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Archive for February 16th, 2015

Congressional Black Caucus Members “Outraged” that Some Members of the South Carolina Legislature Have an Interest in Closing the Historic South Carolina State University

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Statement of the Congressional Black Caucus on Desire of South Carolina Legislators to Close Historic South Carolina State University

WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are outraged that some members of the South Carolina legislature have an interest in closing the university in an effort to restructure its administration.

CBC Chairman G. K. Butterfield, D-NC, said:  “South Carolina Republican elected officials are overreaching and overreacting to the administrative difficulties being experienced by SCSU.  There are many remedies available to the state’s government without using the nuclear option of closing the institution.

“South Carolina State University has served a valuable purpose in higher education in the State of South Carolina.  Founded in 1896, SCSU is a land-grant institution providing educational opportunities to African American students when other South Carolina colleges closed their doors.  SCSU has stood the test of time and has struggled to maintain enrollment during the recession.  It is deserving of a chance to remedy any problems that may exist.

“I am confident that a reasonable solution can be reached between the University and State officials.  It would be a tragedy to lose an institution that has been a giant in higher education.

Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns. For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov.

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Giving Every Child, Everywhere, a Fair Shot

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WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President laid out his plan to ensure more children graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career.  Our elementary and secondary schools are doing better, as demonstrated by the news this past week that our high school graduation rate has hit an all-time high, but there is still more that can be done to ensure every child receives a quality education.  That’s why the President wants to replace No Child Left Behind with a new law that addresses the overuse of standardized tests, makes a real investment in preschool, and gives every kid a fair shot at success.  He reminded everyone that when educating our kids, the future of our nation, we shouldn’t accept anything less than the best.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, February 14, 2015.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
Palo Alto, California
February 14, 2015

President Barack Obama: Hi, everybody.  In my State of the Union Address, I laid out my ideas to help working families feel more secure and earn the skills required to advance in a world of constant change.

And in a new economy that’s increasingly built on knowledge and innovation, a core element of this middle-class economics is how well we prepare our kids for the future.

For decades, we threw money at education without making sure our schools were actually improving, or whether we were giving teachers the tools they need, or whether our taxpayer dollars were being used effectively.  And our kids too often paid the price.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen signs that our elementary and secondary school students are doing better.  Last year, our younger students earned the highest math and reading scores on record.  Last week, we learned that our high school graduation rate hit a new all-time high.

This is progress.  But in a 21st century economy, our kids will only do better than we did if we educate them better than we were educated.  So we have to do more to make sure they graduate from school fully prepared for college and a career.

This year, I want to work with both parties in Congress to replace No Child Left Behind with a smarter law that addresses the overuse of standardized tests, makes a real investment in preschool, and gives every kid a fair shot in the new economy.

Now, it’s pretty commonsense that an education bill should actually improve education.  But as we speak, there’s a Republican bill in Congress that would frankly do the opposite.

At a time when we should invest more in our kids, their plan would lock in cuts to schools for the rest of this decade.  We’d end up actually invest less in our kids in 2021 than we did in 2012.

At a time when we should give our teachers all the resources they need, their plan could let states and cities shuffle education dollars into things like sports stadiums or tax cuts for the wealthy.

At a time when we have to give every child, everywhere, a fair shot – this Congress would actually allow states to make even deeper cuts into school districts that need the most support, send even more money to some of the wealthiest school districts in America, and turn back the clock to a time when too many students were left behind in failing schools.

Denying a quality education to the children of working families is as wrong as denying health care or child care to working families.  We are better than this.

I have a different vision for the middle class.

In today’s world, we have to equip all our kids with an education that prepares them for success, regardless of what they look like, or how much their parents make, or the zip code they live in.

And that means trying new things, investing in what’s working, and fixing what’s not.

That means cutting testing down to the bare minimum required to make sure parents and teachers know how our kids and schools are doing from year to year, and relative to schools statewide.

That means giving the teachers and principals who do the hard work every day the resources they need to spend less time teaching to a test, and more time teaching our kids the skills they need.

