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Jim Crow ran rampant in the South and James Crow, Esq. Jim Crow ran rampant in the South and James Crow, Esq. was just as bad “up South” as the North was often called. But was just as bad “up South” as the North was often called. But the phony veneer covered — and not too well, mind you—a the phony veneer covered — and not too well, mind you—a multitude of racist sins decidedly north of the Mason/Dixon multitude of racist sins decidedly north of the Mason/Dixon line. line. Gosh, I wish I would have had the wisdom to embrace Gosh, I wish I would have had the wisdom to embrace that dear lady, this gallant woman who soldiered on in spite that dear lady, this gallant woman who soldiered on in spite of many obstacles, I’m sure. of many obstacles, I’m sure. In a different scenario, years ago when working as a colIn a different scenario, years ago when working as a columnist for The Herald News, I interviewed B.B. King, the umnist for The Herald News, I interviewed B.B. King, the great blues artist. The interview was going well until he regreat blues artist. The interview was going well until he recalled what usually took place after his concerts. In his own called what usually took place after his concerts. In his own words, “Sometimes young, black members of the audience words, “Sometimes young, black members of the audience come up to me and ask for my autograph. But they always come up to me and ask for my autograph. But they always pretend they’re getting it for their mother or grandmother. pretend they’re getting it for their mother or grandmother. It’s as if they are ashamed of me.” I didn’t have the heart It’stell as ifhim, theythey are probably ashamedwere. of me.” I didn’t have the the pond heart to And, yet, across to tell him, they probably were. And, yet, across the pond in England, blues artists like King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ in England, blues Reed, artists etc., like are King, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Jimmy revered. Wolf, Little Jimmy Reed, etc., are revered. What we sometimes do to those who have paved the way is What we sometimes to thosesaid, who“Do havethe paved inexcusable. Poet Mayado Angelou bestthe youway canis inexcusable. Poet Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do betuntil you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” While there are no do-overs in some areas of life, I’m ter.” While aremuch no do-overs in some areas ofpress life, I’m proud to saythere I know better now. So, we must on proud to say I know much better now. So, we must press on and vow to do better with what we now know. and vow to do better with what we now know. www.thepositivecommunity.com www.thepositivecommunity.com www.thepositivecommunity.com


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First Baptist Church of South Orange Pastor’s Anniversary Celebrated with Good Works

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n Sunday February 18, 2018 the First Baptist Church of South Orange (FBCSO) recognized the 21st Anniversary of their pastor, Rev. Dr. Terry L. Richardson and First Lady NaDeen Richardson. As part of this celebration Rev. Richardson announced the collaboration with Pillar College to bring the LEAD Program to FBCSO, which would allow members and community to secure their Bachelor’s degree in as little as 20 months. Dr. David Schroeder, president of Pillar College, was the guest speaker during the  9:45 am  service. Keeping with the church mission of impacting  the world, the FBCSO 21 Days of Service was announced during 11:30 am service, where Pastor Darrin Monroe of Chosen Generation Ministries was the guest speaker. The entire FBCSO membership will participate in community volunteer activities, coordinated by FBCSO for 21 days leading up to Pastor Richardson's birthday in May. Pastor Richardson is active in his South Orange Community, serving as a Democratic Party District Leader, and has been recently appointed to the South Orange Village Planning Board. His community activism will also be recognized by the NAACP at their upcoming banquet in April.  Congratulations, Pastor Richardson for 21 years of service to the Lord and your community.

R–L: Dr. President of Pillar College David Schroeder and his wife, Betzi with Rev. Dr. Terry Richardson and First Lady NaDeen Richardson

L–R: Paula Mayo, president and executive director of The Interchurch Center; Rev. Dr. James Forbers, Jr.; and Rev. Dionne Bossiere, chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations graciously took a moment to pose for this photo at the conclusion of The Interchurch Center annual celebration of the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Dr. Forbes, senior pastor emeritus of The Riverside Church, lived up to his reputation as a spellbinding speaker and rendered an impassioned speech on Dr. King’s legacy. www.thepositivecommunity.com


2018 ESSEX COUNTY

Cherry Blossom Festival IN BRANCH BROOK PARK APRIL 7-15, 2018

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Essex County Branch Brook Park to enjoy the most diverse collection of Cherry Blossom Trees, even larger than the national display in Washington, DC. The blossoming trees create a picturesque setting that transforms the park into a stunning spring fantasyland. We invite you and your family to come out and experience this natural wonder.”

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community issues at all levels of government. The coalition holds its meetings on the first Friday of every month at Antioch Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Robert Waterman is senior pastor. Founded in 1989, its mission is for clergy and elected officials to serve, strengthen, and empower parishioners and constituents of Brooklyn through advocacy and participation in areas deemed where social and economic injustice exists. Photos: Lem Peterkin

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Wall Street Project Economic Summit Civil Rights Movement Fourth Stage

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L–R: Susan L. Taylor founder of National CARES Mentoring; Karen Hunter, journalist; Rev. Jesse Jackson; Carla Harris, vice chair, Morgan Stanley; Rev. Jackson’s daughter, Santita Jackson; Dr. Julianne Malveaux,dormer president of Bennet College; and Cynthia DiBartolo, Esq.

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he struggle continues” were the words of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. as he kicked off the 21st Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, declaring that African-Americans are in the fourth stage of the Civil Rights Movement when it comes to diversity and inclusion on corporate boards. The two-day event, February 8 and 9 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, was sponsored by Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund. The first day of the summit, “50 Years After the Assassination of Dr. King: The Struggle Continues for Freedom, Equity, and Inclusion in Corporate America” featured sessions on private equity investments, board diversity, minority procurement and other business opportunities, life after pro-sports, and new technology. Rainbow PUSH Tech 2020 Co-Director Butch Wing announced a partnership between major technology firms and minority women and disabled veteran business enterprises (MWDVBE) in the financial sector, which targeted 10 companies resulting in 33 deals totaling $23

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million. “This partnership is based on the belief that civil rights and equal access should extend from Main Street to Wall Street to Silicon Valley,” said Jackson. Friday’s theme “Building an Inclusive Equity Agenda to Promote Economic Empowerment,” featured New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio along with Carla Harris, vice chairman, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley; and Karen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and radio host, during the Diversity in Business Awards Luncheon, in partnership with Diversity Inc. Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke; Congressman Hakeem Jeffries; Cynthia D, DiBartolo, Esq., chair Greater New York Chamber of Commerce & CEO of Tigress Financial Partners LLC; Janice Mathis, president and CEO, National Council of Negro Women; and Suzanne Shank, chair and CEO, Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC served as honorary conference co-chairs. Robert Smith, chair and CEO, VISTA Equity Partners and Rev. Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network, chaired the scholarship gala, which concluded the summit. —JNW www.thepositivecommunity.com


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e’ve all been there: a desktop or laptop crashes, bringing productivity to a halt. If you’re lucky, you have a tech-savvy friend or hard-working employee who will go the extra mile to try to keep computers in working order. Or maybe you know an IT professional who is available to diagnose problems and resolve major issues. The problem, though, is that when you REALLY need assistance — 4:00 PM on a Friday with a big deadline looming, say, or 8:00 AM on Monday when your inbox is full of important messages — that person may not be available to immediately react to your request for service. What then? Now you and your employees aren’t able to work while downtime affects productivity and decreases revenue. Say you run a medical office with 20 employees that have an average salary of $50,000, an average yearly workload of 2,000 hours, and an average hourly rate of $25. Say your network is down for four hours and you can’t access email, software, or client records while you wait for IT help. Assuming that productivity is cut in half, if you multiply two hours of downtime at $25 an hour by 20 employees, you just paid your employees $1,000 to not perform their job duties. Add in the cost of that IT professional and it’s safe to say that your business is truly suffering.

If you’ve realized that it’s time to find a new IT provider, you’ve made an important step toward steadier operations and enhanced efficiency. But how do you protect your business while bringing on a new partner? How do you know if this new IT provider will maintain day-to-day operations and empower your employees to remain productive while the switch is happening? Maybe it’s better to stick with the lackluster support you know than risk everything on a fresh start. But here’s the catch: in the long run, proactive IT services cost far less than reactive or break/fix services. Now, that doesn’t mean switching to a new IT provider isn’t stressful. You don’t just wake up one day and decide to switch your lawyer or your accountant — your IT provider should engender the same level of trust. With the right support, however, you shouldn’t be afraid to change. If you’re considering a new partner, consider this: Most of all, a new IT partner should work to serve your needs — and make you feel at ease. As many CMIT business owners testify, the most rewarding part of bringing on a new client is when they reveal that the transition was so easy they wish they’d done it sooner. Ready to make a change and add value to your business? Contact CMIT Solutions today for more info. We worry about IT so you don’t have to.

