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Connie Davis PAGE 1 I MESSENGER Businesswoman - Mentor - Friend







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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that !ightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be bri"iant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actua"y, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing sma" does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in a" of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated !om our own fear, our presence automatica"y liberates others.” Maryanne Williamson

If you’re a school bus driver, be a great school bus driver with the warmest, welcoming good morning smile, dedicated to getting those kids to and from school safely. If you're a teacher, be a patient, passionate teacher, capable of making what is difficult for some, clear and accessible for those in your care. They’ll never forget you. If you're a mechanic, love your work and be a great, trustworthy mechanic, treating each vehicle as if it were your own. If you’re a cashier, be a great cashier. Put down your cell phone, lift your head from the register, smile, and greet your customer as if you owned the store. If you're a chef, be a great chef, study and master your culinary art, serve your guests as though it were a privilege to do so, it is. If you're an elected official, be a wise, honest, caring, selfless, servant of the people. They’ll love and honor you for it. If you’re a Pastor, lead and love your flock like every individual member matters, like every family is important, like the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. You will be revered not only by the congregation but by the community, civic leaders and other members of the clergy. If you're a cop, be a great cop, passionate about protecting and serving your communities, they will respect and appreciate you for it and with increasing importance, they will learn to trust you! Whatever it is you do, do not diminish its importance. Let no man or woman diminish who or what you are. No one can rob you of your dignity, you must surrender it. “Let your light so shine that men may see your good works and glorify your Father, which is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16 I'm just saying! I once had to perform Community Service to satisfy a court order in a little Florida town. Sounds ominous, I know. I’ll share the details with you curious souls another time but what is important is that on the first day I remembered an old story about a street sweeper. The theme of the story was that the street sweeper was inspired in spite of what some may have looked down upon as a lowly position. I performed my lowly tasks in that little Florida town with such vigor and pride that they suspended my duty, sent me home early and told me there was no need to return. I was determined to make that old town shine like new and till this day I’m proud of my work there. I heard music playing in my head and pretended everything I touched was like playing my violin and every note was making beautiful music.  Everything you touch, your work, your child, your spouse is your opportunity to be brilliant, each one has your signature on it and the potential to be a masterpiece. Amen!  Keep striving for love and peace!










Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed was born in the Sudan in 1961. Mr. Mohamed is vice president of the National Reform Party in Sudan and was nominated to run for President in 2010 and 2015. Mr. Mohamed is running again to become the President of Sudan and plans to end the genocide in Darfur and begin the process of normalizing relations with the United States of America. He wants to utilize his knowledge from living in America for over 30 years and incorporate that in his presidential administration and bring peace and harmony to all of Sudan.





JOHNSON: Early Childhood Education is Critical By

lower crime and delinquency as compared to students who were not enrolled in similar programs. According to researchers, children who were enrolled in Early Head Start, Head Start, or similar early childhood education programs prior to the start of secondary school are able to grasp educational concepts better than those who did not.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

Recently I hosted an educational summit in the 30th Congressional District that addressed the issue of early childhood education. Hundreds of participants, including administrators, teachers, school superintendents, parents and public officials attended the day-long event.  At the close of the summit the solution was clear---- - we must provide children with access to all opportunities available in order to ensure their success.

Early childhood education is of critical importance to the future of our children, and our nation. Children who experience seamless and comprehensive services from birth until age five are more likely to enter kindergarten prepared for success with a strong foundation in both education and social domains. Research shows that quality early childhood education leads to a wide range of short and long term benefits like better educational outcomes, higher job earnings and

The HighScope early childhood education approach was developed in 1960 by David Weikart in the

Ypsilanti, Michigan elementary schools. Weikart became interested in evaluating at-risk students from low-income neighborhoods and found that the students performed poorly on district-wide, standardized tests. Weikart developed the Perry Preschool Project in 1962 which utilized the HighScope Curriculum, focusing on active learning, learning environment, and adult-child interaction. The study of 123 children analyzed the effectiveness of the program by measuring adulthood outcomes in several categories. The data was clear. Students with similar backgrounds and socioeconomic status who did not complete the HighScope program were more likely to have experienced a teen pregnancy, received government assistance, or have participated in criminal activity. I strongly urge all parents of young children to contact their local

school district and enroll their children in early childhood education programs. On April 6th, nearly all of the schools in District 30 began registering students for these programs. There is still time to get students registered. Investing wisely in our children today will yield tremendous results in the future. During his state of the union address in January of this year, President Barack Obama characterized the expansion of preschool programs for children as “ladders” into the middle class. The FY2016 Presidential Budget Request included funding for several early childhood education programs that offer grants to model programs that provide education in lowincome areas, and I am a strong advocate for those programs being included in the FY16 budget.

Eddie Bernice Johnson represents Texas’ 30th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. She is the first registered nurse elected to the US Congress.

Greater Bethesda Missionary Baptist District Association ANNUAL REVIVAL COMING IN MARCH - 2015 7:30 p.m. Each Night at

Calvary Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church 4703 Sunnyvale Street

Dallas, Texas 75216

(214) 371-3434 With a Guest Evangelist

Rev. Dr. J.H. Moore, Jr. Moderator

May God bless and keep you always… the methods with the objectives.

"Our people have made the mistake of confusing As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in Speaking mind at all times that weSpiritually are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans inbythis Jamessociety." A. Washington

Malcolm X





Second Annual Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship Kicks Off With $100,000 in Awards! TORRANCE, Calif.,-- Good news college students! Hitting the books, listening to professors, acing classes and being a community leader can get you a $5,000 in scholarship. Last year, 19 students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) earned nearly $100,000 through the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship and this year more students will have their chance to earn $100,000. Lexus is proud to announce the 2015 Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is now accepting applications through Sept. 4, 2015. Presented in partnership with ten of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, two students per institution will each be awarded a $5,000 scholarship in recognition of their community leadership and academic excellence. The second annual Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is open to students at these distinguished HBCU schools: Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Ga.) LeMoyne-Owen College (Memphis, Tenn.) Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, Fla.) Morehouse College (Atlanta, Ga.) Grambling State University (Grambling, La.) North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro, N.C.)

Hampton University (Hampton, Va.) Spelman College (Atlanta, Ga.) Howard University (Washington, D.C.) Xavier University (New Orleans, La.) To be considered for a scholarship, students must complete an application, available at these campuses, and submit it along with a written or video essay detailing how they are taking a leadership role in their communities, the importance of community and the benefits of attending an HBCU. Qualifying students must be a sophomore, junior or senior at the start of the scholarship application period and provide a letter of recommendation from a member of their school's faculty as well as a leader in their community. "The Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship is part of our pledge to support and improve young lives, and rewarding students for academic excellence and leadership does just that," said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. "These accomplished HBCU students have a solid education and enormous potential to influence their communities. Higher education is the foundation for many great beginnings, especially when students are equipped with initiative and leadership skills." The scholarship coincides with the return of the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show, "Lexus Verses and Flow" in its fifth season, airing on TV One. Blending electrifying musical and soul-stirring spoken word performances, the variety show has featured mega-watt stars that include: Jill Scott, Maxwell, K. Michelle, Estelle, Gary Clark Jr., Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, and Mali Music alongside the best up-and-coming poets including Rudy Francisco, Prentice Powell, Georgia Me, and M'Reld Green. v=LEr0LiErneY For more details about the Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship please visit: http://

"I want Dr. King to know that I didn't come to Selma to make his job difficult. I really did come thinking I could make it easier. If the white people realize what the alternative is, perhaps they will be more willing to hear Dr. King." Malcolm X

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Oops...I'm sorry!!! By Vincent Hall

fishing with Bates, a millionaire insurance executive. "Bob and I both love to fish," he said. "Is it wrong to have a friend?" Still, former officers with the sheriff ’s department told The Daily Beast that Bates was a “pay to play” policeman. The businessman donated thousands of dollars worth of vehicles and equipment to the force.