Some of these changes are hard.  They’ll require all of us to demand more of our schools and more of our kids, making sure they put down the video games and iPhones, and pick up the books.  They’ll require us to demand that Washington treat education reform as the dedicated progress of decades – something a town with a short attention span doesn’t always do very well.

But I’m confident we can do this.  When it comes to education, we are not a collection of states competing against one another; we are a nation competing against the world.  Nothing will determine our success as a nation in the 21st century more than how well we educate our kids.  And we shouldn’t accept anything less than the best.

Thanks, and before I go – Happy Valentine’s Day, Michelle.  Have a great weekend, everybody.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Black History Tribute Part 2: “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

As we celebrate the contributions of Black Americans to our nation, we still find ourselves as a nation grappling with ensuring this fundamental part of our democracy for all. This week, we remember the efforts of those who have come before us to fight this worthy fight – folks like Fannie Lou Hamer.

Hamer, one of 20 children born to sharecroppers in Mississippi, was 44 years old (in 1962) before she ever knew that Blacks had the right to vote.  Subsequently, she became a field organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and once, after returning from a training workshop, was beaten so viciously by policemen in a Mississippi jail that she suffered permanent damage to her kidneys.

Hamer was not deterred. She traveled the nation telling her story of being “sick and tired of being sick and tired,” even appearing before the Democratic National Convention’s credentials committee in 1964. President Lyndon Johnson, in an attempt to remove the focus from Hamer’s televised testimony, preempted it with an impromptu press conference. Still, later that night, her story was broadcast on all the major networks. Four years later at the DNC in Chicago, Hamer became the first African American to be an official delegate at a national-party convention since the Reconstruction period after the Civil War – and the first woman ever from Mississippi.

Fannie Lou Hamer was not deterred, nor are we. We, too, will travel the nation telling a story that needs to be told and ensuring the change that needs to be made.

Read more about Fannie Lou Hamer here.

Watch a video from her August 1964 testimony here.

Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977)

Testimony Before the Credentials Committee, Democratic National Convention
Atlantic City, New Jersey – August 22, 1964

Fannie Lou Hamer, a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, speaks before the Credentials Committee of the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, August 22, 1964. (AP Photo/stf)

Fannie Lou Hamer’s life took a dramatic turn the day she showed up for a mass meeting to learn about voting. It was August 1962 and Hamer, who was forty-four years old, wasn’t even sure what a “mass meeting” was. “I was just curious to go, so I did,” she said.1 The meeting was organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and Hamer was told something she’d never heard before: black people had the right to vote.

One of twenty children born to a family of sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta, Hamer grew up picking cotton and cutting corn and attended school through the sixth grade. She married a fellow sharecropper and the two scratched out a living doing hard, menial work on a plantation near Ruleville, Mississippi.

According to biographer Sina Dubovoy, when Hamer heard SNCC’s presentation, she asked herself, “What did she really have? Not even security.” A lynching in a nearby town in 1904 had terrorized blacks then, and the ever-present KKK still kept them quiet. As Dubovoy notes, “The Mississippi Delta was the world’s most oppressive place to live if you were black.”2 Hamer decided on the spot to register to vote. On August 31, 1962, she boarded a bus to Indianola with seventeen others to try to register to vote. The next day she was kicked off the plantation where she had lived and worked for eighteen years. Her husband lost his job, too.

Hamer immediately went to work as a field organizer for SNCC. Returning home from a training workshop in June 1963, Hamer’s bus was intercepted by policemen. She and two others were taken to jail in Winona, Mississippi, and mercilessly beaten. Hamer suffered permanent damage to her kidneys. After recovering from her injuries, she traveled across the U.S. telling her story. With her genuine, plainspoken style, Hamer raised more money for SNCC than any other member.

