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Holt honored as Business Person of the Year by Central La. Business League

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SOURCE: The Town Talk

Sibal Suarez Holt of S. Holt Construction LLC has been honored by the Central Louisiana Business League as its 2010 Jimmie Rax Sr. Business Person of the Year.

The award was presented Friday night at the league’s annual meeting and Christmas gala.

Since her relocation to Alexandria from Baton Rouge, Holt has built several homes in Alsace Loraine, a subdivision in South Alexandria. Her company’s motto is “We Build Dreams.”

“We do what we say we will do, always in an effective, cost-efficient and high-quality manner,” Holt said.

She is the first female African-American general contractor in the city of Alexandria, according to a news release from the Business League.

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December 5, 2010 at 1:26 pm

PHOTOS Forgotten history: Naples cops piece together ’54 slaying of black officer

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By Ryan Mills, Naples News

NAPLES — In the dark between two shanties, John Wesley drew his .38-caliber pistol. He fired two shots.

One struck Officer Carl Strickland in the mouth. The second got him in the head.

As Strickland lay bloody and dying, Wesley ran. Strickland never had time to react, much less time to run.

It was Nov. 6, 1954 — a murder that has long since been forgotten.

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The Naples police department’s honor guard fired a 21-gun salute on a sunny morning in May 2009.

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December 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm

First African-American priest gets his due

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By Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun

A few weeks ago, in response to a column about downtown Baltimore’s Seton Hill, Jerilyn Manning gave me a call. She told me that I had missed a good story. She was so right.

She is the event coordinator for the Charles R. Uncles Senior Plaza at 607 Pennsylvania Ave. I caught up with Manning and Uncles Plaza this week. It was a revelation — how an 1893 Roman Catholic seminary, St. Joseph’s, had been transformed into a residence for senior citizens.

The Rev. Charles R. Uncles was the first African-American to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest. The son of a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad mechanic, he and his story made national news. The New York Times covered his ordination in 1891.

“His name and his story needs to be told,” Manning said as she walked me through the former chapel where Uncles celebrated Masses in the 1890s. That chapel is now a multipurpose room used by residents of the building. Its fancy arched ceiling is well preserved.

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December 4, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Navy Commissions U.S.S. Gravely, Newest Burke-Class Destroyer

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By Jane Anderson, Suite 101

The U.S. Navy commissioned its latest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the U.S.S. Gravely, on Nov. 20, 2010, in Wilmington, N.C. The ship honors Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., the first African American to command a Navy warship.

About 4,000 sailors and guests attended the commissioning ceremony, held at the North Carolina State Ports facility. The audience included friends and family of Gravely himself, including veterans who served with him on the U.S.S. Taussig, which he commanded in combat. Gravely died in 2004.

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December 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm

School Named After Black Journalist Dedicated

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SOURCE: WSMV

A Nashville school celebrated a big milestone Thursday. Robert Churchwell Magnet School, formerly Wharton Elementary School, was officially dedicated during a ceremony.Named after Robert Churchwell Jr., the school is Nashville’s first museum magnet school that serves students pre-K through fifth grade.Churchwell was the first black journalist to work at a prominent southern newspaper, the now-defunct Nashville Banner.His son was at Thursday’s ceremony and said his father would be proud.”I was just thinking how he would love to be here,” said Andre Churchwell.Several school officials and Mayor Karl Dean spoke at the ceremony, and all the students were in attendance. They also unveiled a portrait of Churchwell that will hang in the school’s hallway.

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December 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

Forgotten black veterans will be honored at Rye cemetery

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By Theresa Juva, LoHud.com

Community leaders plan to gather today in the African-American Cemetery for the first time to honor 22 black veterans buried there.

They also hope to generate interest in their effort to restore the Civil War-era burial ground, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and sits next to Greenwood Union Cemetery on North Street. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m.

“Many of them risked their lives for their country,” said Tom Kissner, second vice president of the Port Chester-Rye chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. “The people sleeping here can’t take care of themselves. Someone alive has to protect the place.”

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November 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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SHRA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HONORED AS NCBW BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR

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By Angela Jones, Sacramento Press

La Shelle Dozier, Executive Director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency has been named Business Woman of the Year by the Sacramento chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

“I am truly humbled to be chosen for this wonderful award,” said Ms. Dozier. “I feel privileged to be in a position that allows me to make a positive difference for people who are most in need of help to better their lives. I could not have achieved this honor without the support of my wonderful family and the dedication of those with whom I am fortunate to work with SHRA.”

Ms. Dozier oversees redevelopment and community development strategies in the City and County of Sacramento, and the provision of housing for more than 50,000 low income residents. She administers a $269 million budget and a workforce of 291 employees.

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November 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm