Thursday, September 30, 2010

Obermann symposium explores history of slavery and gender Oct. 13-15

The 2010 Obermann Humanities Symposium, “Causes and Consequences: Global Perspectives on Gender and the History of Slavery,” will bring a variety of scholars to campus Wednesday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 15. The scholars will explore slavery and gender and how their two complex histories have intersected in a range of time periods.

The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, UI International Programs and UI Libraries are sponsoring the symposium.

Two keynote lectures will kick off the symposium Wednesday, Oct. 13. Sue Peabody will present the first lecture “Why Scholars Study Slavery” at noon in 302 Schaeffer Hall. Peabody is currently the Edward R. Meyer Professor of Liberal Arts at Washington State University in Vancouver, and she received her doctorate in history from the UI.

history of slavery and genderJoseph C. Miller, the T. Cary Johnson Jr. Professor of History at the University of Virginia, will present the second lecture titled "Misleading Modernities: Problematizing Slavery and Gender in History,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre.

“This ground-breaking conference maps a new global history of slavery, reminding us that to understand where we find ourselves in the present, we need to know far more about the past,” said Teresa Mangum, director of the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and associate professor of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
The symposium will feature three panel discussions Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14 and 15, all in Room 1117, University Capitol Centre, on issues such as sexuality, reproduction and the larger theme of the missing gaps in the history of slavery and gender. Though registration is free, it is required to attend the panels. To register, visit>.

“We are delighted to have such an impressive group of slavery scholars coming to our campus,” said Leslie Schwalm, symposium co-organizer. “Each has made important contributions to our understanding of how gender -- as an ideology and a set of practices -- has shaped the structure and experience of slavery."

Schwalm is also a professor in the following UI departments: history; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; and African American studies -- all in CLAS. Two other events will be offered in conjunction with but prior to the symposium, both free and open to the public. These events will provide opportunities for campus and community members to learn more about the history of slavery.

The first screening of the “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, in Room 2520D of the University Capitol Centre with the film “Adanggaman.” The Friday, Oct. 8, “WorldCanvass” program will focus on gender and slavery and will be recorded live with host Joan Kjaer from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol.

“The intersection between slavery and gender necessarily has a global dimension, even if it takes different forms in particular national contexts,” said Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs. “This event will help us understand both that global dimension and those local contexts.”

A full schedule of events for the symposium can be found at To learn more about the “Slavery in Global Cinema” film series and the Oct. 8 “WorldCanvass” program, visit

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact Schwalm at 319-335-2299 or

STORY SOURCE: University News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Leslie Schwalm, UI History Department, 319-335-2299; Lois Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Writer, Katelyn McBride

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The City of St. Louis will receive a federal grant for historic preservation project

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, SEPT. 27, 2010—The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today that the City of St. Louis, a Certified Local Government, will receive a $10,000 grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund. The city will use the grant to develop a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for contributing resources associated with the history of the Ville, a historic African-American community in the City of St. Louis.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Missouri, is administered through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office.

Plan de la Ville de St. Louis

Plan de la Ville de St. Louis des Illinois sur le Mississippi, avec les differente
projects de la fortifies. Map by Goerge de Bois St. Lys, 1796. Courtesy Missouri Historical Society.
Under changes made to the act in 1980, each state is required to earmark a minimum of 10 percent of its Historic Preservation Fund monies for exclusive use by Certified Local Governments. CLGs are communities that have established, under their local government, a historic preservation program that meets certain standards set by the state and the NPS. Local governments that maintain CLG status are considered to be partners with the SHPO and the NPS in the nation’s historic preservation program. Missouri currently has 50 local governments that have attained CLG status.
The grants were awarded based on a competitive scoring process and the direct relation of the projects to the identification, evaluation, or protection of historical, architectural or archaeological resources. Grant-funded projects must pertain to the accomplishment of the State Historic Preservation Officer’s responsibilities as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, must be carried out in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation” and must meet requirements of the National Register Programs Guideline (NPS-49).

For more information about the CLG program, visit the department's SHPO website at or contact Jo Ann Radetic at 573-522-2473 or e-mail ###

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Gerresheimer Sued By EEOC For Gender Wage Discrimination And Retaliation

Plastics Company Fired Black Woman for Complaining About Unequal Pay, Federal Agency Charges

ATLANTA – Gerresheimer Wilden Plastics (USA) L.P., a glass and plastics manufacturer based in Peachtree City, Ga., violated federal law when it paid an African-American employee less than non-blacks for performing equal work and then fired her in retaliation for complaining about the discrimination, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it announced today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, the employer terminated Donna McLeod from her position as a quality assurance manager in January 2009 in retaliation for filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. McLeod, who was hired in February 2008, complained internally about race-based wage discrimination in October 2008. After the employer concluded there was no discrimination in wages, McLeod took her grievance to the EEOC. Within six weeks of receiving notice of the charge of discrimination, the employer terminated McLeod.

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The agency alleges that Gerresheimer Wilden terminated McLeod because she filed a charge with the EEOC, and that such conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The agency filed suit (Civil Action No. 1:10-03082) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement. The EEOC is seeking back pay and compensatory and punitive damages for McLeod. The lawsuit also seeks injunctive relief designed to stop race discrimination and prevent it from recurring in the future.

Gerresheimer Wilden Plastics (USA) L.P. develops and produces high-quality specialty products made of glass and plastic, primarily for the pharma and life science industry. The company is represented in Europe, the Americas and Asia by 40 production plants employing approximately 9,400 people. As of 2009, Gerresheimer Wilden employed approximately 2,825 employees in the Americas, with 13 facilities in the United States, including the facility in Peachtree City. The parent company is based in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Black Motorcyclists- Even in Helmets- More Likely to Die in Crashes

New Johns Hopkins research suggests race plays a factor in accident survival

African-American victims of motorcycle crashes were 1.5 times more likely to die from their injuries than similarly injured whites, even though many more of the African-American victims were wearing helmets at the time of injury, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

Results of the research revealing these racial disparities, published in the August issue of the American Journal of Surgery, suggest that injury-prevention programs — like state laws mandating the use of motorcycle helmets — may not be sufficient to protect all riders equally.

