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Invention changes quadriplegic’s life - 2 Opinion:Va. will gain from ACA repeal - 6 ‘More than Fraction’ explores Va. history - 9 The impact of racism on communities - 14
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Black Virginians set for inclusion on Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument
As part of its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and abolition of slavery in the United States, the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission will construct the Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument on Brown’s Island. The monument, designed by Thomas Jay Warren of Oregon, will feature a 12-foot bronze statue representing newly freed slaves. Dedicated to the contributions of black Virginians in the centuries-long fight for emancipation and freedom, the monument
also will highlight notable black Virginians who have made significant contributions to the emancipation and freedom of formerly enslaved persons or descendants, according to the commission. The base of the monument will feature the names, images, and brief biographical information about 10 black Virginians whose lives were dedicated to emancipation and freedom—five individuals from the period before emancipation through 1865 and five who continued to work for freedom from 1866 to 1970. Nominations for individuals to appear on the monument were received from members of the public, schools, museums, and historical organizations from September through March 2016. The commission also held five public hearings across Virginia to solicit nominations. Nearly 100 individuals were nominated. A work group consisting of legislative members, educators, historians, and community leaders and led by the
commission’s chair, Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan, narrowed the list of nominees to 30 finalists. The commission held a second series of public hearings in Blacksburg, Alexandria, Charlottesville, Norfolk, and Danville in July and August. In reaching its decisions, according to the commission, the work group weighed the public comment received at the public hearings and the written comments received. The commission approved the work group’s recommendations at its meeting on Sept. 20. To represent the time period before emancipation in 1865, the commission selected the following individuals: •Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a spy for the Union in the Confederate White House; • William Harvey Carney, a former slave who fought in the 54th Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry Regiment and for his actions at Fort Wagner was the first African American awarded the Medal of Honor; • Gabriel, who led one of the half-dozen most important insurrection plots in the history of North American slavery; • Dred Scott, an enslaved man whose unsuccessful lawsuit for his freedom led to the infamous Supreme Court decision that persons of African descent were not United States citizens; and • Nat Turner, leader of the only successful
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They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life LEHA BYRD Before dawn on Aug. 8, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet. Bedridden. “I thought I could wait it out, but the pain was getting progressively worse and no one else would get here until 9 a.m.,” Bayard said. So, using his head tracking mouse to press keys on the laptop monitor mounted above his bed, Bayard got on Facebook to see if any of his friends were online at such an early hour. He found three: one in West Virginia, one in New York and one in Richmond. They sent emergency help to Bayard’s Richmond home, but he couldn’t let first responders inside. One of them saw Bayard through a back window, but couldn’t gain access. A rescue team eventually broke through Bayard’s front window and transported him to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. He was treated for a urinary tract infection, a common and potentially life-threatening ailment for quadriplegic patients. Bayard is familiar with VCU for several reasons. It is the health system from which he has received primary care for more than 20 years. It is also where Dustin Mays, Lars Hofland and Evan Amabile attend graduate school in the School of Allied Health Professions’ Department of Occupational Therapy. This past spring, the three students built a customized computer table for Bayard’s laptop monitor. If the monitor had been anywhere else, and not tilted perfectly above him, Bayard would have lost precious time summoning assistance. “It took me less than a minute to send for help,” he said. “If I just had [the computer] sitting somewhere else, it would have taken [longer]
Students Dustin Mays and Evan Amabile with Derrick Bayard at his home in Richmond. PHOTO: Tom Kojcsich depending on what position I was in.” toppled onto him in bed. who also founded the House Calls Enter a team of VCU students with program. Lack of dexterity has been a a $10 budget and an idea. Boling met Bayard as a clinic longtime nemesis for 56-year-old patient more than 25 years ago, and Bayard. Forty years ago he was Seeing the person behind the patient has been to his home several times as felled by a bullet to the neck that VCU Health clinical social worker his physician. His needs are unique was intended for someone else. He Megan Stucke’s sketch was part of and serious, Boling said. was paralyzed instantly. Like most initial planning for a computer table “For a quadriplegic person, there people, he uses his computer for to help Bayard safely access his are specialized care needs,” he said. everyday tasks such as accessing computer. “Getting a stable cadre of wellthe internet and social media. A VCU Health clinical social worker trained, hands-on caregivers in place few years ago, however, he began Megan Stucke’s sketch was part of makes a big difference. Fortunately developing pressure ulcers on his initial planning for a computer table for Derrick, that team includes our elbows and chest, because he used to help Bayard safely access his social workers, nurse practitioners, them to prop himself up while laying computer. students and professors who’ve taken on his stomach to face his computer Bayard is part of the VCU Medical to his case.” screen. At the time, there was no Center House Calls program, which When Boling expressed a need way his laptop could be tilted above provides home-based medical care for an out-of-the-box solution to him. Bayard’s home attendant at and personalized care coordination to help Bayard with mobility and the time, Latoya Harvey, wasn’t Medicare beneficiaries with limited communication, Megan Stucke, a able to configure a way to keep the mobility. He is a longtime patient VCU Health clinical social worker, laptop steady enough for Bayard to of Peter Boling, M.D., chair of the (continued on page 15) use while on his side. It occasionally Division of Geriatric Medicine,
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Teams of scholars assemble to tackle some of the problems facing urban communities BRIAN McNEIL Virginia Commonwealth University
recently launched Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation, also known as iCubed, with five
Aashir Nasim, Ph.D., and other iCubed scholars at a kick-off event. transdisciplinary teams of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars that will focus on solving some of the most vexing challenges facing Richmond and other urban communities across the country. “Everyone has an idea for how to make the world a better place, an idea for how to make America great again, perhaps,” said Aashir Nasim, Ph.D., director of iCubed and interim vice provost for faculty affairs. “[With iCubed,] we had an idea about how to make VCU better than it was when we all arrived here.” The five transdisciplinary cores assembled by iCubed will seek to promote diversity and inclusion in research, scholarship and creative activity, with an emphasis on children and adolescents’ oral health, health disparities, health and
wellness among aging populations, racial equity in arts and culture, and social justice. “What we’re attempting to do is cross disciplinary divides, and create new and innovative approaches that include multiple communities of knowledge,” Nasim said. “By transdisciplinary perspective, I mean looking beyond disciplinary boundaries and considering other types of knowledge bases, whether we’re talking about lived experiences or the cultural and religious bodies of knowledge from diverse communities, and bringing them to the table to develop new approaches toward solving challenging, persistent problems.” “Our goal is to change the academic and research landscape at the university.”
