Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Navy Officer's wife on trial for husband's murder

militarycorruption.com reports:
Fred Trayers was a popular guy. His co-workers at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, thought he was terrific. More than a few females, in and out of uniform, did too. The trouble for him, which proved fatal, was his wife found out about his two-timing and finished him off with a knife.

The Navy doctor and lt. commander, 41, had been romancing Danielle Robbins, a doctor he'd met while both physicians were working aboard the USNS Mercy in August of 2010.

Sparks flew, and soon the couple was involved in a serious relationship. So serious, that Trayers confided to friends he was thinking of leaving his spouse of 19 years and starting over with his new girlfriend.

Jennifer Trayers told investigators she got wind of the office romance when she came across e-mails between her husband and Robbins.


On the night of Dec. 5, 2010, sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com, she drugged her husband and then plunged a long-blade knife into his heart, chest and eight times in his back. When the cops arrived at the North Park condo the next morning, alerted by Fred's worried friends when he didn't turn up for work, there was blood everywhere.

The dead officer wasn't the only one with knife cuts. Jennifer was bleeding herself, but according to the San Diego D.A.'s office, her wounds were "superficial and self-inflicted."

Now the killer wife is fighting to stay out of jail for the up to 26 years a "premeditated murder" conviction could bring her. The 43 year-old woman's defense attorneys claim she'd tried to kill herself with the knife during an argument and somehow her husband died instead. Right.

Working against Trayers in her current court trial is a blistering eight-page e-mail Jennifer sent Danielle just before she offed her hubby. In it, the vengeful wife made it very clear what her intentions were.

"If I can't have him, nobody else will."

It's the journey that's important

By John McLeod
Life, sometimes so wearying
Is worth its weight in gold
The experience of traveling
Lends a wisdom that is old
Beyond our 'living memory'
A softly spoken prayer:

"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"

Ins and outs and ups and downs
Life's road meanders aimlessly?
Or so it seems, but somehow
Leads us where we need to be,
And being simply human
We oft question and compare...

"Is the journey so important
Or the getting there?"

And thus it's always been
That question pondered down the ages
By simple men with simple ways
To wise and ancient sages...
How sweet then, quietly knowing
Reaching destination fair:

"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The true COST of an Apple iPhone, iPad and other Apple products...

According to the New York Times, workers at a factory in Shenzhen, China, owned by Foxconn (a company that manufactures iPhones, iPads and other devices for Apple) regularly work sixteen-hour, seven-day work weeks.
They stand until their legs swell and they can’t walk, and they perform repetitive motions on the production line for so long that some permanently lose the use of their hands. To cut costs, managers make workers use cheap chemicals that cause neurological damage. There has been a rash of suicides at the Foxconn plant, and 300 workers recently threatened to jump off the roof over a safety and pay dispute.
In short, as one former Apple executive told the New York Times"Most people would be really disturbed if they saw where their iPhone comes from."
Mark Shields, a self-described member of the "cult of Mac," started a petition on Change.org demanding Apple exert its influence on its suppliers to improve working conditions for the factory workers that make iPhones, iPads and other Apple products.
Apple knows it can play an important role in ensuring safe and fair working conditions for the workers at its suppliers, like Foxconn. In 2005, the company released a supplier code of conduct, and it performs hundreds of audits each year in China and around the world to confirm its suppliers are meeting the code’s expectations.
But that’s where Apple’s commitment falters: the number of supplier violations has held steady year to year and Apple hasn’t consistently publicly stated which suppliers have problems or dropped offending suppliers.
The bottom line, Apple executives admit, is that they’re not being forced to change.
One current executive told the New York Times that there’s a trade-off: "You can either manufacture in comfortable, worker-friendly factories," he said, or you can "make it better and faster and cheaper, which requires factories that seem harsh by American standards. And right now, customers care more about a new iPhone than working conditions in China."
That means public pressure is the only thing that can force Apple to ensure its suppliers treat workers humanely. If enough people sign Mark’s petition -- and tell Apple they care more about human beings than they do about how fast the company can produce the next generation iPhone -- the company could be convinced to make real change for the workers at Foxconn and other factories.

