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Mt. Hermon AMEC honors Dillard High School graduates at ‘Feet 2 UR Faith’ event

By Carma Henry Mt. Hermon AMEC honors Dillard High School graduates at ‘Feet 2 UR Faith’ event By Elaine Stevens Conditions for Black students were deplorable in 1923 in Fort Lauderdale. One woman of faith decided to take action and trust God. One ordinary woman, Annie T. Reed (Mother Reed), the housekeeper for Frank Stranahan, the founder of the City of Fort Lauderdale, convinced her employer to donate the land to build a school for “Colored” children. The school came to be named Dillard High School. The first senior class graduated at Mt. Hermon AME Church in 1938. Annie T. Reed was one of the founding members of Mt. Hermon AME Church, the second oldest Black Church in Fort Lauderdale formed in 1906, 108 years ago. All living graduates of Dillard High School from 1938-2014 are invited to Mt. Hermon AME Church’s Homecoming 2014. The theme this year is “Feet 2 UR Faith” epitomized by the bold action of a humble woman of Color who believed in Hebrews 11:1. The Homecoming activities will include a VIP reception at Old Dillard Museum, www.broward schools.com/olddillardmuseum on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m., a Saturday breakfast honoring Dillard High School alumni from 1938-1952 at Mt. Hermon …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Thurston looks to make history as first Black Attorney General

By Carma Henry Thurston looks to make history as first Black Attorney General For Perry Thurston, the Aug. 26th primary may be his first step on the way to history. If elected this year, Thurston would be the first Black Attorney General and the first elected Black cabinet officer since Reconstruction. “I believe that with success comes an obligation to serve,” said Thurston. “I am blessed to have had opportunities in my life and I want to use those opportunities to improve the lives of others. Pam Bondi and Rick Scott have wrecked our state and I want to be part of repairing the damage.” Thurston graduated from Morehouse College in 1982 with honors in finance. He worked at a bank for two years but left after witnessing injustice in the workplace. As a result, he went to law school and graduated in 1987. He served in the Broward County Public Defenders’ office before entering private practice in criminal defense and public finance. “I made a promise when I became a defense attorney – I would always do my best and respect my clients’ wishes,” said Thurston. “I had seen too many people rolled over by a system that did not care about them. I think everyone …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Missouri shooting victim’s father calls for peace after riots

By Carma Henry Missouri shooting victim’s father calls for peace after riots Lesley McSpadden (r) the mother of 18-year-old Michael Brown, watches as Brown’s father, Michael Brown, Sr., holds up a family picture of himself, his son, top left in photo, and a young child during a news conference Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson – See more at: http://www.blackpressusa.com/2014/08/another-protest-set-in-missouri-after-riots-over-teens-)’ By Carey Gillam (Reuters) – The father of an unarmed Black teenager who was shot to death by police over the weekend in a St. Louis suburb made another plea on Tuesday for an end to the violence that has followed the incident, while activists demanded authorities release the name of the officer involved. Standing with supporters, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, the father of 18-year-old Michael Brown said he wanted justice for his son but wanted it “the right way.” “I need all of us to come together and do this right, the right way,” said Michael Brown Sr., who wore a T-shirt showing his son’s baby picture. “No violence.” Activists speaking to reporters in downtown St. Louis also …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Jesse Jackson calls Michael Brown shooting ‘Crime of Injustice’

