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A longtime police officer to be remembered

by John E. Davis Community activists and residents of Chicago’s West Side will gather to honor and to say farewell to Sgt. Robert McGaha, who died this week following a long illness. He was a dedicated Chicago police officer for 27 years. He served the department and the citizens of Chicago with distinction and dignity. He will be remembered for the positive impact he made on the lives of West Side resident ...

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The Public Officials Award

Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, has been presented with the Public Officials Award during the Water Environment Federation’s Celebration of Excellence Reception and Ceremony held at the McCormick Place Convention Center recently. The Public Officials Award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significan ...

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Pastor Ronald’s 14Th Year Anniversary

Pastor Ronald Watkins recently celebrated his 14 year anniversary as pastor of Abundant Life Faith Ministries. Pastor Ronald Watkins grew up in Chicago, Illinois in a Christian home.  He attended church faithfully under the leadership of his father the late Reverend Dr. Grady Watkins of Greater New Macedonia MB Church on the Westside of Chicago.  Under that influence, Pastor Ronald Watkins accepted Jesus Ch ...

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Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: A ...

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Ald. Deborah Graham Responds to Tribune Article

-Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward) issued the following statement today in response to recent reporting from the Chicago Tribune regarding economic development concerns in the Austin community. The Chicago Tribune reported this past weekend on a store opening gone wrong in the 29th Ward. I am in the process of exploring what actions I can take as alderman, working with the City of Chicago, to correct some of ...

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Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Although the shutdown of the federal government that began  Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, es ...

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Robert R. Taylor

Robert Robinson Taylor was an American architect; by some accounts the first accredited African American Architect in the United States. Taylor enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888, the first African American student at MIT, and was associated with Tuskegee University once called Tuskegee Institute, designing most of the buildings on campus completed prior to 1932, and even serving as s ...

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Warring With The War on Drugs

By Maya Rhodan Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, declared a war on the War on Drugs last week, saying it is fine to end the failed public policy. “The War on Drugs is a racially biased policy and strategy. It is the new Jim Crow,” Daniels said. “We come today to claim that we’ve suffered enough…it’s time to bring an end to a ...

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Keep Hope Alive with a new War on Poverty

By Jesse Jackson, Sr. NNPA Columnist Only a couple of weeks ago, as the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “I Have a Dream” speech, I was reminded of the Rev. King’s last birthday, in January 1968. He combined it with work — a staff meeting, planning for the multiracial Poor People’s March, where we made plans to occupy the National M ...

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Shooting of Unarmed Black in N.C. called ‘Murder’

By Cash Michaels Special from to the NNPA from The Carolinian CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP says the tragic death of an unarmed Black man at the hands of a White Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer nearly two weeks ago was not voluntary manslaughter as formally charged, but “murder.” Rev. Kojo Nantambu, chapter president, said, “This [police officer], to me, executed th ...

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