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Monday, July 29, 2013

THE LEARNINGEXPRESS LIBRARY - A FREE VALUABLE LEARNING RESOURCE

A friend shared this with us:

DO YOU HAVE A CUYAHOGA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD?


GO GET ONE AND REGISTER ON THE LEARNINGEXPRESS LIBRARY SITE (USE THE NUMERIC NUMBERS UNDER THE BAR CODE ON YOUR LIBRARY CARD AS YOUR USER NAME**):

 
"Whatever your goal, LearningExpress Library's resources will help you succeed. Each of the Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you."
 
 
**Next, choose a password, hit "continue" and choose "Main" library if none of the others fit.

"WHATEVER YOU DID FOR ONE OF THE LEAST ... YOU DID FOR ME"

Another friend shared this today:

A preacher transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was told the ushers he would sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you our new Pastor"....The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up.....and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people......not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week.......Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I'ts something you live by and share with others.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

 




A preacher transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was told the ushers he would sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

 

 As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you our new Pastor"....The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up.....and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

 

 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people......not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week.......Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I'ts something you live by and share with others.

 2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.




Saturday, July 27, 2013

AFFIRMATION: BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM

BE STILL BELOVED and know that I AM with you
I AM in the MIDST of you
I AM the BREATH of Life within you
I AM the STRENGTH and HEALTH of your body
I AM THAT in you which is ETERNAL, DEATHLESS, ABIDING

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!

BE STILL BELOVED and know that I AM PEACE
The PEACE that QUIETS all TURMOIL
The PEACE that CALMS STORMY EMOTIONS
The PEACE that COMFORTS you and RENEWS a SPIRIT OF JOY within you

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!

BE STILL BELOVED and know that I AM the FOUNDATION of your life
I AM the TRUTH that sets you free
I AM the LOVE that fills your HEART
The LOVE that DISSOLVES all IN HARMONY
The LOVE that FORGIVES and BLESSES
The LOVE that keeps you SERENE and TRUSTING

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!

BE STILL BELOVED and know that I AM the POWER SUPPORTING and SUSTAINING you
I SHALL NOT FAIL you
I SHALL NOT LEAVE you
I AM with you now and always

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!

Friday, July 26, 2013

THE STARTALKER NEWSLETTER, ISSUE 40, JULY 26, 2013

The StarTalker
 
Issue 40, July 26, 2013
This Week's New Podcast
The Science of Hip Hop with GZA (Part 2)
July 28, 2013, 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

The Genius at MIT The role of science in hip hop culture is the theme that runs through Part 2 of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s interview with rapper GZA. There’s a spirited discussion between Prof. Chris Emdin, Neil, and Chuck Nice about the distinction between real science and pseudo-science, the importance of a creative approach to learning, and the drawbacks of the “banking model” of education. GZA raps about his early days, and schools Neil about the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan, the golden age of MCs, and the lack of lyrical creativity among current rap artists. The Science of Hip Hop with GZA concludes on our website and iTunes this Sunday, July 28th at 7:00pm ET. (Note: Portions of this podcast appeared previously in a StarTalk Radio video on The Nerdist.)
Photo Courtesy of RapGenius.com.

Catch Up on Last Week's Podcast
The Science of Hip Hop with GZA (Part 1)
July 21, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson and GZA If you think rap music is just about violence, then you’re about to have your expectations shattered. Columbia Asst. Professor of Science Education and hip hop culture expert Dr. Christopher Emdin joins Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice to explain how he uses rap to teach inner city youth about science. But the soul of the episode comes from Neil’s interview with rapper GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. They explore science as a creative muse, and GZA talks about the difference between how he thinks of his music and how fans relate to albums like Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). GZA talks about growing up in the hood and how violence is sometimes a choice. Part 1 ends with Neil and GZA spitting a cosmic verse together, leaving us hanging for Part 2 next week. Listen now.
(Note: Portions of this podcast appeared previously in a StarTalk Radio video on The Nerdist.)
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Ever Dream of Going into Space? Jim Clash Has a Ticket on SpaceShipTwo
Posted July 24, 2013

Jim Clash weightless Most everyone has dreamed of going to space at least once, wondering what it would be like to blast through Earth’s atmosphere, weightlessly peering at our planet from above. I know I have… The company closest to liftoff is Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Airways (Galactic tickets sell for $250,000). A few months ago, Galactic completed its first rocket-powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo. Rumor has it that the first commercial flight may go as early as Dec. 25, 2013, with Sir Richard as one of its passengers. I recently sat down with my friend Jim Clash, Galactic ticket holder #610, to chat about his upcoming trip. Clash, a fellow and director at The Explorers Club, is a seasoned adventurer who began his undergraduate studies as a physics major. Read more.
Photo Credit: Space Adventures.



