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By Cheryl Smith

Know messages you’re sending

During a recent visit to Virginia, I stopped in at a restaurant and the Black man behind the counter had on a nice looking tee shirt with the words blazing across his chest: “Make America Trap Again.� I asked him what it meant and he said, “nothing.� I told him that it meant something. So the rest of our conversation went like this: Him: No, it doesn’t mean anything at all. Me: Really. Him: Yes, I served in the military and I know it doesn’t mean anything. Me: Well, I’m a journalist and I know it does. Also thanks for your service. Him: I just like the shirt. The words mean nothing. Me: So if it said ‘all women are whores’ because you like the way it looks you would wear it? Him: Yes I would. Me: (thinking there’s nothing I can do here) Cool. End of discusMake sion but America not my Trap thought Again process. The scene took me back to when a female student came to my class in a tee shirt with the recycle symbol on it, accompanied by the words: I recycle men. I took up most of the entire class period explaining why that shirt was wrong on so many I RECYCLE fronts. The student, who was all of 18, MEN! had basically the same response as the ““grown-behind,“ ex-military guy who was definitely not 18 and should know better! She said that the shirt matched her belt and shoes and she saw absolutely nothing wrong with the words. “It’s just a shirt,� she proclaimed. She finally relented but it wasn’t until a few of the male students said they wouldn’t let their sister or their girlfriend leave out of the house in a shirt bearing those words. Which brings me to my truth! Too often I hear people, usually in response to a criticism or challenge, say, “Nobody’s perfect.� Well guess what, I know there is only one Cheryl Smith so my truth is that I strive for perfection in everything I do. And that is what everyone should do. Sure you are going to make mistakes but know the difference between a mistake and flat out use of poor judgment. Be the best YOU that you can be. Unfortunately many don’t see it that way. This thing we call a body should be cherished. We should begin teaching that message at a very young age. Some might find that task somewhat difficult because you aren’t ready to be an example for others to follow. Let’s be real. So many post stuSee MY TRUTH, page 6

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Celebration of love for a queen Waco Alumnae Chapters. She served in South Dallas Concert Choir, Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association, Dallas Metroplex Wiley College Alumni Association, Dallas Retired Teachers Association, Accompanist - Paul Quinn College Concert Choir, Pianist - Curator’s Forum - African American Museum “Tea at Three�, Pianist - Dallas Chapter - National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. - Awards Luncheon, Accompanist - Paul Robeson Concert Series, featuring Bobby Simmons, Baritone - African Ameri-

Mrs. Alyce Goff celebrates turning


Alyce Roberta Gay Goff was honored recently as she celebrated her 100th birthday in DeSoto. A long-time educator, she was initiated into the Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in 1942 at Wiley College. She is a member of Glen Oaks United Methodist Church and she has belonged to the Tyler Alumnae and

can Museum, Accompanist Townview High School band students in UIL competition, Faith-Based Caregiver Ministry - Crest Moore King UMC (now Community UMC), Pianist - Camp Wisdom, Crest Moore King and Glen Oaks United Methodist Churches. Mrs. Goff is an author, and she was named Musician of the Year – Dallas Metroplex Musicians Association, along with numerous other honors. Last year she was recognized for 75 years of membership in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

ArtCentre of Plano debuts the Harlem Renaissance Collection From July 26th - September 22nd, 2018, a selection of artworks and objects from The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection will be on view at the ArtCentre of Plano, 902 E. 16th St., Plano, TX 75074. The exhibition focuses on the important cultural significance of the era that became known as the Harlem Renaissance (1918-37), and highlights the brilliant community of scholars, artists, writers, and activists that made it so. The exhibition is presented by Toyota NA. Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are guided by the principals of “to whom much is given, much is required,� and strive to live “a life of no regrets.� Brought together by activism and married more than five decades, the successful couple has

Khalil, Shirley and Bernard Kinsey

raised millions of dollars for numerous organizations and college programs, including their alma mater, Florida A&M University. Mrs. Kinsey is a member of Delta

Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Mr. Kinsey is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. They have a passion for sharing the story of African American

achievement and contribution, and in one of the largest private collections of African American art and history, have amassed artifacts, ephemera and artwork spanning over 500 years. Together with their son Khalil (General Manager and Curator), and with education as the focus, the Kinsey family see themselves as caretakers, sharing what they’ve collected with museum visitors around the world. Click here for more information about the Kinseys and their collection. The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection has been on national tour since 2007, and has been seen by over 10 million visitors. See KINSEY, page 7

Jackson pushes for Federal Anti-Lynching Law By Jeffrey L. Boney

If history has proven one thing, it’s that when Reverend Jesse L. Jackson speaks, the nation tends to always listen. Rev. Jackson continues to use his voice to speak on an atrocity that has plagued Black people for decades—the horrific act of lynching. While in town to receive the 2018 Lifetime Legacy Award from the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) at their NNPA Awards National Leg-

Reverend Jesse L. Jackson

acy Awards Black Tie Gala and Annual Convention in Norfolk, Virginia, Rev. Jackson spoke to NNPA publish-

ers about the need to adopt legislation to address the despicable act of lynching. “Lynching should be a federal crime,� Rev. Jackson told the group of publishers at the NNPA Annual Convention. “Blacks are still being lynched today. Not just with a rope. Unarmed Blacks are being killed on a regular basis and it must be addressed. More people were killed after slavery than before slavery. Prior to the ending of slavery we were considered assets, but after slavery we were con-

sidered a threat, because we could vote. We need this legislation now.� Rev. Jackson believes that addressing the issue of lynching in this country is long overdue, and he has been aggressively pushing for members of Congress to step up to the plate and officially make lynching a federal crime. Rev. Jackson told NNPA publishers that he has spoken with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and many other top congressio-

nal lawmakers about this issue. As a result of Rev. Jackson’s targeted efforts, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) recently introduced a bill to amend section 249 of title 18 in the United States Code, specifying lynching as a hate crime act. After Rep. Rush introduced his bill, the three African American lawmakers in the U.S. Senate followed suit by drafting bipartisan legislation to classify lynching as a hate crime that would carry a See JACKSON, page 7

Parquet-Taylor named VP & station manager

at CBS television stations’ Dallas-Fort Worth properties Andrea Parquet-Taylor has been promoted to Vice President and Station Manager at KTVT-TV (CBS 11) and KTXA-TV (TXA 21), the CBS-owned stations in Dallas-Fort Worth. The announcement was made Monday by Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations, and Gary Schneider, President and General Manager, CBS 11 and TXA 21. Parquet-Taylor will report to Schneider and work closely with him on supervising all departments at the duopoly. She assumes this new role after spending most of

the past 18 years as a local news executive. Prior to joining CBS 11 and TXA 21 as Vice President and News Director in February 2017, Parquet-Taylor served as the News Director at WNCN-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh-Durham; WXYZ-TV in Detroit; WRAL-TV and WRAZTV in Raleigh-Durham and WMAR-TV in Baltimore. Parquet-Taylor’s successor as News Director at CBS 11 and TXA 21 will be announced at a later date. “Since joining our CBS Television Stations family, it has become clear to us that Andrea is well-suited

Andrea Parquet-Taylor

to make the transition from being a news director to becoming a station manager who helps lead an entire local broadcast-digital or-

ganization,� Dunn said. “We look forward to seeing her make the most of this opportunity to take on a bigger role at CBS 11, TXA 21 and the stations’ digital platforms.� “Andrea has impressed us from Day One,� Schneider said. “As our news director, her poise, leadership and decision-making skills have been outstanding. It is clear that she has a lot more to offer as a leader, beyond the newsroom, and I am excited to see her take on this much bigger role at our stations.�

“I am grateful to Peter and Gary for their faith in me and providing this amazing opportunity to learn and grow,� Parquet-Taylor said. “I will miss being with my friends and colleagues in the newsroom on a fulltime basis, but I am really happy to continue to be under the same roof with them while venturing into new areas.� Parquet-Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in communications arts and sciences from Michigan State University.


