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benefits [of the resurrection] and innumerable. To list a
few: Our illnesses don't seem nearly so final; Our fears fade
and lose their grip; Our grief over those who have gone on is
diminished; Our desires to press on in spite of the obstacles is
rejuvenated...Our identity as Christians is strengthened as we
stand in the lengthening shadows of saints down through the
centuries, who have always answered back in antiphonal
voice" He is risen, indeed".
by Charles Swindoll , Author, Educator Radio
all of you and may you enjoy this special and holy weekend.
Throughout the years we are taught this is the "new birth",
so I say to you cleanse your heart, your mind, your spirit and
your soul and begin new again! I know several things may
be uncertain for many of you, but hold on to that vision you have,
hold on to your goals, and to one of the most special gifts of
Easter...hope! With hope all things can be achieved!!!
A few days ago, Wednesday-March 19th,
marked the 5th Anniversary of the war with Iraq. Yes, it
has been 5 long years that President Bush took us to war and
separated us from our families. A war created by falseness
and untruths. Many of our families never returned to us as
they left; they returned in boxes (almost 4,000 of them), not to mention the (approx.) 29,000+ who will never be able
to live normal lives again because they are wounded. I
feel many of your pain, anger and your want for this
evilness to end. Our families that make up these troops
must be brought home. The billions that is being spent to
finance this war and to fix the infrastructure of the place we
destroyed must be brought back home to us, so that America can
Government not see how much we are suffering here on the
home-front in America? Our economy is worst than it has
ever been; the foreclosure rate is soaring, many of us are
losing our homes; the gas price is approaching $4.00 (in some
states it's currently $4.00); many of
our cars are being repossessed; a high percent of people without
health insurance; and most importantly the dollar
is losing its value drastically. Need I say more?
The billions that are being spent on the war and re-building
Iraq (the place that was destroyed over weapons of mass
destruction that could not be found) should stay here in America
to fix all of these problems. How can one say this war was a
success? Absolutely not! The American people have
lost and is still losing on a daily basis - physically,
psychologically, emotionally and not to mention the precious
lives of our loved ones and the innocent folks in Iraq whose
lives were taken because of this war. My heart aches (as
many of you) over the many lives lost, and most of all my heart
aches because in my opinion IT IS NOT WORTH IT!!! The
country, and scores of its citizens are worst off now than it
was 5 years ago.
the following song we shared with you some time ago, but I want to
send it out to our Troops who are serving and fighting in this
war; to simply thank them and to let them know that we strongly
appreciate them. This is a song by a very wonderful woman who we meet a
few years ago and have worked with - Ms. Alexandra Lajoux.
Click the picture to launch Ms. Lajoux's tribute to the Troops "We Thank You" written and performed by Alexandra
Click this picture for the tribute to our troops "We Thank
You" by Alexandra Lajoux.
March 18, 2008, again history was made because Senator Barack
Obama delivered an excellent speech on race that will surly go
down in history as one of the most famous speeches of the 21st
Century. Of course, as a result of this most implicit
topic lots of issues were brought to the surface. "Hummmm"
is what I say to you as I begin talking about this issue,
because I am in a state of bewilderment over the constant
negative comments I am hearing from the media and reading on
blogs at many news websites around the United States about this
important speech. When
I tuned in and heard…really heard every word the Senator spoke
on this issue "Race", I got clarity regarding my own
feelings on the entire issue.
“My Lord” he went to the core of the problem didn’t
he, and I commend him for doing this????
with this being said I must share with you how we (myself and
Todd) felt about this issue, and I beg you to forgive me for
being blunt and for your understanding.
At the end of last week when Mr. Obama denounced and
rebuked the words of his Pastor "Minister Wright", we
simply felt dreadful; we felt he had become weak, and we felt he
had betrayed Pastor Wright and many who attend (as they in the
media and many call it) “The Black Church”, all across
America, and even the black race.
