The Legacy of “Let Girls Learn”

On yesterday, I read that the “Let Girls Learn” Initiative is being terminated by the Trump administration. While I was saddened by the news, I quickly realized that no one entity or administration has the power to stop progress of any kind, and particularly not of this kind.  Listen to First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama talk about the power of the initiative “Let Girl’s Learn.”

“Michelle Obama Spoke on International Women’s Day”PBS News Hour

 

5/6/17

 

 

“Let Girls Learn” – Peace Corps Ethiopia

5/2/17

“Let Girls Learn” with or without the title, or government support and recognition, is a seed that has already been planted.  It will continue to grow and prosper in its activism and support in this country, as well as around the world, because it is fueled by the will of women and girls, who are determined to support women and girls, whose value is marginalized simply because of the sex they were born into.

Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” Program Dismantled  the Young Turks

5/2/17

It became apparent in trying to replace Obama Care, that it is much easier to criticize and repeal, than it is to come up with replacements for well thought out collaborative initiatives regardless of expressed animosity for the authors.

Since the announcement, I have done a little research concerning the fate of “Let Girls Learn” which I share below.

First on CNN: Trump administration memo calls for ending Michelle Obama’s girls education program

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/01/politics/trump-michelle-obama-girls-education/ 5/2/17

While I was concerned by the news, I am confident that like with “Meals on Wheels Program, and Planned Parenthood, both threatened by this administration, that the legacy of what Mrs. Obama started will survive in spite of what it is called.

There are private citizens in this country, and around the world, who will keep the   actual initiative funded no matter what it is called.

“Let Girls Learn” USAID Video

5/2/17

While it is not entirely the case, the faces of many of the girls who benefit from the initiate of “Let Girls Learn” are those whose skin color is brown or black.  This country was founded upon the injustice of legally, and systematically denying those with black skin to become educated.

I would argue that it is fitting that Americans take the lead in the imitative of educating girls world-wide because our humanity connects our individual communities as one global community.

“Let Girls Learn – GLOW Ghana”

5/2/17

“Let Girls Learn – Good Father Project, Mongolia”

5/2/17

White House says ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative has not been changed despite internal documents

The programme has invested at least $1 billion in projects to empower girls around the world

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-michelle-obama-let-girls-learn-ended-scrapped-white-house-a7712361.html 5/2/17

Mrs. Obama, your work has sparked many fires.  Your leadership has personally inspired me to do what I can, as an individual, to inspire activism for the imitative of “Let Girls Learn.”  Thank you.

News Update:

“Trump administration denies report about ending Michelle Obama’s ‘Let Girls Learn’ program”

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/02/trump-administration-denies-report-about-ending-michelle-obama-s/22066295/

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Black Panther Party Visited Norman Lear to Discuss the Buffoonery of African Americans in his Shows

The Black Panther Party of the 1960’s was seen in different ways by different races and cultures of people.  For me, an African-American woman, mother and grandmother,  they will always be remembered as guardians, educators, and up lifters of their communities.

It was interesting to learn that The Black Panther Party visited Norman Lear to discuss the Buffoonery of African Americans in his shows, and that while it was already in the making, the show “The Jefferson’s” was influenced by their visit.

Norman Lear (Full Episode)

 

A HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN PICTURES: PRIMARY SOURCES

Researched by

Terri Mae Owens

Charleston, South Carolina

Camp Lincoln

“African American man, full-length portrait, standing in front of tent, facing front, wearing militaryuniform, holding rifle.”

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[803rd Pioneer Infantry Battalion on the U.S.S. Philippine from Brest harbor, France, July 18, 1919]. no. 16, 803rd Pioneer Infantry band

“803rd Pioneer Infantry Battalion on the U.S.S. Philippine from Brest harbor, France, July 18, 1919]. no. 16, 803rd Pioneer Infantry band. Photograph shows African American band members on the U.S.S. Philippine, during voyage to the United States from Brest, France, 1919.”

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24th Infantry Leaving Salt Lake City, Utah for Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 24th, 1898

“24th Infantry Leaving Salt Lake City, Utah for Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 24th, 1898.  African American soldiers marching down main street, while pedestrians look on.”

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[Spanish American War, Infantry, holding Krag rifle with fixed bayonette, cartridge belt]

“Spanish American War, Infantry, holding Krag rifle with fixed bayonette, cartridge belt] / Electro Photo Co., 909 Franklin Street, Tampa, Fla. Photograph shows a full-length portrait of an African American soldier in uniform, standing with weapon.”