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Smooth R&B 105.7 Presents Sam Smith in concert at American Airlines Center, Dallas 7pm-12am.

Secret Sundays- Adios Amigo Host: Top Ten Records at Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas 8pm-10pm

Movie in the Park Featuring “Lion King” at dusk in Central Park 1000 W. Ave G. Garland 9pm

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July 21 1950 Black troops 24th Infantry Regiment won the first victory of the Korean War.

Crown-n-Glory Natural Hair Expo at Doubletree 1507 N. Watson Rd., Arlington Tickets: www.crownnglorynatural-

July 18 1964 DOB Wendy Williams talk show host.

1964 Violence erupted in Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant sections of New York City.

3rd Thursday Jazz: Literary Jazz Hosted by: Ft. Worth Library at Ft. Worth Library 500 W. 3rd. St. 6:30pm-8pm Feat: Audra Scott of Music Mentors of Texas. Beers with Beto at Four Corners Brewing Co. 1311 S. Ervay St. Dallas 6:30pm-8:30pm Tickets:

July 20-22 Family Summer Camp Host: Bass Pro Shops 5001 Bad Pro Dr., Garland 469-221-2600 12noon-4pm. Christmas in July at Hawaiian Falls Water Park 4550 N. Garland Rd. Garland 11am Info: 972-675-8888. How to Prepare to write for a Christian Publication Host: J Stokes Writing Ministries Christian Author, Educator & Coach. At DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 8:30am-3:30pm Speaker Michelle Stimpson Christian Author & Educator Info:

Satur(Day) Krimson Summer Breeze Hosted by Sandaga 813 813 Exposition Ave. Dallas 3pm-8pm Tickets: www.

1988 Jesse Jackson received 1218 delegate votes at the Dem. Nat’l. Conv. 864 shy of nomination.

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Preview Mixer Redbird Entrepreneur Center Host: at redbird Mall Marketing Center 3662 W. Camp Wisdom, Dallas 5pm-7:30pm Tickets:

July 25 1992 Gen Collin Powell dedicated the Buffalo Soldier Monument in Ft. Leavenworth.

Back to the 90’s Party Bus Hosted by Aubrey Presley in Dallas 10pm-2am Call 214-296-7355 to get your Tix Today. All Food & Drinks VIP get Free at the clubs. Totally Me! Women’s Expo Hosted by: The Woman of Courage at Forest Hill Church Ministries 5809 Wreay Dr. Ft. Worth. 9am-3pm “The Purpose to empower and inspire women to be the best version of themselves.”

July22 1933 Featured in “Aida” Catherina Jarboro became the first Black woman to perform with an American opera company. George Clinton Funk Singer DOB 7/22/18

Black Woman’s Appreciation Event- Dallas Edition Host: Young Black Entrepreneurs at the City of DeSoto Civic Center 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 1:30pm-5:30pm Call Antoine White 314-630-4465

Forth Fridays Music Series: Presented by The DeSoto Arts Commission at the Outdoor Amphitheater DeSoto Town Center (behind the Library) 211 E. Pleasant Run Rd. 8pm every 4th Friday. Hall of Fame Rodeo National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum at Cowtown Coliseum 121 E. Exchange Ave. Ft. Worth. 8pm-10pm Friday Night Block Party Hosted by: Rex’s Seafood and Market & Dallas Farmers Market. At Rex’s Seafood 920 Harwood St. Ste 150, Dallas 6pm-9pm. Food and live music.

July 28 1868 14th Amendment adopted giving slaves the right citizenship.

Family Night Out Food, Fun & Fireworks featuring “Coverdown Band” at Central Park 1310 W. Ave. F Garland 6pm10pm more info: 972-205-2750 Texas Latino Comic Con 2018 at the Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak St. Dallas from 11am–6pm Tickets: Black Woman’s Business and Entrepreneur Series Hosted by YBEN&DG at 8737 King George Dr. Dallas. Vendors available 11am-6pm Back to School Bash at New Light Church 9814 Elam Rd. Dallas 214-391-3430 12noon-3pm. Dallas County Health and Human Services will provide FREE Immunizations.

July 29 1877 Henry Flipper became the first Black graduate from the U.S. Military Academy.

Do it for the Culture “Networking & Vendor Event” Hosted by: YBEN & DG at 901 S. Senter Rd. Irving. 1pm-5pm. Vendors available $40. Call Antoine White 314-630-4465 The Heart & Soul of Dallas Community Service Project! Hosted by: TSUNAA-Dallas Chapter at Hunger Busters 3116 Sylvan Ave. Dallas 1pm-3pm Feeding Kids and Fueling Futures!

The Market Place In Downtown Garland at 105 N. 6th St. 9am-2pm.

Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park Arlington Fri. 7:05pm, Sat. 7:05pm, Sun. 2:05pm.

July 20

Back-To-School Fundraising Event Hosted by: Resource Center and Gross-Michael Foundation 1305 Wycliff Ave. Ste. 120, Dallas.

“Prophetic Worship” Featured Artists: Benjamin Cameron of Dallas, Ta’jaa Monaa of Louisiana, and Cassandra Jackson of Dallas at Fish Oil Point Ministries Church 2930 S. Peachtree Rd. Balch Springs. 5pm

Neo Soul Day Party Hosted by: DFW Social Dallas.4pm-10pm Tickets:

“Kiss Me Kate” By Garland Summer Musicals Grandville Arts Center 300 N. 5thSt.Garland Call 972-205-2780.

Arts & Letters Live: Nelson Mandela’s 100th Birthday at Dallas Museum of Art 1717 N. Harwood St. Dallas Tickets: 7:30pm-9pm.

Karl Malone NBA great DOB 7/24/63

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18th Annual William “Bill” Blair Memorial Scholarship Golf Classic at Tension Park Golf Course 3501 Samuell Blvd., Dallas at 12pm. 1pm Tee time. Darryl Blair 214-372-6500

1979 Little Richard, Rev. Richard Penniman (his real name) spoke to a revival meeting about the dangers of rock and roll.

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July 19

1984 Suzette Charles was the 2nd Black woman to be crowned Miss America.

July 24

Family Movie Night at MLK Jr. Community Center 2922 MLK Blvd. Dallas 6pm.

Glen Oaks UM Church Presents: Pressing Toward The Mark-For The Prize 4606 S. Polk St. Dallas 7pm Contact: John H. Ratcliff, Coordinator 313-585-0642 Speaker Rev. Maymette Dolberry, Brown Chapel AME Church.

Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub Hosted by: Derrick Jack special guest Jessi Saldana at Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub 5321 E. Mockingbird, Dallas info: 214-823-5233.


July 30 Boney James at the House of Blues 2200 N. Lamar St. Dallas 7pm. Surf and Swim’s Birthday Celebrations at Surf & Swim 440 W. Oates Rd. Garland Free 11am-3pm info: 972-205-3993

July 26 1948 Pres. Truman issued Executive order No. 9981 directing “equality of treatment and opportunity” In all branches of the armed forces.

Smooth R&B 105.7 presents Smooth Summer Grove II Feat: Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds & Brandy at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. 8pm. July Women’s Elevate Event Hosted by: The Every Heart Project at Messenger Studios 14665 Midway Rd. Suite 170, Addison. 6:30pm-9pm

July 27 Alice Hawthorne was killed during 1996 Summer Olympics a bomb exploded in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park as a spectator.