1. Identify areas that demand immediate attention. If you’re not backing up your data regularly (or your backup drive lives next to your computer), this critical need should be addressed first. Data loss can be devastating for a business, and many of the biggest cyber problems like malware and ransomware can be avoided with reliable, remote backups to ensure business continuity and stability of all devices. 2. Implement proactive 24/7 monitoring of your systems. Does the IT service provider you’re considering specialize in a blend of proactive, preventative maintenance and around-the-clock monitoring? Does that provider have access to a Help Desk and Network Operations Center that utilizes the expertise of more than 800 knowledgeable technicians? If you’ve got an emergency, resources should be available to solve any problem in a timely manner. 3. Suggest services that fit your budget and your needs. Proactive IT services provide better long-term value than reactive or break/fix services. But that doesn’t mean you don’t still have real budgetary constraints. Your IT provider should understand them and be able to identify an appropriate course of action that solves short-term problems within means you can afford. 4. Come up with long-term strategies for hardware, software, and support upgrades. No IT provider should ever recommend services that you don’t need or try to push expensive new software and hardware on your business. They should, however, work with you to identify areas where technological upgrades can make your business run more smoothly, and then lay out a strategy to efficiently plan for and implement those upgrades across the coming months and/or years. 5. Listen, listen, listen. This flows from each of the previous four points. An IT provider should serve as a trusted advisor that understands your overall business goals, hears out your concerns, asks questions about your technology needs, and focuses on ways to improve your productivity and profitability. Once you decide to upgrade your current IT situation, your new provider should also work closely with your old provider to collect all necessary information and make the transition as smooth as possible.

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Most of all, a new IT partner should work to serve your needs — and make you feel at ease. As many CMIT business owners testify, the most rewarding part of bringing on a new client is when they reveal that the transition was so easy they wish they’d done it sooner. Ready to make a change and add value to your business? Contact CMIT Solutions today for more info. We worry about IT so you don’t have to.

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sther Paul, The Positive Community Intern from Essex County College, interviewed Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins in November 2017.

Congresswoman Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins is dedicated to serving her community. She recently led the effort to save Saint Michael’s Medical Center and is already planning on doing so much more. In an interview with The Positive Community, the Newark Councilwoman shed light on her work and influence in the city’s Central Ward, as well as her weight loss journey. You were a councilwoman from 1995-2006, what made you run again in 2014? Well, public policy is what drives government. I felt there was a lack of accountability to the residents and that public policy that would affect the community was not being addressed totally in a holistic way. I wanted to come back and add a sense of institutional knowledge regarding why certain laws and ordinances had been passed and to take the emphasis out of the political side and make it more about public policy. I wanted to be that bridge between the downtown development and the downtown business community with the neighborhoods, with the people who lived and are the indigenous people, and those new people who are moving into Newark. So I wanted to concentrate on helping to be that bridge. But, I also understood that coming back on the city council, even though you represent a certain ward, your vote counts for all of the wards when you vote on development or public policy that’s happening in the various wards. So you officially represent a ward but your vote is cast on everything that goes on in the City of Newark. You’ve accomplished much thus far, it there something that makes you most proud? Saving Saint Michael’s Medical Center! Saint Michael’s has been around for 100-plus years and some people decided it would be okay to close it down. Those people didn’t consider the impact it would have on the 1,400 union workers’ jobs, and so it was critical to fight to keep it open for the people so they could have a choice of where they wanted to go for healthcare. I am very proud of helping the residents who watch the council meeting and see government taking place. I think it’s important to make transparent why these votes are taking place and what the impact of us voting on a project will have on taxpayers is now, but also for generations to come. Let’s talk about your weight loss journey. What method of surgery did you use? I had the process referred to as the sleeve. Continued on next page www.thepositivecommunity.com

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CHANEYFIELD Continued from previous page Why not take the natural route? I wasn’t disciplined enough to do that. I had personal trainers and I went to the gym. I just found out that wasn’t the method I needed. I needed a jump start. What triggered your decision to go with surgery? Oh, well, I had a little urging from God. Food was a big part of my life. I attended the New York Restaurant School, so I loved to cook, and I love food. So, in 2014, I was having meetings and one day realized that I was forgetting things and forgetting what was said in meetings, and losing things in my home. I had always prided myself on having a great memory. I would speak and the words I wanted to say were not the words I was thinking. How long did that last? It was about two months. What happened next? I had four meetings scheduled back-to-back and by the third meeting, I couldn't remember what the conversation was. By the fourth meeting, I was panicstricken because I couldn't remember the three previous meetings. When I walked out of that meeting, I went into the car and I said to my aide Larry Muhammad, “take me to Saint Michael's — there is something wrong with me.” I was diagnosed with TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack), which is a warning stroke that was affecting my short-term memory. Two days later, after being released [from the hospital] I started talking about losing the weight. I was obese. I had to get the weight off. I qualified for the surgery and I started my journey. Where did the surgery take place? I went to Garden State Bariatrics and met with Doctor Michael Bilof. I had my surgery on August 20, 2015. Doctor Bilof reassured me that I was going to be in good hands and I was. Do they require psychological testing? Oh, absolutely. You must go through a neurologist, a cardiologist, as well as a nutritionist. They require you to do a battery of tests in a time frame. You have to talk about why you think you gained the weight. So, had you gained weight or was it a consistent problem throughout the years? My weight became a consistent problem in 1991, after the death of my mom. Subsequently, between 1991 and 2011 I lost my sisters to breast cancer, so there was a void and I was filling that void with food and suffering from survivor’s guilt. Why them and not me?

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How much weight have you lost? In the first week after the surgery, I lost about 20 pounds. Now, I've lost about 100 and something pounds. Prior to my mom's death, I was a size six, and I went up to as high as a size 24/26. That’s great. Is your eating different from before? Yes. I can eat beef, I can eat fried chicken if it has sauce on it, but I can’t eat Popeye’s chicken like I used to. I can’t eat salads. I also find that if I wait too late in a day to consume food it becomes overwhelming. I know my limits now. It makes you listen to your body. So the surgery has helped with other complications, besides the weight loss? Yes. I don’t have hypertension anymore, thank God. It has helped tremendously. Are you happy with the outcome? Listen, I was loving the fact that I could put an outfit on by that Friday, and by Monday it would be too big. I was loving the ability to get my life back. I hated stairs and exercising. I hated myself. I would look in the mirror, get dressed, and not be happy with who I was. This surgery has made me become in tune with my body. I feel like I conquered a fear. That’s lovely. What is the next thing you are going to conquer? The next thing I’m going to conquer is my procrastination about exercise. The things I thought were going to flab, didn’t flab. I have to get my body strong and I’m not there yet. There’s still strength training I need to do to become healthier. How about politically? Politically, I’m still working on doing good government. How do you feel about Sheila Oliver’s election as lieutenant governor of New Jersey? Sheila Oliver? Oh my Gosh, Sheila Oliver’s election, for me, was the redemption in the electoral process, in that it does work. Ms. Oliver being elected shows that an overly qualified woman can be elected by all nationalities, age groups, and across the socio-economic spectrum of this country. She helped bring Phil Murphy over the top. I'm so proud because she's a person who's always been independent, outspoken, and knows the public policy. Editor’s note: On January 9, 2018 Councilwoman Jenkins launched her campaign for election as Mayor of the City of Newark. www.thepositivecommunity.com


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Kahlil Carmichael MAPCC, MDIV, CPT is the pastor of Live Well Church, in Somerset, New Jersey. He is a fitness specialist at The Fitness Doctor, a fitness and wellness consulting company; and the author of 50 Tips for a Better You. He is a contributor to Guideposts magazine. His first publication, Living Longer Living Better, is available now. Go to www.livewellchurch.org for more information.

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othing great happens without commitment. If you are tired of starting over you must stop quitting! This is true of every endeavor we pursue including maintaining a healthy weight and living a healthy lifestyle. One thing I know for certain is people who reach their goals, lose weight, improve their strength, lose the gut, and achieve a healthy BMI—make a commitment to a lifetime of exercise and healthy eating. Keyword: commitment. Commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. It’s time to commit to the cause of being healthy and living well! March is Women’s History Month and I feel compelled to look at the accomplishments of women in our community. The U.S. Census states that black women have the highest numbers for current enrollment in college. Black women have surpassed all other groups, having the highest percentage that is the most educated. Congratulations my sisters! You are awesome, and we are proud of you. I have been fortunate enough to work with, minister to, counsel, and offer physical fitness training to some of these beautiful and powerful women, as well as call some of them mentors. But there is another fact that I am compelled to share. No other population in the United States has a higher obesity rate than African American Women. Four out of Five are overweight or obese, according to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How can African American women excel in education, career, and entrepreneurial endeavors, yet fail to maintain a consistent exercise program and/or a healthy weight? In an article titled “Why are 4 out of 5 Black Women Obese, Overweight,” Julie Palmer, a senior epidemiologist at Boston University’s stone Epidemiology Center, details some of these causes. Palmer cites diet, motherhood, socioeconomic status and the environment. I would agree many of our sisters are overeating and making poor food choices. Having children is also a factor. My wife is on a journey to get back to her previous dress size “BK” (before kids). These are real factors that aid in the obesity epidemic facing women in our community. But I would like to add another factor, lack of commitment. When it comes to commitment, black women are the

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most committed people on the planet. Commitment to their faith, family, and forward progression are what makes black women so amazing. But when it comes to physical exercise, healthy eating, and fitness, unfortunately commitment for most is lacking. So, what do we do? Glad you asked. Its simple: commit not to quit. Here is an excerpt from my 30-day devotional, Finish Strong: I am a longtime admirer of marathoners. Truthfully, I am even a fan of those who are in training for a marathon! Thinking about the time and discipline that must be put in day in and day out to complete a marathon—all 26.2 miles of it—truly captivates my heart and imagination. But I am equally impressed with those who decide to work out when it is not convenient, when it doesn’t feel good, or when there are some initial pangs of discomfort when a new exercise is introduced. Why? Because they are persevering. I have a slogan on my mirror that says, “Finish Strong.” Although I’m a big believer in new beginnings and starting right where you are, I have grown to appreciate the qualities of a finisher as it relates to getting fit. When we do what we have previously deemed impossible, it builds us physically and mentally. So, what’s the formula to help us when we begin our own personal wellness journeys? 1. Step out on faith; 2. Do the work; 3. Persevere; 4. Mature; 5. Finish strong. To Finish Strong, commit not to quit! You can do it my sister! The same commitment it takes to be educated, run a successful business, and move forward in life, is the identical commitment required to get healthier and fit through fitness. You can do it. You are powerful. I believe in you. Commit not to quit. Exercise Consistently, Eat Healthier, Live Well. Disclaimer: The information contained in this column is of a general nature. You should consult your physician or health care professional before beginning any exercise program or changing your dietary regimen. www.thepositivecommunity.com


The Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness Invites your Preschool/School to come out and participate in the City’s 2018 Annual Immunization Awareness Walk Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10 A.M. KICK OFF NEWARK CITY HALL 920 BROAD STREET, NEWARK RAIN DATE: Thursday, April 26, 2018

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t Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, we take pride in providing excellent clinical care to our patients, as well as connecting with and empowering the communities we serve.

This year, our hospital will be front and center supporting the fight to defeat lung disease at the 2018 American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb in Newark, New Jersey. Newark Beth Israel is a major sponsor of this year’s climb. As the only lung transplant center in the state of New Jersey and a leader in the treatment of advanced lung diseases, Newark Beth Israel has a unique stake in this race. Our patients who are living with asthma, COPD, lung cancer and the impacts of air pollution already know how committed we are to improving their health. On April 7 we get to show the entire state just how dedicated we are to treating these patients and to one day eradicating these illnesses. This year, the climb has an even greater significance for us because we will be honoring the memory of pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Sushmita Mikkilineni, who passed away last year. Dr. Mikkilineni was a Board Member of New Jersey’s American Lung Association for more than 15 years and devoted her life to fighting pulmonary diseases, specifically childhood asthma. I greatly value and appreciate the work that everyone at The Beth does every day for our patients and their families. I am looking forward to supporting my colleagues, our patients, and the American Lung Association at this year’s Fight for Air Climb! To sign up for this year’s climb go to: action.lung.org/nbichonj

Sincerely, Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE President and Chief Executive Officer Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey 2018 ALA Fight for Air Climb, Committee Chairperson

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A lung transplant could lead to more birthdays. As the only hospital in the state that performs lung transplants, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center can provide a convenient location so friends and family can spend more time visiting and less time traveling. To learn more about lung transplants, and support services such as pulmonary rehabilitation, pain management and smoking cessation, call 1-888-NJLung1 or visit rwjbh.org/lungtransplant

Let’s be healthy together.

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NEWARK MAYORAL CANDIDATE Letʼs Make History Together!

Vote Team Chaneyfield Jenkins on May 8, 2018!

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he women featured in this section are living their best lives with passion, dedication, and spirit. Each one brings something different to the table—and they are definitely worthy of seats at the table—yet they all exhibit the common threads of generosity and community. We call them “Women to Watch” because we can all learn from them professionally and personally. Allow their simple wit and wisdom to inspire you to do your best and live your best. You don’t have to be on this list to be worthy of the title. Whether you realize it or not, our children, our leaders—our entire community is watching. Also see page 58 The Last Word. www.thepositivecommunity.com

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Lieutenant Governor of NJ Sheila Oliver: Making History and Shaping Heritage By Rev. Dr. Bernadette Glover

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ora Neale Hurston wrote, “I have been in sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots.” Langston Hughes wrote, “Tomorrow I’ll sit at the table and they’ll see how beautiful I am and be ashamed.” Shirley Chisholm advised, “If they won’t let you sit at the table, bring a folding chair.” Some people make history, others shape heritage. History makers can be content as an inspiring presence in public view while a presence without position in political reality. History makers, relieved that “sorrow’s kitchen” is behind, can relish feasting at a table someone else has set. History makers as the enfleshed aspirations of generations, can be offended into distraction by the absence of shame, apology, or trace of genuine regret from their “peers” over the cost of systemically slanted goodwill. Heritage shapers read the table as they decode the echoing cries of the casualties of cronyism and clout enthronement that fill the room. Heritage shapers make their own place, looking neither for apology nor affirmation. Heritage shapers are concerned about where the food came from, the digestibility of the menu, and how the leftovers will hold up when they get home. The difference

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between history makers and heritage shapers is that, regardless of the seat at the table, heritage shapers put all their weight down while history makers do not. New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Oliver, was on the heritage shaper track well before her inauguration. Surely, graduating from Weequahic, one of the top 100 high schools in the country at the time, as well as earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Lincoln University (where Langston Hughes and Thurgood Marshall studied) and a Master of Science in Planning and Administration from Columbia University, assisted with her ability to frame the complexity of our lived social narratives. Consequently, introducing viable programs and public policy came readily. She can be described as a dignified, intelligent, well-versed, articulate, and thick-skinned, independent thinker who is passionate for the work of the Department of Community Affairs she heads. As the first African American woman to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, Sheila Oliver is the second highest ranking official in State government and next in order of succession. Having also served as Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, she is savvy

and no stranger to the weeds of Garden State politics and debates. Kudos to our Lieutenant Governor, who can reset conversations and change menu options at whatever table she sits, without a taste for eating her words! Weighty responsibility has come into her hands “…And what she possesses should only be the means of preparing her to use the coming power for the glory of God and the good of mankind; for power without righteousness is one of the most dangerous forces in the world.” (Frances E.W. Harper at the Women’s Congress at the Columbian Exposition National Association of Colored Women, 1892) History makers are concerned with effecting emancipation; heritage shapers are concerned with also effecting empowerment. Both should come easily to Sheila Oliver, our first African American Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. Rev. Dr. Glover is senior pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey.

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omen continue to crack the glass ceiling in C-Suites across the country as well as make tremendous gains in higher education, medicine, and the legal field. Now, women…specifically women of color, are making great strides in the political arena and could make historic wins in statewide and congressional races around the United States. I joined almost 1,000 Black women at the inaugural Power Rising Summit held in Atlanta, February 22–25. This unique, unprecedented national event was born out of a retreat of black female members of Congress shortly after the 2016 presidential election. Power Rising’s mission—“to leverage our collective wisdom to develop strategic, actionable ways to build and maximize our economic and political power for the betterment of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our future.” Throughout that weekend, it became clearer to me how much their actions in 2018 could prove to be among the most significant political statements that black women will make in history. It is undebatable that we are poised to be major players in statewide elections throughout this nation. Already, New Jersey’s Lt. Governor, Sheila Oliver (D), has made history by becoming the first African American woman to be elected to a state-

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wide office in the Garden State. Lt. Governor Oliver is in an exclusive club. Only two other black women now serve in statewide elected offices: Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier (D) and Kentucky Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton (R). To put these numbers in perspective, only 12 black women have held statewide elected office and no black woman has ever been elected governor in the nation. Currently, 79 women are making a serious run for governor across the United States. Georgia’s Stacey Abrams, the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American leader in the State House, could become the first African American female governor in the United States of America. When black women turn out in record numbers, they influence election results. Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election certainly demonstrates that large numbers of black women voters can make a difference. It’s worthy to note black women voted in the highest numbers of any race or gender group in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. A recent report issued by Higher Heights Leadership Fund and the Center for American Women and Politics, “The Chisholm Effect: Black Women in American Politics” marks the 50th anniversary of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s election

as the first black woman in Congress. This document makes it clear that black women’s political muscle during this year’s midterm elections will be evidenced in new faces running for office and the impact of potential hopefuls getting into office. The report points out that 19 black women currently serve in Congress: 18 black women representatives and one black woman senator. New Jersey is proudly the home to one of the black female representatives, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Rep. Watson Coleman is the first black woman elected to Congress in New Jersey. It is extremely conceivable that New Jersey’s female representation in Congress will increase due to the strong women candidates on the ballot this year. New York is also proudly the home to one of the 18 women representatives, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. In this Women’s History Month, we celebrate victories of all women whose voices are being heard. We particularly celebrate the fact that black women are finding their voices in politics…and will be silent no more. Ms. LaRue is founder of the well-known blog LaRuelist Report and senior vice president of the Kaufman Zita Group.

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New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver

In Sheila Oliver, New Jersey has a Lieutenant Governor with years of experience lifting up working families and ensuring those pushed to the margins of society have a chance to succeed. And, as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs she brings a first-hand understanding of the many challenges that face our communities. Sheila is a leader in every sense, and an integral partner as we begin the process of building a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every resident.

Hon. Ras J. Baraka, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey

The election of Sheila Oliver as Lieutenant Governor is cause for celebration by all New Jersey residents and especially by the people of Newark. Sheila is family. She was born in Newark and has fought for social, economic and racial justice her entire life. Nobody understands the problems and strengths of our cities better than Sheila Oliver. Mayors know that we can count on Sheila, in her powerful role as head of the Department of Community Affairs, to energize job-creating economic development in our urban areas. Hon. Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., Essex County Executive

Sheila has dedicated her life to public service. I can think of no one else who has as much experience on all levels of government, combined with the compassion and dedication to help the less fortunate. She is a pioneer

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and trailblazer who has made history twice by becoming the first African-American woman to serve as Assembly Speaker and the first African-American to serve as Lt. Governor. Susan Cole, President Montclair State University

Sheila Oliver is a highly knowledgeable and experienced public servant, and, throughout her career, she has been a staunch advocate for issues affecting the quality of life of the people of New Jersey. Now, in her capacity as Lt. Governor and as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, she is positioned to broaden the scope of her policy making and leadership. From the perspective of the higher education community, and Montclair State University specifically, I am pleased that her new position gives her increased visibility as an excellent role model for students, demonstrating what education and determination can lead to in life. www.thepositivecommunity.com www.thepositivecommunity.com


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The Theelection electionofofthe theHonorable HonorableSheila SheilaY.Y.Oliver Oliverisishistorhistoricic and and represents represents an an unprecedented unprecedented accomplishment. accomplishment. As As New New Jersey’s Jersey’s FIRST FIRST African-American African-American Lieutenant Lieutenant Governor, Governor,she sheisisan anicon iconand andaareminder reminderthat thatanything anything isispossible possibleififyou youjust justbelieve. believe.Many Manyyoung youngwomen womenwho who only only dream dream ofof their their future future will will now now say say “Yes “Yes I I Can.” Can.” Hon. Hon.Bonnie BonnieWatson WatsonColeman, Coleman, Congresswoman CongresswomanNJ NJ12th 12thDistrict District

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Anna Glass

Executive Director Dance Theatre of Harlem

TPC: Was there a moment when you realized you were doing what you were meant to do? Anna Glass: Now especially! I am both humbled and proud to serve as the executive director of the world’s historic Classical Ballet Company, a company that reinforced my passion for dance. It’s also a company where I can use my skills as an attorney to provide a legal safe haven for the company to grow. Given the opportunity to continue to serve the company, it was clear that I had come full circle and it was my destiny to serve in even a greater capacity. TPC: What is unique about what you do? AG: I actually get to see transformations in the lives of young

dancers. While maintaining performing arts that have historic and cultural significance, I am fueled with purpose as I see one child, one dancer at a time bloom into this excellent professional. TPC: How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated? AG: Seeing other people “get it” and become motivated as

and loved me through the lessons of bad choices and the rewards of good ones. TPC: Do you feel women are having a moment? If so why? AG: Women have contributed to every moment in time. Dance Theatre of Harlem has shattered many obstacles in society, and the field of classical dance, to fully embrace the contributions of diverse communities. Even with the huge leaps we’ve made towards inclusion, many barriers still exist. My work continues and is motivated by the need to bring about change in the dance world. To ensure that our DTH School students can attend the performance of a major dance company and see themselves represented on that stage. TPC: Many women not only work hard to succeed in our professional

lives, but also to raise our families and have full personal lives. Do you think it really is possible to have it all and if so, what advice would you give women who are trying? AG: Yes, I am an example. It requires personal choices that only the individual can weigh for themselves.

well. I am clear about my purpose and the power of the performing arts. Though I am humbled by the honor to lead this prestigious institution, I am proud that it is also a dream fulfilled. Now, in our 49th season, Dance Theatre of Harlem continues to lead the vision where ballet belongs to everyone.

TPC: How has your faith informed your professional and personal life? AG: Belief and hope go hand in hand when you aspire for

TPC: To what do you attribute your success? How did you get where

es, watching them on TV, going to museums, or enjoyable reading and valuable conversation with others. Having a young child and husband shapes much of my free time to be inclusive and build upon activities we can share.

you are today, and who/what helped you along the way? AG: My success was not a direct line. I always loved dancing and performing, but was encouraged to attend law school. I am a licensed attorney in New York State, but have always followed my passion by working in the arts. Learning and embracing Arthur Mitchell’s mission; watching Artistic Director and DTH Company alumna Virginia Johnson, I knew if I could offer my expertise in some part to this legacy and help transform lives, that would be my definition of success. My parents, to no small degree, always supported my aspirations

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TPC: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be? AG: Love what you do. Do what you do with love. Nothing is easy; it’s far more complex. But, ask yourself, “Do I inspire myself and can what I do help someone else?” At the end of the day, that will be the measure of your happiness and success.

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TPC: Was there a moment when you realized you were doing what TPC: Many women not only you were meant to do? Questions presented by The Positive Community Magazine—work hard to succeed in our Lucinda Cross: Yes, when two young girls came to me with professional lives but also to tears in their eyes after my presentation in L.A., saying raise our families TPC: Was there a moment when you realized you were doing what TPC: Many womenand not have only they were about to make the same mistake I did until they full personal lives. you were meant to do? work hard to succeedDo in you our heard myCross: story. Yes, I realized my young work in speaking it really possible Lucinda when two girls came tomy metruth with think professional livesis but also to to and power is bigger than me. in L.A., saying have and if and so, what tearssharing in theirmyeyes after my presentation raise it ourallfamilies have would you giveDo women they were about to make the same mistake I did until they advice full personal lives. you Lucinda Cross TPC: What is unique about what you do? who are trying? heard my story. I realized my work in speaking my truth think it really is possible to President, Activate WorldWide LC: My abilitymy topower connect and speak possible it Leadership and Professional and sharing is bigger thanwith me. true authenticity LC: haveItitisall and iftoso,have what Development Coaching and vulnerability, create collaborations, and share infor- advice all, butwould something is going you give women mation most peopleabout holdwhat to themselves—fearful of giving who to bearesacrificed. Lucinda Cross TPC: What is unique you do? trying? As a mom President, Activate WorldWide too much. of three and a wife, I must sacrifice my personal time and LC: My ability to connect and speak with true authenticity LC: It is possible to have it Leadership and Professional be very strategic about keeping the family functioning. I Development Coaching and vulnerability, create collaborations, and share infor- all, but something is going TPC: How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated? multitask, and I ask for help. There is no way to manage mation most people hold to themselves—fearful of giving to be sacrificed. As a mom LC: My motivation comes from having fun and celebrating it unless ask for HELP. We don’t to do it alland to too much. ofall three andwe a wife, I must sacrifice my have personal time every milestone, large or small. Everything about me is a have it all. be very strategic about keeping the family functioning. I cause for celebration. I am going tostay celebrate this honor multitask, and I ask for help. There is no way to manage TPC: How do you motivate yourself and motivated? of listed as a comes Woman to Watch. How has your informed your professional LC:being My motivation from having fun and celebrating TPC: it all unless we ask forfaith HELP. We don’t have to do it alland to personal life? every milestone, large or small. Everything about me is a have it all. TPC: To do you attribute your success? How this did you get LC: I understand God is working with me and for me; I cause forwhat celebration. I am going to celebrate honor where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way? have Godyour to know is not option andand all of being listed as a Woman to Watch. TPC: faith How inhas faith failure informed youranprofessional LC: My mother gave me tough love as the oldest with three things will work out for my good. There were times when personal life? younger brothers. Sheattribute always told to actHow like did a lady wanted to throw God in theis towel andwith give me up, and but Ifor realized TPC: To what do you your me success? youand get ILC: I understand working me; I work like a boss. She pushed me from 10 years old to think that if I did, I would not be operating in faith but fear. where you are today, and who/what helped you along the way? have faith in God to know failure is not an optioninand all out of the box; to always do things that are unpredictable. LC: My mother gave me tough love as the oldest with three things will work out for my good. There were times when Iyounger got herebrothers. today byShe turning mytold frustration into fortune. Howto dothrow you spend yourtowel free time? always me to act likemy a lady and ITPC: wanted in the and give up, but I realized Iwork became my own client and in doing so, I was able to proLC: Self-care, reading, having fun withinmy kids, and like a boss. She pushed me from 10 years old to think that if I did, I would not be operating faith but in sponfear. vide a solution for others. taneous date nights with my husband. out of the box; to always do things that are unpredictable.

I got here today by turning my frustration into my fortune. Do you feel client womenand are in having righttonow? ITPC: became my own doingaso,moment I was able proIf so, why? vide a solution for others. LC: Women are supporting one another with conviction and sticking rather than competing. TPC: passion, Do you feel womentogether are having a moment right now? We’re sharing our pain and realizing sticking together If so, why? will enforce change, not separating ourselves. Women are LC: Women are supporting one another with conviction coming together as one unit. We are realizing WE ARE and passion, sticking together rather than competing. NOT in our insecurities, We’re ALONE sharing our painchallenges, and realizing sticking passions, together and even our purposes. will enforce change, not separating ourselves. Women are

what would it be? taneous date nights with my husband. LC: Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. When you on one being without looking at someTPC: focus If you had piecegreat of advice to someone just starting out, one else, you rise to the top. Comparison drags you what would it be? down, keeps you unfocused, and keeps else. your When ideas LC: Don’t compare yourself to anyone in a box. Express your brand the best way you can. you focus on being great without looking at someLet nothing and no one distract you from being one else, you rise to the top. Comparison drags you great. down, keeps you unfocused, and keeps your ideas

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Questions Answered . . . Questions Answered . . . TPC: Was there a moment when you realized you were doing what you were meant to do? TPC: Was there a moment Tamika I am when youStembridge: realized you were doblessed to have had ing what you were meant tosevdo? eral moments, with each Tamika Stembridge: I am step meaningful blessedbeing to have had sevin the moment, andeach (in eral moments, with hindsight) necessary in the step being meaningful grand of things. in thescheme moment, and (in hindsight) necessary in the TPC: What is unique about grand scheme of things. what you do? TS: the isperfect TPC:It’s What unique blend about of passion, gut-sense, inwhat you do? dustry-knowledge with Tamika Stembridge TS: It’s the perfect blend Executive Director practical profesof passion,insight, gut-sense, indfree®Global Foundation sionalism, authentic focus dustry-knowledge with Tamika Stembridge on and connection with Executive Director practical insight, profespeople, and “theFoundation work!” I can gosionalism, from high-level strategy to dfree®Global authentic focus the weeds of detail without missing a beat. I believe that you on and connection with should able think it AND it, from concept to exepeople,be and “thetowork!” I can godo from high-level strategy to cution, if necessary; all in a manner that makes people the weeds of detail without missing a beat. I believe that feel you valued, well-served, inspired, anddoequipped to take action. should be able to think it AND it, from concept to execution, if necessary; all in a manner that makes people feel TPC: How do you motivate yourself stay motivated? valued, well-served, inspired, andand equipped to take action. TS: Beyond staying fueled with books, podcasts, and a power playlist (from The Clark Sisters The Sounds of PhilaTPC: How do you motivate yourself andtostay motivated? delphia with a little Beyonce sprinkled in), I’ve found that TS: Beyond staying fueled with books, podcasts, and a pownothing motivates me more than a little sunlight and seat er playlist (from The Clark Sisters to The Sounds of“a Philaat the table” (my desk). Action is the best motivator. DO… delphia with a little Beyonce sprinkled in), I’ve found that get done…feel accomplished anda DO more! nothing motivates me more than littlesome sunlight and “a seat at the table” (my desk). Action is the best motivator. DO… TPC: To what do you attribute yourand success? How did you get where get done…feel accomplished DO some more! you are today, and who/what helped you along the way? TS: loves like really me… I have nevTPC:God To what do me, you attribute yourloves success? Howand did you get where er been afraid of hard work! My parents and grandparents you are today, and who/what helped you along the way? weren’t super strict, nor direct in terms of their expectaTS: God loves me, like really loves me… and I have nevtions of me. ButofI’ve always well, andand they have always er been afraid hard work!done My parents grandparents encouraged me to pursue whatever I wanted. I’m really weren’t super strict, nor direct in terms of theirnot expectaations fan of of me. losing or being less than the best. So I know that if But I’ve always done well, and they have always Iencouraged pray hard and work hard, the things I want to achieve will me to pursue whatever I wanted. I’m not really be within reach,orinbeing due time. I alsothe research EVERYTHING! a fan of losing less than best. So I know that if I pray hard and work hard, the things I want to achieve will TPC: Do you feel women aretime. having a moment rightEVERYTHING! now? If so, why? be within reach, in due I also research TS: We are women. It is ALWAYS our moment! Even when we allow thefeel world toare pretend not; with TPC: Do you women havingit’s a moment rightgrace, now? Ifhumility, so, why? style, and grit…we get it done! Women make the world goTS: We are women. It is ALWAYS our moment! Even when round! we allow the world to pretend it’s not; with grace, humility, style, and grit…we get it done! Women make the world goround! www.thepositivecommunity.com www.thepositivecommunity.com www.thepositivecommunity.com

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al lives, but also to raise our families and have full personal lives. Do you think it really is possible to have it all and if so, what advice TPC: Many women not only work hard to succeed in our professionwould trying?and have full personal lives. al lives,you butgive alsowomen to raisewho ourare families TS: I made time for love, intentionally, backif so, in 2015 (e.g., Do you think it really is possible to have it all and what advice hired a dating coach)…that effort has served me well. I am would you give women who are trying? dating a man I really love (and he loves me just the same). TS: I made time for love, intentionally, back in 2015 (e.g., Though I am not married, effort nor dohas I have a me child yet,I am my hired a dating coach)…that served well. prayer is those two things blend harmoniously into the symdating a man I really love (and he loves me just the same). phony that is my I believenor we do each have the capacity for Though I am notlife. married, I have a child yet, my whatever is “enough” for us at the moment. You have to be prayer is those two things blend harmoniously into the symgrateful for what you have, know your “enough,” and make phony that is my life. I believe we each have the capacity for room as your vision offor “enough” whatever is “enough” us at theexpands. moment. You have to be grateful for what you have, know your “enough,” and make TPC: has your faith informed your professional and roomHow as your vision of “enough” expands. personal life? TS: gone church all of myyour life,professional gave my life TPC:I’d How hasto your faith informed andto Christ at age 13, prayed religiously whenever life was super good personal life? or super tough, but at my lowest points that just wasn’t TS: I’d gone to church all of my life, gave my life to Christ enough. It wasn’t until I committed to studying the Bible at age 13, prayed religiously whenever life was super good on my own — for myself — that everything started make or super tough, but at my lowest points that justtowasn’t sense. I often feel like living is a constant state the of prayer enough. It wasn’t untilmyI committed to studying Bible –onthanking God, asking God, waiting for God, trusting God, my own — for myself — that everything started to make hearing from God, and thanking God some more. Jesus is sense. I often feel like my living is a constant state of prayer my unfailing answer, always. – thanking God, asking God, waiting for God, trusting God, hearing from God, and thanking God some more. Jesus is TPC:unfailing How do you spendalways. your free time? (hobbies, volunteering, etc.) my answer, TS: Mentoring, coaching, and I love being at home, reading, spending the sun,volunteering, scrolling InstaTPC:daydreaming, How do you spend your freetime time?in(hobbies, etc.) gram, and spending time with my family, friends, boyfriend, TS: Mentoring, coaching, and I love being at home, readand myself! I still shop a little,time tooin (within budget, though)! ing, daydreaming, spending the sun, scrolling Instagram, and spending time with my family, friends, boyfriend, TPC:myself! If you had piecea little, of advice someonebudget, just starting out, and I stillone shop tooto(within though)! what would it be? TS: go of situations, excuses, TPC:Let If you hadthe onethings piece of(people, advice tostuff, someone just starting out, etc.) holding you down, back, or that YOU are holding too what would it be? tightly. Make room, and do the work! God’s promises to TS: Let go of the things (people, stuff, situations, excuses, deliver on the desires of our heart are sincere, but we have etc.) holding you down, back, or that YOU are holding too to be open, and (the faith and the tightly. Makeready, room,willing, and do theworking work! God’s promises to fingers) to fully receive them! deliver on the desires of our heart are sincere, but we have to be open, ready, willing, and working (the faith and the fingers) to fully receive them! Stay connected @TheFreeBlackGirl Instagram), @OGFreeBlackGirl (Twitter)! Stay connected @TheFreeBlackGirl Instagram), To learn more about dfree® Financial Freedom Movement, visit @OGFreeBlackGirl (Twitter)! www.mydfree.org! To learn more about dfree® Financial Freedom Movement, visit www.mydfree.org! March 2018 The Positive Community

