This Week in History

Senate OKs $4.5B to settle claims by Black farmers, American Indians

John Boyd, head of the National Black Farmers Association, drove his tractor “Justice” from Virginia to urge Congress to approve the settlement.

The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.

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Honor the Dream Food Drive approaching

In honor of the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation and Richland One schools will collect food for the Harvest Hope Food Bank during the month of December. As part of the Honor the Dream Food Drive, Richland One students, parents and employees can drop-off non-perishable food items at district schools from November 29 – December 11, 2010.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Palin’s shots at first lady prove she isn’t above race baiting

Sarah Palin is the modern day version of the traveling medicine men: selling lies and snake oil, moving from town to town in an effort to avoid being found out. The ignorance of her victims is her greatest currency and she is more than happy for Americans to pay for her toxic product.

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Why we still need black-owned banks

Since the 19th Century, African-American-owned banks have played a vital role in the economic development of our communities. Between 1888 and 1934, there were more than 130 U.S. banks owned by African-Americans, which is believed to have been the force behind the explosion of African-American businesses, which grew from 4,000 in 1867 to approximately 50,000 by 1917. While the 1960s produced a growing number of African-American banks, by the 1980s, many of them had failed. Today, according to a March 2010 Federal Reserve Board report, only 30 U.S. banks are owned by African-Americans.

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Holiday Sea Island Celebration

Start your holidays off with a Holiday Sea Island Celebration in historic Beaufort, SC. Have a total Gullah experience for Christmas with feasting, art, shopping and a full stage musical on Friday, December 10 at 7:00 pm at the USCB Performing Arts Center at 801 Carteret Street.

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The Flea Market: A Sign of the Financial Times

Last Friday, I found myself pounding my tube of Mary Kay Bronze 507 foundation against my bathroom counter in a futile attempt to get the last bit out. Sick of that routine, I decided it was time to just cough up the duckets and buy a new tube. After all, Mary Kay Bronze 507 is essential to my beauty existence. So, did I call my consultant and place an order? Did I tweet my request like I did the last time? Nope. I planned a trip to the flea market.

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SCSU Bulldogs to challenge Ga. Southern Eagles in FCS first round matchup

After trouncing Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival North Carolina A&T by 45 points (48-3) Sat. (Nov.20), in Greensboro, 11th ranked South Carolina State (SCSU) received the school’s first-ever at-large berth in the Football Championship Sub-division (FCS) playoffs.

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MEAC Announces 2010 Football Post Season Awards – Twelve Bulldogs Honored

Norfolk, Va. – Bethune-Cookman quarterback Matthew Johnson was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Year and South Carolina State’s David Erby earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor, as voted on by the MEAC head football coaches and sports information directors.

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