who are thriving to
 rankings, climbing two spots to No. 4 this week.                                                           make a difference in the City of Tallahassee and
                                                                                                            throughout the state.
 The Falcons, led by second-year head coach Lonnie Blow, Jr., earned their latest ranking with three
 double-digit victories in five days. They beat Chowan University 74-50 on Feb. 4, Fayetteville State       “We [DCF] are striving to continue that dream of
 University 73-60 on Feb. 6, and Johnson C. Smith University 83-71 in overtime on Feb. 8.                   making the world a better place,” said Pat Smith,
                                                                                                            press secretary for DCF. “We are there, when
 The top eight teams in the final Atlantic Region rankings will earn a berth in the NCAA Division II
                                                                                                            people lose their jobs and need temporary assis-
 Tournament, which starts March 13 at regional sites. The rankings are released each Wednesdays
                                                                                                            tance. We all have to be there for one another.”
 through March 3.
                                                                                                            FAMU President James H. Ammons is among
 The Falcons are one of two CIAA teams ranked in the Atlantic Region. Virginia Union is ranked
                                                                                                            some of the men who will be recognized for their
 10th.The Falcons also received some national recognition this week. They received one vote in the
                                                                                                            outstanding involvement in the community along
 NABC Division II Coaches Poll.
                                                                                                            with Earl Lee, founder and director of The Boys’
 Winners of 10 consecutive contests, the Falcons possess the best league record (13-2) and overall          Choir of Tallahassee, who was also recognized by
 record (19-3) in the CIAA with five regular-season games left. The Falcons are in good position to         Oprah Winfrey.
 claim the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CIAA Tournament, which starts Feb. 23 in Charlotte, N.C.
                                                                                                            This is the third consecutive year DCF has
 The Falcons are in the midst of one of their most successful seasons ever. A victory at Livingstone
                                                                                                            partnered with FAMU for a Black History Month
 College Thursday (Feb. 11) would give the Falcons their first 20-win season since 1997, the year
                                                                                                            event. Last year’s program highlighted African-
 they captured their only CIAA Championship. The Falcons also have a shot at the CIAA Western
                                                                                                            American women and their roles in the commu-
 Division title. They are currently atop the division with a 5-0 mark.

                                                                                                   Black College Monthly February 2010
Fade to White
By ISHMAEL REED                                                                                                Redemption through learning the ways of white
                                                                                                               culture is an old Hollywood theme. D. W. Griffith
Oakland, Calif. - JUDGING from
                                                                                                               produced a series of movies in which Chinese,
the mail I’ve received, the conver-
                                                                                                               Indians and blacks were lifted from savagery
sations I’ve had and all that I’ve
                                                                                                               through assimilation. A more recent example of
read, the responses to “Precious:
                                                                                                               climbing out of the ghetto through assimilation is
Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by
                                                                                                               “Dangerous Minds,” where black and Latino
Sapphire” fall largely along racial
                                                                                                               students are rescued by a curriculum that doesn’t
                                                                                                               include a single black or Latino writer.
Among black men and women,
                                                                                                               By the movie’s end, Precious may be pushing
there is widespread revulsion and
                                                                                                               toward literacy. But she is jobless, saddled with
anger over the Oscar-nominated
                                                                                                               two children, one of whom has Down syndrome,
film about an illiterate, obese black
                                                                                                               and she’s learned that she has AIDS.
teenager who has two children by
her father. The author Jill Nelson                                                                             Some redemption.
wrote: “I don’t eat at the table of    The film Precious continues is the gripping tale of a
                                                                                                               Ishmael Reed is the author of the forthcoming
self-hatred, inferiority or victimiza- young woman’s struggle to overcome her past. The film’s
                                                                                                               “Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media.”
tion. I haven’t bought into notions    main character is Claireece “Precious” Jones, an abused
of rampant black pathology or          teen mother who is dark-skinned, overweight and
embraced the overwrought,              illiterate.
dishonest and black-people-hating
pseudo-analysis too often passing as post-racial   create “teaching tools” about the treatment of
                                                                                                               The Black Colleges With the Low-
cold hard t ruths.” One black radio broadcaster    women, it was inevitable that a black male                  est Student Graduation Rates
said that he felt under psychological assault for  character associated with incest would be used to
two hours. So did I.                               begin some national discussion about the state of           At 25 historically black colleges and universities,
The blacks who are enraged by “Precious” have      black families.                                             two thirds or more of all entering black students
probably figured out that this film wasn’t meant       This use of movies and books to cast collective         do not go on to earn a diploma. The lowest
for them. It was the enthusiastic response from        shame upon an entire community doesn’t happen           graduation rate was at Texas Southern Univer-
white audiences and critics that culminated in the     with works about white dysfunctional families. It       sity, where only 12 percent of entering freshmen
film being nominated for six Oscars by the             wasn’t done, for instance, with “Requiem for a          go on to earn a bachelor’s degree. At the Univer-
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,           Dream,” starring the great Ellen Burstyn, about a       sity of the District of Columbia, Rust College, and
an outfit whose 43 governors are all white and         white family dealing with drug addiction, or with       Virginia Union University, the black graduation
whose membership in terms of diversity is about        “The Kiss,” a memoir about incest — in that             rate was 15 percent or lower.
40 years behind Mississippi. In fact, the director,    case, a relationship between a white father and         Many of the private black colleges have puny
Lee Daniels, said that the honor would bring even      his adult daughter.                                     endowments and therefore are not able to offer
more “middle-class white Americans” to his film.                                                               generous financial aid packages. And many of
                                                       Such stereotyping has led to calamities being
Is the enthusiasm of such white audiences and                                                                  the students at these schools come from low-
                                                       visited on minority communities. I’ve suggested
awards committees based on their being comfort-                                                                income families with few resources to pay for
                                                       that the Newseum in Washington create a Hall of
able with the stereotypes shown? Barbara Bush,                                                                 college.
                                                       Shame, which would include the front pages of
the former first lady, not only hosted a screening     newspapers whose inflammatory coverage led to
of “Precious” but also wrote about it in               explosions of racial hatred. I’m thinking, among
Newsweek, saying: “There are kids like Precious        many others, of 1921’s Tulsa riot, which started
everywhere. Each day we walk by them: young            with a rumor that a black man had assaulted a
boys and girls whose home lives are dark se-           white woman, and resulted in the murder of 300
crets.” Oprah Winfrey, whose endorsement               blacks.
assisted the movie’s distribution and its accep-
tance among her white fanbase, said, “None of us       Black films looking to attract white audiences
who sees the movie can now walk through the            flatter them with another kind of stereotype: the
world and allow the Preciouses of the world to be      merciful slave master. In guilt-free bits of mer-
invisible.”                                            chandise like “Precious,” white characters are
                                                       always portrayed as caring. There to help. Never
Are Mrs. Bush and Ms. Winfrey suggesting, on           shown as contributing to the oppression of
the basis of a fictional film, that incest is wide-    African-Americans. Problems that members of
spread among black families? Statistics tell us that   the black underclass encounter are a result of
it’s certainly no more prevalent among blacks          their culture, their lack of personal responsibility.
than whites. The National Center for Victims of
Crime notes: “Incest does not discriminate. It         It’s no surprise either that white critics — eight
happens in families that are financially privileged,   out of the nine comments used on the publicity
as well as those of low socio-economic status. It      Web site for “Precious” were from white men
happens to those of all racial and ethnic descent,     and women — maintain that the movie is worth-
and to those of all religious traditions.”             while because, through the efforts of a teacher,
                                                       this girl begins her first awkward efforts at
Given the news media’s tendency to use scandals        writing.
involving black men, both fictional and real, to

                                                                                                    Black College Monthly February 2010
                                                                                    Michael Jordan Rides High After
Black Ancestry Records Yield                                                        Superbowl in $300K Car
                                                                                    Basketball maestro
                                                                                    Michael Jordan is still
by Jennifer Viegas
                                                                                    livin’ extra-large! The
To commemorate Black History Month, genealogists have released the                  legendary ex-baller was
world’s largest collection of African-American family history records. The          spotted leaving a hot
online, searchable collection, which consists of more than 55 million docu-         Miami Superbowl after-
ments, have helped some trace their ancestors and, in at least one case, their      party last night, along with
ancestors’ owners.                                                                  his now long-time gal pal
                                                                                    Yvette Pietro.
The records include U.S. Colored Troops service records, marriage records,
World War I draft cards, slave narratives from 3,500 former slaves, photo-          The dynamic duo, amid a
graphs, Freedman’s Bank records documenting accounts held by slaves freed           sea of overzealous
after the Civil War, Southern Claims Commission records and Freedmen’s              paparazzi, remained ultra-
Bureau records chronicling relief administered by the U.S. Department of            cool and suave as they
War during the reconstruction period in 1865.                                       climbed in to Jordan’s ice
                                                                                    blue, two-door, $320,000-
Megan Smolenyak, co-author of the book “Trace Your Roots with DNA:                  plus Ferrari 599 GTB           Michael Jordan and Live in girl friend,
Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree” and Chief Family Historian         Fiorano.
at Ancestry.com, added that the collection also includes 53 million African-                                       fashion model Yvette Pietro
American records in the U.S. Federal Census Collection spanning the years           Jordan and Cuban-born
1790-1930.                                                                          Yvette have been an item for nearly two years now. The couple met at a
                                                                                    star-studded party back in July 2008 and have been inseparable since then.
“Since African-American individuals were often described differently in each        Last year, the 30-year-old model and her generous boyfriend even pur-
census, we’ve created a special filter that simultaneously looks for related        chased a 2,500-square-foot house together in a Miami gated community.
terms, such as ‘black,’ ‘Negro,’ ‘mulatto,’ ‘half mulatto’ and so on,” said
Smolenyak, who found African-American relatives in her own family’s tree.           Since the two have paired up, there have been rumors of pregnancies and
                                                                                    marriage swirling about, but to-date, nothing has come to fruition.
She explained that black families in the past have faced multiple research
obstacles related to a lack of detailed shipping records, families being split up   Jordan, who has been divorced since 2006 from his wife of 17 years,
during slavery and surname changes. Freed slaves would sometimes take on            Juanita, had the most expensive celebrity divorce settlement ever: $168
the last name of the plantation owner, but some elected to name themselves          million.
after a person they admired or a popular figure, such as “Washington.”              Clearly the exorbitant settlement did not put a damper on his love for
The census, which is the building block for most family trees, created further      expensive and fast cars. ‘I want to be like Mike!’ ‘VROOM-VROOM!’
difficulties, as slaves were only mentioned, often just by first name, from
1850-1860.                                                                          Actor Gary Coleman Pleads Guilty in Utah Court
“A wall can exist before 1870, the first census in which former slaves are
mentioned by their full names,” said Smolenyak.                                     SALT LAKE CITY — Former child television star Gary Coleman
                                                                                    pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge related
Filmmaker David Wilson used the online resources, along with other materi-          to a domestic violence incident last April.
als, to chart his own family’s history, which is chronicled in the feature film     In a deal with the prosecutor, Coleman entered the plea in Santaquin
“Meeting David Wilson,” scheduled for major release later this year.                Justice Court on his 42nd birthday.
One discovery, in particular, shocked him.                                          Court clerk Jane Swan says the original charge of domestic violence
“I received a call from a county clerk whom I contacted and he said he found        assault was dropped. No details of the April 18 incident are detailed in
someone linked to me whose name is David Wilson,” he told Discovery                 court documents, but defense attorney Randy Kester told The Associated
News. “I told him it had to be a mistake, because I’m David Wilson, but that        Press that Coleman and his wife, Shannon Price, had an argument which
also turned out to be the name of the ancestor of the family that kept my           got out of hand.
relatives as slaves.”                                                               ”No one was injured and no ambulances were called,” Kester said by
The New Jersey-raised filmmaker traveled to North Carolina to visit the other       phone. “It was just a disagreement.”
David Wilson.                                                                       Judge Sharla Williams sentenced Coleman to 31 1/2 days in jail. The
“It was very awkward,” he explained. “I introduced myself by saying, ‘I’m           “Diff’rent Strokes” star will serve the time only if he fails to complete a
David Wilson and I believe your family once owned mine.’ I wasn’t just              domestic violence course and pay a $595 fine.
representing myself, but my entire family down through history.”                    ”I think it’s an exceptionally fair resolution,” Coleman’s attorney, Randy
He added, “It was a very cleansing experience, however. A tremendous                Kester, told the AP by phone. “He’s been under an extreme amount of
weight lifted from me. We’ve developed a good relationship, and I now feel          stress.”
more connected to this country and to my personal history.”                         Kester said Coleman has suffered a string of health problems — dialysis
He advises everyone, especially black Americans, to research their family’s         for an ongoing kidney condition and heart surgery that was complicated by
history.                                                                            pneumonia last fall — and has struggled to find work.
“You will find stories of incredible strength and courage in your family, since     Coleman was arrested Jan. 24 at home on a warrant for failing to appear
we are all living proof that our ancestors were survivors,” Wilson said             in court. He spent a night in jail before a fan paid his $1,725 bail. Kester
                                                                                    said Coleman missed the court appearance because he was in the hospital.

