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Year in Review 2010

Cyril Josh Barker | 4/12/2011, 5:30 p.m.
January Activists and community leaders rally behind City Councilman Charles Barron after threats linger that...
Year in Review 2010

January

Activists and community leaders rally behind City Councilman Charles Barron after threats linger that he will be ejected as chairman of the City Council Higher Education Committee. In New Jersey, Paula Dow becomes the state's first African-American attorney general. The U.S. Census begins its promotion with its Portrait of America tour bus. Funeral services are held for the late Percy Sutton at the Riverside Church. Among those at the service are former Mayor David Dinkins and Rep. Charlie Rangel. The Rev. Al Sharpton eulogizes Sutton. After a loss for mayor against Michael Bloomberg, William Thompson announces he will run again in 2013. The Rev. Jesse Jackson makes a stop in the city for the 13th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit. Eunice Johnson, wife of the late John H. Johnson of Johnson Publishing, dies at age 93. A 7.0-magnatude earthquake hits the Caribbean nation of Haiti in Port-au-Prince. New Yorkers along with the world provide help for Haiti with an outpour of support. The death toll of the quake is over 230,000 and 300,000 people are injured. A million people are left homeless. The 25th anniversary of the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated. Singer Teddy Pendergrass dies at age 59 of respiratory failure. Civic leader Birdie Mae Scott dies at age 101. In the wake of the earthquake, Wyclef Jean raises funds for Haitian homeland. However, allegations of mismanagement at his Yele Haiti Foundation arise in the media. ITALAmNewsITAL columnist and musicologist Raoul Abdul dies at age 80. Charles Barron is removed as chair of the City Council's Higher Education Committee in a 47-to-1 vote. A Brooklyn federal judge rules that the FDNY intentionally discriminated against Black applicants in its hiring practices. The trial begins in the case of Michael Mineo, who alleges that NYPD officers sodomized him in a Brooklyn subway station in 2008. Debi Rose officially becomes Staten Island's first-ever Black elected official when Gov. David Paterson swears her in as the City Council representative for the 49th Council District. At the 67th Golden Globe Awards, Mo'Nique walks away with the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the movie "Precious." President Barack Obama gives his first State of the Union Address. In his speech, the President emphasizes the need for job creation, ending Don't Ask Don't Tell, and health care reform. At the 52nd Grammy Awards big winners include Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Maxwell. Beyonce Knowles wins six Grammys, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies." Caressa Cameron, Miss Virginia, is crowned Miss America. Cameron is the eighth Black woman to win the title.

February

Black History Month is celebrated with the theme "History of Black Economic Empowerment." After his removal as City Council Higher Education chair, Councilman Charles Barron threatens legal action against City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. After a long fight against leukemia, six-year-old Jasmina Anna Amena dies. Nearly 300 people attend her funeral. Gov. Paterson selects a bid for the Aqueduct Entertainment Group to run the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens. The MTA threatens to take away student MetroCards to fill its $383 million budget gap. The New Orleans Saints beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV. Human trafficking fears loom in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake as members of an Idaho Baptist missionary group take children out of the broken country without proper verification. The Haitian government arrests and later frees members of the group. Andrew Joseph Stack commits suicide when he flies his plane into an IRS building in Austin, Texas. Lillian Roberts is re-elected to a fourth term to lead DC37. The New York State Senate votes in favor of expelling Hiram Monserrate following his conviction in a 2009 domestic violence case. Tuskegee Airman Lee A. Archer dies at age 90. New York City is hit with a blizzard that produces nearly three feet of snow. Charges are made against Gov. Paterson for being involved in witness tampering in a domestic-abuse case involving staffer David Johnson, after New York State Police and Paterson allegedly called the woman. Rumors also in the ITALNew York TimesITAL and other media outlets claim Paterson was involved in an extramarital affair and drug use, which he quickly denies. Paterson withdraws his bid in the race for New York State governor. The city announces that it plans to close several homeless shelters in order to save the city $1 million. Bronx City Councilman Larry Seabrook turns himself over to federal authorities after being indicted on charges of corruption and money laundering. The 2010 Winter Olympic Games are held in Vancouver, Canada. Speed skating phenom Shani Davis becomes the only skater to defend his title in the 1000 meter race. President Obama issues an executive order establishing the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. The Department of Justice rules that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that NYPD officers acted willfully during the 2006 police shooting death of Sean Bell. The federal government does not prosecute the police officers involved in the case. The 45th anniversary of the death of Malcolm X is commemorated. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the nation's oldest Black college athletic conference, celebrates 65 years. A jury hands down a not-guilty verdict in the case of three NYPD officers accused of sodomizing Michael Mineo in a Brooklyn subway station. The jury claims that they "weighed all evidence and found reasonable doubt." A 53-year-old man is arrested for planting a pyrotechnic bomb in the 125th Street subway station in Harlem. Roslyn M. Brock is named NAACP chair of the national board of directors. An 8.8-magnitude earthquake hits the South American nation of Chile, resulting in nearly 500 deaths.