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TPC: Was there a moment when you realized you were doing what TPC: Many women not only Questions presented by The Positive Community Magazine— you were meant to do? work hard to succeed in our proDonna Walker Kuhn: Yes, working with Arthur Mitchell at fessional lives, but also to raise TPC: Was there a moment when you realized you were doing what Manyand women The Dance Theatre of Harlem crystallized the need to en- TPC: our families havenot full only peryou were meant to do? work hard to succeed in progage communities of color for the arts. I felt very comfort- sonal lives. Do you thinkour it realDonna Walker Kuhn: Yes, working with Arthur Mitchell at lives, but also raise Donna Walker Kuhne able doing this and I could apply my passion and love of fessional ly is possible to have it alltoand if President The Dance Theatre of Harlem crystallized the need to enour families and have full perdance as well as my skills as a lawyer. so, what advice would you give Walker Communications Group gage communities of color for the arts. I felt very comfort- sonal lives. Do you think it realwomen who are trying? Donna Walker Kuhne able doing this and I could apply my passion and love of DWK: ly is possible to have it allaccomplish and if TPC: What is unique about what you do? I think we can anythingPresident we choose. It is a dance as well as my skills as a lawyer. so, whatof advice would and you give Walker Communications Group DWK: I have created a strategy for community engagement matter priorities being organized. Everything has a women who are trying? that is universal, effective, tactical and, non-threatening for cost so within 24 hours a day, you choose where to focus your TPC: What is unique about what you do? DWK: I think we can accomplish anything we choose. It is a white institutions to explore. time. I believe when you are 100% present whether it’s at DWK: I have created a strategy for community engagement matter organized. has a home orofinpriorities the office,and youbeing then do have it all,Everything it’s not as much that is universal, effective, tactical and, non-threatening for cost so within 24 hours a day, you choose where to focus your TPC: How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated? a matter of balance, as it is being present 100%. white institutions to explore. time. I believe when you are 100% present whether it’s at DWK: My religious practice as a proud member of the Budhome or in the office, you then do have it all, it’s not as much dhist community and member of SGI-USA enables me to TPC: How has your faith informed your professional and TPC: How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated? matterlife? of balance, as it is being present 100%. fulfill my voice every day to create world peace. I believe apersonal DWK: My religious practice as a proud member of the Budthat building harmonious communities through the arts DWK: I would not have the success I experience now without dhist community member SGI-USA to being TPC: How has your faith informed your professional and enables people toand respect eachofother, be enables curious me about a Buddhist. This practice enables me to continue to fulfill my voice every day to create world peace. I believe personalmy life? each other, and therefore share mutual experiences about polish life, to be the best person, to take full responsibilthat building harmonious communities through the arts DWK: I would not have the success I experience now without diverse cultures. ities for my actions, to be protected, and always land in envienables people to respect each other, be curious about being a Buddhist. practice enables me In to my continue to TPC: To what do you attribute your success? How did you get where ronments where myThis work can grow and soar. personal each other, and therefore share mutual experiences about polish my life, to be the best person, to take full responsibilyou are today, and who/what helped you along the way? life, my faith enables me to be happy every single day and diverse cultures. ities for my actions,my to destiny. be protected, and land in enviDWK: My mom was and still is a central force in my life. to know I control It is up toalways the causes I make TPC: To what do you attribute your success? How did you get where ronments where my work can grow and soar. In my personal I have two sisters and she raised us to believe we can do through my prayers and actions that determine the kind of you are today, who/what helped youtoalong the way? I have life, faith enables me to be happy every single day and anything, go and anywhere, and strive be excellent. life Imy have. DWK: My mom was and still is a central force in my life. to know I control my destiny. It is up to the causes I make never not believed this. I’ve also had wonderful mentors Ialong havethe twoway sisters and she raised us to believe we can do through my that determine the kindetc.) of to help me shape my ideas and inspire me— TPC: How do prayers you spendand youractions free time? (hobbies, volunteering, anything, go anywhere, and strive to be excellent. I have life I have. Daisaku Ikeda, president of SGI_USA, my spiritual mentor; DWK: I am very active in the SGI, supporting our members never believed I’ve C. also had wonderful mentors in their practice, developing our Lecture of Peace Series, Arthurnot Mitchell; andthis. George Wolfe. along the way to help me shape my ideas and inspire me— TPC: How at do our you spend yourmeetings free time? and (hobbies, volunteering, etc.) speaking general festivals,and nurturDaisaku Ikeda, president of SGI_USA, my spiritual mentor; DWK: I am very active in the SGI, supporting our members TPC: Do you feel women are having a moment right now? ing our youth. Arthur Mitchell; and George C. Wolfe. in their practice, developing our Lecture of Peace Series, If so, why? speaking at had our one general meetings festivals,and nurturYes, we are finding our voices and using our power. There TPC: If you piece of advice toand someone just starting out, TPC: Do you feel women are having a moment right now? ing our youth. are examples worldwide of women speaking up whether it’s what would it be? If so, why? against religious bias, equity in pay, sexual harassment, or a DWK: Get a mentor, get several if you can—to guide you Yes, aretable. finding our voices and using our power. 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TPC: Was there a moment when you realized you were doing what happening because we have Questions presented by The Positive Community Magazine— you were meant to do? found our voices. We have Dee Marshall: I was speaking to a small group of people found our super power and TPC: a moment when but you itrealized were doing because we have and itWas was there the very first time, felt soyou natural. I felt what as if happening we are not afraid to show up you were meant to do? found our voices. We have I were at home. It felt like a key to open the lock and was so in the world for our beliefs. Dee Marshall: I was speaking to afor small groupI wanted of people power and powerful because I had asked God answers. to found Womenour aresuper also banding toand it was the very first time, but it felt so natural. I felt as if we are not afraid to up know who I am, whose I am, why I’m here, and where I’m gether and cheeringshow for one Dee Marshall Igoing. were at home. 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ow that most of us have made at least one trip to Wakanda (okay, I’ve made three and will likely go again), we can finally discuss some of the fantastic sights and sounds we experienced in Marvel’s Black Panther movie. Beyond how gorgeous the cast is and the amazing technology depicted in Wakanda, I was mesmerized by the attention to detail regarding the Wakandan people and how director Ryan Coogler used inspiration from throughout The Continent to create these fictional African people. Let’s learn about the real-life cultural inspirations for some of the clothing, sounds, and accessories. One character who seemed to draw my attention whenever he was on the screen was the River Tribe Elder, played by Isaach de Bankolé. He appeared in brightly colored suits and robes, with matching lip plates. The lip plates are most common in Mursi and Surma cultures in Ethiopia. While lip plates are now most common among tribal women, in the past African men wore lip plates as a rite of passage into manhood or a symbol of their status within the tribe — the bigger the better. Angela Bassett was amazing as Queen Ramonda and her wardrobe was gorgeous! She most often wore a Zulu isicholo headdress, a tall, round hat with a flat top. Isicholos are traditionally worn by married Zulu women and traditionally sewn into the hair. The hair would be straightened, herbs would be applied, and the hat would be sewn into her hair so it could no longer be taken off and over a period of a few months would rot on her head. Her hair would then be washed and the procedure repeated. Today, the hats are no longer sewn into the hair, and they’re generally only worn on special occasions.

