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Garland Service Workers Recognized at NAACP 11th Annual Winter Ball

Garland attorney Wesley Johnson (l) takes break during Winter Ball. Diane Xavier EDITOR

They are considered one of the hardest working people in our city. They clean our streets, pick up our trash, and constantly make sure road conditions improve during ice, snow, and rain. They are our Service workers. Garland’s Service Workers were recognized for their hard work and dedication by the Garland Branch of the NAACP at its 11th

annual Winter Ball held February 11th at the Double Tree Hotel in Richardson. Garland NAACP President BJ Williams said without our “service crew” our City would not be what it is. “Just like the young people of Egypt who changed the country, tonight was a tribute to the grassroots of our people in the city of Garland, the frontline, who does the work every day in the rain, cold, snow and often times, in a thankless job. We want to shed light

on these people, who often hear complaints. They are the real stars,” Williams said. “This is a proper tribute for Black History month,” he said. “We are the first and only organization to recognize these unsung heroes. That is why we are here today to celebrate our history and showing some love with our fellow workers, which Dr. King’s vision started it.” The theme, “Recognizing Our City of Garland Service Employees” honored workers in the code compliance department, building inspection, Carver Senior Center, drainage and maintenance, construction services, signs and markings, commercial services, and the landfill division. Shannon Stephens, who works with the Carver Senior Center, received an award for her contributions as a senior services recreational specialist. “I get to share my life with them

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and they get to share their life with me and that makes it all the better,” Stephens said. “It is such a joy to receive this award on behalf of the seniors that I work with.” Courtney Rawls, the newest member of the Garland NAACP, helped host the honorees. “Our service workers have the most important jobs, and a lot of times, we overlook their work. They play a huge part in our community, so it is good that our unit recognized them,” Rawls said. Rosalba Perez received an award for her work and involvement with the code compliance department. This department handles the residential areas in the City of Garland. “It is a very demanding job, but one of the things we try to do is offer excellent customer service,” Perez said. “It is truly an honor to receive this recognition.”

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Contributing Writers: Gwendolyn Baines Ruby Grant Ryan McCurdy Patricia McCurdy Erin McCurdy Kuumba (koo-ummm-bah) is a swahilli word that means: to be creative. African Americans in the past and, to a great extent, in the present has had to derive and improvise special recreative ways to strive for the right to exist. Therefore, Kuumba represents the blood, sweat, tears and joy we have shared as we grew to know and love our new found land.The Kuumba Heritage News is published by Phalconstar Communications, LCC and reserves all rights to accept or refuse any articles to be printed in any issue of the newspaper. Views and opinions expressed by writers are not necessarily those of the publisher or our advertisers. The Kuumba Heritage News is published bi-monthly (1st & 15th, each month). Letters to the Editor are welcome. Only signed letters will be accepted. The Kuumba Heritage News assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material. Any use or reproduction in part or whole is forbidden without the express written consent of the publisher. Used under license agreement IDN 13-6401495.

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K AESNDOLYN S! E GW N I BA My mother is refusing to finance my wedding! Dear Gwendolyn: I became engaged a year ago and have planned an elaborate wedding. This is the problem: My mother is big in her sorority. Her soro sister has a son who has been in love with me since high school. When he proposed to me several years ago, I turned him down. My mother was furious. Gwendolyn, I do not love that man. His family comes from money. His mother is a doctor and his father is a college professor. My mother, however, is a clerk at a hospital, but wants to associate with people of higher status. Therefore, because I have accepted the proposal of the man I love, she is refusing to finance the wedding. What should I do? April

Dear April: First of all, let’s examine the statement “money.” A doctor and a college professor does not necessarily equal money. Your mother is reacting in a bad manner because members of a sorority really cherish that status, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The problem comes when they try to force your children to take on the same interest. April, this is what you need to do: Scale down your marriage plans. You can finance your wedding without the assistance of your parents. The size of a wedding does not guarantee you will live happily ever after. In fact, statistics have proven that couples who do not begin with a financial strain are happier and stay together. I do commend you for not marrying your mother’s choice. Think about it. Marriage without love --- is not a marriage.

