Meet Me In The Lobby: Rally for Peace, Future National Urban League Hosts, African Americans and Medical School Study

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St. Louis funeral director William C. Harris and convention attendees before the rally.

St. Louis funeral director William C. Harris and convention attendees before the rally


The National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association took to the streets of Missouri recently to rally for peace and an end to violence.  A group of funeral directors from around the United States drove hearses through the streets of St. Louis to bring attention to the escalating number of violent deaths happening across the country.

The group, whose 78th annual convention was being held in St. Louis, wants the violence to stop.  “Our race is being diminished by violence and it’s senseless, ” said William C. Harris, Jr., President of the Missouri State Funeral Directors.  Harris also wants people to “take notice that an industry profiting from death is speaking our against the violence.”
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Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

The National Urban League has announced plans to bring its August 2016 conference to Baltimore and its 2017 conference to St. Louis.

“We are especially excited to bring the conference to Baltimore–a city with a long and rich civil rights history and much to offer our attendees and members,” stated National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial.

The 2016 conference is expected to attract about 13,000 attendees and generate an estimated economic impact of approximately $4.2 million.

The National Urban League is the nation’s oldest and largest community-based civil rights organization.


A study recently released at the National Medical Association Convention and Scientific Assembly revealed the number of African American males applying to medical school has declined since 1978.  Although 2014 showed a slight increase, only 1,227 African American applicants were admitted compared to 10,609 white applicants.

The study, “Altering the Course: Black Males in Medicine,” was compiled by the Association of American Medical Colleges.  The study notes under-performing schools, poor communities, a lack of a support system as possible factors for the decline.

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The Chicago Defender was started with 25 cents on a card table with 300 copies.  It’s come a long way and now the historically Black publication recently celebrated its 110th anniversary.

Newspaper founder Robert Sengstacke Abbot

Newspaper founder Robert Sengstacke Abbot

Founded by Robert Sengstacke Abbot, the Chicago Defender symbolizes the continued need for the Black press and a family legacy that’s endured more than a century.

Happy Anniversary!

Deputy Sheriff Avis Burrows, the first African American woman to work as a deputy in Volusia County, Florida has retired after 35 years.  Burrows, 59, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bethune-Cookman College and numerous honors for her law enforcement work.  In 2006, she received the first-ever Atkins Warren Award from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.


Known as “The Godfather of Columbus’ African American community,” Amos H. Lynch Sr. died at the age of 90.  Lynch began his journalism career in 1946 as a reporter for the Ohio News.  He later became the first general manager of the Columbus Call and Post, and started his own publication, The Columbus Post, in 1995.  Lynch will be remembered by many as a journalism trailblazer, civil rights advocate, and a well-respected community leader.  An area in Columbus is named the Amos H. Lynch Plaza.

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