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THE FINAL WORD IS WRITTEN – GEORGE E. CURRY, 1947-2016

THE FINAL WORD IS WRITTEN – GEORGE E. CURRY, 1947-2016

Black Press legend George E. Curry, a chronicler and critic of the modern Black American experience, dies suddenly at 69. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF TACOMA PARK, MD. – The Black Press lost one of its most celebrated warriors when George E. Curry, veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) […]

Clash in Chicago

Clash in Chicago

Journalist George Curry was in constant demand as a moderator, speaker and master of ceremonies. During the 2011 National Newspaper Publishers Association national convention in Chicago, he presided over a fiery but respectful debate between the Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Cornel West about the presidential legacy of Barack Obama. Sharpton is scheduled to eulogize […]

Shock and sadness

Shock and sadness

Black media, journalists react to Curry’s death BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF Rumors of George Curry’s sudden death circulated heavily in journalistic circles on Aug. 20, a Saturday night. “I was at dinner with my family when I got a text that ‘George Curry passed,’” said Florida Courier Publisher Charles W. Cherry II. “My first […]

Contract extension rejected for FAMU president

Contract extension rejected for FAMU president

BY LLOYD DUNKELBERGER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – The future of Florida A&M University President Elmira Mangum remained in limbo Wednesday after the school’s board of trustees narrowly rejected a one-year extension of her contract. Following a trustees’ decision in June to take no action on Mangum’s three-year contract, which is scheduled to […]

I had a heart attack

I had a heart attack

Editor’s note: Journalist George Curry wrote this article in March 2015. He subsequently experienced a second heart attack that was fatal approximately 1½ years after this article was written. Nothing was more startling than when a cardiologist looked me directly in the eyes and said matter-of-factly: “It looks like you had a heart attack.” I […]

New details released on gator attack at Disney resort

New details released on gator attack at Disney resort

BY STEPHANIE ALLEN ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – Lane Graves bent over to scoop wet sand into his small plastic bucket when the alligator struck. The 2-year-old wanted to build a sandcastle on the beach at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa after stormy weather canceled a scheduled outdoor movie. His father, who was standing nearby […]

Educators take sides in Orlando Senate race

Educators take sides in Orlando Senate race

In a Democratic primary battle for an Orlando-area Senate seat, Florida’s largest teachers’ union is backing state Rep. Randolph Bracy, while school-choice supporters have contributed to former Sen. Gary Siplin, campaign-finance reports show. The Florida Education Association union this month contributed $25,000 to “Floridians for Progress,” a political committee linked with Bracy. That brought to […]

Chief justice looking to boost courthouse security

Chief justice looking to boost courthouse security

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga on Monday has announced the creation of a panel to study local courthouse security. The Trial Courthouse Security Workgroup will look at issues such as evaluating security practices at courthouses, reviewing national courthouse security procedures and developing standards for training, according to the announcement. The panel will be […]

Even funerals are not family reunions anymore

Even funerals are not family reunions anymore

Editor’s note – This was one of journalist George Curry’s last regular columns. Black journalists and media owners converged on Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend to pay their last respects to Curry, who died on Aug. 20 at age 69. Most of the relatives on my mother’s side migrated from Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Johnson City, Tenn., […]

Katrina and other catastrophes

Katrina and other catastrophes

Eleven years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of New Orleans, killing at least 1,200 people – although no one will ever know the actual death toll because most of the victims were Black and poor and, therefore, were never considered important enough to count. What was important to the rulers of this […]

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