By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray, Gary Crusader Muhammad Ali, known as the greatest heavyweight boxing champion of the world and an international celebrity, succumbed last Friday to respiratory issues after battling Parkinson’s disease for 32 years. Even though his notoriety was recognized and admired everywhere he went, it was during his...
By Louise Scott, Gary Crusader It’s a done deal. The Indiana State School Board of Education (SSBOE) gave final approval for Trine University’s Education One—a charter school office—to charter Thea Bowman Leadership Academy for the next three years. Superintendent Glenda Ritz excused herself from the vote based on Title I compliance...
By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray Richard “Angelo” Wilford recently received some disturbing news that most people would have taken extremely hard. While Angelo initially said what you would expect a person to say, “What, is he really telling me this? I’m only 20 years old. I have my whole life...
By Louise Scott, Gary Crusader Once again the opening of the main branch of the Gary Public Library has come to another standstill. The Gary Library Board voted to delay voting on a proposal to close any branches that would free up money to help reopen the main branch. The...
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund are bringing Silicon Valley to Chicago this summer for the human rights organization’s 45th annual International Convention – “A More Perfect Union: From Freedom to Voting Rights to Economic Justice” – at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, June 25 through...
By George Curry Media Two of the last three remaining presidential candidates – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders – have agreed to participate in a forum in Gary, Ind. and submit to questions of particular importance to African Americans. An invitation to Donald J. Trump,...
By Carmen M. Woodson-Wray This year, the Life Membership Banquet of the Gary NAACP branch is celebrating its 100th birthday. The Centennial Celebration and Annual Life Membership Banquet will be held Saturday, June 4 at the Genesis Convention Center beginning at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is “Our Lives Matter, Our...
By Louise Scott One month before a crucial deadline threatened to close its doors, the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy has received a three-year charter authorization from Education One, the Charter School Office of Trine University in Angola, IN. The Education One Board voted 3-0 in favor of chartering Thea Bowman,...
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson led a Gary delegation to Washington, DC on May 19 to seek economic opportunities for the city and the airport. The Mayor and the delegation met with a number of U.S. leaders including Congressman Pete Visclosky, Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) Michael Huerta, U.S. Department of Labor Employment...
While states like Illinois and California are struggling with large amounts of public debt, Indiana's tax-supported debt ranks among the lowest in the nation, according to Moody’s annual Investor Service State Debt Medians report. “Keeping a strong handle on our tax-supported debt is a mark of good day-to-day public service,...