09 December, 2018


          What is your journey? Where are you? Is there a preordained space and place for you – somewhere you need to be – in your journey on this space and place we refer to as “Planet Earth”? Have you arrived there yet? And who are you? Are you sure you are who you believe and think you are? What if everything that has happened to you in your journey was supposed to happen? What if we are all spiritual beings having a human experience and the human experience we are having is the journey that each of us is having on this space and place we refer to as “Planet Earth”? 

          Approximately 7.6 billion souls occupy Planet Earth . . . 7.6. billion souls who are spiritual beings having a human experience . . . 7.6 billion souls who are on a journey. All of the 7.6 billion souls with whom we share Planet Earth are here for a reason. Some are here to teach . . . to heal . . . to learn . . . to lead . . . to create pathways for generations born and unborn. The reason we are here – our “reason for being” – the “mission of our soul” – is the purpose of our journey. So, what is your journey?
GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D. is an Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader, Life Coach, author, journalist, syndicated newspaper columnist ( and, author, wellness counselor, and lecturer. Dr. Ashby is a certified QiGong instructor who studied under Grandmaster Zhou Ting-Je and Sifu Tina Zhan, a Wellness Consultant at the Harlem Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Master Reiki practitioner; a certified meditation instructor; and an initiate in the Ifá tradition. A prolific writer, Dr. Ashby’s literary works include The Mystical QiGong Handbook for Good Health (, Anam Cara: Your Soul Friend and Bridge to Enlightenment and Creativity which is the recipient of the Literary Titan Gold Book Awards ( 2018/01/05/literary-titan-book-awards-january-2018/), The Believers: The Hidden World of West Indian in Spiritualism in New York; and In Search Of Truth: A Course In Spiritual Psychology – Selected Writings 2013-2018 ( Search-Truth-Spiritual-Psychology-Selected-ebook/dp/B07D3GS5ZP; To learn more about Dr. Ashby’s work, visit


“Every experience that you have and will have upon the Earth encourages the alignment of your personality with your soul. Every circumstance and situation gives you the opportunity to choose this path, to allow your soul to shine through you, to bring into the physical world through you its unending and unfathomable reverence for and love of Life.”

Gary Zukav, Author – The Seat Of The Soul (

          There are no coincidences in Life.  Everything happens for a reason.   Every heartache . . . every joy . . . every disappointment . . . every triumph . . .  every failure. . . happens to us for a reason.   The souls who enter our Life . . . and even the souls who exit our Life, do so for a reason.   Each circumstance that we encounter and each soul who enters and exits our Life are actually the invisible hands of the Universe moving us to the place we need to be at the time we need to be there.   In the quote that appears above, Spiritual Teacher, award-winning author, and founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute ( which bears the name of his award-winning book, “The Seat Of The Soul” ( Mr.  Gary Zukav refers to what I have just described as the alignment of our personality with our soul. When each of the 7.6 billion souls with whom we share this space and place we know as Planet Earth, emerged from the womb, each of these souls emerged from the womb as “whole” entities – entities whose personalities and souls were connected and completely aligned.   The journey from childhood to adulthood coupled with the experience of navigating a Planet that is operating and has operated for quite some time from an “upside down” position, creates a spiritual, psychological, and emotional “disconnect” that separates our personality from our soul.  So, here we are, navigating a world that is operating from an “upside down” position that seems to be immersed in an expansive cloud of chaos and uncertainty.  If the chaos and uncertainty that seems to envelop our Planet – “leadership by fear”, hopelessness, economic turpitude, xenophobia, racial and religious intolerance, nationalism, and the rising violence that plays out among nations on the world stage and among souls in the streets of our communities—appears to be pushing each of us “to the brink”, it is not an accident.  Chaos and uncertainty is really a disguised opportunity.   The Universe is utilizing chaos and uncertainty as a tool to move each of us to align our personality with our soul.  We are not in alignment.  Our “disconnectedness” and lack of alignment creates chaos and uncertainty. Our alignment – reconnecting our personality and our soul -- is the pathway to eradicating chaos and uncertainty and turning a world that is operating from an “upside down” position “right-side up”. 

          Think about it! 

06 December, 2018


5625 West Master Street
Philadelphia PA  19131
 (215) 473-5893
Facsimile:  (215) 879-5340


P R E S S   R E L E A S E


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


            PHILADELPHIA, PA (USA)6 December 2018 – The House of Umoja, Inc., ( has disclosed plans for the celebration of and reflection on the life and legacy of its Patriarch, Mr. David Fattah, Sr.   Key stakeholders, staff members of the House of Umoja, Inc., and the general public will gather with family members of the late Mr. Fattah at a viewing on Thursday, 13 December 2018 from 4:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) through 7:00 P.M. (E.D.T.) at the Meachem Funeral Home, 5526 West Thompson Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A funeral service for the House of Umoja, Inc. Patriarch will be held on Friday, 14 December 2018 at Vine Memorial Baptist  Church, 5600 West Girard Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania commencing at 11:00 A.M. (E.D.T.).  An additional viewing for Mr. Fattah at Vine Memorial Baptist Church is scheduled from 9:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) through 11:00 A.M. (E.D.T.) and will precede the funeral service.

