AmNews 2018 Year in Review Pt. 2

Cyril Josh Barker | 1/3/2019, 11:08 a.m.
Part 2 of our look back of some of the headlines from 2019.

July

Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams becomes the first Black officer to command the West Point Military Academy in its 216-year history. City officials announced new measures to reduce the lead exposure risk for children living in NYCHA buildings after a report reveals that that 820 children younger than 5 years tested positive for elevated lead levels from 2012 to 2016. As a dangerous heat wave takes over the tristate area, more than 180 residents of the Newark homeless shelter Urban Renewal are displaced when the shelter closes because of a lack of funding. At the NNPA Awards National Legacy Awards, the Rev. Jesse Jackson pushes for a federal anti-lynching law introduced by Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is the target of death threats when she criticizes President Trump and calls for his impeachment. A report released by City Comptroller Scott Stringer reveals that bullying at public schools is at an all-time high. Crystal Mason, a Black woman who unintentionally voted while on probation, is sentenced to a five-year imprisonment in Texas. Supporters across the nation call for her release. President Trump nominates U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by retiring justice Anthony Kennedy. Rapper Cardi B gives birth to her first child, Kulture Kiari Cephus. U.S. tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods come into effect. Harlem activist and former Superintendent of the New York State Office of General Services Beverly Alston passes away. The world watches as 12 boys and their soccer coach are successfully rescued from the flooded Tham Luang Nang Non cave in Thailand, after a 17-day ordeal that gained worldwide attention. The NAACP holds its 109th national convention in San Antonio, Texas. The civil rights organization’s convention aims to target youth and millennials. Media reports surface that Papa John’s Pizza founder John Schnatter used the N-word during a conference call. He immediately steps down and a boycott of the company is called. Special Counsel Mueller charges 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking during the 2016 election.

The daughter of the Rev. Al Sharpton, Dominique Sharpton Bright, announces she’s expecting her first child with her husband Marcus Bright. The U.S. Department of Justice announces it’s reopening the murder case of Emmett Till after new information surfaces. Till, a 14-year-old African-American, was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store. Tragedy strikes when 17 people die after an amphibious “duck boat” capsizes while carrying 31 tourists on Table Rock Lake, Mo. The NYPD announces plans to open its own investigation into the 2014 police killing of Eric Garner after the Department of Justice fails to make any announcements for criminal charges against police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Garner with a prohibited chokehold. President Barack Obama delivers the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa, marking Mandela’s 100th birthday. Community activist rally in Brooklyn after three teens are fatally shot in East New York over the course of just a few days. Black, 37-year-old Rashaun Washington is shot by police in Vineland, N.J. The shooting of the father of two is captured on Facebook Live. A jury acquits suspect Keith Luncheon in the 2015 killing of Carey Gabay, a Black former aide to Gov. Cuomo. Gabay was shot during the J’Ouvert Festival in Brooklyn that precedes the West Indian American Day Parade. A Pennsylvania board recommends that comedian Bill Cosby be classified as a sexually violent predator after he was found guilty of raping a woman in April. Black Panther Party co-founder Elbert “Big Man” Howard dies at age 80. The 44th annual Harlem Week kicks off with the theme “Women Transforming Our World: Past, Present and Future,” along with subtheme “The Community Within the Community: Saluting the LGBTQ Community.” Former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver gets seven years in prison for public corruption. Black, 18-year-old Nia Wilson is fatally stabbed by a white man in a random attack in the public transit system in California’s Bay Area. Reports surface that President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded his client discussing payments to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Trump. NYCHA’s smoking ban begins, prohibiting public housing residents from smoking within 25 feet of NYCHA buildings.