We felt he needed to take the time to address the core of
the problem “race” and even religion; and about HOW countless
sermons in the black church are delivered. We felt the
attacks Senator Obama was undergoing was not only on him, but on
the entire race as a whole, and we felt this needed to be
remedied immediately! We were
relieved on Tuesday morning when it was announced that the
Senator planned on speaking to America on "race" and
important speech Senator Obama delivered allows us to talk about
this very apparent racism problem; and allows us to confront this
issue at its core, especially since we are descendants and
even survivors of slavery, the Jim Crow era and the struggle
throughout the Civil Rights era. Many have stated this
speech opened up the racial wounds, but unbeknownst to many the
wounds were never closed, and have been wide open for years upon
years throughout the history of America. After all
African-Americans have been enduring racism throughout the
history of America, and most recently as early as last
year. Let's not forget about the (1) racial, derogatory
and assaulting remarks made by radio host Don Imas about the
Rutger University Female basketball team; (2) about the
injustice of the "Jena Six"; (3) the amount of folks
that marched for equal justice on November 16, 2007 outside the
Department of Justice; and lots of other racial problems many
have had to face in the last few years. YES, a great number
of folks have been the victims and are hurt, bitter and can't
seem to mend, and YES these issues are discussed in the
"black church". One must remember that the civil
rights movement began in the "black church"!!!
we may lose some of our on-line family by discussing this
issue, but we must because it is very disturbing and it seems we
are still in oppression and there is NO Freedom of Speech since
many in America are dictating what the "black church"
can and cannot do. The "Black Church" is the
only place "one" can go where "one" can talk freely and honestly,
to let "one" burdens down"", to discuss problems
whether it be about race or issues at work , at home or even
life, a place "one" look to for upliftment, and a place
and freely talk about politics. Of course, there are numerous
issues we may not agree with that is preached in our churches,
but we attend because it is one (1) place we go to get the
upliftment we need to take us through this difficult life; and the
members, the Pastor and the church on a whole is indeed part of
our extended family. Therefore, it bothers us about
the shock many in the media are expressing on their programs and
many on blogs about the "black church", just pulling
it apart and dwelling on the Senator needing to disown his
RETIRED Pastor and separating himself from his church!!!
at this issue for "a quick minute", and the question I
ask is: what is many in America upset about from the Pastor’s
examined the clips that have been shown repeatedly on the news
channels and on "You Tube", and listened closely over
and over again and really could not see a problem.
Let me say again, we looked at the few seconds of
the clip the news media’s kept showed on the Pastor via the TV
and realized, yes indeed Senator Clinton will never be called
the “N” word, indeed Senator Clinton will never experience a
cab driving by her and not picking her up because of the color
of her skin, and indeed Senator Clinton has never experienced
being poor. Undeniably
the pastor was telling the truth, as many pastors have
done throughout our country. YES again I say, anger;
honesty and a place to talk freely about all our problems and
issues in life and even in America is frequently expressed during many sermons on a Sunday
morning in the "black Church" across America, and
folks must understand that there is much to be angry about in
America. Let's "be real" and look at this
further, it is a fact that the history of this country is build
on hate, slavery, divisiveness, inequality, injustice, etc.,
African-Americans were never on even ground, and are still
treated unfairly and have to endure racism on a daily basis, so
YES it is discussed in the church!!!
the next huge issue is that the Senator should leave his church,
and disown/completely cut ties with the RETIRED Pastor Wright
(the man that married him, is a part of his life, was an
inspiration for his first book "The Audacity of Hope", and christened both his baby
girls). A man who has had 30 years preaching in the
pulpit, uplifting, inspiring, motivating and is known for
scolding his congregation harshly when issues or folks in his
community have gone astray. Honestly, this demand to
disown Pastor Wright is UNJUSTIFIED, and have not been made on
the other Senators who has questionable associates. I say
judge Senator Obama on his words, his actions and the content of
I am indeed
delighted Senator Obama gave this important speech, it was
thoughtful and honest and gives us all the opportunity to talk
about one of the most sensitive and serious issues plaguing the
United States. I hope the American people can talk and
transcend from this issue.
