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19 November, 2019

NATIONAL MEN OF COLOR ASSOCIATION RECIPIENT OF 2019 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY L.T. HENRY AWARD

     



     PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) -- 19 November 2019 -- The USA International Men’s Day Team is pleased to announce that the National Men Of Color Association is the recipient of the 2019 International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Transcending Boundaries Award – Certificate of Recognition.  Inaugurated by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., the Founder of International Men’s Day (http://www,usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com),  the International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award acknowledges individuals, institutions, and organizations who help  improve the manner in which our global village addresses the key challenges (e.g., poverty, ethnic and religious intolerance, homelessness, hunger, Fatherlessness, Mass Incarceration, recidivism, education, physical and mental health, violence, and lack of real-life options) that prevent Men and Boys from reaching their full potential and empowering the communities in which they live and work.   The award is named after Mr. L.T. Henry, the architect of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which facilitates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues.  Mr. Henry envisioned a world in which Men throughout our global village would transcend the boundaries of religion, language, ethnicity, politics, class, economics and culture to collaboratively address the myriad of unique issues which are directly and indirectly related to raising children and empowering the communities in which they live and work from a male perspective.
                 International Men’s Day which was inaugurated in November 1999 by Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D., a Gender Issues Thought leader, educator, and prolific author in Trinidad and Tobago celebrates the invaluable contributions that Men – everyday Men – make to our families, our communities, and our world.   Observed on 19 November of each year, in 2019 International Men’s Day is being observed by 86 nations, including the United State, under the theme, “The Next 20 Years . . . Gender Equality”.  International Men’s Day share a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children’s Day which is celebrated worldwide on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United States.  To learn more about International Men’s Day, visit http://www.usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com or contact the United States International Men’s Day Coordinator, Diane Aisha Sears  by sending an e-mail to: insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com.

          To learn more about the National Men Of Color Association, contact its founder Dr. Maurice Brian Henderson by sending an e-mail to: maurcebrianhenderson@gmail.com or by calling 267-349-5661.

16 November, 2019

2019 PHILADELPHIA MEN OF COLOR WEEK TO FETE HOUSE OF UMOJA, INC. AT 19 NOVEMBER 2019 NATIONAL MEN OF COLOR ASSOCIATION INAUGURAL CEREMONY




P R E S S    R E L E A S E

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CONTACT:

Queen Mother Falaka Fattah
House of Umoja, Inc.
(215) 473-5893


Dr. Maurice Brian Henderson
Founder, National Men Of Color Association
267-230-0317



        PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) – 16 November 2019 -- Many of the world’s preeminent Thought Leaders, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, legal minds, scientists, athletes, authors, journalists, physicians, CEOs, architects, educators, thespians, and musicians call Philadelphia – the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States -- their home.  Many of these souls are Men of Color.   The stellar accomplishments of Men of Color which empower and enrich all Philadelphians will be extolled during 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week commencing Monday, 18 November 2019 through Friday, 22 November 2019.    

            On Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 4:30 P.M. through 6:30 P.M. at the Rotunda Theatre at 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. an inaugural ceremony for the National Association Of Men Of Color along with the feting of local and regional male oriented organizations, groups, and  institutions that will include The House Of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net) will punctuate 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week.  The event which is free and open to the general public will provide an informal setting for networking, a food buffet, and an informational table space.   Established in 1968 by Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her husband the late Mr. David Fattah,  the House of Umoja, Inc., an internationally acclaimed organization leads and organizes the National Million Father March in Philadelphia which encourages Fathers to take a proactive role in their child’s academic affairs.  The House of Umoja, Inc was selected in 2007 by the Black Star Project (www.blackstarproject.org), a Chicago, Illinois-based organization created by the late Mr. Philip Jackson, to lead and organize the National Million Father March in Philadelphia due to its successful track record of transforming the lives of and working with over 3,000 adolescent males.   In 1974, the House of Umoja, Inc. helped end years of bloody and deadly gang violence which played out in the City’s school yards and streets by successfully negotiating a peace agreement known as the Imani Peace Pact which was authored by the late Mr. David Fattah and signed onto by gang members throughout Philadelphia.   As a result, universities and institutions that include, but are not limited to, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control were moved to seek the expertise of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her late husband Mr. David Fattah in the areas of gang reduction, youth programming, and community organizing.  Former United States Presidents The Honorable Jimmy Carter and the late Honorable Ronald Reagan have recognized the House Of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work which has been documented in published articles such as A Summons To Life, by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute in 1981 and The Violent Juvenile Offender by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime And Delinquency in 1984.   