But no problem. It was just a Nigger!! And I guess a Nigger still has no rights to which a White man is bound to respect. Tulsa "Reserve" Deputy Sheriff Robert Bates is 73 and by all accounts very close friends with Stanley Shanz who is the department's Chief. Bates interestingly enough, actually served as a police officer from 1964 to 1965. But last week, while seeking a thrill or his passing passion, Bates made by his own admission, an awful mistake. He meant to use his taser and pulled his revolver by mistake. But no worries, it was just a Nigger. The only regret for the Tulsa law enforcement top cop who befriends him is that Bates' murder, confession and remorseful apology was all caught on videotape.

“This is your typical Southern good ol’ boys system,” one said, adding that before the shooting Bates planned to take Glanz on a fishing trip to Florida." Folks, I don't make this stuff up, I just rearrange the facts of the news to make this audience aware of how we either suffer or succeed as a race of people. And I, by no means, mean to besmirch or berate Tulsa or the state of Oklahoma. This practice of accidentally shooting or lynching black men is embroidered on and engrained in the fabric and history of these United States. The "Oops" happen here in Texas too. "Oops" happens on both coasts, in the Midwest and maybe even in Alaska or

Hawaii. I honestly believe that Bates is remorseful for his "oops" moment, but his "oops" admission and apology do nothing for the dead man, his family or for my severed sensitivities. Guess you noticed that I never mentioned the victim. Apparently, he like me is just another Nigger to far too many of the more than 1 million sworn officers in this nation. So if I offended you...oops I'm sorry. I meant to shoot you a palatable perspective but I accidentally pulled the sword of my deepest sentiments. Sorry!!!

The question that burns in the spirit and psyche of any self-proclaimed sophist upon seeing this video, is why is a 73-year-old, non-commissioned officer allowed to police, much less give chase to an alleged criminal. That question must be answered without regard to the race or gender of his deceased prey. "The Daily Beast" went after some answers that many of us would ask. "Hours before the Tulsa County district attorney charged Bates with second-degree manslaughter on Monday, Sheriff Stanley Glanz defended the deputy—who is his longtime friend and served as his insurance agent and one-time election campaign chair. "He made an error," Glanz told the Tulsa World. "How many errors are made in an operating room every week?" Glanz also showed a Tulsa World reporter cellphone photos of him






Handpicked by Bishop T.D. Jakes to lead The Potter’s House of Fort Worth, Pastor Patrick E. Winfield’s passion for empowering people to become their best is demonstrated in his preaching and teaching. He has assembled an educational task force in Fort Worth to combat the systemic issues facing youth within the education system and he’s leading the charge in helping parents and caretakers find ways to support and encourage young people. The first-ever “EduFest” has been put together as a response. Held at The Potter’s House in Fort Worth, EduFest features a college and career fair, seminars, and breakout sessions covering everything from financial literacy and career readiness to college exam preparation and entrepreneurship. This free event is open to the public and comes at an ideal time as graduation nears and many students, especially graduating seniors, have not determined what they want to do with their futures. Opening with a continental breakfast, EduFest begins at 9a.m. and will run through 2:00p.m. and will feature the Hon. Glenn O. Lewis, Derrick Jones, Dr. Elisabeth G. Branch and Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks. Pastor Winfield’s leadership has been extensive, serving in both education and ministry fields. As an educator, leader and pastor his mission is to transform lives, build leaders and strengthen families by helping people “discover and live in the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.”


In his strides toward education, Pastor Winfield received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English, and a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois, in Champaign, Urbana. He received a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and he’s continued his passion for education through many opportunities such as: English Department Head; Teacher, Vice Principal, Coach, AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) Coordinator and Principal of Clay Academy. Pastor Winfield is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Dallas Baptist University. As a leader, Pastor Winfield believes in service leadership that is exercised through modeling, mentoring, instructing and life coaching. He is consumed with impacting people’s lives and helping them become effective leaders. As a leader and mentor he has helped establish a College Bible Study in Champaign, Ill., that reaches out to college students to keep them grounded in God. He has served in short-term missions in South Africa, Namibia and Kenya. His passion in service and leadership has also provided a vibrant Youth Ministry in Chicago, Il. Pastor Winfield accepted the call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on September 16, 1991 and he was ordained on October 6, 1996. He has enforced his role in pastoral leadership as: Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor in Chicago, and Establishmentarian of a thriving and growing church in Las Vegas, Nevada.


As he continues to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Fort Worth, he stands on the scripture Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Pastor Winfield said his greatest inspiration by far is Veronica, his wife, and their three sons: Christiaan, Joshua and Caleb. The Potter’s House is a nondenominational church, located in the southern sector of Dallas, Texas, founded in 1996. Since 1996, The Potter’s House has grown from 50 families to more than 30,000 members who step out in force, inspired and spiritually armed by Bishop T. D. Jakes to help others in their communities and across the world.



Selma got Blacks elected to oďŹƒce, but many like whites failed us Thomas Muhammad

black leaders just the ones that called out whites meaning they were more defensive of attacks on whites than themselves.

Sure the title of this column will raise eyebrows and maybe even cause some disdain, but you seriously can't deny facts i'll lay out in this analysis.

Malcolm warned that the white politicians would be coming in black neighborhoods making promises to get the black votes, but soon after the elections blacks won't see them again until the next election cycle.

Fifty years have passed since passage of the Voting Rights Act and folk would be hard pressed to see any real long lasting gains in black communities across the US. Brother Malcolm X tried profusely to get us as Black people to come together and fight a common enemy because he saw how some blacks in leadership were consistently falling for the trickery of our oppressor. He warned that 1964 was set to be an explosive year because it would be the year of politics and called upon the leadership at that time to drop their differences and unite. He chided: "I'm not here to argue or discuss anything that we differ about, because it's time for us to submerge our differences and realize that it is best for us to first see that we have the same problem, a common problem, a problem that will make you catch hell whether you're a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Muslim, or a nationalist. Whether you're educated or illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you're going to catch hell just like I am. We're all in the same boat and we all are going to catch the same hell from the same man. He just happens to be a white man. All of us have suffered here, in this country, political oppression at the hands of the white PAGE 10

man, economic exploitation at the hands of the white man, and social degradation at the hands of the white man." Now for many those were damaging statements especially if you had white friends and right away he was condemned by some in the leadership of expressing hate speech forgetting that he said "he just happens to be a white man." Meaning that it could have easily been a brown, yellow, red or even a black man. The skin color wasn't such a big deal Malcolm was identifying the oppressor period. In fact in one speech he called out what he considered sellout black leaders distinguishing them from "the field Negroes" to "the house Negroes" he said today we call the house Negroes a house Nigger!" But he was never publicly criticized for these types of quotes by I MESSENGER

And hell yes he was right! He also warned that whites who couldn't get blacks to vote for them and their agendas would use black politicians to go to those neighborhoods, get those votes and still carry out the white politicians agendas. Again sad but very true. But don't sit there staring at these words shaking your heads. Hell, look at any predominately black neighborhood in America and then call us a liar. Bottom line is as we get ready for local and eventually national elections, let’s fool em and pull a Malcolm who said: "Once you change your philosophy, you change your thought pattern. Once you change your thought pattern, you change your -- your attitude. Once you change your attitude, it changes your behavior pattern and then you go on into some action!" So when they come knocking at the door be ready OKAY? The Struggle Continues...