“For reasons that we are still trying to figure out, one size of injury prevention does not fit all groups of people and just wearing a helmet is not enough,” says Adil Haider, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the study’s senior author. “Helmet for helmet, African-Americans have more lethal injuries.”

Adil H. Haider MD, MPH, FACS

Adil H. Haider MD, MPH, FACS
Haider, who is also co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Surgical Trials and Outcomes Research, suspects several factors may combine to account for the gap in survival between black and white victims. Previous studies of other accidents and illnesses have shown that lack of health insurance, reduced access to care, poorer quality of care and a greater number of pre-existing illnesses or injuries contribute to racial differences in survival. It is also possible, he says, that riders of different races may prefer different types of helmets or more dangerous types of motorcycles. More research is needed, he says, to determine what role, if any, these issues may play.
Motorcycle crashes injure roughly 88,000 people a year in the United States and kill 4,810 annually. The rate of fatal motorcycle crashes has been steadily rising for the past decade and now account for nearly 1 in 8 motor vehicle deaths.

In the new study, Haider and surgical resident Dr. Joseph Crompton reviewed National Trauma Data Bank information on 68,840 people involved in motorcycle crashes between 2002 and 2006. Along with the finding that even after controlling for factors such as insurance status, gender and injury severity, black crash victims were 1.5 times more likely to die from their injuries than similarly injured white victims. This was so despite the fact that black motorcycle crash victims were 30 percent more likely to be wearing helmets when injured than were white crash victims. The research also found that whites who were not wearing helmets were less likely to die than African-Americans who were wearing helmets, and that the highest mortality rates were among African-American motorcyclists without helmets.

Helmets have been proven to reduce traumatic brain injury deaths following motorcycle crashes and reduce the cost of hospital stays.

But with this new study in mind, Haider says, more focus should be placed on injury-prevention programs that go beyond imploring motorcyclists to wear helmets, since they alone do not appear to be doing enough to protect some crash victims — particularly African-Americans — from death.

Funding for the research was provided by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Deans Stipend Award to Crompton and the Johns Hopkins Department of Surgery New Faculty Research Support Grant to Haider.

Other Johns Hopkins researchers involved in the study include Keshia M. Pollack, Ph.D., M.P.H.; David T. Efron, M.D.; and Elliott R. Haut, M.D.

Media Contact: Stephanie Desmon 410-955-8665;

Thursday, September 23, 2010

International Law Scholar to Deliver UB Law School 2010 Mitchell Lecture

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Henry Richardson III, an international law scholar with a special interest in Africa, will deliver this year's Mitchell Lecture at the University at Buffalo Law School 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in 106 O'Brian Hall on UB's North Campus.

The Mitchell Lecture, which is free and open to the public, continues a distinguished tradition that began with the first year of the lectures series in 1950.

Richardson, professor of law at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, says he will draw from his recently published book "The Origins of African-American Interests in International Law" (Carolina Academic Press). In the book, Richardson explores the birth of the African-American international tradition and the roots of African-Americans' stake in international law. Richardson said he used the themes -- both historical and contemporary -- for his lecture.

Henry J. Richardson, III

Henry J. Richardson, III Klein Temple University Beasley School of Law • 1719 North Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19122 Hall, Room 706 tel: 215.204.8987 fax: 215.204.1185
"I'm going to reflect on some of the lessons, insights and implications we can draw from the historical development of African-Americans' interest in international law," Richardson says. "With respect to their welfare, how international law in certain cases is interpreted can make a difference."

Historically, for example, the capture and sale of Africans as slaves was condoned by international law.

"The slave trade was a grand, ugly international enterprise as it fed into the North American corner of the British Empire," he says, "and you can only fully understand it through its international connections. In this context, African-Americans' international interests have their roots in the history of Africa and slavery well before the formal organization of the United States."

Another more recent example, he says, is the United States' ratification in 1945 of the United Nations Charter.
Pioneering civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richardson says, about the human rights provisions of the charter and their applicability to U.S. citizens.

"African-Americans not only supported ratification of the charter, but they had an interest in the authority of those human rights provisions being interpreted to be binding and authoritative in the United States," Richardson says. "In part, that would mean that the treaty would provide more or less the equivalent of an American civil rights statute. But in the 1940s there was fierce dedication to there not being a civil rights statute.

"The doctrinal and legal basis for the charter having that effect as a civil rights statute was there. But the U.S. implementation of the charter had written into it an interpretation that its human rights provisions were not binding on any nation" – an instance, he says, when a different interpretation of international law would have advanced the cause of civil rights by decades.

Richardson shares with UB Law Dean Makau W. Mutua a deep interest in the fortunes of Africa. After Richardson graduated from Yale Law School in 1966, he served for more than two years as international legal adviser to the government of Malawi shortly after that southeast African nation gained independence from British rule. There he advised on inherited treaties and a range of southern African international legal negotiations and questions.

After returning to the United States, he earned a master of laws degree from the

University of California at Los Angeles, was associate professor of law at Indiana and Northwestern law schools and served on the staff of the National Security Council in charge of African policy during President Jimmy Carter's administration. After periods as senior foreign policy adviser to the Congressional Black Caucus and as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Defense, he joined the Temple Law faculty in 1981.

Richardson has written many scholarly articles for the American Journal of International Law and other international law journals. He teaches courses on international law, constitutional law and foreign policy, international human rights and international organizations. He also was a co-founder of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the Africa Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and Temple's International and Comparative Law Journal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a counsellor to the American Society of International Law.

UB Law School's Mitchell Lecture Series was endowed by a gift from Lavinia A. Mitchell in memory of her husband, James McCormick Mitchell. An 1897 graduate of the Law School, Mitchell later served as chairman of the Council of the University of Buffalo, which was then a private university. A reception will follow the lecture.