             Radio Station WPEB 88.1 FM and its radio show host Mr. Jasper Jones are setting the stage for the launch of 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week by designating Sunday, 17 November 2019 as  “Talk Back Community Day”.   Mr. Jones will showcase Men Of Color organizations and institutions in the City of Philadelphia through on air interviews with a number of Philadelphians under the theme, “The Trials And Tribulations Of Men Of Color” from 5:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 9:00 P.M. on Sunday, 17 November 2019 on Radio Station WPEB 88.1 FM and Philadelphia Simulcast 95.1 FM W236C1.  The tentative line-up of guests for the lively discourse on “The Trials And Tribulations Of Men Of Color” moderated by Mr. Jones includes Evangelia Biddy at 5:00 P.M.; Darin Tolliver at 5:30 P.M; Desmond Kirton at 6:00 P.M.; Quanda Howie at 6:30 P.M.; Kevin Horne at 7:00 P.M.; Diane Sears at 7:30 P.M.; and Maurice Houston at 8:00 P.M.   WPEB 88.1 FM’s “on air” line is (215) 472-0882 and the station contact telephone number is (215) 472-0882.  

           2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week gets into high gear on Monday, 19 November 2019 courtesy of best-selling author, journalist and WURD Radio Host Mr. Solomon Jones’ Coordination of ManUpPHL beginning at 6:00 P.M. at Community College of Philadelphia’s Winnet Student Life Building which is located at 520 North 17th Street.   ManUpPHL is a free event that is open to the public.  Further information about ManUpPHL can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Mr. Jones at: pipelinedreamer19141@yahoo.com..

        A&W Community Solutions and the West Market Improvement Association will mark the observance of 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 by convening a "Give Back to Males and their Families” Day.   Sponsored by Mr. Arnett Woodall, the event will be orchestrated at West Phillie Produce located at 62nd and Ludlow Streets in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia.  A full day of food giveaways to Male Parents and Fathers begins at 11:00 A.M. which will be augmented by a free workshop entitled “Developing Your Resources” from 4:30 P.M. through 5:30 P..  The workshop will offer information on obtaining free or low-cost supplies, products. Goods and services and a mini-job.  To learn more, contact Mr. Arnett Wood by calling 267-334-5317 or visit the following website:  https://theworkgroup.webs.com.   Inquiries concerning the event can also be sent by e-mail at: arnettwood@yahoo.com. 

            Empowering dialogues and free food await members of the general public on Thursday, 21 November 2019 as the Men Of Color At Penn convene their monthly meeting from 1:00 through 3:00 P.M. on the University of Pennsylvania Campus.   Mr. Darin Tolliver serves as the point of contact for the dialogues and can be contacted at the African American Resource Center’s office at (215) 898-0104.   2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week closes out with Dobbins Community Dinner on Friday, 22 November 2019 from 4:00 P.M. through 7:00 P.M. at the Dobbins Career And Technical Education High School located at 2150 West Lehigh Avenue.   The general public is invited to participate in the Dobbins Community Dinner which also offers free haircuts and manicures.   To learn how you can offer or provide support for this event, send inquiries via e-mail to:  dkirton@philasd.org or tdamon@philasd.org.



            To learn more about 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Work and the National Association Of Men Of Color, contact  Dr. Maurice Brian Henderson, the Founder of the National Association Of Men of Color by calling 267-230-0317 or sending an e-mail to: mauricebrianhenderson@yahoo.com.


