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Obama’s step-grandmother in U.S. to promote schools

Obama’s step-grandmother in U.S. to promote schools

UNITED NATIONS — Barack Obamas 94-year-old step-grandmother is in the United States this week to promote her dream of a modern education and health complex in the western Kenyan village where the president's father was raised and is buried — and hopes to see the president again.

Sarah Obama, who was married to the president's late grandfather, said in an interview through an interpreter on Monday that she had "a vision" sitting under her favorite mango tree in the tiny village of Kogelo in 2013 of a legacy that would continue her work helping children and live on long after she is gone.

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  • Written by Edith M. Lederer-Associated Press
  • Category: National

2016 contest overshadows GOP governors meeting

2016 contest overshadows GOP governors meeting

BOCA RATON, Fla. — No fewer than a half-dozen potential presidential candidates are gathering in Florida as the Republican Governors Association prepares to select its next leader.

The organization's annual conference began Wednesday in a luxury oceanside resort where the nation's Republican governors are celebrating their party's recent success in the midterm elections while privately jockeying for position as the 2016 presidential contest looms.

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  • Written by Steve Peoples and Jill Colvin-Associated Press
  • Category: National

SCLC president joins forces with Gorbachev in peace effort

SCLC president joins forces with Gorbachev in peace effort

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is poised for a major role in bringing international peace and equality with the recent signing of a historic proclamation with world leaders in Berlin.

Charles Steele Jr., president of the Atlanta-based organization, presented the proclamation and secured support during a summit in Berlin Nov. 8-9 commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Steele, who was the only American participating in that summit, also met with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who agreed to serve as the international chairman of the SCLC’s Global Roundtable on Peace, an initiative that expands the international work Dr. Martin Luther King launched before his death.

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  • Written by Sherrel Wheeler Stewart-Special to the NNPA
  • Category: National

The 5 best states for African-American People

The 5 best states for African-American People

America isn’t an easy country.

If you fall down, you’ll mostly get a lot of people trying not to make eye contact with you as you panhandle on the street. The fall can be even harsher if you’re African American—when your time on the street probably came with a stint in prison. But it’s not all doom and gloom for every black person in America. In fact, quite a few of us are doing pretty awesome despite a little problem like “institutionalized racism.” Why are many African

Americans doing better? It could come down to one word.

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  • Written by Danielle C. Belton-The Root
  • Category: National

Delta-driven call to action focuses on teacher effectiveness

Delta-driven call to action focuses on teacher effectiveness

(PRNewswire) – The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), partnering with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (DST), is issuing a Call to Action for nonprofit organizations to increase the dialogue around teacher efficacy to improve educational outcomes through their Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC).

The campaign is made possible by a matching grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s designed to enhance teacher efficacy, particularly in urban areas where disparities continue to exist for disadvantaged student subgroups. DTEC’s mission is that “Teachers Believing = Students Achieving.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

St. Louis churches offer safe spaces, clergy train in ‘de-escalation’

St. Louis churches offer safe spaces, clergy train in ‘de-escalation’

Churches throughout the St. Louis region will offer “safe spaces” following the grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Clergy are among those who are readying the community for what many are expecting to be a non-indictment of Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown Jr. on August 9 – and the unrest that is also expected to ensue.

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  • Written by Kenya Vaughn, Bridjes O’Neil and Sandra Jordan-Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American
  • Category: National

‘Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him’

‘Despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him’

(The Root) – Dr. Martin Salia, the Maryland physician who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone and was brought to Nebraska for emergency treatment on Saturday, died Monday. He was the second person to die from the disease in the United States; Thomas Eric Duncan died from the disease after traveling to Dallas from Liberia earlier this year.

Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate WNEW reports that Salia “was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, arrived in Omaha on Saturday” and was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s “biocontainment unit that ha[d] successfully treated two other Ebola patients this fall.”

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National