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    Passing of former EEOC Chair Berrien

    WASHINGTON -- It is with great sadness that EEOC mourns the loss of former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jacqueline A. Berrien, who passed away on Monday, November 9, 2015.

    Jacqueline
A. Berrien


    Berrien, a native of the District of Columbia, was sworn in as EEOC Chair on April 7, 2010. In nominating her for the post, President Barack Obama said she “has spent her entire career fighting to give voice to underrepresented communities and protect our most basic rights.” Berrien ended her tenure at EEOC on August 31, 2014.

    “Chair Berrien’s death is a tragic loss for the civil rights community for which she was a guiding light,” said current EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang. “Her dedication to public service made a difference in so many lives and left our nation more just.”

    During her tenure, Berrien focused on ensuring that EEOC had the tools and resources necessary to combat workplace discrimination. Investments she made in staffing, training, and technology enabled EEOC to hire front line staff, increase productivity, and reduce or maintain the inventory of pending charges. The agency accomplished all this despite challenges from declining resources, sequestration, and record numbers of charges of discrimination filed with its offices.

    As a litigator, Berrien took special interest in the EEOC’s systemic program and revitalized the program. During her term, the systemic investigations, conciliations, and litigation increased each year and became a significant part of the agency’s work. Also during her term, EEOC won the largest award under the American with Disabilities Act and largest award in the agency’s history—$240 million for the class of intellectually disabled men in EEOC v. Hill Country Farms.

    While Berrien was Chair, the Commission issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Other Related Matters. She also shepherded the passage of regulations concerning the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and the Disparate Impact and Reasonable Factors Other than Age under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

    Berrien cared deeply about the agency’s mission and its staff. In her numerous visits to EEOC offices around the country, she emphasized to every employee the importance of his or her work. Always one to lead by example, during the fiscal year 2013 sequestration, when the Commission furloughed career staff for a week and political appointees remained on salary, Berrien donated her pay to a federal employee assistance fund.

    “Our hearts go out to Chair Berrien’s family,” said Yang. “We will honor her by building on the inspired legacy that she left us.”

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    (BPRW) AHF Celebrates Julian Bond: “A Champion of Freedom for All People…Giving Voice to the Voiceless.”

    Bond offered inspiring keynote speech at AHF’s ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ March in Cleveland in 2013. “Once again a people’s movement is seeing wrong and acting against it, seeing evil and bringing it down. Relying not on the noted but on the nameless, not on the famous but on the faceless.”

    AHF Celebrates Julian Bond
    (L to R) Nickie Antonio, Michael Weinstein, Julian Bond, Jamie Scott Moore, Elaine Henderson and Andrew Neal Jr. seen at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's "Keep The Promise On AIDS" March and Rally, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Jason Miller /AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation)


    (Black PR Wire) – WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) President Michael Weinstein released the following statement on the passing of Julian Bond:

    “Julian Bond, a giant of the civil rights movement, has died at 75. This is a particularly poignant moment for AHF because Mr. Bond delivered an inspiring keynote speech in May 2013 in Cleveland for AHF’s ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ March. For those of you who were fortunate enough to hear him that day, you know that he was a champion of freedom for all people. He was an early and strong supporter of LGBT rights. In a world of screaming narcissism he had a strong, but strangely soft-spoken voice. He came to prominence in the ‘60s as a young African American legislator in Georgia; then as the head of the NAACP; and he then spent his entire career giving voice to the voiceless. Julian Bond - we celebrate your life.”

    To read Julian Bond’s full keynote speech at the May 2013 ‘Keep the Promise on AIDS’ March in Cleveland, click here. To view a video clip of Bond’s speech and the KTP March, click here, and for a full Flickr album of the KTP event, click here.

    About AHF
    AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to over 451,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter @aidshealthcare

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    Calvin Peete & Charlie Sifford: A Tribute to 2 Legends in Golf and American History

    On Wednesday, April 29th, 2015, Calvin Peete, passed away at the age of 71. Peete was one of the most accomplished golfers in PGA history, and served as a model for African Americans in golf before the arrival of the great Tiger Woods.

    Calvin Peete
    Calvin Peete


    As a tribute to this historic figure in golf and African American history, I have attached an excerpt about Calvin Peete from my documentary, "Rainbow on the Green," which I hope you will take time to view and share with young people in order to spread the history of golf and African American accomplishment for future generations of all colors.


    Earlier in 2015, on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, another golfing legend, Charlie Sifford, the first African American to play professionally on the PGA Tour, passed away at the age of 92. In tribute to this groundbreaking figure, I have attached an excerpt about Mr. Sifford from "Rainbow on the Green" which I also hope you will view and pass forward so that people of all colors will learn about and honor the achievements of these two legendary figures in golf and African American history.