15 November, 2019

RADIO STATION WPEB 88.1 FM USHERS IN 2019 PHILADELPHIA MEN OF COLOR WEEK WITH SUNDAY, 17 NOVEMBER 2019 -- 5:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) ON AIR DIALOGUE EXPLORING "TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF MEN OF COLOR"

CONTACT:

Mr. Jasper Jones,  Radio Host
WPEB FM 88.1 FM
WPEB Business Telephone:  (215) 472-0881
WPEB On-Air Telephone Line:  (215) 472-0882
WPEB Voice Mail:  (215) 397-3543
E-Mail:  west_philly_ca@yahoo.com

         PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)  -- 15 November 2019 --  Radio Station WPEB 88.1 FM and its radio show host Mr. Jasper Jones ushers in 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week -- which extols the stellar accomplishments of Men of Color throughout the City of Philadelphia -- by designating Sunday, 17 November 2019 as “Talk Back Community Day”

         Mr. Jones will showcase Men Of Color organizations and institutions in the City of Philadelphia through on air interviews with a number of Philadelphians under the theme, “The Trials And Tribulations Of Men Of Color” from 5:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 9:00 P.M. on Sunday, 17 November 2019 on Radio Station WPEB 88.1 FM and Philadelphia Simulcast 95.1 FM W236C1. The tentative line-up of guests for the lively discourse on “The Trials And Tribulations Of Men Of Color” moderated by Mr. Jones includes Evangelia Biddy at 5:00 P.M.; Darin Tolliver at 5:30 P.M; Desmond Kirton at 6:00 P.M.; Quanda Howie at 6:30 P.M.; Kevin Horne at 7:00 P.M.; Diane Sears at 7:30 P.M.; and Maurice Houston at 8:00 P.M. WPEB 88.1 FM’s “on air” line is (215) 472-0882 and the station contact telephone number is (215) 472-0882. 

         2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week gets into high gear on Monday, 18 November 2019 courtesy of best-selling author, journalist and WURD Radio Host Mr. Solomon Jones’ Coordination of ManUpPHL beginning at 6:00 P.M. at Community College of Philadelphia’s Winnet Student Life Building which is located at 520 North 17th Street. ManUpPHL is a free event that is open to the public. Further information about ManUpPHL can be obtained by sending an e-mail to Mr. Jones at: pipelinedreamer19141@yahoo.com.. 

         On Tuesday, 19 November 2019 from 4:30 P.M. through 6:30 P.M. at the Rotunda Theatre at 4014 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. an inaugural ceremony for the National Association Of Men Of Color along with the feting of local and regional male oriented organizations, groups, and institutions that will include The House Of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net) will punctuate 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week. The event which is free and open to the general public will provide an informal setting for networking, a food buffet, and an informational table space. Established in 1968 by Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her husband the late Mr. David Fattah, the House of Umoja, Inc., an internationally acclaimed organization leads and organizes the National Million Father March in Philadelphia which encourages Fathers to take a proactive role in their child’s academic affairs. The House of Umoja, Inc was selected in 2007 by the Black Star Project (www.blackstarproject.org), a Chicago, Illinois-based organization created by the late Mr. Philip Jackson, to lead and organize the National Million Father March in Philadelphia due to its successful track record of transforming the lives of and working with over 3,000 adolescent males. In 1974, the House of Umoja, Inc. helped end years of bloody and deadly gang violence which played out in the City’s school yards and streets by successfully negotiating a peace agreement known as the Imani Peace Pact which was authored by the late Mr. David Fattah and signed onto by gang members throughout Philadelphia. As a result, universities and institutions that include, but are not limited to, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Prevention and the Center for Disease Control were moved to seek the expertise of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah and her late husband Mr. David Fattah in the areas of gang reduction, youth programming, and community organizing. Former United States Presidents The Honorable Jimmy Carter and the late Honorable Ronald Reagan have recognized the House Of Umoja, Inc. for its pioneering work which has been documented in published articles such as A Summons To Life, by Robert Woodson of the American Enterprise Institute in 1981 and The Violent Juvenile Offender by Paul DeMuro and Richard Allison of the National Council On Crime And Delinquency in 1984. 

