SC NAACP to hold statewide African American Economic Summit

The South Carolina State Conference, NAACP announced that its 2013 African American Economic Summit will be held Friday, August 2 -3, 2013 on the campus of Claflin University. The Summit is intended to provide ideas for expanding contracting opportunities for minority-owned firms, resources for job creation and employment training, tools to prevent home foreclosures and techniques for personal financial management. The opening session is scheduled 3:00 PM on Friday, August 2. The program resumes at 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 3. Online registration is available at www.aaes2013.eventbrite.com.

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Exhausted by Racism

At age 54 I have lived my life under the burden of being a Black male in this nation, and being a conscious African-American for the better part of my youth and adult years. I have not lived a racially isolated life; my upbringing was in majority white ethnic neighborhoods and my friends represent the rainbow of humanity. Yet, my experiences and the restrictions placed on my liberty have been a function of my skin color. It is a fact that I cannot escape and a reality of daily life, as certain as the changing of day into night.

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Benedict Football Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for 2013 Benedict College football games, including the Palmetto Capital City Classic contest against South Carolina State, are now on sale.

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America is Guilty: Zimmerman Verdict Shows World America’s True Colors

As we held our breath when the jury in the George Zimmerman trial returned its verdict tonight, and screamed in anguish when “not guilty” was pronounced, it was clear to me America was guilty. Trayvon Martin would be alive today had this nation confronted its racial demons decades ago.

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Justice Denied

Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.

Ella Baker, Leading Mentor of Black Youth, including the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960’s (1964)

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Did Marijuana Use Make Trayvon Martin Violent?

The instant that Sanford police officials in March, 2012 leaked to the media school records that showed Trayvon Martin had been suspended from school for possessing a trace amount of marijuana, there was little doubt that George Zimmerman’s defense attorneys would jump all over this to prove their point about Martin. The point was, and is the centerpiece of their Zimmerman self-defense claim, that Martin’s marijuana use made him edgy, aggressive, and violent. And since this is supposedly the case, it bolsters two of Zimmerman’s contentions that Martin came under his watch because of his drugged out, suspicious behavior and more importantly that Martin attacked him and he had to resort to deadly force to save himself from mortal harm from a doped out Martin. A toxicological report found a trace amount of marijuana in Martin’s system the night of his slaying.

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The Hamburg Massacre and Pitchfork Ben

The South Carolina statehouse and its grounds in Columbia are wrought with statues and memorials many could argue are tributes to slavery and the architects and champions of white supremacy. Sadly, children visit and play in the shadows of these monuments every day and are taught to revere these important men and their ideals that shaped their state.

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SCDP Launches Petition on Voting Rights Act

Party leaders ask voters around the state to join them in urging SC Congressional Delegation to protect the right to vote, extend pre-clearance in VRA

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Ellington Named To 2013 Paul Hornung Award Watch List

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – South Carolina junior wide receiver Bruce Ellington has been named to the 2013 Paul Hornung Award Watch List, as announced by the Louisville Sports Commission on Friday. Ellington is one of 44 players named to the preseason list.

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PALSS Tests More Than 150 Clients On National HIV Testing Day

On June 27th 2013, Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services (PALSS) coordinated the free and confidential testing of 158 clients on National HIV Testing Day at their facilities at 2638 Two Notch Road, Suite 108 in Columbia, SC.

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