This Week in History

Columbia Urban League concludes 2012 Summer Work Experience Leadership Program

The Columbia Urban League hosted its final 2012 Summer Work Experience Leadership Program (SWELP) and Youth Development Academy (YDA) Student and Parent orientation on Wednesday, July 18 at The University of South Carolina’s (USC) Moore School of Business.

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The Renaissance Cultural Arts Center renamed in honor of Finney

Columbia, SC – The Renaissance Cultural Arts Center Museum will become the “Judge Ernest A. Finney, Jr. Civil Rights Museum,” when in his honor on July 27, 2012 naming rights take place. This historic event will recognize one of our state’s greatest pioneer’s.

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Editor’s Note: Deliberate and Thoughtful Consumerism

Money is power. There is no getting around it. Money power is the dominant force in most democracies — particularly the United States.

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Rogers Editorial Cartoon

Poverty Issue Missing on the Presidential Campaign Trail

Two reports issued the same day told of two appalling realities. One report on poverty was based on an AP survey. It found that the poor are getting poorer, and more numerous than at any time in the last half century. The other report from the Tax Justice Network found that the super-rich are getting richer, and they are squirreling their money away to the tune of tens of trillions in offshore tax havens that are far outside the reaches of the U.S. and other nation’s tax collectors. Wealthy Americans are amply represented among the offshore tax evaders. This money could bankroll business start-ups, business expansion, fatten federal and state tax revenues, and create thousands of new jobs. This would do much to blunt the steady march upwards of those that slip into the poverty ranks.

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God’s Plan to Kill?

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who killed Trayvon Martin, told Fox News personality Sean Hannity that the events that occurred on February 26, 2012 were “God’s will”. What a cynical manipulation of our Creator, to suggest that the massacre of an African American teenager by a crazed vigilante is the will of God. Actually, if one wants to know about God’s will, one might simply to go to the Ten Commandments, the sixth of which is quite explicit. Thou shall not kill.

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Parenting Solo: Worker Bee

My daughter and I shared a grown up moment tonight. It was a milestone that snuck up on me before I realized it. This evening we swapped work stories. That’s right; my itty bitty baby is part of the work force. But getting her there was about as painful as bringing her into the world.

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Chris Tucker to perform at Township

After taking a break, Chris Tucker is making his triumphant return to the stage. Chris Tucker’s “Guess Who’s Back Tour”, a live comedy performance, will come to the Township Auditorium on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Doors open at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM.

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Moving On Up

Sherman Hemsley, the beloved comic actor who made George Jefferson of The Jeffersons a TV icon and a household name, has reportedly died at age 74, according to sources. He was allegedly discovered by his nurse at his home in El Paso, Texas and the cause of death is believed to be natural causes.

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