          A&W Community Solutions and the West Market Improvement Association will mark the observance of 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week on Wednesday, 20 November 2019 by convening a "Give Back to Males and their Families” Day. Sponsored by Mr. Arnett Woodall, the event will be orchestrated at West Phillie Produce located at 62nd and Ludlow Streets in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia. A full day of food giveaways to Male Parents and Fathers begins at 11:00 A.M. which will be augmented by a free workshop entitled “Developing Your Resources” from 4:30 P.M. through 5:30 P.. The workshop will offer information on obtaining free or low-cost supplies, products. Goods and services and a mini-job. To learn more, contact Mr. Arnett Wood by calling 267-334-5317 or visit the following website: https://theworkgroup.webs.com. Inquiries concerning the event can also be sent by e-mail at: arnettwood@yahoo.com. 

          Empowering dialogues and free food await members of the general public on Thursday, 21 November 2019 as the Men Of Color At Penn convene their monthly meeting from 1:00 through 3:00 P.M. on the University of Pennsylvania Campus. Mr. Darin Tolliver serves as the point of contact for the dialogues and can be contacted at the African American Resource Center’s office at (215) 898-0104. 

           2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Week closes out with Dobbins Community Dinner on Friday, 22 November 2019 from 4:00 P.M. through 7:00 P.M. at the Dobbins Career And Technical Education High School located at 2150 West Lehigh Avenue. The general public is invited to participate in the Dobbins Community Dinner which also offers free haircuts and manicures. To learn how you can offer or provide support for this event, send inquiries via e-mail to: dkirton@philasd.org or tdamon@philasd.org. 

          To learn more about 2019 Philadelphia Men Of Color Work and the National Association Of Men Of Color, contact Dr. Maurice Brian Henderson, the Founder of the National Association Of Men of Color by calling 267-230-0317 or sending an e-mail to: mauricebrianhenderson@yahoo.com.

11 November, 2019

MOVING "CHILD DEATHERS", RACIAL DISPARITIES, AND PENNSYLVANIA'S PAROLE SYSTEM INTO THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE DIALOGUE: MR. MUTI A. AJUMU-OSAGBORO

Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD®, Mr. Muti A. Ajumu-Osagboro is a respected International Prison Radio journalist, print journalist, and a Criminal Justice Reform Activist from the “inside out” who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison at the tender age of 17.   To learn more about Mr. Ajumu-Osagboro’s case, view The Impartial And Fair Treatment In Parole Public Square at https://usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com /2019/08/impartial-and-fair-treatment-in-parole.html.  IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® extends its gratitude to Ms. Judith Trustone of Sagewriters (www.sagewriters.com) for forwarding Mr. Ajumu-Osagboro’s latest literary work entitled, “Moving 'Child Deathers', Racial Disparities, And Pennsylvania’s Parole System Into The National Criminal Justice Reform Dialogue” which appears below



MOVING “CHILD DEATHERS”, RACIAL DISPARITIES, AND PENNSYLVANIA’S PAROLE SYSTEM INTO THE NATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM DIALOGUE”

by:  Mr. Muti A. Ajumu-Osagboro


           During October 2019, CNN T.V. host and CEO of the REFORM Alliance (https://reformalliance.com) Mr. Van Jones, traveled to Pittsburgh to teach on the broken national probation system and what we could do to make a change.  Mr. Jones  utilized the forum as a “teaching and enlisting” platform.    As I watched and listened, I found myself wondering when the forum would move from a “teaching and enlisting” platform to a “listening and learning” platform.   As a member of the M & M initiative for Court Restorative Justice, I attempted to  expand the dialogue to explore the racial disparities that exist in the United States Criminal Justice System which are being scrutinized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur and prevents  Persons of Color, particularly Black and Brown children  who  despite their innocence were sent to prison --Juvenile Lifers –from receiving fair and impartial treatment from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s parole system.   The disparate treatment of Black and Brown children by the American Criminal Justice System also comes under the scrutiny of Article 37 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child which was ratified by all member states of the United Nations  in 1989 – including the United States.  It states, in part: 


Article 37

States Parties shall ensure that:

(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age; . . .

