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2 leave legacy of service to church and family

They operated behind the scenes to make a difference

Author gives her take on fixing the US

Janet Cheatham Bell shares her worldview on what ails America.

Community workshop on policing is Friday

The three-hour workshop will be at First Presbyterian Church on Wick Avenue

MVOC seeks to give 'returning citizens' second chance

The MVOC was founded in 2008 and serves the tri-county area

Voting should not be an option

President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke these words when he signed the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965:

NAACP national youth leader here Friday

The NAACP's local unit seeks to engage young people

Lessons to be learned from Ferguson

Community workshop on police stops set for Sept. 30

Wellness walk/run highlights healthier lifestyle

Honorary chairmen were Warren Mayor Doug Franklin, McDonald Mayor Glenn Holmes and former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams

How far do we still need to go after civil-rights act?

While I was on vacation, I watched the first part of CNN’s “The Sixties” series, which dealt with

Kudos to fathers doing the right thing

Fathers should show their children how to be accountable and responsible

Blacks urged to vote and help black children excel

A proposed plan to provide positive role models for black children hasn't developed because of a lack of commitment from black professionals.

Columnist is cancer-free a year after surgery

2 of Ernie's friends say get prostate exams

Counselors emphasize the importance of marriage

The abundant life God promised in the Scriptures includes a passionate, purposeful marriage, the counselors said

City native Pinkney remembered as political genius

The man behind the election of Cleveland’s first black mayor and who was the national chairman for the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s run for the White House in 1984 was from Youngstown.

Widdersheim's family denies abandoning her

Family says she cut them off when she entered her relationship with Zaryl Bush.

Teddy Foltz’s mom talks about her failure to protect her son

Shain Widdersheim was sentenced to 15 years for her role in the death of her son, Teddy Foltz, 14, who died as the result of beatings and torture at the hands of her ex-boyfriend last year.

Youngstown native, local church doing good in neighborhood

This column is dedicated to a Youngstown man who went from the basketball court for the South High

Black community: Let's rally behind McNally

The new mayor, however, could still face a possible federal indictment.

Be accountable; end senseless killings

Whenever I hear from our staff that there is a homicide in our area, I just hope and pray it is not

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday

Sacrifices were made so blacks and women could enjoy a basic right guaranteed in the Constitution.

Seminar set to enhance the black community

The institute’s services provide spiritual development and fulfill the mission to increase education, empowerment, and enlightenment of the community on the achievements and contributions of black Americans.

2 upcoming events worth noting

There are a couple of events this month I want to highlight and in which I encourage your

Walk/run aims to raise awareness, improve health of black men in Valley

It is time for black men in the Mahoning Valley to take a more-proactive approach to their health

Keep your children academically challenged over the summer

A black author urged adults to take the children to libraries, museums, zoos and colleges this summer

Free prostate screening offered

I want to thank all the people who sent me well-wishes after my May column about my bout with

Group helps young, black mothers obtain education goals

Since 1986, Women Hand In Hand has provided some financial aid to 125 young women to obtain their bachelor’s degrees, and some have gone on to graduate school.

Plague of racism continues

While perusing news websites CNN and Fox News, I read some things that sadly reminded me that

Honoring Valley residents who have made a difference for people of color

Black History Month again will bring forward the names of these people who have changed the fabric

Ebony Lifeline aims at addiction prevention, recovery among minorities

Many people begin a new year resolving to better themselves. If you have decided this is the year

Apply Kwanzaa principles all year

There will be five significant celebrations this month. The first four, most of us know well.

Area native joins Cleveland TV station

Another Youngstown native has reached a significant milestone. Lydia Esparra, a graduate of

BBC reporter's time in Valley results in this story

BBC correspondent Matt Wells spent time in the Mahoning Valley in early October interviewing journalists, clergy and others about the upcoming election, and how President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage may have an impact on re-election bid.

Remembering 2 trailblazers

Last month, death took two more longtime Mahoning Valley black trailblazers — Margaret Linton-

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

The culture and contributions of Hispanics, and their impact on American society, will be on display

Fighting AIDS in black community requires educating our young

One of my best friends died from complications of AIDS in San Diego, Calif., three years ago. He

Deal provides compensation to former baseball players

Major League Baseball’s annual midsummer exhibition, the All-Star Game, is Tuesday. Millions will

A role model for overcoming the odds

Some of you may remember the name Leon Stennis, The Vindicator’s former religion editor and

It’s time for Latinos in Valley to exercise political muscle

Today is the Mexican holiday known as Cinco de Mayo — the 5th of May — which commemorates the

Friendship knows no color

This is a short story about two boys — one black, one white — who grew up together on Youngstown’s

Tuskegee Airmen blazed the trail for black pilots

The movie “Red Tails,” the George Lucas-financed film about the triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen,

Honoree is a woman of firsts

There are a few sure things I know that take place every January. First, this publication will

Black men seek community solutions

I received an email that had this statement in its subject line: “Black Men Across America

City residents working to improve neighborhoods

One of the positive things I am seeing in Youngstown is people coming together to make their

Conference aims to encourage adoption of black children

Over the years, neighborhood churches have served many purposes besides being a house of prayer.

Ursuline grad pays it forward with scholarship fundraiser

Youngstown native Keith Coleman values education and was taught as a teenager to give back to his

A national memorial for Dr. King

Perhaps you’ve seen the advertisement while waiting to watch the rest of your television program.

A month of personal milestones

This month marks two significant anniversaries in my life. I will celebrate 35 years with The

Seminarian speaks out for gay rights

Does God love homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people? Is it time for the 21st-

Youngstown friends took different path

Shortly after publishing my March column on the six young men involved in shooting into a house full

Would Dr. King be pleased today?

Where were you on April 4, 1968? I was a sophomore at East High School, and I, like the rest of



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