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Across Black America for September 13, 2012

9/12/2012, 5 p.m.

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

California
Lisa Williams is a mom and former professor, and has always wanted to inspire the best in young people. In 2003, the World of Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration (World of EPI) was formed with the mission of expressing joy by providing children with access to dolls that encourage dreams, promote intelligence, challenge perceptions, and open their hearts to all types of beauty. World of EPI just released its newest doll line, the Positively Perfect Diva Collection. "Having already created an infant and toddler line of multicultural dolls, the concept for this new line started with my desire to target girls in a slightly older age group," said Williams. "I wanted young ladies to know that they are dignified, intelligent, vivacious and attractive--and the Diva Collection materialized."

District of Columbia
In their continuing effort to make Black women's issues a top priority and remind elected officials and candidates of the voting power of Black women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Black Women's Roundtable co-hosted nonpartisan roundtable discussions in conjunction with the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte. At the Charlotte Convention Center, Black Women's Roundtable joined with Higher Heights for America to co-host, "Harnessing Black Women's Political Power: The Chisholm Effect 40 Years in the Making," a celebration and discussion about the power of the sister vote.

Florida
The Urban League of Broward County, a nonprofit human services organization, will host its annual fundraiser the Red Gala on Sept. 15, 2012, at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale. The "Sunset Safari" themed event will present a night of African-inspired ambiance, an exotic menu infused with native nuances and booming rhythmic performances. Hundreds of supporters, community partners and members of the business community will attend to recognize and honor those who exemplify the Urban League's mission and dedication to improving the lives of families living in Broward County. Long-standing supporter of the Urban League, AutoNation Inc., will present the 2012 Margaret Roach Humanitarian Award to Attorney Eugene Pettis, Esq., co-founder of Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm. The award recognizes individuals in the community who demonstrate ongoing leadership in the area of social justice, race relations and compassion to all human beings through dedicated community service.

Hawaii
The county of Kauai in Hawaii paid $120,000 to settle a federal charge of race harassment filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced recently. A former attorney for the county of Kauai's Office of the Prosecuting Attorney since 2009 filed the EEOC charge of discrimination in 2010, prompting an investigation by the federal agency. The former attorney, who is White, alleged that she was harassed due to her race by a top-level manager. The manager allegedly made continually disparaging comments to the former attorney, saying that she needed to assimilate more into the local culture and break up with her boyfriend at the time, also White, in favor of a local boy. The EEOC ultimately found reasonable cause to believe that the county violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for the harassment to which the former attorney was subjected.