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The Closing of the Woodlawn Mental Health Center Disrupted the Lives of the Black Men It Served

  The center provided the men with a refuge and some of them still call it home By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—-William Robinson was afraid to leave his home on Chicago’s South Side after being robbed twice at gun point and kidnapped once at gunpoint. Robinson, a former automobile and property claims processor for State Farm Insurance Co., was diagnosed[Read More…]

Drought-Stricken California Gets Mandatory Water Reductions

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., who is trying to marshal his forces to control the state’s historic drought, on Wednesday issued an executive order to prevent wasteful water usage. The order includes the first-ever statewide mandatory water-use reductions. Gov. Brown also wants to streamline the state’s drought response and to invest in new technologies that will make California more[Read More…]

Texas Tech to Award a Honorary Degree to a Wrongfully Convicted Student

By Frederick H. Lowe Texas Tech University’s Board of Regents has voted to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole, a former business student who died in a Texas prison for the crime he didn’t commit. School officials expelled Cole in 1985 after he was charged with raping Michele Mallin, another student. A jury in Lubbock, Texas, convicted Cole, 26,[Read More…]

Police Shot to Death 115 People in March, Most of them Black Men

  By Frederick H. Lowe If Murder Inc. was still operating, the nation’s police would be their top competitor. Murder Inc., which was headed by Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and later by Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia, was the enforcement arm of organized crime in the 1930s and 1940s. During those two decades, Murder Inc. carried out 1,000 contract killings. Anastasia[Read More…]

A Day in the Life of Black Men: Microaggressions, a Subtle Form of Racism

  By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—Marcus Murray was walking in Hyde Park the other day. Murray was wearing sweat pants and a hooded sweat shirt, though he wasn’t wearing the face-concealing hood. However, his hands were in his pockets and that casual, non-threatening way of walking had the opposite effect on a white man walking with his children, Murray believed.[Read More…]

Howard University Inaugurates 17th President

((Trice Edney Wire.com) Howard University has inaugurated Wayne  A. I. Frederick, M.D., M.B.A, as its 17th president during a ceremony on the University’s historic campus that coincided with the annual Charter Day Convocation, commemorating Howard’s founding. Charter day was held March 7. “We must always remember the reason that Howard University was created and the principle upon which it was[Read More…]

Former Ole Miss Student Indicted for Defacing James Meredith Statue

A former University of Mississippi student who defaced a statue, honoring James Meredith, the first African-American to attend and graduate from Ole Miss, has been indicted. A federal grand jury on March 27 indicted Graeme Phillip Harris on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students and[Read More…]

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