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OHIO STATE SENATOR NINA TURNER - JULY 2013 NEWSLETTER


NATHAN FRANCIS MOSSELL FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN GRADUATE UNIVERSITY OF PENN MEDICAL SCHOOL




"BLACK PAST PHOTO OF THE DAY: Born in 1856 in Ontario, Canada, but raised just across the border in Lockport, NY, Nathan Francis Mossell went on to become the first African American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Due to prejudice in hospitals, this great-grandson of slaves had to travel all the way to London, England, just to intern after med school. Ten years later, in 1895, Mossell founded the 2nd African American hospital in the U.S. - the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia. Learn more about Nathan Mossell on BlackPast.org (link: http://bit.ly/14bWNvu)"

Thursday, July 25, 2013

THE WIZ - JULY 25 THRU THE 27TH AT THE GARFIELD HEIGHTS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS


SECOND ANNUAL HAPPY TO BE NATURAL DAY ON AUGUST 18, 2013

On August 18th from 11a to 7p at Forest Hill Park (Duck Pond) located on Lee Road


It's time for the 2nd annual HAPPY TO BE NATURAL DAY... Come out and learn from Natural Hair Experts, Nutrition and Weight loss Experts, Activities for the kids, Shop til you drop, Bring your grill and a blanket relax and have some fun!


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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

REMEMBERING "A MAN CALLED HAWK"





REMEMBER AVERY BROOKS IN "A MAN CALLED HAWK"?  BIG, BLACK, BOLD AND SUPER BAD!!


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NEIL deGRASSE TYSON WONDERS HOW ALIENS WILL INTERPRET HUMAN INTELLIGENCE



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MOLLY WILLIAMS - FIRST RECORDED WOMAN FIREFIGHTER

A friend posted this a little while ago.


Molly Williams was the first recorded woman firefighter in the country. Williams worked as a cook in the Oceanus Engine Company firehouse in 1815. She was a slave owned by a New York merchant and was known for years as Volunteer Number 11 at the firehouse. She did back breaking work, showing as much strength and dedication of the men in the bucket brigades.

SENATOR SHERROD BROWN ON PREDATORY OVERDRAFT PRACTICES

 FROM HIS NEWSLETTER

Northeast Ohioans were alerted this week to predatory “overdraft” practices by banks that lead customers to overdraw their checking accounts, causing them to be charged exorbitant penalties. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chair of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection, announced new legislation that would protect Ohioans from these practices.

“Banks should play by the rules instead of purposefully ‘reordering’ their costumers’ debit card transactions so that they profit while consumers rack up costly penalties,” Sen. Brown said. “My bill would put a stop to this by empowering the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to crack down on banks that employ predatory practices. It also would allow the CFPB to establish fair guidelines to protect consumers and the banks and credit unions that play fair with their customers.”

According to a recent study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), some institutions purposefully “reorder” their customers’ debit card transactions in order to maximize their profits at the expense of consumers. Instead of subtracting money from your account in the order that you made purchases for the day, banks will subtract larger purchases first, leading your account to reach zero more quickly, making it more likely that you will be charged multiple times for purchases in the negative. Every time a transaction in the negative occurs, a consumer is charged on average a $34 penalty.

A Federal district court also recently came to the same conclusion—that financial institutions regularly reorder transactions from high-to-low, instead of low-to-high, exclusively to generate more fee revenue at the expense of the consumer. The two plaintiffs in that case incurred $143 in overdraft fees from a $49 overdraft, and $506 in fees for overdrawing $120. According to Pew’s Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project, transaction reordering caused one plaintiff to incur four overdraft charges instead of just one – imposing an additional $66 in fees.

