Teams, Insiders and Concerned Citizens…
Please copy and paste the below message and send it to all of your contacts. Thanks! Beginning of November 2, 2018 Update… ______________________________
I’ve stumbling across a few more old photos and keepsakes!
LOL… Lucky you and me!!! I’ll share them in a moment along with a brief article that I wrote October 19th on HBCU Band Life and Special-Special Thanks!!!!
Let’s get started…
Yes, I’ve had several revelations with each find, but here are my top three….
1. R.D.L, you look exactly the same and more importantly, it was and still is an honor to be considered for such a pivotal leadership role, alongside you!!! Please let me know if you’d like a copy of the unedited article.
2. I’d never be mistaken as a fashionista (then or now). LOL, but don’t judge me! These photos were taken before I moved back to the South and/ or before I had the opportunity to become quickly – culturally acclimated with black hairstyles and the magical wonders of professional black hair stylist. As for my “wardrobe”… yes, that often consisted of a t-shirt with shorts, white socks and the “B” word – band sandals…
on special occasions (outside of my Sunday best), a collared shirt with khaki or dress pants, white socks and the “B” word – band sandals.
To this day, I truly have a love for all things flip-flops or sandals!!!
3. Then, now and in between, when it was and still is extremely unpopular (Like so not a fad…. I took a lot of heat for the December 6, 1991 Article, which did not print the author’s full write-up, my full quote or primary platform), I spoke out for, about and up for the premise of inclusion. However, I just didn’t communicate what I thought would create a better America right now, for our children and for our children’s-children… then, now and in between, I actually worked…
(in relevant professional capacities and in the process gained a better understanding of real life “challenges” as well as an appreciate for the notion of “we are more alike than we are unalike”. – Maya Angelou. Shout out to the hard working Case Managers on Bankhead!!!)
….to create long-term, meaningful change… AND I chose to do so with my gifts, time, talents, skills, finances, etc….. for women… for children… for families… and especially for African American Descendants of Slaves Community and this nation.
My take home this evening… then, now and in between is that I allowed my actions (rather than my words) to speak for themselves.
Then, now and in between, I’ve chosen to lead by example, with good character, un-wavering values and high integrity. I hope that each and every one of you that have chosen to do the same, will continue to do so and I thank You!!!.
One last mention for the evening… NO, I’m not a candidate for office. Actually, I haven’t been a candidate for a office in nearly 30 years, but I approve this message!!!
Happy Friday and Enjoy this blast from the past!!!
Special-Special Thanks to all HBCU Financial Supports listed in my October 19th on HBCU Band Life Article. For over 100 years, HBCU’s have educated the next generation of professionally trained African American Descendants of Slaves scientist, educators, thought leaders, communicators, artists, musicians, business men and women, etc. in and out of our community and world-wide. Together we can and we will continue our legacy of Black Excellence, proudly and for centuries to come!!!
Special-Special Thanks to Neyo for using his brand image to promote a healthy eating lifestyle in the African American Descendants of Slaves Community. I see you and I thank you!!!
Special-Special Thanks to Kevin Hart and the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Public Schools for donating $600,000 to fund 18 student scholarships at 11 distinct Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Your choice to see, teach, promote and financially support this nations next generation of parents…. mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins… family members, leaders in the African American Descendants of Slaves Community is such a critically important role in our society. I see you and I thank you!!!
Special-Special Thanks to Lorene Gregory for using her gifts, time, talents, and skills to match Black owned Businesses with corporate brands. Focusing on inclusion efforts and / or creating meaningful economic development and employment opportunities within the African American Descendants of Slaves community is a huge step in the right direction and / or what is required to re-building and uplift disenfranchised and devastated communities…. and ultimately this nations “equitable” reputation. I see you and I thank you!!!
Special-Special Thanks to Earvin ‘Magic” and Cookie Johnson for not only their most recent gift of 1 Million Dollars to HBCU, Central State University (Ohio – 1887), but for the multiple decades that they have chosen to stabilize African American Descendants of Slaves communities by building vibrant businesses in locations that are often overlooked. I see you and I thank you!!!
Thanks again to all Teams, Insiders and Concerned citizens for leading by example, with good character, un-wavering values and high integrity. Together we can create a better America right now, for our children and our children’s-children!
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