Mitchell Lecture programs have brought many distinguished speakers to UB Law School. They have included Irene Khan, C. Edwin Baker, Derrick Bell, Barry Cushman, Carol Gilligan, Elizabeth Holtzman, Stewart Macaulay, Catharine McKinnon, Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Richard Posner, Clyde Summers and John Payton.

University at Buffalo Contact: Ilene Fleischmann 716-645-7347

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies Presents a Talk by Stanford University’s Harry J. Elam, Jr.

What: The El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship in American Studies presents a talk by Stanford University’s Harry J. Elam, Jr. The lectureship, established by Macalester alumni Dr. Stanley M. Berry ’75 and Bertram M. Days ’74 along with Ava B. Days, honors Macalester Prof. Mahmoud El-Kati’s career (1970-2003) as a lecturer, writer and commentator on the African American experience.

Who: Harry J. Elam, Jr., vice provost for undergraduate education and a distinguished member of the Stanford faculty for two decades, is a scholar of African American drama. His talk, which will reference Penumbra Theatre’s Sleep Deprivation Chamber written by Adrienne Kennedy, is titled “Struggling with Racial Legacies: Adrienne Kennedy and the Power of African American Theatre.” Elam is the author of Taking it to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka. Elam, an expert on playwright August Wilson, also wrote The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson.

Harry J. Elam, Jr.When: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:45 p.m.

Where: Macalester College, Weyerhaeuser Board Room, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn.

Contact: Barbara Laskin 651-696-6203 Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105, Tel: 651-696-6000

Sunday, September 19, 2010

'Future Pharmacists Program' Debuts at College of Pharmacy

Program designed to attract more African-American and Hispanic high school students to the profession of Pharmacy.

Brooklyn, N.Y. – The Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus and the Campus’s Liberty Partnership Program debuted a “Future Pharmacists Program” this summer. It was created to expose high school students from traditionally underserved groups and neighborhoods to careers in pharmacy.

Students enrolled in the Future Pharmacists Program will continue to participate during the academic school year, and a summer program will be available again in July 2011.

“The College of Pharmacy has a significant commitment to increase the enrollment of minority and at-risk students,” said Dean Emeritus Stephen Gross with the College of Pharmacy. “The pharmacy profession provides a unique opportunity to ensure that such students gain access to the health professions so that they can serve their communities.”

Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center
Completed in 1995, the Zeckendorf Health Sciences Center houses facilities for programs in nursing, pharmacy and health sciences. Photo: Brooklyn Home - Long Island University
Created for juniors and senior students from high schools in Brooklyn, the program is funded by the New York State Education Department. Designed by Dean Gross and Assistant Dean Lorraine Cicero, it consists of three segments: The Changing Role of the Pharmacist; Careers in Pharmacy; and Educational Preparation for Pharmacy College and Career Development.

Sessions include presentations from distinguished pharmacy practitioners; panel discussions with pharmacy students; career workshops; laboratory experiences in searching drug information databases and in preparing ointment prescriptions in the compounding laboratory.
The “Future Pharmacists Program” is presented by the College of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Haley Group and the Long Island University’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs.

For more information about the Future Pharmacists Program, contact the College of Pharmacy at (718) 488-1004.

Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences...
Established in 1886, the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Long Island University in 1929. In 1976, the College became a fully integrated unit of the University and was renamed the Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the oldest and largest schools of its kind in the country, the College is located on the Brooklyn Campus and boasts an illustrious roster of alumni, including pharmacy professionals who are at the top echelons of their fields, and at the forefront of groundbreaking developments in the pharmaceutical industry. The College educates nearly one quarter of the pharmacists in New York State and many who find careers elsewhere.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…

dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Brooklyn Home - Long Island University Contact: Helen Saffran,Associate Director of Public Relations. Brooklyn Campus, Long Island University. (718) 488-1419

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rev. C.T. Vivian Education the Next Frontier for Equal Rights

MACOMB, IL - - In his Sept. 17 speech at Western Illinois University, Rev. C.T. Vivian, a Macomb native and WIU alumnus who was a close friend and lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said today's minority students are not receiving the level of education, or educational support, they can and should be.

Vivian spoke at WIU, as well as Edison School and Macomb High School, as part of a national initiative sponsored by The HistoryMakers project. Citing low college-placement test scores and high dropout rates for African American high school students, Vivian delivered a passionate speech in front of a crowd in the University Union Sandburg Lounge.

"What we did for civil rights then, we've got to do that in education now," he said. "There's got to be an education movement that's just as important as the Civil Rights Movement was."

Rev. C.T. Vivian

Rev. C.T. Vivian, a Macomb native and WIU alumnus who was a close friend and lieutenant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaks at WIU on Friday, Sept. 17 (WIU Visual Production Center photo by Larry Dean)
Though the era of segregation may long be officially over, there is still much to be done for equality, Vivian argued.

"'Every struggle makes a greater struggle necessary,'" he said, quoting the poet Walt Whitman. "It's not just about passing a [equal rights] bill, but how do we live up to that bill? We've got to civilize everybody in this country. That [African American students being disadvantaged] would not be happening to part of the society if the whole society was civil."

Rev. C.T. Vivian was born Cordy Tindell Vivian in 1924 in Howard County, Missouri. He told the audience that his parents had a dream for him to be able to receive an education, which at the time would have only been expected to last until the eighth grade.

"I never would have been who I was if not for Macomb, Illinois," he said. "We'd lost everything in the Great Depression, and they wanted to protect the one thing they still had [their child].
They wanted to leave Missouri because of segregation, so we came to Macomb because I could start first grade here and go all the way through college."

Vivian graduated from Macomb High School in 1942 and went on to attend Western Illinois University, where he worked as the sports editor for the student newspaper. His career as an activist began in Peoria, (IL), where he participated in his first sit-in demonstrations, which successfully integrated Barton's Cafeteria in 1947.

Well-known for his participation in the movements against discrimination in the South, Vivian founded the Black Action Strategies and Information Center and launched Churches Supporting Churches. He was appointed to the executive staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1963, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., named him national director of affiliates.

