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First black woman selected to serve as Florida Chief Justice


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Justice Peggy Quince, who attended segregated schools in her native Virginia, will be the first black woman to lead the Florida Supreme Court or any branch of state government.          

Quince, 60, also will be the second African-American and third woman to serve as chief justice when she begins her two-year term July 1. Her six colleagues Friday unanimously elected Quince to succeed Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis, who will remain on the court.

“She is the epitome of a great colleague and outstanding jurist,” said Justice Barbara Pariente, the only other woman now serving on the court. “And now she will make history by becoming the first African American woman to lead the third branch of government.”

The chief justice also oversees the entire state court system.

Quince did not immediately respond to an interview request made through the high court’s public information office. But she issued a statement thanking her colleagues and saying she looks forward to serving the people in her new capacity.

The high court stuck with its rarely violated tradition of rotating the position to the most senior justice who has not yet held it. Lewis was elected in the same manner two years ago to succeed Pariente.

Quince is only the third black of either gender to serve on the high court.

She was jointly appointed on December 8, 1998 by outgoing Gov. Lawton Chiles and incoming Gov. Jeb Bush. Chiles died in office just four days later with less than a month left in his term.

Joseph Hatchett was Florida’s first black justice in 1975, but he left the court four years later when he was appointed as a federal appellate judge.

Leander Shaw, now retired from the Supreme Court, was the first black elected as chief justice in 1990-92. Rosemary Barkett, now a federal appellate judge in Atlanta, was the first woman to hold the position in 1992-94. Pariente was the second in 2004-06.

The daughter of a longshoreman, Quince grew up in Norfolk, Virginia, before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against segregated schools in its landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision.

She graduated from Howard University in 1970 and earned a law degree from the Catholic University of America in 1975.

After briefly working in Washington, D.C., she went into private practice in Bradenton. She joined the state attorney general’s office in 1980, rising to bureau chief in Tampa and spending three years exclusively handling death sentence cases.

Quince then was appointed to the 2nd District Court of Appeal in 1993, the first black woman to serve on any of Florida’s appellate courts.

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Raisin In The Sun Actor Ivan Dixon Dies

Posted: 2008-03-19 13:00:47
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 19) – Actor Ivan Dixon, who brought the problems and promise of contemporary blacks to life in the film “Nothing But a Man” and portrayed the levelheaded POW Kinchloe in TV’s “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died. He was 76.


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Ivan Dixon, March 16: The ‘Hogan’s Heroes’ actor gained fame on the WWII satire sitcom, went on to star in several movies and launch a directing career that included episodes of ‘The Waltons” and ‘Magnum, P.I.’ He was 76

Dixon died Sunday at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte after a hemorrhage, said his daughter, Doris Nomathande Dixon of Charlotte. He had suffered complications from kidney failure, she said.  

Dixon, who also directed scores of television shows, began his acting career in the late 1950s. He appeared on Broadway in William Saroyan’s 1957 “The Cave Dwellers” and in playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking 1959 drama of black life, “A Raisin in the Sun.” In the latter, he played a Nigerian student visiting the United States, a role he repeated in the film version.

While not a hit, the 1964 “Nothing But a Man,” in which Dixon co-starred with Abbey Lincoln, also drew praise as a rare, early effort to bring the lives of black Americans to the big screen.

Other film credits included “Something of Value,” “A Patch of Blue” and the cult favorite “Car Wash.”

“As an actor, you had to be careful,” said Sidney Poitier, star of “Patch of Blue” and a longtime friend. “He was quite likely to walk off with the scene.”

In 1967, Dixon starred in a CBS Playhouse drama, “The Final War of Olly Winter,” about a veteran of World War II and Korea who decided that Vietnam would be his final war. The role brought Dixon an Emmy nomination for best single performance by an actor.

He was probably best known for the role of Staff Sgt. James Kinchloe on “Hogan’s Heroes,” the hit 1960s sitcom set in a German prisoner-of-war camp during World War II.

The technically adept Kinchloe was in charge of electronic communications and could mimic German officers on the radio or phone.

Dixon was active in efforts to get better parts for blacks in movies and television, telling The New York Times in 1967: “Sponsors haven’t wanted anything negative connected with their products. We must convince them that the Negro is not negative.”

“Heretofore, people have thought that, to use a Negro, the story must pit black against white. Maybe we’re getting to the problems of In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife of 53 years, Berlie Dixon of Charlotte, and a son, Alan Kimara Dixon of Oakland. At Dixon’s request, no memorial or funeral is planned, the family said.

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Barack Obama Hits A Grand Slam


By Sam Curtis

Part I     Part II    Part III  

Although he is a head in the delegate count and the popular vote Barack Obama found himself arriving into Pennsylvania faced with a controversy on race and patriotism as a result of a fiery sermon delivered by his minister and spiritual adviser. 

All of sudden it was the bottom of the ninth for the Barack Obama campaign.  The bases were loaded and Barack was at bat with two strikes against him.  Geraldine Ferrara who insisted that Barack was ahead in the election as a result of affirmative action had delivered the first strike.  The second strike was delivered after the media repeatedly showed a video of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s sermon delivered after 911 declaring that America’s chickens had come home to roost.  

Now Barack Obama whose Presidential campaign had transcended race found himself having to address it.   He chose to do so in Philadelphia, the place where the Declaration of Independence was drafted and signed.  

The Government had just approved a billion dollar bailout of Bears Stearns helping it to avoid financial collapse and a domino affect but the media’s focus was on Mr. Obama and his speech on race.

Mr. Obama took the podium, swung connected, and hit a grand slam.  But don’t take my word for it.  Decide for yourself by clicking the video clips above.  The speech is broken up into three parts.  You should start with Part I.                                                  

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