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Mourning an Icon: Nelson Mandela Dead at 95


Portsmouth NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet


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Forum Celebrates African American Leadership in Electric Auto Industry


BY MONEE FIELDS-WHITE On Feb. 11, 1990, South


African political leader Nelson Mandela walked out of a prison after 27 years to fulfill his mission: dismantling the country's apartheid regime. By 1994 the Nobel Prize winner had achieved just that by establishing the first democratic elections in South Africa and becoming its first black president. The towering statesman died today at the age of 95.


Nelson Rolihlahla


Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in a tiny village in rural South Africa, known as Mvezo. "Rolihlahla" in the Xhosa language means "pulling the branch of a tree," or more commonly refers to "troublemaker."


Mandela's


mother -- Nosekeni Fanny -- was the third of his father's four wives.


His father was set to be chief, but a dispute with


the local colonial magistrate changed the future that had been carved out. Mandela's father lost his title and fortune, which forced the family to move to an even smaller village, Qunu.


The Student A family friend suggested


to Mandela's father that he have his young son baptized in the Methodist Church so that he could attend school. Mandela became the first in the family to receive a formal education, and as a reflection of the British bias within the educational system, he was given the first name "Nelson."


When Mandela was 9,


his father died of lung disease, and a high-ranking Tembu chief adopted Mandela. Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo moved the young Mandela into his royal residence. Mandela took classes with the regent's son and daughter in a one-room school next to the palace. He studied English, Xhosa, history and geography; he also learned


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Your Opinion Matters Editorial Health Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


THIS EDITION’S HIGHLIGHTS Inspiration and Heartbreak: Two Days in Haiti


Take Control of Your Life in 2014 NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2013 HU Senior Named Rhodes Scholar Finalist Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert Ronald McDonald House Scholarship


Danielle Deane (left), director of the energy and environmental program at the Joint Center policy institute, David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Carolyn Green, managing partner of EnerGreen Capital Management.


BY GEORGE WHITE In a precedent-setting lawsuit in


November 2007, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to force it to allow enforcement of a state law requiring a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.


“Despite the mounting dangers of


global warming, the EPA has delayed and ignored California’s right to impose stricter environmental standards,” Brown said at a news conference on the suit. “We have waited two years and the Supreme Court has ruled in our favor. What is the EPA waiting for?”


Clean Car Chronicles: A Tailpipe Tale LEADERSHIP PAGE 6 Smart Shopping During the Holidays Keep your


finances safe while you shop during this holiday season. Criminals


and


scammers use many techniques to fool potential


victims,


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including fraudulent online auction sales and selling stripped gift cards. The NCUA has put together a list of tips you can use to avoid becoming a victim of a holiday scam.


Take a look at a


few of the newest and most common scams you should watch for this holiday season.


Scam #1: Online Gift Card Scam Gift cards purchased through online


auction sites are often fraudulent or stolen. To ensure that you are not scammed out of your holiday money, it is safest to purchase gift


cards directly from the merchant or retail store. Scam #2: Stripped Gift Card Scam Be careful when purchasing gift cards at


retail stores. If you choose a gift card that is not located behind a counter, thieves can write down the gift card code or use a device to scan the magnetic strip on the back of the card. Every few


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