Food for thought:
I watched a news coverage about this morning and it was very disturbing.  Each one of these products are manufactured by the hands of Chinese workers.  It saddens me to hear Americans say how "China" is taking over America, what's worst is how American corporate giants exploit overseas "Slave" labor and charge Americans outrageous prices for their products.  Look beyond the illusion, this is why its hard to find American made products, corporate giants would rather keep the profits for themselves!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Forgive My Fear

A poem by: Ryan Chokureva
I walk on space,
On air so thin
I fear to fall.
Dear God forgive me
For my fear to love
For being so small
In a world so big
Forgive me for not wanting pain
For seeing it first before joy
I know I shouldn’t look first,
At how easily I bruise
Or harden my shell to outside touch,
Or hide within myself,
Or stare with dead eyes
Forgive my fear
Of reaching out over empty spaces,
For taking all the love you give
And giving nothing in turn
When next I shy, nudge me to try
When next I sigh, nudge me to smile
When next love needs, steady my feet
That I may be here,
To brave my fear

Friday, January 27, 2012

Black Teen Attacked With Noose for Liking a White Girl

Three teens have been charged with a hate crime after attacking an African-American teen and putting a noose around his neck for his alleged relationship with a white girl.

The accusers, who are all white, range from age 16 to 18. According to the Chicago Tribune, on Dec. 23, the victim, 17, went to the home of one of the accused. Upon his arrival, the teens put a noose around the victim’s neck, used the N-word and refused to let him leave the house. Eventually he escaped.

Matthew Hermann, 18, was charged with felony counts of unlawful restraint and committing a hate crime, in addition to misdemeanor battery, police said. The other two suspects are facing charges in juvenile court.

The attack is just one of many hate crimes reported within the last month.

In October, nineteen-year-old Deryl Dedmon was charged with capital murder for allegedly beating and driving over an African-American man. And just last month, a Black baby doll was found hanging by its neck from a metal chain in the Bronx headquarters of New York City’s Parks and Recreation Department. Nearby, "KKK" was found scratched on a bathroom wall.

“I think what’s going on in the big picture is that many, many white Americans feel that they are somehow losing their country to people who don’t look like them. That sense has clearly been exacerbated by the appearance of Barack Obama,” Mark Potok, director of the intelligence group at the Southern Poverty Law Center, tells BET.com

A recent report by the FBI says that an overwhelming majority of racial-bias crimes perpetrated in the last year have targeted Blacks

Thursday, January 26, 2012

School near Atlanta comes under fire for slavery recess game

A suburban school district near Atlanta is reeling under accusations of racism, as students at Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn, Ga. allege their teacher led them in a slavery-themed recess game. Third graders at the Gwinnett County academy told Atlanta's Channel 2 Action News that their teacher organized a tag-like game in which some youngsters played slave catchers while other played slave fugitives. School leaders confirm that the game took place last week, but contend it was instigated by the students and that the teacher was not involved.

Students painted a different portrait of the incident to Channel 2. Three of the four students who participated in the game strongly affirmed the teacher's presence to the television news outlet, insisting that she played the "safe house guard" in this role-playing teaching exercise.

Ericka Lasley, the mother of an eight-year-old girl who joined the game, was outraged when she learned of the episode when her daughter came home from school. Lasley's daughter insisted that the teacher proposed the game based on a class lesson.

The daughter told Channel 2 that during the incident the teacher, "would sit on the bench, and the slave catchers would come up to the door and ask 'did she have any slaves?'"

Even In Jail

Written  by: Mandi Neill
What have I learned from being in jail?
By doing my time and not leaving on bail?
I've learned that no matter how far we may roam
Our Father makes sure that his children come home.
You see, He hasn't heard from me in a while.
To neglect Him in prayer just isn't my style.
So when He checked up on places I've been
He figured it's time now to wash away sin.
I can just picture His face in delight,
"It's time to come in and clean up for the night.
I've made some plans tailor made just for you.
You have to prepare for the things you must do.
And don't pay attention to what people say,
It won't hurt you a bit to be locked away.
As a matter of fact, little child of mine,
To clear up those warrants is simply divine!
Besides, they would only just be in the way."
Those are some things I think He would say.
I can picture His face looking down from above
And even in jail I am filled with His love

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Oscar Nominees

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are the only two African Americans to receive an Oscar nominee this year.  Last year no African American received an Oscar nomination. 