                                                                                                   Black College Monthly February 2010
                                                                                             In order to ensure that Winston-Salem
     Winston-Salem State                                                                     State University establishes a competitive
                                                                                             edge for sustained success throughout the
                                                                                             21st Century, the university has adopted
Winston-Salem State University                                                               four strategic directions and primary
601 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr.                                                        goals which will guide its efforts over the
Thompson Center 204B                                                                         next five years.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110

Web Site: http://www.wssu.edu                                                              CREATE A
Phone: (336)750-2078                                                                       STUDENT-
Toll Free: 1.800.257.4052                                                                  CENTERED
Fax: (336)750-2079                                                                       ENVIRONMENT
                                                                                         •   Emphasize the
Institutional Control: Public                                                                holistic develop-
Coed Status: Men and Women
                                                                                             ment of learners.
Academic Calendar: Semester
Admissions Department Financial Aid
                                                                                         •    Foster positive
General                                      Winston-Salem State University is a             among students,
                                             public university whose primary                 faculty, staff and administrators.
Daniel J. Lovett                             mission is to offer high quality educa-     •    Promote African-American traditions and experiences.
                                             tional programs at the baccalaureate            Create a climate in which diversity is valued.
Phone: (336)750-2070                         level for a diverse student population.     •    Develop strong, systematic, student support programs and
                                             Master’s level programs for profes-             services.
Toll Free: 1-800-257-4052                    sional study are also available from the    •    Enhance student development and services through
                                             university and through inter-institu-           technology.
Fall 2005 Admissions                         tional agreements. While the primary        •    Recruit an academically motivated and diverse student
Application deadline: August 30              focus is on teaching and learning, the
Application fee: $30                         university encourages scholarship and
                                                                                         •      Cultivate student responsibility and accountability in the
Selectivity: Least selective                 creative activities by faculty and
                                                                                             learning process
                                             students, and engages in mutually
                                             beneficial relationships with the com-          OFFER SELECT AND EXCELLENT ACADEMIC
                                             munity in ways which complement its                                     PROGRAMS
Highest Offering: Masters
ReligiousAffiliation:                        educational mission.                        •    Leverage the power of select and excellent major pro-
Historically Black: Yes                                                                      grams.
Campus Size: Medium                                                                      •    Provide a strong liberal arts curriculum in a supportive
Setting: Located in a regional city                                                          learning environment.
Regional Airport: Piedmont Triad Airport                                                 •    Prepare students for continuous and lifelong learning.
Airport Location: Greensboro                                                             •    Enhance teaching and learning through technology.
2004-2005 Expenses                                                                       •    Develop faculty who are recognized and renowned for
Tuition and fees: $2,675                                                                     their teaching effectiveness and scholarly work.
                                                                                         •    Organize the academic structure into schools and colleges.
 Founded in 1892 as the Slater Industrial                                                    ESTABLISH A SERVICE-ORIENTED CULTURE
 Academy, this university from the beginning has always insisted upon the vital          •    Embrace values, practices, and behaviors which create a
 importance of elementary school teachers in any program of building an improved             supportive and pleasant work environment.
 citizenship. It’s emphasis continued in this area, and in 1925 the school was granted   •    Deliver superior service and ensure customer satisfaction.
 a new charter and its name changed to the Winston-Salem Teachers College: the
 first Negro institution in the nation to grant degrees for teaching in the elementary   •    Streamline operations and enhance policies and procedures
 grades.                                                                                     to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
 A Nursing School as well as other courses of study were later added, and in 1969        •    Enhance administrative operations through technology.
 legislative approval was received to change the name to Winston-Salem State                 Develop an effective staff committed to advancing the
 University. Today it is one of the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina          university’s mission and vision.
 system.                                                                                 •    Allocate resources based upon institutional priorities.
                                                                                                  MODEL AND PROMOTE LEADERSHIP
 Campus Life                                                                             •    Prepare students to assume leadership roles in a diverse
 Located on 94 acres in Winston-Salem that is part of the Piedmont Triad which           •    Establish a regional center for leadership development and
 encompasses the neighboring cities of Greensboro and High Point, both the                   training.
 university and the Triad are situated in one of the most heavily populated and          •    Create a climate in which service to the community is
 rapidly growing metropolitan areas between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.                    valued and demonstrated.

                                                                                             Black College Monthly February 2010
                                                                                          Shaw University
  On February 1, 1960, a group of black college students from North                  Shaw University, founded in 1865, is the oldest historically
  Carolina A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth’s lunch                       black college of the South. Shaw is a private, coeducational,
  counter in Greensboro, North Carolina where they had been denied                   liberal arts university affiliated with the Baptist Church. The
  service. This sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across              University awards degrees at both the undergraduate and
  the South. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC                  graduate levels.
  (pronounced “snick”), was created on the campus of Shaw University                 The primary mission of the University is teaching with the
  in Raleigh two months later to coordinate these sit-ins, support their             commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic
  leaders, and publicize their activities.                                           programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technologi-
  Over the next decade, civil rights activism moved beyond lunch                     cal skills.
  counter sit-ins. In this violently changing political climate, SNCC                Additionally, the University stresses character development,
  struggled to define its purpose as it fought white oppression. Out of              which includes religious, cultural, social, and ethical values.
  SNCC came some of today’s black leaders, such as former Washing-                   Ultimately, Shaw University endeavors to graduate students
  ton, D.C. mayor Marion Barry, Congressman John Lewis and NAACP                   . with demonstrated competencies in their chosen fields of study
  chairman Julian Bond. Together with hundreds of other students, they
  left a lasting impact on American history.                                       Campus Life
                                                                                   Shaw’s student body of 2,500-plus come from the United States, the
                                                                                   Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East. Offering Associate and Bach-
The Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the                                              elor degrees, Shaw also offers one Master’s degree in divinity, and its
                                                                                   Divinity School is one of only a handful of divinity schools in the state of
Elimination of Health Disparities Center                                           North Carolina to earn full accreditation from the Association of Theo-
                                                                                   logical Schools (ATS).
has been funded through a $6M grant, over five years, from the National
Institutes of Health-National Center on Minority                                                         Website: http://www.shawuniversity.edu
Health and Health Disparities (NIH-NCMHD).
Project EXPORT, or the Centers of Excellence                                                                                  Address:
Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on                                                         118 E. South Street
Health Disparities and Training Project, comprise 26                                                     Raleigh, NC 27601
Centers of Excellence throughout the nation to                                                           Office of Admissions (919) 546-8275 or 8276
include Hawaii and Puerto Rico.                                                                          Office of Financial Aid (919) 546-8241
The Minority Health and Health Disparities Re-                                                           Associate of Arts
search and Education Act of 2000, Public Law 106-                                                                                 Bachelor of Arts
525, established the National Center on Minority                                                                                  Bachelor of Science
Health and Health Disparities to conduct and                                                                                         Student Enrollment
support research, training, dissemination of informa-                                                                             Approximately 2,432
tion, and other programs to support the reduction                                                                                       Cost Per Year
and elimination of health disparities among ethnic minority populations                                                           Tuition: $5,854.00
(NCMHD Website).                                                                                                                  Room and Board:
The newly formed “Partnership” between The University of North Carolina-                                                           Outstanding Academic
Chapel Hill and Shaw University seeks to eliminate differences in minority                                                                 Programs
health care and status at several levels.                                                                                         Accounting, Biology,
                                                                                                                                  Business Management,
Health Disparities, as defined by the National Institutes of Health, are differ-
                                                                                                                                  Chemistry, Education
ences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other
adverse health conditions that exist among specific populations in the United
                                                                                                         Unique Academic Offerings
States.                                                                            Adapted Physical Education and Kinesiotherapy, Computer Science,
“This health disparities center award is a tremendous opportunity to showcase      Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy with Howard University), Criminal Justice,
the strength of UNC’s minority health research and the quality of our collabo-     Dual-degree in Engineering (with North Carolina State University),
rations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, like Shaw.”             Ethics and Values (core requirement), Gerontology, International Rela-
— Dr. Paul Godley, center director and UNC associate professor in the School       tions, Liberal Studies, Mass Communications, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine,
of Medicine and the School of Public Health                                        Public Administration, Religion and Philosophy, Speech Pathology and
“By establishing these research resources at Shaw, more African American
college students can become health researchers, which is a definite plus when                            Extracurricular Activities
trying to eliminate disparities.”                                                  Future Black Scientists of America, Gospel and University Choirs, Jazz,
— Dr. Daniel Howard, center co-director at Shaw University and associate           Pep, and Concert Bands, Honda Quiz Bowl Team, Shaw Players &
professor and director of research and sponsored programs in the department        Company
of natural and physical sciences.