a more happier note here are the overall count as of today which
shows Senator Obama still maintaining a substantial lead in
Delegates via CNN and MSNBC. I'm not sure which one of
these 2 networks are correct, but I have listed both counts for
your review. CNN's count is: Senator Obama's total 1,621
(1413 Pledged and 208 Super delegates, and Senator
Clinton's total is 1,479 (1,242 Pledged and 237 Super delegates;
and MSNBC's count is: Senator Obama's total 1,625 (1408 Pledged and
217 Super delegates, and Senator
Clinton's total is 1,506 (1,251 Pledged and 255 Super
delegates. The total delegates needed to get the
that the Pennsylvania Primary will be taking place in a few
weeks and it's very important that
voters in Pennsylvania get registered immediately, because the
registration deadline for voting in the primary as a democrat in
Pennsylvania is this Monday, March 24, 2008.
I close I want to remind you to continue standing up and not accepting the same old tactics, rhetoric
and old politics. I encourage you to talk about race and
the hurtful issues you might have experienced throughout
life. Most importantly let's continue building this movement
and voting for Senator Obama, he has taken an important step
this week by bringing to the forefront a problem that has been
aching our hearts for years and I simply cannot thank him enough
for doing this, because it is a huge problem that exist in
that we need to talk about, address and find solutions to...we
must try to mend!!!
know that with your support and votes Senator
Obama will continue succeeding. We know he absolutely has the
ability and wisdom to move us forward, and will bridge the
gap on many issues. I hope you are looking forward to
the overall change as I am, so lets continue making history
to register as a democrat to vote in the Pennsylvania Primary is
this Monday, March 24 2008. Hurry and register right away!
The deadline for registering to vote in
the General Election is October 6, 2008.
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Important and Historic Speech on Race in America-
3/18/08 in Pennsylvania. Read his speech where you
will find among other facts he stated: "...In the
white community, the path to a more perfect union means
acknowledging that what ails the African-American
community does not just exist in the minds of black
people; that the legacy of discrimination - and current
incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in
the past - are real and must be addressed".. Click on the picture to
read the entire speech and launch the video - Courtesy of
with Keith Olbermann. Mr. Olbermann states
"Clinton's tepid response to Ferraro is
shameful." Olbermann further states to
Senator Clinton "Unless you say something
definitive, Senator, the former Congresswoman is
speaking with your approval. You must remedy
this. You must reject and denounce Geraldine
Ferraro. Courtesy of www.msnbc.com.
Click the picture to view.
Condolences to the family and friends of Mikey Dread.
"Dread on the Control". Michael Campbell better
known as Mikey Dread, is a Jamaican singer, producer, and
broadcaster. From an early age, Campbell showed a natural
aptitude for engineering and electronics. After he finished
college, Campbell started out as an engineer with the Jamaica
Broadcasting Corporation (JBC). Campbell wasn't impressed that
the JBC's play lists mainly consisted of bland, foreign pop
music at a time when some of the most potent reggae was being
recorded in Jamaica. He convinced his JBC bosses to give him his
own radio program called Dread At The Controls, where he played
nothing but reggae. Before long, Campbell (now using the DJ name
Mikey Dread) had the most popular program on the JBC. Well-known
for its fun and adventurous sonic style, Dread At The Controls
became a hit all over Jamaica. Inevitably, JBC's conservative
management and Campbell clashed, and he quit in protest.
By that time, Campbell had earned a solid reputation as a singer
and producer and began recording his own material. Distinctive
albums such as Dread At The Controls, Evolutionary Rockers, and
World War III all became favorites amongst reggae fans. His
collaboration with producers King Tubby and Carlton Patterson
stand out as some of the best work each party has done.