Each of these women starred in the movie "The Help".  Although I have mixed emotions about the movie, both of these beautiful women gave an outstanding performance.

Corrupt John Boehner Invested In Oil Companies Then Pushed Keystone XL

See... What had happened was...  Nancy!  Help me out of this mess!

Politicususa  reports:
When Americans vote for congressional representatives, they assume their interests are well-represented and take precedence over special interest groups and lobbyists. The potential for legislators’ conflict of interest and vote-selling will never disappear until corporate campaign contributions are brought under control and it reminds concerned citizens why campaign finance reforms are desperately needed to restore a semblance of democracy to government. 

America’s political system is polluted by the enormous amount of corporate and special interest money paid to legislators for their favorable votes, and the Citizens United decision has magnified the problem exponentially. However, the recent Keystone XL pipeline controversy exposed House speaker John Boehner’s related problem of actively promoting an agenda that benefits him financially apart from selling his votes to special interests.

Boehner has a history of selling votes on the floor of the House to financially benefit corporations, so it is not shocking that he has a conflict of interest in executing his job as a legislator and especially Speaker of the House. 

Revelations this past week from his financial disclosure forms that John Boehner invested $10,000 to $50,000 each in seven firms that had a stake in Canada’s oil sands should raise red flags for the House Oversight Committee; especially in light of Boehner’s push to grant a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline ahead of the State Department and EPA studies and reports and the millions big oil spent to hasten its construction. To make matters worse, after President Obama denied TransCanada’s permit to build the pipeline, Boehner’s spokesman lied about the number of jobs the President killed. One thing is certain; Boehner would profit from the Keystone pipeline. Profiting politically by selling votes and influence is a career-long habit of Speaker Boehner

In June 1995, Boehner handed out checks from the political action committee of tobacco company Brown & Williamson Corp. to fellow Republicans on the floor of the House. The payments to “about half-a-dozen” Republican legislators prior to a vote on discontinuing subsidies to the cigarette industry were rewarded when Republicans killed the bill. Boehner’s excuse for using the House chamber to pay legislators for favorable votes was that it was common and that the tobacco company told him to do it; so “I complied.”

 Boehner went on to demand spending cuts that explain his penchant for hypocrisy. Not much has changed. Republicans killed efforts to eliminate oil industry subsidies in the past year and not surprisingly, they are the largest recipients of oil industry campaign contributions.

It is not illegal to accept contributions from the oil industry, and indeed, Democrats receive about one-third as much oil money as Republicans, but besides taking less cash, there is a stark difference. Republicans take approximately three times as much from big oil because they vote in favor of the oil industry 100% of the time.

 Last May, the GOP blocked a bill to repeal subsidies for the five most profitable oil companies at the same time they floated the idea of eliminating Medicare and recommended eliminating mortgage interest deductions for working Americans. The forty-eight senators who voted with the oil industry received more than $21 million in career oil contributions. Each senator who opposed eliminating the oil subsidies received an average of 5 times as much cash as those who voted to eliminate the free taxpayer dollars flowing to the oil industry. This is an important point. 

Taking campaign contributions and voting for the donor’s interest 100% of the time is selling votes.
John Boehner’s investments in Canada’s tar sand oil companies and lying to the American people about the fallacious number of jobs the Keystone pipeline would create should be a criminal case of conflict of interest. 

Of course there is no law against Boehner’s unethical activities, but he should be investigated by the House Oversight Committee for conflict of interest and lying to the American people for personal gain, as well as pandering for future foreign oil company campaign donations. It is unlikely, though, that the Republican chairman, Darrel Issa, himself a convicted criminal will lift a finger to hold Boehner accountable.

The Republicans in Congress are the reason campaign finance reform will never move forward and the American people are the losers. Yes, Democrats also take oil industry and other special interest money, but only three Democrats voted to keep oil subsidies. Also, there is absolutely nothing wrong with John Boehner investing his taxpayer-funded salary in Canada’s tar sands oil companies, but there are ethical questions about his lying and push to build the Keystone XL pipeline that would give him a better return on his investments if it is built. 

The truth is, regardless of the legislator’s party affiliation, it is unfair to the American people to invest in, or sell votes to any special interest whether it is the tobacco or oil industry and then vote for personal or political profit. Unfortunately, America’s political system will stay polluted by corporate money and influence as long as Republicans fail to do the job they were elected to do; work for the interests of all the American people. 