Reordering is confusing to consumers and has helped contribute to higher fees for the one in every five Americans who will overdraw their checking account this year. Specifically, Brown’s bill would crack down on these practices by:
  • Ensuring banks post transactions in an objective way that is clear to their customers;
  • Giving the CFPB, headed by the newly-confirmed Richard Cordray, the authority to monitor banks’ overdrafting practices to deem if they are acting predatorily; and
  • Establishing fair guidelines to protect consumers now and in the future.
“Pew applauds Sen. Brown’s bill as it marks a turning point in the safety and transparency of the checking account as a household financial management tool,” said Susan Weinstock, director of Pew’s safe checking work. “For too long, financial institutions have been allowed to change the order that deposits and withdrawals are processed. This Act would restore safety to these accounts by preventing financial institutions from posting transactions in a way that maximizes overdraft fees.”

Sen. Brown’s bill would also direct the CFPB to provide a safe harbor from litigation for banks that play by the rules and follow the system the agency puts in place to ensure fair overdraft practices.

Joining Sen. Brown to help draw attention to these abuses was Francis Lesniak, a Northeast Ohio woman who overdrew her account by a total of only $5.60, but was charged $96 in penalties because her transactions were reordered.

They were also joined by David Rothstein, Project Director for Asset Building at Cleveland Saves, a program dedicated to helping Northeast Ohioans build their savings. Rothstein is also currently the Director of Resource Development and Public Affairs at the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Greater Cleveland and previously studied consumer issues and banking for Policy Matters Ohio.

“Overdraft fees hit working families and seniors hard,” Mr. Rothstein said. “We are working with clients through financial capability training to help them budget and through our financial partners to find them the best products but overdraft fees are expensive, inconsistent, and jarring to a monthly budget. This Bill provides a sensible floor for overdraft policies.”

Sen. Brown chairs the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection and has long fought to protect Ohioans from abusive and predatory banking practices.

CHECK OUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 

FROM THE NLDP WEBSITE:

 

"The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is offered without cost to qualifying individuals. The program provides participants the tools needed to become more effective leaders in their neighborhoods. These tools are in the form of knowledge, experience and a network of dedicated Clevelanders. The NLDP is looking to select up to 20 engaged leaders from Cleveland and its inner ring suburbs for the 2013-2014 Cohort. The new class begins in September."

 

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Monday, July 22, 2013

BLACK ART

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Visit BLACK ART IN AMERICA at:

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REMEMBERING FOUR GIFTED WOMEN OF COLOR - SISSIERETTA JONES, HAZEL SCOTT, LILLIAN EVANTI, LENA HORNE

NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture

NEWSLETTER
Lonnie Bunch, museum director, historian, lecturer, and author, is proud to present A Page from Our American Story, a regular on-line series for Museum supporters. It will showcase individuals and events in the African American experience, placing these stories in the context of a larger story — our American story.

 
A Page From Our American Story

 
Talent knows no color barrier, so much so that it has often provided African Americans a path to knocking down racial barriers. In the case of Sissieretta Jones, Lillian Evanti, Hazel Scott, and Lena Horne, their talent opened doors on stages around the world and paved the way for countless black entertainers to come.

 
Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, in January 1868, Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones began formally studying music at the Providence Music Academy in Rhode Island at the age of 14. She is believed to have completed her training some years later at Boston's renowned New England Conservatory of Music.
Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones
The Black Patti, Mme. M. Sissieretta
Jones: The Greatest Singer of Her Race.
Color poster. New York: Metropolitan
Printing Co., 1899. Performance Arts
Posters.  Library of Congress –
Prints & Photographs Division.
LCUSZc4-5164.
With her New York opera debut at Steinway Hall in 1888, Jones’ talent was quickly recognized. She toured overseas and became known as the world’s “first Negro prima donna.” Her voice and striking presence led to comparisons with Italian soprano Adelina Patti — considered the premier diva of the day. Jones was nicknamed “Black Patti” — which she resented for obvious reasons — but as Miss Jones proved to all, a woman of color was capable of giving world class performances.

 
Though racism kept her from performing on America’s most renowned stage, New York's Metropolitan Opera, she did perform at the White House, and gave a command performance before England's Royal Family. In June 1892, she became the first African American to take the stage at Carnegie Hall, and by 1895 she was the highest paid black entertainer in the world. By showing the world that a black woman could perform classical opera, Jones laid the ground work for future entertainers, including Lillian Evanti.

