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#Goodnight Dr. Olivia Hooker, Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor And Minority Trailblazer, Dies At 103

By Bob Collins Eagle Guest Writer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjP-IeA-K1E WHITE PLAINS, New York – Dr. Olivia J. Hooker, a survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, has passed away, her goddaughter Janis confirmed. Janis said Dr. Hooker passed away at her home in White Plains, New York Wednesday, Nov.21, and she will be buried in New York. In 1945, Olivia Hooker became the first African-American to join the U.S. Coast Guard. She later earned a doctorate degree in psychology and became a professor at Fordham University. And she is said to be the last survivor of the infamous burning of “Black Wall Street” in Tulsa, Okla., although there was some dispute about that fact earlier this year when NPR ran a story about her. “My father’s store was destroyed,” Hooker told Radio Diaries. “There was nothing left but one big safe. It was so big they couldn’t carry it away, so they had to leave it — in the middle of the rubble.” The Burning of Black Wall Street in 1921 is considered one of the worst racial atrocities in American history, although it was rarely taught in any history class. Over two days, 300 African Americans were killed. She campaigned to allow black women into the military, but then she was frustrated that nobody was joining. “If I go and I survive, maybe someone else will come,” she said. So she tried to join the Navy but was refused on “a technicality” that was never revealed to her. She joined the Coast Guard Semper Paratus “Always Ready” (SPARs) instead in 1945. When the Coast Guard dedicated a wing of its training center in her honor, she shared her philosophy. “Love all, trust few, and do right.” Her death was announced by her nephew on a Facebook page dedicated to her.

Source: Dr. Olivia Hooker, Tulsa Race Massacre Survivor And Minority Trailblazer, Dies At 103

Former Hennepin County Employee Indicted On Theft Of #Government #Funds

Date Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018

News Type Press Releases

Link to Original USAO, District of Minnesota

Program Area(s) Public and Indian Housing

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging ROBERT ANTHONY COLEMAN, 45, and YOLANDA YVETTE COLEMAN aka YOLANDA YVETTE PITTMAN, 50, with multiple counts related to the theft of more than $248,000 of government funds. ROBERT COLEMAN is also charged with two counts of false statements and an additional count of Social Security fraud. They will make their initial appearances in U.S. District Court at a later date.1]

According to documents filed with the court, from least October 2010 through August of 2018, ROBERT COLEMAN and YOLANDA PITTMAN conspired to fraudulently obtain government funds and public assistance including, Section 8 rental housing assistance subsidies, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and Medical Assistance benefits, by purposefully submitting false applications to the government entities responsible for implementing these programs.

Further, according to documents filed with the court, YOLANDA PITTMAN used her role as an employee of Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department to affect COLEMAN’S receipt of benefits and failed to note that she lived with ROBERT COLEMAN.  PITTMAN also acted as COLEMAN’S Personal Care Attendant (PCA) for several years, with COLEMAN’S Medical Assistance benefits paying for these PCA services…..