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)


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




Happy 90th Birthday Mr. Robeson.

Paul Robeson a Brief Biography

University of Chicago

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


“Harry Belafonte, Culture, and Paul Robeson”


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



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”


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


Mayor Rham Emanuel and Chicago Public School Budget



Psychosis of Racism

Tulsa Oklahoma Race Riot 1921

Slavery, Lynching, Segregation, and Mass Incarceration

Lynching of Sam Holt  1/3/17

Why I Oppose the Death Penalty for Dylan Storm Roof

Terri Mae Owens

One Plea of “Mercy” for Dylan Storm Roof

When I read that the death penalty is being sought against Dylan Storm Roof, for the murders of the nine men and women whom he shot to death in Mother Emmanuel A. M. E. Church, a year ago this month, I felt a sense of sadness and remorse. My sadness, however, was not felt only for Dylan’s fate, but for the fate of race relations in a country that as Americans we love.

As much as we mourn the loss of lives that were taken in such a horrifically insane manner, taking the life of Dylan Roof, will not bring any one of them back. In fact, to issue the death penalty would be expressive of the same barbaric disregard for human life that he showed towards parishioners who expressed only kindness towards him.

The deaths of the nine men and women of Emanuel grieved this entire nation, as well as people around the world. We here in South Carolina are presented with a great opportunity to continue the legacy of the Charleston Nine by not just professing to be a humane society, but by actually showing that we are.

I am an African American woman, a mother and a grandmother whose hope it is for a kinder and just society for people of all races and ethnicities. I am hopeful that one day skin color and religious belief or practice will not continue to divide us.

There is no question that what Mr. Roof did was wrong. However, as terrible of a thing that he has done, he is a member of a community of citizens called Americans. As Americans, we are connected by a shared history, and that history is in part founded upon the branding of the flesh of human beings to document them as property, as inventory, and not as people.

Because Mr. Roof grew up in a country whose foundation was built upon a blatant disrespect of human life, it seems ironic that a country whose history was established upon laws that made it legal to commit cruel and inhumane acts against human beings including children, for financial gain, would establish laws that would sentence an individual to die in a most inhumane manner because he committed a cruel and inhumane act against humans beings. The message that this type of reasoning sends is at its worst hypocritical, and at best conflicting.

Our forefathers owned human beings, and yet they established laws to govern our nation. Laws that children were taught did not recognize African Americans as human beings, and certainly not equal to whites. It took a civil war just to grant them freedom and document their humanity.

Collectively as a people and a nation, we have journeyed to this point in our country’s history where a 21-year-old white male entered a church and assassinated nine people. The result of racism. Racism was described by Toni Morrison, during an interview with Charlie Rose, as “Bereft.”

“The people who do this thing, who practice racism are bereft, there is something distorted about the psyche. It is a huge waste and it is a corruption and a distortion. It’s like it is a profound neurosis that nobody examines for what it is. It feels crazy, it is crazy, and it has as much of a deleterious effect on white people and possibly equal as it has on black people.” Example below.

“Kathy Miller Resigned as Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager of Ohio”

What has being a nation of people, whose history on race relations in this country as exhibited through the Civil Rights movement, produced? It produced confused citizens like Dylan Roof. How can we as a country not take responsibility for his brokenness and for ours? Laws punish, but they also protect. Dylan clearly shows signs of mental illness.

Dylan is one of America’s sons and we have failed him. We are the products of a history based on treating people like the “Other” and like they do not belong here in the United States of America, a country built by the free labor of slaves. Listen to Kathy Miller articulate documentation of this point.

We must admit that we have set a bad example. Our country’s stance on race was aired on television for all to see. During the Civil Rights Movement African American men, women and children marched with signs in hand that read “I am a Man” “I am Somebody” “We Shall Not Be Moved” and were attacked by German Shepherd dogs, beaten with clubs, and sprayed with water from fire hoses, while Jim Crow Laws segregated even water fountains. In 2016 there are new ideas on how to terrorize blacks. Donald Trump has his own ideas.

This is an opportunity for our country to begin doing a better job of teaching that what happened to African Americans and Native Americans in this country was wrong and that it should never be replicated. We have to teach this to America’s children.

Yes, justice must be served, but let’s not forget our history. A history that included the horror of lynching a human being and then setting the corpse on fire while children were in attendance having a picnic with their parents.

Dylan deserves to pay for his crimes, but must we kill him as if exterminating him is going to heal race relations in this country? It is my plea that Dylan Storm Roof should not receive the death penalty and that this country must stop using it as a method of punishment for crimes committed until America’s judicial system puts itself on trial for the enforcement of unjust laws that destroys people lives.

Capital punishment is immoral, and making an example of Dylan by sentencing him to death by the cruelest method of punishment imaginable will not deter repeated behavior of the same from happening.

Richard Rosario


Alice Goffman: How we’re priming some kids for college — and others for prison

Angela Patton: A father-daughter dance … in prison

President Obama Delivered Commencement at Howard University 2016

In these videos, the President and First Lady spoke on many topics, and among them, were the history of race relations, segregation, mass incarceration, progress in race relations, a lack of voter participation, and the legacy of those who lost their lives fighting against injustices so that the lives of African Americans could be reflective of a more humane and just society.


President Obama Delivered Commencement at Howard University 2016



First Lady Mrs.Michelle Obama Commencement Speech at Jackson State University.