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Woodson, Pryor Dazzle in Raiders Win

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Oakland, CA – It was the latest NFL game ever scheduled but that didn’t stop the Raiders from coming out and playing good football in Sunday’s late game.

All the pieces were in place for the first time this season. Both the offense and defense did what they were suppose to do in Oakland’s 27-17 win over the San Diego Chargers,

On the third play from scrimmage the Raiders Usama Young picked off Philip Rivers for a 25-yard return. That set up Terrelle Pryor’s 44-yard touchdown to Rod Streater. Just two minutes into the game, Oakland set the tone early.

“I think today, team-wise, was more complete,” said Charles Woodson. “I think if you look at the offense and being able to move the ball and keep us off the field, those things work together. But I think today, offense, defense, special teams, and a big play by Taiwan [Jones] getting down there and forcing the fumble on the return. If we can get all phases of the game to work together, we can get big wins like this.”

Woodson was a huge part of tonight’s victory, in the third quarter he recovered a fumble and returned it 25-yards for a touchdown. That play tied him with Rod Woodson and Darren Sharper for the most defensive touchdowns of all-time.

It was also the Raiders first defensive touchdown this season. Oakland forced San Diego to turn the ball over countless times and Charles didn’t stop there with his big plays. He and DJ Hayden both picked off Rivers in the Charger’s final two drives to secure the Raider’s win.

“He’s [Charles Woodson] made a habit of doing that this his whole career,” head coach Dennis Allen said. “A defensive score and an interception to seal the game. That’s what we expect out of him. He’s been a playmaker for us and he’ll continue to be a playmaker for us.”

Pryor continued to dominate early, he found Denarius Moore in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown for the 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Oakland’s defense was all over the Chargers, stifling them the entire first half.

 

They came close on 4th and goal in the second quarter but the Raiders defense stopped them short. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 47-yard field goal to end the half with a 17-0 lead. This was the biggest lead for Oakland in the first half since 2002.

“You always practice and you always talk and preach that you want to start fast because it’s a big impact,” said Terrelle. “I thought third quarter we died down and Philip [Rivers] had their offense rolling and it was scary because when he’s on, he’s on. He caught fire and we had to keep punching back, we had to keep striking. I thought we started fast and then slowed down and that’s not going to work in the NFL.”

Rivers came out fighting in the second half, throwing for two touchdowns to cut the lead 24-17. But his three interceptions took a toll on the offense. Philip connected with Keenan Allen for an 11-yard touchdown that was reversed after replay showed Allen got one foot down inbounds.

San Diego kept fighting back, Rivers found both Allen and Danny Woodhead for two touchdowns to start the fourth quarter. While Oakland’s offense slowed down, Pryor came up with a big play of his own by scrambling before hitting Brice Butler on a 20-yard pass on third-and-14. That set up Jankowski’s 50-yard field goal to extend the Raiders lead to 27-17.

“We came out and we were outplayed in all three phases,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. “It’s tough to go on the road and turn the ball over the way we did and win a game on the road against a good football team. Too many big plays.”

Oakland played their best game of the season thus far. Many would think they should probably play their remainder games at 8:30. But the team and organization had no problem with moving their original time 1:25pm back to accommodate the Oakland A’s in the playoffs. After the A’s beat the Tigers on Saturday evening, it took 18 hours to convert the field back to football.

“We were playing a good football team and this is one of the occasions, you’re under the lights, you’re pretty much going to be tested,” said Kevin Burnett. “We answered the test today and we just have to continue to build on it and know that we’re a good football team. We need to play like this all the time.”

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IN MEMORIAM: Cheryl Hickmon: National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dies

NNPA NEWSWIRE — THE BURTON WIRE — Hickmon, a beloved and celebrated member, served the organization for 39 years. The Connecticut native was initiated into the Alpha Xi Chapter at South Carolina State University in 1982 and was an active member of the Hartford (Conn.) Alumnae Chapter. The national office of the sorority released a statement announcing Hickmon’s  death which reads as follows, in part: “It is with great sorrow that Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. shares the passing of our beloved National President and Chair of the National Board of Directors, Cheryl A. Hickmon. President Hickmon transitioned peacefully on January 20, 2022 after a recent illness.

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Cheryl Hickmon, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the nation’s largest African-American sorority.

By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D, NNPA Newswire Culture and Entertainment Editor

The nation is mourning the passing of Cheryl Hickmon, national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the nation’s largest African-American sorority. Hickmon was elected president of the organization dedicated to sisterhood, scholarship and service  November 21, 2021 at the 55th national convention held in Atlanta, GA.

Hickmon, a beloved and celebrated member, served the organization for 39 years. The Connecticut native was initiated into the Alpha Xi Chapter at South Carolina State University in 1982 and was an active member of the Hartford (Conn.) Alumnae Chapter. The national office of the sorority released a statement announcing Hickmon’s  death which reads as follows:

“It is with great sorrow that Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. shares the passing of our beloved National President and Chair of the National Board of Directors, Cheryl A. Hickmon. President Hickmon transitioned peacefully on January 20, 2022 after a recent illness.

President Hickmon was a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta since 1982 and served in various capacities at the chapter, region, and national level before being elected National President. She is remembered not only for her role as a leader but for being a colleague, friend, and most of all, sister.

The entire sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated mourns the loss of President Hickmon. During this difficult time, we ask that you respect her family’s privacy and keep them in your prayers.”

