Celebrating M.L.King Jr. Day at Ebenezer Baptist Church

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Freedom Archie, Cloretta Scott King Leadership Academy 6th grader rousing speech: Urgency of NOW to advocate & vote for candidates in 2020 who represent MLKingJr legacy and helps all of God’s people. A powerful message coming from a pint-sized messenger. ⁦@waberosescott⁩ ⁦@JoyAnnReid⁩ ⁦@Oprah⁩ ⁦⁦@AlfredEdmondJr⁩

Here are other speakers at today’s MLKing Jr Celebration lead by Rev. Bernice King of the MLKing Center. Rev. Bernice King spoke on the urgency of acting NOW!  A day of service is not enough. We all need to do more to honor the dream and make a difference in our communities.

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Congressman Hank Johnson spoke about coming together even when we don’t agree on everything to get major things done.

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Atlant City Council President Felicia Moore says, “the Urgency If NOW is real.  N.O.W. stands for Not Off Work.

We are are not off work until the homeless have affordable homes, women get equal pay for equal work…

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NAACP Still Relevant Still Needed

 

Some people think the NAACP is no longer a relevant organization.  Others ask, “What are they doing?”  While others ask, “Are they still around?”
Well, truth be told, the NAACP is doing what they have always done:
– bailing Black & poor people out of jail
– working to get innocent Black men & women out of jail (it’s 1of 6 National organizations that does along with: the Equal Justice Institute, The Southern Poverty Law Center, ACLU, The Innocence Project).
– having one of the best Youth Academic & Leadership programs in the nation, ACTSO.
– report on truth about issues that affect Black people in their quarterly magazine (via mail and online).
– be fully engaged with voter rights. Remember, they trained Rosa Parks for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
– fight against all forms of racism
The NAACP membership is only $35 per year.  The more people join, the more people their attorneys can help. Every month, the ATL NAACP as well as others across the nation, get 100+ requests for help for wrongful arrests, racial claims, and much more. And, most requests are from people who have never joined.  As with the church, people show up at the door when they need help.  Otherwise, they never call, join or volunteer. They simply criticize them.
We are so much better than this!  We need the NAACP now more than ever. Don’t wait until you or someone you know needs their help.  JOIN NOW!  JOIN TODAY! Visit: http://www.naacpatlanta.org
WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN.  WHEN WE VOTE WE COUNT.
This Christmas Holiday Season, you can:
-join
– give gift memberships
– encourage others to join (by word of mouth and on social media)
– educate people in your circle of influence on the history and current relevance of this important organization – have youth in your circle of influence to Google “ACTSO” to find out first hand what they do.
– visit your local NAACP meeting
Because racism, housing discrimination, unequal pay, unlawful arrests, voter suppression, voter rights issues, etc. still exists, the NAACP needs your financial and volunteer support.
Google the name of your local city, county or state NAACP or visit: http://www.naacp.org and join NOW!!
 
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Health, Self Empowerment & Mortality Author Talk

  1. When Cancer Calls: Lesson on Health, Self-Empowerment & Mortality
    Sunday, October 20, 2019
    3:00pm – 5:30pm
    Authors and Writers Lounge
    Auburn Avenue Research Library

    101 Auburn Avenue, NE
    Atlanta, GA, 30303The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a community dialogue in recognition of breast cancer awareness month with Sherry B. Williams. Copies of Ms. Williams’ book, When Cancer Calls, will be available for purchase. This program is free and open to the public. Reserve seats here.About the ProgramThe journey of Blacks through their chronic illnesses is quite different from that of other ethnic groups. Often, the journey involves myth, misinformation, and fear. Because of late detection, Blacks are frequently diagnosed less and have higher mortality rates. Further, despite better treatment options, breast cancer diagnoses have not decreased in the Metro-Atlanta area or in the United States. Learn more and reserve seats here.

Mohawk of Judge Amber Givens Davis Draws Criticism

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Another reason why self-confidence is important.  It allows us to “go high”, when they “go low”.  Judge Amber is a great role model for both the young and the seasoned.

Would love for you to leave your comments on this story.

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Thanks to NBC Dallas for covering this amazing story!  It is a positive “teaching moment” in the midst of all the negativity dominating most headlines.

