Culture 

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson Becomes the First African American Elected as President of the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Nationwide — The Board for Certification of Genealogists is a nonprofit organization founded in 1964 as a professional credentialing body for genealogists. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson is the first African American elected to lead the organization. At its semi-annual meeting held on the 7th of September 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) elected officers for the coming year. Those elected were: * President – LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG, CGL * Vice-President – Angela Packer McGhie, CG * Secretary –…

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Culture Entertainment 

Opera legend Jessye Norman died Monday at age 74.

The soprano died from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015, according to family statement issued to the Associated Press. “We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy. We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education,” the family statement read. Norman was born in Georgia to…

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Historic Westside News Issue 12, January 2019

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Business & Finance Culture 

Common Purpose: Basis for Social Contract

By Reginald D. Maisonneuve The measure of a society’s success is not gross domestic product (GDP) or the level of its stock indices.   It is in the fulfillment of its peoples potential as individuals and collectively as families, communities and as a nation. Sadly, we don’t measure how effectively society nurtures, liberates and achieves it.   We can and should. Poverty, crime, incarceration rates, homelessness, drop-out rates, the incidence of disease, un and under-employment, pollution levels, economic and educational inequality are among measures of a society’s falling short of its potential…

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Culture 

This is a love story.

By Eva Dickerson, a student majoring in International Studies and Economics at Spelman College.  Eva is also a student organizer, leader and community activist. The first part starts 20 years ago on a Friday. A baby is born screaming, with her eyes open. Since that day, my mom has never stopped telling me: “the nurse laughed, she said you looked like a little old lady. ‘Her eyes are wide! She’s been here before.’” The second part starts with you. I’ve learned that believing in someone, is to trust them enough…

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Culture Education 

Celebrate Black History Month with the Atlanta Branch of ASALH

Dr. R. Candy Tate is Historian for the Atlanta Branch of ASALH, an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University in the Art & Fashion Department, and Assistant Director for the Center for Creativity & Arts at Emory University.  The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) was founded on September 9, 1915 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, an African American historian, journalist, and author who is often referred to as the “father of black history.” The organization’s mission is to “promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate…

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Culture 

Black History Month,

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October. The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week…

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Culture 

10 Points Poem

50 years ago Bobby and Huey met somewhere ‘round Oakland. Today I find myself writing for my community wanting to say the things we need to hear, but can’t get around the echo of these Panthers who said it first: We Want Freedom. We Want Power To Determine The Destiny Of Our Black Community. We Want Full Employment For Our People. We Want An End To The Robbery By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community. We Want Decent Housing Fit For The Shelter Of Human Beings. We Want Education For Our…

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