In addition to serving as the national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Cheryl was employed at Montefiore’s Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Health in Hartsdale, NY where she supervised the In Vitro Fertilization Laboratories for Andrology and Endocrinology. A licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Hickmon worked in the Reproductive Medical Laboratory for more than 30 years.
Members and supporters have been offering remembrances and calling for prayers in response to Hickmon’s death. Florida representative Val Demings,  who is a member of the sorority, shared her thoughts via Twitter:
Organizations including the NAACP and fellow Black Greek Letter Organizations like Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma and Alpha Kappa Alpha have issued statements about Hickmon’s passing.

Cheryl Hickmon is the daughter of the late Dr. Ned Hickmon of Hartford, CT and Bishopville, South Carolina and the late Consuella Anderson Hickmon of Hartford, CT and Cincinnati, Ohio. She is survived by her two older brothers Ned and David Hickmon.

Hickmon’s bio reads, “Cheryl lives her life by the motto … ‘Don’t measure life by the number of breaths you take but by the number of moments that take your breath away.’” She was 60.

This obituary was written by Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D., founder & editor-in-chief of The Burton Wire. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual.

Follow The Burton Wire on Instagram or Twitter @TheBurtonWire. 

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Zoom Town Hall Meeting to Stop State Takeover of Oakland Schools

The Zoom Town Hall, sponsored by the Oakland Post Salon & Oakland Education Association (OEA), will take place Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada)

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Students, parents and teachers protested in January 2019 against the closure of Roots International Academy in East Oakland as the school board voted to permanently close the school - under the guidance of the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team(FCMAT) and Karen Monroe of Alameda County Office of Education. Photo courtesy of ABC7.
Students, parents and teachers protested in January 2019 against the closure of Roots International Academy in East Oakland as the school board voted to permanently close the school - under the guidance of the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team(FCMAT) and Karen Monroe of Alameda County Office of Education. Photo courtesy of ABC7.

By Post Staff

There will be a Zoom town hall meeting to learn about and take action to stop the takeover of the Oakland Unified School District by superintendent L. K. Monroe of the Alameda County Office of Education and the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT) on behalf of the State of California.

The Zoom Town Hall, sponsored by the Oakland Post Salon & Oakland Education Association (OEA), will take place Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada)

Join the discussion as we seek answers to the following questions:

  • How did this happen?
  • Why is L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County office of Education, doing this?
  • What is the role of the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team (FCMAT)?
  • Why are they trying to force us to close more schools?
  • Why do they demand massive budget cuts when schools are awash in billions of dollars of state and federal funding?
  • What can we do to stop this?

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://bit.ly/saveOUSD

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

A short video that explains the issue can be viewed at https://bit.ly/noFCMAT

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IN MEMORIAM: Kituria Littlejohn McConnell, 71

Kit was born July 16, 1950, in Salisbury, North Carolina, to Horace and Esther Littlejohn. She was raised in Washington, D.C., where she married Attorney Gregory (Greg) R. McConnell in 1973. The couple first met at Backus Junior High School in 1963. They attended Coolidge High School and Howard University where Kit graduated in 1972 with a degree in English.

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Kituria (Kit) Littlejohn McConnell
Kituria (Kit) Littlejohn McConnell

July 16, 1950 – Jan. 16, 2022

Kituria (Kit) Littlejohn McConnell passed away peacefully at her home in Danville, California, surrounded by her family, on Jan. 16, 2022 at the age of 71, following a two-year battle with cancer.

Kit was born July 16, 1950, in Salisbury, North Carolina, to Horace and Esther Littlejohn. She was raised in Washington, D.C., where she married Attorney Gregory (Greg) R. McConnell in 1973.

The couple first met at Backus Junior High School in 1963. They attended Coolidge High School and Howard University where Kit graduated in 1972 with a degree in English.

It was during their time together at Howard University that they dated, and Kit honored Greg by agreeing to be his lifelong partner. Their marriage extended for 48 years until Kit’s passing.

After graduation from Howard, Kit excelled as a teacher at Eastern High School. Due to her exceptional teaching and interpersonal skills, she was tapped to teach a range of students with various achievement levels.

Kit and Greg lived in the Washington, D.C., area until they moved to Hercules, California, in 1985. Her hobbies included reading, decorating, and traveling. Kit is regarded as a loving and kind woman who was thoroughly devoted to her family and friends. She was truly a good person that no one ever said an unkind word about. She was the spiritual leader of her family, firmly grounded in decency, compassion and sharing her goodwill toward all.

Kit is survived by her husband, Gregory R. McConnell; her three devoted children, Kalela Washington and husband Spencer of Olney, MD; Gregory (JR) McConnell Jr. of Oakland, CA, and Kimberley Riberdy and husband Jason of Dublin, CA; grandchildren Aliya G. Washington and Kituria J. Riberdy; sisters Phyllis Palm and Montressa Fisher; brother Horace G. Littlejohn, III; a host of loving in-laws, nieces, and nephews; and a score of lifelong devoted friends.

Kit is now reunited with her parents, Horace and Esther Littlejohn, and her sister, Millicent Littlejohn Wheeler who preceded her in death.

The family will convene a memorial service in the Washington, D.C., area this spring that will also be available for remote viewing. In lieu of flowers or other sentiments, the family requests that you go to your loved ones, hug them, and tell them you love them.

Thank you, Kit, for a love supreme.

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