Amsterdam News: 2013 Year in Review
The biggest news from the Black community in 2013
12/26/2013, 11:56 a.m.
Fight on for Trayvon
- As summer rolls in, the city experiences 24 shootings in one weekend, leaving six dead.
- Citing unfair work practices, the Legal Services Staff Association union, the city’s legal workers, go on strike.
- Sen. Frank Lautenberg from New Jersey dies at age 89.
- It’s a historic night for Black actors at the Tony Awards, as Billy Porter, Cicley Tyson, Courtney B. Vance and Patina Miller take home awards.
- Civil rights attorney Chokwe Lumumba is elected mayor of Jackson, Miss.
- Chaka Khan is inducted to the Apollo Theater’s Walk of Fame.
- The historically Black Saint Paul’s College announces that it will close due to financial issues.
- An all-female jury consisting of one woman of color is placed in the trial against George Zimmerman.
- The Eagle Academy opens a school in Harlem.
- In a 5–4 decision, the Supreme Court strikes down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- Section 4 had required states with a history of discrimination to get permission from the federal government to change their election procedures in any way.
- The Supreme Court sends Affirmative Action to a lower court to determine its fate.
- Former South African president and civil rights icon Nelson Mandela is hospitalized for a recurring lung problem.
- Dr. Rudy Crew is named the new president of Medgar Evers College.