dailyphoto100111Adding up family’s year buying Black
It’s been a year since John and Maggie Anderson embarked on a controversial adventure in empowerment to spend their money exclusively with African-American businesses in 2009. They’ve learned a few things, not the least of which was that they were a little naive. “It was more difficult, to be honest,” Maggie Anderson said as the year concluded. “We went out all starry-eyed.” As with most wisdom, the more meaningful lessons emerge from the more demanding struggles. So it was with the “Empowerment Experiment,” said the Andersons, of Oak Park. (Continue Reading…)

Egypt tombs suggest pyramids not built by slaves
New tombs found in Giza support the view that the Great Pyramids were built by free workers and not slaves, as widely believed, Egypt’s chief archaeologist said on Sunday. Films and media have long depicted slaves toiling away in the desert to build the mammoth pyramids only to meet a miserable death at the end of their efforts. “These tombs were built beside the king’s pyramid, which indicates that these people were not by any means slaves,” Zahi Hawass, the chief archaeologist heading the Egyptian excavation team, said in a statement. (Continue Reading…)

Utah’s first Black woman mayor
After his replacement took her oath of office and gave her remarks, Saratoga Spring’s previous mayor, Timothy L. Parker, started a new tradition. Removing the plate with his name and title on it from the desk name plate, he slid one in that read “Mia B. Love — Mayor.” That exchange was a first for the city and one of Love’s many firsts. Friday night, when she was sworn in as the new mayor of Saratoga Springs, she also became Utah’s first black woman mayor. “I am honored to do this and I don’t take it lightly,” said Love. “I am really, really excited about where Saratoga Springs is going.” (Continue Reading…)

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