The Afro-American, March 26, 2011 - April 1 , 2011
Annual Awards DinnerHonors Nation’s ‘DrumMajors for Justice’
On April 4, the 32ndannual Drum Major forJustice Awards Dinnerwill honor former GeorgiaState Director of USDARural Development ShirleySherrod; award-winningactress and directorJasmine Guy and Dr. BillReleford, founder of TheBlack Barbershop HealthOutreach Program and an
innovator in the eld of
diabetic limb salvage. Thisyear’s event pays tribute toDr. Martin Luther King Jr.on the anniversary of hisassassination.“Dr. King wanted tobe called a Drum Majorfor Justice,” said EvelynGibson Lowery, founder andchair of SCLC/Women’sOrganizational Movement forEquality Now, in a preparedstatement. “He once saidthe great issue of life is toharness the drum majorinstinct. Well, our prestigioushonorees exemplify the moralexcellence and generosity Dr.King spoke of and are trulymodern-day Drum Majors forJustice.”The event will alsohonor Derrick Watkins(Fonzworth Bentley), amusician, author, and hostof MTV’s “From G’s toGents” and
Real Men Cook for Charity
; Capt. RachelleJones, First Ofc. Stephanie
Grant, ight attendant DianaGalloway and ight attendant
Robin Rogers. Dr. JosephE. Lowery, former Atlantamayor and U.S. ambassador,and Congressman JohnLewis, D-Ga., will receivePresidential Medal of Freedom for their civil rightswork.
Twitter Turns 5
Arican Americans fock to popular site or news,entertainment
On March 21, 2006,Twitter co-founder JackDorsey typed the twoseemingly forgettable wordsthat launched a media empire– “inviting coworkers.”Five years later, themicroblogging site hasbecome a leading force ininternational news reportingand the public voice forcelebrities, world leaders andeveryday users. According to
Twitter’s ofcial blog, nearly
500,000 new accounts arecreated each day and userssend more than 140 milliontweets daily—a staggering1 billion tweets every eightdays.A report by EdisonResearch, which studies
trends inuencing businesses
and elections, showedAfrican Americans comprisea large number of thosenew Twitter users. “TwitterUsage in America: 2010”found that African Americansmake up 25 percent of thesite’s community, althoughBlack Americans are about12 percent of the country’spopulation. Likewise, thePew Research Center’sInternet and AmericanLife Project found AfricanAmericans and Latinos aretwice as likely to use Twittercompared to their Whitecounterparts.
CBC Marks 40thAnniversary
At 40 years old, theCongressional Black Caucusis larger, stronger and no lesscommitted to the cause of justice and equality as it wasat its birth, Black lawmakerssaid in recognition of thegroup’s anniversary in Marchof 1971.A daylong symposiumwill be held at HowardUniversity April 4 that willfeature panels examiningthe four decades of the CBCactivities.“Throughout our 40-yearhistory, the CongressionalBlack Caucus has workedtirelessly to ensure that allAmericans, regardless of race, color or creed havethe chance to pursue andachieve the Americandream,” Chairman EmanuelCleaver II, (D-Mo.), saidin a statement. “The [CBC]continuously strives to bea voice for the voiceless,continually earning themoniker ‘the conscience of the Congress.’”In 1969, CongressmanCharles Diggs Jr. (D-Mich.)planted the seed thateventually grew intothe Black Caucus whenhe proposed formingthe Democratic SelectCommittee. In 1971, duringthe 92nd Congress, thatcommittee became thecaucus.Founding membersincluded Reps. ShirleyChisholm (N.Y.), WilliamL. Clay (Mo.), George W.Collins (Ill.), John Conyers(Mich.), Ronald Dellums(Calif.), Charles Diggs(Mich.), Augustus F. Hawkins(Calif.), Ralph Metcalfe(Ill.), Parren Mitchell (Md.),Robert Nix (Pa.), Charles B.Rangel (N.Y.), Louis Stokes(Ohio), and non-votingDelegate Walter Fauntroy(D.C.). Since then, the caucushas grown to 42 members butstill includes founding fathersRangel, of New York andConyers, of Michigan, bothDemocrats.“Not only have wegrown in number, but ourmembers have maintainedkey leadership positions,”Cleaver said.
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Actress Jasmine Guy isamong the honorees at the32nd annual Drum Majorfor Justice Awards Dinner.