According to his official bio, it was two years later, in an incident that would make national news, Vivian confronted Sheriff Jim Clark on the steps of the Selma (AL) courthouse during a voter registration drive, and, after delivering an impassioned speech, was struck on the mouth by Clark. Vivian had studied for the ministry at American Baptist College in Nashville, (TN) in 1959, where he had met Rev. James Lawson, who teaching Mahatma Ghandhi's nonviolent direct action strategy to the Student Central Committee.

In 1969, Vivian wrote the first book on the modern-day Civil Rights Movement, "Black Power and the American Myth." He also started a program to send Alabama children to college, which would later become the national program Upward Bound. In 2003, Macomb City officials designated a portion of West Murray Street as C.T. Vivian Way. Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead also proclaimed Sept. 26 as C.T. Vivian Day.

Vivian stressed the value of the opportunity for African American students to serve as leaders after graduating from college and not just focusing on "making a buck," and urged educators of young people to focus on "not just legalisms, but the greater struggle that's necessary" for equality.

"The question is, how do we lift a nation?" he said. "We talk about the power of education, but what are we doing about it? Our students are not educated at the level they need to be. They might graduate from high school, but are they college ready? Or they drop out. Every problem we have in society is based on the lack of knowledge."

He reminded the crowd that "Martin King," as he called him, led "not a political movement, but a moral and spiritual one."

"What he said was 'To redeem the soul of America,'" Vivian said. "That's different from 'Let's get a bill passed.'"

The HistoryMakers is a national non-profit educational institution that works to develop an archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories, with the goal of completing 5,000 interviews of both well-known and unsung African Americans. The Back-to-School with The HistoryMakers program deploys living African American history makers into schools in more than 30 states to recount their own school experiences and the struggles they encountered. Along with Vivian, other participants in the program include former U.S. Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, poet Nikki Giovanni, actress Marla Gibbs, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and CNN’s Soledad O'Brien.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gov. Beshear celebrates re-opening of former Cherokee State Park facility

Historic African-American facility to be part of Kenlake State Resort Park

AURORA, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear took part in a ceremony today to celebrate the renovation of a building that once served as a state park for African Americans in the days of segregation.

The renovated dining hall at the former Cherokee State Park near the Kentucky Lake shoreline will be used as a meeting and event facility for Kenlake State Resort Park. Cherokee, which included a bathhouse, beach and cottages, opened in 1951 to serve African American guests. It was closed in the 1960s with desegregation.

“This project preserves an important aspect of African American history, an important part of state park history and an important part of Kentucky history,” Gov. Beshear said. “It will become another distinctive attraction for Kenlake State Resort Park and this region.”

Governor Steve BeshearThe former park and the remaining structures were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

The Kentucky State Parks have been working on improvements at the dining hall for the last few years. The property is now part of Kenlake and the dining hall will be used for special events, meetings and weddings.

Gov. Beshear recognized the efforts of the Friends of Cherokee, a local support organization interested in preserving the building.
Besides members of the friends’ group, the Governor was joined by Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow, Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer and Marshall County Judge-Executive Mike Miller. ###

Commonwealth of Kentucky Press Release Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Contact Information: Kerri Richardson Jill Midkiff 502-564-2611

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Study Finds Big Racial Gap in Suspensions of Middle School Students

A new study by education researchers Daniel J. Losen (Civil Rights Project at UCLA) and Russell Skiba (Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Indiana University) says Middle schools across the country are suspending children with alarming frequency, particularly in some large urban school districts, where numerous schools suspend a third or more of their black male students in a given year.

Middle schools across the country are suspending children with alarming frequency, particularly in some large urban school districts, where numerous schools suspend a third or more of their black male students in a given year, according to a new study by education researchers Daniel J. Losen and Russell Skiba and published today by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The study found that African-American children are suspended far more frequently than white children in general, with especially high racial differences in middle school, causing them to miss valuable class time during a crucial period in their academic and social development.

Civil Rights Project at UCLAIn a national sample of more than 9,000 middle schools, 28.3 percent of black males, on average, were suspended at least once during a school year, nearly three times the 10 percent rate for white males.
Black females were suspended more than four times as often as white females (18 percent vs. 4 percent).

For all students in the schools examined, the suspension rate was 11.2 percent. Hispanic males faced a 16.3 percent risk of suspension.In 18 urban districts examined more closely, the average suspension rate for all students was 22.2 percent, double the average for all districts.

The study found that 175 middle schools in these districts suspended more than one third of their black male students. Of those, 84 suspended more than half the black males enrolled. Schools with high rates of suspension were also found for other racial groups.

The report – Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis – can be found on both the CRP and Southern Poverty Law Center websites. Losen is a senior education law and policy associate at the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles. Skiba is director of the Equity Project at Indiana University’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.

“It’s clear from these findings that zero-tolerance policies are pushing too many children out of school at a critical point in their education and are having a disproportionate impact on students of color,” said Marion Chartoff, a senior SPLC staff attorney specializing in education issues. The study adds to a growing body of research questioning the fairness and effectiveness of zero-tolerance polices, which often mandate suspensions for specified offenses.“

As the number of suspensions for kids of all races and all grades has risen dramatically, the gap between suspension rates for blacks and whites has more than tripled – from about 3 percentage points in the 1970s to over 10 percentage points today,” Losen said. “The incredibly high frequency of suspension use in urban middle schools, and the large numbers of youth of color who miss school as a result, is rarely discussed in debates about what we must do to improve our schools.”

The researchers focused on middle schools because studies suggest that suspensions in those grades may have significant, long-term repercussions for students and because few previous studies have separated middle school data from that for all grades, masking the extraordinarily high frequency of suspension in middle schools. Using 2006 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office for Civil Rights – the most recent data available – the study examined suspensions in approximately 9,220 middle schools in every state in the country. This data was used to calculate the percentage of a given racial or ethnic group suspended at least once during a school year.