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W’Kabi, played by Daniel Kaluuya, wore a Basotho blanket, worn traditionally by the Sotho people of the Kingdom of Lesotho. The layout of the design, the various symbols, the bold colour combinations and the characteristic pin-stripe make Basotho blankets unique. Originally, the stripe was a weaving fault, but it has become part of the design and now dictates how the blanket is worn. Traditionally, the pin-stripe runs vertically, symbolizing growth. In Basotho culture the corncob is a symbol of fertility and wealth, and is the most widely used motif; the more corn cobs, the more prestigious... Story coninues online at thepositivecommunity.com

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EMPOWERING This year’s McDonald’s® 365 Black® honorees are a living testament to the power of inspiration. With every personal victory, they’ve used their success to lift their community to new heights. To learn more about the achievements and contributions of this group of extraordinary women, visit 365Black.com

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Chasity Hale, Sanya Richards-Ross, Margaret “Marty” Gillis, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Tichina Arnold © 2017 McDonald’s


Education the art + science of learning

Newark School of Theology CELEBRATES 20 Years

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or 20 years, Newark School of Theology (NST) has served the city of Newark’s churches, lay teachers, ministry leaders, and those seeking to understand what it means to live spiritually and seek a higher understanding of God. In the spirit of service to God and our fellow man, NST hosted a reception at Newark Public Library in honor of this significant milestone. NST has been a well-kept secret in Newark, but we are living in times that trouble our souls. It will take a village—all of us— to heal our city.  On February 8th, the Newark School of Theology and The Positive Community launched a monthly public lecture series. The inaugural speaker, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, delivered an impassioned lecture on Newark, Spirituality, and the Future (view the video at www.thepositivecommunity.com). Future lecturers include Rev. Dr. David Jefferson, Sr., pastor of Metropolitan Baptist Church (April 12) and Michellene Davis, Esq., executive vice president RWJ Barnabas Health (May 10).

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NST Founder/President Rev. Dr. Douglas Bendell, Phd. and his wife, Jennifer Fell Hayes

Dr. Howard Burrell; Margaret Cammarieri, American Heart Association; Rev. Louise Roundtree, Newark Clergy Alliance; Rev. Dr. Martin Oguike; guest; and Pastor Vincent M. Rouse, Sr.

Newark Public Library Director Jeffrey Trzeciak

Rev. Dr. William L. Watkins, Jr., corresponding secretary Baptist Minister’s Conference of Greater NY & Vicinity

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Newark School of Theology Board members L–R: Elder Paul Trotman; Rev. Dr. Miguel Hernandez; Rev. Dr. Martin Oguike; Adrian Council, Sr.; Marcia Brown, Esq.; and Rev. Dr. Douglas Bendell, president

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President United Missionary Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Robert L. Curry

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Columbia in March MARCH 21–25, 2018

The Inaugural Dr. Saul and Dorothy Kit Film Noir Festival The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of: Paris 1946 and American Film Noir Columbia University Lenfest Center for the Arts 615 W. 129th St. (enter on 125th Street) New York, NY 10027 Paris, 1946—The war is over and American movies are once again in theaters. The French immediately notice a shift in the sensibility of Hollywood crime films. They call it film noir. Watch works by John Huston, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, John Brahm, Edward Dmytryk, Robert Siodmak and Fritz Lang.

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Columbia Community Scholars Info Session

Harlem Chamber Players Spring Concert

Afro-Travel: Music of the Yosvany Terry Quintet

For their seventh annual concert, the musicians are joined by the highly acclaimed students from the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music. Tickets $20, $15 for students and seniors.

The quintet’s performance concentrates on the African diaspora travels and geographies informing their work, a wide variety of black musical influences. Free but RSVP is required.

Visit harlemchamberplayers.org for more info and to buy tickets.

Email columbiajazzstudies@gmail.com to secure your seat; call 212-851-9270 for more info.

6:00 PM TO 7:00 PM 206 Low Libray, Morningside campus

Columbia offers independent, communitybased scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a range of University services and resources at no cost to participants: access to University libraries, course auditing privileges, dialogue with scholars, and participation in seminars and social events developed for the group. Application deadline: Thursday, April 26. For more info, call 212-854-5710, visit gca.columbia.edu or email communityaffairs@columbia.edu.

4:00 P.M. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 W. 126th St., New York, NY

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he American Legacy Mobile Truck Exhibit rolled into Newark under the banner “Know Your History.” Celebrating its 10th anniversary spreading knowledge and insight and making African American History a fun activity for the entire family, the exhibit— powered by Toyota—traveled to 11 cities during Black History Month, arriving in Newark on February 25 for a two-day stay.

Consultant William (Bill) Casey; Rodney J. Reynolds; and Jai West, Lincoln Tech executive director of Industry Training Parnerships

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Sunday | March 11, 2018

noon – 5pm Celebrate Women’s History Month by engaging in activities inspired by women and goddesses found within our reinstalled gallery, Art of the Ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece & Rome.

Highlights include: A live hip-hop musical improv performance inspired by goddesses, an interactive presentation on Roman imperial period hairstyling techniques, life casting and more! 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102-3176

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Community Connections 2018 Six individual sessions for ages 3-14

Week 1: Palettes & Palates | July 9-13 Week 2: Dig This | July 16-20 Week 3: Timeless Tales | July 23-27 Week 4: It’s a Look! | July 30-August 3 Week 5: Family Matters! | August 6-10 Week 6: Catch the Beat | August 13-17

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L–R: Philip Thomas, Council of Elders inductee; Deborah Smith Gregory, Steward of the Dream; Rev. Ronald Slaughter, Visionary of the Future​; Hon. Ras J Baraka, Newark Mayor; Rick Thigpen, VP State Governmental Affairs PSE&G; Donna Walker-Kuhne, NJPAC VP Community Engagement; and John Schreiber, NJPAC president and CEO

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Rick Thigpen, VP, State Governmental Affairs for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)

NJPAC Standing with King MLK Awards Ceremony L–R: Philip Thomas, Deborah Smith Gregory, and Rev. Ronald Slaughter, Saint James A.M.E. Church, Newark, NJ

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olidarity and service in the face of political turmoil was the recurrent theme of NJPAC’s Living the Dream awards ceremony on January 12, held as part of the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The gathering concluded with a spirited, faith-affirming concert by Mary Mary and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard. Three honorees, whose contributions to Newark and its greater community embrace the King legacy, were ushered into the Chase Room to the uplifting sounds of the Rev. Stefanie Minatee’s Jubilation choir and young musicians of NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens. More than 200 dinner guests stood in ovations for Newark NAACP President Deborah Smith-Gregory, recipient of the Steward of the Dream award; the Rev. Ronald Slaughter, senior pastor of St. James AME Church, recognized as the Visionary of the Future; and Philip S.

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Thomas, NJPAC’s Founding Vice President of Arts Education, who was inducted into the Council of Elders. Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka condemned the relentless divisiveness in Washington and praised the evening’s awardees for “making Dr. King’s legacy a reality in the City of Newark.” His points were echoed in remarks by NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber, who forwarded the idea that King today would be heartened by the power of the community in shouldering the fight for social justice. Rick Thigpen, vice president of State Governmental Affairs for PSEG – sponsor of the event, with United Airlines and ADP – returned to Living the Dream proceedings to share his esteem for the honorees, whom he described as “extraordinary examples of achievement in our own community.” www.thepositivecommunity.com


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alvin ailey american dance theater

May 11–13 This elegant, electrifying company returns with new works and the beloved Revelations. Featuring NJ premieres of Members Don’t Get Weary, Stack Up and Shelter.

aretha franklin birthday celebration mar 25

majah hype national symphony orchestra of cuba Fri, Mar 23 @ 8PM Enrique Pérez-Mesa, conductor Yekwon Sunwoo, pianist Works by Tchaikovsky, Roldán, Grieg, Da Falla & Beethoven.

the sleeping beauty Russian National Ballet Sat, Apr 7 @ 8PM Direct from Moscow, this company of over 50 dancers brings a traditional staging of Tchaikovsky’s classic fairy tale.

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Sun, May 13 @ 5:30PM & 7:30PM Fast-rising funnyman Majah Hype—widely regarded as the “King of Caribbean Comedy”— makes his NJPAC debut!

celtic woman Sat, Mar 24 @ 8PM This inspirational, all-female Irish musical ensemble has become a favorite on PBS and on music charts around the world.

get over it! iyanla vanzant Wed, Apr 11 @ 7:30PM The New York Times best-selling author and Emmy-winning host of Iyanla: Fix My Life arrives with this interactive event.

frankie valli and the four seasons Thu, Apr 5 @ 8PM Fri, Apr 6 @ 8PM An evening of timeless hits with an American pop music icon.

earth wind and fire Mon, Jun 4 @ 7:30PM Tue, Jun 5 @ 7:30PM This 9-time GRAMMY-winning supergroup brings a night of greatest hits (“September,” “Let’s Groove,” “Celebrate”) & more.

johnny mathis Fri, Apr 13 @ 8PM This American music icon brings an evening of his greatest hits: “Misty,” “Chances Are,” “Twelfth of Never,” and more.