                                                                                                Black College Monthly February 2010
                                                                   Sharpton speaks to St. Louis; Criticizes Ameri-
                                                                   cans for resting on past civil rights successes
                                                                   ST. LOUIS — The Rev. Al Sharpton, addressing 2,000 here Saturday, admonished
                                                                   black Americans for turning to materialism, focusing on selfish success, and forgetting
                                                                   the fight for civil rights.
                                                                   Sharpton, keynote speaker at the
                                                                   state’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
                                                                   memorial celebration kickoff at Harris-
                                                                   Stowe State University, spoke for
Harris-Stowe State University is an historically                   almost 45 minutes without a smile, his
                                                                   voice rising to a bellowing, chanting
black public university located in midtown St.
Louis, Missouri. The school’s mascot is the
Hornet.                                                            ”And here you are 40 years later, in
                                                                   St. Louis, Missouri, nobody bombing
Harris-Stowe State University’s primary mission, is to             your churches,” Sharpton said. “Too
address the higher education needs of the metropolitan St.         lazy and ungrateful to get up and go to
Louis region. Toward the fulfillment of this mandate, the          the polls to vote for better schools!”
university offers the following academic opportunities: (1) a
solid General Education curriculum which serves as the             ”We have so much more work,” he continued.
foundation for the university’s various baccalaureate degree       This may be the first generation of African-Americans whose children will have a
programs in the three broad professional areas, (2)                lower standard of living than they had, Sharpton said. Despite “all these big degrees”
baccalaureate degree programs in (a) Business                      and fancy houses, parents let their kids wear hats backwards, pants sagging, he said.
Administration, (b) Teacher Education and (c) Urban
Specializations.                                                   Sharpton, president and founder of the nonprofit civil rights and social justice organiza-
As a small urban university in St. Louis, the school enjoys        tion the National Action Network, spoke nearly entirely in parable, each story telling a
many entertainment benefits on nearby Grand Avenue,                lesson, often with biblical themes.
Downtown and the Loop District.                                    His voice was slow and throaty, his tone irreverent, his message biting.
You can visit this urban campus
anytime, but must contact the                                      He acknowledged civil rights successes through the years, but highlighted the gap
school to arrange classroom visits.                                remaining — in economics, in education, in prisons — between white and black
History                                                            ”Let’s not confuse ‘better,’” he said, “with ‘where we want to be.’”
Founded in 1857, Harris-Stowe                                      Keep fighting for equal rights, he said. Quit denigrating yourselves with racial slurs
State University is one of the                                     and foul language, he said. And if you arrive at the top, remember who got you there,
oldest institutions of higher                                      and pull others up, he said.
education in Missouri. During most
of this period, the emphasis
focused on teacher education. However, Senate Bill 153             Harris-Stowe Will Host the U.S. Postal Service’s
enacted in 1993 enhanced the mission of Harris-Stowe to
include a wider selection of degree opportunities. Founded by      32nd Black Heritage Stamp Unveiling
the St. Louis Public Schools as a normal school, it was the
                                                                   On February 16, the United States Postal Service will unveil this year’s Black
first public teacher education institution west of the
Mississippi River and the twelfth such institution in the United   Heritage Series stamp on Harris-Stowe State University’s campus, which has
States.                                                                                          become a Black History Month tradition for the
Harris-Stowe State University has a long tradition of teacher
education and is also the only historically black university                                      This year, the stamp will commemorate Anna Julia
(HBCU) serving the needs of the metropolitan St. Louis                                            Cooper, a former slave who became the fourth
community.                                                                                        African-American woman to earn her Ph.D. As a
                                                                                                  teacher and later a principal, Cooper made vast
Academics                                                                                         improvements to the curriculum and refused to use
Harris-Stowe State offers over twelve (12) degree programs                                        inferior textbooks, but she is best known for her
including: Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of                                          revolutionary essays and speeches, most notably “A
Science in Urban Education, Bachelor of Science in                                                Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the
Business Administration with specialization areas, Bachelor                                       South,” which marked the first novel-length black
of Science in Health Care Administration, Bachelor of                                             feminist analysis in the U.S.
Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality
and Tourism Management, Bachelor of Science in Information                                        On June 11, 2009, Cooper became the 32nd inductee
Systems and Computer Technology with specialization                                               into the Black Heritage Series, and the stamp will soon
areas.                                                                                            be unveiled at Harris-Stowe. Postmaster Robert A.
                                                                                                  Cavinder will serve as master of ceremony

                                                                                             Black College Monthly February 2010
     Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CAMPUS ADDRESS                                                                         Charles Drew University of Medicine and Sciences
1731 East 120th Street
                                                                                       National High School Student Summer Research
Los Angeles, California 90059                                                          Program
Telephone: 323-563-4800
Telephone: 323-563-4960 (College of
                                                                                       In 1995, the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
Medicine); 323-563-4961 (College of                                                    (formerly the Office of Research on Minority Health, NIH) and the
Allied Health)                                                                         National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Fax: 323-563-4957                                                                      initiated the National High School Student Summer Research Apprentice
Total Enrollment: 596                                                                  Program. The purpose of the Program is to increase the number of
                                                                                       ethnic minorities who are involved in bio-medical research. Currently,
Level of Selectivity: Competitive
                                                                                       there is a critical shortage of minorities (Hispanic /Latino, African
Motto: Care with Competence and Compassion                                             Americans, Native American, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Alaskan
HISTORY                                                                                Native population) in this field. As a result, critical insights and perspec-
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is a private four-year              tives are lacking in the development, implementation and evaluation of a
professional medical school. Recommended by the McCone Commission after the            growing and important field; Biomedical Research. The NHSSSRP is
civil disturbance in Watts in 1965, the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical           collaboration between NIDDK and Charles Drew University of Medi-
School was incorporated in 1966 as a private nonprofit corporation. In 1969, it        cine and Sciences. While NIDDK provides funding and program over-
opened its doors as the educational component of the King/Drew Medical Center,         sight, the day-to-day coordination of the program is handled by Charles
allied in its vision and purpose with the Martin Luther King Jr. General Hospital,     Drew University. The program is designed to provide the students with
where students receive clinical experience. The institution’s official name was        an opportunity to work at a bio- medical facility (usually a college or
changed to the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to reflect an        university) near their homes. Each student is paired with a seasoned
expanded academic role and identity in 1987.                                           researcher and assigned to a research team. The students work with
The school pursues a mission that embraces the needs and problems of society’s         staff on a specific bio-medical research project. The 8--week program
most disadvantaged and neglected communities. Its global perspective finds             provides the students with real experiences including opportunities to:
commonality in the plight of the urban ghetto of Los Angeles, the rural villages of          “ learn” what bio-medical research is by being actively involved
Africa, and the peasant farmlands of Asia.
                                                                                                in a project
The Drew mission finds inspiration in the life and work of the man for whom the              be a member of a “team”; to understand “collective” responsibil-
University is named. Dr. Charles R. Drew was a distinguished surgeon who gave                   ity
courage and offered talent to the care of others and left behind a legacy of medical
                                                                                             visit Washington D.C. and participate in a “project competition”
discovery. His research and application theories regarding blood and its
preservation are among the most significant developments in contemporary                        at NIH office in August
medicine. Yet, Dr. Drew died as a result of being denied blood plasma because he       Many students find the trip to D.C. and the project competition to be the
was a black man.                                                                       highlight of their summer. Parents are invited and often attend the
One of only four black medical schools in the nation, Charles R. Drew University       presentations to support and applaud their child’s work; hours of prepara-
interprets its mission in a unique approach of academic models and community           tion and rehearsal time that have been invested in these presentations-
programs that address the medical, educational, social, and economic needs of          often with the assistance and encouragement of their project mentors
underserved populations.
                                                                                                    U.S. Navy Honors Dr. Charles R. Drew
 ACCREDITATION American Medical
 Association (joint program through        FACULTY PROFILE
                                                                                                                      The United States Navy is naming a ship
                                           Number of faculty members: 420                                             in honor of Charles R. Drew, the former
 COSTS PER YEAR                            Full-time faculty members: 300                                            chair of the department of surgery at
                                           Part-time faculty members: 120
 2001–02 Tuition: $21,845                                                                                            Howard University and the pioneering
 Room and board: $9450                     Postgraduate Programs:                                                    scientist who developed the process for
 Special fees: $2000                       Anesthesiology, Dentristy, Dermatology,                                   storing blood plasma. His research is
 Books: $4800                              Emergency Medicine,Family Medicine,
                                                                                                                     credited with saving thousands of lives
 Estimated total cost: $38,095             Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and
                                                                                                                     during World War II and countless more
                                           Gynecology, Ophthamology, Oral
 Financial Aid Contact:                                                                                              since that time. Drew’s research enabled
                                           Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery,
 Office of the Registrar                   Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry,                                   the Red Cross and other organizations to
 Charles R. Drew University                Radiology, Surgery                                                        hold blood drives and to establish blood
 1731 East 120th Street                                                                                              banks for long-term storage.
                                           Bachelor of Science: Coordinated
 Los Angeles, California 90059                                                          The USNS Charles R. Drew is a 689-foot, 42,000-ton vessel that will
                                           Program in Community Nutrition,
 Telephone: 323-563-4824                                                                serve as a cargo/ammunition ship. The ship, built in San Diego, will be
                                           Physician Assistant Studies Primary
 Medical College Admission Test            Care                                         commissioned on February 27.
 (MCAT) required.                                                                       Charles Drew was a graduate of Amherst
                                           Master’s Degree: Nurse midwifery
 Admission Application Deadline:           Education                                    College. He received his medical training at
 January 31 (Fall); October 31 (Spring)                                                 McGill Medical College in Montreal and
                                           Bachelor’s Degree: Physician
 STUDENT BODY PROFILE                      Assistant Studies, Medical Imaging           Columbia University. He was the first African
                                           Technology                                   American to earn a Doctor of Medical Science
 Total enrollment: 596                                                                  degree at Columbia.
 Medical students: 98                      Associate Degree: Alcohol and Other
                                           Drug Studies, Health Information             In 1941, Drew joined the Howard University
 Interns and residents: 314
 Allied health: 184                        Technology, Medicial Assistant Studies,      faculty. On April 1, 1950, Dr. Drew was killed
 Ethnic/racial makeup: African             Pharmacy Technology, Radiographic            in an automobile crash in North Carolina. He
 American, 303; Other/Unclassified,        Technology.                                  was 45 years old.

                                                                                                   Black College Monthly February 2010
    Dillard                                                                                                           Bringing environmental
                                                                                                                      justice to post-Katrina
   University                                                                                                         New Orleans
                                                                                                                      By Brentin Mock
2601 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70122                                                                                                 New Orleans would not be the same,
(504) 283-8822                                                                                                        and many black families would not be
                                                                                                                      safely back at their homes, if not for the
Website: www.dillard.edu                                                                                              efforts of Dr. Beverly Wright.
Location: New Orleans                                                                                                 Hurricane Katrina was one of the
Calendar: Semester                                                                                                    United States’ worst natural disasters
                                                                                                                       and, more important, among the worst
                                                                                                                       federal blunders in terms of emergency
About Dillard University                                                                                               protection and response. One of the
Dillard University is small, historically black liberal arts college founded in                                        foulest examples of that came in the
1869. The fifty-five acre campus is located in the heart of the traditional                                            EPA’s determination that they were not
Gentilly Community, a residential district in New Orleans. Students at Dillard                                         responsible for cleaning up the toxic
University enjoy easy access to New Orleans’s vibrant social and cultural                                              lead, arsenic and PCB contamination in
events. At graduation, students walk down the Avenue of Oaks, a live-oak-
lined street that runs through campus.
                                                                                                                       the soil and water found after Katrina
                                                                                                                       (though the EPAclaims that Katrina did
Majors at Dillard are divided into six divisions: business, educational and                                            not cause any substantial contamination
psychological studies, humanities, natural sciences, nursing, and social                                               that was not already there).
sciences. Dillard consistently places high in college rankings, both among        Wright, an environmental scholar and founder of the Deep South Center
black colleges and among Southern liberal arts schools. The nursing program
is particularly renowned. Notable alumni of Dillard include the jazz pianist
                                                                                  for Environmental Justice at Dillard University, continues to fight to make
Ellis Marsalis, Jr., the comedian Garrett Morris, and Ruth Simmons, the first     sure that the federal government recognizes that the post-storm toxic
black female president of an Ivy League college.                                  contamination - vestiges of which can still be felt today - continue to
                                                                                  threaten the lives of many families in New Orleans.
Tuition & Aid                             Test Scores & GPA
                                                                                  In the post-Katrina recovery, she developed a program called ASafe Way
Research Dillard University’s financial   Average GPA: GPA Unavailable            Back Home in collaboration with U.S. Steelworkers to cleanse neighbor-
requirements and solutions, including     Average ACT: 20
                                                                                  hoods and abandoned homes that reeked of mold and untold volumes of
average tuition costs and financial aid   Average SAT: 970
                                                                                  noxious air pollutants.
rewards.                                  School Profile                          Last year, Wright received the prestigious
School Costs                              Total Enrollment: 2,155                 National Heinz Award for her work in envi-
Financial Aid Phone: (504) 816-4677       Retention Rate: 78%                     ronmental justice and trainings in hazardous
In-state Tuition: $12,010                 Graduation Rate: 50%                    remediation work. If the soil remediation pilot
Out-of-state Tuition: $12,010             School Accreditation                    programs of Wright and her colleagues prove
In-state Tuition (grad): Not available                                            successful in cleaning up the New Orleans
Out-of-state Tuition (grad): Not          National: Yes
                                                                                  environment, it will serve as a model for cities
available                                 Regional: Southern Association of
                                          Colleges and Schools, Comm. on
                                                                                  around the country, many of which suffer
Books & Supplies: $1,000                                                          from toxic metal contamination from decades
                                          Federal: Yes                            of urban industrialization.
Financial Aid Received
              % Students    Avg
                                          AJC Hurricane Katrina Fund Builds Center at Dillard University
Institution      84           $3,875       New Orleans – Dillard University       Brian Siegal, director of AJC’s          In addition, several AJC ACCESS
                                          dedicated its new Distance Learning     Miami Regional Office, said, “Dillard    young leadership delegations visited
State/Local      14           $2,463
                                          Center in honor of the American         University shares AJC’s mission of       New Orleans over the past three
Federal          68           $3,804
                                          Jewish Committee (AJC). The             promoting a more just, democratic        years to participate in community
                                          video-conference center, located in     and humane society by educating all      service projects and dialogue with
Student Loan 90               $3,845      the Alexander Library, was built with   the students in its diverse body to      community leaders.
                                          funds provided by AJC after Hurri-      love knowledge and seek under-
                                          cane Katrina.                           standing.”                               AJC’s $200,000 grant to Dillard, a
School Characteristics
                                                                                                                           historically black university, also
Student Population: 2,155                 “When the call came from AJC            Siegal served as coordinator of          reflects a commitment to furthering
Type: Private not-for-profit              after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005,    AJC’s Hurricane Katrina Relief           relations between the African
Tuition: $12,010                          it was an important time for Dillard    Fund from 2005 to 2009. AJC raised       American and Jewish communities.
Length of Study: Four or more             and New Orleans,” said Dr. Walter       more than $1.2 million in the after-     Today’s dedication of the Distance
years                                     Strong, Dillard University Vice         math of Katrina to help rebuild          Learning Center marked the re-
Religious Affiliation: United             President for Institutional Advance-    churches and synagogues throughout       initiation of Dillard’s Black-Jewish
Methodist                                 ment. “More than the money, it was      the Gulf Coast, as well as academic      program.
                                          the sense of friendship, of out-        institutions with which AJC has
                                          reach.”                                 overlapping interests.