1936 Legendary blues singer guitarist Buddy Guy DOB.

Celebrity Golf Tournament Benefitting National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum. Info: 8am Tee-off.

July 31 1874 Patrick Healy became the President of Georgetown University. First Black to be named president of a major U.S. university. First Black to receive a Ph.D. 1965

August 1 1993 Barbara Ross-Lee became the first Black Woman to head a Medical School in the U.S. (Ohio Univ.)

August Women’s EmPower Brunch Hosted by: The Every Heart Project at The Egg & I Restaurants 3328 E. Hebron Parkway Ste. 100, Carrollton. 11am-1pm.

August 2 2013 Jullus Chambers lawer and civil rights leader, died. DOB 10/6/36

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Congresswoman Johnson speaks Supreme Court Vacancy Regarding the upcoming nomination of a Justice by President Trump to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court: “The rulings issued by the Supreme Court show the vital significance it plays in shaping our nation’s future. Voting rights, women’s rights, equal rights, LGBTQ rights, privacy rights, and the right to health care all hinge on the makeup of the highest court. And in a state like Texas, where many of these rights have been intentionally targeted, they are terrifyingly vulnerable. Under no circumstances should the Senate confirm President Trump’s nominee should he or she

seek to overturn fundamental rights granted in cases such as Roe v. Wade or Brown v. Board of Education. Unless President Trump nominates someone who falls in line with mainstream judicial thought, respects precedent and vows to uphold settled law, I urge my colleagues in the Senate to withhold voting for any of the ideologically motivated candidates on the President’s previously released shortlist. The future of Americans all across the country, and of Texans in particular, depends on it.”

Resignation of Pruitt “As I said when he was appointed, Mr. Pruitt, a man who spent his career opposing EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment, was unfit to be the Administrator of the EPA. “Given the countless ethics issues he generated by his behavior

while at EPA, I honestly cannot believe it took this long for him to resign or be fired and I, along with many, many others, called on him to resign. That said, his ethical missteps were matched by the pernicious policies he pursued as EPA Administrator, including most recently his proposed “Secret Science” rule. “Mr. Pruitt’s departure is welcome, but that is no cause for letting down our guard against the detrimental environmental policies he espoused, since they appear to have been in concert with the anti-environmental views of this Administration. “I and other Members of Congress will continue the fight to allow EPA to carry out the noble mission that the American people have asked of it.”

Eddie Bernice Johnson represents the state’s 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.

Fallen officers remembered Called one of the deadliest days in law enforcement history

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall, elected officials, members of the clergy, citizens, fellow officers and family joined together to pay tribute the fallen officers killed during the 2016 peaceful march that turned into a nightmare for many. Citizens who came together to protest police shootings found themselves scampering for cover after shots rang out. According to reports following the

assault, Dallas Police Department Officers, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa and Michael Krol, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson were killed while and nine other police officers and two citizens were also wounded. Chief Hall addressed the gathering outside the Dallas Police Department on Friday, calling the fallen officers “brave” and said “their legacy lives on with us.”

On the actual anniversary of the shootings, July 7, Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood and Minister Dominique Alexander provided reflection and analysis of the shooting and the aftermath; with their obviously unique perspective as the organizers of the rally/march, the events would’ve never happened like they did. According to the organizers, those gathered for the rally two years ago were not out on the streets of downtown Dallas on a whim. “They were responding to the brutality of police officers locally and all over the country.” State Sen. Royce West (D-Dallas), State Rep. Helen Giddings (D-Dallas), Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel, and Pastor Yvette Blair Lavallais, were among those in attendance on July 6, where Chief Hall also recognized Officer Rogelio Santander, who was killed in the line of duty when a gunman opened fire inside a Home Depot store.

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WHIP Cracking Sessions! QUIT PLAYIN’

By Vincent L. Hall

Old habits are hard to break and new traditions even harder to make, but the time has come for you to Quit Playin’ with mine.   My what?    My time!!!  Mama taught me that the most disrespectful thing that you can do is play with people’s time.    She failed to mention how much anger it can cause too. CP Time was a no-no in my household! Anyone who has been Black for more than a minute knows what CP time is.  Even White folks who have bothered to attend two or more events sponsored by Black folk know about it.    It’s Colored People’s time and it’s got to stop.  It’s the

gross negligence or an arrogant unwillingness to commit ourselves to timeliness and efficiency. If the pattern of this thought is offensive, you are more than likely an avid violator.   You know the type who will invite someone to appear on their behalf at six postmortem knowing full well that you don’t intend to begin until 6:45 to 7.   And whether it’s your wedding, your worship service, or a worm wrestle, we constantly misuse and misplace the precious time of others. These are the same villains who continually ask what the rush is about unless the time being wasted is their own.  As one who calculates everything from the time necessary to commute to the amount of hours that I may get to sleep,

the concept of CP time is outdated and has limited appeal. Don’t you just hate it when you try to spend money with a business and the owners or their representative act like they are in no rush? Don’t you

ain’t a bargain to me if I have to wait 30 minutes for it. My time is MY TIME and it’s valuable. I don’t come cheap!!! When you consider that most of us work eight or more

wish that the person at the register would at least try to look like they’re busy accommodating a request that you are willing to give your hard-earned dollars for? A lunch special

hours a day, spend two to three hours in preparation and travel, and require eight hours of sleep or more, that only leaves three to five discretionary hours.   That is the extent of

time left over to spend with our significant others, help our children with their homework, or engage in self-improvement.      If you watch Everybody Loves Chris and all of the Sanford and Son, and Meet the Press episodes that you can, you have very little time for anything else.   As one whom has no time to waste based on my obligations and my shortened Black male life expectancy, CP time is a natural enemy to all of my daily and lifelong aspirations. So my declaration is that the new mantra and protocol for African Americans is QP time.  That’s right, Quit Playin’ time.   It means that if your meeting is set for seven, start at 6:58.  If sister uh-ruh is going to stumble through the church

announcements that 90% of the members are not going to govern ourselves accordingly to anyway‌make up the time somewhere else.   And when I spend $70 for a ticket to see you, I want to see you or your opening act at least three minutes prior to the time indicated on my stub.           Most of us can bear testimony that the old adage, “the early bird gets the wormâ€? is true.   Most of us have reaped a greater benefit by being early than late, without question.   So from now on it’s QP not CP time‌Quit Playin’!! Like Congresswoman Maxine Waters; “Excuse me‌I’m reclaiming my time.â€? VINCENT L. HALL IS AN AUTHOR, ACTIIST AND AWARD-WINNIG JOUNALIST

An Open Letter from America’s Children

By Ron Harris Dear U.S. Media, Democrats, Republicans, Independents and to the concerned Americans who poured out into the streets to protest Donald Trump’s cruel and faulty immigration policies,

What about us? We understand and applaud your response to this administration’s malevolent separation of immigrant families from their children— policies and practices so un-American and shocking that they have come to dominate the national conversation. Your immediate, visceral response to evil spurred you into action. But there is another evil, a pervasive, chronic and unrelenting

wickedness that we, your children, live with every day. We are being shot down on the nation’s streets, locked away in juvenile facilities, poisoned by dangerous drinking water, threatened and harassed by neighborhood gangs, left homeless, either alone from abuse or with parents that cannot afford to put a roof over our heads. We live in neighborhoods bereft of adequate food sources and with fathers and mothers so wrought with financial and psychological instability they can’t provide our needs. And because our nation has lived with this reality so long, it has become almost accepted. It has become quietly and unconsciously perceived as part of the norm, part of the landscape, like the air we breathe, until little by little it becomes so caustic that it kills us or chokes us into action. Unfortunately for us, your children, you haven’t reached that point. There are 408,000 of us, American children, who also have been separated from our families and placed in the care of others, like the 2,000 immigrant children who you took to the streets to protect. Many of us languish in foster care with little hope of ever being united with our parents or extended families.