 
Lillian Evanti was born Lillian Evans on August 12, 1890 in Washington, D.C. She graduated with a music degree from Howard University in 1907. Thirteen years later she left America for Europe. There she became the first African American to sing with professional opera companies in Nice and Paris.
 
Evanti spoke (and sang in) five languages and critics praised her commanding coloratura soprano. In the 1930s, Evanti returned to Washington, D.C. to perform in the city's premier theater, the Belasco, one of the few major venues that permitted performances before integrated audiences. The Washington Post called her appearance a “home-coming triumph.”

 
Lillian Evanti in France, 1926
American operatic soprano Lillian Evanti
(1880-1967) in France in 1926.
Bibliothèque nationale de France.
In 1932, the director of the Metropolitan Opera asked her to audition. The Opera's board of directors, however, refused to allow Evanti to join the company, a decision based solely on her race. That, however, did not prevent her from performing in front of tens of thousands at Madison Square Garden and other substantial venues. It would take 23 more years before an African American female, Marian Anderson, would actually perform at the Metropolitan Opera, thanks in no small part to the trail blazed by Lillian Evanti.

 
A gifted musician and performer, Hazel Scott is an American Jazz legend who used her talent to fight against racist stereotypes and attitudes.

 
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad on June 11, 1920, Hazel Scott was a child prodigy. After moving to New York City, Scott was given a special exemption to enroll in the prestigious Juilliard School of Music when she was only 8 years old — half the normal enrollment age of 16. By the time she was in high school she was hosting a radio show on WOR and performing in the evening.

 
Before long, Scott was the premier entertainer at New York's CafĂ© Society, the city's first fully integrated club. An accomplished pianist, she also played trumpet, and saxophone — the latter in a stint with Louis Armstrong's All Girl Band. She spoke seven languages, appeared in a handful of movies, and married New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., a celebrity in his own right.

 
Scott didn't shy away from fighting for civil rights. Included in her performance contracts was a clause mandating that the venues be fully integrated. In addition, she was an outspoken critic of the stereotypical roles offered to black actresses.

 
Lena Horne, 1964.
Publicity photo of Lena Horne
performing on The Bell
Telephone Hour television show.
NBC Television, 1964.
In June 1950, Scott was wrongly linked to communist-leaning organizations by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In September, Scott voluntarily appeared before the committee. Though she gave a rousing defense of her patriotism, and no ties to communist groups were found, the stain of the HUAC damaged her career. By the time she was able to make a comeback in the early 1960s, jazz’ popularity had been eclipsed by rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. Jazz critics and aficionados consider her critically acclaimed 1955 album, Relaxed Piano Moods, one of the most important jazz recordings of the twentieth century.

 
Lena Horne's life was a remarkably powerful story of the triumph of the spirit. Born in Brooklyn, New York on June 30, 1917, she became a performer at the famous Cotton Club at 16. Stardom wasn't far behind. In 1943, her sultry, moody rendition of Stormy Weather, from the film of the same name, became her trademark. Horne would win multiple Grammy Awards for singing, and Tony Awards for her performances on Broadway. By 1945, her voice, her beauty, and her electric stage presence had made her the highest paid African American entertainer in the nation.

 
Throughout her life, Horne stood up for justice. During World War II, Horne refused to sing for segregated audiences of troops, nor would she perform when the troops were split with whites in front rows and blacks in back. On one occasion, disgusted that black GIs were forced to sit behind German POWs, Horne walked through the audience to where the black troops were seated and performed with her back to the German prisoners. It was emblematic of her life.

 
Horne was outspoken in her call for equal rights. Her friendships with Paul Robeson, along with W.E.B. Dubois, landed Horne on Hollywood's blacklist for a period of time — a list of celebrities and entertainers who were marked by HUAC for alleged communist ties. Still, her talent was far more powerful than rumors and innuendo, and she performed in night clubs and toured to sell out houses. She was recognized as a screen star and her demands — that she never be cast in the role of maid, for example — put Hollywood on notice that African American actresses would no longer endure the stereotypes they had played for decades. When Halle Berry became the first African American to win the Best Actress Academy Award in 2009, she noted that her victory was for those women who came before her, including Dorothy Dandridge and Lena Horne.