Campbell's music attracted the attention of British punk rockers
The Clash, who invited him over to England to produce some of
their music. Although initially suspicious of the strangers,
Campbell soon became the best of friends with the band,
producing their famous "Bankrobber" single and
performing on several songs on their 1980 album Sandinista!.
Campbell also toured with The Clash across Britain, Europe, and
the US, gaining many new fans along the way. After many
years working as a producer and singer, Campbell withdrew from
the business and moved to Miami where he furthered his college
education with courses in electronics and business. Disgusted
with several unfair contracts with record companies, Campbell
shrewdly waited until all of the existing contracts expired and
then regained control over his entire catalogue. Since then, he
has been re-releasing much of it on his own Dread At The
Controls record label. In October 2007 Mr. Campbell was
diagnosed and was being treated for a brain tumor, which he succumb
from this past weekend.
Recognizing and Celebrating Women's Accomplishments throughout
History - March
is "National Women's History Month". For the
rest of this month
we will recognize, celebrate and honor women around the
world. We will celebrate their diverse and historic
accomplishments, as well as their rich and varied contributions
to the history and culture of the United States and around the
are 2 weeks left to celebrate Women’s History Month. We
continue to celebrate women of African-American decent who are
“FIRSTS” and who have contributed to the advancement of
women and paved the way for many who has become successful.
Of course the challenges today are smaller in comparison
to the challenges women faced in previous years as they pursued
their goals. I can
just imagine what they had endured during their life as they
moved towards obtaining their goals and achievements from the
problems of intense racism (not only being a woman, but also
being black), segregation, and normalized sexism.
However despite their race, gender, class and age, these
women drew something deep inside their souls and stayed
motivated and succeed with pursuing their goals.
This week we celebrate women who are
"FIRSTS" during the years of 1955-1990.
Marian Anderson was the first black female member of the
Metropolitan Opera Company.
She broke the color barrier by the
first African-American to perform with the New York
Metropolitan Opera singing the part of Ulrica in Giuseppe
Verdis Un ballo in maschera.
Ms. Anderson was born in South Philadelphia.
Marian Anderson was a world-renowned opera singer.
In 1955, at the age of 58 Ms. Anderson broke the
color barrier by becoming the first African-American to
perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera . On that
occasion, she sang the part of Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi 's Un
ballo in maschera . She
first began singing in the choir of Union Baptist church,
learning all the parts from soprano to bass, a discipline
that helped to develop her extraordinary range. She was 15
when she received her first formal lesson. She debuted at the New York Philharmonic on August 26 , 1925
and scored an immediate success, also with the critics. In
1928 , she sang for the first time at Carnegie Hall .
Her reputation was further advanced by her tour
though Europe in the early 1930's . Later in Ms. Anderson's
life she sang at the presidential inauguration of John F.
Kennedy. The Finnish composer Jean Sibelius dedicated his Solitude
"As a black American who
overcame adversity to achieve renown, Marian Anderson
embodied the civil rights movement. However, this aspect of
her life should not overshadow her stature as a performer.
Musical experts, noting the uniqueness of her vocal
qualities, have acclaimed her to be one of the greatest
contraltos of the Twentieth century. She developed a wide
repertoire ranging from the spirituals of her black culture
to the songs of Bach and Brahms to the folk music of
Scandinavia. For more details on Marion Anderson
click on to her site at http://www.mariananderson.org/home/index.html
& 1958: Althea Gibson became the first black
person to play in and win Wimbledon and the Unites States
National tennis Championship (she won 56
tournaments including 5 grand slam singles events.)
Ms. Gibson was born in 1927 and grew up in Harlem.
In 1948 she won the first of 10 straight national
black women's singles championships. In
addition to many of her winnings ( She was the first African
American to play in the U.S. grass court championships at
Forest Hill, NY in 1950 and at Wimbledon, England in 1951.
She won the French women's singles championship in
1956 and the U.S. and British championships in both 1957 and
1958. She retired from competition in 1958. In 1971 she was
named to the National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame.
