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Northeastern celebrates 50 years of the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute


A commitment to inspiring students toward excellence, success, and service. A model for inclusiveness on Northeastern’s campus. A “home away from home” for students.  

These were the ways members of the Northeastern community on Friday described how the university’s John D. O’Bryant African American Institute has touched students and influenced cultural life on campus. The remarks came at the signature event in Northeastern’s weeklong series of activities held to commemorate the institute’s 50th anniversary.

“With this week’s program, we are truly celebrating African Americans and the cultural progress that we have made here at Northeastern,” said Richard O’Bryant, who since 2007 has been director of the institute, which is named after his late father.

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Pitts: People like John Lewis paid a heavy cost for voting rights – News – The Fayetteville Observer


I don’t care who you vote for or what party. But don’t tell me you don’t have time to do it.

I registered to vote as soon as I turned 18.

My birthday fell a couple of weeks after the election between George H.W. Bush and Mike Dukakis, so I did not wind up voting until the ‘92 election when I was in college.

My mother had a different experience.

She turned 18 in 1959. She grew up in rural Hulett, Georgia, an unincorporated community about 45 minutes west of Atlanta.

She could not register or vote that year. In Georgia and most parts of the south, African Americans were barred from the ballot due to Jim Crow-era segregation.

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John S. Tanner: Today we are all Jews, African-Americans and Democrats


Matt Rourke, AP

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, right, hugs Rabbi Cheryl Klein, left, of Dor Hadash Congregation and Rabbi Jonathan Perlman during a community gathering held in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 28.

Editor’s note: This commentary by Brigham Young University-Hawaii President John Tanner is part of an ongoing Deseret News opinion series exploring ideas and issues at the intersection of faith and thought.

In January 1945, American Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, who was in charge of about a thousand American…

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JOHN PEARRELL: Racism is a problem of sin



I have been informed by African Americans who have visited Gateway of their discomfort “being in a white man's church.” I am also aware of the fact …
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Stern John selected as head coach for MLS Caribbean Combine


Former Columbus Crew standout and current Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s Team assistant coach Stern John has been selected to serve as one of the coaches at the 2018 MLS Caribbean Combine in Bridgetown, Barbados from October 22-25. 

MLS will also conduct the dual-location 2018 MLS Caribbean Combine in Kingston, Jamaica (October 15-18) and Bridgetown with John arriving in the latter location following his outing in Thailand with the T&T Senior team on Sunday.

The MLS Caribbean Combine is a result of the partnership between MLS and CONCACAF that serves as a pathway for the best players, under the age of 24, in the Caribbean area to showcase their talent for MLS clubs. Through an expanded format, this scouting opportunity has grown from one event, featuring 22 players from 15 countries to…

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John Whelan: Africa could hold key to Irish export survival


The two themes of the Africa Ireland Economic Forum — agri-business and women in business — resonated with the wide range of African and Irish businesses which gathered in the Convention Centre in Dublin last week.

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, delivered the opening address, stating: “Since 2014, Ireland’s trade with Africa has increased by 13%. Irish food and drink companies have been particularly successful, with Bord Bia estimating that exports to the continent have gone up by 28% over the past two years.”

The Tánaiste urged more Irish companies to deepen their engagement with the world’s fastest-growing continent. To help with increased engagement, he announced the expansion of the Africa Agri-Food Development Programme (AADP), which…

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