FAMU Announces Hiring of Wake Forest Assistant VP George Cotton as New Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of Foundation TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., today announced the appointment of George Cotton Sr., as vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FAMU Foundation, Inc.   Cotton was selected after an extensive nationwide search and will assume his position with the University in July. He replaces long-time FAMU administrator and educator Thomas J. Haynes, Ph.D., who retired in March.   As the vice president for Advancement and executive director of the University's Foundation, Cotton will be responsible for the sustained enhancement of the University’s fundraising efforts, including directing University relations with alumni, the FAMU Industry Cluster, and other sectors. He will also oversee the management and operation of the University’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves as the custodian of contributions from the private sector, alumni, supporters, and industry.   Cotton brings to FAMU nearly 30 years of experience in advancement. He was appointed the assistant vice president for Major and Planned Gifts at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2013, after serving as senior director for Development since 2011. Cotton’s responsibilities at Wake Forest included directing fundraising initiatives for the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and managing strategies in support of the comprehensive capital campaign.   Cotton’s expansive background crosses a wide range of organizational development experience, including having served as a motivational speaker, lecturer, and consultant on diverse matters related to nonprofit advancement and organizational dynamics. Prior to his tenure at Wake Forest, he served as associate director of Institutional Advancement at Southern Illinois University and as the director of development in the College of Science at George Mason University in Virginia.  He is credited with successfully operating capital campaigns for non-profits, school systems, and universities that have raised a combined total of more than $625 million.  


“We are pleased to have someone with the breadth and depth of experience of George Cotton to join our leadership team,” said Mangum. “His demonstrated leadership and fundraising skills will enable us to develop and implement a comprehensive development strategy that will fully engage alumni, industry cluster, and supporters in supporting the University at a level that will help us fulfill the vision to become a premier and internationally recognized landgrant research institution committed to exemplary teaching, research, and service.” Cotton expressed his enthusiasm regarding leading the University’s advancement efforts.   “I am extremely excited about joining the FAMU senior leadership team,” said Cotton, who holds a master’s degree from Arkansas State University.  “I have followed President’s Mangum first year at FAMU very closely


and she has shown herself to be a dynamic and adaptive leader, which is why I am honored to become a member of the FAMU family. I look forward to making my contribution towards helping the University to become a best-in-class doctoral research institution with a significant global presence.” In announcing Cotton’s appointment, President Mangum also expressed her gratitude to Haynes for his contributions to the advancement of FAMU during his tenure.   “The mark Thomas Haynes has left on FAMU will never be forgotten,” said President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “His tireless efforts to promote and garner financial support for FAMU have helped to both advance and sustain the University.”   Haynes, an FAMU alumnus, served as vice president for University Advancement since 2011 and has worked at the University in various capacities since 1977.  His previous roles included associate vice president for University Relations, executive director of the Career and Cooperative Education Center, and associate vice president for University Relations.



Anti-Gay protest backfires at Howard By Rachel Kersey Special to NNPA from Howard University News Service

WASHINGTON – Westboro Baptist Church, the infamous unaffiliated church known for its hateful, unorthodox protests, especially against homosexuality, brought its hate speech to Howard University – and the university’s students and staff fought back. Armed with picket signs, the organization, which has been denounced by the two largest Baptist denominations, Friday, April 10, gathered on 6th Street on Howard’s campus to denounce OUTlaw, Howard University School of Law’s organization for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender and queer students. “AMERICA IS DOOMED,” “MOURN FOR YOUR SINS” and “GOD H8S FAG MARRIAGE,” the signs read. One sign featured a depiction of anal sex. “It is a shameful sight to see the way that these young people behave, and the parents teachers and preachers have done that to them,” the church said on its website in explaining why it came to Howard. “They have no chance when they stand before the Great White throne on Judgment Day. We come in hopes that one little lamb is out there and may be called to repentance by the Lord their God.” Howard students met the signs with their own. Dressed in all-black or rainbow colors, the students held signs that read “HOWARD <3s OUR LGBTQ,” “ALL BLACK LOVE MATTERS” and “GOD LOVES EVERYONE.” Nearly 100 students gathered at the flagpole and marched to the corner of 6th Street and Howard Place, where they promptly turned their backs on Westboro. With fists raised in defiance, the sea of students sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and more than one student shed a few tears. Only 20 minutes after starting, Westboro headed down the hill to the taunts of Howard students, who turned around to send them on their way. “I thought it was perfect,” said Nia Johnson, a junior economics major. “I definitely felt the love and I felt proud. I was actually happy it ended early. Our power


showed them that it wasn’t worth it here.” Amber Mason, president of OUTlaw, agreed. “This sort of hate filled rhetoric is not condoned on our campus, and we want to show them that through a show of solidarity,” Mason said. “That’s now how we think here at Howard. We are inclusive, we’re accepting and their kind of speaking and behavior will not be condoned.” Lydia Durfler, the organizer of the student protest, said she did so because LGBT community at Howard is often slighted. “I don’t think it gets enough outright support from the Howard community, especially where the administration and faculty is concerned,” said Durfler, a senior political science major and an Amnesty International intern. “And if we had a group on campus saying derogatory things about black folk and we weren’t doing something to build ourselves up in the midst of that, that would seem pretty crazy. The same goes for the LGBTQ community.” Joshua Narcisse, president of the Chapel Assistants, an interfaith organization with Howard’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, said his organization stands against Westboro Baptist Church. “One of the dominant themes in Christianity is love,” Narcisse said. “So, at the end of the day, whether it be Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism, this love or respect for humanity is at the center of the work that the chapel does. And this is really just a part of us affirming that.” Tyleah Hawkins, a senior broadcast journalism major, also objected to Westboro’s belief and its tactics. “I’m a Christian, but I’ve always been an advocate for gay rights,” Hawkins said. “I don’t agree with preaching hate. I am a proud Christian. I love Jesus . . . and I feel like Jesus would be out here protesting with me.” In the end, the protest – both sides – was one chapter of the rich social and political saga of the university, and there is undoubtedly more to follow,” said the Rev.




Davis Apparel continues rich legacy with Celebration February 5, 2015, marked the 50th Anniversary of Davis Apparel Shop in Dallas, Texas. This family-owned business has been saluted for its longevity in the South Dallas community. To celebrate this milestone in the company’s history and its many contributions to the community, there will be an anniversary luncheon, Monday, April 20, 2015 at Edison’s Dallas, 1724 Cockrell, at 11:30 a.m. The Honorable Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is the Honorary Chair and Brigadier General Leon Johnson is the event Chair. Themed, “Celebrating the Legacy of Davis Apparel Shop: Looking Back to Move Forward,” the special event will focus on the company, started by Mrs. Connie B. Davis and Mr. Alvin Davis, Sr., and their


commitment to quality service and products, as well as education and community support. Special guests include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, longtime businessman Rev. Samuel Washington, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce President Wilton Munnings and board member of the US Black Chambers, Inc., Charles O’Neal. Davis Apparel opened its doors to begin serving the public in its first location on Corinth St. Shortly thereafter, the company relocated to Grand Ave. for another 34 years before moving to the current location at 2413 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in 2000. Providing uniforms for all industries including hospitality, industrial, public safety, and medical, the Davis Apparel Shop also offered numerous opportunities for high school and college students interested in


learning and growing with the thriving business. Several students from Paul Quinn College benefited from Ms. Davis’ leadership and willingness to mentor. Davis Apparel Shop has received numerous awards over the years including national recognition as a leader in uniform distribution nationwide from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency in Washington, D.C. The event highlights the founders’ passion for education, mentoring, and training of the youth in the community. The 21st Century’s Most Promising Leaders, students in DISD’s ROTC programs, will be the highlight of the event. Today Alvin Davis Jr. sits at the helm of Davis Apparel as President and General Manager and he is committed to continuing in the rich tradition of its founders. “We have had many years of success and are looking forward to many more years of serving our current customers and attracting new ones,” said Mr. Davis.



