(AP) – The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday urged her brothers to search their consciences and reconsider their plan to sell the civil rights icon's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.
King's estate is run by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The estate's lawyers filed court papers Jan. 31 asking a judge to order their sister, the Rev. Bernice King, to surrender the items. A lawyer for the estate said at a court hearing last month that the estate has been in conversations with entities that want to buy or lease them.
Bernice has repeatedly said she opposes any such deal.
“I implore you to consider the magnitude of this moment in history and how you want your individual legacies to be defined,” Bernice said at a news conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, addressing her brothers who weren't present.
Lawyers for the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. did not immediately respond to an email and phone call seeking comment Thursday.
The estate's lawyers had asked a judge to order Bernice to immediately turn over the items, saying the potential deals to sell or lease them were time-sensitive.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney declined ...read more
Monday, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund launched a new nationwide campaign, National “I Love My HBCU” Month, to honor historically black colleges and universities and the pride that HBCU students, faculty and alumni exemplify, according to TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
“HBCUs are an integral part of our country's higher education system and history of African Americans,” said Taylor. “'I Love My HBCU' Month will shine a light on these great institutions and the impact they make in preparing future leaders of tomorrow.”
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TMCF hopes National “I Love My HBCU” Month will be an annual month-long celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2012, the organization began the process to formally establish the month of March each year as a period to increase awareness and appreciation of HBCUs in the United States and to unite HBCU communities nationwide.
HBCUs have played a vital role in the U.S. since they were formed in 1837 as higher educational institutions designed to educate former slaves. These institutions, primarily serving African American students, have produced a commendable record of accomplished and famous HBCU graduates such as ...read more
Ishiyah McGhee, 30 (pictured left), Janine McGhee, 39 (pictured center), and Moriyah McGhee, 32 (pictured right), are accused of attacking a 14-year-old girl in Deltona, Fla., and leaving her bloodied as a form of discipline for being suspended from school. The women are facing charges of child abuse for allegedly kicking and choking the teen girl and then forcing her to take her clothes off, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The vicious attack took place on Friday and when the Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the scene of the disturbance, the unnamed child was hysterically crying and wearing only her bra and panties.
The relationships of the women to the child have not been released.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the women had gone to the child's school to attend a meeting about her behavior. As soon as the meeting let out, the trio and child headed towards the school's parking lot where the alleged beatings began. The women reportedly began slapping the child, pushing her against a car, grabbing her necklace and choking her.
When the women and child arrived home, the girl reportedly jumped out of the car and made a run for it and the women chased after ...read more
New York's “finest” has reportedly charged 10 members of the Bronx gang “280″ with conspiracy murder charges. The NYPD's three-plus year sting operation was finally brought to a close with the help of Facebook, according to Gothamist.
According to NYPD reports, “Operation Crew Cut,” began three years ago in the Bronx's Morrisania section. Thus far, 280′s alleged violent activities and those of their rivals have resulted in about 43 shootings. Investigators say gang members terrorized residents on a daily basis. The reckless ways of 280′s members with their alleged random shootings have kept their surrounding community in constant trepidation.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan issued the following statement about 280′s terrorizing ways, per Gothamist:
“Reckless, wanton shootings detailed in the indictment forced innocent bystanders to take cover and neighborhoods to conduct daily business in great fear for their safety and security. Targeting drug gangs involved in violence has significantly diminished shootings in these neighborhoods.” ...read more
There are times when spoiled, uninformed, and very much privileged White people who don't know what it's like to be anything besides White ought to just shut the hell up while adults are talking. The amount of times is damn near endless, but in this instance, I specifically mean criticism of the new initiative, “My Brother's Keeper.” Unveiled last week, the initiative is spearheaded by President Barack Obama but will be implemented through an extensive partnership with “local and national leaders in philanthropy, business, government, faith communities, and media.”
As outlined via the announcement, “The challenges facing boys and young men of color are broad and multidimensional, and so must be the team we bring to the table to begin fostering solutions.” By no means is the initiative above reproach.
I certainly share many of the concerns echoed by The Daily Beast's Jamelle Bouie. Yes, this will program is a nice step in the direction of aiding disadvantaged Black and Latino boys, but there needs to be real efforts to tackle the policies that place the majority of minorities at an immediate disadvantage at birth.