                                                                                                  Black College Monthly February 2010
Chicago                                                                                                                                        Established
State University History                                                                                               in 1867, Chicago State University
Chicago State University is located in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago State University                                     has rich history. The university was
was founded in 1867 as a teacher training school, became a state college in                                            renamed quite a few times and
1967, and received university status in 1971. The University now awards                                                finally in 1971 has got the univer-
bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate degrees. It is accredited by the North Central
Association of Colleges and Schools. The University has retained its emphasis
                                                                                                                       sity status. Chicago State Univer-
on teaching and general education in the humanities. It emphasizes its record of                                       sity is also known as CSU. Total
academic achievement for African-Americans.                                                                            enrollment of this Illinois Univer-
Chicago State University Academics                                                                                     sity is more than 7,000 students
                                                                                           and Grammy award-winner Kanye West; the first female presi-
The University is composed of a number of different schools and colleges: Arts             dent of Uribe, Jamaica Shondra Harris, and Dr. Margaret
and Sciences, Business, Health Science, the Honors College, Education, the
                                                                                           Burroughs, a noted author are among its well known former
Graduate School, the University College, and Continuing Education.
Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a number of different disciplines, including art
and design, African-American studies, music, mathematics and computer                      CSU offers distance learning and teacher certification pro-
science, accounting, finance, education, health information administration,                grams. At Chicago State University, the students can enroll in
nursing, and occupational therapy. Minors are also awarded in many of these                more than 30 different undergraduate degree programs, and a
                                                                                           number of master degrees.
Master’s degrees are awarded in various different fields, including counseling,
English, history, criminal justice, Library science, reading, and occupational
therapy. The University awards an MFA in creative writing, an MSW in social work,
numerous master’s degrees in education, and certificates in health information
administration, school counseling, community development, and geographic
information systems.
                                                                                       CSU on the Forefront of Developing “Self-
Chicago State University Unique Programs                                               Healing” Cement for More Durable Hip
Chicago State University’s College of Education also offers teacher’s                  and Knee Replacements
certification courses. The Minority Biomedical Research Program includes
two different programs: Research Initiative for Science Enhancement (RISE)
and Support of Continuous Research Excellence (SCORE). These programs                                                                         People are far more
are designed to expand students’ educations obtained from other disciplines                                                                   active than in years
such as biology and chemistry.                                                                                                                past so the need for
Chicago State University Financial Aid                                                                                                        hip and knee replace-
                                                                                                                                              ment surgery is
In-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students were $6143 in 2004-2005
Students applying from out of state and graduate students will have different costs.                                                          growing. In addition,
Financial aid is available with a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and
                                                                                                                                              as people live longer,
work-study programs. The University participates in the Illinois Department of                                                                their prosthesis must
Human Service’s TANF/low income degree scholarship program, which is for low-                                                                 be more durable and
income undergraduate students with children.                                                                                                  last longer. To address
Chicago State University Students                                                                                                             this need, Dr. Leroy
                                                                                       Jones II, associate professor of chemistry, and his students are developing
The Chicago State University Library offers electronic catalogs and on-line
                                                                                       self-healing acrylic bone cement for use in replacement surgery, which could
databases, in additional to physical volumes stored on site. A new library was
scheduled to open in the spring of 2005, and includes an automated retrieval           extend the life of hip and knee implants.
system, faculty and staff work areas, classrooms, and exhibit areas.
The University radio station, WCSU, broadcasts Cougar home games and                   “The bone cement currently used in prosthesis surgery begins to crack after
provides other programming in music, fine arts, public affairs, and news. The          fifteen to twenty years. This loosens the prosthesis requiring revision surgery
station is operated by students and alumni.                                            which is usually more invasive and takes more time for the patient, now
The campus also has various research centers, including the Center for Urban           older, to recover,” stated Dr. Jones.
Mental-health Research, the Minority Biomedical Research Program, the
Research Development office, the Neighborhood Assistance Center, and the               Their research involves developing a material comprised of liquid sealant and
Calumet Environmental Resource Center.
                                                                                       a catalyst. “What my students and I are trying to do is mimic the human
The CSU campus is home to a variety of student organizations, including a Chess        body by creating self-healing acrylic bone cement that, like human bones,
Club, Chicago Broadcast club, Models Club, Tempo student newspaper, and a
                                                                                       can heal itself,” explained Dr. Jones. “That way, if a crack in the cement
number of fraternities and sororities.
                                                                                       develops, the sealant will fill the space and interact with the catalyst to
Chicago State University Local Community                                               harden, sealing the crack.” There research is funded by The National
The city of Chicago is a major metropolitan area, giving students access to world-     Institute of General Medical Sciences, (one of the National Institutes of
class arts and entertainment, museums, and recreation. Chicago is one of the           Health).
nation’s largest cities and a paradise for any urban-minded individual.
Professional sports teams like the Bulls, Bears, and the tradition-rich Chicago
                                                                                       Seven CSU students have been involved in assisting Dr. Jones with this
Cubs offer a great opportunity for entertainment. Chicago also has a vast amount
of shopping and sightseeing opportunities, including the massive Sears Tower.          research and he is incredibly proud of their accomplishments. “Two of my
For the food lover, Chicago is home to its own versions of hot dogs and pizzas that    post graduate students who assisted me in research are headed to Medical
will provide more than enough leftovers for any bargain-seeking college student        school and Graduate school. Another is another third year PhD student at
Read more: Chicago State University Information, Academics, History,                   Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. And three of my students re-
Financial Aid, Alumni, Campus, Students, Faculty, Address, and                         cently made very well received presentations at the 2007 American Chemi-
Tuition http://chicago.stateuniversity.com/#ixzz0eyyAunxt                              cal Society meeting in Chicago, IL. I’m proud of them all,” said Dr. Jones.

                                                                                                       Black College Monthly February 2010
   Alcorn State University
Alcorn State University (also known as Alcorn State or ASU) offers
over 50 degrees within seven different schools including the School
of Arts and Science, the School of Education and Psychology, the
School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the School of
Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Graduate Studies
and the College of Excellence.
The School of Arts and Sciences at Alcorn State offers degrees in
liberal arts fields including biology, mathematics and political
science. The school also offers a bachelor’s degree in music and a
curriculum for the Department of Military Science that prepares students
for military service in the Army.                                                                                      For more than 138 years, Alcorn
                                                                                                                       State has educated leaders in the
The School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences
                                                                                                                       full range of professions agricul-
(AREAS) hosts a number of departments and programs including
agricultural science, human sciences and research centers such as the                                                  ture, the arts, business, human
Swine Development Center and the Mississippi Small Farm Development                                                    services, education, law, politics,
Center. The Alcorn Experiment Station was founded by Alcorn State in                                                   medicine, and nursing. An impor-
partnership with Mississippi State University. The program conducts                                                    tant reason for our graduates’
studies on fruits and vegetables and seeks to identify solutions to                                                    success: At Alcorn, students form
problems in the industry.                                                                                              close, collaborative relationships
The School of Education and Psychology offers degrees in elementary             with faculty mentors.
education, psychology and interdisciplinary studies. Along with four other      Whatever your major, Alcorn professors will be there for you every
colleges, the school sponsors the America Reads-Mississippi program,
                                                                                step of the way: as you select courses to fulfill our general educa-
which is the largest literacy program in the nation.
                                                                                tion requirements in the liberal arts and sciences, as you explore
Alcorn State University Admissions                                              possible majors, and as you complete courses in the academic field
Students must have a signed official school application, ACT/SAT scores,        of your choice.
official high school or college transcripts, immunization records and copy      Questions? Just ask. The learning environment at Alcorn is friendly
of social security card or drivers license on file in the Office of
                                                                                and relaxed, and the student-to-faculty ratio is a comfortable sixteen
Administration before the application process.
                                                                                to one.
Students applying as freshmen must complete a
college preparatory curriculum with a minimum
3.2 GPA or with a minimum of 2.5 GPA and score
of at least a 16 on the ACT / 790 on the SAT
                                                                             Mississippi HBCU merger dies in Legislature
Alcorn State University Financial Aid                                        The most controversial part of Governor Haley Barbour’s legislative agenda –
                                                                             the merging of universities – died a quiet and not unexpected death Tuesday.
Students must apply for the FAFSA for aid
consideration. An Alcorn State financial aid                                 The proposal was not taken up in committee in either chamber of the Legislature.
application must be completed as well. All
                                                                             Tuesday was the deadline for bills to be passed out of committee in the chamber
students are eligible to receive federal loans. The
William Ford Loan is also available at the school.
                                                                             where they originated.
Aid recipients are required to sign a promissory note and complete
financial aid counseling.                                                    Normally it is not safe to say an issue is dead for the session because of various
The school offers grants, loans and scholarships. Grants include the
                                                                             methods of getting around the committee process, such as amending legislation
Federal Pell Grant, the National SMART Grant and the Diversity Grant.        on the floor of either chamber.
Scholarships include academic scholarships awarded through the office of
Admissions based on GPA, service scholarships awarded for band and
                                                                             But both the House and Senate Universities and Colleges committees chairs said
athletics, and ASU Foundation scholarships awarded based upon                Tuesday they do not see a mechanism to revive the merger proposal during the
availability of funds.                                                       2010 session.
Alcorn State University Students
                                                                             In November, to deal with the state’s budget crunch, Barbour had proposed
Alcorn State University was founded in 1871 in Lorman, Mississippi. The      merging Mississippi University for Women in Columbus with nearby Mississippi
school was the nation’s first state-supported higher education institution   State University and placing the three historically black universities – Mississippi
for African Americans and today enrolls more than 5,000 students.            Valley State University, Alcorn State University and Jackson State University –
The campus at Alcorn State sits on 1,700 acres in the heart of               all under the JSU umbrella.
Mississippi. The campus has had many additions in the last several years
including a five-mile bike/walking trail, an ecology and natural resources   In the House, Universities and College Committee Chair Kelvin Buck, D-Holly
facility and a baseball stadium.                                             Springs, said early on he would not consider legislation to merge universities.
Alcorn State offers more than 40 clubs for students to participate in
including a student government, a newspaper and music and theater            On Tuesday, his Senate counterpart, Doug Davis, R-Hernando, said he did not
groups.                                                                      bring up the legislation in his committee because “as of right now at this time, I
Alcorn State University Athletics                                            don’t think the votes are there to pass it.”
Alcorn State participates in a host of intercollegiate athletics including
basketball, track and football. The Braves compete in the Southwestern       The other most notable proposal Barbour made in November called for consoli-
Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division 1.                                  dation of 152 school districts into 100. But the governor has formed a commission
Pro Bowl quarterback Steve McNair is an Alcorn State alumni                  to study the issue and to make a recommendation in early April.