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Op/Ed & Letters
Virginia will gain if Obamacare is replaced MICHAEL W. THOMPSON The Obamacare health replacement debate has re-entered the public arena with the dramatic new effort by center-right senators, Lindsay Graham and Bill Cassidy. Their idea is to send block grants to the states to spend on state designed and managed health care systems. A recent study on this bill by the health care industry consulting firm, Avalere, says that Virginia will gain $3 billion between now and 2026! So those wringing their hands here in Virginia over this new reform effort should not be so quick to ridicule it. Health Care is the major issue that has defined the differences in political philosophies. The liberal/ progressive end of the spectrum wants a path toward a single-payer, one-size-fits all, federal government mandated health care system and Obamacare is a significant step in that direction. The conservative/ libertarian side of the political spectrum wants health care to be designed and executed by our state governments, where there is more input from the citizens than at the federal level. And that will produce broader support than we see today when insurance prices are skyrocketing and more than half of the counties in our 50 states have no insurance coverage or only one option -- not what was promised The LEGACY NEWSPAPER Vol. 3 No. 39 Mailing Address 409 E. Main Street 4 Office Address 105 1/2 E. Clay St. Richmond, VA 23219 Call 804-644-1550 Online www.legacynewspaper.com
under Obamacare. It makes sense that our states, if given the opportunity, will be able to design a health care system that better fits the needs of their citizens. The knee jerk opposition by those who are totally committed to Obamacare, especially those here in Virginia, need to take a look at this Avalere study mentioned above. Virginia will gain $3 billion. That’s quite an increase in federal health care dollars coming into our state over the next 10 years. The biggest change this new legislation will require is that health care monies, including those for The LEGACY welcomes all signed letters and all respectful opinions. Letter writers and columnists opinions are their own and endorsements of their views by The LEGACY should be inferred. The LEGACY assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material. Annual Subscription Rates Virginia - $50 U.S. states - $75 Outside U.S.- $100 The Virginia Legacy © 2016
Medicaid, will be sent to the states in block grants, something that many center-right politicians and intellectual leaders have advocated for years. If that happens, then our nation will have the chance to create a health care system that will vary from state to state and will provide different and innovative approaches including a better system for those who qualify for Medicaid. These folks need a truly creative, market-oriented, modern health care system and our states will be able to craft. Each state will likely approach their new health care responsibilities a little differently. What works in one state may not in another. And when some new approach does work, other states can decide whether it makes sense to pick up that idea, re-mold it to fit their own state’s circumstances and provide what should be better health care services than the Obamacare does today. These state systems will provide more innovations in delivery ideas at a lower cost than does the current federal government approach to health care. The center-right leadership in our country has been advocating for years that Medicaid and other health care responsibilities be sent to the states. States would now be given the freedom to create a health care system that will hopefully deliver
better care for a less expensive price tag. Indeed, simply by reducing the federal government bureaucracy should bring substantially more money to the states. If this new system is efficiently and effectively designed, then significantly fewer federal employees will be needed to execute this program. By reducing the “overhead” in Washington D.C. will provide more money to the states. The Graham-Cassidy approach puts those who have been advocating for more state control of the health care dollars in a position they have dreamed about for years - to control at the state level how health care money is spent. This opportunity is exciting and will force these advocates of local control to actually put their idea into practice. What a wonderful challenge and incredible opportunity! If this dramatic change in health care policy actually becomes law, then our next governor will have a huge new responsibility to create a modern, better managed health care delivery system than we have today. That is quite a legacy that will be waiting for who we elect in a few short weeks. Thompson is the president of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy and can be reached at info@ thomasjeffersoninst.org.
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P.T. Hoffsteader, Esq.
Practice ... preach!
During past years, especially during the 2016 election season, Republicans and a few Democrats did everything they could to derail the ACA. They fueled fears, lies and misinformation, throwing around terms like “socialist”, “fascist”, “government takeove”. In 2017, the ACA hypocrites (and president number 45 ) are at it again, wanting to repeal the entire health care bill - without offering verifiable alternatives, holding committee hearings and without dialing back their anti-government rhetoric. If your representative doesn't believe the federal government should play a role in health care that is ok. But giving “block grants” to the states is a sure way to deny affordable care to millions of Americans and allowing insurance companies to discriminate against children on the basis of preexisting conditions. They should practice what they preach and start by canceling their own federal care that we as taxpayers pay for. The representatives that vote to repeal and replace ACA should have no difficulty getting private health coverage from the insurance companies they'’ve been representing in Congress. Cancel your federal insurance, Congress! Walt Hill
In a Sept. 21 post, Mark Zuckerberg shared nine steps the site he started is taking “to protect election integrity and make sure that Facebook is a force for good in democracy,” by “actively working with the government” and “partnering with public authorities.” The day before that, the United Kingdom’s prime minister, Theresa May, used the United Nations General Assembly as a forum to demand that social media networks “ensure terrorist material [read: content that May disapproves of] is detected and removed within one to two hours.” From the current Red Scare (“Russian election meddling”) and other nation-state attempts to limit speech they define as foreign propaganda or support for terrorism, to ongoing efforts to “combat hate speech,” the cycle of demands from government and compliance by social media giants is speeding up regarding what the rest of us are allowed to read, write, watch, and share. Newer social media networks like Minds.com and Gab.ai have been growing as the targets of these efforts abandon Facebook and Twitter. But those upstarts are themselves facing backlash of various sorts from service providers such as web hosts and domain registrars. An increasingly important question, especially for libertarians (of both the civil and ideological variety), is: At what point does “actively working with the government” and “partnering with public authorities” cease to be private, albeit civicminded, market activity and become de facto government activity?