Second officer in Walter Scott video sued over attack @jonswaine The second policeman in the video showing Walter Scott’s killing by officer Michael Slager is being sued by another black resident in South Carolina, who alleges police stomped on his face while he was handcuffed and lying on concrete. Clarence Habersham is among five North Charleston police officers named in a federal lawsuit brought by Sheldon Williams, who claims he was left with broken bones in his face after being assaulted. Videos taken by smartphones, dashboard cameras and CCTV are increasingly capturing incidents of police violence. But public trust has remained steady – and starkly divided along racial lines Williams, 47, alleges he suffered “severe pain for months after the attack” and that his face was left “so swollen that his left eye was barely visible”. He continues to endure “flashbacks and other post-traumatic stress symptoms”, he claims, and is seeking damages. “In addition, [Williams] experiences a sensation of insects crawling on the left side of his face as a result of nerve damage,” the lawsuit alleges. Habersham and attorneys representing the officers and police department did not respond to requests for comment. The department denied all Williams’s allegations in a past court filing and said he “told officers he had been in a fight earlier that week which left a facial abrasion”. South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shoots Walter Scott in the back as he runs away. Officer Clarence Habersham can also be seen in the video. Williams, who had a series of criminal convictions, was arrested at a Budget Inn hotel room in North Charleston on a warrant for armed robbery in November 2011. He pleaded guilty and is now about three and a half years into a 10-year prison sentence. Habersham, 37, was the first officer to arrive at the scene after his colleague Michael Slager shot Walter Scott dead as Scott, 50,


ran away from a confrontation in North Charleston last Saturday morning. Slager has been charged with murder. Habersham can be seen crouched over Scott’s body in cellphone video of the incident. In the police incident report on the shooting, sergeant James Gann wrote that he “assisted officer Habersham with CPR and first aid”, and that they Clarence Habersham, who was with Michael Slager during shooting, is being sued by another black resident who continued to administer CPR until an ambulance Edward Bell, an attorney for Williams, arrived. Sergeant Ron Webb wrote that he accused officers at North Charleston police department of operating a “cowboy culture” of “doing it their own way”. “Police officers feel like they have the right to inflict punishment on somebody who doesn’t obey them,” said Bell. “They get this adrenaline going and they just can’t control themselves. It’s not every police officer, but it seems some of them can’t control it.” Mary Grimes, another attorney for Bell’s firm, said Williams had stolen a tip jar containing about $500 from a female street food vendor a few days earlier, and was alleged to have had a knife. She said that regardless of his crime Williams did not deserve to be physically attacked. “He did not resist, he was handcuffed quickly, yet the officers saw fit to stomp his face,” said Grimes. Williams alleges his injuries were so severe that the detention centre to which he was Booking picture of Sheldon Williams following his arrest. He says he was taken by police refused to process him. Yet not taken to a hospital for over two hours after the alleged attack. he was not taken to hospital for treatment for another two hours, he claims. There, Williams says, a police sergeant involved in observed Habersham administering chest the arrest told him “they would find a way to compressions to Scott. ‘make it right’ in reference to the stomping Yet the released video footage does not show attack.” The police department deny all CPR being administered and the man who these allegations. filmed it, Feidin Santana, has said he did not Doctors diagnosed Williams with three see this take place. Habersham’s own depressed fractures to bones in his face and statement did not mention CPR or chest other depressed bone fragments. compressions, instead saying he applied Williams is also suing medics who gave him pressure to the gunshot wounds. medical attention at the Charleston County Police chiefs suggested at a press conference Detention Center, claiming that they did not on Wednesday that Habersham had used follow clear instructions that the prisoner “lifesaving” techniques on Scott after pulling must see a surgeon and have his broken up his shirt. But a syncing of the video bones set. footage with police radio transmissions “As a result of this delay and lack of indicates Habersham was in fact locating the treatment, [his] facial bones will now need to gunshot wounds. be broken and reset,” the lawsuit alleges. The Williams claims that despite not resisting medics deny any wrongdoing. arrest when he was found hiding under a bed Bell said Williams could not specify what in the November 2011 incident, the North role Habersham played in the alleged attack. Charleston police officers “pinned [him] to the concrete floor, trapping him within the “He couldn’t see, as he was being kicked,” bedframe, repeatedly stomping on his face said the attorney. However Williams was and/or allowing other officers to stomp on certain Habersham was among the group of his face while [he] was handcuffed.” officers, said Bell.




Simmons College of Kentucky is officially the 107th HBCU Simmons College has officially been named to the country’s list of historically black colleges, according to school officials.

designation today from Washington today. Go Simmons nation!

The recognition, by the U.S. Department of Education, makes it only the second HBCU in Kentucky and also the oldest.

Schools apply through the department of education and go through a screening process — one that has taken Simmons several years.

School President Dr. Kevin W Cosby tweeted the news on April 13th. I have never had a drink n my life….I might have my first today! @SCKY_1879 is an HBCU! This is huge for the city, state and nation! — Kevin W Cosby (@KWCosby) April 13, 2015 It’s official @SCKY_1879 is America’s 107th HBCU. We got the


— Kevin W Cosby (@KWCosby) April 13, 2015

Simmons College, founded in 1865, is known as the birthplace of black higher education in Louisville. It recently became the only accredited private black college in Kentucky. When the school is added to the official register, it will be eligible to receive grants from the U.S. Department of Education specific to HBCUs. About Simmons College of Kentucky


Under the leadership of its 13th President Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, Simmons College of Kentucky continues in its mission to prepare Christians for ministry, while reinstating its initial mission of general education. With a curriculum designed to promote healthy ministries, the school is poised to become the nation’s leading authority on matters regarding church growth in the urban community. Source: WDRB News The post Simmons College of Kentucky is Officially the 107th HBCU appeared first on HBCU Lifestyle – Black College Living.



MVC Hosts Dia FROM WEST OAKLAND TO THE WHITE OAKLAND, CA – Vernita Naylor, a West becoming a more effective and efficient government de la Familia Oakland Native, Founder/Owner, supplier to both corporate and Jabez Enterprise Group (JEGroup), government entities using diversity Mountain Integrated Business Resource (IBR) and inclusion tools. Get the Cheese is View College will host the 2015 Dallas County Community College District Dia de la Familia (Day of the Family) on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountain View College’s West Campus in front of the Student Services Building.

This annual event is held at each DCCCD college location each year. It’s a FREE educational program of the Dallas County Community College District, and consist of health screening, live entertainment, vendor booths, food trucks, college and university information, MVC's Community Garden and aquaponics lab tours for families throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The purpose of Dia de la Familia is to provide educational opportunities for all in the community. This event is FREE and open to everyone. There will be a H&R Block 3K Fun Run at 8 a.m. (MVC East Campus). Bring a canned food donation to enter! For more information contact Marci Garrott at 214-860-3686 or via email

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Christian rock musician unveils smashing new album LANCASTER, Texas – This week, independent record label Tate Music Group is excited to announce the official release of Roy Pearce’s new album titled “In My Father’s Name.”                 Released by Tate Music Group, the album offers 10 tracks and is readily available for purchase nationwide at the iTunes Store,, or directly from


Roy Pearce is a dynamic self-taught musician and multi-instrumentalist who first started his journey in music at the age of eleven after picking up the trumpet. Since then he had played in an orchestra band and some heavy metal bands through the years. After receiving Jesus Christ in 2011, he began writing gospel music and was offered a chance to play for a messianic congregation called Baruch Ha Shem where he joined the worship team for four years. his music is a


unique and electrifying fusion of country, rock, Christian, blues and Jewish Messianic. His new album “In My Father’s Name,” is a collection of songs dedicated to his father who passed away around three years ago. Mixed with rock and influenced by ‘70s bands, his music contains a unique sound and lyrics that is pleasing and captivating to the ears. Songs featured in the album include “The Carpenter Song,” “Everything” and “I’m Ready.”