 
It is a tribute to the indefatigable spirits of these women that they are remembered not only for their tremendous gifts, but for their determination in the face of a society that pitted so much against them based solely on their color. African American actors, singers, and musicians today owe a debt of gratitude to this group of women for clearing a path toward equality.

 
 dd-enews-temp-lonnie-bunch-2.jpg All the best,


Lonnie Bunch
Director

Thursday, July 18, 2013

50th ANNIVERSARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON


MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN ON JUSTICE DENIED



Take Action

Justice Denied
Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons, is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest.
 
      - Ella Baker, Leading Mentor of Black Youth, including the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in the 1960’s
            (1964) 

Trayvon Martin will forever remain in the annals of history next to Medgar Evers and Emmett Till as symbols for the fight for equal justice for all. 
 
      - Benjamin Crump, lawyer for Trayvon Martin’s parents

            (2013) 

The reaction to the not guilty verdict from George Zimmerman’s jury was swift and strong. Young people poured onto the streets in peaceful protests in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. By 3 a.m. more than 100,000 people signed an online petition urging the Justice Department to pursue civil rights violation charges against George Zimmerman. 

The outrage over the killing of an unarmed Black teenager who was doing nothing wrong must continue until some semblance of justice is achieved. People who want to keep faith in American justice feel uncomfortable, upset and disheartened. Where is the justice if walking while Black is enough to get you “stopped and frisked” in New York City and fatally shot in Florida with its senseless violent “Stand Your Ground” law that allows people to defend themselves with deadly force anytime and anywhere they imagine they are or say they feel threatened even if they are the stalker? 

Many decades of struggle and progress to eliminate racial profiling, arbitrary arrests, unfair sentencing, imprisonment and criminalization of Black males at younger and younger ages are being reversed by determined special interests like the gun lobby putting profits before the most basic American civil rights. The National Rifle Association and their allies’, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), determined efforts to support and pass "Stand Your Ground" and other destructive laws to protect guns rather than children perpetuates the epidemic of gun violence, especially for Black male teenagers like Trayvon Martin.

Black children and teens were 17 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than White children and teens in 2010. Since 1963, 59,265 Black children and teens have been killed by guns -- more than 17 times the recorded lynchings of Black people of all ages in America between 1882 and 1968. 

What made a Black male teenager in a hoodie walking home in the rain appear suspicious and “up to no good” in George Zimmerman’s eyes? Would he have stopped a White male teenager? Isn’t it long past time that we have a candid conversation about how we can create a post-racial America for our children and grandchildren beginning today? 

Let us refuse to be silent. If Trayvon Martin’s parents had been silent and other voices had not joined with them, George Zimmerman never would have been arrested and never would have been brought to trial. Let us continue to refuse to be silent until all the George Zimmermans of this world are deterred and held accountable for vigilante justice against Black males. Let us refuse to be silent until the killing of Black mothers’ sons is as important as the killing of White mothers’ sons. Only then will we have a post-racial America.


Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children's Defense Fund whose Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. For more information go to www.childrensdefense.org.
Mrs. Edelman's Child Watch Column also appears each week on The Huffington Post.

BROOKLYN MUSEUM AND SMITHSONIAN PRESENT "SAVE OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN TREASURES"

NMAAHC -- National Museum of African American History and Culture
Brooklyn Museum and Smithsonian Present
“Save Our African American Treasures”

Saturday, July 20, 2013
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
.

Brooklyn Museum
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Free and open to the public
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Brooklyn Museum will co-host “Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation,” a daylong program to help New York-area residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance.

Participants are invited to bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for them. The specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine an item’s monetary value. Objects such as books, photographs, ceramics, metalwork and textiles no larger than a shopping bag (furniture, carpets, firearms and paintings are excluded) can be reviewed.

“We are extremely proud to bring ‘Save Our African American Treasures’ to New York City and of our partnership with the Brooklyn Museum,” said Lonnie Bunch, director of the Smithsonian museum. “Whether it’s Weeksville, Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers or the Harlem Renaissance, New York City has been steeped in African American history from before the Emancipation. We encourage people to become aware of what they have, to protect it and to preserve it so the story of the African diaspora in this country can be told.”

