Archive for the ‘North America’ Category

Lewis Howard Latimer – Patent Expert

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ewis Howard Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on September 4, 1848, to parents who had fled slavery. Latimer learned the art of mechanical drawing while working at a patent firm. Over the course of his career as a draftsman, Latimer worked closely with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, in addition to designing his own inventions. He died in Flushing, Queens, New York, on December 11, 1928.

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Ignoring Homeless Families (USA)


More than one-third of Americans who use shelters annually are parents and their children. In 2011, that added up to more than 500,000 people.

According to Joe Volk, CEO of Community Advocates in Milwaukee, prevalent family homelessness is no accident.

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Job Gains Made by Black Women


There seems to be one segment of the American population that is making strides in the job market–Black women.

According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, since December, Black women have shaved more than 3 percentage points off their unemployment rate, from 13.9 percent to 10.8 percent. That’s the biggest decrease during the last five months for any single demographic group broken down by race, sex, and age. Among the factors for this improvement: education, health care, and retail.

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Parental Involvement By Black Parents Helps Sons Succeed

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Parents banded together recently to help a group of eighteen young black men to achieve exceptional success in their high school years. Their efforts led to such stellar accomplishments as a one hundred percent high school graduation rate, a cumulative grade point average of the boys of 3.7, nearly 1.3 million in college scholarships and ninety-two percent of the boys being enrolled in college placement courses.

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Muhammad Ali Named 2012 Liberty Medal Recipient

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Boxing great Muhammad Ali, known for his unabashed self-confidence inside and outside the ring as well as his outspokenness on social and humanitarian causes, is the recipient of the 2012 Liberty Medal.

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Famous African American Sites Now on Most Endangered Historic Places List


The Doors to Several Historic Black Sites May Soon Be Shuttered
Recently, the National Trust for Historic Preservation placed Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Historic District, the Ella Little Collins-Malcolm X House in Roxbury, MA and Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia on its 2012 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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Jan Carew, Activist, Author, Scholar, Teacher, Passes at 92

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At the close of his remarkable essay “Columbus and the Origins of Racism in the Americas,” Jan Carew wrote, “In this hemisphere we cannot just claim that by mingling our blood with that of the destroyer of the Indian, the enslaver of the African and the exploiter of peoples of a rainbow array of races, colors, creeds, we do not have to acknowledge the roots of our existence in the human world.

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iZania: Connecting the people of Africa via the Internet


According to Roger E. P. Madison, Jr. founder and CEO of , the business oriented social networking site for African Americans, it’s not a matter of choosing between online social networking and networking face to face.  Business owners and other professionals should do both, he says.

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Kisha Holt: Black Female Entrepreneur Fills Void in Children’s Marketplace


A friend of mine likes to tell the story of how when she was growing up, if there was a baby shower or a child’s birthday her mother would purchase a card with a white child–because there was nothing else available back then–and lightly shade in the image making the child African American.  30 years later while it’s easier to find greeting cards with images of people with dark skin, there are still gaps in the area of home decor for Black children.

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Core Values and Mission Statements


Is your company on the right track in terms of its philosophy? Your company can lose its way and its employees can be without a clear direction if you haven’t formulated a set of core or corporate values and a company mission statement.

The ABCs of core values
“Values guide behavior more directly than do policies and procedures,” explains Professor Barbara Jones, dean of the School of Business at Alabama A&M University. “Employees can manipulate their way around policies, but values push us very directly.”

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