Memorial marker honors King's spfeech
(Special to the NNPA) - A plaque honoring the late Dr.
Martin Lulher King Jr. has been placed on the steps of the Lin
coln Memorial. 40 years after his
historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
Approximately 4 million visitors
each year will see the $8,300 proj
ect. The plaque, etched on a landing
on the steps of the memorial, is 24
inches wide and 10-inches tall and
I HAVE A DREAM
MARTIN LUTHER KING. JR.
THE MARCH ON WASHING
FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM
AUGUST 28. 1963
Louisville attorney Tom
Williams spearheaded the effort for
the memorial when he visited the Lincoln Memorial in Octo
ber 1997. After searching for a marker denoting the spot
where King stood, he found none.
"It just seemed like an obvious omission," Williams told
After contacting his congresswoman. Rep. Anne M.
Northup (R-Ky), Williams requested that a marker be placed
on the steps.
Kenyan wins literary prize
NAIROBI, Kenya (IPS/GIN)?This year's Caine Prize for
African Writers has been won by Kenyan Yvonne Adhiambo
Owour. for her short story. "Weight of Whispers."
The story is "narrated by an aristocratic Rwandan refugee in the
aftermath of the 1994 massacres." said chairman of the judges at
the prize-giving ceremony in Oxford University's Bodlean Library
last week. "Its great strength is the subtle and suggestive way it
dramatizes the condition of the refugee and also...incorporates so
many large issues."
Bom in Nairobi. Owour studied at Jomo Kenyatta University,
Kenya, and then Reading University in England. She currently
works as the executive director of the Zanzibar International Film
The Caine Prize is awarded to Africans for a short story by pub
lished in English by a Writer bom in African whose writing reflects
that African background.
As well as $15,000 prize money, Owour will be offered a trav
Las Vegas assemblyman is criticized for
making remark about black gays
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Assemblyman Bob Beers, R-Las Vegas,
is being criticized for a remark he made about an AIDS awareness
program that serves the black community.
In an interview with the Las Vegas
.Mm, mils msmisseu me Las vegas
based Fighting AIDS in our Commu
nity Today as a program "dedicated
to putting condoms on gay men in the
Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson.
D-North Las Vegas, who is black, said
the comment reflects Beers' larger
"To me it's a racist remark,"
Atkinson said. "It's something that
shouldn't be tolerated in our district."
Beers said his comments were not
racist but descriptive of what the
Beers comments came as pan or a
discussion about Assembly Bill 8, which included what he called
legislative pork and "pet projects."
It's not the first time Beers has faced public criticism. In Feb
ruary. Beers was criticized for an e-mail sent to a constituent, in
which he described casino workers as "prone to dropping out of
school, reproducing illegitimate children, often while little more
than children themselves, abusing drugs and alcohol more fre
quently. and even killing themselves more often than people who
do value education." "\
Beers was criticized again in March for his response to an
Episcopalian bishop who urged lawmakers to address a V04 mil
lion state budget shortage.
Beers responded by saying: "There's gotta be more Episco
palian bishops besides you. ... Your opinion is pretty far out there
and strikes me as an opinion of a woman with no taxpaying
Marian Anderson's studio being restored
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) -The Danbury Museum and His
torical Society is restoring Marian Anderson's rehearsal studio,
creating a public exhibit celebrating her achievements. Ander
son was a longtime Danbury resident who practiced for her con
certsln the studio.
"She was larger than life and had this voice from God." said
Brigid D.urkijj., executive directqixiJUhe Duubury museum. "She
?bfokealT^'oris ot-cotbt BafrrTefs." - -.
Durkin predicts the studio will flraw large crowds when it is
ready for the public in the spring. A
Anderson sang for six decades around the world, and is pop
ularly remembered for her 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert in
Washington. It was arranged by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt
after the Daughters of the American Revolution canceled the
singer's engagement at Constitution Hall because she was
Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the Metro
politan Opera House in New York City in 1955. She also sang
at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy and in 1991
was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Anderson died in 1993.