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[World War I soldier, half-length portrait, seated, facing front, with two hats on table]

“World War I soldier, half-length portrait, seated, facing front, with two hats on table.  between 1917 and 1920.”

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2nd Lt. Frank R. Newland [i.e. Steward], 8th US VI

“Photograph shows Frank R. Steward, head-and-shoulders portrait, wearing hat and uniform with United States Volunteer Infantry and crossed rifle insignia, facing front, during the Spanish-American War. (Re-identified as Frank Stewart by R. Cunningham, 2002. Re-identified with spelling “Steward” by G. Murphy, 2011, citing Colored American Magazine, 2:3 [1901], 199 and 203).  2nd Lt. Frank R. Newland [i.e. Steward], 8th US VI .”

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[Sojourner Truth, three-quarter length portrait, standing, wearing spectacles, shawl, and peaked cap, right hand resting on cane]

“Sojourner Truth, three-quarter length portrait, standing, wearing spectacles, shawl, and peaked cap, right hand resting on cane.”

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Sojourner Truth

“Photograph shows Sojourner Truth in a three-quarter-length portrait. She is sitting at table with knitting and a book.”

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Sojourner Truth

“Sojourner Truth”

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A. Lincoln showing Sojourner Truth the Bible presented by colored people of Baltimore, Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 1864

“A. Lincoln showing Sojourner Truth the Bible presented by colored people of Baltimore, Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 1864.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Negro mother and children at Sojourner Truth homes

“Detroit, Michigan. Negro mother and children at Sojourner Truth homes.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Negro mother and child at Sojourner Truth homes

“Detroit, Michigan. Negro mother and child at Sojourner Truth homes”

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Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors' attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Back view of typical newspaper photographer

“Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors’ attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Back view of typical newspaper photographer.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors' attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Home guard troops with bared bayonets preventing cars from entering

“Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors’ attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Home guard troops with bared bayonets preventing cars from entering.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors' attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Furniture vans under police convoy

“Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors’ attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Furniture vans under police convoy.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro family at the Sojourner Truth homes

“Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro family at the Sojourner Truth homes”

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Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro family at Sojourner Truth homes

“Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro family at Sojourner Truth homes.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors' attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. White picket line

“Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors’ attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. White picket line.”

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Eliminate crime in the slums through housing

“Poster promoting planned housing as a method to deter crime in the slums, showing stylized man holding a gun against a backdrop of tenement buildings.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.Sn federal housing project, caused by white neighbors' attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Sign with American flag

“Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.Sn federal housing project, caused by white neighbors’ attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Sign with American flag “We want white tenants in our white community,” directly opposite the housing project.”

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Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white

“Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white.”

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“Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white.”

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[Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white]

“Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white.”

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[Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white]

“Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white”

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[Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white]

“Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white.”

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[Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white]

“Untitled photo, possibly related to: Children in slum area, Washington, D.C. Children in their backyard in a slum area near the Capitol. This area inhabited by both black and white.”

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Capital slums to go under new low rent housing program. Washington, D.C., Nov. 30. Now that President Roosevelt has approved the $15,000,000 low rent housing program for the District of Columbia, such slum scenes as this will disappear from the 'city beautiful.' This picture was made within a stone's throw of the U.S. Capitol

“Capital slums to go under new low rent housing program. Washington, D.C., Nov. 30. Now that President Roosevelt has approved the $15,000,000 low rent housing program for the District of Columbia, such slum scenes as this will disappear from the ‘city beautiful.’ This picture was made within a stone’s throw of the U.S. Capitol 1938.”

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President Roosevelt approves D.C. low rent housing program. Capital slums to go. Washington, D.C., Nov. 30. President Roosevelt's approval of the $15,000,000 low rent housing program for the District of Columbia means that slum sections, such as this one showing the House Office Building in the background, will disappear from the nation's Capital

“President Roosevelt approves D.C. low rent housing program. Capital slums to go. Washington, D.C., Nov. 30. President Roosevelt’s approval of the $15,000,000 low rent housing program for the District of Columbia means that slum sections, such as this one showing the House Office Building in the background, will disappear from the nation’s Capital.”

Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors' attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Mounted police

“Detroit, Michigan. Riot at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project, caused by white neighbors’ attempt to prevent Negro tenants from moving in. Mounted police.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Coming up the stairway to a Negro's home. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Coming up the stairway to a Negro’s home. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Back view of a Negro's home. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Back view of a Negro’s home. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Looking over slum houses. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Looking over slum houses. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residential fronts. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth project

“Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residential fronts. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Seven Negro families live in this di lapidated house. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Seven Negro families live in this di lapidated house. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Typical Negro residence. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Alley in a Negro neighborhood. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Alley in a Negro neighborhood. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Negro father playing with baby daughter. Old style burner in the foreground. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Negro father playing with baby daughter. Old style burner in the foreground. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Negro baby in a crib. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Negro baby in a crib. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project 1942.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Negro doing embroidery work in her bedroom. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Negro doing embroidery work in her bedroom. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. A typical Negro worker's family. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. A typical Negro worker’s family. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Negro family at dinner. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Negro family at dinner. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Bathroom of a Negro family. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Bathroom of a Negro family. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project’

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Detroit, Michigan. This man worked at Ford factory but was unable to live in a decent place until Sojourner Truth homes were open for occupancy

“Detroit, Michigan. This man worked at Ford factory but was unable to live in a decent place until Sojourner Truth homes were open for occupancy.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Interior of a bathroom, with a Negro boy washing his hands. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Interior of a bathroom, with a Negro boy washing his hands. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Looking towards downtown from the slum area in the early morning. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Looking towards downtown from the slum area in the early morning. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Looking towards downtown from the slum area. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Looking towards downtown from the slum area. These are conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Multiple unit at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Multiple unit at the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. The Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. The Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Various units of the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Various units of the Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project.”

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Detroit, Michigan. Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project

“Detroit, Michigan. Sojourner Truth homes, a new U.S. federal housing project.”

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New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project

“New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project.”

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Better housing The solution to infant mortality in the slums /

“Poster promoting better housing as a solution for high rates of infant mortality in the slums, showing a blueprint of new housing next to existing tenement buildings over which stands the figure of Death.”

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New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project

“New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project.”

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New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project

“New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project.”

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New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Blocks of slum area are torn down for housing project

“New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Blocks of slum area are torn down for housing project.”

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New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project

“New York, New York. Demolition for slum clearance. Whole blocks of a slum area are torn down to make room for a housing project.”

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[Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, seated in chair, facing front, probably at her home in Auburn, New York]

“Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, seated in chair, facing front, probably at her home in Auburn, New York.”

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[Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair]

“Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair.”

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Interior view of Harriet Tubman Room, view facing north - Mission Turn Hall, 3543 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA

“Interior view of Harriet Tubman Room, view facing north – Mission Turn Hall, 3543 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA.”

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Harold Washington Library Center Exhibit A “Woman Was Lynched Yesterday” Banner and Sculptures by Terri Mae Owens

My Gullah Exhibit will be on display at the Harold Washington Library Center, on February 2, 2018 through March 31,  2018, for Black History and Women’s History Months.

The Exhibition includes sculptures and banners to honor the memory of women and gGirls who were lynched in America.

 

Harold Washington Library Center is located at 440 State Street, in Chicago, Illinois 60605.

 

Charleston Gullah Display

 

Charleston Gullah Display

 

 

 

 

President Obama Post Presidency

When I lived in Trenton, New Jersey, I traveled to Newark, New Jersey, to work as a Community Organizer for Acorn.  It was a job that my daughter Tamika found for me, because she knew that I am passionate about working on issues of politics that make our communities a more inclusive place to live.

Working for Acorn was a great learning experience.  As a Community Organizer, I traveled in groups with other organizers and was dispatched to neighborhoods where we did a lot of walking and knocking on doors.

President Obama, my clipboard was one of the first things they saw in my hand.  While many were not happy to see me knock on their doors, their interest in my practiced opening dialogue, written by Acorn, opened their minds to my presence.

My experience as a community organizer also included doing a lot of foot work to register people to vote.  While we were registering people to vote in support of our candidate, my main agenda was to just engage into conversations that would get people registered.

In addition to a lot of walking, I made hundreds of telephone calls from a list generated by Acorn, to solicit support for the nonprofit through financial support and through recruiting volunteers. I conducted this work in my community in Trenton, as well as in the Acorn Office that was located in Newark, New Jersey.

I am proud of the work I did as an Acorn activist because not only did I worked with them to help get Cory Booker elected, but I also protested in front of a paint store to advocate against lead poisoning.