My attempt to expand the dialogue to explore the sentencing of innocent children to prison – Juvenile Lifers  or “Child Deathers” – and the racial disparities in the United States Criminal Justice System which prevent fair and impartial dispensation of parole to Persons of Color  -- and particularly, Black and Brown children -- by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took the form of the following questions:

        "Are you ready to deal with the children who are actually INNOCENT, with the evidence to prove it, but still sentenced to Death-By-Incarceration? Dangling parole that ignores your illegal sentence, or the illegal bait – the promise  of parole to circumvent INNOCENCE. . Is the Child who refuses to be released on life parole because the collaborating prosecution and parole board refused to acknowledge the facts --  evidence in  the law – a refusal to acknowledge the facts and evidence in the law exemplified in the cases of Child Deathers – Johnny Berry,, Terrance Lewis and Chester Hollman who were exonerated after serving decades in prison?    As the late legendary criminal law attorney Mr.  Johnnie Cochran stated, ‘Pennsylvania doesn't follow its own law’.”

         Mr. Jones is a soul with a high intellect and good character.  While I am disappointed that my attempt to expand the narrative on Criminal Justice Reform to include "Child Deathers,” the racial disparities in the American Criminal Justice Reform which negatively impact the fair and impartial dispensation of parole to incarcerated Persons of Colors, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s fractured parole system was not entertained by Mr. Jones , I remain undeterred.    Why?  More of the right people need to have Mr. Jones’ ear.  Who are “more of the right people”?  Black Women in the City of Pittsburgh who are an untapped source of Criminal Justice Reform solutions and leadership..  My assertion is corroborated by the Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission’s recently released report, “Inequality Across Gender And Race 2019 Study” which, among other things, points out that Black girls have a higher propensity for getting caught up in the “school-to-prison” pipeline. Black girls are referred to the police by schools in Pittsburgh’s School District at a rate that is 95% higher than school districts in similar cities such as, for example, Philadelphia.  According to the study, one in five Black girls in Pittsburgh are suspended at least once during the course of any given school year.   We all know that poverty, unemployment, and inadequate or lack of education are among the primary causative factors for incarceration.   Let’s look at poverty.  Black women in Pittsburgh make 54 cents for every dollar made by a White male in that city.  Compare that with the fact that White women in Pittsburgh make 78 cents for every dollar made by a White man in that same city.  Black women in Pittsburgh have it worse than anyone in the United States.  As one sociologist put it, “Life expectancy, income, and educational opportunities for Black children would go up, if Black women moved to most anywhere else.”   It is a Black woman’s experience in successfully surviving “in spite of” and  her qualified leadership with making something happen with scarce or zero resources which help her to navigate an untenable set of circumstances.   Seeking out solutions and leadership offered by Black women on redressing the heart of the parole issue is a critical “piece of the puzzle” to moving “Child Deathers”, racial disparities, and the Pennsylvania parole system” into the national Criminal Justice Reform solutions dialogue. 

          From the bowels of America's terror dome, I am Muti A. Ajamu-Osagboro, a Child on Pennsylvania's other death row -- Death By Incarceration -- engineered by the City of Philadelphia.




28 September, 2019

2019 PHILADELPHIA LEGACIES AWARD WINNERS FETED AT BANQUET AT RESTAURANT SCHOOL ON SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2019


P R E S S   R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



CONTACT:

Mr. Stephen C. Satell
Founder and Executive Director
Philadelphia Legacies
(215) 432-2898



          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)28  September 2019 –  The observance of 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week from 16 September 2019 through 21 September 2019 was brought to a festive conclusion at the Fourth Annual Portrait and Community Awards gala banquet held at the Restaurant School in the Walnut Hill section of Philadelphia.   The 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Award Portaits, which appear below, were unveiled for the following awardees:


  •  Historic record setting National Basketball Association player and trailblazer the late Wilton “Wilt” Norton Chamberlain whose basketball career began when he was student at Overbrook High School.  Mr. Chamberlain went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • ·  Francis “Fran” Joseph Dunphy, former Men’s basketball coach for Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.  Heralded as the “winningest Coach” in Philadelphia’s “Big Five” history, Dunphy was a member of LaSalle College’s 1969 basketball time which is viewed as one of the best teams in “Big Five” history. 

  • ·     Derrick H. Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at the Franklin Institute

  • ·   Stephen Cox, founder and developer of the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation which has helped numerous minorities throughout seven universities achieve doctorate degrees in the sciences

  •    Samuel R.  Delany prolific author who has made an indelible mark in the science fiction and literary worlds and former tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts who also was a Temple University faculty member for 14 years.