In 1964, with the support of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), Hamer ran for Congress. The incumbent was a white man who had been elected to office twelve times. In an interview with the Nation, Hamer said, “I’m showing the people that a Negro can run for office.” The reporter observed: “Her deep, powerful voice shakes the air as she sits on the porch or inside, talking to friends, relatives and neighbors who drop by on the one day each week when she is not campaigning. Whatever she is talking about soon becomes an impassioned plea for a change in the system that exploits the Delta Negroes. ‘All my life I’ve been sick and tired,’ she shakes her head. ‘Now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.'”3

SNCC had formed the MFDP to expand black voter registration and challenge the legitimacy of the state’s all-white Democratic Party. MFDP members arrived at the 1964 Democratic National Convention intent on unseating the official Mississippi delegation or, failing that, getting seated with them. On August 22, 1964, Hamer appeared before the convention’s credentials committee and told her story about trying to register to vote in Mississippi. Threatened by the MFDP’s presence at the convention, President Lyndon Johnson quickly preempted Hamer’s televised testimony with an impromptu press conference. But later that night, Hamer’s story was broadcast on all the major networks.

Support came pouring in for the MFDP from across the nation.4 But the MFDP’s bid to win a seat at the Atlantic City convention still failed. At the Democratic National Convention in Chicago four years later the MFDP succeeded. On that occasion, Dubovoy recounts, “Hamer received a thunderous standing ovation when she became the first African American to take her rightful seat as an official delegate at a national-party convention since the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, and the first woman ever from Mississippi.”5

Listen to the speech

Mr. Chairman, and to the Credentials Committee, my name is Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street, Ruleville, Mississippi, Sunflower County, the home of Senator James O. Eastland, and Senator Stennis.

It was the 31st of August in 1962 that eighteen of us traveled twenty-six miles to the county courthouse in Indianola to try to register to become first-class citizens.

We was met in Indianola by policemen, Highway Patrolmen, and they only allowed two of us in to take the literacy test at the time. After we had taken this test and started back to Ruleville, we was held up by the City Police and the State Highway Patrolmen and carried back to Indianola where the bus driver was charged that day with driving a bus the wrong color.

After we paid the fine among us, we continued on to Ruleville, and Reverend Jeff Sunny carried me four miles in the rural area where I had worked as a timekeeper and sharecropper for eighteen years. I was met there by my children, who told me that the plantation owner was angry because I had gone down to try to register.

After they told me, my husband came, and said the plantation owner was raising Cain because I had tried to register. Before he quit talking the plantation owner came and said, “Fannie Lou, do you know – did Pap tell you what I said?”

And I said, “Yes, sir.”

He said, “Well I mean that.” He said, “If you don’t go down and withdraw your registration, you will have to leave.” Said, “Then if you go down and withdraw,” said, “you still might have to go because we are not ready for that in Mississippi.”

And I addressed him and told him and said, “I didn’t try to register for you. I tried to register for myself.”

I had to leave that same night.

On the 10th of September 1962, sixteen bullets was fired into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tucker for me. That same night two girls were shot in Ruleville, Mississippi. Also Mr. Joe McDonald’s house was shot in.

And June the 9th, 1963, I had attended a voter registration workshop; was returning back to Mississippi. Ten of us was traveling by the Continental Trailway bus. When we got to Winona, Mississippi, which is Montgomery County, four of the people got off to use the washroom, and two of the people – to use the restaurant – two of the people wanted to use the washroom.

The four people that had gone in to use the restaurant was ordered out. During this time I was on the bus. But when I looked through the window and saw they had rushed out I got off of the bus to see what had happened. And one of the ladies said, “It was a State Highway Patrolman and a Chief of Police ordered us out.”

I got back on the bus and one of the persons had used the washroom got back on the bus, too.

As soon as I was seated on the bus, I saw when they began to get the five people in a highway patrolman’s car. I stepped off of the bus to see what was happening and somebody screamed from the car that the five workers was in and said, “Get that one there.” When I went to get in the car, when the man told me I was under arrest, he kicked me.

I was carried to the county jail and put in the booking room. They left some of the people in the booking room and began to place us in cells. I was placed in a cell with a young woman called Miss Ivesta Simpson. After I was placed in the cell I began to hear sounds of licks and screams, I could hear the sounds of licks and horrible screams. And I could hear somebody say, “Can you say, ‘yes, sir,’ nigger? Can you say ‘yes, sir’?”

