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v6_collage_frontpageby Jeffrey L. Boney
Forward Times Staff Writer


Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech to Congress on March 15, 1965. In that speech, which precluded the Voting Rights Act of 1965, he shared, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The most basic right of all was the right to choose your own leaders.

v6_comerica_bank_HPL_articleCitywide Donation Reinforces Comerica’s Commitment to Houston Community

Gift to Support Programming, Materials & Technology Budgets for Strained Library System


At a news conference hosted by Houston Mayor Annise Parker at the Julia Ideson Building, the city’s oldest library, Comerica Bank today announced a charitable contribution of $100,000 to the Houston Public Library Foundation (HPLF). The six-figure restricted grant will support the Houston Public Library’s citywide programming, materials and technology budgets, all three of which were designated by the library as greatly in need of support for the current fiscal year. The announcement was made by J.Downey Bridgwater, Comerica Bank’s Houston Market President.

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v6_louisiana_educationLouisiana Cuts Deliver Blow to Black Universities

As Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal boasted at his inauguration about the progress Louisiana has made under the first four years of his administration, two leaders of North Louisiana’s Black Univer­sities are bracing to fend off the effects of mid-year cutbacks imposed by the governor.


Dr. King’s efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered his “Normalcy, Never Again” speech, most commonly referred to as the “I Have a Dream” speech. 

v5_turner_kroger_checkThe effort by State Representative Sylvester Turner to improve Booker T. Washington High School received a major boost today when Kroger donated $10,000 to the school. The funds, along with $125,000 already raised by Turner and the community, will be used for academic programs, mentoring, the school’s engineering magnet program and musical instruments for the band.

v5_fisher_ford_book_articleEmpowering African American Students for Success in a Twenty-First Century Society


Houston - As part of a Black History Month Celebration, Dr. Roland Smith, Associate Provost at Rice University, invites educators to join him in “An Evening at Rice University for a community dialogue on urban education,” on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.  The conversation will explore the vision and plan included in the newly-released book, Learning for Ownership to improve the persistency and outcomes of African American students in urban schools.  As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching, and contributions to the betterment of our world.  The university seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learners and through thoughtful dialogue and discovery that produce leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

v5_mlk_texas_observance_articleThe Hon. Dr. F.N. Williams, Sr., founder of the first Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance in Texas, presented a celebration with hundreds in attendance. This historic event was held at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, (heart of Acres Home). Antioch Praise and Worship Team presented a tribute to Dr. King. The Thelma Cares Ensemble Vocal Medley, Thelma Cares Academy and an excellent performance from the youth of New Jerusalem MBC.


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