Most of the 18 urban districts studied had several schools that suspended more than 50 percent of a given racial/gender group. In the Palm Beach County, Fla., school district, for example, the suspension rate for black males was 53 percent. The Milwaukee, Wis., school district had a suspension rate of 52 percent for black females.“The study shows very high rates of discipline for black students in some of our large urban districts,” Skiba said. “The important policy question this raises is whether we as a society are comfortable with putting this many students out of school, especially since we know about the negative effects of being out of school.”

An earlier study of all out-of-school suspensions in one state found only 5 percent were issued for disciplinary incidents typically considered serious or dangerous, such as possession of weapons or drugs. The remaining 95 percent were either categorized as “disruptive behavior” or “other.”

The study released today also notes there is, in general, no evidence that racial disparities in school discipline are the result of higher rates of disruption among black students. The study recommends that policymakers pay much closer attention to school suspensions at the school and district level and use this information as part of school and district evaluations. Further, the U.S. Department of Education should identify and address unlawful discrimination, and federal law should require an increase in the collection and reporting of school suspension and related discipline data, especially data that looks at both race and gender. This data could help identify schools with high suspension rates for review, as well as determine the need to provide technical assistance on effective alternatives to suspension for schools in crisis.

FULL REPORT IN PDF FORMAT: Suspended Education: Urban Middle Schools in Crisis

The Civil Rights Project / Proyecto Derechos Civiles For Immediate Release: September 14, 2010 8370 Math Sciences, Box 951521 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521 (310) 267-5562

Sunday, September 12, 2010

In Memoriam: Dr. Ronald Walters

"What was most impressive about him was that he was such a humble man even in all of his fame." - Dr. Nina Harris, School of Public Policy

Professor Emeritus Ronald Walters, an internationally recognized political scientist, died on September 10 after a long illness. He was 72.

Walters had an illustrious career as a teacher, writer, researcher and political activist. He played major roles in the presidential campaigns of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and won many prestigious academic and publishing awards.

Walters wrote a weekly syndicated column of political commentary that appeared in newspapers around the nation. He remained a powerful intellectual and political force until his death.

Dr. Ronald Walters"Ron Walters was an eminent and inspiring professor, teacher, author, mentor and human being," said Acting University President Nariman Farvardin. "He had a great impact and made a real difference in the world and to all those who knew him. His death is a tremendous loss. Our sincerest condolences go out to his wife, Patricia, and all his family."

This past August in one of Walters' last weekly syndicated columns, he shared his view from the mountain - looking back at the civil rights movement he had taken part in and to the future that he hoped to shape.
He recalled Washington in August, 1963, and the "progressive spirit of the original nonviolent march, which held out the hope of racial reconciliation, and that America would finally cash a check of justice that would allow all of us to invest in the great project of democracy."

Then, Dr. Walters reminded his readers that there is still "work to be home," and that African Americans "should try out their local mobilization legs" to prepare for the fall elections. The stakes will be high, he reminded - "jobs and justice and respecting the values of the movement for which so many people gave their lives, time and energy."

Before retiring from fulltime work in July of 2009, Walters carried three major titles at the University of Maryland: Director of the African American Leadership Institute, distinguished leadership scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, and professor of government and politics. He was internationally known for his expertise on African American leadership and politics, his writing, and his teaching.

"Ron was an inspiration to all, especially those aspiring to be future leaders," recalls his Academy colleague, Nina Harris. "He touched the lives of students through his teaching and mentoring and will be missed by so many. There was a constant stream of media setting up in the Academy of Leadership Library to conduct interviews but yet he seemed unfazed by it all. He was a part of our family, and I am grateful that I was able to be a part of his journey."

Dr. Walters is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Walters.


Walters' career blended academic achievement, a bookshelf of publications and significant political activity. He held senior positions in both of Jesse Jackson's runs for the White House and lived to see the first African American to hold the U.S. presidency.

Walters received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Government with Honors from Fisk University (1963) and both his M.A. in African Studies (1966) and Ph.D. in International Studies (1971) from American University.

Prior to coming to the University of Maryland in 1996, Walters served as professor and chair of the political science department at Howard University, assistant professor and chair of Afro-American studies at Brandeis University, and assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University. Also, he served as visiting professor at Princeton University and as a fellow of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Walters was a former member of the governing council of the American Political Science Association. Walters also served as the senior policy staff member for Congressman Charles Diggs, Jr. and Congressman William Gray.

In 1984, Walters served as deputy campaign manager for issues of the Jesse Jackson campaign for president, and in 1988, was consultant for convention issues for the Jackson campaign, then directed by former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown. He served as board member of the Black Leadership Forum, the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, and other organizations.


Dr. Walters wrote over 100 articles and ten books. His book, Black Presidential Politics in America, (1989), won the American Political Science Association's Ralph Bunche Prize and the Best Book award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS). Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora (1993) also won the NCOBPS Best Book award.

His most recent books were White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community (2003), Freedom Is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates, and American Presidential Politics (2005), and The Price of Racial Reconciliation (2008).

The University of Maryland libraries summarizes some of his major publications online.


Walters won many awards, including a distinguished faculty award from Howard University (1982), Distinguished Scholar/Activist Award, Black Scholar Magazine (1984), W.E.B. DuBois/Frederick Douglass Award, African Heritage Studies Association (1983), the Ida Wells Barnett Award, Association of Black School Educators, (1985), the Fannie Lou Hammer Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists (1996), Distinguished Faculty Contributions to Campus Diversity, University of Maryland (1999), and the Ida B. Wells-W.E.B. DuBois Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the National Council for Black Studies (2000).

He was awarded the honor of "Alumnus of the Year" by the School of International Service of the American University in 2000.

Walters frequently appeared on local and major media as an analyst of African American politics, such as CNN, CBS News, Nightline, NBC Today Show, C-SPAN, the PBS Newshour and Think Tank, and All Things Considered (NPR). Walters wrote a weekly opinion column for the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service and Web sites.