Or, to put it differently, when does it cease to be merely “you can’t talk like that in my living room” (exercise of legitimate property rights) and start becoming “you can’t talk like that, period” (censorship)? My own answer: When Mark Zuckerberg starts using the phrase “actively working with the government” as if that’s a good thing, we’re well into the danger zone. Fortunately, the situation is (or at least can be) self-correcting. Companies rise and companies fall. The positions of Facebook and Twitter atop the social media pile may SEEM unassailable at the moment, but there was a time when few expected a new generation of retailers to bring Montgomery Ward or Sears, Roebuck to their knees. If you’re not too young you may remember how that turned out. Social media already serves two masters: Its users and its advertisers. One more master -- the state -- is one too many. Thomas Knapp
America and the world has gotten more and more anti-God, the Word of God, His laws and commandments, and His People. Ignorance and disobedience of God’s laws abounds. Mankind is putting God’s abundant love to the test. Man can’t even follow His command to “love your neighbor (which means everybody).” Instead of love for fellowman, they have hate and murder in their hearts and mind. Some examples are North Korea, Iran, and the Muslim world. Iran wants nukes so they can kill all Israelites and Americans. North Korea wants many nukes so they can wipeout American cities and the
millions of humans there, plus other nations, which in the past have been historical enemies. The self-proclaimed prophet was right in seeking the Living God of his forefather Abraham, but his choice to start the Islam religion, was wrong, and is a disaster. He was wrong, because, thousands of years earlier, God had already decided the path His Word was to be passed to His chosen people and the world. It was not to be through Abraham’s first born, Ishmael, son of Hagar, the Egyptian, Sarah’s maid. It was through his second son Isaac, and Isaac’s twin son Jacob, who’s name God changed to Israel. God made covenants with all three, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel. It was to Israel and his seed that God gave, the Holy Land, to own forever. Islam has been disastrous to the world and Islam followers. They have murdered over 200 million people in their misguided belief that their God tells them to kill everybody who does not believe in Allah. Their cruel inhumanity is still displayed daily. Missing, is God’s love. At first Mohammad said, Islam, the Jewish, and Christians, were following the same God. He called the others, “The people of the Book”(meaning the word of God). Unfortunately, Islam failed to read and learn God’s word. If they had done so, they would have found God’s salvation plan for mankind, was already clearly stated, in the Old and New Testament. And that God had paid “in full” for man’s sins, by the shedding of Jesus’ (Divine blood) on a rugged cross. Jesus Christ, the word of God, made flesh by God Almighty, who called Him His only begotten son. Manuel Ybarra, Jr.
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Faith & Religion
Faith leaders encourage congregations to register to vote To mark National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 26, faith leaders with the nation’s largest faith-based grass roots organization helped their congregations and community members learn about their voting rights and encouraging them to register to vote. PICO National Network also urged elected officials to make access to voting easier, noting that the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has done more to encourage voter suppression than anything else. “The right to vote is sacred and one of the first things we can do to protect it is to ensure everyone in our respective networks is registered to
vote,” said Bishop Dwayne Royster, political director for PICO National Network. National Voter Registration Day, first observed in 2012, offers an opportunity for faith leaders to encourage people to counter votersuppression trends on display in communities across the country by engaging their communities in voter education and outreach efforts. “Like our ancestors before us, we continue to fight for our right to create a true democracy about and for the people, a right to declare our God-given voices to champion the cause of the widow, the stranger, the sick, the children and ALL the people who are the most vulnerable
(from page 1) slave revolt in Virginia's history, shattering the myth of the contented slave. To represent the time period from 1865 to 1970, the commission selected the following individuals: • Rosa Dixon Bowser, an educator, women’s rights activist, and social reformer who founded the first African American teachers association and co-founded the Virginia State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs and the National Association of Colored Women; • John Mercer Langston, Virginia’s first African American member of Congress and the first president of what is now Virginia State University; • John Mitchell, Jr., a community activist, the first African American to run for Governor of Virginia, and editor of the Richmond Planet newspaper, which covered local, national, and worldwide news, especially lynchings, segregation, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan; • Lucy Simms, a prominent educator who taught three generations of African American children in the
in our society,” said Phyllis M. Hill, Southeast regional director of PICO National Network’s LIVE FREE Campaign. “We must vote, talk about voting, build systems and structures that make it easier to vote, and create strong vehicles—organizations and institutions—to make the vote matter long term. Voter Registration Day isn’t about one day. It is, however, a reminder to engage and build with our various communities to make our Kingdom Come.” The American Civil Liberties Union noted that since 2008, various states have enacted laws “to make it harder for Americans—particularly black people, the elderly, students, and people with disabilities–to exercise
their fundamental right to cast a ballot.” According to the ACLU, the harshest state laws enacted to permanently bar individuals with a felony conviction from voting have been enacted in Florida, Iowa and Kentucky. They also highlighted similar laws prevent roughly 5.85 million Americans from voting. “Moral vision and shared aims are more important than ever as we combat the divisiveness and bigotry of today’s political environment,” said the Rev. Dr. George C. L. Cummings, a PICO National Network board member and pastor of Imani Community Church in Oakland, California.