And they would say other horrible names.

She would say, “Yes, I can say ‘yes, sir.'”

“So, well, say it.”

She said, “I don’t know you well enough.”

They beat her, I don’t know how long. And after a while she began to pray, and asked God to have mercy on those people.

And it wasn’t too long before three white men came to my cell. One of these men was a State Highway Patrolman and he asked me where I was from. I told him Ruleville and he said, “We are going to check this.”

They left my cell and it wasn’t too long before they came back. He said, “You are from Ruleville all right,” and he used a curse word. And he said, “We are going to make you wish you was dead.”

I was carried out of that cell into another cell where they had two Negro prisoners. The State Highway Patrolmen ordered the first Negro to take the blackjack.

The first Negro prisoner ordered me, by orders from the State Highway Patrolman, for me to lay down on a bunk bed on my face.

I laid on my face and the first Negro began to beat. I was beat by the first Negro until he was exhausted. I was holding my hands behind me at that time on my left side, because I suffered from polio when I was six years old.

After the first Negro had beat until he was exhausted, the State Highway Patrolman ordered the second Negro to take the blackjack.

The second Negro began to beat and I began to work my feet, and the State Highway Patrolman ordered the first Negro who had beat me to sit on my feet – to keep me from working my feet. I began to scream and one white man got up and began to beat me in my head and tell me to hush.

One white man – my dress had worked up high – he walked over and pulled my dress – I pulled my dress down and he pulled my dress back up.

I was in jail when Medgar Evers was murdered.

All of this is on account of we want to register, to become first-class citizens. And if the Freedom Democratic Party is not seated now, I question America. Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where we have to sleep with our telephones off the hooks because our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings, in America?

Thank you.

1. Sina Dubovoy, Civil Rights Leaders: American Profiles (New York: Facts on File Books, 1997), 101.
2. Ibid., 101-12.
3. Jerry DeMuth, “Tired of Being Sick and Tired,” Nation, 1 June 1964. Reprinted in Reporting Civil Rights: Part II: American Journalism 1963-1973 (New York: Penguin, 2003), 99-106.
4. Clayborne Carson, In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1981), 124-25.
5. Dubovoy, Civil Rights Leaders, 108.

Citation: Fannie Lou Hamer. [Internet]. 2015. The AmericanRadioWorks.PublicRadio.org website. Available from: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/sayitplain/flhamer.html [Accessed 11 Feb 2015].

Northeastern Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC Presents Black History Forums on Women we Should Know

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Conversations with C.R. Gibbs and Dr. Shirley Logan


What Gentrification Has Done to Us All These Years

Addressing Our Creeping Historical Amnesia


Conversation with C.R. Gibbs

Friday, February 20, 7 p.m.

Away from the marble monuments on the Mall, outside the precincts of the White House and the Capitol, particularly in the African American neighborhoods that give life and character to the city, an unrelenting, decades-old process of transformation, displacement, and destruction continues.

It has wreaked havoc on the population, decimated symbols of culture and achievement, and is leading to a creeping historical amnesia concerning the black presence in the city.

Join C.R. Gibbs, author, lecturer and historian of the African Diaspora, as he investigates the beginnings of the process, provides startling examples of the personal loss that often accompanies what is far from a neutral or natural socio-economic progression, and delivers a timely prediction about the future of the nation’s capital.

C.R. Gibbs, a long longtime resident of Washington, D.C., is the author or co-author of six books and a frequent national and international lecturer on an array of historical topics. He has appeared several times on the History Channel, on French and Belgian television, and he wrote, researched and narrated “Sketches in Color,” a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series “The Civil War” for WHUT-TV, the Howard University television station.

Conversation with Dr. Shirley Logan

Saturday, February 28, 12 noon

Women We Should Know: 19th Century Black Women of Faith

Shirley Wilson Logan is Professor of English in the English Department at the University of Maryland where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in writing and rhetoric. She specializes in nineteenth-century African American rhetoric, with an emphasis on women’s oral and written performances and has published several books and essays on this topic. The conversation will focus on religious underpinnings in the political activism of Maria W. Stewart, Amanda Berry Smith, Victoria Matthews, and Frances Watkins Harper, all outspoken women of faith.