Memorial plans have not yet been announced.

University of Maryland For Immediate Release September 11, 2010 Contacts: Neil Tickner, 301 405 4622 or

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Racial Stupidity and Malevolence A MINORITY VIEW

The white liberal's agenda, coupled with that of black race hustlers, has had and continues to have a devastating impact on ordinary black people. Perhaps the most debilitating aspect of this liberal malevolence is in the area of education.

Recently, I spoke with a Midwestern university engineering professor who was trying to help an inner-city black student who was admitted to the university's electrical engineering program. The student was sure that he was well prepared for an engineering curriculum; his high school had convinced him of that and the university recruiters supported that notion. His poor performance on the university's math placement exam required that he take remedial math courses. He's failed them and is now on academic probation after two semesters of earning less than a 2.0 grade point average.

Walter E. Williams

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The young man and his parents were sure of his preparedness. After all, he had good high school grades, but those grades only meant that he was well behaved. The college recruiters probably knew this youngster didn't have the academic preparation for an electrical engineering curriculum. They were more concerned with racial diversity.

This young man's background is far from unique. Public schools give most black students fraudulent diplomas that certify a 12th-grade achievement level. According to a report by Abigail Thernstrom, "The Racial Gap in Academic Achievement," black students in 12th grade dealt with scientific problems at the level of whites in the sixth grade; they wrote about as well as whites in the eighth grade. The average black high school senior had math skills on a par with a typical white student in the middle of ninth grade. The average 17-year-old black student could only read as well as the typical white child who had not yet reached age 13.
Black youngsters who take the SAT exam earn an average score that's 70 to 80 percent of the score of white students, and keep in mind, the achievement level of white students is nothing to write home about. Under misguided diversity pressures, colleges recruit many black students who are academically ill equipped. Very often, these students become quickly disillusioned, embarrassed and flunk out, or they're steered into curricula that have little or no academic content, or professors practice affirmative-action grading. In any case, the 12 years of poor academic preparation is not repaired in four or five years of college. This is seen by the huge performance gap between blacks and whites on exams for graduate school admittance such as the GRE, MCAT and LSAT.

Is poor academic performance among blacks something immutable or pre-ordained? There is no evidence for such a claim. Let's sample some evidence from earlier periods. In "Assumptions Versus History in Ethnic Education," in Teachers College Record (1981), Dr. Thomas Sowell reports on academic achievement in some of New York city's public schools. He compares test scores for sixth graders in Harlem schools with those in the predominantly white Lower East Side for April 1941 and December 1941.

In paragraph and word meaning, Harlem students, compared to Lower East Side students, scored equally or higher. In 1947 and 1951, Harlem third-graders in paragraph and word meaning, and arithmetic reasoning and computation scored about the same as -- and in some cases, slightly higher, and in others, slightly lower than -- their white Lower East Side counterparts.

Going back to an earlier era, Washington, D.C.'s Dunbar High School's black students scored higher in citywide tests than any of the city's white schools. In fact, from its founding in 1870 to 1955, most of Dunbar's graduates went off to college.

Let's return to the tale of the youngster at the Midwestern college. Recruiting this youngster to be a failure is cruel, psychologically damaging and an embarrassment for his family. But the campus hustlers might come to the aid of the student by convincing him that his academic failure is a result of white racism and Eurocentric values.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at


Thursday, September 9, 2010

September 14th Event at the U of M Will Honor the Late Dr. Benjamin Hooks

A memorial tribute to the late Dr. Benjamin L. Hooks will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 14, at the University of Memphis’ Michael D. Rose Theatre. The tribute, which is free and open to the public, is in conjunction with the annual open house hosted by the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University.

Dr. Hooks, who died April 15, 2010, held the position of distinguished adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and History at the U of M. The Hooks Institute was founded in 1996 to honor its civil rights pioneer namesake, to preserve the history of the American civil rights movement, and to advance the legacy of that movement through scholarship and community action.

Having lived through the era of segregation and Jim Crow, the civil rights movement, and the election of the first African-American president of the United States, Dr. Hooks was both a catalyst for and a witness to profound and positive changes in the institutional fabric of this country. He made a significant and lasting contribution to the nation through his civil rights activism and to the intellectual life of the UofM through his support of the Hooks Institute.

Dr. Benjamin Hooks

The memorial tribute will examine his civil rights activism through the lens of local civil rights icons Dr. Maxine Smith and the Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles. University officials will discuss Dr. Hooks’ contributions to the University. Faculty members will showcase Hooks Institute projects that incorporate 21st century technology to distribute resources and scholarship about civil rights events.

The tribute will also feature interviews contained in the documentary Duty of the Hour: The Life and Times of Benjamin L. Hooks (working title), which the Institute is producing. The movie trailer includes excerpts of interviews with former President Jimmy Carter, NAACP CEO Ben Jealous, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, former Urban League CEO Vernon Jordan, University of Texas – Austin historian Laurie B. Green, and Richard E. Wiley, former colleague of Dr. Hooks and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The completed documentary (expected fall 2011) will provide insight into Hooks’ effectiveness in building local and national allies with Republicans, Democrats, business leaders, and others to advance his civil rights agenda during the early years of his activism, as the first African-American commissioner at the FCC, and as the executive director of the NAACP.

A detailed biography of Dr. Hooks can be found online at the Hooks Institute’s website,

University of Memphis For release: September 8, 2010 For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-3812 or Daphene R. McFerren, 901-678-3974

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dr. Lisa Sugimoto, to be Honored by NAACP

Dr. Lisa Sugimoto, Pasadena City College vice president of College Advancement and recent past PCC president, will be honored by the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Sept. 9 at the 25th Ruby McKnight Williams Awards Dinner. She will be receiving the Community Award.

The Community Award is presented to educators who go beyond the call of duty to improve the quality of life for African Americans.

“Dr. Sugimoto has been a long-term educator assisting all students within the PCC jurisdiction,” said Joe Brown, president of the NAACP in Pasadena. “She will be recognized for her tireless commitment to increasing African-American students' enrollment.”