                                                                                               Black College Monthly February 2010
US News and World Report Ranking of                             How to Choose a College:
the Top 25 Historically Black Colleges                          Historically Black Colleges
 Score           Costs              Enrollment     Accept
                                                    rate        A 2007 study at Virginia Tech
 Rank 1    Spelman College                 Atlanta, GA          University found that black men
 100 2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $20,926   2,270     35.2%      who graduate from historically black
 Rank 2    Howard University               Washington, DC       colleges and universities (HBCUs)
                                                                achieve higher lifetime earnings than
 98   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $16,075  10,288 48.5%
                                                                black men who go to traditional
 Rank 3    Morehouse College               Atlanta, GA
                                                                four-year colleges and universities.
 83    2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $21,376 2,781     72.2%
                                                                Besides beefing up your future
 Rank 4    Fisk University                 Nashville, TN
                                                                salary, attending a historically black
 71    2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $17,000 725       59.1%
                                                                college can give you the once-in-a-
 Rank 5    Xavier University of Louisiana  New Orleans, LA      lifetime chance to study with a tight-
 69   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $16,300  3,236     65.6%      knit group of students and profes-
 Rank 6    Hampton University              Hampton, VA          sors dedicated to helping the black
 68   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $17,212  5,427     45.0%      community. Here are the ins and outs of attending an HBCU.
 Rank 6    Tuskegee University             Tuskegee, AL
 68   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $16,110  2,994     57.8%      What Are Historically Black Colleges?
 Rank 8    Claflin University              Orangeburg, SC                                          There are important differences
 65        N/A                             1,773     36.0%                                         between “predominantly black
 Rank 9    Dillard University              New Orleans, LA                                         schools,” “institutions with a
 62   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $13,880  851       34.6%                                         plurality of black students,” and
 Rank 10 North Carolina Central University      Durham, NC                                         “historically black colleges.”
 55   2008-2009 In-state: $3,670;          8,035     69.9%                                         Predominantly black colleges have
                Out-of-state: $13,414                                                              a student body that is over fifty
 Rank 11 Elizabeth City State University Elizabeth City, NC                                        percent African-American. And
 52   In-state: N/A; Out-of-state: N/A 3,  104       59.2%                                         schools with a plurality of black
 Rank 11 Florida A&M University            Tallahassee, FL                                         students host many African-
 52 2009-2010 In-state: $4,130;             11,857      64.0%   American students, but black students are not the majority.
           Out-of-state: $16,070                                On the other hand, historically black colleges are colleges and universi-
 Rank 13 South Carolina State University Orangeburg, SC         ties founded before 1964 with the explicit purpose of serving the
 50   2009-2010 In-state: $8,462;          888       75.4%      African-American population. You can find HBCUs in twenty states, as
       Out-of-state: $16,626                                    well as in the Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. To match the varying
 Rank 14 Tougaloo College                  Tougaloo, MS         needs of different students, diverse types of HBCUs exist, including
 49   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $9,710   871       25.6%      public, private, urban, rural, large, and small colleges.
 Rank 15 Morgan State University           Baltimore, MD
 48   In-state: N/A; Out-of-state: N/A     7,005     43.6%      Why Pick a Historically Black College?
 Rank 15 Tennessee State University        Nashville, TN        While both historically black colleges and traditional institutions offer
 48   2009-2010 In-state: $5,474;          8,254     39.0%      top-notch opportunities for African-American students, HBCUs may
           Out-of-state: $17,552                                offer you unique rewards, including:
 Rank 17 Delaware State University         Dover, DE
                                                                · A lower dropout rate: the Wall Street Journal reports that
 47   2009-2010 In-state: $6,481;          3,534     38.8%
                                                                HBCUs do a better job of retaining students than traditional
                Out-of-state: $13,742
 Rank 17 Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem, NC
 47   2009-2010 In-state: $3,522;          6,442     53.9%      · Diminished race-based admissions: during the admissions pro-
                Out-of-state: $12,508                           cess, HBCUs may focus less on fulfilling diversity goals and
 Rank 19 Johnson C. Smith University       Charlotte, NC        more on admitting bright, well-rounded scholars.
 45   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $15,754  1,571     49.3%      · Smaller student bodies: since fewer students tend to enroll at
 Rank 19 Virginia State University         Petersburg, VA       HBCUs than many major universities, you can form closer bonds
 45   2009-2010 In-state: $6,174           5,042     64.5%      with your professors and classmates.
                Out-of-state: $14,236
 Rank 21 Bennett College                   Greensboro, NC       Visit a Few Black Colleges Before Choosing One
 44   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $15,234  689       45.0%      Whether you hope to attend an HBCU or a traditional college, try to
 Rank 21 Clark Atlanta University          Atlanta, GA          make personal visits before choosing a college. During your stay, you
 44   2009-2010 Tuition and Fees: $17,038  4,068     56.6%      should explore each college’s
 Rank 21 Fort Valley State University      Fort Valley, GA      cafeteria, dorms, sports facilities,
 44   2009-2010 In-state: $4,236;          3,106     47.2%      and classrooms. Also, make sure
                Out-of-state: $13,528                           to ask current students how they
 Rank 21 Jackson State University          Jackson, MS          feel about the school’s environ-
 44   In-state: N/A; Out-of-state: N/A     8,377     52.0%      ment, community, and scholarly
 Rank 25 Alcorn State University           Alcorn State, MS     opportunities.
 42    2009-2010 In-state: $4,671;         3,252     85.5%
                Out-of-state: $10,593

                                                                           Black College Monthly February 2010
      Your Money                                      The Best Credit Cards

By: Mellody Hobson,                                    The most important consideration is
                                                       choosing a card with a rewards
I’ve listened to many                                  program that will actually benefit
of your segments on                                    you. Interestingly, one study found
credit cards, and I                                    that 41 percent of all reward
know that they should                                  cardholders rarely or never use their
not be used to spend                                   reward points. So if you do not drive
money you don’t have.                                  that much, then you probably won’t
But if you’re going to                                 benefit from a card that offers gas
have a credit card,                                    rewards. You also want to choose a
which ones top your                                    rewards program that makes it easy
list? Michael, Detroit,                                to redeem the points you’ve earned.
MI                                                     Many rewards programs are reshap-
With there being                                       ing their reward structures making it
literally hundreds of        Mellody Hobson .          harder to earn bonus points or
credit cards to choose                                 making the point thresholds higher or
from today — from                                      more difficult to attain, so you need to pay close
those with traditional rewards programs to credit      attention to the process for accessing rewards.           starts at 12.24 percent. You earn 1 point for $1
cards offering cash-back incentives — this is a        You also need to look at the annual percentage            you spend, and you get 10,000 bonus points after
great question. While I am not a proponent of          rate (APR), annual fees, spending minimums,               the first purchase. You can earn unlimited points,
carrying a lot of cards to support spending, most      point expiration terms and other fees and limita-         and the points do not expire. What’s great about
people have at least one card, and it is important     tions. Another factor to remember is that rewards         this card is that your points can be used as credit
to choose wisely as not all cards are created          cards are usually reserved for people with good to        against purchases. Moreover, they have an
equal.                                                 excellent credit, and the interest rates are usually      ultimate rewards mall where you can redeem
                                                       higher than regular cards. For example, according         your points. You simply call into the redemption
My favorite card (the only card I carry) is the        to creditcards.com, the national average APR for          center and exchange your points for the item you
American Express Green Card — not the Gold or          a card last week is 13.17 percent compared to             want. And, like some other cards, you can use
Platinum; just the basic Green card. The reason I      13.47 percent for a reward card and 14.17                 points to donate to certain charities.
love this card is because it is a charge card and      percent for an airline card
not a credit card, meaning you must pay off your                                                                 Is there a good cash-back rewards option?
balance in full each month, which helps to keep        What about airline mileage programs?
                                                                                                                 If you are looking for a cash-back rewards
your spending in line. You probably won’t charge       Credit cards linked to airline mileage programs           program, the Discover More Card is one of the
$1,000 in a month if you know you cannot pay it        are the centerpiece of the rewards program                best. There is no annual fee, and the APR starts
off at the end of the month. A couple of things to     industry. In most cases, these cards will give you        at 11.99 percent. If you spend more than $3,000
keep in mind with this card: While American            one mile for every dollar you spend — which               per year, you get 1 percent back, and if you spend
Express markets their charge cards as having no        sounds like a fair trade on the surface, but when         in certain categories like travel, restaurants and
pre-set spending limit, they do impose a personal      you actually cash in miles for a ticket, the value is     home, then you get 5 percent back. If you spend
limit on their cardholders based upon past credit      often about a penny a mile. Another downside is           less than $3,000, then you get .25 percent back.
and payment history. Also, there is an annual fee      black-out dates, which are times when you are             With this card, you can also donate your cash
of $95.                                                unable to redeem points for airline tickets. These        reward to a select number of charities. For
How about credit cards with rewards pro-               dates typically fall around popular travel times and      example, if you have earned a cash-back reward
grams? What are your thoughts about those?             destinations. But if travel is a big part of your life,   of $50, you can donate all $50.
                                                       and you want to earn miles, go with a card that
Credit card rewards programs have become quite                                                                   Where can you go to do further comparison
                                                       allows you to accumulate points which can be
the norm these days. In fact, 40 to 45 percent of                                                                shopping on credit cards and rewards pro-
                                                       used on any airline, and try to avoid those cards
credit cards are linked to some sort of rewards                                                                  grams?
                                                       with an annual fee.
program, according to a 2009 study by Affinity                                                                   There are two Web sites that I really like when it
Solutions. And 72 percent of all credit cardholders    One of the cards that fits this bill is the Miles by
                                                                                                                 comes to comparing credit cards.
participate in a rewards program, according to a       Discover Card. With this card, you get 1 mile per
                                                                                                                 CreditCards.com and BankRate.com offer you
2008 study by JD Power & Associates. The               $1 spent, and you earn double miles for certain
                                                                                                                 the ability to compare and contrast different credit
problem I have with rewards cards is that people       travel and restaurant purchases up to $3,000.
                                                                                                                 cards. I would urge anyone looking for a credit
tend to spend more to earn those awards — in           There are no black-out dates, and you can use
                                                                                                                 card to make sure they do their homework, and
fact, having a rewards program attached to credit      your miles on virtually any airline. You can also
                                                                                                                 do not get a credit card for the purposes of an
card doubles the amount of spending done on that       use miles for cash, merchandise or gift cards or
                                                                                                                 award; get one because you really need it. And
card. The irony is that in many cases, each point      donate to charities starting with 5,000 miles – this
                                                                                                                 make sure you always read the fine print before
earned is worth about a penny or less, so it does      equals $25.
                                                                                                                 signing up for any card.
not pay to spend money you don’t have.                 What if you want a card that just earns points?
But if you still want a rewards card, what             Which is the best one?                                     Mellody Hobson is the president of Ariel
should you look for?                                   The Chase Sapphire credit card is a great option.          Investments, a Chicago-based money
                                                       There is no annual fee, and the variable APR               management firm.