As we watched the huge crowds that stretched across 700 U.S. cities Saturday. We saw the signs proudly held high that read, “Family Separations Are Cruel.� And we thought, “Yes, they are.� What about us? Where is our march? Where is our media coverage? Half of us currently in foster will be homeless within six months after growing too old for the system. We are unprepared to live on our own. We have limited education and no social support. About a quarter of the rest will be homeless within two to four years of leaving the system. Some of us will become part of the 20,000 U.S. children annually forced into prostitution. Another two million of us this year will separated from our families and placed behind bars and in juvenile custody. Many of us, like Clarice, one of twin 14-year-old sisters in Montgomery County, Md., can’t go home because there is no suitable home to go to. Her parents are homeless, and authorities can’t release her to an unstable home. Other parents are dysfunctional or can’t provide the guidance we need. So, we go behind bars because there are not enough treatment facilities for us. We want a march, too, one for better schools for all, because you rec-

ognize how the hopelessness created by faulty education diminishes lives and leads to incarceration – that 32 percent of white males in juvenile custody dropped out of school, and that nearly half of African-American and Hispanic male youth behind bars also quit. Media reported how families from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico are fleeing to the U.S. to escape gangs in their countries. Many of us live in gang-infested neighborhoods, too. In cities like St. Louis, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Mo., Memphis, Newark and Chicago, the 10 U.S. cities with the highest murder rate, we have long understood their terror. We understand their fear. In Chicago, a city rife with street gangs and where at least 16 children have been murdered in the first six months of this year, more than 50,000 people demonstrated for the rights of immigrants fleeing gangs in countries few of them have ever visited. Ironically, they never marched for the children slain this year in a city they traverse every day: Maysia Woodard, 12 mos.; Damarcus Wilson, 16; Deshawn James, 17; Rhomel Wellington, 17; Mateo Na-

than Aguayo, 2; Joseph Smith, 16; Jose Agular, 14; Jayton Jones, 17; Erin Carey, 17; She’Vaughn O’Flynn, 12; Jechon Anderson, 11; China Lyons-Upshaw, 17; David Thomas 16; Parris Purdis, 17; Kyle McGowan, 17, and Jazmyn Jester, 15, who was among four people murdered and 13 others shot over 17 hours on a Tuesday and a Wednesday in May. Where do families like theirs emigrate to escape the violence? Many of us live in poverty, one of every four children in Arizona, Georgia, California, Kentucky, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico and New York, one in three in the nation’s capital. At least 2.5 million of us will spend some period of life this year homeless; maybe a month, maybe six months or maybe the whole year. Most of us will spend at least one day every month without food. Look at us. Pivot your cameras and microphones to us, as well. We are your children, and there is real evil that plagues us too.

What about us? Ron Harris is a journalist, adjunct professor at Howard University and co-author with Matthew Horace of the new book “The Black and The Blue, A Cop Reveals Crimes, Racism and Injustice in America’s Law Enforcement.�

Shackled for praying Is anything sacred anymore?: Last Word by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Faith and prayer have been the backbone of the African American community since we came upon these shores. We have counted on our faith leaders (the roll call would include Revs. Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, James Walker Hood, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wyatt Tee Walker, Jesse L. Jackson, William Barber, Vashti McKenzie, Barbara Williams Skinner and many others) to articulate the justness of our cause and to mobilize us to work for the justice that is called for in the New Testament, especially in Matthew 25: 35-45. Our ministers are revered leaders who often stand in the face of injustice. We are not surprised, and indeed, encouraged, when their firm stands in the face of oppression lead to collisions with the law. Still, when faith leaders are treated harshly, it forces us to examine the injustice in our system. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the Letter from the Birmingham Jail in 1963,

he chided white ministers who made a public statement about his methods, suggesting that segregation should be fought in the courts, not in the streets. His letter moved the white faith community to confront some of the injustices of segregation and to form alliances with the civil rights movement. King spent 11 days in the Birmingham jail in extremely harsh conditions. But the oppressor does not learn from its excesses. On June 12, nine faith leaders were shackled and held for 27 hours after being arrested for praying at the Supreme Court. The multicultural group of men and women are part of Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (https:// www.poorpeoplescampaign. org/). Their effort is to bring attention to the amazing inequality and moral bankruptcy of our nation. Their prayers at the Supreme Court were extremely timely given the court’s recent actions to make it more difficult for people to vote in Ohio, and given the injustices, this court continues to perpetuate. Like Dr. King, the nine who were arrested -- Poor People’s Campaign co-chair the Rev.


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Liz Theoharis, D.C. clergy the Revs. Jimmie Hawkins, Graylan Hagler and William Lamar IV, and the Revs. Rob and Hershey Stephens from the Fort Washington Collegiate Church in New York City) – were subjected to extremely

Their brief incarceration, in the name of justice, is part of a larger movement to bring attention to increasing poverty and injustice, even in the face of economic expansion. Like Dr. King’s Poor People’s campaign, this 21st Cen-

harsh conditions. No threat to anyone, they were shackled! Placed in handcuffs and leg irons! Confined to roach-infested cells with nothing to rest their heads on but a metal slab! This is the 21st century, but you wouldn’t know it by the way these clergy members were treated. Yet, their actions and those of the Poor People’s Campaign are writing the contemporary letter from the Birmingham jail.

tury Poor People’s Campaign, launched 50 years later, is an attack on poverty, racism, and militarism, and also ecological devastation and our nation’s “moral devastation.� At the 2018 Rainbow PUSH International convention on June 15, Rev. Barber railed interlocking injustices that did not begin with our 45th President, but have been exacerbated by the depravity he represents. In a rousing address that wove humor, statistics, public

analysis and a scathing attack on our nation’s immorality, Barber argued that “the rejected,� which may comprise more than half of our nation, will lead to the revival of our nation. Who would have thought that nine faith leaders would be among the rejected? Who would have thought that Dr. King would have been? But Dr. King eagerly embraced the status of “rejected.� He once preached, “I choose to identify with the underprivileged. I choose to identify with the poor. I choose to give my life for the hungry. I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity.� Rev. Liz Theoharris told Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman that the conditions she and fellow clergy experienced, while uncomfortable, were the same conditions poor inmates experienced. That’s the power, in some ways, of the Poor People’s campaign. Clergy and others are forcing the issue, lifting their voices, making connections, claiming the discomfort and pain of the rejected, embracing the fact that they, too, are among the rejected. To shackle clergy simply for

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For Whom Shall I Pray A Letter to the President Speaking truth to power By Miles Jaye

Dear Mr. President, Franklin Roosevelt said, “I ask that our people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips.” 1 Timothy 2:2 says, “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dig-

nity,” and... Romans 13:1 says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” I recently attended a swearing-in of city officials and in the invocation, the minister spoke of praying for our leaders in government. His prayer was a reminder that we are obligated to pray for elected officials whether we voted for them, agree with them, approve of them, or not. Mr. President, praying

for you is one of the hardest things that I do. I realize there are people who will take issue with this statement, and I mean no disrespect, but it’s true. When someone is insensitive and uncaring, it is hard for me to pray for them. When policies are cruel, corrosive and unjust, it is difficult for me

to pray for those responsible. I pray for Trayvon and Tamir and for Antwon Rose, for Katrina victims, Sandy Hook, Haiti and Puerto Rico. I pray for countless young men and women wrongfully incarcerated in America. I pray for our military and first-responders, school teachers and children and seniors. I pray for Baltimore, Flint and Chicago, and for Orlando and Parkland, Florida. I pray for the homeless and the hungry, the poor and downtrodden—everywhere. That’s what I was taught, that’s what my heart requires, and Mr. President, I will pray

for you. I will pray that you become endowed with compassion and wisdom, because in doing so, I am praying for my family and my neighbors, for our nation and for the world. I will continue to pray for you and all leadership from School Boards, Town and City Councils, Congress, the Senate and the Supreme Court in hopes that one day “we can live peaceful lives, marked by godliness and dignity.” God bless you Mr. President! Respectfully, Miles J. Davis, Sr.