Perhaps it is better to let Speaker Boehner’s words on the floor of the House make the point; “Shame on each and every one of you who substitutes your will and your desires above those of your fellow countrymen.” Well said Mr. Speaker, well said indeed; you hypocrite.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A critic's review on the military sexual assault documentary "The Invisible War"

Is there Justice in the Military?

After watching the preview of the military sexual assault documentary, critic Daniel Fienberg wrote, “It’s hard to remain unmoved by this polemic about sexual assaults in the military.

Read more:

Before you cast your vote this year, I encourage you to help military rape victims by petitioning Congress to demand a federal investigation into all the military rape cases.  This may be the only way these victims may be able to seek justice!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

The tragic lost of a Legend

Legendary rhythm and blues singer Etta James has died. The news comes from her longtime manager and friend, Lupe De Leon. James was 73 years old.

James was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 and died from complications of the disease with her husband Artis Mills and her two sons by her side.

The artist who passed away in a hospital in Riverside, California would have turned 74 next week Wednesday.

This is what her manager and friend had to say about her death:
"This is a tremendous loss for the family, her friends and fans around the world. She was a true original who could sing it all – her music defied category."

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this time of bereavement.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Limbaugh says, "Newt Gingrich is a victim for cheating on his ex-wife"

I’m sure if Newt is ever elected president he’ll probably put a “Stripper” pole in the white house, and Hugh and his playmates will most likely be on the VIP guest list at his presidential inauguration.

ABC News is planning to air an explosive interview tonight with Newt Gingrich’s ex-wife — her first since 1999 — in which she reveals that the former Speaker asked her for an open marriage so he continue to see his current wife, Callista. Not surprisingly, some conservatives and Gingrich himself have attacked ABC for airing the “tawdry and inappropriate” interview, but shock jock Rush Limbaugh took things to another level on his show today by outright defending Gingrich on the matter.

Limbaugh, who could fairly be described as a proud chauvinist, said, “I don’t understand why the media’s pretending to be so upset” about Gingrich’s behavior with his ex, Marianne. Limbaugh went on to read a “great note” from a “good friend of mine,” which posits that Newt and not Marianne — whom Gingirch left shortly after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — is the real “victim” here. Moreover, the fact that Gingrich asked for “permission” to cheat on his wife is “a mark of character, in my book,” Limbaugh continued:

LIMBAUGH: I got a great note from a friend of mine. “So Newt wanted an open marriage. BFD. At least he asked his wife for permission instead of cheating on her. That’s a mark of character, in my book. Newt’s a victim. We all are. Ours is the horniest generation.” [...] That’s from a good friend of mine, “Newt’s slogan ought to, ‘Hell, yes, I wanted it.’” (laughing) I’m sharing with you how some people are reacting to this.

It’s worth noting that Gingrich had been having an affair for several years before he asked “permission” to cheat on his wife.

Rush Limbaugh married his fourth wife in 2010.

Food for thought:
As the only military person who's to have ever been charged, convicted and jailed for "Adultery" as a single person, what kind of message is the presidential hopeful  sending to the troops?  That's its OK for men to cheat on their wives... OOps, as I slap myself upset my head, what I just thinking... They already do!!

I should vote for him just so I can petition him to overturn my conviction.
There's no reason to, because it was never upheld to set a legal precedent!

Preserving the "Old South"

It's looks like the Northern GOP hopeful needs a history when it comes to preserving the ways of the old south.  Romney may want to reconsider his campaign strategy as he moves on to other southern states. Down here, its Newt's territory... Y'all come back now, ya hear!!

The grio.com reports:
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Maybe this won't be a Mitt Romney cakewalk after all.
Polls here show former House Speaker Newt Gingrich surging in South Carolina, suggesting his fiery exchange over food stamps in a debate on Monday may have benefited him. A newNBC/Marist poll showed Gingrich has closed the gap with Romney to 10 points.

