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The Black Church and The Black Press – A Historical Partnership

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial on the black church and black pressThe first Black newspaper, FREEDOMS JOURNAL, was founded in 1827 to give African Americans a voice in fighting the negative treatment being received under the hands of White Americans. The little known fact is that included among the founders who met in New York at the home of a Black caterer, Boston Crummel, were Bishop Richard Allen, one of the Pioneers of the African American Methodist Church (AME) and Reverend Samuel E. Cornish, pastor of the first Negro Presbyterian Church in New York and John Russwurm, one of the first African Americans to graduate from an American College.

All of these men were fierce anti-slave fighters, abolitionists, and seekers of freedom and Independence for Black Americans. In every fight since that first newspaper, the Black Press has been at the forefront of the fight. In the February, 2012 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, publisher Earl Graves admonishes Black Americans that Black Americans need to keep on telling the story of our struggle and progress. In the May 2012 Issue, he reminds us that we must support the Black Press, even in these down economic times. Maybe even more in order that we all help to keep the Black Press alive.



Republicans Can’t Get Away From Practicing Racism

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican's and racismThis week Thursday, May 17, 2012, New York Times exposed a plan by some Republican financial fat cats to, in their words, "Highlight race related sermons of Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr." The purpose was to ostensibly prove that President Barack Obama is anti-American and should not receive a second term as President. In a plan called "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama", the owner of the Chicago Cubs and founder of TD Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts, has spent over ten million dollars to put together a smear campaign against America's first Black President.

Think about it. Folks who have earned millions, like Ricketts, from the labor of Black ball players and possibly some Black investors through Ameritrade are now using that money to prevent "us" from rising to the top. So far this sounds familiar. When you add the fact that the Ricketts cabal was going to hire an "articulate Black man" to be the front man in their plan to prevent being called racists, it gets even more familiar. We know the plan well and we call this kind of Black man "UNCLE TOM". In this case, the article mentions Black conservative radio host like California's Larry Elder. The funny thing here is that Elder is here being publicly identified as a bought and paid for Uncle Tom. How sad!



One Significant Graduation

For the Family of a Pasadena Born and Bred Georgia Graduate

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial on diverse, all-women Agnes Scott CollegeThis past weekend we traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to watch our daughter-in-law graduate from college. Makini is the wife of our youngest son, Jamal, and the mother of two of our grandchildren, Joshua and Kyla. Her graduation comes a few years after their marriage and it was sweet to watch her march down the aisle to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from Agnes Scott College. She made us doubly proud. She graduated with honors.

Agnes Scott is an all-woman's college in Atlanta with a motto that describes it as "The World Of Women." Just as Morehouse is an all-male college and Spelman is all-female, so Agnes Scott is a women's world. I couldn't help but think of the people who think there should not be all-Black colleges and wonder what they think about the one gender schools. I don't see the problem. The point is to get an education, and if that means with the support of like-minded folks just like you, then that's okay too!



Parent Report Card

A Tool for Making Mother's Job Easier

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial on state law on parental report cardThe headline in the April 19, 2012 Tri-State Defender newspaper out of Memphis, Tennessee caught my eye. It said, "State To Parents: Get On Your Job!" The article is about a new law in the state of Tennessee that was designed to urge parents to "get involved and stay engaged in their children's school and education."

I don't know whether it is sad or creative that the state has to mandate by law that parents get involved in their child's education. But it doesn't really matter how it came to be as long as it works to improve a child's education prospects and keeps them out of the pipeline to a criminal track and to the State's prison system. The Law has two parts to it. Part one is the Parental Contract, and part two is a Parental Report Card.



Education Means Building More Schools

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial on a Black college in the WestAn article in the Wednesday, March 21, Pasadena Star News caught my eye because it was about educational opportunities for a select group across the country. The article entitled, "Growing In Pasadena" had a subtitle that said "Providence Christian College plans merger." It was about a small local Christian college, Providence, joining with a larger Southern Christian college, Covenant College in Lookout, Georgia, planning to expand their capability to educate more Christian students on the west coast. Providence, located in Pasadena, CA, has only 74 students. Covenant has over 1,000 students.

The article caught my eye because I have been talking about such a project since the first issue of the Pasadena Journal published in November, 1989. I have been asking why one of the Historical Black Colleges didn't create a western arm as an extension or why someone doesn't just create a new Black College in the West? The recent step by the University of California partnering with the Historical Black Colleges is evidence that it can be done.



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