Across Black America Week of Dec. 8, 2016.
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 12/8/2016, midnight
About a year and a half after ex-NBA legend Charles Barkley gave Morehouse College $1 million in support of the Atlanta-based school’s new sports and journalism program, he is doing the same for two other HBCUs. Barkley announced on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29) that he is donating $1 million each to Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, and Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta. “This is a transformational gift to the institution and a true measure of Mr. Barkley’s commitment to advancing educational opportunities,” said Alabama A&M president Andrew Hugine Jr. His pledge marks the largest individual gift to Alabama A&M in the university’s 141-year history.
A Denver station has reported that Dr. Michelle Herren, who posted “racially insensitive” remarks about First Lady Michelle Obama, is not being allowed to see patients until further notice. While the hospital that employs her initially said that they could not control private statements by employees, they have backtracked from that response. Until further notice, Herren will not be seeing patients or providing anesthesia services at Denver Health Medical Center. The University of Colorado School of Medicine has also begun the process of terminating Dr. Herren’s faculty appointment. “She has expressed values that are at odds with ours and she has compromised her ability to meet the teaching and patient care missions of the School of Medicine,” said School of Medicine Dean John J. Reilly Jr. in a statement Thursday afternoon. The comment, where Herren referred to Mrs. Obama as a “monkey face,” has since been removed and Herren has taken down her Facebook page.
Another place of worship has been defaced with hate speech in the days after the election of Donald Trump, reports the Huffington Post. It happened in Evansville the day after Liberty Missionary Baptist Church’s Thanksgiving celebration, during which parishioners and volunteers fed nearly 300 people, members discovered the words “Kill All Koons” scrawled on the church’s door. The church van was also defaced with graffiti that read “Koons Inside.” This is the second time threatening language has been gratified on the church, built by slaves in 1865, in the past month. The Evansville Courier and Press reported that members found graffiti written on the sidewalk near the church three weeks prior and washed it away immediately.
The man who police said shot and killed an ex-NFL running back in a possible road rage incident Dec. 1 was released from custody after police questioned him, the Advocate newspaper reported. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand identified the shooting suspect as Ronald Gasser, 54. The sheriff said Gasser and Joe McKnight–a star running back at USC who played four seasons in the NFL–exchanged words after a traffic incident. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office said the shooting happened at a busy intersection in the New Orleans suburb of Terrytown. Television station WVUE reported that multiple witnesses saw a man in an Infiniti sedan pull McKnight, 28, from his Audi and shoot him multiple times after an argument. One witness told a local paper that she saw the victim lying in the street and heard the shooter yell, “I told you don’t f--- with me.” Witnesses said the shooter then waited for police to show up.