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Hot shots in hot spots

Soon after receiving his second star during a ceremony in Germany, Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams has been assigned by President Obama to lead 3,000 military to quell the fast moving Ebola epidemic in West Africa. He is the commander of Army forces on the African continent.

Preserving gains 

Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, next to President Obama, is leading the task force assigned to stop the advance of terrorist forces in the Middle East.


Combatant commander

Gen. Lloyd Austin meets with President Obama and Defense Secretary Hagel in his role as commander of the Central Command, with responsibility for the area including both recent wars.

Four-star admiral on the bridge

Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard continues to go where no woman has gone before in military service as she visits the bridge of a ship in San Diego. After distinguishing herself leading anti-piracy operations on the Horn of Africa, she is the first four-star female admiral.

Chief of engineers

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick is commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has important civilian infrastructure and environmental responsibilities domestically in addition to serving military and humanitarian needs around the globe.

Vice chief of staff

Gen. Larry Spencer is the second ranking leader in the U.S. Air Force, one of the African-American generals and admirals demonstrating excellence in the most sensitive and technical fields along with Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of the Strategic Command, and Gen. Dennis Via, commander of the U.S. Army Material Command, among others.




The African American Freedom Trail is described in depth in Our Roots Run Deep: the Black Experience in California, Vols. 1-4 and Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco.














sylviasmixes.jpegThe late Queen of Soul Food, Sylvia Woods, left a legacy that can be found in grocery stores across the world in addition to her iconic Harlem restaurant.  Say Grace and Wipe You Hands: the Black Restaurant.NET Guide to America's Black Restaurants is our official National Black Business Month guide to more than 800 eateries across the land where you can Find Your Feast.


We Need Capital


There is a profound disparity in lending and venture capital available to black-owned businesses that is slowing the recovery in our communities.  Our 11th annual State of Black Business report spells out that gap in each individual state so that advocates for economic justice can bring attention to local regulators and financial leaders on how our community must create jobs for survival and growth.

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The SFSoul Shuttle is a new tour line in the San Francisco market which shares the usually overlooked attractions of the African-American Freedom Trail. Veteran tour operator Lolita Sweet is deploying her fleet of a dozen vehicles in cooperation with ReUNION: Education- Arts-Heritage, which presented the details of the Trail during a scholarly conference in September.


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