Lisa SugimotoThis past year, the PCC President’s African-American Advisory Committee was very active with the African-American Outreach Initiative, which began its efforts in local churches.

“Our outreach efforts throughout the community, and in particular with our African-American high school students, provided opportunities for the church community and the college to encourage and support education,” Sugimoto said.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be one of the recipients of the NAACP Community Award. To be honored along with longtime community activist and PCC supporter Dolores Hickambottom and PCC alumnus and attorney John Van de Kamp is a proud moment for me,” Sugimoto added.

In addition to her tenure as PCC president from September 2009 to July of 2010, Sugimoto served as vice president of Student and Learning Services since 2003, overseeing the following areas: Admissions and Records; Counseling and Career Services; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services; the Learning Assistance Center; the New Media Center; Outreach, Degree and Transfer Services; Scholarships and Financial Aid; and Special Services.

Sugimoto’s 34-year career in community colleges began at PCC. In 1976, she was a part-time support staff member and became a counselor the following year. During this span, Sugimoto taught the peer advising course, accounting/bookkeeping, and finite business mathematics. Before joining PCC in her present capacity, Sugimoto also served for 14 years as dean of Counseling, Student Development, and Support Services at Long Beach City College. From 1985 to 1989, she coordinated the Transfer Center programs at Cerritos Community College.

Sugimoto is also past president of the Association of California Community College Administrators.

She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles; MBA and M.S.Ed. from the University of Southern California; and a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

For more information, please contact the NAACP Pasadena branch at (626) 793-1293.

Release Date: 09/08/2010 Contact: Juan F. Gutierrez , Director, Public Relations Phone: (626) 585-7315 Email:

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Georgia Review presents "Once Upon a Time in Athens: The Legacy of Raymond Andrews"

Athens, Ga. –The Georgia Review will honor Georgia novelist and memoirist Raymond Andrews (1934-91) with a slate of varied events on the University of Georgia campus and at Ciné BarCaféCinéma in downtown Athens on Wednesday, Oct. 13 and Thursday, Oct. 14.

Andrews was born into and reared by a sharecropping family in Morgan County, resided in New York City for much of his adult life, and returned to Georgia to live in the Athens area about seven years prior to his death. He won the James Baldwin Prize for his first novel, Appalachee Red (1978), and—posthumously—the American Book Award for his novellas Jessie and Jesus and Cousin Claire (1991). Although Andrews was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame this past spring, his works remain little known and read.

Raymond Andrews

Raymond Andrews
The participants for “Once Upon a Time in Athens:The Legacy of Raymond Andrews” include Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and UGA graduate Natasha Trethewey, UGA’s Hamilton Holmes Professor of English Reginald McKnight, Idaho-based writer Gary Gildner, novelist Philip Lee Williams, local publisher and bookseller Judy Long, Emory University archivist Randall Burkett, relatives of Raymond Andrews, and Georgia Review staff members.
The program—its title modeled after Andrews’ posthumously published memoir, Once Upon a Time in Atlanta—includes an opening reception at Ciné; a showing of Jesse Freeman’s hour-long documentary film Somebody Else, Somewhere Else: The Raymond Andrews Story; an informal talk about Andrews by Gary Gildner, who was his roommate at Michigan State University in their pre-author days; readings from and discussion of Andrews’ books, especially his heralded Muskhogean trilogy of Georgia-set novels (Appalachee Red, Rosiebelle Lee Wildcat Tennessee, and Baby Sweet’s); and a discussion of the art and science of literary archiving, particularly as it pertains to the Raymond Andrews collection at Emory University.

This celebration of Raymond Andrews will coincide with the release of the Fall 2010 issue of The Georgia Review, which will feature previously unpublished excerpts from Andrews’ writings and correspondence, essays about his life and work, archival photographs, and a number of the line drawings created for Raymond Andrews’ books by his brother, internationally-known artist Benny Andrews, who also will be represented by a portfolio of his color paintings. An exchange of previously unpublished letters between Raymond Andrews and Gary Gildner during the 1980s was the initial inspiration for this feature and will be included. This issue will be available for purchase throughout the program, as will copies of the Andrews trilogy—originally published by Dial Press in the late 1970s and early 1980s, then reprinted by the University of Georgia Press in the late 1980s.

On Oct.13, at Ciné (234 West Hancock Avenue in Athens), The Georgia Review will host an opening reception at 6 p.m., followedby the Freeman film at 7 p.m., and a panel discussion of Raymond Andrews’ work and life at 8 p.m. The panelists will be Gildner, Shirley Andrews Lowrie (Raymond and Benny’s sister), Judy Long, and Philip Lee Williams, with Georgia Review editor Stephen Corey moderating.

A panel discussion titled “Preserving Literary History:The Raymond Andrews Papers at Emory University,” will be held on Oct. 14, 4 - 5:15 p.m. in room 250 of UGA’s Miller Learning Center (48 Baxter St. at South Lumpkin St.). The participants will be Gildner, Randall Burkett (curator of African American Collections for the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory), and Randy Latimer (nephew of Raymond Andrews and co-executor of the author’s estate). Douglas Carlson, an assistant editor of The Georgia Review, will serve as moderator.

Gary Gildner will read from his Georgia Review essay “Remembering Raymond Andrews,” and Reginald McKnight and Natasha Trethewey willread selections from Andrews’ work on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Ciné.

“Once Upon a Time in Athens” is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. Additional support is provided by Ciné, home.made catering, and Big City Bread Café.

All events are free and open to the public. Students in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences can receive “blue card” credit for attendance. For more information, see The Georgia Review website at, connect on Facebook, or call 706/542-3481.

Writer, Contact: David Ingle, 706/542-3481 or (706) 542-0397, Sep 7, 2010, 16:41

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Chucalissa Will Premiere New African-American Exhibit Sept. 11

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will premiere its new exhibit “The African-American Cultural Heritage in Southwest Memphis” on Saturday, Sept. 11. The opening reception and program will be held from noon to 2 p.m. There is no charge to attend the reception or view the exhibit that day.

