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April 17, 2021


April 17, 2021

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Published 7 March 2020



The Chief Executive of Book Aid International (UK’s leading International book donation and library development charity), Alison Tweed, has paid a visit to the African Heritage Research Library and Cultural Centre (AHRLC), the first rural community-based African studies research library on the African Continent located in Adeyipo Village, Ibadan, Nigeria.

The visit took place on Tuesday, 3rd March, 2020.

The epoch-making visit formulates an agenda of partnership and mutual collaboration between Book Aid International (UK) and AHRL(Nigeria), which will lead to a massive book donation to AHRLC and an establishment of a Children’s Reading Centre, by Book Aid, at Adeyipo Village.
The Director/Founder of AHRLC, Professor Bayo Adebowale, expressed satisfaction at the outcome of the meeting and hopes for an opportunity of training facilities and exchange agreements which will facilitate meaningful book promotion in Africa, the UK and the entire world.
Alison Tweed, in company of Victoria Okojie, of the University of Abuja, and Chief Emmanuel Oyegade (former Oyo State Library Board boss), were conducted round the six libraries at Adeyipo Village, by AHRLC’s Chief Librarian, Mrs. Yeye Akilimali Funua Olade and the Centre’s Secretary, Gbemisola Edun.

  1. Emmanuel Òsìndele says:I believe the library was established courtesy of Professor Adebowale and Yeye Akilimali Funua-Olade, who I fondly called IYABODE (Mother returned to her home base). May she live long for us. I foresee the time when The Adeyipo community will be the Nazareth of knowledge Or in local parlance “the black pot from where white pap is produced.” Thanks to all lovers of knowledge the world over.REPLY

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April 17, 2021

Roanoke advocates protest calling for racial justice after Daunte Wright killing.

‘It’s also an outcry for the community to come together’

Alexus Davila, Reporter Published: April 16, 2021, 7:32 pm T

Tags: Roanoke, Protest, Daunte Wright, No Justice No Peace

ROANOKE, Va. – Joining the nationwide outcry for justice of police-involved killings against Black people, Roanoke advocates call for more action against racial targeting and police brutality. Organizers say Friday’s protest is not only about the shooting of Daunte Wright but other incidents like the violent traffic stop in Windsor. Calling for more police accountability, Roanoke protestors are calling for justice for Daunte Wright. Wright was a 20-year-old Black man who was shot and killed by a white officer near Minneapolis Sunday during a traffic stop. A deadly scene Taylor Saunders, a co-organizer of No Justice, No Peace Roanoke, says is terrifying and is protesting against. “Black people are internalizing that stress and we are internalizing the trauma that we see every day,” Saunders said. Recognizing this, Roanoke City Police Department tells 10 News they are aware of today’s protest and are staying in touch with the organizer. The department said they “support everyone’s right to peacefully exercise their first amendment rights.” Leading the protest Friday, Tatiana Durant said it’s only a matter of time until these incidents will happen closer to home. “It’s also an outcry for the community to come together and say this can happen in our community,” Durant said. Durant questions the police system after a viral video of a traffic stop gone wrong in Windsor. Lt. Caron Nazario, an Afro-Latino man, was pepper-sprayed and knocked down by two police officers back in December. Saunders and Durant said the police force needs to be abolished because it’s a broken system. “The system they are a part of is inherently racist and is inherently bad and gets people killed,” Saunders said. Both Saunders and Durant said they would rather see more community-involved policing and are calling for reallocation of funds to tackle issues like mental health. is managed by Graham Digital and pubished by Graham Media Group, a division of Graham Holdings.


April 17, 2021


What We Know About the Police Killing of Adam Toledo

By @aMandolinz

Elizabeth and Adam Toledo. Photo: GoFundMe

In the days after Chicago police shot and killed a 13-year-old boy, his mother was left trying to piece together how her son ended up dead. While law enforcement claimedthat the boy, Adam Toledo, died in an “armed confrontation” with police in the early hours of March 29, his mother was only provided sparse details about Adam’s last moments.

“I just want to know what really happened to my baby,” his mother, Elizabeth, said at a news conference in early April.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the case was met with intense scrutiny. Not only did it take police days to identify Adam and notify his family that he had been killed, but authorities initially dismissed calls to release the body-cam footage from the incident. Officials finally released video of the shooting on April 15, which showed that Toledo had his hands in the air when he was shot.

Here’s what we know about the case.

Adam Toledo, 13, was fatally shot by police on March 29.

When police visited the Toledo’s home on Chicago’s West Side on the afternoon of March 31, Elizabeth thought that they were responding to a missing-person report she had filed days earlier on Adam, the Washington Post reports. Elizabeth hadn’t seen her son — one of five children — since the evening of March 28, the day they attended a memorial service for a relative, she told the Chicago Sun-Times. Instead, authorities told Elizabeth that they believed her son had been fatally shot days earlier, and requested she identify his body at Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Elizabeth was later told that Adam died in an “armed confrontation” with police in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. on March 29, when police responded to reports of gunfire. At the scene, officers say they “observed two males in a nearby alley,” one of whom was armed, and who they pursued by foot. One of the people was 21-year-old Ruben Roman Jr., who prosecutors have since said fired the gunshots that brought officers to the scene, and is now facing charges of child endangerment, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and reckless discharge of a firearm for his role in that night’s fateful events. The other was Toledo, who was shot once in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene — and who police did not identify for days. (Police blame the delay on Ruben, who they claim gave a false name for Toledo.)

Authorities initially withheld body-camera footage.