HHS Secretary speaks at National Association of Black Journalists Media Institute on Health National Association of Black Journalists HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell Introduction Thank you, Bob [Butler]. It’s an honor to join you all today. I had the pleasure of first working with this organization when I worked on President Clinton’s Race Initiative. I learned quickly and clearly about your reach and influence and the feisty nature of some of your members … Don’t worry, I am not naming names. And I’ve continued to follow your work and the impact you have. We worked with many of you during this year’s Open Enrollment to spread the word about signing up for Marketplace plans and your reach was a big help. Reminding me of the breadth of your reach, two weeks ago, I had a meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. We were getting feedback on our efforts, and a woman walked up to me and said, “I saw you…on Roland Martin.” James Madison said, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” Journalists are those guardians, and it’s true — our democracy can only work when voters are informed, and that comes from all of you. You make our Republic possible. But no pressure…. And this organization has an even greater responsibility: educating the educators. For 40 years, the National Association of Black Journalists has worked hard to build up the community of black journalists. You’ve fostered and encouraged young minds, you’ve helped show the need for diversity and representation of different voices, and you’ve pushed for excellence in your field. And you’ve stood up against racism and held our media accountable to the African-American community. By educating your colleagues on hot-button and often misunderstood issues — issues like the Affordable Care Act — you make sure the public has accurate information when they need it. Health Disparities As you all know, last year we celebrated 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was passed, and this year is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. We are half a century from Dr. King’s March on Washington, the assassination of Malcolm X, and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery. These are heavy milestones; they bring with them the weight of remembrance and expectations. We see a path that has become brighter and easier, that has moved us closer to justice and equality. But we also see the stumbling blocks along the way, the failures and shortcomings. And we see that, though we have moved so much closer, we have not yet reached The Dream. At Health and Human Services, we see how important health is to employment, education, family stability, and financial opportunities. It is the foundation we build our lives upon. But for many, that foundation has been hard to establish.


Today, African-Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for cancer generally and for most major cancers individually, including stomach, liver, prostate and colon cancers. They are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes and 40 percent more likely to have high blood pressure. African-American women are 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer — even though they are 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with it. And the statistic that exacerbates all of these health realities: African-Americans, like Latinos and other minorities, are more likely to be uninsured than white Americans. The ACA is Working for the AfricanAmerican Community Working to close these racial and ethnic disparities is some of the most important work we do at HHS. And I know everyone here wants to see that achievement reached. As you all know, one of the most important steps is giving more people of color access to quality, affordable health insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, African-Americans and Americans of all races and ethnicities have new options for getting covered. As of February 22, nearly 11.7 million Americans signed up or were re-enrolled through the Marketplace. And there’s a number that I think matters even more: Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act five years ago, about 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage. That’s the largest reduction of the uninsured in four decades. For African-Americans, 2.3 million have gained insurance, a 9.2 percentage point drop in the uninsured rate. And of course, those who already had insurance now have more complete benefits. Millions of African-Americans — and Americans from all backgrounds — now have access to quality, affordable health care, and they depend on that coverage. This progress is due in no small part to the work of this organization and the journalists who are its heart. I spoke with many of you on television and the radio, on google chats and in local interviews. Your voices are trusted in communities that are sometimes hard to reach, and I want to thank you for your persistence, tenacity and hard work. Because they were informed — by your interviews, blogs, tweets and stories — families across the country have the financial and health security that comes with coverage. Many for the first time. They can rest a little easier at night, knowing a sickness or an accident won’t mean a lifetime of insurmountable debt. At HHS, we’re already preparing for the next Open Enrollment. Your readers and listeners matter to us and we are committed to continue to build this relationship with you. I look forward to speaking with and meeting more of you. And while we did have a strong Open Enrollment, we know that there are things we could always do better, so when it comes to reaching African-Americans and all Americans, we want to hear from you.   Coverage to Care


We are making real progress, but we know that insurance alone won’t end health disparities. Having access to a doctor can only improve people’s health if they understand their benefits and how to use them. Many of those newly insured are navigating coverage for the first time in their lives, and it can be confusing. They may not think to seek out the preventive services that can detect the colon cancer early or help keep their diabetes under control. They also may not realize that many of these kinds of services are offered at no extra cost. They may not know who to call or where to go when they are sick. If we want to bridge the health gap, we need to make health literacy a priority. That’s why we’ve launched a campaign to bring people from “Coverage to Care.” “Coverage to Care” focuses on three priorities: connecting people to the care they need; teaching them how to understand their benefits and their bills; and giving them the tools to make healthier decisions for a healthier life. As we look for more opportunities to work with you all, I hope you will keep this next step closing the health care gap in mind. We’ve created a number of resources — from videos to printable guides — and we want to be useful in spreading the word.   Other Initiatives Racial and ethnic disparities in health care are complex. Insurance and health literacy are important, but we know there is no one silver bullet. So when we identify a challenge, we do our best to meet it. From the HHS Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, to our Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice, we are committed to finding the racial barriers to good health and tearing them down. As thought leaders and trusted voices in your community, we are interested in your experiences and what you hear from your communities on how to further this work. I hope you won’t hesitate to reach out to us.   Conclusion I want to close by acknowledging another part of your job, one that I know isn’t always appreciated by those of us in my line of work. I want to thank you all for holding me and my colleagues accountable. In order to do your work “guarding liberty,” you all have to question and scrutinize all the things we do. And an important part of my job is answering. I welcome that, because you remind us why we are here, and who we work for — the American people. The March on Washington, Selma, the Voting Rights Act—these things didn’t happen on their own. As Dr. King said, “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.” Change happened because people were willing to stand up and sit in, because journalists were willing to shine the light of day on the “starless midnight of racism,” and because our leaders put away fear and embraced the future.     It’s our turn now — to stand up for those who have gone without; to pave the path to better opportunities; to bend that moral arc just a little closer. We can change lives. Together, I know we will.  



Youth Groups from the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc at chapter’s 2015 Community Expo





7th WOMENʼS EMPOWERMENT SYMPOSIUM The 7th WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SYMPOSIUM, Loving From The Inside Out 2015, presented by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation RETURNED TO PENSACOLA on March 27 and 28. The event was, again, held at New World Landing. Women came together to heal, grow, & find love! Loving From The Inside Out 2015 offered a powerful and life-changing opportunity for women in the Pensacola area and across the country to learn and hear about strategies for enhancing their lives, relationships, health, love for themselves and more! This one-day symposium featured dynamic speakers, from various parts of the country, who delivered powerful messages relating to the theme: Loving...from "Inside your: Mind, Body, Spirit & Purpose." Bentina Terry, Vice President of Sales and Customer Service at Gulf Power (one of the 2015 sponsors), opened up the symposium at the meet and greet, held the evening of Friday, March 27, at Five Sisters Blues Café by providing a very warm welcome. The following morning, attendees were invited to enjoy and shop in the onsite "Market Place" with some very special vendors. There were vendors with something appealing for all tastes. One could find jewelry, books, DVD’s, accessories, health information, authors, personal trainers, oils and more.


