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Historians tell the stories of black doctors who served in World War 1

Historians W. Douglas Fisher and Joann H. Buckley recently held a discussion about their book “African American Doctors of World War 1: The Lives of 104 Volunteers,” at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland. Some 104 black physicians served 40,000 black combat troops assigned to segregated U.S. Army units during World War 1.  Despite a[Read More…]

Black journalists hire executive director

The National Association of Black Journalists has named Sharon Toomer, a media executive and a nonprofit leader, executive director following a nationwide search. “We’re excited that Sharon will be joining us at this critical time in NABJ’s history,” said Sarah Glover, the organization’s president. “Her combined fundraising, organizational, executive management, journalism, and public affairs experience and skills make her a[Read More…]

Bias against hiring African Americans hasn’t budged

    Posted by Hilary Hurd Anyaso-Northwestern University Rates of discrimination against African Americans in field experiments of hiring did not decline from 1990 to 2015, according to the largest and most comprehensive meta-analysis of its kind. “It is often suggested that prejudice and discrimination are fading out over time through a gradual process of liberalization of attitudes,” says Lincoln[Read More…]

Police arrest black NFL player because he was “acting suspicious”

By Frederick H. Lowe A Las Vegas police officer pointed a gun at Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s head and threatened to kill him if he moved after arresting him for no reason on Saturday, August 26.  Bennett posted his experience on twitter. Bennett was walking to his hotel after attending the Mayweather-McGregor fight when he and other members[Read More…]

Congressional Black Caucus concerned about Amazon/ Whole Foods deal

By Frederick H. Lowe Online retailer’s agreement to buy Whole Foods Market, the upscale grocery chain, for $13.4 billion has some members of the Congressional Black Caucus concerned because they fear it could lead to more food deserts in African-American communities. In a July 20 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the[Read More…]

Report: the changing workplace presents both an opportunity and a risk for blacks

By Frederick H. Lowe The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington D.C.-based think tank for black-elected officials, recently released a report about the future of work and how it will affect African Americans. It’s  both a study and a warning that urges blacks to prepare for major changes in the workplace. The study titled “The Future of[Read More…]

National Association of Black Journalists is searching for an executive director

  The National Association of Black Journalists has hired Harris Rand Lusk, a New York-based executive search firm specializing in nonprofits, to lead a national search for a new executive director at NABJ. The search for an executive director is the first major item to be implemented following the successful completion of the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020. The NABJ is[Read More…]

Edwina Justus, first black woman train engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad

By Rosemary Eng Back in the ’70s when the train engineer uniform was the standard striped denim hats and overalls, Edwina (Curlie) Justus said to heck with that and climbed into the driver’s seat of a locomotive wearing a nice blouse and jeans and, of course, her eyelashes. Justus was Union Pacific Railroad’s first female African-American train engineer. Her story[Read More…]

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