Gibson became New Jersey State Commissioner of Athletics in
1975, a post she held for 10 years. She then served on the
State's Athletics Control Board until 1988 and the
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness until 1992. In 2003
at the age of 76, Althea Gibson died in East Orange.
For Mor Information on Ms. Gibson log on to: http://www.altheagibson.com/PhotoGallery.htm
Ella Fitzgerald was the first black female to receive a Grammy
Ms. Fitzgerald was born in Newport News, VA
in 1917, and moved with her mother to New York. Her
first dream was to be a dancer. Growing up in New
York, she was inspired by "Snake Hips" Tucker
studying his serpentine moves and practicing them constantly
with friends. Then, one fateful night at the Apollo
Theatre in 1934, the headlining Edwards Sisters brought down
the house with their dancing. Amateur Hour begin
immediately after, and a 16-year-old Ella Fitzgerald stepped
on stage. but was too intimidated to dance. Instead,
she sang "Judy" silenced the awestruck crowd, and
won first prize. It was the beginning of one of the
most celebrated careers in music history. After her
early success at the Apollo, and as a popular performer at a
number of other amateur venues, Fitzgerald was invited to
join Chick Webb's band. Within a short while she was
the star attraction, and had made a number list including
her trademark "A-tisket, A-tasket" (938).
After Web's death in 1939, Fitzgerald led the band for three
years. By the time she began her sols career in the
mid 1940s, she was a well-respected figure throughout the
music industry. Her vibrant and energetic voice showed
an exceptional range and control. Performing with
"Jazz at the Philharmonic", her popularity grew
beyond the music world. Throughout the 1950s and
1960s, she continued to perform as a jazz musician, but
concentrated primarily on popular music. One of the
early "scat" performers, Fitzgerald found a place
among the growing jazz innovators, making recordings with
such greats as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis
Armstrong. Her true genius, however, was not formal
innovation or deeper expression, but artistic renderings of
the enthusiastic songs of her time. By the 1970s, she
was performing with a trio headed y pianist Tommy Flanagan,
and regularly with dozens of different symphony
orchestras. Though her voice was not what it had been,
Ms. Fitzgerald's enthusiasm and charisma continued to excite
crows well into the 1980s. After a successful
appearance in the United Kingdom in 1990, she retired due to
ailing health. Two years later President Ronald Reagan
awarded her the National Medal of Honor. Suffering
continued health problems, Ms. Fitzgerald spent the last few
years o her life in Beverly Hills home and she died in 1996
at the age of 78. For more details on Ms. Fitzgerald
log on to: http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=12&Itemid=28
Harris became the first black female ambassador for
Harris was born in Mattoon, Illinois. She graduated from
Howard University in 1945 with a bachelor's degree in
political science and economics. Following graduation,
Mrs. Harris went to work for the Chicago Young Women's
Christian Association (1946-1949), then became assistant
director for the American Council for Human Rights
(1949-1953), and executive director of Delta Sigma Theta
(1953-1959). After graduating from law school she went
to work for the criminal division of the U.S. Department
of Justice for about a year before joining the facility
of Howard University Law School in 1961. In 1965, Mrs.
Harris was appointed ambassador to Luxembourg by
President Lyndon Johnson. She served in this capacity
until 1967 when she returned to Howard University as a
law professor. In 1970, she joined a Washington, D.C.
law firm, practicing corporate law until she was
appointed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development by President Jimmy Carter in 1977, a
position she held until 1979, when she became Secretary
of Health, Education, and Welfare. During her tenure,
the department was renamed Health and Human Services.
