- Created on 11 May 2013
During the recent "Man of the Year" scholarship competition and pageant at Clark Atlanta University, Jaylyn Neal (center), a sophomore TV and film major from Prince George's County, Md., was named "Man of the Year."
First attendant (right) is James Honore, a sophomore dual degree chemistry and chemical engineering major from Houston, and second attendant is Leon Valentine, a sophomore public relations major from Washington, D.C.
In response to recent campus shootings across the country, the contestants embraced "The Campaign To Keep Guns Off Campus" and collected signatures in support of a safer college environment.
- Created on 30 April 2013
McDonald's has a new egg white breakfast sandwich called the Egg White Delight McMuffin.
It is a freshly grilled egg white on a toasted eight whole grain English muffin, with lean Canadian bacon and creamy white cheddar cheese.
Egg White is also available on any McDonald's breakfast sandwich.
Participating McDonald's Restaurants in Houston,...
- Created on 05 April 2013
Holy Innocents Episcopal School junior Amber Abernathy has been named the Girl Talk winner of the national Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy's "Choose to Matter" contest.
Amber's project—"All Teens Against Violence"—was focused on educating teens about gun violence. After losing one of her own family members to gun violence, Amber felt compelled to speak out to middle school students about violence and to help inspire teens to rise above the problem.
"I feel like it's time to take a stand and be the person I'm called to be," she explained. "Not just for me but to help other people."
The 17-year-old held a non-violence seminar for some 60 middle school students—most of whom were surrounded by gang activity or had been exposed to violent situations at home. She organized speakers to provide students with important information on how to live healthy lives away from violence, and she made "All Teens Against Violence" wristbands and goodie bags, so that her participants would have a constant reminder to say no to violence.
"I also told them that your past doesn't define who you are, or who you can be," Amber added. Amber is the granddaughter of former Georgia State Rep. Joe Heckstall (D-East Point). In September of 2012, Quinn Keevon Heckstall, the legislator's 20-year-old nephew, was shot and killed while visiting his girlfriend at an apartment complex off Mount Zion Parkway in Jonesboro. No motive was uncovered for the shooting.
For more information on Amber's project and the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy's "Choose to Matter" contest, go to the following website:
- Created on 24 April 2013
President and CEO of Common Cause fought fiercely for good government
The NAACP mourns the passing of Bob Edgar, President and CEO of Common Cause. Edgar was 69 years old.
"Bob was a hero. He devoted his life to advancing the cause of good government," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "He knew that the best way to protect any of our rights is to protect our basic democratic rights. He fought passionately for every American to have an equal voice and an equal chance to participate in our democracy. Bob was a great friend to the NAACP and to all organizations fighting for social justice."
The NAACP has worked closely with Common Cause in recent years, most notably on the Democracy Initiative. For more information on his life, visit http://www.commonblog.com/2013/04/23/remembering-bob-edgar/.
- Created on 05 April 2013
During the commemoration services for 132nd Observance of Founders Day held last week, Dr. Stanley Pritchett, president of Morris Brown College, gave an update on the school's activities and projections for the future.
"Our college is still in the business of educating our students. While we have critical financial challenges, we have much to be thankful for. There are approximately 600 faithful alumni who give more than $1 million annually to Morris Brown College. Our Trustee Board Chairman Bishop Williams is leading an aggressive 'turn-around' plan for Morris Brown College."
Dr. Pritchett's update for Morris Brown included the announcement that the college's application for accreditation with Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) is moving forward and a self-study process is ongoing.
But it was Kareef Groce, Student Government Association president, who drew a standing ovation from the audience when he said, "The good news is that the bad news cannot stand the test of time. Morris Brown College is here to stay."
Members of Morris Brown College's 2013 graduating class, faculty, and alumni participated in the observance. Faculty members in their academic regalia and seniors in their caps and gowns marched into Cunningham Auditorium at Hickman Student Center to hear messages of congratulation for their achievements and promises for the future of the College.
(Photo: Pictured at the 132nd Founders Day Observance are Kareef Groce, president of the Morris Brown College Student Government Association and student representative on the MBC Board of Trustees; and Amber King, Miss Morris Brown College, 2012-13.)