Another Black man is dead in the United States and the citizens have accused the police of murdering him. Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man from Baltimore died while in police custody. According to official statements, his spinal cord was severely injured. His voice box was crushed and his neck snapped before he slipped into a coma and died.
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Anthony Ray Hinton was freed from jail after spending nearly 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Upon his release, Anthony Ray Hinton, a 58 years old African-American, only said about the case: "All they had to do was to test the gun."
The US Supreme court ruled last year, after a second trial was opened, that Mr Hinton did not have adequate counsel during the first trial. During the
"Young folks with bedrolls and backpacks were milling about. Veterans of the movement trained newcomers in the tactics of non-violence; the right way to protect yourself when attacked. A doctor described what tear gas does to the body, while marchers scribbled down instructions for contacting their loved ones. The air was thick with doubt, anticipation and fear. And they comforted themselves with the final verse of the final hymn they sung:
No matter what may be the test, God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon His breast, God will take care of you.”
It is with this powerfully poignant description of the mindset of those who mached 50 years ago in Selma, that US President Barack Obama opened his speech to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches.
After four unclaimed awards in five years, Mo Ibrami Prize for Achievement in African Leadership prize for 2014 was awarded to the outgoing Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba. Mr Pohamba, a former independence movement freedom fighter who became president of Namibia for two terms, has won the $5 millions award, for leading and leaving behind "a well-governed, stable and inclusive democracy with strong media freedom and respect for human rights, " Salim Ahmed Salim, the chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Prize Committee and former Chair of Organization of African Unity, now African Union, said while awarding the prize.