MMCA direct response to whiteness of WHCA By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist I was recently honored, along with several of my media colleagues, by the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association (MMCA) at the group’s annual awards dinner. The group was founded by Aaron Manaigo and David Morgan. The expressed purpose of the MMCA is to bring together policymakers, political influencers, and media stakeholders to affirm, elucidate, and connect media diversity advocates and stakeholders, who are committed to moving the needle on media diversity. Aaron and David are being nice and politically correct with the stated mission of the MMCA, so allow me to interpret for you what they are really saying. In reality, the MMCA is a direct response to the lack of diversity and the overwhelming Whiteness of the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA). The WHCA is an exclusive group of mostly White, liberal journalists who pretend to be “objective” journalists. In reality, the WHCA is an unofficial extension of the Democratic Party and the eyes and ears of liberal Hollywood on the East Coast. The WHCA is notoriously known to be the hosting organization that allowed Black comedian Larry Wilmore in 2016 to call the first Black president, Barak Obama “my n–ga” while

Obama was sitting on the dais. Wilmore and the WHCA called it a “term of endearment.” At the WHCA’s annual dinner in late April, fake comedienne Michelle Wolf made jokes making light of abortion and ridiculing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ physical appearance. Since the founding of the WHCA in 1914, Black journalists have had little to no significant involvement in the organization or its leadership. Thus, the need to create the MMCA. I was awarded the “5th Estate’s New Media Print Award” for my writings as a syndicated columnist for the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA) Newswire. The NNPA Newswire is like the Black version of the Associated Press (AP). The NNPA is a trade group that represents more than 200 Black newspaper publishers from across the country. Cathy Hughes, the founder and chair of Urban One, former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, and radio talk show host and former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain were also honored by the MMCA. For a complete list of awardees, go to Herman Cain and I will never be recognized by MMCA’s counterpart, the WHCA. Why? The answer is very simple. The WHCA will never honor us, because we are Black, Republican, and conservative. So, we don’t fit the liberal media narrative. This, even though we both have a body of work that could easily justify receiving such

recognition. Isn’t it amazing that U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) has never received an Image Award from the NAACP or has never been recognized by the National Urban League. This, despite Scott being the first Black U.S. senator from the state of South Carolina, the first Black Republican elected to the U.S. Senate since the election of Ed Brooke (R-Mass.) in 1966, and the first, Black U.S. senator elected from the South since 1881. Surely, Sen. Scott’s political party could have absolutely nothing to do with him being overlooked for any recognition by these groups. After all, they claim that they are non-partisan. Right? Isn’t it amazing that the National Association of “Liberal” Black Journalists (NABJ), has never, I mean never honored Dana White.

Who is Dana White? Well, Ms. White just happens to be “the Pentagon Chief Spokesperson for both the Department of Defense and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis,” according to her biography on the Defense Department’s website. Ms. White serves as the “Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. She is the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for communications, news media relations, public outreach, engagement, public affairs and visual information.” So, why would the NABJ not recognize her? Could it have anything to do with her being Black and Repub-

lican, even though she is the first Black female to occupy such a position. During the eight years of the Obama presidency, a Black woman never held such a position. So, as with most Black organizations, the MMCA was birthed out of necessity, not out of some fascination with “identity politics.” The group was created, because of mainstream media’s refusal to recognize the contributions of minority media professionals in any meaningful way. Aaron Manaigo is a Republican; David Morgan is a Democrat. Both with party credentials at the highest levels from their respective parties. The list of awardees during this year’s MMCA awards dinner cut across political parties, races, and backgrounds. Each honoree could and should have been recognized by the mainstream media, as well as the American society, as a whole. I strongly urge you to support the efforts of the MMCA, not only because they were wise enough to recognize me (wink, wink), but also because its much needed. MMCA looks like America and when groups look like America; then America starts to look like us. Raynard Jackson is founder and chairman of Black Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF), a federally registered 527 Super PAC established to get more Blacks involved in the Republican Party. BAFBF focuses on the Black entrepreneur. For more information about BAFBF, visit You can follow Raynard on Twitter @Raynard1223.

Waters takes strong stand for Fair Housing at HUD New Legislation would restore revoked protections and rules

Speaking Truth to Power By Charlene Crowell

When Dr. Ben Carson was named Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), many housing and civil rights advocates wondered how a world-renowned neurosurgeon would direct the future of housing in America. By his own admission, he arrived at HUD with no governmental experience or active interest in housing’s history either. Despite those professional shortcomings, Secretary Carson swiftly began a series of actions that triggered broad and sustained criticism from civil rights and housing policy advocates. On Secretary Carson’s watch, HUD proposed billion-dollar budget reductions, increased rental fees for public housing tenants, removed explicit language on fair housing from the agency’s mission statement, and halted efforts that require local communities receiving HUD funds to address fair housing needs. In sum, Secretary Carson has acted like a man on a mission with no time to spare. This past January, Carson also announced a suspension of a key rule known as Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). The rule that went into effect in July 2015 required any state, locality, or public housing authority receiving HUD funds to have a plan and timeline that incorporates community concerns to actively address fair housing issues in their locales. Although civil rights and consumer protection advocates have

brought legal challenges to reverse the suspension of AFFH and other misdeeds, the wheels of justice continue their characteristically slow and deliberate pace. But California Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently stepped up to file legislation designed to cure many of the regressive ills pushed by Secretary Carson. On June 26, she introduced a bill entitled, Restoring Fair Housing Protections Eliminated by HUD Act of 2018 (H.R. 6220). “The Department of Housing and Urban Development is supposed to create strong communities; expand access to affordable housing; and enforce fair housing rights,” said Congresswoman Waters. “Unfortunately since becoming Secretary, Ben Carson has taken numerous steps to eliminate fair housing protections for the most vulnerable families in this country.” The following day, June 27, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, convened a hearing with Secretary Carson. “Over the last 20 years, the HUD budget has doubled, whereas the family budget, which pays for it, has increased by less than double digits,” said Rep. Hensarling. “In fact, HUD’s budget has grown faster than almost every other federal budget function, including social security, education, and national defense. HUD resources have not been the challenge, HUD’s focus and success has been.” Speaking next as the Committee’s Ranking Member, Congresswoman Waters offered a completely opposite perspective on HUD and Secretary Carson. In her remarks, Rep. Waters underscored that her new legislation was intended to revoke key actions by Secretary Carson and return them

