dailyphoto091228Legendary attorney Percy Sutton dies
President Barack Obama on Sunday marked the death of legendary civil rights lawyer and politician Percy Sutton as that of “a true hero to African Americans.” “His life-long dedication to the fight for civil rights and his career as an entrepreneur and public servant made the rise of countless young African Americans possible,” Obama said in a statement. Sutton died Saturday in a Manhattan nursery home, his family told The New York Times. He was 89. “Percy Sutton was a true hero to African Americans in New York City and around the country,” said Obama. (Continue Reading..)

HUD: Landlord cut off water to home because of Black visitor
The government accused a north Alabama landlord of illegally discriminating against a white family by cutting off water to their mobile home after a black person spent the night there. A complaint filed by the U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development said Phillip Maze, 59, violated the family’s rights. Maze, of Arab, denied violating anyone’s rights and said the government was exceeding its power with the claim. (Continue Reading..)

Black church ordains former KKK leader
On Nov. 29, Oklahoman Johnny Lee Clary knelt before the Church of God in Christ’s elders, who ordained him as a minister in what is one of the nation’s largest black churches. The fact that Clary is white made the moment historic. The fact that he is also a former Ku Klux Klan leader made it — at least in Clary’s view — something divine. “We’re making history,” said Clary, 50, of Miami. “We’re building a bridge of racial reconciliation, and what better way to do that than with a former KKK leader ministering in a black church that boasts over 6 million members? I hope I can have a great impact.” Clary made a different kind of contribution to humanity as an angry teenager. He joined the Klan. (Continue Reading…)

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