At the same time, the Iowa Republican Party is expected to announce today that a closer look at the results in the January 3 caucus showed that former senator Rick Santorum actually finished 34 votes of ahead of Romney in Iowa. And Texas Gov. Rick Perry has dropped out of the race as of Thursday.
What all this means is Romney, who was expected by the end of the week to have won all three first states, may not be such a strong front-runner after all. Santorum may have actually "won" Iowa. And if Gingrich gets most of Perry's votes, the former Speaker could win in South Carolina.

That would mean in the first three primaries, Romney only won New Hampshire, where he had a major advantage as the ex-governor of a nearby state. The shifting dynamics virtually guarantee Romney will have to fend off Santorum and Gingrich in Florida on January 31 as well.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Duke University study slamming affirmative action re-opens old racial wounds

Reported today on Grio.com
DURHAM, N.C. - A Duke University study that explores the performance of allegedly low performing black students has set off a firestorm among alumni along Tobacco Road and stoked the argument over affirmative action. The study found that black students who have lower high school grades than whites close the gap in college through changing their initial majors.

"The study opens with a bold statement that affirmative action admissions in higher education allow for the college admission of minority students who have 'weak' preparation for college-level work," a group of black Duke alumni wrote in the Durham Herald Sun on Monday. "This implies that students of color are not as intelligent or prepared as their white counterparts."

The study, entitled "What Happens After Enrollment? An Analysis of the Time Path of Racial Differences in GPA and Major Choice," was conducted by economics professor Peter Arcidiacono, sociologist Ken Spenner, and graduate student Esteban M. Aucejo. It stated that among students who initially majored in economics, engineering, and the natural sciences, 54 percent of black men and 51 percent of black women ended up switching to the humanities or another social science. …

The article also said…
In Durham, the outrage began to take shape in the form of protests during the Black Student Alliance's annual Martin Luther King Day services. Dozens of members of the group, including a few white students, silently protested the study on Sunday night outside of the Duke Chapel.

The group also passed out fliers that said "Duke: A hostile environment for its black students?" and held signs that said "Does GPA have a color?" and "My roommate is white and in humanities. Is she dumb?"

The students are also demanding that the three men who conducted the studies meet with the Black Student Alliance and explain themselves to the alumni and the students.

"Using faulty research and assumptions to establish and reinforce a 'hard' versus 'easy' disciplinary hierarchy should be troubling to all students, professors and educational institutions, regardless of race," the alumni group said. "We cannot sit idly by and allow this slander to be mislabeled as truth. We say this in defense of our hard work -- across all disciplines -- and on behalf of the intellectual community that is the academy."

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Food for thought:
Dr. King once said, “Discrimination is a hellhound that gnaws at Negroes in every waking moment of their lives to remind them that the lie of their inferiority is accepted as truth in the society dominating them. Where do we go from here?"

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Honoring a Navy vet's heroism, 66 years later

(CBS News)  January 17, 2012 

It was a long wait. Way too long, in fact.
However, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports that a grateful nation finally gave a hero his due on Tuesday, and made an injustice made right.

In the naval battles of the Second World War, there were many acts of heroism. But what Carl Clark did wasn't recognized until today. Sixty-six years late he was awarded a medal for distinguished service in combat by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

Clark is now 95 years old. He lived the first half of his life in a nation where racism was written into the rules.

"In 1936, when I joined the Navy, a black man could be nothing but a servant for white officers," Clark said.

In May, 1945, he was on the destroyer Aaron Ward when it came under attack by Japanese Kamikaze pilots. He was on fire fighting duty with 7 others.

"First plane hit, wiped out all of these guys, all of the seven men. I was the only one left," Clark said.
Injured and alone, he put out every fire, keeping the ruined ship afloat as it was hit by six kamikazes.

"I don't think it was courage. I don't know what it was," Clarks said. "The captain had told me, the next day after the battle, 'Clark, I want to thank you for saving my ship.' He told me that. But they made out the battle report, they didn't even put my name in the battle report."

Clarks said the reason for that is obvious: "Because I was a black man."

Clark figures the Navy just couldn't admit that a ship full of white sailors was saved by a black steward.

Two years ago, a local congresswoman took Clarks case to the Pentagon. Now, sixty-six years later, he was awarded his medal for distinguished service in combat.

Clark says it's for all those black sailors whose bravery went unrecognized.

Clark gets emotional when talking about all those men he knew who went down on all those other ships, fellow heroes who did not live to see America change.

