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3 of 4 African-American judges retain seats in Jefferson

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by Jason Riley, Courier Journal

A little less than two years ago, retirements left Jefferson County with no African Americans among its 40 judges in circuit, district or family court.

Heeding a call for more diversity on the bench, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed four African Americans to fill judicial vacancies over the last year or so — and Tuesday night, three of those four choices were validated by voters.

But it certainly wasn’t easy for Circuit Court Judge Brian Edwards, in Division 11, who eked by John VanderToll, winning by only about 300 votes.

And District Judge Erica Lee Williams had an even tougher struggle with A. Christine Ward, finishing about 200 votes ahead, and leaving the normally loquacious Williams nearly speechless.

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November 11, 2010 at 9:00 am

African American World War II veterans share stories of war amidst segregation

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By Pamela McLoughlin, Journal Register Staff

Among the shrinking pool of World War II veterans still alive is a group with two war stories to tell.

One is about patriotism, dedication and becoming war heroes. The other is of doing the same thing, but in a segregated military where black troops fought in different units than white troops, with whites at the highest ranks, even though their blood spilled the same.

The Greater New Haven branch of the NAACP will honor black World War II veterans from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at a Veterans Day program at Criterion Cinemas, 86 Temple St. For tickets, call the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People office at 203-389-7275 or e-mail Tickets are $25

In addition, the NAACP will showcase an oral history project, featuring the veterans, created by Hillhouse High School.

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Hunter honored for work with kids

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SOURCE: Associated Press

toriihunterLos Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter was named the winner of the Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his work with kids in the community.

Created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities and are strong role models for young people.

“It means a lot,” Hunter said. “That’s something that you should do, whenever you can. My grandmother always instilled in me to treat people like you should be treated, and if you can do anything to make people’s lives better, you’ve got to do it. That’s part of your responsibility as a human being, and especially as a ballplayer.”

Roland Thornton, president of the Rotary Club of Denver, made the announcement Thursday at the Denver Athletic Club.

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Rays Carl Crawford to host event to entice more minority youth to play baseball

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carlcrawfordSt. Petersburg, FL — Carl Crawford, the most valuable player of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game and starting left fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, will host “Catching up with Carl Crawford,” an event to encourage more African-American youth to be involved with the sport of baseball.

Growing up, Crawford attended schools in a typical inner-city educational program. Then, it was easier for disadvantaged minorities to play football or basketball, due to the lack of resources and fields to play baseball. Today, the same story is true for many, which is why Carl would like to do his part to provide resources and outlets, for minority youth to have the opportunity to be involved with baseball.

“Growing up, baseball was always one of my passions. I’d like to do my part to make it possible for minority youth today to experience baseball and maybe make it a passion of their own,” said Crawford.

Crawford has teamed up with another African-American MLB player, friend CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, to help support his efforts. Sabathia will also speak to the youth in attendance.

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July 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

Hall of Famers Henderson, Rice got a push toward baseball

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by Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune

hendersonriceTwenty years ago, Los Angeles-based scout John Young persuaded Major League Baseball to fund a program to reintroduce youth baseball programs to inner cities.

Three years ago, MLB’s Urban Youth Academy opened in Compton, Calif., in response to the continuing decline of African-American players in the big leagues, and already it has been credited with a can’t-miss prospect: outfielder Aaron Hicks in the Minnesota Twins’ system.

While applauding the corporate endeavors, it’s worth remembering what a difference well-meaning individuals can make.
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July 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Troupe tells story of black performers

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by Jackie Loohauis-Bennett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MJS gilbert 2 gilbert.jpgHe called himself “The Black P.T. Barnum,” and he survived performing before the two toughest audiences in the 19th century: opera house fans and lumberjacks.

Milwaukee’s Ephraim Williams was a show-biz legend in the late 1800s when he became the first African-American circus owner in the United States. His horses tromped through forests to bow and twirl in the North Woods, and his acrobats flipped through the air in big-city opera houses.

His name eventually faded into the mists of history, but a Milwaukee troupe is about to revive his story and his heritage. The African-American “Gilbert & Jones” troupe joined by “Ephraim Williams” will appear Sunday in The Great Circus Parade touting its own motto: “The True Colors of the Circus World.” The group is part elegance, part clowning, all fun – with a message.

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July 27, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Tuskegee Airmen Embrace Their Past

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By Anne Barnard, New York Times

floyd carterWhen Julius Freeman, 82, parks one of his vintage cars at an automobile show, he turns it into a kind of personal mobile museum, laying out his favorite memorabilia on the hood. In the center, he lines up the traces of his career as a Tuskegee airman: medals; citations; a three-foot-long photograph of his comrades, rows of black faces under military caps.

It was not always this way. Until two years ago, Mr. Freeman’s experience in the country’s first black aviation combat unit — whose successes in World War II helped pave the way for the desegregation of the military — was a part of his life that he thought had been packed away forever. Read the rest of this entry »

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May 25, 2009 at 9:19 am