Change Agent Ronald “Kwesi” Harris to Receive Inaugural Award From A Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

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As Director of the African American Male Resource Center at Chicago State University Ronald “Kwesi” Harris exemplifies the dedication, passion and warrior Spirit of A. Philip Randolph. Because of his example, he will be presented the inaugural “Community Change Agent Award” from the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum during its 20th anniversary gala. The celebration takes place Saturday, February 28 from 5-9PM at the Historic Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive.

In making the announcement, Dr. Lyn Hughes, Museum founder, praised Harris for the phenomenal work he’s done in uplifting African American youth. She also hailed him for his entire body of work that has positively impacted all he’s touched.

Harris’ record of accomplishments underscores why he is a change agent. As Director of the African American Male Resource Center of Chicago State University, his skilled and sensitive approach has resulted in one of the highest African American male student retention rates in University history. He achieves this goal by targeting the issues concerning the struggle that African American males confront in school. His success techniques focus on building the bridge of effective collaboration with administrators, students and support staff. With a shared mission titled, “Operation Graduation,” they advance the Chicago State University mission to recruit, retain and graduate African American male students.

As a speaker, Harris has participated in panels on character development, relationship building, social justice, environmental racism, media advocacy, conflict resolution and cultural reclamation. This model promotes healthy lifestyles, and behavior that engenders self-sustainability and leadership.

Additionally, Harris is the founding member of Chicago’s Citywide Coalition Against Tobacco and Alcohol Billboards. In this role, Harris lectures nationally against popular culture shifts that promote negative imagery. As part of this Coalition, he also champions positive youth development.

He has received critical acclaim for his community-based methodologies in specialized youth leadership development and training. Aware of the devastation caused by drugs and gang warfare, he is well known for his practice of unique strategies in reclaiming youth and adults from cycles of substance abuse and violence. Equipped with an extensive knowledge of substance abuse prevention that creates poverty barriers to education, he has instituted a community network that spans multicultural and intellectual barriers.

Prior to joining the Student Enrollment-Retention-to-Graduation initiative at CSU, Harris served for over 20 years in various roles at the Bobby E. Wright Comprehensive Behavioral Health Center on Chicago’s west side. There he also impacted and effected change.

“No one exemplifies the courage, resolve and dedication more than Ronald “Kwesi” Harris,” declared David A. Peterson, Jr., executive director of the Museum. “The way he’s made a difference in people’s lives parallels the achievements of A. Philip Randolph as he successfully forged the alliance that led to the formation of the first black union, The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. As the first recipient of this Award, Kweisi is the ideal person because of the standard he has achieved and the example he has set. We encourage the public to come out on February 28 and pay tribute to this warrior, Ronald “Kwesi” Harris.”

To purchase tickets, log on to http://www.aphiliprandolphmuseum.com/special- events.html

For more information, contact: Melody M. McDowell – 312-371-8917 or 773-888-6881

Louis W. Sullivan Autobiography Wins NAACP Image Award

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Atlanta, GA – The autobiography of one of the nation’s most admired public health leaders has won an NAACP Image Award.

Authored by Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. (with David Chanoff), and published by the University of Georgia Press, “Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine” chronicles Sullivan’s rise from a childhood in the Jim Crow South to become a physician, founding dean of Morehouse School of Medicine — the first predominantly black medical school established in the 20th Century — and to serve as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Cabinet of President George H.W. Bush from 1989-1993.

The annual NAACP Image Awards celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in literature, film, television, and music and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

Winners in the 46th NAACP Image Awards literary categories were announced at a gala dinner in Pasadena, California Thursday, February 5, 2015.

About The Honorable Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.

Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., is chairman of the board of the National Health Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, whose goal is to improve the health of Americans by enhancing health literacy and advancing healthy behaviors. He also is chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions — a national non-profit organization with a community-focused agenda to diversify and transform health professions’ education and health delivery systems.