Happy Birthday to America’s First Lady – Michelle Obama

As we continue to reflect upon the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in celebration of his recent birthday, let’s also celebrate the legacy of another American icon.  She is someone I consider to be one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity, “First Lady Michelle Obama”, who celebrates her 48th birthday today.”

Several years ago, just after my military career came to an abrupt end, my mother asked me to write a poem for her church as they were approaching the celebration of the church's “Women’s Day.”  I knew back then, God had blessed me with a special gift, as he has many others.  That I truly believe is purposed for his sake, in helping to preserve humanity. 

Usually I can close my eyes and wait a few minutes until God moves my spirit, by the time I open my eyes the words to a poem will flow out of me like the continuous flow of water in a river.  Because I knew the poem was important to her, I had to do a little bit of research this time, because I wanted it to be perfect. 

I want to dedicate this poem to Michelle, as well as other black women she so proudly represents!

Our Legacy
©2009 Syneeda Penland

Throughout our history
Black Woman have always contributed,
to the advancement of the Black race.
These modern day S’heros - Famous Pioneers’
Have left behind, honorary legacies
that we should all embrace.

From the likes of:
The Legacy of Queen of Sheba,
Who sought the wisdom of King Solomn,
for whom she bore his son.
Into the 20th century,
Their royal African linage has been past-down.

The Legacy of Sojourner Truth,
whose perseverance we’ll never forget.
for her strength, passion, remarkable character,
and most of all her amazing intellect.
Her notable poem ‘Ain’t I woman’,
when she demanded respect.(as a Black woman)
In such a time, in Black American history
when lynching blacks folks was on the rise.

The Legacy of Harriet Tubman,
Who was known as the ‘Moses’ of her times.
She gave of her life,
on a quest for humanitarian rights.
While a candle light
for her vibrant spirit – still shines.

The Legacy of Phillis Wheately,
who is honored for being
the first black published poet and writer.
Her magnificent poems
spoke words of “Independence”,
She was an emancipated freedom fighter.
Her remarkable works of poetry gave birth
to more famous Black writers and poets to come.
During the American Revolution,
her eloquent poems brought her fame,
amongst such figures as George Washington .

The Proud Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune,
Co-Founder of Bethune-Cookman
Historical Black College.
She was a philosopher,
educator and an advisor.

The Legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou,
honored poet, civil rights activist,
first Black woman director and writer.
Her famous poems, ‘Phenomenal Woman’ and ‘Still I Rise’
continues to inspire Black Women to reach for the prize!

The Legacy of Nikki Giovanni,
world-renowned poet, writer, commentator,
civil rights activist, author and educator.
Her famous poem (which is highly admired by my mother)
“Cotton Candy on a Rainy”;
speaks of a woman’s trivial issues, difficulties
and blues, of her utterly - gray days.

The most recent and honorable addition
to this narrative list of legacies,
She sits at the side of America’s first Black President,
Michelle Obama, America’s First Lady.

Whether born of royal African linage,
a slave or born free.
Each of these magnificent women
leaves behind a remarkable legacy.

Depicted by tales of their joy,
victory, pain and sorrow.
Their legacies will continue to define us
as Beautiful Black Women,
yesterday, today and tomorrow.

As they pass on the torch,
Black women, we will receive it!
And continue to reign.
To proudly leave behind Our legacies
passing down Our heritage,
to Our beautiful Black children.

We are Black Queens!
Black Goddesses!
We possess remarkable strength.
Exhibited by our character, our tenacity
and our ability to stand strong (often times alone)
on our own two feet.

You are the Rock!
You’re the Foundation!
There is no one else like you.
Continue to carry the torch
as a Proud Black Queen,
always excelling, in everything you do!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebration of an American Icon

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a principal leader of the non-violent Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. He not only began the Civil Rights Movement with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, he himself became an icon for the entire movement. Since King was, in part, famous for his oratory abilities, one can both be inspired and learn much by reading through these quotes by Martin Luther King, Jr.

 "Letter from Birmingham Jail,"
April 16, 1963
We were here before the mighty words of the Declaration of Independence were etched across the pages of history. Our forebears labored without wages. They made cotton 'king'. And yet out of a bottomless vitality, they continued to thrive and develop. If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. . . . Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho' we may be, our destiny is tied up with America's destiny.