African-American Women: More than Survivors of Social and Political Injustices

“Strong Black Women” like Representative Maxine Waters, Mrs. Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, Beyonce, and Normani, are a few women whom I am proud to say exemplify personal and professional character that is symbolic of the stuff that African American woman are made of.

Each day I am made wiser and stronger by their examples of how to keep focused while experiencing attacks on their womanhood and humanity.  Thanks ladies.

I was inspired by Normani’s ability to channel her feeling of having been bullied  through the expressive art of dancing.  Check it out…

5/24/15

Wow!

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 speak 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/

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

4/25/17

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

“Thousands Block Times Square for Trayvon Martin Protest”

3/24/17

http://www.scoresofemotion.com/

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

 

NPR:  “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