to HUD’s fair housing agenda. Those actions included restoring: Fair housing language to the agency’s mission statement with the specific inclusion of text stating “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination”; HUD’s AFFH rule as soon as practically possible following the bill’s enactment; HUD’s Local Government Assessment Tool that helps state and local jurisdictions to comply with the AFFH rule within 30 days of enactment; a A requirement that the HUD Secretary report to Congress a Secretary-directed review of fair housing complaints that involve an online platform. Additionally, the Secretary’s report to Congress would include: an analysis of trends and risks related to discrimination, steps to address such discrimination, and the status of complaints filed. The legislation also includes a requirement that owners and operators of HUD-funded homeless shelters to post a notice informing clients of their rights under an agency rule regarding gender identity. This rule affects any grantee receiving funding through the agency’s Community Planning and Development program. Before yielding back the balance of her time, the Ranking Member added, “Congress should not stand by while the agency charged with ensuring fair housing turns its back on its mission and takes actions that roll back critical protections that ensure that all Americans have fair access to housing.” For his part, Secretary Carson noted that each year, HUD receives an estimated 8,000 fair housing complaints. In speaking to the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, he also add-

ed, “HUD and our fair housing partners continue to enforce the letter and [sic] spirit of this landmark law.” Early reactions to Secretary Carson’s comments reflect how his words and his actions diverge. “Fifty years ago, Congress empowered HUD to dismantle legalized discrimination in housing to create opportunity for all as where you live is a factor in so many of life’s outcomes, including education and healthcare,” noted Nikitra Bailey, an EVP with the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). “Rep. Waters’ new bill requires HUD to remain steadfast in its responsibility to foster inclusive communities free of discrimination so that all Americans have the ability to thrive. And Bailey is not alone. Beyond CRL, H.R. 6220 is also supported by several civil rights and housing advocates that include: National Fair Housing Alliance, wwThe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (also known as LISC), NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, National Housing Law Project, PolicyLink, and other organizations. The bill has been referred to two House Committees, Judiciary and Financial Services. Time will tell whether in the year marking the golden anniversary of the Fair Housing Act if other Members of Congress will stand up for fair housing too. Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending’s Deputy Communications Director. She can be reached at

JULY 18, 2018


Ask ALMA By Alma Gill

To Whoop or not to Whoop Dear Alma, Me and my best friend since forever had a misunderstanding and she put all my business out on Facebook and I’m livid! She and I go way back and I would never expect her to do something like that. I’m so mad I called her out too on Facebook and now she had the audacity to block me and say that’s the end of us. Before I do something that might get me arrested, my sister said I should write to you for advice first so here’s my question. If my friend put all my business out in the street, do I have a right to whoop this b**ch at her own game? Cause that’s how I see it. Ready to hurt somebody Dear Twila-girl, Twirl yourself around and sit down! Dirty laundry belongs in the washer not on Facebook. Every word you decide to type and post, you should be able to say directly to the other person. If not, there’s your clue, you’re out of line. You AND your exBFF are

If my friend put all my business out in the street, do I have a right to whoop this b**ch at her own game? Cause that’s how I see it. what’s called cyber bullies, umhm, you’re grown and should know better, but it still applies. Sometimes folks are just looking for attention. Hoping if they post it, others will “like” and sign off on unnecessary foolishness. Is that you? Because well-versed, stable, able, clear-minded people don’t need online validation. I can understand if you need to get some shickity off your chest, type on my sister! But when you’re done, hit save not send. Call your longtime friend directly and have a mature conversation face-t0-face. Note I didn’t say accusatory argument, cause that’s what you should plan to avoid. Prepare yourself to listen, listen with your ears and your heart. Tone it down, take the necessary time to offer her the respect she deserves. Yes, yes, what she did was wrong, but you did it too, and two wrongs don’t make one right. She already went low, and you met her there, it’s time for one of you to go high and reach down for the other. Learn to not mirror the actions of others. Facebook friends produce perfect pictures, GIFs you can’t open and emotions described by emojis. Real, lifelong friends are connected by the heart, they don’t need keyboards to communicate. Alma

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A Way Out of This Out of the darkness, be drawn to the light. It will warm and comfort you and turn your day from the night.

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The latest Marvel Comics Universe film is Ant-Man and The Wasp. Without the graphic scenes and language of Deadpool 2, this is the funniest (and fun-est) Marvel super hero movie yet. Comic actor Paul Rudd as AntMan gets most of the credit for that, but T.I. Harris and Michael Pena also add a lot of laughs to the movie. In Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott (Ant-Man) is under house arrest and learning how to get reacquainted with his young daughter after

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She's the adopted daughter of Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) who's a former colleague of Dr. Pym (Douglas). Ghost is stuck between two universes and she wants Dr. Pym's invention for herself to try and fix her abnormal condition. The real fun of the movie are the special effects and the action scenes. The crew carries a case of Hot Wheel cars with them to use when they become miniature-sized and common household items; like salt shakers become weapons when

Jackson on lynching, continued from front page more serious sentence for the act. The three African American senators—Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.)—drafted the “Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018,” which defines the act of lynching as “the willful act of murder by a collection of people assembled with the intention of committing an act of violence upon any person.” “It’s a travesty that despite repeated attempts to do so, Congress still hasn’t put anti-lynching legislation on the books,” Sen. Booker said in a statement regarding the legislation. “This bill will right historical wrongs by acknowledging our country’s stained past and codifying into law our commitment to abolishing this shameful practice.” Although lynching has been a terrible and traumatic act that has ruined the lives of many Black families for decades, the U.S. has never passed any form of federal anti-lynching legislation since its inception. The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 highlights the fact that several attempts to pass federal anti-lynching legislation failed to gain support from the U.S. Senate even though seven sitting U.S. Presidents pushed to have the legislation passed. “Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our history, and we must acknowledge that, lest we repeat it,” Sen. Harris said in her statement supporting the need for the bill. “From 1882 to 1968 there have been 200 attempts that have failed to get Congress to pass federal anti-lynching legislation; it’s time for that to change.” The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 also points to statistics taken from research compiled by Tuskegee University that reveals more than 4,700 people were lynched between the years 1882 and 1968. The bill also states that about 75 per-

cent of the lynching victims were Black and nearly 99 percent of all perpetrators of lynching escaped from punishment by state or local officials. “This measure is certainly well past due and I am glad to be able to join in efforts that will underscore the severity of this crime,” Sen. Scott said in his statement highlighting the need for the legislation. “This piece of legislation sends a message that together, as a nation, we condemn the actions of those that try to divide us with violence and hate.” Congressional lawmakers have known this to be an issue for decades, and in 2005, the U.S. Senate even brought a resolution to the Senate floor, where they sought to apologize for never approving any federal anti-lynching legislation in the history of the country. Sadly, only 80 out of the 100 senators showed up for that vote, which eventually passed on a voice vote only. Lynching has been at the forefront of many discussions in this country for decades. Back in April of this year, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened up the nation’s first memorial to the public in Montgomery, Alabama, dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Black people, and as a constant reminder to America about the countless number of people who were terrorized by the horrific act of lynching. Going back even further, the issue of lynching was heavily highlighted by publisher and journalist Ida B. Wells. She led an anti-lynching crusade in the U.S., using her platform of journalism to address the issue of lynching after many Black people, including several of her close friends, were brutally lynched. In a speech delivered in Chicago in January 1900 entitled “Lynch Law in America,” Wells spoke to the issue of lynching and described the challenges

of having a lack of accountability for these brutal and despicable acts of domestic terrorism. “Our country’s national crime is lynching,” Wells began her speech by saying. She continued, saying, “It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob. It represents the cool, calculating deliberation of intelligent people who openly avow that there is an “unwritten law” that justifies them in putting human beings to death without complaint under oath, without trial by jury, without opportunity to make defense, and without right of appeal…It is considered a sufficient excuse and reasonable justification to put a prisoner to death under this “unwritten law” for the frequently repeated charge that these lynching horrors are necessary…And the world has accepted this theory without let or hindrance.” Pushing for federal anti-lynching legislation also became a primary focus for the NAACP over time. The NAACP gathered tons of statistics about lynching in the country, and released a chilling report entitled “Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States, 1889–1919” which gave the organization leverage to push for federal legislation. To date, however, no federal legislation has passed.Rev. Jackson is still pushing to change that. He believes that having elected officials in Congress who see this as important is significant as well, which is why Rev. Jackson is supportive of the NNPA’s efforts to register 5 million new, Black voters before the November midterm elections. “We will not stop until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream,” said Rev. Jackson. “We must Keep Hope Alive!”

