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December 2014 - January 2015 Issue of Voices

 

Helping create VOICES for the voiceless • Rebuilding Penn State for the 21st century • Heating bills: Making winter fuel go further • A Personal Memoir of a Civil Rights Activist • The wonders of the rosehip • A look at energy, economy & environment • VOICES Choices • Middle East: Rising population & problem • BOOK REVIEW:This Changes Everythi Read more »

Personal Memoir of a Civil Rights Activist by Charles Dumas

 

This is a four-part series chronicling my personal journey as a civil rights activist from the summer of 1963 to the fall of 1964. Nineteen sixty-three to sixty eight was a crucial period in the American Civil Rights Movement and American history. During that period some of the most important civil rights legislation was passed: The 1964 Civil Rights Bill and The 1965 Voting Rights Bill.

 

The “Movement “ changed our lives; our world was transformed. I was one of the “foot soldiers”, as Dr. King called us in the Civil Rights Struggle. I was at the March of Washington in 1963, a project director during Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964, and at the 1964 Democratic Party’s National Convention in Atlantic City. I was blessed to be at the fiftieth reunion at Tougaloo College in Jackson in 2014. This article is based on my best recollection of those times.

 

 

 


By CHARLES DUMAS

cxd28@psu.edu

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Panel Discussion on the Immigration Raid in Our Community November 18

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Why State College?

A Panel Discussion on
the Immigration Raid
in Our Community

November 2014 Issue of Voices

The long wait for low-income housing


The long wait for low-income housing

By RACHELLE GAYNOR VOICES Staff Writer rkg5072@psu.edu

The economic crisis in the U.S. has hit the residents of Centre County hard. It has caused an increase in the number of people seeking low-income housing, and as a result, extended the waiting period for obtaining a residence. “As of today, we have over
400 families on our waiting list,” said Betty Corman, Section-8 coordinator of the Housing Authority of Centre County. Section 8 is a housing voucher program that is available to assist very low-income families in finding safe and sanitary health options, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The large number of people on the waiting list in Centre County
has resulted in an increased waiting to any assistance being available,” Corman said. Read more »

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