Monday, October 17, 2011

Racism is Alive and Well whether you admit it or not

So don't tell me I don't know racism. YOU don't know racism. Racism is so institutionalized the media feels it can take an arrogant walk and it does arrogantly racist walk. Somehow because they are protected by the 1st amendment, they feel their racist comments are above reproach. Many of their colleagues should know better, but they stick their heads in the sand. Two of the most racist groups in this country are on TV giving/reporting/spouting forth their version of the talk shows...writing for newspapers and their so-called insights into the news as commentators and reporters. How long do you allow what we used to call slanted news to continue before we demand better? There is another group standing in pulpits...but...that is another conversation for another day.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

President Obama's Press Conference

The President at his recent Press Conference on his Jobs Bill ...answered all press questions...and challenged Republicants (my word) to pass the bill. One of the so-called liberal pundits opined after the press conference that the "...President was not "indignant" enough for him about Jobs". HUH! Did you suggest to President Clinton, when you worked for him Robert Reich, a more indignant presidential decorum? He has to become this cussing, angry, Black Male President to make people understand? Why do those who have never served as president want to give suggestions to THIS president on what HE NEEDS to do?

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Jacksonville Branch NAACP

Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown to receive the Sallye Mathis Award; State Senator Tony Hill, Baptist Health Auxiliary President Mary Greene, School Board Member Betty Burney to receive NAACP Achievement Awards; and Wayne Hogan to receive the President's Award at the Jacksonville Branch NAACP 46th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner.

Noted Legendary Civil Rights Activist Morris Dees, Co-Founder and Chief Trial Lawyer for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), is the keynote speaker for the Jacksonville Branch NAACP 46th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner. The dinner is Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center and will begin at 7:00 pm.

In 1967, lawyer Morris Dees had achieved extraordinary business and financial success with his book publishing company. The son of an Alabama farmer, he witnessed firsthand the painful consequences of prejudice and racial injustice. He sympathized with the Civil Rights Movement but had not become actively involved. A night of soul searching at a snowed-in Cincinnati airport changed his life, inspiring Dees to leave his safe, business-as-usual world and undertake a new mission.

"When my plane landed in Chicago, I was ready to take that step, to speak out for my Black friends who were still 'disenfranchised' even after the Voting Rights Act of 1965," Dees wrote in his autobiography, A Season for Justice. "Little had changed in the South. Whites held the power and had not intended to voluntarily share it.

"I had made up my mind. I would sell the company as soon as possible and specialize in civil rights law," Dees said. "All the things in my life that had brought me to this point, all the pulls and tugs of my conscience, found a singular peace. It did not matter what my neighbors would think, or the judges, the bankers, or even my relatives."

Out of this deeply personal moment grew the Southern Poverty Law Center.

SPLC is a non-profit group specializing in lawsuits involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorism, and hate-motivated crimes. Mr. Dees and his associates have successfully battled and dismantled a series of hate groups, including the Aryan Nation and Ku Klux Klan, and have secured huge criminal, civil, and financial judgments against them. He is a strong proponent of education about civil rights and the civil rights movement, and was instrumental in the creation of the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL.



Friday, January 14, 2011

The Second Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" Concert

The Jacksonville Children's Chorus presents the Second Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" Concert, on Monday, January 17, 2011at 6:30 p.m. in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville.

Joy Purdy, news anchor of Good Morning Jacksonville, First Coast News and Rodney Hurst, Civil Rights Activist and author, will serve as Masters of Ceremonies. Featured performers include:

  • The Jacksonville Children's Chorus
  • Douglas Anderson Chorale
  • First Coast High School Men's Chorus
  • Edward Waters Concert Choir
  • Ritz Chamber Players
  • Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church Choir
  • The Perfect Fifths
  • Bethel Baptist Institutional Church Mass Choir

The Concert opens with the Choirs and ensembles singing (en masse) Roland Carter's stirring arrangement of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" and closes with Roland Carter's equally moving and poignant arrangement of Dr.King's favorite song, "Precious Lord".

Sunday, August 22, 2010