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Shawn Vestal: The barber, the exchange student and Spokane’s “Haircut Uproar”


On an October day in 1963, Jangaba Johnson walked into a downtown Spokane barbershop, sat down and waited for a haircut.

And waited and waited.

At long last, the barber, 76-year-old John W. Wheeler, came out and told Johnson, an exchange student from Liberia and Fulbright scholar at Gonzaga University, that he did not cut “colored hair.”

Humiliated, Johnson left. He filed a complaint with local NAACP officials in what would become one of the city’s most important civil-rights cases – in which the barber argued unyieldingly, and unsuccessfully, that his rights were being abused if he was forced to serve African-American clients. The case, and the entire evolution of anti-discrimination law in the 1960s, parallels in many ways…

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Review: Photo exhibit at museum showcases ups, downs of African-Americans – Entertainment & Life – The Columbus Dis…


The next time a friend or relative takes out her wallet or scrolls through his iPhone to share some family pictures, look closer at what you see — you might be surprised.

“Family Pictures” at the Columbus Museum of Art artfully illustrates the point.

The exhibit, which continues through May 20, spotlights the work of a remarkable group of photographers who turned their lenses toward the day-to-day joys and struggles of African-American families.

In some cases, the photographers captured their own families; in others, they documented families with whom they had no connection.

Drew Sawyer, associate curator of photography, assembled the exhibit, which provides a fascinating window into private lives. Ordinary environments, such as a…

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Historian and author Sharon McGriff-Payne is Solano County’s Woman of the Year




Few people have done as much for preserving Vallejo’s rich history as Sharon McGriff-Payne, an author, historian, reporter, and humanitarian who has lived here since she was just one year old.

Now she’s being honored as Solano County’s “Woman of The Year” for her contributions, nominated by Congressman Mike Thompson.

“It didn’t sink in at first,” she smiled, adding that a woman from Thompson’s office who called to inform her had to repeat it: “Yes, you are Woman of the Year!”

“I was overwhelmed and honored,” said McGriff-Payne, “but not so much for me personally, but because it recognizes the work that’s been done in uncovering African-American history here. So that is what makes me feel good.”

McGriff-Payne…

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Transcript of African Department Press Briefing


Transcript of African Department Press Briefing







April 21, 2018















PARTICIPANTS:

ABEBE AEMRO SELASSIE

African Department Director, IMF

LUCIE MBOTO FOUDA

Communications Department, IMF

MS. FOUDA: Good morning, everyone, and welcome to this press conference of
Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie. Mr. Selassie is the IMF’s African Department
director whom you all know well. He will offer a few opening remarks and
then he will be happy to take your questions. Without any further delay,
Mr. Selassie, you have the floor.

MR. SELASSIE: Thank you, Lucie. A very good morning to you all. Thank you
for joining us today for this briefing on the economic developments in
sub-Saharan Africa.

I want to briefly set out our assessment of the macroeconomic…

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Trump Considering ‘Full Pardon’ Of Late Boxing Champion Jack Johnson




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Johnson was the first black man to become a heavyweight boxing world champion during a time when hate crimes against African Americans were the norm.

President Donald Trump is considering pardoning the late heavyweight champion boxer Jack Johnson thanks to actor Sylvester Stallone.

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South Africans, are you like the rest of us?


The death of an iconic figure and how she or he is subjected to public assessment and national soul-searching says much about the character of a society. It says much about how decent it is in being careful in its dissection of the life of the dead, realising that there are grieving survivors, while understanding the deceased can no longer defend themselves or correct interpretations.

Needless to say, I am thinking about the past few weeks and the hotly contested commentaries about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy. As we do in more modest funerals for the ordinary, when everyone goes home after the celebration of the life of the deceased, there stays behind a silence leaving the grieving survivors to begin the hard work of privately coming to terms with their priceless loss.

Certainly in the…

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