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Living Life on Purpose Are you living your life on purpose? To do something on purpose means to have intentions, to determine, to have an aim or an end. So, as odd as the question may sound, it actually has merit. The question has legitimacy because many people take much of life for granted. They find themselves caught up in the daily functions of life that includes work, raising kids, housework, school, or getting ahead. Through these routines they become oblivious to the value of each day and tend to over look the importance there of. Thus, life becomes a mindless series of daily actions. It has been said that “we should live each day as if it were our last since no day is promised.” Therefore, to live life on purpose means to appreciate each day as a new gift. It means to make each day count in a worthwhile manner. It means to welcome and learn from each new experience that we encounter. In addition, living life on purpose means not focusing solely on self. It means to look beyond one’s own circumstances and to consider others. In order to consider others, one must have intentions, be determined or aim to do so. We must plan to consider others because it doesn’t just happen. I like many have taken much of life for granted. This was especially true during my earlier years. Although thankful for each day, the truth is, I was simply too busy or enthralled with the circumstances of my daily life. I considered myself a “good little Christian”, minding my own business. And, that’s exactly what I did. I “minded my own business”, stayed in my own lane completing my routine of life. Meanwhile, I took each day for granted and made little time to live life on purpose. In other words, I rarely planned to go out of my way to help others. In short, I was in my own selfish world. But, praises to God, “When we learn better we do better!” Many “good little Christians” today are in their own world, literally “minding their own business.” Few intentionally plan or aim to go out of their way to consider others. Many are caught up in the daily routine and bustle of life thereby neglecting daily opportunities to live life on purpose. God’s Divine Plan provides that he has purposed our lives for more than just being caught up in the daily “rat race” of life. As Christians, we know that our purpose in life is to love and obey God. Through this love and obedience to God we are to concern ourselves with the lives of others. God has commanded that we not be selfabsorbed. Scripture reminds us, “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others.” “Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.” “Don’t think of your own affairs, but be interested in others too, and what they are doing” (Philippians 2:3-4). We are to use Jesus as our role model in purposefully living as God requires us to. Philippians 2: 5 states, “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.” Finally, we are to live purposefully and worthily not as fools but as those who are wise, making the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days; not acting thoughtlessly but trying to understand what the Lord wants us to do (Ephesians 5:15 -17).

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Celebrities “Go Fashionably Red” for Heart Healthy Awareness. PHOTO / MEDIA.ONSUGAR Ryan McCurdy PHALCONSTAR NEWS

As you know February is the month of Valentine’s Day, along with heart disease awareness. As fashion shows and programs take place all around the country, you can show your spirit in the mean time by making a change on your own. Display the color red this month and make a change in your life

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towards a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease is a number one killer among Americans today. It can be avoided in many ways if people would make simple changes to their everyday life. Eating healthy, exercise and reducing stress are all key factors in a healthy lifestyle. Things will not change in your life until you decide to stand up and make a change. Doing activities that you

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enjoy doing along with spending time with the ones you love are heart healthy. Now it’s time to make a difference while being fashion forward in the process. In addition to making those healthy changes in your life, indulge in the color red this month! Clothing, accessories and cosmetics look gorgeous in this bold, sassy color. The classic cherry red looks great in a sleek red dress paired with a contrasting colored clutch/ purse and stilettos, such as black, silver or gold. If you want to be low key, opt for wearing a solid “little black dress” instead and statement red accessories, such as shoes and a clutch. Blazers, coats and trenches look great this month in an array of red color palettes. Pair up

your favorite red cover-up with black pants, leggings or dark denim jeans and you’re good to go! Bold costume jewelry such as necklaces, rings and bracelets in red look great with solid-colored contrasting outfits. All it typically takes is one statement piece and it can completely set off an outfit and add the extra kick that you need. To finish your look, show off your nails in a nicely groomed manicure and pedicure. Make a starring appearance in a red complimenting color for your hands and feet. Enhance your lips with your favorite complimentary red gloss or lipstick. Finally, remember to show awareness by making a change in your lifestyle today, “Go Red and Go Fashionable!”