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AARP online tool kit for clergy and lay leaders AARP announced has released its first African-American/Black Faith-Based Initiative Tool Kit. This self-service tool kit was created by AARP experts in collaboration with faith leaders from across the nation as a resource to aid in addressing the unique issues that affect many African-Americans aged 50+ in the faith-based community. “From our conversations with a number of faith leaders from the Conference of National Black Churches, we learned they overwhelmingly felt that there were not enough resources provided to older African-Americans in their congregations on issues that mattered to them in the 21st century,” said Edna Kane Williams,
senior vice president of Multicultural Leadership at AARP. According to a 2016 AARP survey, 80 percent of African-American adults age 50 and older were involved in religious or spiritual activities. The African-American/ Black Faith-Based Initiative Tool Kit was designed to harness this aspect of the black American cultural experience. The survey also implied that as adults aged, they became less involved in religious/spiritual activities. The new tool kit seeks to help engage those able to stay involved. “It was very important for us to be involved with this project because we noticed our members transitioning from the choir stand to the sick and shut-in list,” said Jacqueline Burton,
president of the Conference of National Black Churches. “We want our members to stay involved as they age, and this toolkit can serve as a framework to help refresh ministries that cater to older members.” The ultimate goal of the FaithBased Initiative Tool Kit is to assist clergy in building and enhancing their ministries by helping to educate their 50-plus parishioners on various topics, including Medicare and Social Security, digital literacy and healthy aging, said Williams. The tool kit is divided into four issue sections: - Key learnings: Data and statistics about African-Americans in the United States and lists tips for organizing and sustaining an
effective ministry. - Your health: Information about adopting a healthy lifestyle, care giving and an in-depth guide to understanding Medicare and Medicaid. - Your wealth: Resources designed to help older adults understand their finances. This section covers everything from keeping a competitive edge in the workplace to understanding Social Security benefits. -Your life: Solutions for adopting a healthy perspective about aging and navigating life’s transitions. Also includes an index of resources that promote digital literacy and fraud protection. The full tool kit is available free online.
VT to host book presentation for ‘More Than a Fraction’ The Virginia Tech Center for Civil War Studies and the Smithfield – Preston Foundation will sponsor Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs’ “More Than a Fraction” Book Tour’s presentation at Virginia Tech University on Oct. 25, 5 p.m. The “More Than a Fraction” book tour recently stopped at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Baltimore. “More Than a Fraction” is based on Hobbs’ enslaved ancestor, the Fractions, who lived on the Smithfield plantation. The Smithfield plantation was founded by William Ballard Preston in 1774. The Prestons were the wealthiest family in Virginia at the time and the last heir to the Smithfield Plantation during its height of prominence was William Ballard Preston, who was a lawyer and served as a U.S. senator and secretary of the Navy during the Civil War. After the death of William Ballard the Smithfield land was donated to create a small college, which is now the site of the Virginia Tech campus. Three plantations of the Preston’s still exist (1) Smithfield, (2) Solitude (1851) property of William Ballard’s brother Col. Robert Taylor Preston who owned the enslaved Fractions,
(3) Whitethorn (1855) property of brother James Francis Preston, Commander of the 4th Virginia Infantry (not open to the public), and the Phlegar Building, where the Law Offices of William Ballard Preston were located, sits next to the Blacksburg courthouse. Of course the Smithfield plantation’s main house where Ballard lived with his wife Suzanne Smithfield – Preston is still there as the museum - adjacent to the Virginia Tech campus along with Solitude. Solitude has a large slave home next to Robert Preston’s house and is thought to have been the home of the Fraction family, who are noted by local press as an influential colored family. Co-sponsor of the “More Than a Fraction” Book Presentation, the Smithfield – Preston Foundation, operates the plantation museum, the grounds of the museum, a gift shop, library and other features put in place for plantation visitors. The Virginia Center for Civil War Studios is also co-sponsor of the “More Than a Fraction” book presentation. The Center for Civil War Studies’ director is Professor Paul Quigley also a member of the Board of Trustee for the Smithfield –
Dr. Moseley-Hobbs’ is the 3x great-granddaughter of Thomas Fraction Preston Foundation. Professor Quigley, host of the event, is also an Associates Professor of Civil War History at Virginia Tech.
Quigley is a native of Manchester, England and is an author himself (“Shifting Grounds: Nationalism and the American South 1848 – 1865).
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BHM exhibit tackles racial discriminatory practice of redlining
Sen. Tim Kaine last week visited the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia in Richmond to tour the exhibit, “Redlining In Richmond: HOME v. Nationwide”. As a civil rights lawyer in Richmond, Kaine represented Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (HOME) in their historic suit against Nationwide Mutual Insurance for industrywide discriminatory practices that included denying insurance to homeowners in black neighborhoods, actively discouraging their agents from selling in those neighborhoods, and limiting hiring efforts to draw from only overwhelmingly white
areas. The exhibit, which includes video interviews with Kaine, tells the story of how the small fair housing organization took on one of the largest companies in the homeowners insurance industry for redlining in black neighborhoods. Kaine worked as a fair housing lawyer from 1984 to 2001, focused on implementing provisions of the Fair Housing Act throughout Virginia. Heather Mullins Crislip, president and CEO of HOME and Mary Lauderdale, the museum’s operations director, joined Kaine for the tour. “Before I got into public service I was a civil rights lawyer doing cases on fair housing,” said Kaine after the event. “In 1996, I played a role in
the lawsuit Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia filed against Nationwide Insurance for redlining Richmond neighborhoods - not writing homeowner's insurance policies in minority neighborhoods, or only writing lower quality plans. “When HOME won that lawsuit, it sent a powerful message across the country that insurance companies shouldn’t treat minority neighborhoods differently. The exhibit I saw at the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia in Richmond tells this story and I was really excited to have the chance to spend time there...” Redlining is a discriminatory practice by which banks, insurance
companies, etc. deny services to residents based on the racial or ethnic composition of their neighborhoods, according to the museum. The practice of redlining has a long history in the United States and in Richmond. And the musuem is hosing a community conversation event “How Redlining Affects Our Neighborhoods” on Oct. 3, from 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. “Come learn about the origin of the practice, how it led to chronic underinvestment in neighborhoods, and what can be done to root out these practices and provide equal access to housing opportunities,” noted the museum.