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Africans Americans feeling it worst
in nation's current turbulent economy
BY DIANNE SOUS
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
DALLAS (AP) - The
employment picture is bleak.
Nationwide, nearly 2.6 million
manufacturing jobs have been lost
since July 2000.
And that statistic has hit black
Black unemployment hit 11,8
percent in June, a new high since
the recession began in March
2001. Hispanic unemployment
"Employers are happier to
hire Latino males than black
men. Black men are the most
negatively perceived group."
- Harry Holzer. a
climbed as well, to 8.4 percent,
from 8.2 percent.
But while both numbers have
historically been higher than that
of whites, blacks are being affect
ed much more than Hispanics,
whose educational rates substan
tially trail those of blacks.
The reasons may offer insight
into globalization and migration.
Blacks are more heavily con
centrated in manufacturing jobs,
which have shed workers quickly
during this downturn and may not
ramp up to their former size
because of global outsourcing.
KRT Photo by Diedra Laird
Quenette Amadi holds son, Mantrell, as she fills out an unemployment form in Chester, S.C.
Hispanics are more concen
trated in services and construc
tion. two areas that are doing rela
tively well in this sour economy.
Moreover, a puzzling phe
nomenon is happening: Hispanic
employment is climbing at the
same time that Hispanic unem
ployment is creeping up. That
reflects the population growth of
Hispanics, who are the nation's
largest minority group and have a
younger median age than blacks
and non-Hispanic whites.
"What industry you are in is
an important indicator of how
well you will do." said economist
Jared Bernstein of the Economic
Policy Institute in Washington.
"Construction is big for Hispan
ics and that has been helped by the
housing boom. ... Another is
health care, and there are Hispan
ics, females in particular, working
in the low-end of the sector."
Nationally, the construction
industry has received repeated
boosts from mortgage rates that
are at historic lows.
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'Kitchen of the civil rishts movement' shuts down ?
BY HAL LAMAR
THE ATLANTA VOICE
ATLANTA (NNPA) ?
It's a done deal. Paschal's
Center at Clark Atlanta Uni
versity (CAU). the original
civil rights landmark estab
lishment, will close its doors
for good July 28. About 30
employees of the restaurant
have already picked up their
The restaurant once
referred to as "the kitchen of
the Civil Rights Movement"
is now being labeled by
school administrators as a
financial "white elephant."
CAU President Walter
Broadnax said he recognized
the historical significance of
the restaurant, and unfortu
nately it was a decision that
had to be made.
"I make this decision
with a heavy heart," he said
during a news conference at
the university. "But I have a
compelling and fiduciary
responsibility to CAU to
make certain it carries out its
principle mission of educat
ing young minds."
Broadnax basically said
that CAU just could no
longer afford to keep the
restaurant open. The former
hotel space had been used
for student housing. "We
have been losing $500,000 a
year for the last three years.
We have to address that stag
gering loss," Broadnax said.
He said several alterna
tives have been discussed in
the past but that the one that
suited CAU was closing the
restaurant that would pro
vide the school with "imme
diate debt relief."
He indicated that the his
toric building will be razed
and that student housing
would be built in the vacant
spatce along MLK Junior
Drive at an estimated cost of
$40 million. He said while
the school cannot afford the
demolition or construction
costs, arrangements have
been made for third-party
financing, fte declined to
disctrrsc the third party. He
also quashed rumors that the
school's bonding situation
was in such dire straits that
the Paschal's building was
on the verge of foreclosure.
"I know of no outside
entity forcing us to take this
action," he said.
Broadnax said plans are
to preserve some portion of
the former building's arti- ?
facts commemorating what r
the restaurant has meant to ,
the Civil Rights Movement. I
"This community is pro- [
fuse with icons of the Civil '
Rights Movement. Paschal's
was just one. You also have
many areas of the city that
serve that same purpose,"
Interestingly, though the
school got a permit to
demolish from the city in
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