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Battle of the Badges Blood Drive Set for Feb. 24-26 GREENVILLE- The Greenville Noon Rotary Club is sponsoring the third annual Battle of the Badges Blood Drive during the club’s annual Chili Fest. Individuals donating blood during the event will be able to vote for their favorite public safety agency between the Greenville Police Department, Greenville Fire Department and Hunt County Sheriff’s Department. The agency with the most votes will be awarded a trophy. Everyone that donates blood will receive a free T-shirt. In addition, those donating blood on Thur. will receive a free ticket to the Chili Fest that is being held on February 24, at the Landmark on Lee, across from the Greenville Police & Courts Building. Blood donors are often silent heroes – going about their lifesaving work without telling others. They are humble and generous people who give blood because they can and they want to help. This year, Carter BloodCare grants you ‘bragging rights’ and asks that you speak-up about giving blood. Tell someone you are a volunteer who gives blood to help sustain the community supply. Invite someone you know to give blood at the upcoming blood drive hosted by the Greenville Noon Rotary Club at the following locations and dates:

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Educators to be Honored at Urban League of Greater Dallas Annual Meeting Luncheon The Urban League of Greater Dallas and North Central Texas will honor three outstanding educators, Dr. Gwen Clark, Mr. Melvin Traylor and Mrs. Verna Mitchell at its Annual Meeting Community Report Luncheon on Friday, February 25 at 11:45 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Khmer Pavilion Ballroom, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207. The theme of the Luncheon is It’s About Education: Our Youth = Our Destiny. “We are proud to recognize this year’s honorees,” said Dr. Beverly Mitchell-Brooks, Urban League

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President and CEO. “As educators they understand that education is the foundation to ensuring that our youth are prepared to meet the challenges of this century.” Dr. Gwen Clark says there was no debate whether she would become a teacher. She merely followed in the footsteps of her Mother, aunts, cousins and assorted relatives who chose the teaching profession. Armed with ambition and lots of encouragement, Dr. Clark graduated from Texas College with honors in three years with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She earned a

Master of Education Degree from Texas Southern University, a supervisory certification from North Texas State University and a Doctor of Education Degree from Nova University. For over three decades, Dr. Clark has provided dedicated service to Dallas students as a classroom teacher, resource teacher, facilitator and elementary principal. After her retirement in 1986, Dr. Clark has diligently served her community. She has served on several boards and as a volunteer for many nonprofit organizations including Vogel Alcove Childcare

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Center, Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas, Center for Community Cooperation and Dallas Nutrition Program. She is currently a member of the board of directors at Black and Clark Funeral Home and serves on the Advisory Board of the Dallas Post Tribune. She is also Intergenerational Specialist for the American Association of Retired Persons. Her other affiliations include Golden Life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha XI Omega Chapter and a member of the St. Luke Community United Methodist Church. Continued Page 8

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SCENIC The Great Annual “I’m In Love” Search are many who exemplify love and marriage, and we welcome your submissions for The 2012 Great Annual “I’m In Love” Search at ValderBeebeShow.com. You can click on e-mail Valder and submit your great love story. James and Valder Beebe

We love the power of love in our 26-year marriage journey. Believing that God

is the greatest power (Love) we married Valentine’s Day 1985. This once-in-a-lifetime union has been profiled in various magazines, including Essence Magazine, numerous newspapers and web sites. In 2007, we were inducted into the National Black Marriage Hall of Fame. James, the romantic wrote our wedding vows: “I say

these vows once and only once to thee. Be My Love, My Life, My Partner in Productivity (PIP Production).” As we have taken on the adventures of life, we have stood on the foundation of our belief in God; created four children; had twentysix annual love celebrations; created our company, PIP Continued Page 9

James and Valder Beebe (above) says we love the power of love in our 26-year marriage journey. Staff Reports

Mayor Ronald and Peggy Jones (above) says during our 44 years of marriage, we can truly say that I Corinthians 13:4-7 has been our model.

James and Valder Beebe, married Valentine’s Day 1985, are inspired to launch the annual great “I’m In Love” search for others who have stood before God and weathered the changes of life to embrace ‘love and marriage.’ We feel there

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The History Behind Black History Month Black History Month Is Celebrated Every February crucial role black people

Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Rev. Jesse E. Moorland co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). Their goal was to research and bring awareness to the largely ignored, yet

played in American and world history. The following year, Woodson published and distributed his findings in The Journal of Negro History. He founded the publication with the hope that it would dispel popular mistruths. He also hoped to educate black people about their cultural background and instill them with a sense of pride in their race. The son of former slaves and the second black person to receive a degree from Harvard University, Carter Woodson understood the value of education. He also felt the importance of preserving

one’s heritage and, upon his urgings, the fraternity Omega Psi Phi created Negro History and Literature Week in1920. In 1926, Woodson changed the name to Negro History Week. He selected the month of February for the celebration as a way to honor of the birth of two men whose actions drastically altered the future of black Americans. Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. President who issued the Emancipation Proclamation was born on February 12th and Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s leading abolitionists was born on February 14th. Woodson and the ANSLH provided learning materials to teachers,

black history clubs and the community at large. They also published photographs that depicted important figures in black culture, plays that dramatized black history, and reading materials. Dr. Carter G. Woodson died in 1950, but his legacy continued on as the celebration of Negro History Week was adopted by cities and organizations across the country. This observance proved especially important during the Civil

Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, a time when the inhumane and unequal treatment of black people in America was being challenged and overturned. The Black Power Movement of the 1970s emphasized racial pride and the significance of collective cultural values. This prompted the ASNLH, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, to change Negro History Week to

Black History Week. In 1976, they extended the week to a month-long observance. Black History Month is now recognized and widely celebrated by the entire nation on both a scholarly and commercial level. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History continues to promote, preserve and research black history and culture year round.

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She is the mother of two children, Melody Clark Fletcher and Gary D. Clark. Melvin D. Traylor is a highly experienced Director who has a successful track record leading diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success. He feels it is the extraordinary education and the foundation he received as a teacher and principal for over 30 years that resulted in his achieve-

ments. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Physics from Bishop College and a Masters Degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of North Texas. In addition to his teaching positions, he has served as Director of the Dallas County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program, Pinnacle - Family Programs and Office of Stu-

dent Responsibility at Dallas IDS Central Office. He is currently Director of Casa Youth Emergency Shelter for the Salvation Army. Mr. Traylor considers his other responsibility is to his community. He is a member of the Board of Directors at Baylor Hospital Tom Landry Fitness Center; Dallas City Planning Commissioner for District Seven; Continued Page 11

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GET INVOLVED - MAKE A DIFFERENCE The NAACP is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. This organization has impacted America’s history and is making contributions to its future. The primary goal of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons. The Greenville NAACP meets the third Thursday of each month. Location - 1402 Clark St. - Annex Building of Clark Street Christian Church. The meeting starts at 6:pm. Greenville Branch President Phillip Dukes

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“I’m In Love” Search From Page 7

Production; managed our individual careers and shared our collective paths of success as husband and wife and a family. Each couple profiled in The 2012 Great Annual “I’m In Love” Search exemplifies the power of being in love and being married, as they have committed before God, each other and society. Garland Mayor Ronald and Peggy Jones During our 44 years of marriage, we can truly say that I Corinthians 13:4-7 has been our model. Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous...

We have found marriage to be like a stew that is blended and simmered over a lifetime. Our “marriage stew” has the components of love, respect, trust, adoration, communication and commitment. All of these components are important, but the key ingredient is commitment. You must be committed to Christ, committed to each other, and committed to the marriage. Selfless love is what we share and we are best friends. We enjoy being together and doing things together. Our joy is making sure that each other’s needs are met while encouraging, affirming and supporting

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each other as we fulfill God’s purpose for our lives. We are thankful to God for this perfect union, for he has sustained us through the vicissitudes of life. Knowing that God is love helps us know how to sacrifice, forgive, comfort and care for each other. We feel truly blessed that God ordained the marriage that we both dreamed about. And, we are doubly blessed that He has sustained our marriage by giving us two sons, two daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren. We are as much in love today as the day we got married.

W. Walworth Harrison Public Library Black History Month Monday, February 28th at 6:30 P.M. Distinguished Speakers Series African Americans and the Civil War: The Impact of Black Participation in the Struggle for Freedom By Dr. Steven Short Professor of History, Collin College

In keeping with this year’s African-American History Month theme of “African Americans and the Civil War,” Dr. Short’s presentation will focus on the role and experience that black people in America had leading up to, during, and after the Civil War. The lecture will include discussions of African Americans in the abolition movement and in the military during the Civil War, ending with a brief summary of the impact of emancipation and freedom.

Refreshments will be provided. Walworth Harrison Public Library #1 Lou Finney Lane, Greenville. No charge to attend! Please call to reserve a seat @ 903-457-2992

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Charter member of the African American Hall of Fame and a member of the Urban League of Greater Dallas. His many awards include an auditorium named in his honor at Roosevelt High School and the Texas School Improvement Initiative Award. He is a member of the Porter Temple C.M. E. Methodist Church and has been married to Jeffie D. Traylor for 42 years. They have one son, Dwayne R. Traylor. Mrs. Verna George Brown Mitchell is a Dallas native and a graduate of Lincoln High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and History from Huston Tillotson College, now Huston-Tillotson University and received a Master of Arts degree in Mid-Management from Prairie View A & M University. She also holds certifications in teaching, counseling, supervision and Reality Therapy. During her 35 years of service in the Dallas Indepenent School District, she held numerous positions including teacher, facilitator, specialist, assistant principal and principal. to others were valued.