                                                                                                     Black College Monthly February 2010
Four black men recall the day they sat at a “whites only” lunch
counter in 1960, and changed the course of history.
by Martha Waggoner,
The four college freshmen walked quietly into a
Greensboro dime store on a breezy Monday                University historian and
afternoon, bought a few items, then sat down at         author of “Civilities and
the “whites only” lunch counter — and sparked a         Civil Rights: Greensboro,
wave of civil rights protest that changed America.      North Carolina and the
                                                        Black Struggle for
Violating a social custom as rigid as law, Franklin
McCain, Joseph McNeil, Ezell Blair Jr. and David
Richmond sat near an older white woman on the           On Monday, the 50th
silver-backed stools at the F.W. Woolworth. The         anniversary of that
black students had no need to talk; theirs was no       transformative day, the
spontaneous act. Their actions on Feb. 1, 1960,         International Civil Rights
were meticulously planned, down to buying a few         Center and Museum will
school supplies and toiletries and keeping their        open on the site of the
receipts as proof that the lunch counter was the        Greensboro Woolworth
only part of the store where racial segregation still   store. The dining room is
ruled.                                                  still there, with two
                                                        counters forming an L-shape. One counter is a         progressive city and they wouldn’t stomach
                                                        replica because the fixture was divided into parts
                                                        and sent to three museums, including the
                                                        Smithsonian. But the original stools and counter      And the four young men were right for the job
                                                        remain where the four sat and demanded service.       too. Raised to believe in their country and them-
                                                                                                              selves, they were ready to die if that’s what it
                                                        The building remains because two men — county
                                                                                                              took to end segregation.
                                                        commissioner Skip Alston and city council mem-
                                                        ber Earl Jones — arranged to buy it in 1993 for       McCain says he had tried to follow the advice of
                                                        $700,000 from a bank that planned to turn the         his parents and grandparents: Believe in the Bill
                                                        space into a parking lot.                             of Rights and the Constitution; get a good educa-
                                                                                                              tion; respect your elders and do good deeds.
                                                        “It is my fervent wish, hope and desire that this
                                                        great edifice ... will be a grand monument to the     “I did all those things, but it was business as usual
                                                        struggle of all people who strive for freedom,”       coming back from society in general,” McCain
                                                        said Blair — now named Jibreel Khazan — in a          said in a phone interview.
                                                        telephone interview. He took the new name in          He still had no dignity, no respect and few rights,
                                                        1968 and has worked as a teacher, counselor,          all of which filled him with hate, “not for people
“The best feeling of my life,” McCain said, was
                                                        motivational speaker and storyteller.                 but for a system that I thought had betrayed me.”
“sitting on that dumb stool.”
                                                        McCain went on to become a research chemist           It was when McNeil returned to school on a bus
“I felt so relieved,” he added. “I felt so at peace
                                                        and sales executive, while McNeil retired as a        from New York that they decided to act. As the
and so self-accepted at that very moment.
                                                        two-star major general from the Air Force             bus traveled further and further south, the atmo-
Nothing has ever happened to me since then that
                                                        Reserves in 2001 and also worked as an invest-        sphere became more and more oppressive.
topped that good feeling of being clean and fully
                                                        ment banker. Richmond died in 1990.                   McNeil wasn’t allowed to dine at the restaurant
accepted and feeling proud of me.”
                                                        The four freshmen at N.C. A&T State University        in Richmond where the bus stopped so passen-
They weren’t afraid, even though they had no                                                                  gers could eat.
                                                        were part of an NAACP youth group started by
way of knowing how the sit-ins would end. What
                                                        Ella Baker, known as the mother of SNCC. They         He became furious.
they did know was this: They were tired, they
                                                        spent much of the fall semester discussing how to
were angry and they were ready to change the                                                                  Few people expected a group of young men, just
                                                        make real the unfulfilled promise of the 1954
world.                                                                                                        17 and 18 years old, to be so determined, McNeil
                                                        Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of
The number of protesters mushroomed daily,              Education.                                            says. They underestimated the students’ ability
reaching at least 1,000 by the fifth day. Within                                                              “to take on something difficult and sustain the
                                                        Other sit-ins had occurred — in Durham, in 1957;      effort for a long period of time,” he said.
two months, sit-ins were occurring in 54 cities in
                                                        in Oklahoma City and Wichita City, Kan., in 1958;
nine states. Within six months, the Greensboro                                                                “We were quite serious, and the issue that we
                                                        and in several northeastern cities even before
Woolworth lunch counter was desegregated.                                                                     rallied behind was a very serious issue because it
                                                        that. But they didn’t catch fire the way the one in
The sit-in led to the formation in Raleigh of the       Greensboro did.                                       represented years of suffering and disrespect and
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee,                                                                    humiliation,” McNeil says. “Our parents and their
                                                        The time was right, Chafe says: Six years had         parents had to endure the onus of racial segrega-
which became the cutting edge of the student
                                                        passed since the Brown decision that did away         tion and all that it did in terms of being disrespect-
direct-action civil rights movement. The demon-
                                                        with the legal concept of “separate but equal,” but   ful to human beings and the difficulties it places in
strations between 1960 and 1965 helped pass the
                                                        little had changed. Rosa Parks and the 1955 bus       so many ways of life, not just public accommoda-
1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights
                                                        boycotts in Montgomery, Ala., also had faded into     tions, but in areas like employment and education.
                                                        memory. And the place was right as well:
“Greensboro was the pivot that turned the history       Greensboro’s white leaders believed theirs was a      “Segregation was an evil kind of thing that needed
of America around,” says Bill Chafe, Duke                                                                     attention.”

                                                                                                   Black College Monthly February 2010
3 white Pittsburgh police officers                                                                  The Boyce Blog
suspended after black arts student
                                                                                                                                 Boyce Watkins
alleges they beat him
PITTSBURGH - The city of
Pittsburgh has suspended
three white police officers                                                                                                   I am not a doctor - at
while officials investigate                                                                                                   least not a medical doctor.
accusations that they beat up                                                                                                 I spoke with a physician
a black teenage arts student                                                                                                  about this email that was
who was walking to his                                                                 forwarded to me to make sure that the information was
grandmother’s house after                                                              accurate. According to the doctor I spoke with in Chicago, the
dark, the mayor said Mon-                                                              information below is relevant. She also made sure that I let
day.                                                                                   you know that there can be an even broader list of indicators
The city agency that handles                                                           for stroke than the list below, since strokes affect different
police misconduct allegations                                                          parts of the brain. In the words of this physician:
has agreed to complete its
                                                                                       Yes, these all can be signs and symptoms of a stroke, but not
investigation of the Jan. 12                                                           everyone will have each and every one of these symptoms
confrontation by month’s                                                               because a stroke is kind of like having a heart attack...except
end, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl                                                             it is in your brain. For some reason your body is not delivering
said. It must do so before        This photo released by Terez Miles shows her         blood to a certain area of the brain. If that happens to be an
any decision is made on           son Jordan Miles at the hospital in Pittsburgh.      area of the brain that feeds the hypoglossal nerve, then the
whether to fire the officers.     Miles was charged on Jan. 13 with assault            person may have the tongue symptom, but if it affects areas
“Since the investigation will     and resisting arrest. His family says he was         that supply the facial nerve you may have change in taste or
take several weeks to             hospitalized after being hit with a stun gun         not be able to move your face correctly.....and so on and so
complete, the immediate           and suffered head lacerations. He says he            on. It all depends,. But yes, i think these are simple things that
action I call for today is        resisted because he thought the men were             people can do to help assess whether or not their loved ones
necessary for the safety of       trying to abduct him and didn’t identify             need to go to the hospital, especially if they have a history of
the officers involved, their      themselves as police                                 hypertension and/or a bad headache.
colleagues and the peace of
mind and safety of the entire                                                          So, given my concern for black health in general (our eating
community,” Ravenstahl said.                                                           habits as a community really need to be analyzed), I thought I
The officers have been suspended with pay, the most the mayor is empowered to          would share this information. If there are doctors on this list
do at the moment. He declined to answer specific questions about the confronta-        who want to share general health advice to the black commu-
tion and investigation because the teen’s attorney said he expects to sue.             nity, please email us and I can have your commentary included
The officers were removed from plainclothes duty after the accusations and were        on our [http://blackdoctors.wordpress.com] black
working as uniformed officers. Now “they won’t be working at all,” Chief Nate          physician’s blog.
Harper said, before declining to comment further. Police union president Dan           Finally, I want to give a shout out to the students at the South-
O’Hara didn’t immediately return a call and e-mail seeking comment.                    western Black Student Leadership Conference. I addressed
Jordan Miles, an 18-year-old violist who attends Pittsburgh’s prestigious Creative     them this week and they were outstanding. I love seeing the
and Performing Arts High School, alleges that plainclothes officers Richard            greatness of young black students when we are showing our
Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak beat him without provocation, then             potential. Like the article I wrote about Stephen Stafford, the
concocted a story that he was acting suspiciously to justify the confrontation.        13-year old at Morehouse College, there is greatness in all of
A criminal complaint says Miles was standing against a building “as if he was          our kids if we take the time to yank it out of them. What I love
trying to avoid being seen.” The officers say they saw something heavy in his          most about that article is that it was read by over half-a-million
pocket and believed he was carrying a gun — which police said turned out to be a       people, putting it on par with articles I’ve written about
bottle of Mountain Dew — though Miles said he didn’t even have the soda in his         Beyonce, Lebron James and other entertainers and athletes.
pocket when he was punched, kicked and had dreadlocks pulled from his scalp.           his shows, to me, that there is a mandate within our community
Miles faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 18 on charges of aggravated assault and         that we reshape what it means to be black, especially when
resisting arrest on accusations that he fought the officers but says all he did was    referring to young black men. Demand that your children be
try to get away from three men he thought were trying to abduct him.                   great and take the word “me” out of “mediocrity.” Life is too
“The first thing that has to be addressed is the charges against Jordan,” his          short to be weak.
attorney, John Lewis said. “I’m interested in having those dismissed, because he’s
a victim and he committed no crime.”                                                   Take care and God bless,
“In the affidavit police said they suspect him of being on drugs — that’s why they
claim he was able to resist three street-tough narcotics officers,” Lewis said,        Dr. Watkins has been on the faculty at Syracuse Univer-
noting that the teen has tested negative for drug use.                                 sity for 8 years and has worked with many major media
Terez Miles, Jordan’s mother, called the suspensions “a step in the right direction”   outlets, including CNN, BET, ESPN and CBS Sports.
but said she won’t be satisfied unless the officers are fired. She, too, said her      He is also the author of “Financial Lovemaking 101:
immediate priority is getting the charges dropped against her son.                     Merging Assets with Your Partner in Ways that Feel
“They couldn’t justify beating Jordan so they made up a story, and I would like to     Good”.
see those charges dropped,” she said. “Those are trumped-up charges.”