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Waters, Morial, Sanders push ‘Black Wealth 2020’ as ‘urgent’ economic movement spreads HAZEL TRICE EDNEY TEWIRE - Black Wealth 2020, a new movement aiming to change the course of black wealth in America, is gaining swift support from national advocates of economic justice. “The struggle for black wealth is a legendary struggle. And so whether we’re talking about what we have attempted to do in the past or what we should be doing now, the fact of the matter is that AfricanAmericans have not really realized their potential in this country,” said U. S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), ranking member on the House Financial Services Committee in a recent interview about the necessity of Black Wealth 2020. “If Black people are to have a future and to move forward, we’ve got to not only build wealth by home ownership, where we can build up our equity and have money to turn around and invest in business opportunities,
but we must also learn more about and be aggressive in going after franchises and getting involved with investment opportunities - all of that is extremely important. And now is a very crucial time in the history of black people.” Two years ago, Waters was among the first to interact with the then fledgling group, founded by Michael Grant, president of the National Bankers Association; Jim Winston, president of the National Association of Black-owned Broadcasters (NABOB); and Ron Busby, president/ CEO of the U. S. Black Chambers Inc. At that time the groups worked with Waters in an attempt to assure black economic participation in a merger between NBC Universal and Comcast. They were successful. The merger failed. But, the groups continued to meet and has since grown to about 10 heads of organizations with economic justice as core values. They convene
New York State Sen. James Sanders (head of table) hosts Black Wealth 2020 founders, including U. S. Black Chamber President Ron Busby (left) and National Bankers Association President Michael Grant (right) at introductory meeting in New York. Sanders said he has established a Black Wealth 2020 Chapter in Queens. monthly to strategize on ways to significantly strengthen black homeownership, black businesses and black banks by 2020 and beyond. In addition to Waters, their goals have attracted growing attention - and respect - from other major national leaders. “What they are talking about is aligned directly with the work that we do on the ground,” said National Urban league President/ CEO Marc Morial, who, through the NUL, manages one of the nation's largest homeowner counseling services - 30-40,000 cases a year in 50 cities nationwide. NUL also has about a dozen small business entrepreneurship centers “where we’re providing coaching and counseling classes to approximately 10-12,000 small businesses,” said Morial. Morial said he has discussed the goals of Black Wealth 2020 with the organization’s leaders and they are in sync with the goals of the NUL. “I’ve met with them and I’m aligned with them,” he said. “We invited Michael to come to our conference. I mean, my philosophy is I believe in being supportive of everyone because we’re all aligned. We’re not competing with each other... What they are doing in their thrust is very welcome because for a long time the Urban League has been sort of holding up the economic
empowerment banner in the civil rights community.” Morial agrees the work of economic justice is crucial, but he also concedes it is daunting. “It’s a very tall order because we lost so much black wealth in a 10-year-period. In the period since the recession, we’ve lost almost 10 percent of our homeownership and it’s difficult to rebuild it and renew it because black people are also like many Americans - suffering from income inequality, earnings suppression, and wage stagnation,” Morial said. The success of Black Wealth 2020 is contingent upon it remaining consistent, expanding and strategizing, said New York Sen. James Sanders Jr., who was so impressed by the organization’s goals that he has established what he calls a chapter of Black Wealth 2020 in South East Queens, N.Y. “We consider ourselves a chapter of this amazing movement which is led by the people in D.C. Now, having said that, we do hold the right to local creativity. The local group knows its community best and there will be no cookie cutter model that is right at all times for all people. There has to be local initiative, local ingenuity to achieve our purposes,” said Sanders.
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Virginia launches new transit services on I-66 Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week joined the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), and state and local leaders to celebrate the launch of the first group of multimodal improvement projects under a new I-66 Commuter Choice program. These projects will play an important role in moving more people and reducing congestion on I-66 Inside the Beltway. The 10 new projects, which received a total of $9.8 million from the commonwealth, are expected to move as many as 5,000 additional people daily through the I-66 corridor. These projects are the first in a series of ongoing improvements that, along with the conversion of I-66 to Express Lanes in the peak direction during rush hours and the widening of I-66 eastbound from the Dulles Toll Road to Ballston, will help transform the I-66 Inside the Beltway corridor. “Unlocking the traffic-choked corridors that stifle economic growth and reduce Virginians’ quality of life has been on of this administration’s top priorities,” said McAuliffe at the launch. “These new multimodal
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service. The I-66 corridor will operate more efficiently due to screens that provide real-time traveler information and transportation demand management services that provide incentives to use transit or carpools. Four projects are currently operational, while the remaining six will be ready to roll out by the first toll day in December. “Through Governor McAuliffe’s leadership, and the support of our partners, we are pleased to stand by our commitment to get the first group of multimodal improvements up and running before tolling begins on I-66 Inside the Beltway,” said Virginia’s Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “These and future transit improvements working in tandem
with the I-66 Express Lanes will help us relieve the congestion that impacts our quality of life and the economy, while achieving our ultimate goal of moving more people through the I-66 corridor.” NVTC Chairman Jeffrey McKay said Virginia is to be commended for allowing those who live and commute in Northern Virginia to determine which projects will provide the greatest benefit. “As these initial projects roll out, NVTC is planning a second round of funding to provide even more relief and additional choices for commuters,” he said. Eligible jurisdictions and agencies have through Dec. 8, 2017 to apply for funds.”
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How racism impacts communities & people of color ROSA RILEY TEWIRE - The statistics are troubling. People of color are far more likely to suffer from inequity. Inequity that can be traced directly to racism, a side effect and the enduring legacy, of slavery. The legacy of slavery has insinuated itself into the very fabric of our society via the criminal justice system, housing, and education. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a national correspondent for The Atlantic wrote an article titled: The Case for Reparations, that addressed all of the ways in which the ideals of slavery and racism have endured in the United States through policy created by the U.S. government and the prime opportunity that now exists for our country to make amends.
The most important thing that the article did was to explain how we got where we are today. How we moved into segregated neighborhoods, why children of color now go to schools with fewer resources and how our communities were built on inequity. As planners and public health workers, health equity is often a lens through which we aim to address the barriers and health outcomes that typically only affect people and communities of color. These barriers impact every part of their daily lives and are reinforced by the choices made by local policy makers and practitioners in many sectors. The article and infographic written by Living Cities, provides a snapshot in the daily life of a family named The Reddings. Of particular interest are the parts
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of their day that are impacted by health, transportation, housing, and environmental challenges that exist at the structural, institutional or individual/implicit bias levels of racism. The areas addressed are: Health: 46 percent of maternal deaths of African-American women are preventable and 33 percent of maternal deaths of white women are preventable. Transportation: Black workers have
the longest average commute time of 50.8 minutes, which causes high transportation and child care costs Housing: 43.05 percent is the home ownership rate of black families and 71.65 percent is the home ownership rate of white families. Environmental: In New York City, communities of color bear exposure to 30 percent of the exposure of city waste and 70 percent of sewage sludge.
