Moving forward with the 2010 Census
It’s that time of the decennial again, when the federal government starts sending out census questionnaires to millions of residents. And the government is urging everyone — especially African Americans — to fill out their forms and get counted. “Historically, African Americans have been reluctant to participate in the census in the past,” says Arnold Jackson, associate director for the 2010 census. “Other than voting, I’m not sure anything is as important-the census helps dictate who represents us and where federal dollars are spent in our communities.” Unfortunately, the 2000 Census missed an estimated one million people of color and also undercounted low-income people and children. (Continue Reading…)

Smiley, Sharpton spar over Black Agenda, Obama
An impassioned debate ignited Tuesday morning over America’s black agenda, with two of the nation’s most visible black political commentators on opposite sides of the table. In a commentary on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Tavis Smiley, host of “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, announced plans for a discussion in Chicago on March 20 entitled “We Count: The Black Agenda is the American Agenda.” As part of his comments, he opined that “a chorus of black leaders have started singing a new song,” saying that the president doesn’t need a black agenda. “I must have missed that choir rehearsal, because I don’t know the words to this new hymn,” Smiley said. “We have asked some of these lyricists to show up who apparently wrote this new song to explain why they penned these words. It’s time for a choir rehearsal so that we all are singing from the same page.” (Continue Reading…)

Canadian mayor apologizes to Black community
The mayor of Canada’s east coast city of Halifax has apologized to the former residents and descendants of Africville, a black community that was razed four decades ago to make way for a bridge. Mayor Peter Kelly said Wednesday he recognized that words could not express the depth of loss experienced since the destruction of Africville, recognized as a shameful chapter in the city’s history. Situated in Halifax’s north end, Africville was established by slaves who fled the U.S. in the early 1800s on the shore overlooking Bedford Basin. It was torn down in the 1960s to make way for the approaches to a bridge across Halifax harbor as part of an urban renewal initiative. (Continue Reading…)

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