    Charlie Sifford
    Charlie Sifford



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OBITUARIES  2015

Natalie Cole -   The singer, whose hits included “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)" and “Unforgettable,” died 12/31/15 at a Los Angeles hospital. Natalie had dealt with multiple health issues in the past six years.
Meadowlark Lemon -   George “Meadowlark” Lemon, known also as the “crown prince” of basketball who who entertained millions of fans around the world with his antics as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday, December 27 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83.
Dave Henderson -   Dave Henderson, who died 12/27/15 at age 57 of an apparent heart attack, is remembered for one of the more memorable home runs in post-season history, leading those same Red Sox past the Angels in the ’86 ALCS.
Jacqueline A. Berrien -   Jacqueline A. Berrien, the former chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a veteran civil rights lawyer who had earlier served five years as associate director-counsel of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, died of cancer at age 53.
Allen Toussaint -   Toussaint died in the early hours of November 10, 2015 while on tour in Madrid, Spain. Following a concert at the Teatro Lara on Calle Corredera Baja de San Pablo, he suffered a heart attack at his hotel and was pronounced dead on his arrival at hospital.
Moses Malone -   National Basketball Association legend Moses Malone has died, his former team, the Philadelphia 76ers, announced on 9/13/2015. "It is with a deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone," the team said in a statement.
Darryl Dawkins -   Darryl Dawkins, whose backboard-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58. The Lehigh County, Pennsylvania coroner's office said Dawkins died Thursday morning, Aug. 27, 2015.
Amelia Boynton Robinson -   Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was called the matriarch of the voting rights movement — and whose photograph, showing her beaten, gassed and left for dead in the epochal civil rights march known as Bloody Sunday, died 8/26/15 in Montgomery, Ala. She was 104.
Julian Bond -   Julian Bond, a civil rights activist and longtime board chairman of the NAACP, died 8/15/2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was 75. Bond died in Fort Walton Beach, Florida after a brief illness.
Bobbi Kristina Brown -  Bobbi Kristina Brown has passed away at a hospice center in Atlanta surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God," the Houston family said in a statement to news reporters.
Reynaldo Rey -  The veteran entertainer, who spent years opening for Redd Foxx and then became best known for playing the father of one of Ice Cube 's bumbling pals in Friday, died 5/28/15, EW.com reports. He was 75.
Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly -  Detroit R&B and jazz singer Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly, who opened for Motown greats like Stevie Wonder and later entered the ministry, has died. She was 70. Barnes-Kennerly died while on a performance. Barnes-Kennerly had at least two strokes in recent years and died of heart failure.
B.B. King -  Blues legend B.B. King, who took his music from rural juke joints to the mainstream and inspired a generation of guitarists from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan, has died in Las Vegas. He was 89.
Ben E. King -  Ben E. King. King, who was best known for his hit, "Stand By Me," died April 30 of natural causes in his hometown of Teaneck. He was 76.
Ben Powers -  An actor who appeared on the long-running sitcom Good Times died April 6, 2015. Ben Powers played the character of Thelma's husband Keith in the show's sixth and final season between 1978-1979.
Percy Sledge -  Legendary soul singer Percy Sledge has passed away at the age of 73. He was best known for recording the classic 1966 power ballad When a Man Loves a Woman.
Windell D. Middlebrooks -  Windell D. Middlebrooks was found dead 3/9/15 at his home in LA's San Fernando Valley. He was best known for playing the delivery man in the Miller High Life commercials, but was also on several TV shows including Parks And Recreation.
Charmayne Maxwell -  Charmayne Maxwell, a member of the R&B group Brownstone in the 1990s, has died after a mysterious fall. Maxwell was attending a soccer game in Los Angeles when she fell. Her death has been described as an 'accident'.
Earl Lloyd -  Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died 2/26/15. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed his death. It did not provide details.
Anthony Mason -  Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48. Mason died 2/28/15. The 13-year NBA veteran had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier in the month.
Ahmad Givens -   Rapper Ahmad Givens, aka Real, star of the VH1 reality dating game show Real Chance of Love, died at age 33 after battling colon cancer for almost two years.
Jerome Kersey -   Jerome Kersey, the versatile small forward who helped the Portland Trail Blazers reach two NBA Finals and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999, died 2/18/15. He was 52.
Ernie Banks -   Ernie Banks, who starred in the Negro Leagues and in the U.S. military before joining the Chicago Cubs and slugging his way to a Hall of Fame career, died on 1/23/15 at the age of 83.
Clifford Adams -   Kool and the Gang trombonist Clifford Adams passed away 1/12/15. He was 62. Adams had been suffering from liver cancer for about a year, but didn't have health insurance to cover the costs of medical care. Adams also played with The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and the Bluebells.
Andrae Crouch -   Andrae Crouch, a legendary gospel performer, songwriter and choir director whose work graced songs by Michael Jackson and Madonna and movies such as "The Lion King," died at age 72. Crouch died 1/8/15 after suffering a heart attack.
Stuart Scott -   Scott died at age 49 after a long battle with cancer, ESPN reported on 1/4/2015. That sad news brought an outpouring of grief and memories from sports fans who will remember Scott as one of the most memorable and influential "SportsCenter" anchors in ESPN's long history.





 
 
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