Series addresses local health issues This fall, the Science Museum of Virginia and Bon Secours Richmond Health System will host a series of free programs related to current issues of human health and the environment. Living Ethics: EnvironmentHealth Continuum includes lectures on Sept. 20, Oct.18 and Nov. 15 at the Museum. The 2017 lecture series marks the seventh year of this partnership, which seeks to encourage discourse about relevant local, regional and national topics through thought-provoking programming. This year’s series will explore conservation, the Flint water crisis, and housing and health equity. “We live in an ethically complex world,” said Richard Conti, Chief Wonder Officer. “Exploring how our environment, community and health are intrinsically linked is important for not just scientists and medical professionals, but also policy makers and citizens.” On Sept. 20, Mary Raferty, executive director of Virginia Conservation Network, will present “Virginian Environmental and Community Health.” Based on the Virginia Conservation Network’s 2017 Environmental Briefing Book, Rafferty will highlight the top conservation issues facing the commonwealth—from cleaning up our waterways to addressing climate change. She will also explore top environmental policies facing lawmakers and the connection they have to Virginians. On Oct. 18, Laura Lafayette, chief executive officer of Richmond Association of Realtors and executive director of partnership for Affordable Housing, will present “Affordable Housing and Health Equity.” Lafayette will discuss why safe, decent, affordable and stable shelter is an essential element in our quality of life and for maintaining healthy communities. Lafayette attests that affordable housing is the foundation upon which choice and opportunity—locational, educational and vocational—rests. In the last lecture of the series, on Nov. 15, Virginia Tech Scientist Siddhartha Roy and Flint resident, Citizen Scientist and Water Activist LeeAnne Walters will present “Ethics Lessons from the Flint Water Crisis.” They will describe their experiences living through the Flint water crisis and what transpired to allow this modern tragedy to unfold. Each will explain how a group of citizens, activists and scientists using laboratory experiments, field sampling, investigative journalism and social media brought the events to light, including an emergency declaration by President Obama. Roy and Walters will offer ethical lessons to empower our citizenry and professionals when similar disasters occur in the future. Each event opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Lectures begin at 7 p.m. and include a brief question-and-answer session after each presentation. Admission is free, but space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information or to register, visit smv.org.
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(from page 2 began brainstorming what type of device could best serve him. She met Bayard in 2012 through the VCU Transitional Care Program, in which VCU Health nurse practitioners manage a patient’s care, and make home visits for people who temporarily have difficulty getting to a clinic. “I began speaking with the Department of Occupational Therapy back in March 2016,” Stucke said. “[Bayard] and I completed a form requesting help from students to work on the project in January 2017, and gave two ideas of what might be helpful.” At the time, Mays, Amabile and Hofland were in the Occupational Therapy Practice Activities III class, taught by Dianne Simons, Ph.D. Part of the class includes an adaptive project where students must make a low-tech device or positioning adaptation to help a client or facility participate in an occupation, use a computer or use an augmentative communication device. The students are given a $10 budget to get them started. “[Eventually] I was able to find a donor to help cover $200 worth of supplies needed for this device creation,” Stucke said. “The students were so sweet and initially offered to cover the expenses themselves.” “Instead of treating me as a clinical assignment, they took a few moments to converse with me, telling me a little about themselves and listening to my life story.” Mays, Amabile and Hofland delivered the computer station to Bayard’s Southside Richmond home in April. In response, he wrote Simons a letter thanking her for allowing the students to help him, the only letter she’s ever received after work on this type of project. “From the moment Megan introduced them to me, the trio conducted themselves in a very professional manner that immediately set me at ease,” Bayard said in the letter. “Instead of treating me as a clinical assignment, they took a few moments to converse with me, telling me a little about themselves and listening to my life story. All the while, they were gathering information about my condition and my needs. Besides the fact that one of them is a Boston Red Sox fan (I am a lifetime Yankee fan), my experience with the young men was not only totally enjoyable, but
also life-changing.” Creating art out of spare parts The computer station at Bayard’s home is a clever combination of spare hardware, building supplies and computer parts. “We needed to find a way to help [Bayard] access his computer while he lay on his back or side. [Our team] met with [him] several times to discuss what he wanted and to take measurements of his surroundings,” Mays said. Though it eventually took shape, Mays admits the first iteration of the computer table wasn’t, and still isn’t, the most aesthetically appealing. But, it works. The students constructed Bayard's computer table out of everyday supplies like Lazy Susan hardware and zip ties. “Our faculty was a little skeptical about our project once we started bringing in steel pipes and old wooden doors, but they came around once the project began to take its final form. We replaced the base with a solid wood slab, installed Lazy Susan hardware to allow the computer base to spin 360 degrees, mounted a monitor to the top platform and added castors to the base to allow for easy movement of the entire station,” Mays said. “We then took the station to his home and spent several hours configuring his existing computer setup to work with the new monitor and station. We pretty much built the entire thing from scratch aside from the monitor and monitor mount.” The computer monitor is positioned slightly above Bayard’s bed, tilts toward his eye gaze and spins 360 degrees. Thanks to the students, Bayard can now use his computer safely and with ease, and his nurses can turn him in the bed, which is necessary every few hours to prevent bed sores, without hindering his computer access. “They went above and beyond for me,” said Bayard. “This is a work of art.” Staying connected Despite his limited mobility, Bayard is a self-professed social butterfly. He earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Virginia Union University in 2006. He has tutored at Binford Middle School and Maymont Elementary School. Now that he can use his computer routinely and