Photo credit: Emmett Till Legacy Foundation The presenters for the full day symposium, included: Dr. Edelia Carthan, Dr. Eurydice Stanley, Laticia "Action" Jackson and awards luncheon keynote speaker, Sharon Saffold. We were entertained during the luncheon; by dancer, Autumn Carmack a senior at Pine Forest high school, with a song by Jamequa Davis and a Mamie Till Mobley tribute enactment by 12 year old Grace Stanley. Tiffany Washington and Dr. LuSharon Wiley rounded out the event with a provocative discussion and invited attendees to look forward to an interactive and engaging follow-up discussion presented by the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation in the near future. The Women of Courage Awards Luncheon in honor of Mamie Till Mobley, held that afternoon, featured a lineup of very deserving recipients. The awards luncheon was masterfully hosted by Mistress of Ceremonies, Mamie Webb Hixon, a noted grammarian and assistant professor at the University of West Florida (UWF). Deborah Watts, co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and Teri Watts presented the 2015 Woman of Courage awards to:


o Janet Langhart Cohen, TV journalist, author, playwright, social justice advocate o Dr. Delores Henderson, long time award winning Educator, principal Hazel Park Preparatory Academy o Jessie Jaynes-Diming, a member of the Emmett Till Memorial Commission o Paula C. Johnson, Professor of Law at Syracuse University, co-director Cold Case Justice Initiative o Janis MacDonald, Professor at Syracuse University College of Law, co-director Cold Case Justice Initiative o Diane Nash, a Selma Foot soldier, former SNCC & SCLC member, non-violence and human rights activist o Amelia Boynton Robinson, a Selma Foot soldier, civil rights pioneer o Lois Webb Sims, an organizer of the Alzheimer’s Caregivers support group and Team Hope. o Vonda Yates, First Lady of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church, spiritual leader, Inspirational Psalmist o Alicia Waters, an author, poet, storyteller, truth speaker and freedom seeker o All Young Women activists involved in peaceful protests, #Black Lives Matter, NY Justice League, Dream Defenders, Lost Voices of Ferguson , Queen K of Comm-UNITY and others. After the awards luncheon, Laura Mittermaier and Tia Robbins, of B-Fit and Bombshell Moms, energized the crowd with their "Let’s Move" exercise session, which included demonstrations by Robbins and an invitation to all to join in!











Ask Alma… Confronting an Alcoholic Friend Dear Alma, I have a dear friend who is the sweetest, kindest person you could ever hope to know. She remembers everything you’ve ever told her, and always follows up to find out how things went. But, she’s a drinker. The last time we met for brunch, there was unlimited champagne, and she had seven or eight glasses. When we go out for dinner, she always has multiple glasses of wine. There is no way I can keep up with her, so I just nurse my drink so she doesn’t feel like she’s drinking alone. The drinking doesn’t change her personality, she basically stays the same, not louder or sadder or sillier. I’ve never once seen her out of control. What concerns me most is when she drives home after we go out. I usually try to drive, so she can feel comfortable if she wants to drink, but once in a while she insists on driving because she feels like she should share it. Then, I’m petrified for both of us. I know I should be ordering cabs, but I don’t want to offend her. I know she’s unhappy in her job and she’s living far from her family,

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although she is so upbeat that you would never know if she had anything on her mind. I have never said anything about her drinking to her, but I’m wondering if maybe I should. If I did, what would I say? Or should I just not bring it up? Anonymous Dear Anonymous, I’m so glad you’re pondering this. Oh yes, sweetie pie, you’ve got to bring it up. It’s your sister-girlfriend duty to help save her life. I know, I know, confronting a loved one about an addiction is a rough road to travel. Once the words come out, you’ve gotta dodge speed bumps, gravel pits and potholes the size of a mini-van. Nevertheless, there’s no excuse to ever park on the street of silence. She needs you and I commend you for stepping up.

Now, let’s take a minute to weigh in on the good, the bad and the ugly that stands before you. The good: she’s your dear sister-girlfriend and you love her. It breaks your heart to think she’s pained in any way. You want to protect her from any hurt, harm or danger. The bad: She’s a functioning alcoholic. So far, to our knowledge, she has never been confronted about her problem or had to admit to it. She’s allowed to continue this charade because she’s composed, calm, employed and performs as if she has it all together. The ugly: She doesn’t have it all together. She knows how much she drinks, but she thinks she can handle it because of the enablers she has surrounded herself with. And yep, you’re one of ‘em. My Uncle Dan (God rest his soul) was an absolute drunk from 5:00 pm on

Friday until 10:00 pm on Sunday. Come Monday morning, he was clean as the Board of Health, and never missed a day of work. Where I’m from it’s called “carrying your liquor.” For most of us, when we think of an alcoholic, what comes to our mind’s eye, is a person who’s unkempt, homeless, unemployed with no family to speak of. But that’s not the truth of the matter. Everybody knows an Uncle Dan. Bottom line is, if you abuse alcohol every day or just on the weekends, you have a problem and it’s up to your family and friends to call you out on it. Allow me to reiterate for loves sake, yes, have that hard conversation with your friend. I’d suggest you go to; it explains how to take the first step with love and kindness. It tells you what to say, how to say it, and what to expect after you’ve said it. All best of blessings to you both, my dear. It may not feel like it right now, but let me be the first to say, you’re doing the right thing. I pray your friend will be able to receive it.

WASHINGTON: Yeah, I love you too! I just had an experience that had me look up this previously written column. I was losing my mind as in my Christianity in the midst of going off on someone whom I believed deserved it. Fortunately for me, I remembered that the road to spiritual salvation is sometimes so obvious, so apparent that we just miss it. Like most of Jesus’ message, it doesn’t seem possible that by simply changing ones’ outlook, the Kingdom of heaven is yours. “Teacher which is the greatest commandment of the law?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is just like it; “Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36-40. It is not always through guile and deceit that the devil works his evil. He can accomplish his goals if he can convince you that what is very important is of little matter and no consequence i. e. “going off on somebody.” With some sense of angst I recalled that this love your neighbor thing is pretty well documented throughout the bible and Christ certainly clarifies its importance in the above passage. Remember this is the Son of God talking. The single most important thing I can do to abide in God’s will is to possess love in my heart for God and


Spiritual Speaking By James Washington my fellow man. That’s it? Yeah, that’s it! If that’s as close to a guarantee as we get, why are many of us hell bent on doing the things that will insure our place at the kitchen table in hell? I personally think the concept of loving God is pretty easy to comprehend. Most of us dare I say, are arguably trying to accomplish this in one way or another; at least I hope so. It’s the loving your neighbor as yourself that’s causing the problem. The devil is having a field day on this one. He certainly was with me. Count how many people you can’t stand at this very moment. Take your shoes off and add to your list those people, who if they died tomorrow, you would be among those who would think, if not say ‘good riddance.” The devil has us so confused and dumbfounded on this issue that we can’t see that the hatred we harbor for others, the contempt we feel for people we don’t even know, masks an

underlying reality that won’t allow us to love our neighbor. In actuality, we hate ourselves. You see the devil has tricked us into hating the mirror image of us. Deep down inside we hate in others that which we might become, because we really don’t like what we have become. Think about that for a minute. The devil knows man is not perfect so he entices us into hating the imperfection in others; their flaws and faults, their weaknesses and shortcomings. All the while, being imperfect ourselves, insures that we cannot live up to the greatest commandment of loving our neighbors as ourselves. Isn’t it interesting that most people, who claim being saved, tell you they first had to realize that God through Jesus’ sacrifice loved them warts


and all? The stories come from former drug addicts, adulterers, petty gossips, murderers and greedy self absorbed takers in life, who wished they knew how to have a healthy respectful loving relationship with another human being. One by one, they, we, I line up and confess that once we accepted that God indeed loves us, then and only then, were we able to love ourselves and subsequently love others just like they are; all imperfect, all flawed children of God, all welcomed at His eternal kitchen table. At this point one sees God in every man, every woman and every child, because once you accept that God resides in your own sinful soul, you can see God in others. God knew you before you knew you. And He loved you anyway in spite of what He knew you were going to do. As incredible as that sounds, it’s true. It’s called love. God’s point is so simple. If He’s got it for you, the least you can do is have it for others. Step back satan. I love me and I ain’t got nothing but love for you too. I apologized to the person I was going off on and asked for his forgiveness. May God love and keep you always.

