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Across Black America for April 22, 2010

4/21/2010, 5 p.m.

Here's a look at African American issues and people making headlines throughout the country.

Alabama
The Ouachita Correctional Facility has teamed up with numerous religious groups in the area to hopefully reduce the recidivism rate in Ouachita Parish, by getting inmates to change their lives through the teachings of Christ. So far, more than 400 inmates have been baptized and have vowed to change their lives for the better.

Arizona
The State of Black Arizona project is organizing a series of statewide meetings, with the support of the Arizona Community Foundation and ASU to gather information about African Americans in the state. This data will be used for a statewide, strategic-planning conference and to inform the Black Philanthropy Initiative directed by the Arizona Community Foundation. The state of Black Arizona project, created in 2006 by ASU, provides an in-depth look at the community from a variety of perspectives including education, economics, politics and health.

California
Business advisor and former economics professor at UCLA Darrell Williams has published a new website TheLoop21.com which is geared towards keeping the African American community in the know with what is going on in the 21st Century. He has recently included a Black Economic Survey which he is encouraging all African Americans to take. The goal of Williams' survey is to spread knowledge about the financial and economic status of the Black community and to get the conversations brewing amongst the people that it affects the most, rather than only having the leaders of the community speak for everyone.

Connecticut
Several children in Hartford were injured recently when their school bus was in a collision with a Honda Accord. There were 13 students on the bus and most of them were taken to nearby hospitals because they were complaining of pains in their back and neck. The driver of the Accord sustained injury and was also taken to the hospital. Although it has not been verified the fault seems to lie with the bus driver.

District of Columbia
Many district residents complained this week about the poor planning of the local and federal agencies in regards to President Barack Obama's two-day Nuclear Security Summit. The agencies did not give any warning to the many residents that would be affected by the security perimeters that go along with a presidential event. Public transportation in the area was closed, schools, and certain roads were unattainable during the two days and most of the residents affected had no idea that they would be until it was too late.

Florida
Black leaders in Miami have received much criticism for their lack in effort to encourage response to the 2010 Census. T. Willard Fair, president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Miami said, "Black Miami, I am so tired of our leadership dropping the ball on opportunities to empower our people... Where are our Black preachers, our Black leaders, our Black organizations." Much of the criticism sprouted from the comparison to the Hispanic community, whose leader, former mayor Manny Diaz, who started organizing and campaigning with other local community leaders to maximize the amount of Hispanics counted. No Black leaders were included, nor did they attempt to create a campaign of their own.