The “Treasures” program also includes the following activities throughout the day:

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Gallery Tour: Kevin Stayton, the Brooklyn Museum’s chief curator, will offer a tour of selected galleries in the building.

Preservation Presentations: learn how to preserve clothing and textiles, family photographs and papers. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Hands-on Preservation: participants will learn how to properly store letters, pack garments and prepare photographs for preservation storage and presentation.
For more Treasures event information, visit nmaahc.si.edu/Programs/NYTreasures, email treasures@si.edu or call (877) 733-9599.




For more Treasures event information, visit nmaahc.si.edu/Programs/NYTreasures, email treasures@si.edu or call (877) 733-9599.
“Save Our African American Treasures” is made possible with support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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FRIENDS OF NINA TURNER HOST FREE DAY PARTY, SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

  Newsletter Release:

This Sunday, July 21st, Friends of Nina Turner will be hosting a FREE Day Party at VADA Restaurant and Lounge, located at 1437 St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland.


For this event, I will be joined by a very special guest - world famous actor/comedian Rickey Smiley!


Come celebrate my campaign to be Ohio’s next Secretary of State with a wonderful afternoon of free food, drinks, and music by DJ Corey Grand!


I can’t wait to see you there!

Onward,
Senator Nina Turner







Friends of Nina Turner may only accept a contribution from a United States Citizen or permanent resident alien. Corporate contributions are prohibited. Partnerships, LLCs and other unincorporated entities may contribute, but must include the name of an owner, partner or member to whom to attribute the contribution. All contributors must provide their name and address regardless of the amount of the contribution and the name of their employer if the contribution is for more than $100. If self-employed, the business name and occupation of the contributor must be provided. Contributions to Friends of Nina Turner are not tax deductible.


 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

EXCELLENT PROGRAMS FOR OUR YOUTH

A friend posted  information on a really great summer study and internship program.  The program is called Future Connections.
 
 
Future Connections partners with 33 organizations and 9 school districts to provide exceptional summer learning experiences that encourage skill development, career development and personal development.  The Cleveland Division of Fire is one of those organizations.  The Cleveland Division of Fire also has a partnership with Youth Opportunity Unlimited.
 
 
It seems to me that in addition to a recreation center, we need a Department of Youth Services in Maple Heights.  I'd love to see an African American (one who lives in Maple Heights - smile) head such a department.
 
 
I love these kinds of stories.  Awesome!


ARTURO ALFONSO SCHOMBURG

FROM WIKIPEDIA:
 
"Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, also Arthur Schomburg (January 24, 1874 – June 8, 1938), was a Puerto Rican historian, writer, and activist in the United States who researched and raised awareness of the great contributions that Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Americans have made to society. He was an important intellectual figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Over the years, he collected literature, art, slave narratives, and other materials of African history, which was purchased to become the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, named in his honor, at the New York Public Library (NYPL) branch in Harlem."

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NEWS OBITUARY: LEROY COLLEY SR. AUTHOR, NEGOTIATOR, DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE CITY OF MAPLE HEIGHTS

On June 28th, 2013, Maple Heights, Ohio lost a great native son in the person of Leroy Colley Sr. 
 
Leroy, an historic member of the (Maple Heights group) Concerned Minority Citizens, co- negotiated two Affirmative Action Agreements under the auspices of the United States Justice Department.
 
These two Affirmative Action Agreements helped to integrate the Maple Heights Schools and later open the door for some minority employment in the City of Maple Heights.  These agreements were listed in the U.S. Congressional Record.
 
Leroy wrote about his life in his book "Born To Make a Difference" (pub. AuthorHouse) which he collaborated with his friend   Frank R Ross.
 
Leroy made a difference in the lives of many people as he is partially responsible for African American access to employment in the schools and City of Maple Heights.  Leroy stated that he did not believe in taxation without representation and that African American taxpayers should be represented in all phases of employment in the schools and City of Maple Heights.
 
Leroy was an army veteran and Christian man who was "born to make a difference".
 
Leroy Colley was married to Pat (deceased) and is survived by son Leroy Colley Jr., daughter Lenore Winfrey, and a host of family and friends.
 
 

WEA RADIO LIVE, WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013 - GUEST SPEAKERS VERA GILES NORRIS AND CRYSTAL ERVIN

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