What was most memorable, was that I did a lot of walking to meet and talk to people of all races and ages in their homes, while seated at their kitchen and dining room tables.  While some saw me at the door with that clipboard and did not answer, others who welcomed me into their homes to listen to what I had to say, sometimes invited me to stay and eat with them, the meal they were in the middle of preparing before I knocked on the door.

I became even more proud of my affiliation with Acorn when I learned that President Obama was also an Acorn Community Organizer.

President Obama has decided to make a priority of working with young people, engaging them into the politics of being independent ambassadors of this country.  Those young people as well as this country will be greatly blessed, and they will go out into the world, as President Obama is doing, and educate and bless others.

“FULL: Former President Obama Speaks at the University of Chicago 4/24/2017”

World News Today

As I listened to the young people engaged with Obama speak, I was inspired.  At 60 years old, I too am excited about doing something meaningful with the rest of my life that will make a difference in the quality of life of those living in this country, as well as for people in countries around the world.

I have experienced a lot of challenges that I did not welcome at the time, but my wealth of life experiences, as well as my age, has well prepared me for the future endeavors I anticipate exploring.

The life of President Barrack Obama is evident to us all that the universe has our back, and in spite of experiences that are challenging, each experience is preparing us for the life that we are intended to live out.

 

Paul Robeson’s 90th Birthday 2017

In 2010 I took a civil rights course and learned in depth about the life of Paul Robeson. I was blown away by his courage and outspoken candor.  I am inspired by the many ways in which Robeson, the Artist, used his platform as a political forum, in the fight for equality, justice and human rights for people of diverse races and skin colors around the world.

Paul Robeson: On colonialism, African-American rights (Spotlight, ABC,1960)

4/7/17

Paul Robeson: On the power of religion and organization (Spotlight, ABC,1960)

 

4/7/17

 

Happy 90th Birthday Mr. Robeson.

http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/education/college/rutgers/2017/04/06/susan-robeson-harry-belafonte-inspire-paul-robeson-lecture/100033190/4/7/17

Paul Robeson a Brief Biography

University of Chicago

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/paul-robeson-about-the-actor/66/4/7/17

TV J Smile Jamaica Interviews Granddaughter Susan Robeson on her grandfather Paul Robeson

4/7/17

“Harry Belafonte, Culture, and Paul Robeson”

4/7/17

Jay Z More Than an Entertainer

 

“Jay Z and Weinstein Company to Make Documentary and Film about Trayvon Martin”

Father and husband Jay Z,  is an involved black man, and citizen of this country, who is  active in bringing awareness to issues of racial and political justices not only through his music, but in showing up to protest against injustices  that happen in the black community.  He is now preparing to display his talents through the production of a film about Trayvon Martin.

 

Jay Z is now working to produce a documentary and film about Trayvon Martin.

It is a very important undertaking.  President Obama who spoke on the shooting in 2013, articulated very well why the work that Jayz has announced in 2017 to embark upon producing is an important embarkation.

It is not easy being born into this world wearing black skin.  Statistics concerning issues of education, incarceration, and the criminal justice system show that there are many challenges that African-American boys are confronted with as compared to their white counterparts.

Like members of the Black Panther Party, of the 1960’s, who worked to fight against and  expose injustices against blacks, it is my opinion that Jay Z is showing black children in particular, that there are members in our community who are not just raking in profits from record sales and retiring to the comfort and safety of their homes, but that he is a community activist.

There are other black individuals like Jay within the black community who are parents as well as celebrities, who care about our children.  They support efforts to show black children that their lives have meaning, however, not only are members of the black community involved; there is a rainbow of people who also care.

Chicago Trayvon Martin Protest March and Rally

2013

 

As President Obama pointed out during his press conference, “Things are getting better.”  Stories that reflect this truth are often not always as publicly circulated as are stories that reflect division among races.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama and Chance The Rapper: Chicago Public Schools

Chance the Rapper Donates 1 Million Dollars to Chicago Public Schools

 

“Chance the Rapper Puts up $1 Million to Support Chicago Public Schools”

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/03/06/518864904/chance-the-rapper-puts-up-1-million-to-support-chicago-public-schools

 

Yahoo: “Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chance-rapper-donates-1-million-182439202.html

 

Mayor Rham Emanuel and Chicago Public School Budget

http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/emanuel-dismisses-governor-s-chicago-public-schools-funding-ideas