@NJPAC • 1.888.GO.NJPAC njpac.org Groups of 9 or more call 973.353.7561 One Center Street Newark, NJ 3/1/18 12:20 PM


Imhotep Gary Byrd Speaks at Frontiers International MLK Breakfast Photos: John Brinkley

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he impassioned remarks by guest speaker Imhotep Gary Byrd received an enthusiastic response at the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast presented by Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club. Byrd, whose career spans over 50 years, is a spoken word-recording artist, songwriter, motivational speaker, and radio personality on WLIB-AM and WBLS-FM. For 42 years, Frontiers International has welcomed families — parents, grandparents, and young people — to the program at Plainfield High School in tribute to Dr. King. Known as a modern day griot, Byrd focuses on “raising human consciousness through communication, telling our story and lifting every voice.” At the January 28, 2018 event, Malcolm Dunn and Richard Wyatt each received the Westry Horne Excellence in Education award for their contributions to the Plainfield School System, community, and youth. The Plainfield High School auditorium bears the name of the late Westry Horne, an educator, avid tennis player, and one of the founders of the Frontiers International Plainfield Area Club. —JNW

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Ledisi Sings Nina Photo: Risasi Dais

Singer Ledisi gave a dynamic 90 minute performance at The Apollo Theater singing many of the classics recorded by the legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.

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PATRICIA BALDWIN

The Women of the Stellar Awards Grace & Peace n the year of the #Me Too women’s movement (which initially started from 1848–1920s), my sisters are now speaking out in more ways than one. And being the proud, saved, black woman I am, I’m going to do this my way. So just like I promised, we are going to touch on the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards, but with a twist. In addition to March Madness, it’s also Women’s History Month, so I’m going to keep my focus on my sisters. First let me start by saying while this year’s host is not a woman, he is married to a beautiful one named Tammy. It’s Mr. Kirk “Brighter Day” Franklin, and you know he’s coming to make you “Smile” and “Be Happy” with his comedic wit as he holds it down for the Stellar Awards and these anointed nominees. While I don’t really like to say “I told you so . . .” “I TOLD YOU SO!” because Mrs. Tasha Cobbs Leonard and Heart. Passion. Pursuit, under the Motown Gospel label did that! Nominated in the categories of Artist of the Year, the Albertina Walker Award, CD Of The Year, Contemporary Female Vocalist, and Contemporary CD of the Year, I’m claiming some victory for our girl! But wait! Blessed by association, she’s also nominated for Recorded Music Packaging with Derek Blanks, Producer of the Year with Kenneth Leonard, and last but not least, Urban/Inspiration Single for “I’m Getting Ready,” featuring Nicki Minaj. Whew! I’m worn out from listing all of Tasha’s nominations, but I have just enough left in me to predict she’ll take 80% if not all of the awards. Other beautiful women in the gospel who are deserv-

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ing of being nominated under the Albertina Walker Award along with the Traditional Female Vocalist are not a surprise. We have the firecracker Mrs. Campbell—Tina Campbell that is—for It’s Still Personal up against the gospel sweetheart CeCe Winans for Let Them Fall in Love. Finally, you have no choice but to love her voice, it’s The Voice herself, Le’Andria Johnson, for Bigger Than Me. Now when we put it that way, those categories might be a little tight, but all the women deserve love and are winners in God’s eyes always. You know I have to mention my girl and Auntie in my head, Liz Black. Representing 1190 AM WLIB and Teaneck, NJ, Ms. Black is up for Gospel Announcer of the Year and I see a win! She’s an all-around minister with a mic who keeps it real and remains down to earth. I congratulate her on her nomination and being an example of how you “Hang in There” (that’s GEI feat. Kierra Sheard’s song, nominated for Contemporary Choir and Song of the Year). I’m not only claiming a Stellar Award for Ms. Black, but more moving and shaking in her career in the near future. You know we just can’t keep such a good thing to ourselves, so don’t act new when you see Liz Black doing even bigger things. Make no mistake about it, there are plenty of great men who were nominated in multiple categories, but it’s about Girl Power this time—sorry, boys. No matter what, we love you all for blessing us with the fruits of your love and passion in song as you continue to build The Kingdom. March 2018 2018 The The Positive Positive Community Community March

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any only identify slavery in America with southern states, but during the American Revolution in the mid- 1770s, slavery was legal and practiced in all 13 British colonies. Back in 1655, The Dutch West India Company imported 11 enslaved Africans to New Amsterdam, which subsequently became New York. By 1703, more than 42% of New York City households held slaves. New York State did not outlaw slavery until 1827, which was 172 years after 1655, approximately half a century after the Declaration of Independence was signed, and only 33 years before the American Civil War. Around 1797, a black girl named Isabella Baumfree, also called “Belle,” was born into slavery in Swartkille, NY in what is now Ulster County. She grew up speaking Dutch as her first language. Her slave master was apparently of Dutch descent. In 1826, when Belle was about 29 years old, she escaped to freedom with her infant daughter. In 1828, she went to court to recover her son. She won, thereby becoming the first black woman to win this type of case against a white man. In 1843, Belle Baumfree became a Methodist, and changed her name to Sojourner Truth. Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language defines “sojourn” as “a temporary stay” or “to stay temporarily in a place. I suspect t Belle renamed herself “Sojourner” because she anticipated travelling around the U.S. to preach the Gospel and advocate the abolition of chattel slavery. As for “Truth,” Jesus Christ used that word often, including in the following two Biblical passages: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed on him, ‘If ye continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”–John 8:31-32, King James Version; and “Jesus saith unto him, ‘Í am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’”–John 14:6, King James Version Apparently, the woman born Isabella Baumfree came to see her Divine mission as being to help end chattel slavery in the United States. She reportedly told her friends, “The Spirit calls me, and I must go . . .,” and began traveling

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about, preaching for the abolition of slavery. She worked and/or met with abolitionists William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and others. She dictated her memoirs to Olive Gilbert, and in 1850 William Lloyd Garrison privately published her book, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. The following year, she joined abolitionist George Thompson in a lecture tour through central and western New York State. In Ohio, she worked with Marius Robinson, the editor of the Anti-Slavery Bugle. In 1857, Truth sold all of her possessions and moved to Battle Creek Michigan, reconnecting with former members of the Millerite Movement of the Methodist Church, who had subsequently formed the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She also joined the Progressive Friends, described as the nucleus of abolitionists in Michigan. During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit blacks to become soldiers in the Union army. Her grandson, James Caldwell, was among those who enlisted. Truth also worked for the National Freedman’s Relief Association in Washington, D.C., which strove to improve conditions for African-Americans. She met President Abraham Lincoln in October 1864. In 1865, she rode in streetcars, trying to force desegregation of those vehicles. After the war, in 1870, Sojourner Truth advocated land grants out west for former slaves, since former confederates in the South were unhappy with blacks having been liberated from slavery. Those efforts failed. She also met with President Ulysses S. Grant in the White House. Yet, in 1872, she was turned away from the polling place when she returned to Battle Creek Michigan to vote in the presidential election. Nonetheless, Ms. Truth also spoke at women’s suffrage events. Throughout American history, many of the most progressive and dynamic leaders of anti-slavery and black progress movements have been devout Christians. These include Harriet Tubman, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, and many others. Their actions suggest that, as John F. Kennedy said, “God’s work must truly be our own.”

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Not onlyonly time, experience, and spirit.isisshe is experienced and respected ity ity ityity of ofof time, time, time, experience, experience, experience, and and and spirit. spirit. sheshe an anan experienced experienced and and respected respected ity ofof time, experience, and spirit. an experienced and respected None of these accomplished ladies legislator with a proven track record None None None of of these these accomplished accomplished ladies ladies legislator legislator with with a a proven proven track track record record None of these accomplished ladies legislator with a proven track record had to share her insights with our of working in and for the community, had had had to to to share share share her her her insights insights insights with with with our our of working working in in and and for for the the community, community, had to share her insights with our of working in and for the community, readers, and each of them did she’s the first black woman tohold hold readers, readers, readers, and and and yet yet yetyet each each each of of ofthem them them them did did did so, so,so,she’s she’s the the first first black black woman woman hold readers, and yet each of did so, the first black woman tototohold excitedly and without hesitation. the title in New Jersey history and excitedly excitedly excitedly and and and without without without hesitation. hesitation. hesitation. the title title in in New New Jersey Jersey history history and and one one excitedly and without hesitation. the title in New Jersey history and oneone Their collective generosity and eager- ofofless of less than ten women to have ever Their Their Their collective collective collective generosity generosity generosity and and and eagereagerless than than ten ten women women tohave have have ever ever Their collective generosity and eagerthan ten women toto ever ness to be of service to others exempliheld it nationally. ness ness ness to to to be be be of of of service service service to to to others others others exempliexempliexempliheld it nationally. nationally. ness to be of service to others exempli- held it nationally. fy why they are Women Watch. 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