For half a century, we siphoned wealth from black families. We denied them ...read more
What happens when a homeless man is tricked into believing he won the lottery?
That question might lead you to believe that whoever did that to a homeless person is cruel, but the following video will surely make you cry at the beauty of humanity.
There are good people in the world and you never who — or where — they are.
Hinds County, Miss. supervisor Kenny Stokes believes that late Jackson mayor Chokwe Lumumba was assassinated and he wants an autopsy performed to rule out foul play, reports the Clarion-Ledger.
Lumumba, a legendary human rights activist and attorney who was elected mayor of Jackson last June, died of alleged natural causes on February 25.
Speculation has been rampant that he was killed because of his platform of self-determination for the Black community and his refusal to tap-dance around issues of white supremacy and systemic racism in the Deep South.
Hinds County coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart insists that Lumumba, who previously battled cancer, died of natural causes, but valid suspicions can't be soothed with words. Lumumba's supporters want proof.
Read what Stokes had to say below:
“We gonna ask a question: Who killed the mayor? We'd feel a lot better if there was an autopsy,” Stokes said at the beginning of his speech. “First they say it's not a heart attack and not a stroke, then what was it? You don't just die like that and you're healthy.”
“So many of us feel, throughout the city of Jackson, that the mayor was murdered,” Stokes told a WAPT reporter after his speech. “I'm not going to sugar coat ...read more
A Miami-Dade County toddler was shot in the head during a drive-by outside his home early Sunday morning, but, amazingly, he survived. The child, nicknamed “Shabba,” was being carried around outside of the home by his grandfather, who was trying to lull him back to sleep when a car pulled up to the residence and sprayed it with bullets, according to NBC News 6.
Shabba was struck by one of the stray bullets on the top of his head. The child's dad, Andre Davis, 30, who had been sitting in his vehicle when the incident occurred, was grazed by another bullet.
Shabba was rushed to a nearby hospital. Davis was treated for his minor injury right at the scene of the incident and released. Even though Shabba had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the bullet from right along his skull, according to doctors, he is expected to make a full recovery.
Shabba's grandmother, Truda Hanna, (pictured above) is grateful that her grandson is alive, which she says is a miracle. “He went in healthy, and he's coming back out healthy, only with the scar of a removed bullet,” Hanna said. “Miracles happen every day, and that was a miracle in there.” ...read more
If you dine at Gator's Dockside in Florida, know that you are contributing to their employee's health insurance, because they blatantly charge for it on their receipts.
The restaurant charges 1% tax on meals for an Affordable Care Act surcharge, according to CNN. Employees won't begin to receive their health insurance until December, but they started charging early “because of the compliance costs it's facing ahead of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate kicking in in 2015.”
They have a sign up to let customers know that they will be charging. ”The costs associated with ACA compliance could ultimately close our doors,” the sign says. “Instead of raising prices on our products to generate the additional revenue needed to cover the costs of ACA compliance, certain Gator's Dockside locations have implemented a 1% surcharge on all food and beverage purchases only.”
Obamacare, which rolled out last October, has gotten a lot of flack for the issues with their website and, for some, plans offered seem to be more expensive.
Sandra Clark, Gator Group's director of operations, says it will cost $500,000 a year to give health insurance to their full-time employees. With the surcharge, that would alleviate them ...read more
Memphis-area news anchor, Pam McKelvy decided to share her natural hair with the world on camera, and the results were beautiful!
After battling breast cancer, being treated with chemotherapy, and losing her hair within seven days, McKelvy wore wigs to cover up her bald head for nearly a year. But after a few months of having her natural hair grow back, she decided to toss the wig and reveal her true tresses. “I made my choice because I think about the message I send to young women about confidence and self-acceptance,” she said on air. “The times are changing, and God's delivered me with a brand-new spirit and a head full of hair, and here it is.”
McKelvy described taking the wig off for good on national television as a “milestone” moment for her and says that she hopes her decision helps to inspire other women who have gone through major hair loss. “A woman's relationship with her hair is sacred,” McKelvy said. ”Her hair is her crown of glory. And for women in TV, it's intensified.”
She's right. India.Arie may have had a song, which boldly declared “I Am Not My Hair,” but Black women have often felt ...read more