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LIFESTYLE 20th anniversary of the Million Man March Man Talk

By Timothy Houston As I prepare to in my heart and mind to attend the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March on October 10, 2015, it is hard to rap my mind around what has happen these last 20 years. My then 10 year old son Tim II will turn 30 on the day of the march, and he is a father of two sons, Tim III and Titus.

My son and I have both had several firsthand experiences of the abuse of power by the police, and we both wonder when this system of racial inequality will be replace with one of fairness and justice. This current system of justice cannot be allowed to continue. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. invoked the phrase “let justice roll down like water” in his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in 1963, which was direct quote of the biblical prophet Amos whose demand for justice dates back to 750 BC. Justice is the birthright of every human being, and it is a prerequisite to life. Justice is one of the eternal principals

Justice is the birthright of every human being

that the God has decreed that every creature should have the freedom to be what He created them to be. Freedom, justice and equality are not conferred on us by the Constitution, but by God. We cannot live without justice

and where there is no justice there is no peace. Justice must prevail. The Million Man March is necessary and believes that justice should never look at your color. Justice should

never look at your position or posture. Justice should have on one side of the scale the weight of facts and on the other side our actions in accord with those facts. When you have liberty but not justice then there is no joy in being free because the only reason that people are joyous in liberty is that there is justice coming to them in society. That is why we have courts. The purpose of the court system is that we may go to a court of law and express our grievance before an impartial jury; a jury of our peers, so that when a decision is rendered, justice prevails. The absence of peace is evident. The widespread death, rising racism, mob attacks and police brutality on Blacks coupled with economic deprivation and stark poverty, requires that something must

be immediately done to address and correct the condition. As Black men in our community, we are taking actions! A million men will march onto Washington Monument in Washington D.C. to end the violence and stop the killings and present ourselves as a united front before the Government of the United States of America. Fredrick Douglas said “Power concedes nothing except by a demand” Our demand of government must be backed by the power of our unity and love of the brotherhood. Timothy Houston is an author, minister, and motivational speaker who is committed to guiding positive life changes in families and communities. For questions, comments or more information, go to www. tlhouston.com

Being excited about what’s next Motivational Moments

By Penny JonesRichardson Are you excited about what’s next for you on your journey of self-growth? Are you looking forward to a brighter future? Does the thought of new adventures make you smile? If any of these are true for you, then you are in good company! I know so many people who are living this exact life. They are

individuals who are working on goals and achieving them. I think about the next level for myself all the time. I think about what goals I will complete and what it will take to accomplish them. I also think about what my life will look like when those goals are complete. This is so important to do. After you identify what you want to complete and what goals you want to set, then you have to imagine what your life will look like when you achieve those goals. If you can see a different life, then you are more likely to work toward it. Many people must first see how wonderful and complete their lives could be before they

work on a goal. This is where I believe dreams come from. Our self-conscience mind sometimes will give us a vision of what our lives could look like if we believe in ourselves. The power of believing in yourself is amazing! When you believe that things are happening even when you can’t see them is how you achieve goals. I often think of this young girl who I worked with who would identify goals, but never complete them. She once said that she couldn’t complete those goals because she couldn’t see herself really doing any of those things. She wanted to return to college, but she couldn’t see herself passing a class that she had struggled so much with. She couldn’t see herself as an achiever so most of her goals seem too large to ever reach.

The main reason lots of people feel this way, is because they don’t know how to break their goals up into steps. No one learns to walk without crawling first! First you must see yourself as the achiever, then if you have to break it down to get to the finish line, then that’s completely fine. Remember everyone has their own journey and the road one takes to complete it is strictly dependent on how far you are willing to climb! And as always, stay focused, stay determined, and keep striving for greatness. Penny Jones-Richardson is a published author and life coach. She can be reached via her website at www. thequeensproject.com or email at penny@thequeensproject.com.

Seniors bring lifetime of skills to workplace By Deb Taylor At a Labor Day gathering, I was talking to a business professional who related his experience in hiring older adults. He was very direct: “They show up on time, they have a solid work ethic, and they bring customer service skills with them so they need minimal training.” That’s a strong testimonial, and one worthy of a generation of older adults who understand the importance of hard work. Many seniors grew up during the Depression or World War II and experienced deprivation and struggle. They quickly learned that the secret to keeping a job is showing up and giving your best. Seniors bring a lifetime of skills and experience to the workplace, and they’re selfmotivated with little need for constant supervision. As our society increasingly grows older, due to the massive baby boom generation, organizations will

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increasingly see more seniors seeking employment As employers, we can certainly benefit from their maturity and experience, even if a little accommodation is necessary. We need to be flexible and respect their desire to limit hours of employment. We should accommodate their medical visits and requests for time off to attend a grandchild’s school event or recital. Doing so can boost employee loyalty and retention among older adults. We recognize some seniors may have physical limitations and less stamina, so a reexamination of working conditions may be helpful. If an older adult must stand for long periods of time, a rubber floor mat or placement of a chair or stool at their work location can help them to stay energized for their shift. For computer staff, consider adaptive technology if needed. Screen magnifiers or larger mouse cursors can be very helpful for seniors with aging eyes. Seniors can become great examples and mentors for younger workers. And be sure to include older adult workers in employee-recognition programs; everyone loves to be showcased and applauded for their job performance. Sadly, many seniors think they are unwanted by employers, and feel marginalized by the workplace. We employers need to include language in advertising messages indicating a willingness and desire to hire workers of all ages. Facilitate an atmosphere of respect by enforcing and communicating a policy requiring all employees to treat their fellow workers with courtesy and respect. This can have a strong impact on increasing productivity and job satisfaction, while reducing turnover. We should make work assignments based on skills, abilities and the needs of the organization, without regard to the age of employees. Carefully measure job performance of workers so you can identify areas where more training could boost productivity.


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