This Week in History

North Columbia Turns up the Heat for Ribs & Renaissance

Fayth Hope performs at this year’s Ribs and Renaissance festival, along with Dwele.

We’ve turned up the heat on North Columbia’s biggest backyard barbecue on June 2 bringing great food, outstanding entertainment, and family fun to the heart of Eau Claire.

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SC Progressives to hold Spring Gathering May 19

The SC Progressive Network is hosting it’s 16th spring conference May 19, at the Communication Worker’s Hall, 566 Chris Drive in West Columbia. “The conference will shape our policy work for the coming year,” Network Director Brett Bursey said, “and enhance the movement building necessary to get our state off the bottom of the life quality charts.”

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15th Annual Columbia Black Expo coming to Colonial Life Arena

COLUMBIA – As businesses, small and large, look to take advantage of the strengthening economy, many are looking forward to the 15th Annual Columbia Black Expo. The event, produced by Thomas Media Group, will take place at the Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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NAACP Launches Historic Voter Registration and Education Campaign

The 2008 U.S. Presidential election brought us not only a historic election but also record participation of minority voters. More than two million more African American voters and an additional two million Latino voters cast ballots than had done so in the previous presidential election cycle in 2004. For the very first time, African-American women had the highest turnout rate of any racial, ethnic or gender group, and voting among younger African American voters jumped by more than 17 percent.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Huey Newton’s Thoughts on Gay Rights… In the Wake of Obama’s Endorsement

This was a speech given August 15, 1970 by Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party where he addresses the issue of Gay Rights

During the past few years strong movements have developed among women and among homosexuals seeking their liberation. There has been some uncertainty about how to relate to these movements.

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What to do when social issues and faith collide?

President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage rights has been a hotly debated topic recently, especially within the black Christian community.

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He Did the Right Thing

He did the right thing. That is my easiest explanation for President Obama’s acknowledgment to ABC News Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts that he supports gay marriage. Some have criticized the President for making a political calculation, as if those calculations do not exist in other policy decisions, but the truth is that on balance the President is taking a real risk. By coming out (I couldn’t resist the pun) on gay marriage, President Obama is expending serious political capital on a very divisive issue during an election year. Not only does he risk riling up conservative voters, he chances alienating some of his base. So, if the President is playing politics he is doing the equivalent of stepping into a pool of water with a live electrical line snapping nearby.

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A Taste of Black Columbia

Friday, May 18, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM (ET)

COLUMBIA— The 2012 Columbia Black Expo weekend will kick-off on Friday, May 18 with a grand “Taste of Black Columbia” gala event featuring local restaurants and catering businesses, a special appearance by Chef Erika Davis, a contestant on the first season of Bravo’s “Top Chef: Just Desserts” show, and entertainment by Grammy Award winning recording artist Jonathan Butler.

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