Mr. Marc Jackson served as the host of the Philadelphia Legacies Banquet Dinner.  A dynamic commentator for the Philadelphia 76ers, Mr. Jackson played on Temple University’s basketball team under the leadership of its former coach and 2017 Philadelphia Legacy Award Winner, Mr. John ChaneyMr. Jackson began his professional basketball career in Europe where he played for the Tofas Bursa, a basketball team in Turkey and Lobos Caja Cantabria and Cantabria Lobos, two basketball teams located in Spain.  He returned to the United States in 2000 where he made his professional American basketball debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors.


Former Philadelphia Mayor The Honorable Dr. W. Wilson Goode (right) and his wife Mrs. Velma Goode (left) were among attendees of the fourth annual philadelphia  legacies and community awards gala banquet







Mr. Stephen Satell (right), Mr. Francis “Fran” Joseph Dunphy, Marc Jackson, and artist Golden Brown (left) surround portrait of mr. dunphy




From right to left, artist Mrs. Ernest Sweet, Mr Derrick pitts and his wife mrs. Linda Pitts  stand next to  portrait of Mr. Pitts.



                                                                              

Stephen Satell (right) and Stephen Cox, marc jackson, and artist Karl hanson (left) surround portrait of Mr. Cox and his father the honorable edward cox.







Stephen Satell (right) and Samuel R. Delany (left) along with Marc Jackson, artist Damon Bain and his wife Mrs. bain surround Mr. Delany's portrait.





Stephen Satell (right) stands next to portrait of the late Wilton “Wilt” Norton Chamberlain and is joined by mr. chamberlain’s sister (left), selina gross, artist terrell johnson,  mr. Jay bagley, and in the rear. marc jackson.


12 September, 2019

2019 PHILADELPHIA LEGACIES WEEK LAUNCHES WITH PRESS CONFERENCE ON MONDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER 2019—10:00 A.M. AT THE CHARLES L. BLOCKSON AFRO-AMERICAN COLLECTION AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY



CONTACT:

Mr. Stephen C. Satell
Founder and Executive Director
Philadelphia Legacies
(215) 432-2898


          PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)12  September 2019  Philadelphia is heralded as the “Next Great American City.”  The nation’s fifth largest metropolitan area is home to world class academic institutions;  history and science museums;  and a vibrant creative arts community.  It is  where you will find a plethora of  gifted and talented individuals  -- “legacy makers” – whose stellar accomplishments in business, the creative arts, education, law, medicine, philanthropy, politics, science, social entrepreneurship, and technology expands the trajectory of Philadelphia’s legacy. It is an expansive legacy that is chronicled through Philadelphia Legacies Week which will be observed from 16 September 2019 through 21 September 2019.  Philadelphia Legacies Week was spawned by Philadelphia’s successful hosting of the National Democratic Presidential Convention in August 2016. 


            “Philadelphia’s hosting of the 2016 National Democratic Presidential brought together people from around the nation and the world – many of whom were introduced  for the first time to the great things this city has to offer.  This moved me to create a larger and more inclusive view of Philadelphia – a view that includes its neighborhoods.  Philadelphia Legacies Week is the vehicle through which culture can be effected in positive ways in Philadelphia and bring diverse people together to raise money for organizations that help reduce poverty and solve Philadelphia’s problems,” explained Mr. Stephen C. Satell, the Founder and Executive Director of Philadelphia Legacies (https://philadelphialegacy.org). 


            The observance of 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week will be launched with a press conference scheduled for Monday, 16 September 2019 commencing at 10:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in Temple University’s Sullivan Hall  (first floor) at 1330 Pollet Walk in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Former Philadelphia Mayor, The Honorable Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. headlines the illustrious group of speakers who will explore the influence of Philadelphia’s trailblazers and history makers at the press conference scheduled for Monday, 16 September 2019 at 10:00 A.M.   Portrait unveilings of prominent Philadelphia legacy makers; Philadelphia Legacies Signatures Tours; and a banquet dinner scheduled for Saturday, 21 September 2019 at the world renowned Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College at 4207 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will punctuate the observance of 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week. 