After Jimmy Carter was defeated in his bid for a second
presidential term, Mrs. Harris resigned as Secretary of
DHHS in 1981. She ran unsuccessfully for mayor of
Washington, D.C., in 1982, and died in 1985. For
more details log on to: http://www.huarchivesnet.howard.edu/0005huarnet/harris1.htm
Constance Baker Motley became the first black woman
Constance Motley was
prominent civil rights attorney, and won nine of the ten
cases she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court,
including the 1962 case in which James Meredith won
admission to the University of Mississippi. In
1966 she became the first black woman to become a
federal judge. She was known to take all kinds of
cases, including housing for African-American people,
and write briefs for the Brown vs. Board of Education
case. For doing all these great things, she got elected
to the New York State Senate in 1964, becoming the first
woman to do so, and then in 1965 she became the first
woman President of a Manhattan borough. She believed
that she could make a difference and she did.
Constance Baker Motley was born on September 14,
1921, in New Haven, Connecticut. Her dad was the chef
for the Skull and Bones, an exclusive club at Yale. She
graduated from New York University in 1943. In 1946 she
received her law degree from Columbia University, and
married real estate and insurance broker, Joel Wilson
Motley. She was then appointed to the United States
District Court for the Southern District of New York on
January 25, 1966. Constance Baker Motley became the
first African-American woman to serve for the Southern
District of New York, the largest federal trial bench in
the country. After a long, distinguished career, she
died on September 28, 2005, at the age of 84.
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1969: Shirley (Anita) Chisholm, Congresswoman from New York was the
first black female U.S. Representative-Serving from
1969-1983. Also, the first to campaign for the
Presidency and she was known for her incisive debating
style and uncompromising integrity.
in 1924, in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Ms. Chisholm
was the first black woman elected to Congress; attended
public schools of Brooklyn, N.Y.; B.A., Brooklyn
College, 1946; M.A., Columbia University, 1952; nursery
school teacher, 1946-1953; director Hamilton-Madison
Child Care Center, New York City, 1953-1959; educational
consultant, Division of Day Care, New York City,
1959-1964; assemblywoman, New York State Legislature,
1964-1968; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and
to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3,
1969-January 3, 1983); was not a candidate for
reelection to the Ninety-eighth Congress in 1982. Shirley
Chisholm is widely considered one of the foremost female
orators in the United States. With a character that she
has described as "unbought and unbossed,"
Chisholm became known as a politician who refused to
allow fellow politicians, including the male-dominated
Congressional Black Caucus, to deter her from her goals.
In 1969 her first statement as a congressperson before
the U.S. House of Representatives reflected her
commitment to prioritizing the needs of the
disadvantaged, especially children: she proclaimed her
intent to "vote No on every money bill that comes
to the floor of this House that provides any funds for
the Department of Defense."
While Chisholm advocated for black civil rights,
she regularly took up issues that concerned other people
of color such as Native Americans and Spanish-speaking
migrants. She also delivered important speeches on the
economic and political rights of women and fearlessly
criticized the Nixon Administration during the Vietnam
War. She died in died on January 1, 2005, in
Ormond Beach, Fla.; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery,
Buffalo, N.Y. http://www.africanamericans.com/ShirleyChisholm.htm
1972: Willie Hobbs Moore (University of Michigan)
is the first African American Woman to earn a Ph.D. in
vibrational analysis of secondary chlorides. While at
Michigan, Moore worked for Datamax Corporation. She has
also held engineering positions at Bendix Aerospace
Systems, Barnes Engineering, and Sensor Dynamics where
she was responsible for the theoretical analysis.
After completing her degree at the
University of Michigan and working there for several
years as a research scientist, she spent a long and
successful career at Ford Motor Company. She died
in 1994. http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/nea/special/imesmoore.asp
Patricia Harris was the first black female cabinet
minister. She was the Secretary
of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under
President Jimmy Carter.
Her bio is above.
first book on African American Mathematicians, Black
Mathematicians and their Works ,published
by Virginia K. Newell, Joella
H. Gipson, L. W. Rich, and B. Stubblefield.
collection of research papers published before 1980 and
written by black mathematicians, there is no central
mathematical theme to this book. The range of the papers
is wide, from mathematics education to group theory.
