Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
Grand jury transcripts point to the discovery of two additional pieces of evidence that further link Lonnie Franklin Jr. to the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings in South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times recently reported that prosecutors presented the grand jury with a gun—which police believe was used at point-blank range on one of the victims—and a photo of another woman, allegedly taken moments after she was also gunned down, and left to die. The 58-year-old suspect now faces 10 murder charges, and one attempted murder, by way of either shooting or strangling his prey—African American women—to death, before dumping them in dark alleyways throughout the city. Most of the bodies also show signs of sexual abuse.
The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) will host more than 1,500 members in Orlando, at the NABA’s 40th annual National Convention and Expo. Their agenda for the convention includes: discussion of the decline of wealth in the Black community; a career expo with onsite interviewing; and a broad range of relevant Continuing Professional Education (CPE) seminars, which provide a foundation for the “best and brightest” to enhance their careers. NABA has also scheduled chapter leadership training sessions, public forums, a student luncheon and awards ceremony, and an awards celebration banquet. In addition, members will offer a day of service in minority neighborhoods in Orlando.
The sixth annual Atlanta Gospel Fest Music, Health and Wellness Festival will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center on July 15-17. The festival will feature an array of gospel music concerts, healthcare suites and lounges and financial empowerment opportunities. Featured artists are Pastor Donnie McClurkin, James Fortune, Tye Tribbett, Shirley Murdock, Martha Munizzi and Georgia’s own Rev. Milton Biggham and the Georgia Mass Choir. Some of the festivities include the following: choir competition, praise dance workshop competition, women’s leadership luncheon, lectures, finance empowerment workshops and more.