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Be sure to take a look at these December events

Published: Sat, December 4, 2010 @ 12:00 a.m.

Don’t let the cold breezes — aka The Hawk — and snowy streets stop you from attending some

important December events.

For example, there is a workshop designed for women who want to learn about financial fortitude. It is called “Do More With Less,” and it will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. next Saturday at Williamson Elementary School, 58 Williamson Ave., Youngstown.

The Youngstown Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is sponsoring the session. The keynote luncheon speaker is Carmelita Douglas, director of internal audit for the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The session, which will feature advice from seven other local experts, will focus on financial literacy and education, entrepreneurship and homeownership and also will give insight into careers for women.

The registration deadline is Tuesday, so call 330-727-9188 or e-mail your plan to attend to DSTfinance@aol.com. And you can’t beat the price. The workshop is free, and the Deltas will dole out some fancy door prizes.

If you have read my columns over the years, you know I am a proud graduate of East High School Class of 1970. Well, the All East High Alumni Reunion Association is having its Golden Holiday dinner-dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Archangel Michael Hall, 401 12th St., Campbell.

The cost is $25 per person. The reservation deadline was Dec. 1, but I have a suspicion the association still has tickets left. If you’re interested, call these numbers: 330-398-8945, 330-423-2605 or 330-207-6202. No tickets will be sold at the door. If you like to indulge in your favorite holiday beverage, bring it with you. Alumni from The Rayen School, North High, South High, Chaney, Wilson, Ursuline and Cardinal Mooney are welcome to join in the fun.

I attended the dinner-dance a few years ago and had a great time reminiscing with classmates, so come on out and meet new friends and get reacquainted with old ones. Plans also are under way this month to

organize a reception for incoming Youngstown Schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn by the Youngstown Area Association of Black Educators.

Joining in the planning process are the Youngstown Chapter of the NAACP, the Greater

Warren-Youngstown Urban League, the Youngstown Chapter of National Council of Negro Women, the aforementioned Delta Sigma Thetas, the Youngstown Coalition of Black Women and Community Mobilization Committee.

The reception is planned for Jan. 14 at the new Wilson Middle School at Gibson Street and Indianola Avenue. The time will be announced at a later date.

The black educators association, which has been around for more than 20 years, says the event will provide the new superintendent a chance to meet the community and allow students, parents and educators to come out and support Hathorn. He will replace Wendy Webb, who retires at the end of this month.

Sponsorships are $50, $100 and $150 or more, and all sponsors will be listed in the reception program. Checks should be made payable to the Youngstown Area Association of Black Educators, P.O. Box 6624, Youngstown, OH 44501. The deadline for sponsorship submission is Jan. 5. For more information, contact Ralph Goldston, association president and reception chairman, at 330-792-3280.

Don’t forget that Kwanzaa, the African American cultural celebration, is from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Check future editions of The Vindicator this month for dates, times and places for the annual holiday event. Ernie Brown Jr., a regional editor at The Vindicator, writes a monthly column. You can reach him at ebrown@vindy.com.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"Don’t forget that Kwanzaa, the African American cultural celebration, is from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1."

Don't forget that Kwanzaa is made up silliness by a felon from Los Angeles in the 1960's.

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2Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

As a white man, I celebrate the Kwanzaa holiday. Kwanzaa celebrates African Americans and African heritage. You should be careful what holidays you call silly. After all, we Have Columbus Day to celebrate a mass murderer. We also have Presidents day to honor wonderful slave owners like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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3epicfail(217 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

"Don't forget that Kwanzaa is made up silliness..."

All the December holidays were man-made.

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4Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago


There's no evidence that Jesus was born on December 25th; hence, the holiday was arbitrarily set and is man made.

Second, Ernie doesn't have to answer for anyone in his class. After all, whites rely on foreigners (Arabs, Indians, Africans,etc.) to fill science and engineering jobs that their kids don't have the skills to fulfill.

Lastly, all people in the Mahoning Valley and America should be celebrating the success and mourning over the failures in the African American community. Why? because they are Americans. We are all Americans.

E Pluribus unum-"Out of many, one"

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5Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Your insinuation was pretty clear; east high has been majority African American for sometime. The vast majority of men going to jail in Youngstown (a result of the so-called "drug war") are African American, which also leads me to your coded mentioning of race. Just because you don't come out and scream race doesn't mean people won't pick up on it.

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61970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Wow, formerlytown your posts are over the top. How is EB "an embarrassment to Youngstown?"
He has no control over his classmates from 1970 and how they lead their lives. The guy obviously has a great deal of pride in his Class of 1970, so why so harsh about him personally? He welcomed alumni from other city schools too. Sounds like a nice gesture to me.
As for your question, how would he know how many were jailed versus having gotten an advanced degree? The answer is that most did not go to jail, most are ordinary folks.

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7CitizenJ(34 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago


You should do a little research on the December 25th holiday. The bible never refers to a date of Jesus's birth. Saturnalia was a pagan holiday celebrated for centuries before the birth of Jesus. It was celebrated from approx Dec 17th to the 25th. Saturnalia was celebrated by feasting, dancing, being raucous, and was actually a one week period of lawlessness. They were celebrating "the coming of the sun", or the winter solstice, because they knew the days were going to grow longer and they'd be able to grow more crops. Around the 4th century, Christians changed it to "the coming of the son" and Christmas was born. There are actually some details in Luke that lead scholars to believe Jesus was actually born in early autumn, September possibly.

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81970mach1(1005 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago


truth about Kwanzaa

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