                                                                                           Black College Monthly February 2010
                                                                                        Martin Luther King and the FBI
Kerry Wants All Martin                                                                                                 FBI wiretaps have
                                                                                                                       “given us the most
Luther King Jr. Files Open                                                                                             powerful and persua-
                                                                                                                       sive source of all for
Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) proposes a bill in Congress to require                                                    seeing how utterly
that “all records relating to the life and death of Rev. Martin Luther                                                 selfless Martin Luther
King Jr. be located, reviewed, and released by a review board at the                                                   King was,” as a civil
National Archives similar to those established for the assassination of                                                rights leader, accord-
President John F. Kennedy and for Nazi war criminals,” reports Bryan                                                   ing to a leading civil
Bender in the Boston Globe.                                                                                            rights scholar.

Nearly half a century after the height of the civil rights movement, hundreds of                                        The FBI’s interest in
thousands of pages of government files about the volatile era remain shielded                                           the Rev. Martin Luther
                                                                                      King Jr. intensified after the March on Washington in
from the American public, buried in FBI field office cabinets, blocked by resistant
bureaucracies, or available only with large sections blacked out, according to US
officials and researchers.                                                            Hoping to prove the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was
                                                                                      under the influence of Communists, the FBI kept the
Kerry’s plan to introduce legislation this week, however, is seen as only the first   civil rights leader under constant surveillance.
step in a broader movement to force the government to disclose what it knows—
and did—about violence against blacks during the civil rights era, including scores   The agency’s hidden tape recorders turned up almost
                                                                                      nothing about communism.
of unsolved lynching and bombing cases.
                                                                                      But they did reveal embarrassing details about King’s
“There are a lot of unanswered questions,’’ said Representative John Lewis, a
                                                                                      sex life — details the FBI was able to use against him.
Georgia Democrat and former King aide who was brutally beaten during a civil
rights march in 1965. “The American people have a right to know what hap-             The almost fanatical zeal with which the FBI pursued
pened.’’                                                                              King is disclosed in tens of thousands of FBI memos
                                                               The often              from the 1960s.
                                                               frustrating task of    The FBI paper trail spells out in detail the government
                                                               persuading the         agency’s concerted efforts to derail King’s efforts on
                                                               Federal Bureau         behalf of the civil rights movement.
                                                               of Investigations      The FBI’s interest in King intensified after the March on
                                                               to open all its        Washington in August 1963, when King delivered his “I
                                                               records from that      have a dream speech,” which many historians consider
                                                               period has been        the most important speech of the 20th century. After the
                                                               undertaken             speech, an FBI memo called King the “most dangerous
                                                               primarily by           and effective Negro leader in the country.” The bureau
                                                               loosely organized      convened a meeting of department heads to “explore
                                                               relatives of           how best to carry on our investigation [of King] to
                                                               victims, lawyers,      produce the desired results without embarrassment to
                                                               journalists, and       the Bureau,” which included “a complete analysis of
                                                                                      the avenues of approach aimed at neutralizing King as
                                                               part-time writers
                                                                                      an effective Negro leader.”
such as Stuart Wexler, a New Jersey social studies teacher.
                                                                                      The FBI began secretly tracking King’s flights and
Wexler, 33, was recently researching a book about plots to murder King when he        watching his associates. In July 1963, a month before
learned the FBI’s archives contained a document about a Ku Klux Klan leader           the March on Washington, FBI Director J. Edgar
who claimed to have played a role in the civil rights leader’s assassination in       Hoover filed a request with Attorney General Robert
1968. When Wexler filed a request for a copy, he was informed that it had been        Kennedy to tap King’s and his associates’ phones and
destroyed as part of regular house cleaning. He then learned there had been a         to bug their homes and offices.
government clerical error and the file was not lost to history. Still, Wexler will
                                                                                      In September, Kennedy consented to the technical
have to submit another formal request, this time with the right file number, and is   surveillance. Kennedy gave the FBI permission to break
unsure what he will receive, or when he will receive it.                              into King’s office and home to install the bugs, as long
Others also believe the FBI is holding on to a variety of records that may contain    as agents recognized the “delicacy of this particular
valuable information, including leads the FBI may not have followed about a rash      matter” and didn’t get caught installing them. Kennedy
of racial killings in the South from the 1940s to the 1960s. The recently estab-      added a proviso — he wanted to be personally in-
                                                                                      formed of any pertinent information.
lished Civil Rights Cold Case Project—made up of family members, journalists,
and civil rights lawyers—hopes to find more answers. It recently sought support       While King did have associates who had been members
from Attorney General Eric H. Holder, who responded in writing that the Justice       of the Communist Party, by all accounts they severed
Department “is engaged in internal discussions about how best to proceed . . . in     those ties when they started working in the civil rights
order to achieve the most responsible public disclosure possible.                     movement. What’s more, the FBI bugs never picked up
                                                                                      evidence that King himself was a Communist, or was
                                                                                      interested in toeing the party line.

                                                                                       Black College Monthly February 2010
Childhood Obesity Battle Is Taken Up by                                                                       Singer Etta James
                                                                                                              hospitalized with infection
First Lady                                                                                                    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Etta James’ son says the
                                                                                                              72-year-old R&B singer is hospitalized in South-
By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG                                                                                        ern California with a serious infection but he
                                                                                                              expects her to be released soon.
                                                                                                              Donto James says his mother has been at River-
House, led by Michelle Obama,
                                                                                                              side Community Hospital for about a week and is
announced a sweeping initiative
                                                                                                              recovering from sepsis caused by a urinary tract
on Tuesday aimed at revamping
the way American children eat
                                                                                                              He says James, who lives in Woodcrest, entered
and play — reshaping school
                                                                                                              a treatment program about a month ago to shake
lunches, playgrounds and even
                                                                                                              a dependency on painkillers and over-the-counter
medical checkups — with the
                                                                                                              medicine. She was transferred to another facility
goal of eliminating childhood
                                                                                                              and then the hospital when her physical condition
obesity within a generation
The “Let’s Move” campaign,                                                                                    James, who sang everything from blues to jazz, is
nearly a year in the making, is      Michelle Obama introduced young athletes on Tuesday                      best known for the hit At Last.
Mrs. Obama’s official debut in a     as she announced the “Let’s Move” campaign against
high-profile policy role, and she    childhood obesity.
has already lined up an array of                                                                              Hats off to Sandra Bullock
partners in government, medi-
cine, science, business, education and athletics who are pledging to work together to get children off        for Donating $1 Million to
their couches and consuming fresher, healthier food.
                                                                                                              Haiti Recovery
The three major suppliers of school lunches — Sodexo, Chartwells Schools Dining Services and
                                                                                                              Recently, the NAACP Image Awards nominated
Aramark — pledged Tuesday to reduce the amount of fat, sugar and salt in their meals over the next
                                                                                                              Sandra Bullock for an outstanding actress award
five years. Beverage makers promised more consumer-friendly labeling on all cans, bottles, and
                                                                                                              for her protrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, a White
vending and fountain machines within two years.
                                                                                                              female helping a Black man that is now in the
The American Academy of Pediatrics called on doctors to measure body mass index, an indicator of              professional football league in “The Blind Side”.
obesity, in children. Professional athletes from 12 leagues, including football and baseball, have volun-     Unlike Tuohy, Bullock’s social contributions were
teered to promote the message of “60 Minutes of Play a Day” through public service announcements;             unclear but since then, Sandra Bullock has
media companies including the Walt Disney Company and NBC have pledged to broadcast them.                     donated one million dollars of her own money to
“We know that solving our obesity challenge won’t be easy and it won’t be quick, but make no mistake          help the people of Haiti. I am sure that Sandra did
about it — this problem can be solved,” Mrs. Obama said. “This isn’t like putting a man on the moon           not give the money to receive any accolades from
or inventing the Internet. It doesn’t take a stroke of genius or a feat of technology. We have everything     anyone but this kind of contribution cannot go un-
we need right now to help our kids lead healthy lives.”                                                       noticed even when you think of the parable
                                                                                                              where the widow gave her last penny, known as
For Mrs. Obama, the campaign is a chance to complete her transition away from being the mom in                the widows mite because that was all she had.
chief to taking a more active policy role within her husband’s administration. But her vision also carries    Surely this is not all Sandra has but it is a very
risks.                                                                                                        healthy sum that makes a loud splash in the lake
With Republicans casting her husband’s White House as an agent of big government, Mrs. Obama                  of generosity. When you compare this kind of
must be careful not to cast herself in the role of the food police, chiding parents about how they feed       money to a country where the average citizen
their children. And her campaign could prove contentious if the first lady ruffles feathers within the        earns two dollars a day in the best of times think
food industry by complaining about the marketing of junk food, as she did on Tuesday.                         of what that means now to a people with nothing.
                                                                                                              Since two weeks ago Sandra has racked up the
“The truth is, our kids didn’t do this to themselves,” Mrs. Obama said. “Our kids didn’t choose to make       Golden Globe Best Actress award from the
food products with tons of fat and sugar and supersize portions, and then to have those foods marketed        Foreign Press Association therefore making her
to them wherever they turn.”                                                                                  the top contender on the Image Award nomination
The White House rolled out the initiative after months of consultation with a long procession of public       list.
health experts, during which Mrs. Obama and her aides concluded that they should steer clear of
focusing on the individual behavior of parents and children.
Rather, Mrs. Obama is talking about reshaping the nutritional environment in which children grow up             Black College Monthly
— from installing sidewalks in neighborhoods to encourage students to walk to school, to putting                           Editor & Publisher
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what we can do,” she said, adding, “There is a place in this life for cookies and ice cream and burgers
and fries, that is a part of childhood. This is just about balance, about really small changes that can add
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                                                                                                   Black College Monthly February 2010
Cynthia McKinney Breaks Silence about Government Killings
They shot this Black man in his genitals and in his
                                                                                                               after having been fired upon, the federal govern-
back. It sounds like a hate crime to me. How else
                                                                                                               ment awarded him $380,000 in settlement.
could one describe it?
                                                                                                               Now, although examples are rife in the Black and
Well, according to the Federal Bureau of Investi-
                                                                                                               Latino communities of ordinary citizens finding
gation, it was self-defense. But how many times
                                                                                                               themselves at the wrong end of a police muzzle
have we heard self-defense by cops used as a
                                                                                                               for minor or no infractions, it should be clear that
cop out?
                                                                                                               as long as government officials are out of control,
Well, what about Amadou Diallo? Amadou Diallo                                                                  no one is safe. That’s why we all should be
was murdered on February 4, 1999 by New York                                                                   outraged and public about excessive force no
Police Department (NYPD) cops who mistook a                                                                    matter where it happens or who the victim might
wallet for a gun. They claim that they thought he                                                              be.
was going to shoot them and so they shot him in
                                                                                                               That’s why I support the young people who are
self-defense. One officer fell as if he had been
                                                                                                               still facing charges from the fallout from the
shot. 41 bullets later, Amadou Diallo had been
                                                                                                               Oscar Grant New Year’s Day murder. Remove
shot 19 times. Young Amadou was only 24 years
                                                                                                               police violence and one would not even have an
old. He could survive the itinerant life of an
                                                                                                               Oakland 100. And quite frankly, with Oakland
African trading family, moving from Africa to
                                                                                                               under the leadership of my former colleague, Ron
Asia, but he couldn’t survive the mean, racist
                                                                                                               Dellums, I’m surprised that this issue had not
streets of America. And the killer cops went free.
                                                                                                               been more forthrightly dealt with prior to Grant’s
Diallo’s mother and step-father settled with the
City of New York for $3 million in a lawsuit
alleging wrongful death, racial profiling, and        opportunity to meet and apologize to the widow of        This all brings me to the January 30 report on the
violation of Amadou’s civil rights.                   Filiberto Ojeda Rios, a leading Puerto Rican             murder by the FBI of a Detroit Black man who
                                                      Independentista. Wanted by U.S. authorities for          was also an Imam. The case seems to have all of
Kathryn Johnston was 92 years old when she            actions stemming from his belief that Puerto Rico        the ingredients of the worst of the above cases:
was murdered by Atlanta Police Department             was a U.S. colony that should be independent,            the use of informants, law enforcement claims of
(APD) officers who claim that they shot her in        Ojeda Rios was murdered on September 23,                 self-defense or firing in retaliation for being fired
self-defense after narcotics officers broke into      2005, shot by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investi-        upon, and failure to call for medical assistance
her home on November 21, 2006 using a “no-            gation (FBI) at his home. An FBI press release           after a fatal shooting. The FBI also refuses to
knock” warrant. Police forced their way into          stated that Ojeda Rios opened fire on the FBI and        release what kind of weapon the Imam had. And
Johnston’s home and claimed to have found a           that the FBI retaliated, but that claim was not          more troubling is the autopsy that reportedly
stash of marijuana there. The APD officers            substantiated by an Inspector General’s report           shows that Imam Abdullah was shot in the
claimed that she had injured them with her rusty      that noted that the FBI opened the attack on             genitals–a vintage, racist attack on black men
revolver. Sadly, it was all lies. Later, it was       Ojeda Rios with a “flash bang” device. Ojeda             used by White men during the days of U.S.
learned that the Atlanta Police officers were         Rios shot 10 times and the FBI fired one hundred         slavery and even after the U.S. Civil War; and in
actually injured by friendly fire after discharging   times. Ojeda Rios was struck in the lung by a            the back–I suppose that was self-defense, too.
their firearms 39 times; that they planted mari-      single sniper’s bullet, fell to the floor, and bled to   Imam Abdullah, with the help of an FBI infor-
juana in the Johnston basement; lied on the drug      death over 12 to 15 hours with no medical help           mant, was led to a warehouse where he was shot
warrant authorizing the raid; invented an infor-      allowed to save his life.                                by the FBI 21 times. At a press conference, FBI
mant justifying the raid; and pressured an actual
                                                      The United States government wanted to investi-          Special Agent Andrew Arena commented, “I take
drug informant to lie for them. Atlanta’s lying,
                                                      gate the Aryan Nations, a white supremacist              full responsibility for what occurred that day. And
killer cops did serve time–either for manslaughter,
                                                      organization in the United States, and solicited         I have to be judged: I’ll be judged by you. I’ll be
conspiracy to violate Johnston’s civil rights
                                                      Randy Weaver to become an informant. He                  judged by the community. I’ll be judged by my
resulting in death, or perjury. The three officers
                                                      turned them down. After a series of incitements          bosses in Washington D.C. as far as the Justice
were also required to reimburse the Johnston
                                                      and retaliations, Federal agents trespassed on           Dept., and quite frankly, God someday.”
estate the $8,000 cost of her burial.
                                                      Ruby Ridge, Weaver’s home in Idaho, incited a            The sad fact of the matter is that too many killer
In the wee hours of November 25, 2006, Sean           response from the Weavers, two of whom left the          cops are still walking around free. Sadly, many
Bell was murdered in a hail of 50 bullets fired by    house to see what was happening, and by the end          continue to serve as law enforcement officials,
officers in the New York Police Department. Bell      of the ordeal, Weaver had lost two family mem-           able to carry out their crimes against the commu-
was celebrating his upcoming wedding and was          bers–his wife, Vicky and his 14-year-old son,            nity again and again. Yes, they all will face God’s
leaving the club where he had just held his           Sammy; his dog; while another family member,             judgment when they die, but it would be nice to
bachelor party. Police opened fire after they         Kevin Harris, had been wounded. Randy Weaver             get some justice here on earth, too. The Obama
suspected the victim had a gun. Bell was struck 4     was shot in the back. Justifying its attack on the       Justice Department has the opportunity to exact
times in the neck and torso and died from his         Weavers, the U.S. government claimed that                justice on behalf of communities besieged by
wounds. When no gun was to be found, they             Weaver and Harris had fired at a government              rogue, killer cops. The verdict is not looking good,
concocted a mystery witness who could possibly        helicopter. At trial, the jury believed that Federal     unfortunately, on whether the Obama Justice
have had a gun. New York’s killer cops were           Agents shot and killed the Weaver dog, then shot         Department will serve the American people
acquitted on all charges.                             and killed Sammy, prompting Harris to shoot and          much-needed, long-delayed justice or whether
Although Diallo, Johnston, and Bell were Black,       kill one of the agents. The government awarded           certain perpetrators and their law enforcement
Blacks in the United States are not the only ones     Randy Weaver $100,000 and one million dollars            departments will be given yet another White
who can be victimized by murderous U.S. law           for each of three children. Although Harris had          House pass.
enforcement. While on a visit to Cuba, I had the      killed a U.S. agent for which a jury had acquitted
                                                      him of murder charges because he had fired only