             School groups and community members will attend the unveiling of the portraits of two 2018 Philadelphia Legacy Award Portrait  winners  --Mr. Acel Moore and Ms. Trudy Haynes – following the press conference at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection.  A Pulitzer Prize Winner and Harvard University Neuman Fellowship recipient, Mr. Moore transformed the way newspapers presented stories about the African American community as he rose from the ranks of reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer to its Associate Editor and  Editorial Board member.  Ms. Haynes became the first African American weather reporter for Detroit, Michigan’s WXYX-TV in 1963 and, in 1965, the first African American news reporter for Philadelphia’s KYW-TV.  She currently hosts an Emmy award-winning television program – the “Trudy Haynes Show” – which airs on Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com). 


       The Philadelphia Legacies Signature Tour is also scheduled to follow the press conference.  At the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University, the Philadelphia Legacy Award Portrait of  the late Mr. Wilton “Wilt” Norton Chamberlain whose basketball career began at Philadelphia’s Overbrook High School will be unveiled.   Mr. Chamberlain was one of the first African American basketball players in the National Basketball Ball Association.  During his stellar career, Mr. Chamberlain set historic records – many of which remain unbroken – while playing the position of center as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

          Community members and school groups will proceed to the Church of the Advocate at 18th and Diamond Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which  will serve as the venue for the unveiling of the Philadelphia Legacy Portrait Award of Queen Mother Falaka Fattah, Co-Founder of the House of Umoja, Inc. (www.houseofumoja.net)  which has a 51- year successful track record in positively transforming the lives of  approximately 3,000 adolescent males in Philadelphia.  Established in 1968 by Queen Falaka Fattah and her late husband Mr. David Fattah, the House of Umoja, Inc. is an internationally acclaimed organization which helped to bring decades of bloody and deadly gang violence to an end in 1974 when gang leaders signed the Imani Peace Pact™ which was created by House of Umoja, Inc.’s co-founder, the late Mr. David Fattah.   Currently, the House of Umoja, Inc. serves as the City of Philadelphia’s organizer and leader for the National Million Father March (www.fathersincorporated.com)  – a position it has held since 2007 – which helps Fathers increase their level of proactivity in their child’s education and encourages children to strive for academic excellence.

           The Philadelphia Legacy Signature Tours proceeds to the Negro Leagues Memorial Statue and a Pennsylvania Historical marker entitled, “African American Baseball In Philadelphia” at Belmont and Parkside Avenues which pays tribute to the Philadelphia Stars, an African American baseball team in Philadelphia, and a member of the National Negro Leagues Baseball which flourished from 1920 through 1951. 


            This year’s Philadelphia Legacy Award winners will be celebrated at  the  Philadelphia Legacies Banquet Dinner on Saturday, 21 September 2019 beginning at 6:00 P.M.  at the Restaurant School.  Honorees include:


·         Historic record setting National Basketball Association player and trailblazer the late Wilton “Wilt” Norton Chamberlain whose basketball career began when he was student at Overbrook High School.  Mr. Chamberlain went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers.

·         Francis “Fran” Joseph Dunphy, former Men’s basketball coach for Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania.  Heralded as the “winningest Coach” in Philadelphia’s “Big Five” history, Dunphy was a member of LaSalle College’s 1969 basketball time which is viewed as one of the best teams in “Big Five” history. 

·         Derrick H. Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at the Franklin Institute

·         Stephen Cox, founder and developer of the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation which has helped numerous minorities throughout seven universities achieve doctorate degrees in the sciences

·         Samuel R.  Delany, prolific author who has made an indelible mark in the science fiction and literary worlds and former tenured professor at the University of Massachusetts who also was a Temple University faculty member for 14 years.

Mr. Mark Jackson will serve as the host of the Philadelphia Legacies Banquet Dinner.  A dynamic commentator for the Philadelphia 76ers, Mr. Jackson played on Temple University’s basketball team under the leadership of its former coach and 2017 Philadelphia Legacy Award Winner, Mr. John Chaney.  Mr. Jackson began his professional basketball career in Europe where he played for the Tofas Bursa, a basketball team in Turkey and Lobos Caja Cantabria and Cantabria Lobos, two basketball teams located in Spain.  He returned to the United States in 2000 where he made his professional American basketball debut as a member of the Golden State Warriors.

