Dekalb Southern Christian Leadership Conference Social Action and Civil Rights Non Profit Organization Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:58:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dekalb Southern Christian Leadership Conference 32 32 Crossroads News September 21, 2013 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:06:24 +0000

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Justice For Veterans Rally Saturday In Decatur Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:58:47 +0000 anthonyhillThe family of Anthony Hill says the 27 year old Air Force veteran had suffered from mental issues since he returned from Afghanistan in 2010. In March 2015, Hill was naked and running around an apartment complex when he was shot and killed by a DeKalb County police officer. The officer, identified as Robert Olsen, said that Hill had charged at him. Hill was not armed.

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An excerpt from The Wages of Sin Sex and Disease, Past and Present Peter Lewis Allen Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:54:22 +0000 wagesShortly after Christopher Columbus and his sailors returned from their voyage to the New World, a horrifying new disease began to make its way around the Old. The “pox,” as it was often called, erupted with dramatic severity. According to Ulrich von Hutten (1488-1523), a German knight, revolutionary, and author who wrote a popular book about his own trials with syphilis and the treatments he underwent, the first European sufferers were covered with acorn-sized boils that emitted a foul, dark green pus. This secretion was so vile, von Hutten affirmed, that even the burning pains of the boils troubled the sick less than their horror at the sight of their own bodies. Yet this was only the beginning. People’s flesh and skin filled with water; their bladders developed sores; their stomachs were eaten away. Girolamo Fracastoro, a professor at the University of Padua, described the onward march of symptoms: syphilis pustules developed into ulcers that dissolved skin, muscle, bone, palate, and tonsils—even lips, noses, eyes, and genital organs. Rubbery tumors, filled with a white, sticky mucus, grew to the size of rolls of bread. Violent pains tormented the afflicted, who were exhausted but could not sleep, and suffered starvation without feeling hunger. Many of them died.


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Jena 6 Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:51:15 +0000 jena 6From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The Jena Six were six black teenagers in Jena, Louisiana convicted in the 2006 beating of Justin Barker, a white student at the local Jena High School, which they also attended. Barker was injured on December 4, 2006 by the members of the Jena Six, and received treatment at an emergency room. While the case was pending, it was often cited by some media commentators as an example of racial injustice in the United States. Some commentators believed that the defendants had been charged initially with too-serious offenses and had been treated unfairly.

A number of events had taken place in and around Jena in the months before the Barker assault, which the media have associated with an alleged escalation of local racial tensions. These events included the hanging of rope nooses from a tree in the high school courtyard, two violent confrontations between white and black youths, and the destruction by fire of the main building of Jena High School. Extensive news coverage related to the Jena Six often reported these events as linked.[1] Federal and parish attorneys concluded from their investigations that assessment was inaccurate for some of the events; for instance, the burning of the high school was an attempt to destroy grade records.

Six students (Robert Bailey, then aged 17; Mychal Bell, then 16; Carwin Jones, then 18; Bryant Purvis, then 17; Jesse Ray Beard, then 14; and Theo Shaw, then 17) were arrested in the assault of Barker. Mychal Bell was initially convicted as an adult of aggravated battery andconspiracy to commit aggravated battery. His convictions were overturned on the grounds that he should have been tried as a juvenile. Before a retrial in juvenile court, Bell pled guilty to a reduced charge of simple battery. The other five defendants later pled “no contest” to the same offense, and were convicted.

The Jena Six case sparked protests by persons who considered the arrests and subsequent charges, initially attempted second-degree murder(though later reduced), as excessive and racially discriminatory. The protesters asserted that white Jena youths involved in similar incidents were treated more leniently. On September 20, 2007, between 15,000 and 20,000 protesters marched on Jena in what was described as the “largest civil rights demonstration in years”.[2][3] Related protests were held in other US cities on the same day.[4] Subsequent reactions included songs alluding to the Jena Six, numerous editorials and opinion columns, and congressional hearings.

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On the brink of extinction, the Black hospital | African American Registry Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:48:50 +0000 hospitalSt. Lukes (Martin,TX)
Fri, 1832-06-08

On this date we celebrate Black Hospitals. Black hospitals have existed in three broad types: segregated, black-controlled, and demographically determined.

Segregated Black hospitals included facilities created by Whites to serve African-Americans exclusively and they operated predominantly in the South. Black physicians, fraternal organizations, and churches founded Black- controlled facilities. Changes in population led to the development of demographically determined hospitals, as was the case with Harlem Hospital. This facility evolved into institutional status because of the rise in Black population surrounding the hospital.

Until the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, hospitals in the South and in the North either denied African-Americans admission, or accommodated them exclusively in segregated wards, usually in undesirable locations such as unheated attics and damp basements. The Georgia Infirmary, 1832, was the first segregated Black hospital. By the end of the nineteenth century, others had been founded, including Raleigh’s St. Agnes Hospital in 1896 and Atlanta’s MacVicar Infirmary in 1900. Some of their White founders expressed genuine if paternalistic desire and interest to supply health care to Black people.

White self-interest was at work too. The germ theory of disease widely accepted at the time acknowledged, “germs have no color line.” This theory required attention to the medical problems of African-Americans, especially those who were close to Whites in proximity. Soon Blacks founded hospitals to meet the specific needs of the African-American communities. Provident Hospital in Chicago, the first Black-controlled hospital in America, opened in 1891. Racism in Chicago had prevented Black nurses and doctors from practicing thus eliminating health care for any Black patients.