However, it is a strong statement about the professional
diversity in the field of mathematics. Blacks have made
major contributions to the advancement of science and
mathematics and this book is a partial description of
Williams became the first Black Miss America
representing New York. Suzette Charles also an
African American was the runner-up and served after Ms.
Williams resigned). Ms. Charles represented New
Jersey. A woman of many
faces and talents, a woman who not only demands respect
but also has earned it. She has conquered the musical
charts, the big screen and the stages of Broadway.
However, she demands to be seen as a person and not just
as a star. Vanessa Williams, born in 1963, in
upstate New York Her parents were both music teachers
and encouraged Vanessa in her musical studies. She also
has a younger brother who is 4 years older.
Vanessa won the "Miss Syracuse" pageant and
went on to become "Miss New York" in the well
awaited Miss America pageant, 1984. Vanessa graced the
stage a long with 49 other beautiful women, women
considered to be the best in their state, therefore the
best in the United States. Taking hold of categories
such as the interview, swimsuit and talent, she went on
to win the title of Miss America 1984. Winning this
contest was a great honor for Vanessa, being the first
black Miss America however; it also brought to her life
fear. Fear not only for her own life but fear also for
her family's. She knew and was constantly reminded that
the people of the black race did not want her known as
the "First African American Miss America"
because to them she was not black enough. In the same
hand, she was hated by the people of the white culture
because to them she had taken the crown from the many
white women on the stage who, in their eyes, deserved it
much more. For more details
on Ms. Williams click on the following link: http://www.vanessawilliams.de/indexengl.htm
1986: Opera Winfrey became the first black woman
television host "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
1991-2000 and First African-American Billionaire. Ms.
Winfrey was born
in Mississippi, Oprah Winfrey, 54, started out in life,
disadvantaged. At 3 she was reciting speeches in
her church. In her teens she was touring to
churches of Nashville reciting sermons of James Weldon
Johnson. Ms. Winfrey began her broadcasting career at
age 19 in Tennessee. Her dramatic transformation from a
newsreader on a small radio station to being the first
woman in history to own and produce her own television
talk show has all the pizzazz of a fairy tale.
was the youngest news anchor and the first black female
news anchor at Nashville’s WTVF-TV. She moved to
Baltimore’s WJZ-TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six
o’clock news. She was later hired as co-host for
Richard Sher in WJZ’s local talk show, People Are
Talking, which debuted in 1978.
also launched The Angel Network, an organization that
collects millions of dollars a year for charities. She
publishes her own magazines, O, The Oprah Magazine and O
at Home, and has co-founded the women’s cable
television network —Oxygen. She is also an
author, an actress, recipient of the First Bob Hope
Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Emmy Awards, a producer
who owns her own Production company Ms. Winfrey -
entrepreneur is known for her innate empathy and love
for people. She is an icon, and can be seen
everyday via her television show: The Opera Winfrey
1988: Debi Thomas won the bronze Olympic medal for figure skating.
Debi Thomas, a popular figure skater
during the 1980s, was the first African American to win
a medal in the Winter Olympic Games. At the 1988 Winter
Olympics in Calgary, Thomas won a bronze medal in figure
skating. Katarina Witt won the gold medal.
Thomas’ success prior to the Olympics included winning
the titles at the 1986 National and World Figure Skating
Championship while she was a freshman at Stanford
University. She is the first and only African American
to hold these titles. That same year, she was named
Athlete of the Year by the Wide World of Sports. In
1988, prior to the Olympics, Thomas won the national
championship. In 1991, Thomas graduated from
Stanford University with a degree in engineering. Thomas
had plans to become a doctor, but rather than enter
medical school immediately, she decided to skate
professionally. Soon thereafter, she began attending
medical school at Northwestern University and graduated
in 1997. She completed her residency at the University
of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital and began a
residency in orthopedic surgery at the Martin Luther
King Jr./Charles Drew University Medical Center in Los
Angeles, California. In 2000, Thomas was inducted into
the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame. http://www.docdebithomas.com/
Debbye Turner won the Miss America contest.