          For further information regarding 2019 Philadelphia Legacies Week, visit its website at https://philadelphialegacy.org or by contacting its Founder and Executive Director, Mr. Stephen C. Satell by calling (215) 432-2898 or sending an e-mail to bridgingworldsprogram@yahoo.com.



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03 September, 2019

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS --- THREE APPS THAT PROMISE TO HELP IMPROVE THE SITUATION: TECHWARN

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It is a sorry society that we live in today, especially for those who have been in one abusive relationship or the other before.  We know how powerless you must have felt in that relationship, and your getting out means a lot to us too.  Now that you are on the outside, it is time to start planning your recovery and better easing into the society. Fortunately, technology is contributing to the fight against domestic violence with a handful of apps out there today.


We have carefully checked out these apps and picked the best of the bunch for you. How about we have another look?


One Love

The One Love app is the brainchild of researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, so you can be rest assured that it is no fluke created by some developer just looking to gain a name for themselves or make a quick buck. The usefulness of the app is further underlined in the fact that it was developed in collaboration with One Love Foundation.

While you are on the outside, you might not need one of the salient features of this app which helps you determine if you are in a toxic relationship in the first place. However, this feature will help save you from finding yourself in the same position ever again.

Designed in form of a quiz which grades the status and health of a relationship to know if it is currently toxic or has the tendency to become one, many women and men can be saved the hassles of dealing with the emotional trauma and fallout that happens later.

On the other hand, you will also love the extensive resources shipping with the 
application.

For one, a safety plan feature allows you create and map out your lines of action after exiting. That way, you don’t get overwhelmed in the aftermath of the escape but still have everything under control.

Speaking of control, the app also comes with a live chat feature which connects you with a member of the LoveIsRespect foundation, should you need additional help and assistance.


Sojourner Peace

Yet another app worth its salt is Sojourner Peace. Just like One Love above, this app was also developed by a reputable institution (University of Wisconsin Milwaukee), and they had help from the Sojourner Peace center.

This means they got to include not just what they felt would be great for domestic abuse survivors, but what these survivors really needs for a proper life outside of their former situation.

The best part of using the app, for us, is the collection of contact details to different law enforcement offices and services that it entails. From within the app, survivors have more than enough contact information to reach charities, emergency services, law services, financial offices, custodial cases institutions and much more. Basically, all the help that a survivor could need has been provided in the form of contact details here – and all they have to do is reach out to get the extensive support service waiting for them on the outside.


Aspire News

The name of this app makes it sound like any other news feed app out there – but that is the brilliance of it. While the other apps on this list are heal recommended for when the victim gets out of their abusive relationship, this is one app that makes things easier when they are still in the relationship and planning an escape.

Aspire News is a must have for any abuse victim who is scared their partner might have a look at their phone anytime – or that their escape plan could be found out.

Opening the app gets you face to face with a barrage of news content aggregated from different websites from all over the web. Scrolling through the app will not show anything out of the ordinary either. However, the ’Help’ section contains all you need.

From a list of resources that will aid you in an escape to those you can contact in the case of any problem, the Aspire News app has it all. We also love how they have made contacting the resources as easy as making a single click.

That said, it is advised that 911 (or any other designated local emergency service, depending on your region) be called in the extreme situations for a faster guarantee of response.


Wrap Up

While you can use the apps above to plan an escape when you are still in the abusive relationship, you should know that they are not a cure for the abuse. Never rely on them to ‘manage’ the situation when you should really be looking for ways to totally get out.

Contrary to anything you might be thinking, you shouldn’t wait for anything before you escape that abusive relationship. You owe it to yourself to get out – and fast.

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TechWarn (www.techwarn.com) is a Contributing Editor to IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® and author of the foregoing post.  The company is located at 30 North Gould Street, Suite R, Sheridan, WY 82801.

NATIONAL MEN OF COLOR ASSOCIATION RECIPIENT OF 2019 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY L.T. HENRY AWARD

           PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA) -- 19 November 2019 -- The USA International Men’s Day Team is pleased to announce that the ...