Saturday, April 17, 2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

R.I.P. Benjamin Hooks

Benjamin Hooks, Civil Rights Champion, Dies At 85

Longtime civil rights leader Benjamin Hooks has died. The Baptist minister and lawyer is best remembered as head of the NAACP, which was struggling and in debt when Hooks took it over in 1977. By the time he stepped down 15 years later, membership had grown by several hundred thousand. Hooks died early Thursday at his home in Memphis, Tenn., after a long illness. He was 85.

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Monday, April 12, 2010


Family of Seven

Documenting the undocumented: How one company counts the “invisible poor”

Melanie Edwards knew there was a problem when market researchers had more information on the video game habits of American teenagers than on the populations of African nations.

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What are the consequences of knowing so little about so many?

I like to equate it to a family of seven. There are seven billion people in the world, that’s the family of seven. Four of the members in our family, we don’t know anything about. We don’t know about their education levels. We don’t know about their health conditions. You can imagine if four of your siblings were ill or illiterate or unemployed, that would have a big impact on the family as a whole.

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