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Lifesaving DUI law now in effect

JANS – Mississippi is one of 24 states to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. The law went into effect Wednesday. Anyone convicted of drunk driving in the state will have to have an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle as part of their sentence. The new law is a key victory in MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, which is focused on passing similar legislation in all 50 states.

Representative Andy Gipson introduced and gained passage of HB 412, during the 2014 legislative session. Prior to the passage of HB 412, the installation of an ignition interlock in Mississippi was solely up to a judge’s discretion. The new law requires the use of ignition interlocks for at least 90 days on a first–conviction and at least one year for repeat offenses for all convicted drunk drivers, including first–time convicted drunk drivers with an illegal blood
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Eric Holder stood tall for justice

By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr

NNPA Columnist

Black American leadership too often is taken for granted. Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation from office not because of malfeasance or wrong doing, but because of his resolve to leave office after serving six years, the third–longest tenure in history. Being the nation’s top law enforcement officer was not an easy job, yet he stood tall for the principles of equal justice and fairness.

I have personally known and witnessed the evolution of Eric Holder’s outstanding career over the past 30 years. The justice and judicial system interests of the United States of America were served well by his contributions and leadership.

President Barack Obama explained, “I chose him to serve as attorney general because he believes as I do that justice is not just an abstract theory. It’s a living and breathing principle … That’s why I made him America’s lawyer, the people’s lawyer.” Even after some raised objections to Holder being
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Councilwoman Cooper-Stokes recently presented Mr. Percy King with a Ward 3 Award as an outstanding citizen and for community empowerment. Mr. King is the former employee of the Jackson Zoo who still does private presentations on animal life. (Photo: Jay Johnson)

(Above) Jackson State President Carolyn W. Meyers was honored last week in New Orleans by one of the most prestigious groups of African American scholars, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). Dr. Meyers, whose background is in mechanical engineering, received the coveted President’s Award from Judson Haynes, PhD. (Left) Zakiya Wilson, PhD, a JSU graduate, was honored with a 2014 NOBCChE Professional Award. She serves on the faculty of North Carolina A&T State University. (Advocate photos: Kevin Bradley)

National group works to increase number of black chemists and chemical engineers

By Alice Thomas-Tisdale

Jackson Advocate Publisher

NOBCChE may not be a readily recognizable acronym, however its impact on the lives of aspiring black chemists and chemical engineers is unmatched. The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers held its 41st Annual Conference in New Orleans Sept. 23–28, 2014. This year’s theme was: “STEMulating Economic Growth Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship”.

The week provided a platform for science and engineering students to explore career pathways as well as offer professional development to scientists and engineers across the country. Anyone with an interest in marine microorganisms, investigation of various drug delivery methods, improving cancer therapy, using DNA computational design to construct and image nanostructures, adding value to cotton textiles, or just wanting to be in the room with a lot of really, really smart black people eager to share their knowledge, the NOBCChE conference was the place to be.

A few of really, really smart black people in the room were Cato Laurencin, M.D., PhD, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, CEO; Isaiah Warner, PhD, Louisiana State University; Saundra McGuire, PhD, Louisiana State University; Emmanuel Dada, PhD, ChemProcess Technologies, LLC; Zakiya Wilson, PhD, North Carolina A&T State University; Rena A. Robinson, PhD, University of Pittsburg; Noreen Khan–Mayberry, PhD, NASA, who is the first woman and first black toxicologist at NASA; Sharon Kennedy, PhD, Colgate Palmolive; Rene T. Williams,
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Racial Reconciliation

On Wednesday, Governor Phil Bryant proclaimed October as Racial Reconciliation Month. In oing so, the State will join Mission Mississippi in promoting racial healing and celebrating the progress made in race relations. “Our theme this year is ‘Moving Forward Together with Focus on Building a New Story,’” commented Neddie Winters, President of Mission Mississippi (pictured at podium). “Our goal is to challenge Mississippians of different races, ages and denominations to deepen relationships and develop new relationships in order to bring about positive change in our State and to build a new story together,” he said.

Officials from the National Action Network, the National Urban League, National Bar Association, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights groups have urged the Justice Department to remain focused on the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases and to make sure that the police officers involved are held responsible for their deaths. Speaking at a recent press conference, Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, said that the groups are not anti–police, and the group doesn’t believe that all police are bad. “But acting as though that no police is wrong none of the time is moving this country towards a police state where we don’t have the right to question police under any circumstances,” said Sharpton. Also attending press conference was Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed Black teenager killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.

Rev. Jerry Young, Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., was elected Thursday to a five-year term as President of the National Baptist Convention. Rev. Young, who was convention vice president, beat four others to lead the country’s largest black religious group.

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