Today’s spotlight goes to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Check out some fun facts about the late trailblazer. Did you know that Madame Vice President Kamala Harris ( also a Howard alum) was sworn into office using Justice Marshall’s Bible?
The Honorable David Dinkins, the first and only African American mayor to serve in New York City has died at the age of 93. Dinkins passed away at his Manhattan home on Monday evening. According to the New York Police Department, an EMT call was made from the residence reporting an unconscious male with breathing complications. The New Jersey Native, served as the mayor from 1990 to 1993. He attended Howard University where he met his late wife Joyce, who passed away back in October.
During his time in public office the former mayor’ fought largely for the improvement with race relations in the city. Dinkins was a leader for the African American community in New York. He fought alongside other civil rights leaders in the New York political circuit. Dinkins made impacts on issues like affordable housing, healthcare directly affecting HIV/AIDS services, due to the crisis at that time, as well as crime rates in the city.
Following his role as mayor, he began teaching at Columbia University in 1994. In later years, you could even find the late mayor walking around the streets of Harlem. Dinkins leaves behind two children and two grandchildren. A true pioneer, David Dinkins will be missed by many.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will serve as the next President and Vice President of the United Stated of America. The Biden-Harris campaign earned 290 electoral votes versus 214 electoral votes racked in by the current President Trump and Vice President Pence, according to the Associated Press. The campaign was successful in flipping multiple states.
Biden is returning to the White House and he is bringing the first female, first African American woman and first Indian person elected to be the Vice President. This is a major historical moment for both. Congratulations. We can’t wait see what this. team will do for the people of the United States. America has spoken.
Many of you know that Governor Cuomo set an executive order to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday. Only some companies recognized the holiday and gave employees who recognize the holiday, paid time off and some didn’t. If you don’t know, what Juneteenth is it’s ok. We have you covered.
Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on 19 June to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.
This week in the Governor passed legislation officially making Juneteenth a state wide holiday. The official day will of course commemorate the special meaning of the day and it will also promote self-growth and cultural respect for all.
Killer Mike is making some big waves in the news this week. The grammy-award winner will be the first recipient of the Change Maker Award at this years 2020 Billboard Music Awards. The award will be presented by the mayor of Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. and the show will be hosted by Kelly Clarkson.
Many of you know the Atlanta native from his features on Outkast’s album or from his duo with Run the Jewels. Mike won his Grammy from his feature on Outkast’s hit song , “The Whole World“. Not only is Killer Mike a rapper, he is a social-political activist.
The rapper has used his public platform to speak out against social issues, specifically: police brutality, inequality in Black communities and race relations. In addition to his fight for social justice, he also has partnered with his friend, Ryan Glover to create Greenwood.
Greenwood is a new digital bank, that is owned and operated by majority Black and Latino. Their sole mission is to provide banking for communities that are interested in supporting Black-owned businesses. They will specialize in financing Black and Latino entrepreneurs that may face issues obtaining loans from conglomerate bank companies.
In case you missed last night’s vice presidential debate between candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and candidate VP. Mike Pence, conversations were more clear than the first presidential debate but VP Pence avoided answering many questions directly. The two went back and forth but when interrupted, Sen. Harris, kept her composure and politely stated, ” I’m speaking”. This is how you’re suppose to do it.
Some key takeaways were: the Coronavirus battle, COVID19 vaccines, foreign relations, racism in the U.S. and the next future Supreme Court justice. All important topics to address but they did not spend any time to discuss healthcare or what the new year plan will look like to combat COVID19.
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We know that everyone is not into politics… But we know that everyone has their own needs living in the United States of America. What a lot of people don’t know or chose to ignore is that voting even on a local level makes a difference. It starts at the bottom but right now in this moment, this is the second most important election ( following President Obama’s election), in the United States history. It is late in the game but the final votes still count. Do your research on the candidates, weigh the pros and cons. Know what the candidates plan on executing and how it can impact you directly. Let us give you a scenario… Currently, Trump is being treated for COVID19. In the event that his health declines during this time, the possibility of the 25th amendment is put into effect… That means that the current VP Pence will then become the President. Do you know anything about VP Pence and what he stands for ?… Take the time to do your research. Tune into the next debate this Wednesday, October 7,2020 VP. Mike Pence vs. Sen. Kamala Harris. The future our nation depends on us. VOTE. VOTE VOTE.