Kinsey collection, continued from front page The collection has exhibited in 24 museums across the country, including the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and has been cited in three national awards including the President’s National Award for Museum and Library Services A special exhibit, titled Re-Discovering America: Family Treasures from The Kinsey Collection was displayed at EPCOT, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida from 2013 - 2018, the first private collection to show in the American Adventure Pavilion. Most recently, the collection made its international debut in Hong Kong, at

the Hong Kong University Museum and Fine Arts Gallery. Visitors to The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano, 902 E. 16th St., Plano, TX 75024 will have the opportunity to view important contributions to the literary, theatrical, and visual arts - featuring works from such figures as: William H. Johnson Paul Robeson Palmer Hayden Lois Mailou Jones Charles White WEB Dubois

Dr. Alain Locke Langston Hughes Zora Neale Hurston - and many more. The exhibit will also showcase many primary source objects and ephemera, that give visitors a look into the history and politics surrounding the era. For more Information and to arrange interviews with the Kinseys, Contact: Suzy Jones, Executive Director, ArtCentre of Plano at or 972-423-7809 or Carole Greisdorf, Communications Consultant, at or 214-697-2743.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection will be on view at the ArtCentre of Plano, 902 E. 16th St., Plano, TX 75074.

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Otis Williams In July the Valder Beebe Show is asking questions about America. I previously asked CeCe Winans (hear the interview valderbeebeshow). Then GOD created the interview opportunity for me to ask the question to Otis Williams, best known as the founder and last original surviving member of the Motown vocal group The Temptations. I felt honored and it was a privilege to be in the energy of greatness of this legend. VBS: Mr. Williams I am enamored to have you in the Valder Beebe Show studio. Thank you for accepting our interview invitation. You have had a magnificent career. You were invited to perform for millions on PBS’ A Capital 4th

salute to America. You get to stand on the stage with the iconic Beach Boys. But you have performed with so many other superstars over your career. Did you have any idea God had such things planned for your life and career? OW: Being raised by two grandmothers, the grandmothers would instill love, foresight and wisdom inside of me. All of the necessary ingredients to be a good per-

son. I had no idea that I would become a part of the fabric of America like we have. I did not dream that I would end up being something more than what I would have imagined coming from Texas. It’s just a blessing. I’m the last one [speaking of the classic Temptations], my guys are no longer here. There is definitely a reason why God left me here to continue carrying on the legacy and the whole purpose of the Temptations. I give all the praise and glory to God. VBS: What do you wish for America? OW: Naturally, I wish nothing but the betterment of all people. Otis Williams, a songwriter and a record producer is best known as the founder and last original surviving member of the Motown vocal group The Temptations. Hear the complete Otis Williams of the Temptations interview at valderbeebeshow. Find more THAT CELEBRITY INTERVIEW; Valder Beebe Show. com,, and VBS affiliate broadcasters.


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D/FW Metroplex welcomes


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

2018 Southwest Regional Conference Beverly E. Smith is the National President and CEO of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A seasoned Delta leader, Smith has an extensive history of serving the Sorority on local, regional and national levels. She has served on and chaired numerous committees nationally along with being certified as a Delta Internal Development and Membership Intake trainer. Smith also served as a committee chair on several Southern Region leadership teams, served on the 2000-2004 National Executive Board as chair of the Long Range Planning Task Force and was the coordinator for the 2002 National Convention, one of the largest, most profitable conventions in Delta’s history. Most recently, she served as the National First Vice President and chair of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee (2013-2017), as well as National Secretary during the 2008-2013 administration. She is also the only elected officer to have had the opportunity to work as the Sorority’s executive director (198890) managing the headquarters op-

eration. Her vision for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority is of a sisterhood that actualizes the mantra “joy in our sisterhood... power in our voice... service in our heart.” Smith has committed herself to leadership that is resourceful, relevant and relational and believes in the charge that says: “All good men and women must take responsibility to create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine.” Smith was initiated into the Sorority through the Epsilon Omicron Chapter at Bowling Green State University in October 1967 and has been a dedicated member of the beloved sisterhood for 50 years. She is currently a member of the Marietta-Roswell (GA) Alumnae chapter where she has been active for 30 years. In her professional life, Smith is the assistant commissioner and Georgia State director for Adult Education and GED Testing through the Technical College System of Georgia. Georgia’s Office of Adult Education administers the U.S. Department of

Beverly E. Smith Education state-wide Adult Education grants, provides adult education training programs for over 50,000 Georgia citizens, and supports local literacy action groups throughout the state. In addition, her office is responsible for the administration of all GED testing in Georgia. Serving Adult Education in a national capacity, Smith is the immediate past chair of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium/ National Council of State Directors of Adult Education and has spoken before a U.S. Senate Committee representing the issues faced by adults

with literacy challenges. As an entrepreneur, Smith is also the senior vice-president of The HR Group, Inc., a management consulting firm which she has co-owned with her husband, Stephen, for 27 years. As a corporate manager, Smith spent 18 years in leadership positions with AT&T (Southern Bell) and has experience in the areas of strategic planning; organizational effectiveness, training; operations redesign and restructure; financial management; and human resources. As an educator with a master’s degree in college student personnel administration, Smith was a college administrator at Kent State University (Ohio), Georgia State University, served as an Upward Bound Program Director and taught high school in Ohio. A long-time community volunteer, Smith has served as a board member for the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council and was the Cobb County Commission’s appointee and chair of the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration for eight years (2005-2013). She has

been a co-chair for Leadership Cobb, served on the board of directors for Chattahoochee Technical College and the Alumni Board of Trustees for Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where she chaired its strategic planning committee. Smith has also served on the boards of the Cobb County United Way and Girls Incorporated, holding committee chair positions on both boards. She is the recipient of many honors and awards including receiving an “Outstanding Achievement in Community Advocacy” award, being listed as a NW Georgia YWCA “Woman of Achievement,” “Who’s Who Among African Americans” and “Who’s Who in the Southeast.” In 2006, Smith was named a “History Maker” by The HistoryMakers, a national African-American historical directory. Smith, a native of Massillon, Ohio, and her husband Stephen live in Marietta, Ga. and have been married for 46 years. The Smiths have two married children: son Brian (Rashan Ali) Smith, daughter Stacy (Jason) Frazier, and five grandchildren.

Southwest Region has always had bold leadership!