The exhibit was created by nine high school students living in the 38109 Zip code area of southwest Memphis. Over a five-week period this summer, the students participated in a variety of activities as they prepared to create and install the exhibit. By visiting five area museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the students learned about the care and preservation of artifacts and the mechanics of exhibit creation. They also conducted research for the exhibit at the McWherter Library and consulted with professors at the University of Memphis.

The multi-media exhibit also draws on more than 30 hours of video interviews the students conducted with area residents and community leaders. “We are excited to have an exhibit created by the youth from the community surrounding Chucalissa displayed at the C.H. Nash Museum,” said Dr. Robert Connolly, museum director.

hucalissa Will Premiere New African-American Exhibit

The student participants all live in southwest Memphis and were selected from more than 35 applicants who wrote an essay on “Why Knowing About the African-American Cultural Heritage in My Neighborhood is Important.”

The project is organized through a partnership of the C.H. Nash Museum and the Westwood-Indian Neighborhood Development. It is supported by Strengthening Communities grants that are funded by The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the United Way of the Mid-South, and the University of Memphis Research Foundation. The program is managed and administered by the U of M’s School for Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

Operated by the University of Memphis, the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa serves as a gateway to understanding the science of archaeology and the interpretation of Native American and traditional cultures of the region. Chucalissa is located at 1987 Indian Village Drive in southwest Memphis.

University of Memphis For more information, contact Rachael South by phone at 901-785-3160, ext. 12, or via email at

For release: September 2, 2010 For press information, contact Rachael South, 901-785-3160

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Friday, September 3, 2010


Victoria Rowell is an advocate, mother, former foster child, versatile actress, and bestselling author. Known as the feisty Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless. Ms. Rowell is asking that you read the statement below and is encouraging your participation in her request:

Please with all due respect, and as a 12 time NAACP Image Awardee, NUL Whitney M. Young Awardee, African American Literary Awardee & Walter Mosley novelist Awardee, I am requesting the consideration of the posting of a petition to restore the African American family on the soap opera, The Young and the Restless immediately. As African Americans are overwhelmingly the majority audience and have demanded my return but are met with resistance, a petition has been mounted on my behalf.

Talladega College logoThis is a serious matter and needs swift attention. Since 1973 The Young & Restless has NEVER hired ONE African American writer, producer or director and more.
There are many disparities that I attempted to change and that are well documented. # # #

Released On: Friday, September 03, 2010 Teresa H. Spence Executive Administrative Assistant to the President

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

African-Americans have higher risk for blood clots after receiving drug-coated stent VIDEO

Study highlights:

* African-American race is among the risk factors for developing dangerous blood clots after receiving a drug-coated stent.
* Despite taking anti-clotting medications as directed, African-Americans had more than double the rate of clotting compared to other races.

DALLAS, August 30, 2010 — African-American race is a distinct risk factor for developing life-threatening blood clots after receiving a drug-coated stent, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

African-American race was the strongest predictor of clotting that occurs more than 30 days after implantation, researchers said.

For the study, researchers examined data on 7,236 patients who had stents, coated with clot-prevention drugs, implanted to prop open narrowing arteries. The drug-coated stents, also called drug-eluting stents, were implanted between mid-2003 and the end of 2008.

Even after considering other known risk factors — such as diabetes, hypertension and kidney problems — researchers found that African-Americans still experienced a higher rate of thrombosis or clotting.

“The bottom line is this is not just because this population is sicker or less compliant, but there is something else there that needs to be explored,” said Ron Waksman, M.D., the study’s lead author.

In the study, African-American patients were nearly three times as likely to experience clotting as non-African-American patients. African-Americans’ clotting rates compared to non-African Americans were:

* 1.71 percent vs. 0.59 percent after 30 days;
* 2.25 percent vs. 0.79 percent at one year;
* 2.78 percent vs. 1.09 percent at two years; and
* 3.67 percent vs. 1.25 percent at three years.

The rate of death from all causes at three years was also higher among African-Americans, 24.9 percent vs. 13.1 percent in other races.

“Physicians and patients need to know that African-Americans are at a higher risk of developing stent thrombosis, which is associated with heart attack or death,” said Waksman, associate director of the Division of Cardiology at Washington Hospital Center and professor of medicine and cardiology at Georgetown University.

In the study, African-Americans had increased rates of stent thrombosis even though they took post-surgery anti-clotting medication as prescribed at a higher rate than other races.

Further studies are needed to determine what should be done to reduce the blood clotting risks in African-Americans, Waksman said. Possible genetic differences in the way African-Americans’ bodies react to the anti-clotting medication clopidogrel may have an impact.

Clopidogrel, a common drug prescribed post-stent implantation, carries a black box warning on its label from the Food and Drug Administration because the drug loses its ability to keep blood clots from forming in some patients whose bodies have trouble converting clopidogrel to its active form.

In some studies, researchers found that this genetic difference occurs more often in African-Americans than in white patients. Blood tests or genetic testing determine if someone is a “poor metabolizer” of clopidogrel.

More African-American participants are needed in key clinical trials to determine if the treatment works before a drug is on the market, Waksman said. “We are committed to further exploring these disparities and how African-Americans can benefit from drug-eluting stents without increasing the risk of stent thrombosis.”

Co-authors are Sara D. Collins, M.D.; Rebecca Torguson, M.P.H.; Michael A. Gaglia Jr., M.D., M.Sc.; Gilles Lemesle, M.D.; Asmir I. Syed, M.D.; Itsik Ben-Dor, M.D.; Yanlin Li, M.D.; Gabriel Maluenda, M.D.; Kimberly Kaneshige, B.S.; Zhenyi Xue, M.S.; Kenneth M. Kent, M.D., Ph.D.; Augusto D. Pichard, M.D.; William O. Suddath, M.D.; and Lowell F. Satler, M.D.

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NR10 – 1105 (Circulation/Waksman)