Call, Advocate, Make A Difference!

Let your voice be heard to re-purpose an empty APS school for a worthy cause.  This information is from Michael Campbell of Black On Purpose (BOP) TV.  If you are unfamiliar with this cause, please “Google” it, discuss with friend and follow-up to improve our community and help secure a new home for BOP TV:

Thanks so much for keeping up the good work!…

I don’t think They really understood the level of support and the number of people that watch BOP TV worldwide.

I pray that the politics of the few don’t block the desire of everyone else for real progress!
Blow up The Phone for progress
Week 3!

Call City Councilwoman Andrea Boone
BLOW UP HER PHONE! every chance you get!
and let her know that you support The rezoning of The RH Wright Elementary School for BOP TV Studios!
404-330-6055
The School has sat empty for 10 years!

People are dumping trash Illegally, abandoning stolen cars and prostitution is going on in the parking lot!

We need growth in undeserved communities!

We cant allow a few to determine the fate of a major project for our Youth

We need leadership to step up for the benefit of ENTIRE community

Job Creation, Training, and technology helps drive the local economy

Do not let relationships with a few residents affect the growth of the entire district!
Blow up this NUMBER!
All Week!….
404-330-6055
COME JOIN US!… RALLY THIS SATURDAY!
June 16th
Join the BOP TV Family!
12 NOON – 2pm
2001 Martin Luther King Blvd. Atlanta
We will be doing a live stream on Youtube!
Details coming this week!

Black on Purpose Television Network
1292 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd

 

Dick Gregory, Activist & Comedian Will Be Missed

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The first Black comedian to perform before a white audience, Dick Gregory died yesterday at age 84.  Born Richard Claxton Gregory on October 12, 1932, he was an activist, comedian, cancer survivor, one of eleven children, husband, father and grandfather; Gregory was an extraordinary man and humanitarian.  I had the pleasure of meeting him as he was a dear friend of my godmother, the late Rev. Willie T. Barrow. He was humble and down-to-earth.  I am a better person because he was never too busy to talk to anyone who needed his help. I remember being able to talk to him several times at Cathy Hughes’ Washington D.C. WOL radio station where he had a talk show in the late 1980s; and over the past 30 years was a frequent guest. Here’s a link from a WOL show two years ago:

Mark From Anaheim, Dick Gregory. The Gloves are Off! [PODCAST]

More information in the following Washington Post video and article:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/local/obituaries/black-satirist-inspired-other-comics-with-expert-timing-bold-humor-and-political-comedy/2017/08/19/f9360e40-854f-11e7-902a-2a9f2d808496_story.html

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Just as Ghandi did, Gregory occasionally went on hunger strikes. These hunger strikes called attention to many of America’s injustices to her poor, Black, brown and Native Americans. This link describes his 1968 hunger strike:

http://normgregory.com/dick-gregory-begins-hunger-strike-in-olympia-jail-on-june-6-1968/

From the tribute by the Guardian:

Gregory was one of the first black comedians to find mainstream success with white audiences in the early 1960s. He rose from an impoverished childhood in St. Louis to become a celebrated satirist who deftly commented upon racial divisions at the dawn of the civil rights movement.

“Where else in the world but America,” he joked, “could I have lived in the worst neighborhoods, attended the worst schools, rode in the back of the bus, and get paid $5,000 a week just for talking about it?”

Read the full tribute at:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/20/dick-gregory-pioneering-us-comedian-and-activist-dies-aged-84

A Wikipedia excerpt says:

“Gregory gave the keynote Address for Black History Month at Bryn Mawr College on February 28, 2013.[18] His take-away message to the students was to never accept injustice.

Once I accept injustice, I become injustice. For example, paper mills give off a terrible stench. But the people who work there don’t smell it. Remember, Dr. King was assassinated when he went to work for garbage collectors. To help them as workers to enforce their rights. They couldn’t smell the stench of the garbage all around them anymore. They were used to it. They would eat their lunch out of a brown bag sitting on the garbage truck. One day, a worker was sitting inside the back of the truck on top of the garbage, and got crushed to death because no one knew he was there.[18]”

I am soooo excited that I found this 1990’s photo of Dick Gregory, myself, and my Godmother, Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow in the 1990’s in Chicago. Gregory and my godmother (of Rainbow PUSH) were dear friends.