Derrick Bayard and his former home care attendant, Latoya Harvey, at his home in Richmond. PHOTO: Leha Byrd without taxing his body, Bayard plans to continue advocating for and working with children, and staying abreast of current, community events through social media. “Having this device here opens up these types of opportunities,” he said. Harvey, who until recently was Bayard’s home attendant for more than a decade, said she witnessed firsthand his enthusiasm at being able to stay linked to society. “Every time I come in here, he has something new to show me,” she said. “He’s not bored. He can do more than one thing at a time.” Maintaining any level of independence can be paramount to a patient’s overall well-being, Boling said. “The quality of life and the options and freedoms available to persons with incapacitating illnesses are limited. Most are living with family or are institutionalized, often in facilities that are less than the best because of the way that longterm care is funded,” Boling said. “[Bayard] is bright, articulate and fiercely independent and has experienced institutional care as a quadriplegic, which was a scary, dangerous experience. Still, he has tried in every way he can to remain independent in the community. I respect his efforts to keep his autonomy and applaud our students’ efforts to help him maintain it.” Adaptive outreach Aspects of the students’ adaptive project requirements, like meeting with the client, establishing a timeline and developing written instructions, ensure students have
direct contact with whomever they are serving. That’s by design, and indicative of the onus VCU has for students to render care outside of the classroom. “Occupational therapy students enter their education to prepare for careers that will help people live fuller, more satisfying lives,” Simons said. “The American Occupational Therapy Association’s vision for 2025 is that ‘occupational therapy maximizes health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living.’ That’s just what we did for Derrick.” For Simons, seeing the students’ personal efforts and empathy as they worked on Bayard’s project was particularly moving. “Dustin lost his grandfather [while working on the project] and the [computer] monitor came from his grandfather’s house. Dustin donated it to [Bayard]. He wanted him to have it,” she said. “A faculty member can’t require that kind of thing. It comes from the heart.” Students in the OT program are required to complete multiple fieldwork experiences in places such as rehabilitation hospitals, mental health facilities, public schools and pediatric facilities, whether locally or anywhere in the country. Simons has witnessed students’ fieldwork efforts turn into passion, and then compassion. “What I have seen is that an
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The 13th annual African Film Weekend will be held Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 at the University of Richmond, Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium. This event is free and open to public, giving faculty, staff, students and the greater Richmond community the opportunity to learn about African culture through cinema. The theme of this year’s event is “The African Hero.” The films include: “I Am Not Your Negro”, Sept. 29: 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Oct 1: 7:30 p.m. “Half of a Yellow Sun”, on Sept. 30, 8:20 a.m. “Viva Riva!”, Sept. 30, 10:50 a.m. “The Man Who Mends Women: The Wrath of Hippocrates”, Sept. 30, 2 p.m. “Whose Country?”, Sept. 30, 4:15 p.m. More information is available online.
The University of Richmond Downtown is hosting a new exhibition, “RVA Cures: Conquering Childhood Cancer.” The exhibition is part of September’s National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Organized by Connor’s Heroes Foundation, the exhibition will tell the stories of local children, caregivers and researchers who are facing cancer, the number one disease killer of children. The exhibition will feature photographs by Richmond artist Kristin Seward and one hundred zebrafish painted by children and local artists. The zebrafish is the symbol of pediatric cancer research conducted in Richmond. “RVA Cures” will be on view at UR Downtown’s Wilton Companies Gallery, located at 626 E. Broad St. The exhibition will be on view through through Jan. 19, 201
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(from page 12) “Black Wealth 2020 right now is a movement. It’s an idea whose time has come. And people all over the U. S. are coming to this independently with varying degrees of success of course. With that, we need to institutionalize. We need to figure out what is the best approach and how do we go about this approach.” In New York, Sanders has pulled together a group of local people who meet bi-weekly and envision, discuss and strategize on how they will economically impact the South East section of Queens. The meetings are private, he said, mostly so that they will remain focused. “We have created three or four different committees - housing, banking, business and a marketing committee for the timing and strategy to get our message out,” he describes. “We have not spent much time going before the wider public as we are working out some of the finer points. We’ve been in this situation for 400 years. We can wait just a little longer.” Like the D.C. model, first, they are studying and gathering information, Sanders said. Then they will decide how to go about impacting the economic lives of the people in that area of New York. He said, viewing themselves as a “test case”, realistic change will be the key evidence of success. “In politics we do well what I call impression sessions where we announce some major victory that really isn't and, you know, we get the accolades and people believe that something is happening...But this
U. S. Rep. Maxine Waters is too serious an issue - the issue of our survival - is far too serious for impression sessions,” Sanders said. Simultaneously, back in D.C., the shared leadership team of Black Wealth 2020 continues to meet monthly. Attracting others with like minds, the group acts as a catalyst for economic growth. In addition to Morial and Sanders, among those who have met with the D.C.-based group are Jim Coleman, president/ CEO of Prince George’s County’s
(from page 15) Bayard can mean the difference actual assignment was for a project that could be done by a team of two or three students and each was required to put in approximately 10 hours,” she said. “But students got so personally involved in their projects that they each spent 30 to 40 hours working because they wanted to create a quality project and do something special for their clients.” ‘We take care of people’ According to 2015 data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 55 million people, like Bayard, rely on Medicare for some form of health care. Combined with economic and societal needs, health care and empathy for patients like
between life and death, Boling said. “One of the great things about VCU, is that we take care of people with complicated health problems and that also have limited resources and therefore need extra help in order to survive and thrive in the community. That requires us to think about the whole person,” Boling said. “The solution the students created was slightly different than what I imagined, but is fantastic. Solving these types of problems requires ingenuity, a willingness to look beyond the simply medical aspects of health care and engage with the barriers and constraints that society, poverty and illness impose, and find solutions.” Bayard couldn’t be more thrilled