By Carma Henry Jesse Jackson calls Michael Brown shooting ‘Crime of Injustice’ Michael Brown vigil: Protesters gather in response to the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown Sunday morning in Ferguson. Brown, 18, was shot to death by a Ferguson Police officer on Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Wiley Price/St. Louis American) By Chris King The St. Louis American ST. LOUIS, MO. — Jesse Jackson told The American he hopes that the U.S. Department of Justice sees the Ferguson Police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday and resulting community violence as “systematic of a national crisis.” Jackson said, “It was a crime of injustice.” Jackson said. The injustice, he said, was two-fold: a police shooting of an unarmed Black teen followed by Black youth from high-unemployment neighborhoods erupting in rage. “Black men should not be the objects of target practice,” Jackson said of the shooting. “It’s not a unique situation. It’s a prototypical American situation. Police departments do not reflect the population. It’s awful, but it’s not unique.” The resulting community violence on Sunday, following a non-violent candlelight vigil to commemorate Brown, should be seen in the context of a chronic urban crisis, he said. “Poverty is a weapon of …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Pregnant protester alleges she was maced and thrown to the ground by police

By Carma Henry Pregnant protester alleges she was maced and thrown to the ground by police A pregnant woman who protested the killing of Michael Brown says police pulled a gun on her, then maced and threw her to the ground. Mikiesha Wickerson of Ferguson, Mo. said the officers dressed in riot gear were unapologetic as they threw her to the ground. Cell phone video shows officers running to her vehicle and pulling the passengers out. “They was just like ‘if y’all don’t shut up, we’re gonna mace y’all and take y’all to jail’,” Wickerson, who’s six months pregnant, told local affiliate KMOV. She said although no one in the car had weapons, those inside did yell at the police before they rushed the car. “I was like ‘can I please get some air’ because I started contracting and I was sweating and had the mace running through my eyes,” Wickerson said. She says officers also broke out her back window and she can’t understand why her property was destroyed and she and the others were taken to jail for just talking. Wickerson went to the hospital where she was told that both she and her unborn child were fine. Riots broke out in Ferguson after an unarmed teen …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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The North Carolina NAACP disagrees with the court’s decision to refuse to stop harsh voter restrictions from being enforced during November Election

By Carma Henry The North Carolina NAACP disagrees with the court’s decision to refuse to stop harsh voter restrictions from being enforced during November Election DURHAM, N.C. – Recently (Aug. 8, 2014) a federal judge denied attempts by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and his administration to have the NC NAACP’s legal challenge to the massive voter suppression law dismissed. Instead, he ruled that the case will be set for a full trial in 2015. Judge Thomas Schroeder also declined to issue a preliminary injunction that would have stopped the many restrictions on voting to go into effect this November. He said he did not think it would cause irreparable harm to allow the law to be enforced this year. Many voters will almost certainly be disenfranchised this fall, because of the cuts to early voting, the elimination of same-day registration, straight ticket voting and cutbacks of provisional ballots for people who mistakenly turn up at the wrong polling site. In response to Judge Schroeder’s ruling, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the North Carolina NAACP, issued the following statement: “If one elderly or young person, Black, white or Latino decides she won’t vote because of the shorter early voting weeks, the elimination of same-day voting, …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Celebrating the Life of a Man who made life a celebration: Personal reflections to commemorate the birthday of the late John L. Broome

By Carma Henry Celebrating the Life of a Man who made life a celebration: Personal reflections to commemorate the birthday of the late John L. Broome Broome Bethune Cookman College first Drum Major. The late John L. Broome would have turned 86 on Aug. 18 of this year. By Yvette M. Giles, Ed.D. Individuals of a certain age who have attended public and social functions in Broward County have likely had the pleasure of hearing the beautiful baritone voice of the late John L. Broome. Broome would have turned 86 on Aug. 18 of this year. We remember him as a living legend, a local icon who shared his exceptional vocal gifts with passion and joy, delighting audiences both locally and world-wide. Perpetually thoughtful and forever kind, Broome, a South Florida resident, touched countless lives in the community and in the classroom, as an upstanding teacher who loved his students. And Broome made a lasting impact as a gifted classically trained singer at a plethora of social events. He performed as a soloist with the Fort Lauderdale Sym-phony Chorus and reveled in group performances with the Nova Singers. Broome also recorded several musical compilations. All who had the plea-sure of knowing him as a colleague, instructor, devoted friend or “special …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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David Nuby inducted into Jazz Hall of Fame