Other facilities opened up, including Tuskegee Institute and Nurse Training School in Alabama, 1892, Provident Hospital at Baltimore, 1894, and Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Training School at Philadelphia in 1895. These hubs of medical assistance for African-Americans represented in part the institutionalization of Booker T. Washington’s political ideology, advancing racial uplift by improving the health status of Black people and by contributing to the Black professional class.

By 1919, roughly 118 segregated and Black controlled hospitals existed, three-fourths of them in the South. Most of them were small and not full-service units, and were not prepared to survive sweeping changes in scientific medicine, hospital technology, and standardization that had begun to take place at the time. This was the most critical coniditon of survival of historically Black hospitals between 1920 and 1945. In the early 1920s, a group of physicians associated with the National Medical Association (NMA), a Black medical society, and the National Hospital Association (NHA), a Black hospital organization, launched a reform movement to ensure the survival of these hospitals and the maintenance of professions for Blacks. Their activities, with added financial help from White philanthropists, produced some improvements and preservations by World War II. However this “Negro Hospital Renaissance” showed that by 1923, out of 200 Black hospitals, only six provided internships and none of them had residency programs. In 1944 the number of hospitals increased to 124. The American Medical Association (AMA) approved nine of the facilities for internships and seven for residencies with the quality of some being suspect. The AMA admitted that their decision was based in part on the need to have some internship opportunities for Black doctors.

This attitude spotlights the then-accepted practice of treating Black people in separate but not equal facilities. During the Civil Rights Movement, the energies of the NMA, the NHA, and the NAACP focused on dismantling the “Negro medical ghetto” of which Black hospitals were a component. The protest between 1945 and 1965, poised toward integration in medicine, challenged the existence of the historically Black hospital. Legal action was a key weapon in desegregation of hospitals. With the Brown v Kansas Board of Education precedent, Simkins v. Moses H. Cone Hospital proved to be the pivotal case in 1963. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 further prohibited racial discrimination in any program receiving federal assistance.

Because of these changes in health care considerations, Black hospitalS now faced an ironic dilemma. They now competed with hospitals that had once discriminated against Black patients and staff. Since 1965, African-American physicians have gained access to the mainstream medical profession and Black hospitals have become less and less important to their careers; this has also affected their importance to the Black middle-class patient. Consequently, the vulnerability of the Black hospital has increased dramatically.

Historically Black hospitals have had a significant impact on the lives of African-Americans. They evolved not only out of critical need but as a symbol of pride and achievement within the Black community. They supplied medical care and professional opportunities for countless African-Americans. They have now become non-essential to the lives of most Americans and are on the verge of extinction.

The Encyclopedia of African-American Heritage
by Susan Altman
Copyright 1997, Facts on File, Inc. New York
ISBN 0-8160-3289-0

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(APN) For Several Georgia Counties, an Invisible Flint-level Water Crisis (Donate) Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:45:42 +0000 Atlanta Progressive News LogoAtlanta Progressive news explains that the fundraising goal for 2016 is $6,000.  Read more…

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Metropolitan American Community Enrichment Outreach Go Fund Me Sat, 09 Apr 2016 13:38:00 +0000 MACEOThe mission of the Metropolitan American Community Enrichment Outreach (MACEO) is to serve the public by ensuring that adequate and effective policing services are provided to the community in a fair and professional way.  Read more…

]]> 0 Sat, 09 Apr 2016 05:17:02 +0000 CTF PictureDeKalb SCLC Big Heart Housing Initiative was developed to aid in the fight against homelessness in DeKalb County. This program is for women, single women and women with children who are in transition. Our Big Heart Housing Initiative recipients are not in a recovery transition from substance/drug abuse, but in transition from hard times to a full life again. Our recipients are homeless and became homeless through a variety of circumstances, loss of income due to job loss; change in marital status (divorce), illness of self and or family members can result in financial hardship and ruin.

Through this initiative we are seeking property owners with “BIG HEARTS” to donate a home. The home can be a single family house, condominium, or townhome. The home can be in any reasonable condition from “move-in ready” to “In need of TLC.” We will do any and all repairs as well as painting, flooring and landscaping.

DeKalb SCLC is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and all donations made to us are tax deductible.

Become a Big Heart Housing Initiative Donor and help us to fight homelessness.

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Chairman Tiger Gibson Thu, 07 Apr 2016 07:27:29 +0000

image1Tiger Gibson’s passion for socio-economic and civil rights began as a young boy growing up in Buffalo, New York. His grandmother, who led numerous religious and community initiatives throughout the years instilled in him a hard working and dedicated mindset to encourage and uplift his fellow man – characteristics that have transcended time and exist in his life today.

He attended Villa Maria College in upstate New York, as well as Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Tiger currently serves as the Pastor of Congregational Care at The RhemaNation Church in Conyers, Georgia, under the leadership of Bishop Stephen B. Hall. There, he leads the new member and human resources division of the ministry, providing help to those in need of spiritual guidance, economic assistance and personal counseling and development.

His community advocacy has stretched throughout the Metropolitan Atlanta area. He helped to establish “Sleep Out for the Homeless”, a grassroots program which provides sleeping bags and first aid kits to homeless men and women in Fulton and Dekalb Counties in Georgia. Through the “Real Men Read” program, he spends time volunteering and speaking to youth in the local school systems about the importance of education and achieving their dreams. He is also a heavily involved proponent for voters’ rights and has spent countless hours volunteering for voter registration initiatives with his fraternity, church and other community groups.

Tiger resides in Atlanta with his lovely wife and best friend, Kaye, and is the proud father of one beautiful daughter, Jocelyn.

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