Southwest Regional Director Pamela M. Rogers

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 46th Southwest Regional Conference of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Pamela M. Rogers in Dallas, Texas. This will be a celebration to remember as we join together to experience the “Rhythm of the Region.” The Regional Conference will provide us with an opportunity to experience a glimpse of 86 years of the rich history of the Southwest Region. The Conference will focus upon the mission of our great sisterhood, plan for our continued efforts to serve and empower communities, as well as continue the legacy of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority that began 105 years ago.  It is a special honor to convene in the home city of our beloved Founder Frederica Chase Dodd, whose warm spirit will exude throughout the Conference.  The Conference Coordinators, Carolyn Matthews and Sharon Royal-Hunt have worked untiringly to make certain that your Regional Conference experience will be forever etched in your memory. The entire Regional Conference Planning Committee -- North Dallas Suburban Alumnae, Dallas Alumnae, Arlington Alumnae, Collin County Alumnae, Denton County Alumnae, Fort Worth Alumnae, North Central Texas Alumnae, Southwest Dallas County, Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae, Lambda Chi, Lambda Nu, Sigma Mu, Nu Iota, Iota Eta, Eta Delta and Zeta Eta -- are awaiting your arrival. The hostess chapters have paid great attention to every detail and want to make certain that this Regional Conference experience in Dallas will exceed your expectations. Dallas is one of the largest cities in America and a melting pot of diversity and cultural ambiance. The charm and culture of Dallas will embrace

and captivate you like no other city and provide you with many options and attractions for all ages. Calling all Sorors from Arkansas, Jamaica, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas, come and catch the Rhythm of the Region. See you soon! In the Spirit of Sisterhood, Pamela M. Rogers Southwest Regional Director

Conference Coordinators Carolyn Y. Matthews and Sharon Royal-Hunt

Southwest Regional Representative MacKenzie Jenkins I am delighted to welcome you to my hometown of Dallas, Texas, for the 46th Southwest Regional Conference, where we will celebrate 86 dynamic years of sisterhood in the Blazing Southwest ReMacKenzie Jenkins gion! Throughout the weekend of July 19-22, I know that we will leave an impact on the city of Dallas by addressing the current needs of our community. As we convene in the home of our Founder, Frederica Chase Dodd, we are reminded of the wonderful legacy bestowed upon us to enact positive change within our communities. The Dallas-Fort Worth Area alumnae and collegiate chapters’ have diligently worked to make this Regional Conference a successful one. Dallas is a vivacious city with great food, fabulous art and culture, and great people. The Southwest Region Collegiate Leadership Team is kicking off the Regional Conference with Collegiate Day where our theme, Rhythm Nation, will remind us to stay on beat to the legacy of our illustrious sisterhood. Alongside Soror Rogers and the Dallas-Fort Worth collegiate and alumnae chapters, I am eager to fellowship with you all in Dallas -- hope you are ready for an amazing Conference! Sisterly, MacKenzie Briana Jenkins Southwest Regional Representative

Carolyn Y. Matthews

Sharon Royal-Hunt

On behalf of the Dallas-Fort Worth area chapters we planned a conference filled with love and affection for each of you. As you arrive for the 46th Southwest Regional Conference in the city of Dallas it is our hope that you will feel the sisterly love and spirit of all that ‘Big D’ has to offer. As we turn the city Crimson and Cream on July 19-22, we will celebrate the Rhythm of the Region. Dallas is the birthplace of our beloved Founder Frederica Chase Dodd. We are a city filled with much culture and historic landmarks. Dallas offers world-class art exhibits, magnificent architectural venues, shopping galore, sports, entertainment and a great destination for families of all ages. We will conduct the business of our cherished sisterhood and fellowship with Sorors from across the region. We encourage you to reach out and make new relationships as you embrace old ones that will be memorable for a lifetime. You’ll find friendly service with great southern charm and Texas hospitality. Sorors, we look forward to meeting each of you as you travel across the Southwest to unite in Dallas for a weekend filled with love, being informed and making lasting Delta memories. We look forward to spending a fabulous time with you. Remember, Dallas is where BIG things happen! Yours in Sisterhood, Carolyn Y. Matthews and Sharon Royal-Hunt Conference Coordinators

DFW Area Alumnae Presidents

Raquel C. Jones Arlington Alumnae Chapter

Monica S. Munnings

Collin County Alumnae Chapter

Leslie A. Swann Dallas Alumnae Chapter

Cleopatra Birckbichler

Denton County Alumnae Chapter

Angela L. Smith

Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter

Amye Thompson-Hollins,

Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter

Theresa Wilson North Central Texas Alumnae Chapter

Pamela D. Pujo North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter

Mary A. Stanton

Southwest Dallas County Alumnae Chapter

Southwest Region is home to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founder Frederica Chase Dodd It was a historic day for Dallas, Texas, in 1924 when the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was established. Soror Frederica Chase Dodd, one of the twenty-two National Founders, organized the

chapter and served as its first president. Along with Soror Dodd, the following sorors will long be remembered as the cornerstones of the chapter: Jessie Pollard, Ruth Mason, Ruby Pollard Reed, Nettie Wycliff,

Rowena Wilkins Blackmon, Lillian Thompson, Koletta Jefferson Washington, Marie Starks Burke, Jessie T. Rice, Rezolia Thrash, Doris Tipps, Irene Dobbs Jackson, Deraline Winston McKenzie, Leatrice Porter, Myrtle Saddler, and


Established in 1932, the Southwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta is one of seven regions throughout the organization. The region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and the Island of Jamaica. There are over 10,000 members in 136 chapters throughout the region. These chapters serve as the conduit through which our college- educated; predominately African-American female members render public service. The purpose of the Regional Conference is to assemble a delegation of more than 2,000 Deltas from the Southwest Region to transact internal business and determine the programs of the Sorority, while providing an opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth. It is an occasion of sharing, and presenting programs Regional Directors 1932-1933 Edna M. Kinchlon 1933-1935 Mary Lou Davis Tolbert 1936-1939 Frances Dumlen Griffin 1940-1941 Myra Davis Hemmings ​1942-1947 Chrystine Shackles 1948-1950 Mary Watson Bledsoe Hymon 1951-1954 Aster Lee Henderson Mock 1955-1958 Corrine D. Maybuce 1959-1960 Helen Richards Smith 1960-1963 Anna H. Grant 1963-1966 Helen Richards Smith 1966-1968 Anne Campbell 1968-1970 June Brewer 1970-1972 Corrine D. Maybuce 1972-1976 Eula M. Butler 1976-1980 Sandra D. Malone 1980-1984 Gloria Bryant Banks 1984-1989 Morlin McCoy 1989-1993 Maxine Cormier 1993-1997 Shirely Fridia 1997-2001 Cynthia M. A. Butler-McIntyre 2001-2005 Marvette J. Thomas 2005-2009 Gwendolyn Grant 2009-2014 Mae Frances Rowlett 2014 Gwendolyn Grant  2014-Present Pamela Rogers Regional Representatives 1970-1972 Patricia Hatton 1972-1974 Yvette (Byers) Washington 1974-1976 Patrica (Clay) Chapman 1980-1982 1982-1984 1984-1986 1986-1989 1989-1991 1991-1993 1993-1995 1995-1997 1997-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001   ​2001-2003 2003-2005 2005-2007 2007-2009 2009- 2011 2011-2014 2014-2016 2016-Present

DeArtis Pryor Purify. Today, as inheritors of a remarkable legacy of greatness, the Dallas Alumnae Chapter has withstood the test of time and continues to grow tremendously in its membership, which enables the chapter to

Ara Wanda William Yvonne McGhee Yvonda Jackson Tammie A. (Barnes) DeLoach Kimberly C.Smith Michelle R. Easton Valerie D. Baston Dwala Foster Delores N. Rice, Ph.D Shawan Renee Hagan Tracie A. Todd Nakia T. Bracely Artessia K. House Jacqueline M. Cooper Brittany Bass Charesse Woods Tiffany Kidd Kristen Wells-Lewis MacKenzie Jenkins

be in the forefront fulfilling the mission of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. empowering people and making a difference in the Dallas, Texas community.

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