Celebrate Juneteenth and Fort Mosé

 

It is unfortunate that most people do not celebrate Juneteenth because they either have never heard of it or do not know what it is.  So, here are the facts sbout a critically important date in American, not just Black American, history:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth

This Essence article blew me away because I had not heard of Fort Mose, have you?

Wow!  African American/Black history is so rich and filled with stories of courage, sacrifice, determination and a few victories along the way.  Fort Mose’ near St. Augustine,  Florida is just as important as Black Wallstreet in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Please share with you circle of influence:

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Visit Fort Mosé in St. Augustine.  You can add this to your travel plans the next time you travel to Florida.  Or, plan a special trip to what is now a National Historic Site.  See the link below:

https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/fort-mose

The more we know, the more we understand.

The more we understand, the more we grow.

The more we grow, the more we share.

The more we share, the more people we educate.

The more people we educate, the more power we acquire:

Truth is knowledge. Applied knowledge is power…

To apply knowledge, we form viable strategic plans.

Viable strategic plans are responsible for (just to name a few major accomplishments):

the Underground Railroad, Black Wallstreet, HBCUs, Mayor Harold Washington, the 40-hour work week, child labor laws, OSHA, public transit, the right to vote, Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid, Mayor Harold Washington, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, President Barack Obama, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio.

As we keep working our strategic plans, we will also have victories that include:

Healthcare for all,  reparations, equal pay for equal work, dismantling of the prison industrial complex vis-a-vi…elimination of racial profiling, and equal justice under the law.

Get informed.

You are either part of the problem or part of the solution!

Urban Food Forest, Free Produce by 2021

 

As reported by WSB- TV2.  This is a “must read!

Atlanta creates first food forest in Georgia, largest in U.S.

By: Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Updated:

ATLANTA – Atlanta residents will have greater access to fresh food thanks to a public “food forest.”

City Council, on a unanimous vote, approved the transformation of 7.1 acres of property near the Lakewood Fairgrounds and Browns Mill Golf Course into a public park and garden. The food forest is the first in Georgia and the largest in the United States, Councilwoman Carla Smith told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill has been in the works since November 2016 when the city accepted an $86,150 grant from the U.S. Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Program. The federal agency has contributed a total of $164,000 to the project, which has additional support from non-profit groups Trees Atlanta and The Conservation Fund.

The green space, currently vacant property, will feature trees, shrubs and vines that produce fruit along with walking trails, a community garden and restored forest and stream-side areas by 2020, according to the legislation.

Smith said residents will be able to pick their produce from trees in the public park free of charge.

“It’s just like going into a park and picking muscadines from a bush,” she said.

Smith said the land was previously owned by Ruby and Willie Morgan, who later sold the property to a developer intending to build townhomes. The plan fell through and the property had sat in disarray until The Conservation Fund purchased it in 2016, she said.

The food forest is part of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ plan to ensure 85% of Atlanta residents are within one-half mile of accessible fresh food by 2021.

In 2017, 36 percent of Atlanta was classified as a food desert, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A quarter of Atlanta residents must travel more than a half-mile to get fresh fruits and vegetables, the USDA said.

The city will purchase the property from The Conservation Fund for $157,384, according to the legislation. The property will be managed by the city Department of Parks and Recreation.

Trees Atlanta, which is already conducting educational programs at the site, has contributed $121,500 to hire part-time staff, including a food forest ranger and community workforce educator. The city will also create a trust fund for outreach efforts related to the food forest.

This article was written by Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Best Graduation Gift(s) Ever!!

 

Morehouse College graduation speaker and billionaire, Robert F. Smith, announced he would pay off all student loans of all graduating seniors.  They all looked in disbelief as if to ask, ‘Did he say what I think he said?…pay off all our student loans?’

Well, well.  Most agree this was the best graduation speech ever!  Allowing these students to move forward in their career without being strapped with tens of thousands of dollars in debt is a real game changer.  It will allow them more choices in their career options.

As U.S. college graduates graduate with high amounts of student loan debt, African Americans tend to have more than other ethnic groups.  It is reported that the average 2019 Morehouse graduate owes $29,000 in student loan debt.  And, it will cost Mr. Smith about $40 million to pay off those loans for approximately 400 graduates.

 

Smith also committed to a $1.5 million donation to the Morehouse College prior to the graduation.

Thank you Robert F. Smith for sharing your wealth and changing the lives of the Morehouse College Class of 2019.  You rock!!

Wouldn’t it be great if other billionaire college commencement speakers would do the same?