                                                                                                   Black College Monthly February 2010
  Blacks have endured a decade-long                                                                          NYC Sued Over Unlawful
                                                                                                            and Discriminatory Policing
  jobless recovery, leaders say                                                                             in Public Housing
By Adam Howard                                                                                              NEW YORK, — The NAACP Legal Defense
                                                                                                            & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the Legal Aid
In a meeting that many in the
                                                                                                            Society (LAS), and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton
African-American community
                                                                                                            & Garrison LLP (Paul Weiss)have filed a class
considered a long time coming,
                                                                                                            action lawsuit against the City of New York and
President Obama met with black
                                                                                                            the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
leaders today to discuss the impact
                                                                                                            challenging the New York City Police
of the recession and job losses on
                                                                                                            Department’s reckless and unlawful practice of
people of color. With black unem-
                                                                                                            routinely subjecting NYCHA residents and their
ployment at 16.5 percent and 34.5
                                                                                                            visitors to illegal stops and false arrests purport-
percent for black men between the
                                                                                                            edly to enforce trespass laws.
ages of 16 and 24 — joblessness
has actually increased for African-                                                                         The complaint asserts that NYPD officers
Americans at a time when it                                                                                 indiscriminately stop and arrest people living in or
appears to be going down for                                                                                visiting NYCHA residences. As a result, people
everyone else.                                                                                              who have a legitimate and lawful reason for being
                                                                                                            on NYCHA property are routinely detained and/
Benjamin Jealous, president of the
                                                                                                            or arrested for criminal trespass. Sometimes they
NAACP; Marc Morial, president
                                                                                                            even arrest residents in their own buildings. The
and CEO of the National Urban            NACCP chief executive Benjamin Todd Jealous, Rev. Al
                                                                                                            consequences of these unfounded trespass
League; and the Rev. Al Sharpton, Sharpton of the National Action Network and National
                                                                                                            arrests extend beyond the initial stop or arrest.
president of the National Action         Urban League president Marc Morial, speak to members               They include loss of employment, income, missed
Network all attended today’s hour- of the media outside the West Wing of the White House
                                                                                                            medical appointments and separation of families.
long meeting at the White House.         following their meeting with President Barack Obama in
Dorothy Height, chairwoman of the                                                                           “Our clients are New Yorkers stopped and
                                         Washington                                                         arrested while trying to go about their everyday
National Council of Negro Women,
was scheduled to be a part there, as well, but had                                                          lives. They are visiting friends; dropping off
                                                      it comes to job,” said Morial. .
to bow out because of the snowstorm.                                                                        children; or caring for elderly or sick relatives,”
                                                      Amongst all three leaders, there was enthusiasm       said Steven Banks, LAS Attorney-in-Chief.
Those who did attend left singing the president’s
                                                      for the jobs bill that has already passed the         “NYCHA building residents do not surrender their
praises, complimenting his engagement and his
                                                      House. They said that now the hard part is to try     rights when they sign a lease, and they should not
efforts thus far to resuscitate the economy while
                                                      to retain some of the best elements from that bill    be arrested and drive up the cost of the criminal
suggesting this was only the beginning of a much
                                                      in the upcoming Senate version. Among the             justice system.”
larger push to see an “inclusive” jobs bill passed
                                                      moves Obama has made that won plaudits from
in the Senate.                                                                                              Notably, these sweeps and checkpoints are only
                                                      Morial was his initiative to expand SBA commu-
                                                                                                            implemented in communities of color, such as
“The president is not our primary target,” said       nity loans. “That was a direct result of our
                                                                                                            NYCHA residences. As a result, New York
NAACP president Benjamin Jealous, who argued efforts,” said Morial, who pointed out that organi-
                                                                                                            City’s African-American and Latino residents
that Republican obstructionism in Congress is far     zations like the Congressional Black Caucus have
                                                                                                            bear the brunt of the NYPD’s unlawful activities.
more responsible for stalling real action on job      had some success so far in shaping legislation so
                                                                                                            Indeed, evidence shows that, city-wide, African
creation than Obama. Armed with a six-point jobs that it has the best direct effect on communities in
                                                                                                            Americans are arrested for trespass almost ten
plan put together by Morial’s Urban League, the       need.
                                                                                                            times more often than whites. Furthermore, when
three leaders spoke with Obama about the impact
                                                      While there were no specific policies or presiden-    the predominantly minority NYCHA residence is
the economic downturn has had on black commu-
                                                      tial promises to emerge from today’s meeting,         located in a mostly white or gentrifying neighbor-
nities and the ever-widening disparity of unem-
                                                      Sharpton emphasized the fact that until now,          hood, the disparity in arrest rates between the
ployment within communities of color compared
                                                      African-American leaders have yet to have any         building and the surrounding area increases.
to the rest of the country.
                                                      substantive involvement in the job creation
                                                                                                            “The effects of crime exact a particularly high toll
“The Great Recesssion has affected all Ameri-         conversation. He said the meeting today was a
                                                                                                            on the city’s African-American and Latino
cans but it has also disproportionately affected      positive advance, and he said he hopes leaders in
                                                                                                            residents, but the NYPD’s pattern of flagrant
African-Americans, Latinos — people living in         the black community can continue to be a part of
                                                                                                            constitutional violations compounds rather than
urban areas. I’m often asked why that is,” said       the discussion in much the same way that busi-
                                                                                                            alleviates the communities’ injuries,” said John
Morial. “These communities I’m referring to           ness and labor leaders have participated through-
                                                                                                            Payton, LDF President and Director-Counsel. “In
never recovered from the 2001 recession.” In          out President Obama’s administration. Sharpton,
                                                                                                            our nation, there are some means of law enforce-
other words, African-Americans are now endur-         Morial and Jealous all admit that achieving a real
                                                                                                            ment which are simply not lawful.”
ing their second jobless recovery in a decade.        legislative victory will be an uphill battle in the
                                                      face of stalwart GOP opposition.                      “The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for
On a phone call with reporters after the Obama
                                                                                                            the Southern District of New York is asking the
meeting, all three attendees complimented the         “We’re not asking for a race-based [job] bill,”
                                                                                                            court to declare the City’s policies and practices
president’s emphasis on jobs and economic             said Sharpton. “But we’re also saying that we
                                                                                                            unconstitutional and order that they be halted
growth.                                               can’t be excluded and we can’t act like we don’t
                                                                                                            immediately, as well as award compensatory
                                                      have more to lose since we are the ones who are
“The president has not gotten his just due for the                                                          damages to the plaintiffs.
                                                      presently the biggest losers in the economic
actions his administration has taken in the last
year to try to stem the crisis in this country when

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Blacks Have Endured a Long                                    50 Year Anniversary of
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