James 4/17/15


Parkland recognized for quality care, trauma program strengths DALLAS – Nearly 30 years ago, Parkland

Memorial Hospital was the first to complete the verification process to be a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons. After a recent verification survey, Parkland is once again recognized for optimal care for injured patients. To be re-verified as a Level I Trauma Center, the hospital had to meet a series of stringent criteria for trauma care outlined by the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma. As part of the verification, a team of experienced trauma surgeons visited Parkland and reviewed the trauma program.   “This re-verification shows that the Parkland trauma team stands ready and is committed to serving the residents of

Dallas County,” said Alexander Eastman, MD, Parkland’s Interim Trauma Medical Director and Assistant Professor in Surgery and Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. “We are prepared 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat patients who are critically injured and help them return to their regular lives.” The survey team identified 21 strengths in Parkland’s program including trauma performance improvement, trauma registry data management, injury prevention, outreach education, trauma crisis management and disaster management in addition to excellence in trauma care.   “It’s quite an accomplishment to complete the verification process successfully,” said Clifann McCarley, RN, Parkland’s Vice President of Nursing for Emergency Services. “It’s the dedication and hard work of our trauma team, leadership and Board of Managers that makes it possible to strive for excellence in trauma care every day.”  

To earn and retain the Level I designation, Parkland must provide total care for every aspect of the injured patient from the initial medical treatment through rehabilitation as well as prevention. Additional responsibilities for the verification include education, research and participation in regional and state system programs, among other criteria. Parkland is one of four Level I Trauma Centers in Dallas. “Parkland’s site survey review is a direct reflection of the commitment and dedication of staff involved in trauma care through the phases of care: resuscitation to rehabilitation and reintegration with society,” said Jorie Klein, RN, Parkland’s Director of Trauma and Disaster Management. “Parkland remains a leader in trauma care for Texas and the nation.”






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Maya Angelou is face of newest Forever Stamp By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Less than a year after her death, Maya Angelou has been further immortalized on a U.S. Postal Service commemorative Forever Stamp. An all-star assembly gathered to witness the first-day-of-issue stamp unveiling ceremony, held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. The at-capacity audience included First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, musician Roberta Flack; two of Malcolm X’s daughters, Ilyasah and Qubilah Shabazz, and other notables. Melissa Harris Perry, who first came under Angelou’s wing in the early 1990s as her intern at Wake Forest University, emceed the event. Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young gave the invocation. Singer Alyson Williams, who was introduced as Angelou’s “personal songbird,” performed the national anthem and the Black National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice.” “The truth is, this Forever Stamp registers the applause of tens of millions of readers over the world where the prose and poetry of Maya Angelou is translated in 17 languages and still counting,” said author and educator, Eleanor Traylor, just before reading a passage from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Traylor was on a short list of featured speakers at the ceremony, which included Oprah Winfrey, journalist, Sophia A. Nelson, and Nikki Giovanni and Sonia Sanchez, who each recited original poetry.

Hate Crime: Two Mississippi Women Finally Sentenced By Danielle Young Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Chronicle


“On this past Saturday, her birthday April 4th, it would’ve been her 87th birthday,” Winfrey said, adding that she had spent the day reading Angelou’s poetry in commemoration. “I miss her so. I’m honored to be here, to stand as her daughter sister-friend at the unveiling of the Maya forever, Forever Stamp.” In the middle of her tribute, an area-wide power outage cut electricity to the theater, but Winfrey powered through a recitation of “Phenomenal Woman,” without the microphone. The image featured on the stamp is a reprint of the oil painting portrait by Ross Rossin on display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The portrait’s unveiling, held the day after Angelou’s 86th birthday last year, was her final public appearance. “Today, this new Forever Stamp serves as a tribute to Angelou’s humanity, and contribution to our nation,” said Megan J. Brennan, postmaster general and CEO of the

(NNPA) — Sarah Adelia Graves, 22 and Shelbie Brooke Richards, 21 were sentenced to five and eight years, respectively, for the brutal murder of Black man, James Craig Anderson. These two women were part of a 10-person group who drove around Jackson, Mississippi in search of Black people to attack. They found Anderson on June 26, 2011. Two of the 10 men got out of their Jeep to distract Anderson while Richards and Graves arrived in another truck with a friend. According to reports, two of the men then beat Anderson and ran him over. Hotel surveillance video showed the truck backing up and then lurching forward before Anderson disappeared under the vehicle. Disgusting. The other men involved have also been charged. Six of them were prosecuted as a part of a federal hate crime and have been sentenced a range of four to 50 years.


USPS. “You will notice that there’s some other words on her stamp: forever and USA. It is the postal service’s way of honoring and remembering those who left an enduring and indelible mark on our society, and who represent the best of America.” The featured words on the stamp, however —“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”— have caused a bit of controversy. Although Angelou has used the line in her travels and has become widely associated with it as a result, the quote actually originated with another writer. The Washington Post was the first major outlet to point this out. It also reported that USPS spokesman, Mark Saunders responded via email: “Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of [Angelou’s] many other works. The sentence held great meaning for her and she is publicly identified with its popularity.” Currently, the USPS has no plans to alter the quote. Angelou’s stamp is a commemorative one – as such, it will only be issued once and for a limited time. If the USPS does cease production and reissue the stamps with a different quote, this single batch will become an even more valuable collector’s item. After the actual unveiling, her son, author Guy Johnson delivered an original ode to his mother. “I point to the life of a little Black girl from Stamps [Arkansas], whose words and actions we honor here today. With heart in hand she stepped out on His word and believed. She spoke out in clarion tones for justice and truth—and look at what the little Black girl from Stamps achieved.”

Reports claim that two others, John Louis Blalack, 21, and Robert Henry Rice, 24, both of Brandon, Mississippi, are awaiting sentencing. All 10 criminals admitted that they conspired to harass and attack Black people in and around Jackson. They started their awful romps in the spring of 2011, chasing down Black people in cars, using slingshots to shoot beer bottles at their victims. They often targeted Black people who seemed to be drunk or homeless because they would be less likely to report the crime. Vanita Gupta, the acting assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said she hoped the convictions would “provide some measure of closure to the victim’s family and to the larger community affected by this heinous crime.”



CALENDAR April 17 Music is in the air yet again when more than 300 budding singers from Dallas Independent School District's W.H. Atwell Law Academy, Fred F. Florence, John B. Hood, Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Irma L. Rangel Young Women's Leadership Academy, Sarah Zumwalt, T.W. Browne, Seagoville middle schools and Umphrey Lee Elementary School combine their voices as one rose performing classical, pop, Broadway, spirituals and gospel in this spring concert. Special Lobby music by Rangel Hand Bell Choir.                          Coordinated by Stevon Harris   Promising Young Artist Series 4th Annual Budding Rose Concert Student Morning Performance | $5 Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 10 AM Public Performance | $10  Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 8 PM   Naomi Bruton Main Stage Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex Physical Address: 1309 Canton Street  Dallas, TX  75201 Mailing Address: 650 South Griffin Street Dallas, TX 75202

POETS N' JAZZ #3 featuring  ZEMILL Shy Speaks and Zemill Friday and Saturday   April 17-18, 2015  @ 9 pm   Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre Dallas Convention Center Theater April 18 2015 African American Education Hall of Fame Program, Luncheon &  Induction Ceremony at 12:00 Noon at the Hilton Garden Inn-Duncanville.  The cost of tickets is $50.  