By Carma Henry David Nuby inducted into Jazz Hall of Fame South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame, co-sponsored by the Sunshine Jazz organization held its 5th Annual Induction Ceremony & Concert. The event was held at the Miami Shores Golf & Country Club on July 27, this annual event was open to the public and free to all who attended. One of South Florida’s own legends from Dania Beach, Fla., Mr. David Nuby was awarded this honor for his contributions to jazz as a drummer with finesse and natural talent. His career spans from “Jamming” at the Sir John Lounge in the 50’s until he joined the Charlie Austin Band where they were the first Black Jazz group to play on Fort Lauderdale Beach at the Boca Key Hotel. Under the direction of Charlie Austin, Dave Nuby is well remembered as the house drummer at the famed Hampton House in Miami. Nuby has played and enjoyed touring with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world. Congratulations to all the Jazz Hall of Fame Inductees for 2013: Pete Minger – Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Nestor Torres- Flute, Jimmy Crawford –Piano/Vocals, Panama Francis – Drums, Paquito D’Rivera – Alto Saxophone and Dave Nuby – Drummer. …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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The First 72 – don’t kill your fundraising

By Carma Henry Pearl and Mel Shaw FUNdraising Good Times The First 72 – don’t kill your fundraising By Pearl and Mel Shaw Asking for a donation to your nonprofit is one component of fundraising. How that gift is processed once it is received is another. Both are important. Your actions can strengthen a donor relationship, or contribute to its demise. “The First 48” is a TV crime show that stresses the importance of the first 48 hours to the overall criminal investigation. Create guidelines for “The First 72” to keep fundraising on track. Letting gifts “pile up” and processing them once every week or two may appear efficient, but this process may require investigation! Here are questions to answer when creating your First 72. Is this a new donor or returning donor? If a new donor, ensure all contact information is entered or imported into data-base. If you know who solicited or referred the donor, record that information. If a returning donor, ensure contact information is up to date, name is spelled correctly, and you are not inadvertently creating duplicate donors. (Don’t laugh… Andrea Johnson, Andrea Tammy Johnson and Tammy Johnson may all be the same person!) Who should thank the donor? Is an email enough? When …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Religion

Sweeping away the clutter: A Q&A with Bill Hybels on ‘Simplify’

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey (RNS) Bill Hybels has written a new book, “Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul,” focused on helping people take a hard look at their life choices. The post Sweeping away the clutter: A Q&A with Bill Hybels on ‘Simplify’ appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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FEATURED VIDEO: Atrocities in Myanmar

By Sally Morrow “Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, continues to experience the violent persecution of its minority population of Rohingya Muslims. Muslims are being attacked by mobs of extremist Buddhist factions, despite Buddhist principles of nonviolence.” The post FEATURED VIDEO: Atrocities in Myanmar appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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The Thirty-Seventh Chapter: Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart

By TomTruex The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisBOOK THREE: INTERNAL CONSOLATIONThe Thirty-Seventh Chapter: Pure and Entire Resignation of Self to Obtain Freedom of Heart The Voice of Christ MY CHILD, renounce self and you shall find Me. Give up your own self-will, your possessions, and you shall always gain. For once you resign yourself irrevocably, greater grace will be given you. The Disciple How often, Lord, shall I resign myself? And in what shall I forsake myself? The Voice of Christ Always, at every hour, in small matters as well as great–I except nothing. In all things I wish you to be stripped of self. How otherwise can you be mine or I yours unless you be despoiled of your own will both inwardly and outwardly? The sooner you do this the better it will be for you, and the more fully and sincerely you do it the more you will please Me and the greater gain you will merit. Some there are who resign themselves, but with certain reservation; they do not trust fully in God and therefore they try to provide for themselves. Others, again, at first offer all, but afterward are assailed by temptation …read more Source: Imitate Christ     ...
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