As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Sullivan worked to improve the health and health behavior of Americans including:

(1) leading the effort to increase the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget from $8.0 billion in 1989 to $13.1 billion in 1993;

(2) Establishing at NIH, the Office of Research on Minority Health, which has become the Institute for Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities;

(3) Inaugurating the Women’s Health Research Program at NIH;

(4)  Introducing a new, improved Food and Drug Administration food label;

(5) Releasing Healthy People 2000, a guide for improved health promotion/disease prevention activities;

(6) Educating the public regarding the health dangers from tobacco use; (7) leading the successful effort to prevent the introduction of “Uptown,” a non-filtered, mentholated cigarette;

(8) Inaugurating a $100 million minority male health and injury prevention initiative; and

(9) Implementing greater gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions of HHS, including the appointment of the first female director of NIH, the first female (and first Hispanic) Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service, the first African American Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, and the first African-American Administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services).

Dr. and Mrs. E. Ginger Sullivan are sponsors of The Sullivan 5K Run/Walk for Health & Fitness on Martha’s Vineyard. Now in its 26th year, the popular event has raised more than $400,000 to benefit Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Dr. Sullivan is the recipient of more than 60 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

He is also the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Becoming a Doctor at the Nation’s Newest African American Medical School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Press).

About David Chanoff

David Chanoff received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Brandeis. He has written on current affairs, foreign policy, education, refugee issues, literary history, and other subjects for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Washington Quarterly, The American Journal of Education, The New York Review of Books, The Washington Post, and The American Scholar. He is a featured writer in the Washington Post’s anthology The Writing Life and his work appears in the current Norton Reader Anthology of Non-Fiction. His sixteen books include collaborations with former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, healthcare disparities expert Dr. Augustus White, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. William Crowe.

About UGA Press

Founded in 1938, the UGA Press is the oldest and largest book publisher in the state of Georgia. It has been a member of the Association of American University Presses since 1940. With a full-time staff of 26 publishing professionals, the press currently publishes 60-70 new books a year and has more than 1,800 titles in print. It has well-established lists in Atlantic World and American history, American literature, African-American studies, southern studies and environmental studies, as well as a growing presence in the fields of food studies, geography, urban studies, international affairs and security studies. For more information on UGA Press, see www.ugapress.org/

About The Sullivan Alliance Under the leadership of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions, Inc. was organized in January 2005, to act on the reports and recommendations of the Sullivan Commission (Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, September, 2004), and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Institutional and Policy-Level Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Healthcare Workforce (In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce). The Alliance is engaged, domestically and internationally, in health workforce and health disparities projects, particularly innovative health workforce diversity efforts, interprofessional training and health care delivery. For more information, see www.thesullivanalliance.org, Twitter (@SullivanAllianc) or Facebook (www.facebook.com/SullivanAlliance).

Atlanta-Based Black-Owned App Development Company Announces Partnership With International DJ Coalition

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BV Mobile Apps to provide discounted apps for DJs around the world

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) BV Mobile Apps has announced a strategic partnership with Fleet DJs to be the official mobile app provider for their organization and its members. Fleet DJs is the second largest DJ coalition in the world. Based in Charlotte, NC, they have several divisions within their organization including Fleet DJ Radio, Fleet Models, and Fleet Photographers.

BV Mobile Apps, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, specializes in creating mobile apps for clients within the entertainment industry. They have created 100+ apps for music artists, DJs, actors and Internet radio stations.

As part of the partnership, BV Mobile Apps will provide special pricing for all certified members of the Fleet DJs community, resulting in a significant savings for its members as well as providing them with an essential marketing tool to promote their skills.

“This partnership was a natural fit,” said Gerald Olivari, Partner and Co-Founder of BV Mobile Apps. “After establishing a relationship with Fleet DJs in 2014, were looking forward to expanding our relationship with such an awesome organization and all of its members.

Fleet DJs Vice-President Aaron Shevack confirms the partnerships opportunities, stating We are proud to work alongside BV Mobile Apps on our current and future endeavors. Their services and technological know-how will generate considerable notoriety.