Economic Development Corporation; Robert Greene president/CEO of the National Association of Investment Companies, which represents diverse-owned private equity firms and hedge funds; and Andy Ingraham, President/CEO, National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers (NABHOOD). Ingraham credits Black Wealth 2020 for supporting his efforts to connect with major African-American groups in order to encourage them with his new computer table. As a heartfelt added touch, Hofland affixed a handmade Star Trek emblem to the computer monitor, after learning that Bayard is a fan of the series. Bayard mentioned it in his thank you letter to Simons. “In our initial conversation, I expressed my admiration for the scifi series and [Hofland] remembered, created and blessed me with this work of art,” Bayard’s letter read. Though Bayard loves his indoor independence, he is ready to venture outside. A stint in a nursing home left him with a pressure sore that has restricted him to his bed since 2012. But, he’s been healing well, he said, and is ready to get out of the house and on with his life. “I will be able to get outside soon,
to hold conferences at black-owned hotels. “This has been ongoing with a number of African-American and other minority-owned organizations - about creating MOUs (Memorandums of Understanding) and a relationship so that they can use our hotels around the country,” he said. “At least $90 billion represents the total market value of the multi-cultural minority travel industry. And our goal is to get more of that business - not only in our hotels - but get more cities and more entrepreneurs to focus on gaining a share of that market.” Among the connections facilitated by Black Wealth 2020 is one between NABHOOD and Dr. Paulette Walker, who was then president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and also chair of the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s Council of Presidents, an umbrella organization for all nine Black Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities. In addition to discussing the use of black-owned hotels, Walker also passed the information to the Greek-letter organizations and has left information on the movement for her successor. “Having that kind of information was very helpful in terms of how we -when considering hotels, barber shops or whatever it might be can spread the knowledge and the information base. Because sometimes we have an information void,” Walker said. “The more people are aware of the concept of Black Wealth 2020 and are aware of what can be done, the more widespread the agenda can be.” once I get my new wheelchair,” he said. “When I am healthy, I am out the front door, almost as soon as I get in my chair.” Three days after being shot, Bayard was in the intensive care unit of Bellevue Hospital in New York. Oddly enough, his bleak surroundings that day are his motivation today. “When I was in ICU there was a baby who was born there and died. I was like wow, that baby’s whole life was just trying to breathe,” he said. “At that point, I would have felt really stupid feeling really sorry for myself. I asked God to let me walk. He said no. I asked Him for the strength to deal with what His will was, and He said yes.” © VCU NEWS
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A paid, on-the-job training 200+/- IMPOUNDED 2 Issues (9/27 & 10/4) - $160.60 ($80.3 per ad) AUTOS, TRUCKS & needed changes and return by fax or e-mail. Please reviewLIGHT the proof, make any program that will develop Rate: $11 per column inch MOTORCYCLES If your response is not received by deadline, your ad may not be inserted. certified journey-level mechanics Nearly 7 out of 10 adults SOUTHSIDE PLAZA DRIVE-IN Includes Internet placement and ensure GRTC maintains an Ok X_________________________________________ have read a newspaper in Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 adequate staff of highly qualified review the proof, make any needed changes and return by the past week Please – that’s 147 Gates open at 9:00 AM mechanics. AuctionOkbegins at 10:00XAM with changes _____________________________ If your response is not received by deadline, your ad may not million Americans! After an apprentice completes Auction will include the vehicles listed Ok X______________________________________ the 6,000-hour / 36-month below plus many others: Readers are highly engaged Deadline is Fridays @ 5 p.m. 1997 INFINITI Q45 REMINDER: JNKBY31A2VM303600 training schedule in a variety UNK FORD WOOD CHIPPER MODEL #612 with newspapers in print, journey-level mechanic UNK UTILITY TRAILER VA239536TR Ok with changes Xof __________________________ 1982 CHEVROLET P30 1GBJP37M4C3304188 online, smartphones and disciplines, GRTC aims to retain 2015 YIBEN GATOR LYDY6TKH1F1500180 2002 BUICK CENTURY 2G4WS52JX21194627 and hire apprentices as full-time 2006 CHEVROLET COBALT 1G1AK55F667670590 tablets because they value REMINDER: Deadline is Fridays @ 5 p.m. 2004 CHRYSLER PACIFICA 2C8GF68434R647154 employees. Both external and 2003 CHRYSLER CONCORDE 2C3HD56G13H565208 the news, advertising and 1992 CHEVROLET CAVALIER 1G1JC8445N7295658 internal candidates are eligible 2016 YIBEN GATOR LYDM7TKH4G1500168 1989 YAMAHA SH50 JYA3EPA02KA095093 local feature coverage. for the Apprenticeship Program. 2000 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2G1WF55E4Y9345407 2004 HYUNDAI SANTA FE KM8SC13E34U620560 Applicants must be at least 79% of newspaper users 2000 DODGE AVENGER 4B3AU42N7YE044181 1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 300Dt WDBAB33A1CB013643 18 years of age at the time of 2003 JEEP LIBERTY 1J4GL48K63W709627 took action on a newspaper appointment as an apprentice 2000 FORD E150 1FTRE14W6YHA27780 2000 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 3VWRC29M1YM094847 ad in the past month. mechanic and must possess a 1988 LINCOLN TOWN CAR 1LNBM82F2JY831771 1998 HYUNDAI SONATA KMHCF24F7WA110029 valid Virginia Driver’s License. 2001 MAZDA MILLENIA JM1TA221611712472 Want your ad to reach 2000 2000 1998 1992 1997 2000 1989 2003 1993
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The LEGACY is looking for a reliable, highly-motivated, goal-driven sales professional to join our team selling print and digital advertising in the Richmond and Hampton Roads areas. Duties include: Building and maintaining relationships with new/existing clients Meeting and exceeding monthly sales goals Cold calling new prospects over the phone to promote print and online advertising space
Qualifications: Proven experience with print (newspaper) and/or digital (website) advertising sales; Phone and one-on-one sales experience; Effective verbal and written communication skills, professional image and; Familiarity with Richmond and/or Hampton Roads areas. Compensation depends on experience and includes a base pay as well as commission. The LEGACY is an African-Americanoriented weekly newspaper, circulation 25,000, with a website featuring local and national news and advertising. E-mail resume and letter of interest to ads@ legacynewspaper.com detailing your past sales experience. No phone calls please.
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