           A Philadelphia native and co-founder of the House of Umoja, Inc., Mr. Fattah  earned two Master Degrees in Education, a Secondary Principal's Certificate and Special Education Certificate, Teaching Certificate for Elementary Education, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Temple University which included including 1.5 years in Corporate Law..  He received a Master’s Degree in Education and Administration from Cheyney State University and was a 2018 Ph.D. candidate at North Central University.  In his role as the Patriarch of the House of Umoja, Inc. and its Director of Community Outreach for 50 years, Mr. Fattah worked under contract with the Philadelphia School Distric’s Office of Climate and Safety and served as Team Leader for the House of Umoja, Inc’s Safety Support twenty-member team. He developed programs and provided crisis intervention along with strategic activities to improve and maintain the appropriate school climate in fifteen schools. Fattah also facilitated the education and nurturing of over approximately 3,000 adolescent males who resided at the House of Umoja, Inc. --- moving them from high-risk behavior to productive citizenship. Fattah interacted with a diverse group of personalities which ranged from Ms. Oprah Winfrey that culminated in an appearance on her 1985 original non-syndicated television show; the late Pennsylvania Senator The Honorable John Heinz; the late Mr. Milton Stover  Eisenhower who served as President   of Penn State University, Kansas  State University, and John Hopkins University and the younger brother of the late United States Army General and 34th President of the United States The Honorable Dwight D. Eisenhower; Sister Isolina Ferré Aguayo from Puerto Rico, a recipient of the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom; and the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King, widow of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and American Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Mrs. King served as the Honorary Chair for the House of Umoja, Inc.’s Youth Employment Program.   A retired educator, Mr. Fattah held various teaching positions within the School District of Philadelphia which included, but were not limited to, aiding special education; serving as a Coordinator for Saturday Community School for a two-year period; and Building Representative for four years with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers(“PFT”).   His expertise also extended to the world of publishing – despite a very developing schedule, he also produced a newspaper.

          In 2007, the House of Umoja, Inc. was selected to organize and lead the National Million Father March by its creator, Mr. Phillip Jackson, Founder and Executive Director of the Black Star Project ( headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.  Serving as the City of Philadelphia’s Coordinator for the National Million Father March under the umbrella of the House of Umoja, Inc., Mr. Fattah moved Fathers in Philadelphia to join Fathers in at least 600 cities throughout the United States in escorting their child on the first day of each academic year; meeting their child’s teachers and the principal of their child’s school; obtaining a copy of their child’s roster and the academic calendar for their child’s school; and playing a proactive role in their child’s education by checking homework, encouraging their child to improve his or her literacy skills, and meeting and communicating with their child’s teachers throughout the academic year.   Mr. Fattah is the author of the Imani Peace Pact which leaders of Philadelphia gangs signed on 1 January 1974 and brought to an end years of deadly gang violence that played out on Philadelphia’s streets and in its schoolyards.  The body of written work generated by Mr. Fattah which serves as one of the components of his legacy includes a study entitled, “Social Unrest Among Black Youth”.  Additionally, he is a Contributing Author to African American Perspectives on Crime Causation, Criminal Justice Administration and Crime Prevention, a book published in 1994 (

          Established in 1968, the House of Umoja, Inc., is an internationally acclaimed organization which has designed and implemented Global Models for eradicating violence, fostering community development, creating economic sustainability, and addressing many of the key challenges which prevent boys and adolescent males from reaching their full potential and maturing into productive and successful adults. 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.


I hear your silent cries and see your unhappy smiles
I'm there; 
In your mind and in your shadow
Listening and watching
You don't see me,
But I'm there
If you could just dig a little deeper,
You would see me there
I see your confidence and strengths
But also your insecurities and weaknesses
I'm your dream and your nightmare
I'm everything you love and fear
And everything you hate and want
I'm a collection of paradoxes
Open your eyes; 
But not too much
Don't give me access to your soul
But don't stare
Too late
You can't resist it
I'm your mystery
You have to solve me
I'm there in the dark,
Watching and smiling
Good luck.