Since her retirement she has served as Executive Director/Principal of Mt. Hebron Christian Academy and Principal of Dallas Can Academy - Ross Avenue Campus.Most recently she has studied at Harvard University’ Principal’s Institute and served on the State of Texas Textbook Panel. She is active in her community participating in many professional, civic, social and religious organizations including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Trinity Chapter, The Links Inc., member of the African American Museum Board of Directors, volunteer at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Southwest Transplant Alliance. She is a member of Friendship West Baptist Church. Mrs. Mitchell is married to William Mitchell and they are the parents of Jimmy, Byron and Bethany. “This year’s Legacy honorees will pass their legacy torch to the next generation of individuals who made achievements in their profession and contribute to the community,” said Dr. Mitchell Brooks. A highlight of the lun-

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General Colin L. Powell to Receive President’s Award at ‘42nd NAACP Image Awards’

General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) will receive the NAACP’s 2011 President’s Award at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.

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All of the blood at Carter BloodCare comes from volunteers. The nonprofit blood center needs about 1,100 donors a day to meet the needs of patients in the healthcare facilities served. Thirty-seven percent of the population is eligible to give blood and only 10 percent are doing so. The blood is lifesaving for patients in car accidents and other emergencies. It is also vital to premature babies, cancer patients or people living with sickle cell disease – many of whom rely on multiple and frequent blood transfusions. If you know someone who has undergone heart bypass surgery or hip replacement, that person probably received a blood transfusion. As a blood donor, you can be an essential part of someone’s recovery from surgery. Potential donors can be 16

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LOS ANGELES, CA,General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) will receive the NAACP’s 2011 President’s Award at the 42nd NAACP IMAGE AWARDS, broadcast live from Los Angeles on Fri., March 4 (7:00-10:00 pm on FOX, it was announced this week by Vicangelo Bulluck, executive producer of the telecast and executive director of the NAACP’s Hollywood Bureau. This prestigious award will be presented by NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous in recognition of special achievements and distinguished public service. Previous President’s Award recipients include Van Jones, Muhammad Ali, Susan Taylor, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Ryan White, Bryant Gumbel, Alexis Herman, Venus and Serena Williams, Tavis Smiley, Tom Joyner, Condoleezza Rice, President Bill Clinton, Bishop T.D. Jakes and Ella Fitzgerald. “General Colin Powell has led an extraordinary life of public service” stated Jealous. “As the first African American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and later the first to serve as Secretary of State, General Powell holds a unique place in American history. He is a man of conscience and conviction, who uses his vast influence to promote education and self esteem to our country’s youth. Although his position on the Iraq War was controversial, he was often the voice of reason in the prosecution of that war. He rose from humble roots as the son of Jamaican immigrants to become a distinguished military leader, a statesman, a humanitarian

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and a philanthropist. He is an inspiration to us all.” General Powell became the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001. He brought extensive experience with him to his office. Before becoming Secretary of State, Colin Powell served as a key aide to the Secretary of Defense and as National Security Advisor to President Reagan. He also served 35 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of Four-Star General and serving as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989 - 1993). During this time he oversaw 28 crises to include the Panama intervention of 1989 and Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War.

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General Powell is a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, which is the highest award given by the NAACP. In addition, he is the recipient of numerous U.S. military awards and decorations. General Powell’s civilian awards include two Presidential Medals of Freedom, the President’s Citizens Medal, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Secretary of Energy Distinguished Service Medal. He has received awards from over two dozen countries to include a French Legion of Honor and an honorary knighthood bestowed by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. General Powell is the Founder of the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at his alma mater, the City College of New York.

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Since returning to private life, General Powell has become a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm., and he is helping to raise funds for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC and for the construction of an education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is the author of his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey. Event sponsors for the 42nd NAACP Image Awards include UAW/Chrysler, Walgreens, Wells Fargo, FedEx, Hyundai, Southwest Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Bank of America, Ford Motor Company, Pepsi and American Airlines.


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