Following the shooting, activists and the Toledo family demanded that body-camera footage be released. “At this time, the family doesn’t have all the information,” lawyer Adeena J. Weiss Ortiz, who’s representing the family, said at a news conference. “All we know at this time is a 13-year-old boy died.”

While the Civilian Office of Police Accountability confirmed that the shooting was captured by body camera, it initially refused to release the footage to the public, explaining that, because of Toledo’s age, doing so would violate a state law known as the Juvenile Court Act. However, the agency said it would release other evidence pertaining to the case — including 911 calls and police reports — within 60 days of the shooting.

The agency’s decision to withhold evidence as crucial as video footage was met with sharp furor. Calls to share the footage intensified, quickly gaining the support of city and police officials. “We must release any relevant videos as soon as possible,” Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a series of tweets, adding that “transparency and speed are crucial.” Chicago police superintendent David O. Brown also called for the footage to be made public.

On April 2, the civilian accountability office heeded to the public’s demands, announcing it would release the video.

The accountability agency has since released the footage.

On April 15, after sharing it first with Toledo’s family, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability released the body-cam footage of the shooting, as well as additional third-party surveillance and a slowed-down compilation of the events. In a statement through attorneys, Toledo’s family said that the experience of watching the footage was “heartbreaking.” Their reaction was echoed by Lightfoot, who called the videos “incredibly difficult to watch” in a press conference ahead of their release. (She also called the case “complicated and nuanced,” and asked that people respond “peacefully,” which has elicited intense criticism.)

In the body-cam video from the officer who fired the shot, the officer identifies himself as police as he chases Toledo, demanding that he “stop right fucking now.” Toledo appears to obey, as he comes to a halt and turns toward the officer with both his hands up. The officer then yells, “Hey, show me your fucking hands, drop it,” even though Toledo’s hands are already raised, and he is not holding a gun, as prosecutors had previously claimed. Then, the officer fires one shot at the boy, who collapses to the ground, where he is later pronounced dead.

(Police claim that a gun was recovered a few feet away from where Toledo died; footage reviewed earlier by prosecutors shows the gun on the ground was the same one that Roman had fired earlier in the night.)

The officer who killed Toledo has not yet been publicly identified.

Meanwhile, little is known about the police officer suspected of fatally shooting Toledo, who has not yet been publicly identified.According to a Chicago PD news release, the officer has been placed on “routine administrative duties” for 30 days.



April 17, 2021

A group of Black female writers created a Hallmark card collection to inspire racial resilience

By Carly Ryan, CNN Updated 0800 GMT (1600 HKT) April 10, 2021

The 11-card collection was written and illustrated entirely by Black women, and aims to remind Black people that they are powerful and worthy of joy. (CNN)As a master writer for Hallmark, Melvina Young is well-practiced in keeping a finger on the pulse of her community; making note of the emotions they may need to express, and later translating them into a card. “Our job really hinges on the power of empathy, that ability to get into someone else’s experience that has never been your own, and to treat that experience with respect,” said Young. “Consumers trust us to serve their emotional lives, and that’s an incredibly important thing.” Melvina Young is a master writer for Hallmark and has been with the company for 15 years. So, in the summer of 2020, as she saw injustices arise against the Black community, she and 10 other Black female writers, illustrators and editors knew Black people needed to see their experiences respected in the same way. As a result, they created Uplifted & Empowered, a collection of 11 cards written by and for Black people in need of support, hoping to offer words that express the solidarity and resilience their communities needed. “We are unequivocally speaking to the fact that we know the Black community is deeply hurting right now and that we are connected with our traditions of resilience and overcoming,” said Young. “That tradition of Black support networks got us through all our tribulations and joys and it still gets us through.” Courtney Taylor, a senior writer and community manager for Hallmark and another one of the project’s collaborators, said the collection allowed her to think about how she could help aid the healing process for people in her community. For one card, she asked herself how to express appreciation for the activists who often bear painful emotional burdens. Courtney Taylor is a senior writer for Hallmark and the manager of the Mahogany collection’s social media platforms. “You have to have people to turn to in the midst of racial violence. You have to have someone who will hold you, hear you, and speak for you when you can’t manage to speak and guide you when you can’t manage to go it alone,” said Taylor. The cards are a part of Hallmark’s Mahogany collection, a line of cards that speak to the Black experience and culture. Hallmark has five other lines of cards aimed at specific communities, but the Uplifted & Empowered collection is the first to foray into the issue of race. While the Uplifted & Empowered collection may be the first card collection aimed at racial resilience, Young said the power of words has long been revered in her community, pointing to the way prayers, hymns, shouts and protests have all played a large role in sustaining hope. She wanted the words on her cards to feel a part of those histories. “The words I wrote in these cards are the same words I would give to my 23-year-old daughter, who’s brilliant and Black and struggling with racial injustice and inequality,” Young said. “They are the same words my mama, who held my hand as I walked through the front door of my newly integrated elementary school, said to me. These are the same words I tell my brother who’s a six feet four teddy bear of a Black man, but for whom the world only sees danger.” Taylor agreed, saying she hopes the authenticity of the cards, which come from a place of true empathy, shines through while easing the burden of finding words to describe such difficult times. “I think we really underestimate how hard it is to find those words, especially if you’re not a writer,” Taylor said. “So these cards get those words right. They give people the language to express their grief, their anger and hope, and that’s a really difficult thing to do sometimes.” The cards were created by Black women from start to finish, with the group of women spearheading the creation of the collection, while also writing, designing, and editing it. Young said she hopes that process will help Black people feel represented, and offer them a means to share authentic, powerful messages. “I hope that they can hear their own voices spoken back to them in their authentic cultural cadence with the expressiveness and lyricism and hidden poetry and casualness of our real conversations .

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