04 December, 2018


Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and South African President The Honorable NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA  (left) pictured above with Sir ROBERT GELDOF on 3 February 2005 in Trafalgar Square in London in the United Kingdom launching that nation's "Make Poverty History" Campaign (Photograph Courtesy of the IRISH TIMES -

          After 27 years of incarceration as a political prisoner of the South African government, on 10 May 1994, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate The Honorable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela became the first Black President of South Africa. Two weeks earlier, on 24 April 1994, more than approximately 22,000,000 South Africans voted in South Africa’s first multiracial parliamentary election which represented the Continent of Africa’s largest economy. Overwhelmingly, Mr. Mandela and the African National Congress Party were selected to lead the African nation.  The news of Mr. Mandela’s election and inauguration as President of South Africa brought a climatic end to apartheid and immersed the world in delirious jubilation.  During his five years at the helm of South Africa’s government, President Mandela masterfully navigated the nation’s transition from apartheid and steered it away from repression, widespread violence, and economic collapse. President Mandela connected the dots between economic progress and political progress. From 1980 through 1994, economic growth in South Africa rose at a rate of less than 1.5%. Under President Mandela, South Africa’s gross domestic product growth rate moved up to nearly 3%. According to South African economist Murray Leibbrandt, a Professor of Economics in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, the average income for South Africans increased. Professor Liebbrandt, whose fields of research encompasses poverty, inequality, and labor markets in South Africa, cites the rise of average incomes for Black Africans by 93% and the rise of average personal incomes of White South Africans by 62% as evidence that the South African economy prospered under President Mandela’s leadership. Despite these very encouraging economic statistics, poverty in South Africa did not disappear.  

          Economic growth in post-Apartheid South Africa had and continues to have many twists and turns. The late President Mandela’s detractors are quick to point to pockets of economic turpitude which existed and continues to exist in a number of communities populated entirely or predominantly by Black Africans. They neglect to mention that under President Mandela’s leadership, approximately 300,000,000 Rands were allocated to Poverty Relief in the government’s 1997 budget, which included approximately 85,000,000 Rands being allocated for the Rural Anti-Poverty Programme of the Department of Public Works.  The Rural Anti-Poverty Programme focused on the KwaZulu/Natal, Eastern Cape, and North Province of South Africa – a region where most of the nation’s poverty is highly concentrated. In 1998, the budget of the South African government’s Poverty Relief Fund was increased from 300,000,000 Rands to 500,000,000 Rands.  South Africa’s Department of Public Works was given 274,000,000 Rands which was designated for building access roads in rural areas. Additionally, President Mandela’s detractors neglect to take into consideration that he found himself in the unenviable position of having to delicately and peacefully merge a large segment of the South African population into an economy from which they had been historically excluded, while ensuring that incomes and access to services and civil rights improved and remained unfettered. Now that was quite a balancing act!

          After completing a five-year term as President of South Africa, Mr. Mandela opted not to seek re-election. Poverty and economic inequality continued to be an important issue for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former South African President which he addressed through philanthropy. On 3 February 2005, President Mandela traveled to the United Kingdom where he delivered a stirring address in London’s Trafalgar Square to a crowd of at least approximately 22,000 souls in connection with Great Britain’s launch of the Make Poverty History Campaign, spearheaded by musician, concert producer, and humanitarian Sir Robert Geldof. Through the Make Poverty History Campaign, Geldof exhorted the wealthy nations of the world to “drop the debt” owed by African nations as they struggled to eradicate the extreme poverty that negatively impacted living conditions and the quality of life for their citizens.   President Mandela urged the souls gathered at Trafalgar Square to join a global campaign against poverty:

           “I am privileged to be here today at the invitation of The Campaign to Make Poverty History. As you know, I recently formally announced my retirement from public life and should really not be here. However, as long as poverty, injustice, and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Moreover, the Global Campaign for Action Against Poverty represents such a noble cause that we could not decline the invitation.  Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times -- times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation -- that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils. The Global Campaign for Action Against Poverty can take its place as a public movement alongside the movement to abolish slavery and the international solidarity against apartheid. . . .  Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. And overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. . . .”

             On 4 February 2005, President Mandela made his case for the eradication of poverty and economic inequality to the G7 Finance Ministers Meeting. The Group of Seven or G7 is an informal bloc of industrialized democracies—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States—that meets annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy.  During his meeting with the G7 Finance Ministers, President Mandela eloquently decried the persistent level of poverty that many souls throughout our global village find themselves immersed in:

        “ . . . You have it in your capacity and means to solve, perhaps not all of the problems of the planet, but at least one of the most serious and demeaning problems of our times. I am referring to the persistence of massive poverty in our human midst, especially in the developing world and even more particularly in Africa. I have agreed to be here in spite of having formally announced my retirement from, and my sincere desire to be relieved of obligations towards, public life. I am here not to merely symbolically grace an occasion with the grey hairs of an old man that the world seems to love in his old age.  I am here to publicly share with you the outrage you wish to demonstrate, I believe, against that persistence of poverty amongst the masses of people all over the globe in the midst of the most breathtaking advances humanity has ever experienced. As long as abject poverty persists globally as a manifestation of gross inequality, the struggle that I and my comrades and compatriots and all our international solidarity partners conducted is not over.. . . . We need action on debt cancellation – multilateral as well as bilateral -- to remove the burdens of the past and allow people to be free. We need trade justice: no more subsidies and tariffs from the West that harm the exports and the people of Africa and the developing world. We need help to build infrastructure so that Africa can take advantage of trading opportunities and be given a fair chance to compete in the world economy. We need an increase, in fact the doubling, of aid through the International Finance Facility: not small amounts here and there, now and then; not funds only when there is an emergency flashed up on international TV screens; but a doubling of aid – another fifty billion dollars for each and every year until 2015. We need funding that can be relied upon and can be spent wisely on educating people, making them healthy and providing roads and communications so they can participate in the globalising world. They need to be given the opportunities now so that in future they can have the dignity of helping themselves.  . . .”

      The Honorable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela worked relentlessly to eradicate poverty and economic injustice and create economic security not just for South Africans – but for all souls throughout our global village. He envisioned a world in which all souls thrived in economically vibrant communities. The eradication of poverty is a component of the multi-faceted legacy of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former South African President The Honorable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela that is indelibly etched in stone.

         The United States International Men's Day team joined individuals, organizations, and institutions throughout our global village in celebrating the life of The Honorable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela on his100th birthday on 18 July 2018.  We have worked and will continue to work to perpetuate his legacy through our advocacy, creation, and support of initiatives that help to eradicate injustice; recidivism; poverty; hunger; ethnic and religious intolerance; xenophobia; and lack of access to real-life options, adequate physical and mental health resources and support services, and education.   

07 November, 2018


Ulster Correctional Facility, a male medium security prison located in Napanoch, New York will join institutions, organizations, and individuals in 86 nations in observing International Men’s Day ( on Monday, 19 November 2018 under the theme, “Renewing Our Commitment To Men And Boys . . . Building A Better World For Everyone” courtesy of the International Men’s Day “Healing And Repatriation” Initiative. Mr. Carry Greaves, the National Chair for the International Men’s Day “Healing And Repatriation” Initiative, will conduct the International Men’s Day observance at the Ulster Correctional Facility. Upon learning that Incarcerated Men were not observing International Men’s Day, the United States International Men’s Day Team created the “Repatriation and Healing” Initiative which moved, for the first time in the history of the observance of International Men’s Day in the United States, Incarcerated Men into the International Men’s Day equation. 

The inaugural observance of International Men’s Day in an American correctional institution occurred in 2012 at the Clinton Correctional Facility located in Dannemora, New York. Since that time, under Mr. Greaves’ leadership, International Men’s Day has been observed in numerous correctional facilities in New York. Observance of International Men’s Day orchestrated by Mr. Greaves through the International Men’s Day “Healing And Repatriation” Initiative have taken the form of atonement programs, mentoring sessions, and solutions-based workshops and discussions that explore a plethora of issues which include, but are not limited, to reintegration into society, education, the causative factors of crime, violence, and incarceration, and reducing crime and violence in society. 

So what is the International Men’s Day “Healing and Repatriation” Initiative all about? It is about providing approximately 2,500,000 souls in the United States who are incarcerated with an opportunity to participate in a global event which encourages them to engage in critical thinking about issues that affect them, their families and loved ones, and the communities in which they have lived and will return to. It is about helping them to see themselves as “part of a whole”. It is one of the many “first steps” that must be taken to heal and “reconnect” -- spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally -- approximately 600,000 souls who are released from American prisons every year. 

For further information about the International Men’s Day “Healing And Repatriation Initiative”, contact the USA International Men’s Day Team by sending an e-mail to:

27 October, 2018


ON 27 MARCH 1961, THE TOUGALOO 9 -- Geraldine Edwards Hollis, 

Joseph Jackson, Jr., Alfred Cook, Albert Lassiter, Ethel Sawyer, 
Evelyn Pierce, Janice Jackson, James “Sammy” Bradford, AND

American Civil Rights Movement Pioneer, Mississippi Native, Author, Public Speaker, Community Activist, Wife, Mother, and Grandmother


transports readers to a dangerous, volatile, critically transformative period in America’s history through two powerful literary works she has penned:




and other online book outlets.




YOUR JOURNEY: GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D. Search-Truth-Spiritual-Psychology-Selected-ebook/dp/B07D3GS5ZP ;