For more information about Fleet DJs, visit www.fleetdjs.com

For more information about BV Mobile Apps, visit www.bvmobileapps.com
About Fleet DJs
Fleet DJs is a organization of DJs, music artists and musicians. Founded nine years ago and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, their goal is to create and foster positive growth of the mind through the art of music and self-expression. They have over 250 members representing 22 countries in the world.
About BV Mobile Apps
BV Mobile Apps is a stand-alone mobile app platform and app development company. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the company specializes in creating mobile apps for entertainment industry clients, particularly Internet radio stations, music artists, DJs, and actors. The company is able to create apps for Apple, Android, Amazon and Blackberry devices.

New E-Book and Album Educates (and Entertains) Black Women About Love, Sex and Relationships

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Bright Vision Entertainment in conjunction with Bey Bright Inc. is releasing the album “Nu Indie Soul; Vol.1 & 2, Sex Money & Hip Hop Vol.1” and the e-book “Claim Your Man; A Womans Guide To Love Happiness & Self Empowerment”.

Bey Bright's New E-Book and Music

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Bey Bright, CEO and founder of Bright Vision Entertainment (BVE), announces that he is releasing both an album and an e-book simultaneously to the marketplace geared toward the African-American female consumer and demographic ages 18-55.

The album “Bey Bright Presents… Nu Indie Soul Vol.1 &2, Sex Money & Hip Hop Vol.1” is a compilation of R&B, neo-soul, and hip-hop music hits that transcend a powerful, but sensual message about sex, love, relationships and self-empowerment. Featured artists include Chaneta Copeland, Nia Simmons, Tia Dae, and Flambey. The compilation is available on iTunes, eMusic.com, and other major online music distributors.

The e-book by Bey Bright himself, is entitled, “Claim Your Man, A Woman’s Guide to Love, Happiness & Self Empowerment”, and it sends a powerful message about love and relationships to Black women of all educational and socio-economic backgrounds. It’s available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, iTunes, and other major online book retailers.

Both the music and e-book are available only in digital download format.
About Bey Bright
Bey Bright is an African American entrepreneur, author, and relationship expert whose focus is to motivate, educate and entertain the masses through literature, musical compositions and lectures. For more information about Bey Bright and his company Bright Vision Entertainment, please visit www.beybrightinc.com

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IEMA Awards $435,378 in Grants for Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning

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Funds will help 33 Local Emergency Planning Committees enhance emergency plans, response to HazMat incidents


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Grants totaling $435,378 have been awarded to 33 Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) throughout the state by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to enhance local emergency planning and preparedness for hazardous materials incidents.

Funding for the Hazardous Materials Preparedness (HMEP) Planning Grants is awarded annually to the state by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.  Allocations are based on the state’s population, the number of miles trucks carrying hazardous materials travel through the state, and potential risk posed by fixed chemical facilities in Illinois.

“These grants support critical local emergency planning activities that ensure the safety of Illinois citizens living and working along major transportation routes for hazardous materials,” said IEMA Acting Director James Joseph.

The grants can be used to develop, improve and implement emergency plans, study flow patterns of hazardous materials through the state, and determine the need for regional hazardous materials emergency response teams.

Joseph noted that IEMA received funding requests for more than $740,000 in local planning projects, but the state’s federal HMEP allocation was just over $435,000.

Grants were awarded to LEPCs in the following jurisdictions:


Carroll                                      $   9,547.30

Champaign                               $   4,260.59

Chicago                                    $ 40,418.71

Christian                                   $   8,704.00

Clay                                         $      869.82

DeKalb                                    $ 32,259.42

DeWitt                                     $   1,532.32

Douglas                                    $ 13,221.52

Fayette                                     $   2,070.46

Franklin                                    $ 30,130.09

Grundy                         $   8,447.20

Hamilton                                   $      950.40

Jefferson                                   $   1,040.00

Kane                                        $   4,323.00

Lake                                        $   9,980.00

LaSalle                         $ 13,656.24

Lee                                          $ 10.820.00

Logan                                       $ 41,609.62

Macon                                     $   8,994.37

McHenry                                  $   1,732.00

McLean                                   $   5,628.37

Mercer                                     $   1,757.68

Montgomery                             $   5,000.00

Rock Island                              $   3,323.75

Saline                                       $ 19,924.80

Sangamon                                $ 29,314.36

Stephenson                               $ 13,716.00

St. Clair                                    $   1,408.00

Tazewell/Woodford/Peoria       $ 14,000.00

Vermilion                                  $   4,042.75

Wayne                                     $   1,380.00

Will                                          $ 53,807.23

Winnebago                               $ 37,508.00

Total                                       $435,378.00

From Minefield to Mind Field: Maverick Doctor’s New Book of Uplifting Poetry & Essays Urges Readers to Embrace Adventure of Changing their Life

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Masterfully crafted by Albert Globus, M. D., ‘From Minefield to Mind Field: Loving and Becoming Yourself’ fuses the author’s powerful life story of triumphing over adversity with a series of poems and short essays that will empower readers to live a new life with gusto. Globus had a troubled childhood; losing his father to Tuberculosis, facing the demons of a secret religion and staring Depression directly in the eyes. However, after solidifying his life goals and using the core of his soul to achieve them, Globus defied all odds to excel in a medicine career that has lasted more than half a century. During this time, Globus learned much of what there is to know about how the mind works, empowering him to write a book that gives hope to those facing their own plight.

Pacifica, CA – While the first six years of Al Globus’ life allowed him to be just like any other kid, he was suddenly ripped away from his father as he died from Tuberculosis, and forced to live with his despairing and irritable mother. Wracked with despair and hopelessness, Globus entered a brutal spiral of depression and would spend the next six years in intense therapy.

Leaving home aged fourteen, Globus miraculously morphed himself from a depressed young adult into a productive and creative man who would complete Medical School at Northwestern University in Chicago, excel in the fields of Psychology/Psychotherapy/Psychiatry, bring up nine children and cherish a forty-four year marriage most could only dream of.

It’s obvious that Globus knows the true meaning of hope. Fusing his wisdom with his deep knowledge of how the human mind works, Globus has published a powerful book of poetry and explanatory essays that will help others to transform their life into a great and productive adventure.

Synopsis for ‘From Minefield to Mind Field: Loving and Becoming Yourself’:

What an adventure: changing one’s life. My poems highlight the desire to be self-sufficient, autonomous, decisive, and creative. My essays enhance understanding. “This is what happened when I did it. You can, too” Often confusing, more often fun. Therapy is hope for the overwhelmed. We direct our lives by exercising the mind’s eye. Section I pits our experience against what confronts us. Section II focuses on spirit and determination. We decide who we are by self-knowledge. Section III outlines the impact of those who are closest to us on our well-being and future capacity to respond to our misfortunes and opportunities.

“After enduring such a troubled childhood, I had no choice but to do whatever it took to change my life for the better,” explains Globus. “This book will show people how to set goals, modify them when needed and ultimately end up with a joyous and productive life they crave. This understanding is a fusion of my own experiences, my deep knowledge of the human psyche and also my never-ending journey of learning from my patients.”

Continuing, “Changing your life for the better admittedly isn’t easy, but it’s ultimately a thrilling and satisfying experience for the soul. If you remain flexible, energetic and loving, you’ll put your own plan in place. This book explains how people change, and the marvelous things that make it all possible.”

The book also brings its poetry to life through a series of stunning sketches, hand-drawn by his daughter, Ruth Globus, herself.

‘From Minefield to Mind Field: Loving and Becoming Yourself’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1CswW85.

About the Author:

When Al Globus was six, his father succumbed to tuberculosis. To avoid contagion, Al was kept away from his father. His father’s religion and paternal family were kept from him. Living alone, his mother worked to exhaustion and irritability. Al entered college at fifteen. After medical school, he awoke to how painful his social, spiritual, and psychological life was. He escaped depression through psychotherapy and other efforts to fashion his own life. Al wrote this book of poems and essays to encourage the readers to use their power to change what seems an inevitable existence dictated by their own early circumstances.

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