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On the ballot?

On the ballot?

Court mulls voting rights amendment BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL / TNS ORLANDO – Desmond Meade of Orlando did everything he could to support his wife, Sheena, in her unsuccessful run for the Florida House last year. But the one thing he couldn’t do was vote for her. “Basically, I was told I wasn’t a […]

Serena withdraws from Miami Open tennis tourney

Serena withdraws from Miami Open tennis tourney

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS The Miami Open’s star-packed field will be missing one marquee name. World No. 1 Serena Williams announced late Tuesday afternoon that she is withdrawing from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., and the Miami Open on Key Biscayne, citing a left knee injury. Bad knees “Sadly, I […]

FIVE YEARS LATER

FIVE YEARS LATER

COMPILED FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS SANFORD – In 2012, Francis Oliver took to the streets of Sanford with more than 8,000 other people at a rally demanding the arrest of the man who killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black 17-year-old. Martin was gunned down on a rainy night by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch […]

POMPANO BEACH

POMPANO BEACH

Closing out Black History Month The Eta Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the City of Pompano Beach presented their Fourth Annual Black History Festival last week. Participants enjoyed food and music, got health screenings college information, and viewed Black history exhibits. (COURTESY OF ETA NU CHAPTER)

Bethune statue proposed for US Capitol

Bethune statue proposed for US Capitol

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, would replace a Confederate general as one of Florida’s representatives in a set of statues at the U.S. Capitol, under a proposal filed Wednesday by state Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale. Thurston’s proposal (SCR 1360) came after […]

Praise –  but no cash

Praise – but no cash

Trump meets with HBCU leaders BY WILLIAM DOUGLAS AND ANITA KUMAR TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to increase support and oversight of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) within his administration – but stopped short of providing the federal money the schools badly need. Nor […]

‘BLACK MINDS MATTER’

‘BLACK MINDS MATTER’

Atlanta’s Morehouse College celebrated 150 years of building men with an awards gala and banquet that raised more than $1 million for student scholarships. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF ATLANTA – Morehouse College, America’s only historically Black, all-male college or university, climaxed its annual Founder’s Week on Feb. 18 with its 29th Annual “A Candle in […]

‘Standing your ground’ may get easier

‘Standing your ground’ may get easier

Proposed change burdens prosecutors BY JIM TURNER THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE – A move to shift the burden of proof in “stand your ground” self-defense cases is off to a fast start in the House, where the controversial proposal died a year ago. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, voted 9-4 along party lines […]

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ (MALCOLM X), 1925-1965

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ (MALCOLM X), 1925-1965

Never to be forgotten Malcolm X, Black America’s “Black shining prince” as he was memorably eulogized by the late actor Ossie Davis, was murdered 52 years ago in New York City on Feb. 21, 1965. Click here to read an analysis of Malcolm’s continuing worldwide impact. (FLORIDA COURIER FILES)

Floridian to lead national NAACP board

Floridian to lead national NAACP board

FROM THE TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE NEW YORK CITY – The NAACP board of directors elected Leon W. Russell as the chair of its board of directors at a meeting on Feb. 18 in New York. Russell replaces Roslyn M. Brock, who decided to step down as chairman after seven years of leadership. “This is […]