George Fraser - Rise or Die: Developing a New Consciousness and Habits for SelfMastery to Strengthen Black America in the 21st Century and Beyond    EMPOWER Series workshops at Highland Hills Library from 10:00am to 12:00pm ********   More than 30,000 people representing 350 companies and organizations in addition to a thousand family teams touched by the March of Dimes mission are expected to participate in the Dallas (20,000-25,000) and Fort Worth (8,000-10,000) March for Babies. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 in Fort Worth and 8:45 a.m. in Dallas, while the walk (5 miles – Dallas; 3 miles – Fort Worth) is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., rain or shine.   To sign up as an individual or a team, visit or for more information call 972/669-3463 (Dallas) or 817/451-9174 (Fort Worth).  ****** UNT-Dallas Campus, Dallas, Texas will host the Cutting Edge Youth Summit on April 18, 2015, from 9am-2pm, at the University Center, 7300 University Hills Blvd, Dallas, TX 75241.. Register for the Cutting Edge Youth Summit today: The summit workshops will focus on academic, mental and physical health, civic responsibility, and leadership skills. The Cutting Edge Youth Summit is designed to do two things: recognize organizations/students for their hard work, and educate students on how to become effective student leaders. April 19


Cedar Hill ISD, Cedar Hill Police Dept. and Walgreens. Dr. Corey C. Toney, Sr., Pastor of New Leaf Family Church, located at 1707 N. St. Augustine Rd, Dallas, TX 75217, will be honored along with First Lady LaShawn Toney by the congregation. The day has been designated Pastor and Wife Day. The theme for the day will be “Celebrating the Call.” The occasion is to give recognition to Dr. Corey C. Toney and First Lady LaShawn Toney for outstanding service to the community and New Leaf Family Church as a pastor, first lady and leader. The special Sunday afternoon service at 3:00 pm will feature a message by Pastor Ned Armstrong of the Greater Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church. April 20 BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, is pleased to announce that fourth generation owner of BERNINA International Hanspeter Ueltschi, will visit BERNINA Dealer, the Best of BERNINA Sewing Center located at 340 Coit Road, Suite 500 in Plano, Texas, on Monday, April 20 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. April 23 R. Kelly Live at the Music Hall at Fair Park Arts in Action, Featuring Jazz Under the Stars Lower Courtyard at Eastfield College 3737 Motley Drive, Mesquite 75150

********** The Liberian Com-munity is Partnering with Dr. & Mrs. Brantly to support Ebola Survivors, raise awareness of the stigmatism associated with the disease and fundraise for Survivors in Liberia : April 25,2015 @ 5pm. Venue: Arlington Christian Bible Fellowship Church 1501 S. Center St. Arlington, TX. Guest Speakers: Dr. & Mrs. Kent Brantly. Call 8174499353 for more information. Congresswoman Johnson presents: “A World of Women for World Peace” Saturday April 25th 10am-12 noon City Performance Hall 2520 Flora Street RSVP 214-922-8885 Business Month Award Luncheon Benefiting the Education & Scholarship Fund 11:00 – 2:00 PM Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre

April 25 Sankofa Global presents....... The Afrikan Communiversity w/ Dr. Leonard Jeffries  & Prof. James Small   6 PM Vendor booths available Call today for vending opportunities! 469.297.6404 The Black Academy Of Arts and Letters TIES & TUX GALA honoring Ms. Diahann Carroll at the Hilton Anatole Hotel Dallas, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207 , 6p.m. Individual tickets are $135 and $500 Tables of 10 are $1,350 and $5,000 To purchase tickets/ tables or for more information,   call the TBAAL Box Office at 214-743-2400  ***************** Drug Take Back event In Cedar Hill 501 E. Beltline Rd. on the corner of Beltline rd. and Cannady. Walgreens parking lot from 10am to 2pm Impact is supported by the City of Cedar Hill,




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Congresswoman Johnson presents: District 30 Youth Crime and Prevention Summit Monday April 27th 9 am-11.30 am University of North Texas at Dallas 7300 University Hills Blvd. RSVP 214-922-8885

Go Red Mother- Daughter - Sisterhood Pamper Party & Luncheon 10a-4p The Bristol @ Buckingham 535 Buckingham Road, Richardson, TX 75081

June 20 Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas will host a Prostate Health Educational Symposium on June 20, 2015. Reverend Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Senior Pastor, and Reverend James L. Fitzgerald, Pastor of Pastoral Care and a prostate cancer survivor, are inviting members of the local community to learn more about the disease and to get free prostate cancer screening.

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Free Divergent Screening for Teens Teens ages 13-18 are invited to a free dinner and screening of the film Divergent at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 19, at the Central Library, 625 Austin St. Set in futuristic Chicago, Divergent focuses on Beatrice Prior, a girl who must choose to remain with her family or join one of societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s five factions of individuals: the honest, the selfless, the brave, the peaceful, or the intelligent. No registration is required. Doors open 15 minutes prior, and seating is limited. For details, go to the Nicholson Memorial Library System webpage.

Dallas is the host for the June 21-26, 2015 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games with the theme, â&#x20AC;&#x153;BIG City, BIG Wheels, BIG Heart,â&#x20AC;? and City of Dallas, VA North Texas and Paralyzed Veterans of America made the public announcement today, encouraging attendance and participation in support of the weeklong Games

April 30 Irving International Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Consortium invited you to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Influence of The Purseâ&#x20AC;? Purse Auction Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 05:30 PM - 08:00 PM Las Colinas Country Club May 1 Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce 2015 Annual Celebrity Golf Classic Friday May 1, 2015| 1pm-6pm Waterview Golf Club  Mike Epps: The Real Deal Tour Starts: 8:00 PM @ Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 1001 Performance Place

June 6 JDRF Announces TypeOneNation North Texas 2015 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an interactive Summit to enhance knowledge, increase confidence and provide valuable connections for anyone impacted by Type 1 Diabetes. Sean Busby, an Olympic snowboarder living with type 1 diabetes, will be the special guest speaker for the day. Time: Registration opens at 7:00am. Events are from 8:00am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4:30pm Location: Renaissance Hotel; 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207

June 27 21st Annual Cheryl Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Believe the Hype Celebrity Bowl-a-thon, USA Bowl, featuring comedian Dick Gregory and a host of other local and national celebrities

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The Long and Winding Road Light rail, Trinity River road highly scrutinized in South Dallas

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am deeply impressed with the progress that President Barack Obama has made during the first 100 days of his administration. Already we are seeing evidence of the administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan to dig our country out of recession and develop long-term, sustainable prosperity. President Obama has made two trips abroad, proving to us and to the world that he intends to repair our frayed alliances and restore our international leadership. Finally, the Obama administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s code of ethics has brought much-needed transparency and accountability to the White House. President Obama is delivering on the change that he promised.â&#x20AC;?


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Grade: C â&#x20AC;&#x153;In just 100 days, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen an alarming acceleration of policies that will take America down the wrong track. The administration has proposed trillions of dollars in new spending, which will result in higher taxes on Americans, while sharply raising our indebtedness to foreign creditors. On the national security front, I am very concerned about the Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention to close Guantanamo without a workable plan to relocate detainees. It is my sincere hope that, moving forward,

the administration will adopt the productive, responsible approach to our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenges that Americans deserve.â&#x20AC;? (The office of John Cornyn of Texas was contacted but did See 100 DAYS, page 19



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In having the conversation about building within South Dallas, many issues arise with respect to GWENDOLYNand JONES education business in Ask The Advocate See ROAD, page 19

PROPOSITIONS 1 AND 2 Why YES means no and NO means yes

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