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African-American workers were key to Atlantic City’s success, new book argues

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By Chuck Darrow, Philadelphia Inquirer

WHEN IT comes to the history of Atlantic City, Nelson Johnson literally sees things in black and white.

Johnson, an Atlantic County Superior Court judge from Hammonton, N.J., is the author of Boardwalk Empire, which plotted Atlantic City’s storied tale by focusing on the white power structure from the town’s founding in 1854 through the current casino era. The chapter about early-20th-century political and underworld boss Enoch “Nucky” Johnson was the inspiration for the HBO series of the same name.

Tomorrow, Medford, N.J.-based Plexus Publishing releases Johnson’s The Northside, a parallel history of AyCee’s African-American community.

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November 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

South Carolina’s Tim Scott among new faces bound for DC

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by James Rosen, McClatchy Newspapers

S.C. Rep. Tim Scott flew to Washington on Monday a week before most of his future House freshman colleagues as Republicans tapped him to help lead the largest class of new GOP lawmakers in decades.

Scott and three other pending first-term representatives were named to a 22-member transition team that will craft the rules by which the House will operate as of January under a restored Republican majority.

“Our assignment as a team is to transform the way we do business in Washington and make sure we keep the focus on jobs and the economy, and on cutting spending,” Scott told McClatchy from Charleston International Airport as he waited to fly to Washington.

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November 12, 2010 at 9:00 am

Initiative to support African-American art

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By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation have jointly launched a $650,000 initiative to ensure continuing support for local organizations and individuals whose work focuses primarily on the art of African-Americans.

“Advancing Black Art in Pittsburgh,” established with an initial $325,000 from each foundation, will be officially announced to local arts organizations at Homewood Library today.

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November 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

For the Museum of American History, a new trove of African American artifacts

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Source: Washington Post

Over 40 years, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, a Los Angeles couple, have acquired every kind of artifact related to the African American experience. In their collection are rare documents, such as a letter from a Union soldier recounting the 1862 murder of slaves in Tennessee and a parade flag of the Buffalo Soldiers. This important and fragile bounty is moving into the National Museum of American History on Oct. 15 in a series of galleries that are a showcase for the planned National Museum of African American History and Culture, to open in 2015.

One letter, written by slaveholder A.M.F. Crawford in 1854, introduces his slave Frances. The letter is stained, but the messages are clear. She is described as “the finest chamber maid I have ever seen in my life, she is a good washer, but at house cleaning she has perfect slight [sic] of hand.” The 17-year-old Frances does not know her fate, but the viewer will probably cry at the clear and attractive handwriting that says “she does not know that she is to be sold.” And Crawford boldly lets the potential buyer know he is using the proceeds for a new stable.

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October 3, 2010 at 2:31 pm

The First African American Breast Cancer Walk Takes Place This Weekend

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By Kim Hudson, KPLR11.com

St. Louis hosts its first walk to bring awareness to breast cancer in the African-American community. St. Louisians are about to make history at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park this weekend as they fight breast cancer. It’s called the “Sista Strut” and it will be the first walk that raises awareness about breast cancer in the African American community. The 5K walk and rally starts at the Missouri history museum. Some might ask why do we need a separate walk for African American breast cancer patients. Internist Dr. Valerie Walker presented statistics from the American Cancer Society – endorsed Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

“The five-year relative survival is lower in African-Americans than in Whites for every stage of diagnosis for nearly every cancer. That means wherever we diagnose it, it is worse for African-Americans and it doesn’t even matter the type of cancer.”

Again, the walk starts at the Missouri History Museum tomorrow morning. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and is $17. Proceeds will go to awareness and resources for those diagnosed with breast cancer as well as their friends and families. And, of course, everyone is invited to attend.

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October 2, 2010 at 9:58 am

Record number of blacks entering West Point Class of 2014

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SOURCE: Mid Hudson News

WEST POINT – The Class of 2014 reports to the US Military Academy at West Point on next Monday, June 28.

The class of 1,400 cadets, selected from over 12,000 applicants, including over 375 minorities, 12 international cadets, and 17 combat veterans who served in Afghanistan, Iraq or both, will report on Reception Day.

There are 250 women in the class, comprising 17 percent. Twenty-six percent of the new class is minorities with 126 African-Americans, 131 Asian-Americans, 125 Hispanic Americans, and 13 Native Americans.

The international cadets come from Cambodia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Jordon, Korea, Lithuania, Qatar, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Zaire.

During R-Day, the new cadets will begin the process of becoming West Point cadets and future US Army officers.

They will undergo administrative processing, are fitted with their initial issue of military clothing, receive haircuts, medical and physical evaluations, and begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy and discipline.

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July 8, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Broadway Sees Benefits of Building Black Audience

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by Patrick Healy, New York Times

They thought it was about Elvis.

That’s what a focus group of a dozen African-American women concluded about the musical “Memphis” last summer when they were asked to assess the show’s tagline, “The Birth of Rock ’n’ Roll.”

But after seeing artwork featuring Felicia, the black R&B singer in the show, and after hearing about the turbulent romance between the character and a white D.J., the women in the focus group said the show was much more up their alley.

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June 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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