Turner became Miss America and pursued her
dream to become a veterinarian. Her first pageant
was "Miss Black Teenage World," which she
entered when she was 15 years old. She won First
Runner-Up. The second pageant was the "Junior Miss
Program." She won that pageant, too, and was put in
the top 8 in Northeastern Arkansas. She now wanted to
try out in the "Miss America Pageant."
Ms. Turner entered college and graduated from Arkansas
State University in May 1986 with a Bachelor of Science
degree in agriculture. She was crown as Miss
America in 1990, during her reign as Miss America she
addressed more than 500,000 students at 500 schools,
youth organizations and college campuses as a
motivational speaker on topics of self-esteem, perseverance
and the importance of education. In addition she
serves on any local, state and national boards including
the National Council on Youth Leadership, Missouri
Division of Youth Services and Mathews-Dickey Boys'
Club. Ms. Turner was graduated from the University
of Missouri-Columbia in May 1991 with a doctorate degree
in veterinary medicine. Ms. Turner resides in New York
In 2001 Ms. Turner started to work for CBS as a
broadcasting journalist for The Early Show.
She was nominated for an Emmy Award as co-host of
"Show Me St. Louis". http://www.debbyeturner.com/bio.html
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NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK CONVENTION
TO MARK THE 40TH
ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF DR.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.,
AL SHARPTON. MLK, III
AND OTHERS WILL JOIN SHARPTON
by: Martin Luther King, III,
Myrlie Evers-Williams, Earl
Graves, Sr., Michael Baisden, Tom
Joyner, Sean Hannity, Harry
Belafonte, Marc Morial, comedian
Mo’Nique, and many others to
Reverend Al Sharpton and the
National Action Network (NAN) will
host its 10th annual convention at
the Peabody Memphis from April 2nd
to April 5th to coincide with the
40th anniversary of the death of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The
historic gathering will be an
impressive who’s who in civil
rights, business, politics, labor,
entertainment and the religious
community and thousands from
across the country will assemble
for the “Recommitment March”
on Friday, April 4th to the
Lorraine Hotel to pause in silence
while remembering Dr. King at the
moment he was shot 40-years-ago.
March” to be led by Rev.
Sharpton and Martin Luther King,
III, will serve as an opportunity
for people to recommit themselves
to fighting for the ideals that
Dr. King envisioned 40-years ago.
The march will show a new
generation led by them that are
prepared to lead the fight for
social justice going forward the
next forty years. According to
Rev. Sharpton: “Just as the
children of Israel wandered in the
wilderness for forty-years after
Moses brought them across the Red
Sea, Dr. King was our Moses, and
forty years later, Martin Luther
King, III, myself, and many others
will commit ourselves to going
forward to make a pledge to better
ourselves and our community. Click
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register for the convention.
Are Cordially Invited to an
"Ms Peasie" Adams,
as she and many of
her friends Celebrate the Late
Gaye, Jr.'s Birthday
April 4, 2008
9:00 pm - 1:30 am
Springs Elks Lodge 2332
Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills,
#'s: 301-322-6827 and 202-583-3021
by Bobby's Music Machine
Attire is "All White Tonight"
- Cash Bar - Buffet
- "Open Mic"
HAVE A GOOD TIME...FOR OLD TIME
to travel to Jamaica for FREE?
to Jamaica May 2-9, 2008
encourage, inspire and spark children’s
interest in reading!
you have a passion for
you want to help make a
difference in the lives of
children all over the world?
a Literacy Ambassador and
participate in various
Education Week events as we
travel throughout the island
to celebrate Read Across
Jamaica Day (May 8).
to a CLASS grant from NEA
Student Programs, two lucky
college students will have
their travel expenses
paid to journey to
Jamaica as "Literacy
Applications are now being
to apply is April 11, 2007.
an application or more
information, visit www.readacrossja.com or
Contact: Ja'nice Wisdom,
Project Coordinator at
a book with a child and you
have given illiteracy a dose