On-Line Family and Friends:
Ok, umm, I
have been completely wiped out this week, making it the
most grueling 5 days ever.
Even my brain is exhausted, so you can just imagine
how pleased I am that the weekend is here.
Funny thing though, this is the week I began my
intake of vitamins and energy supplements.
At any rate, here I am dialoging with you as I
Truly my heart is willing, but my body and mind
just can’t hang this week.
Therefore, my words will be somewhat brief.
is the most sentimental picture ever, don’t you agree?
Our President Obama as he wiped away tears at
Dr. Dorothy I. Height’s Funeral.
[Picture Courtesy of Jim Watson/AFP/Getty
Dr. was laid to rest yesterday, and quite honestly I feel
she is resting peacefully, because one of her dreams
before she moved on came to be.
Sorry, that I am repeating once again for another
week; that Dr. Height lived to see what she worked hard
for and fought
for, have come to be.
She lived long enough to see Change come to these
United States of America, and surly she must be pleased.
the photo to the right to hear the Eulogy President
Obama delivered at Dr. Height's Funeral (Courtesy of www.whitehouse.org
- [13:54 - 4/29/2010])
read the Eulogy (Courtesy of www.whitehouse.org), kindly
some excellent photos of the Funeral (Courtesy of
JackandJillPolitics.com) - PLEASE
not sure how I missed that the former National Association
For The Advancement of Colored People [NAACP]
leader Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks died recently; specifically
on the 15th of April.
LOL maybe I was in a coma, huh??…LOL!
Seriously though, I guess Dr. Height’s passing
dominated the media.
Thankfully, my Mother-In-Law was kind enough to
bring this to my attention.
Benjamin L. Hooks was also a civil rights legend, and one
who fought, won and enforced civil rights victories on
Corporate America. Additionally, he led lunch-counter sit
in demonstrations during the 1960s.
As a matter of fact, he accomplished quite a few
milestones: becoming the FIRST African-American Judge to
sit on the bench of the Tennessee State Court in 1965, and
the FIRST African-American Member of the Federal
Communications Commission in 1972, where he championed
minority ownership of television and radio station.
Additionally, he was a minister at two Baptist
Churches, and sat on the Board of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
As President of the NAACP from 1977-1992, he
guided the organization through an extended period of
organizational turmoil and political challenges from the
highest levels in Government, where he battled President
Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush regarding the
association’s goals on affirmative action, increased
spending on social programs and school integration through
Additionally, as President of the NAACP he boasted
the declining membership and succeeded in efforts to raise
money and start programs for young people.
He lobbied for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday,
as well as several civil rights, fair housing and voting
He sought to expand employment opportunities by
signing dozens of “Fair Share” agreements with
companies such as Kmart (which agreed to hire black
employees and buy from black employers.)
As you see
Rev. Hooks has accomplished a lot in his 85 years; he was
a wonderful husband to his wife Frances for 50 years, as
well as a great father and grandfather.
Additionally, he was a lawyer, judge, preacher, and
most importantly a civil rights leader.
He too I believe will rest in peace knowing that
all he fought for was well worth it.
I have always been touched by his words: “I
wish I could tell you every time I was on the highway and
couldn’t use a restroom…my bladder is messed up
because of that.
Stomach is messed up for eating cold sandwiches.
So I can’t tell you how I feel about the
question, ‘Has integration worked?’
All these intellectual superegoists sit around
trying to pinpoint where it hasn’t.
But I have to begin at the fundamental issue that I
can drive from Houston to my home in Memphis and stop for
learn more about Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks, and to read a
very good time line of his life (Courtesy of answers.com) PLEASE
have been observing the Politics in my Country Trinidad
and Tobago, and as I “tie up” my comments I want to
briefly share with you the “goings on”.
Mind you, I have never really followed the Politics
in Trinidad but recently it has become very interesting.
Actually, lots of confusion is taking place there
around this issue; or as we say in Trinidad: so much
bacchanal going on in de place.
my surprise when I discovered Prime Minister Patrick
Manning recently dissolved his Parliament and called for
new elections (2 years early), which has been scheduled to
take place a few weeks from now on May 24th.
My response was what?????
Is this possible, and what in the world is going on
with Mr. Manning? I
immediately was tempted to introduce my party [NNWO]
– LOL, it’s too funny to share with you what the
initials stand for.
heard so much about Prime Minister Manning regarding
corruption and mismanagement.
I also learned too, how much he, [primarily] his
party is loved (People’s National Movement [PNM.]’)
Honestly, as a result of all the trips we have
taken to Trinidad we were able to observe some of the
crazy issues at play, and I have heard the debates and
discussions about Mr. Manning that has left me saying
through his interviews and comments in public I have
identified some arrogance, especially after hearing things
he has said that I believe a Prime Minister dare not
say to the media or in public.
I however still cannot comprehend his stunning
me what in the world got into his brain to do such a
thing? Do you
think he made a mistake?
As I look
at the opposition party, I say hurray that a woman is at
the helm. Kamla
Persad-Bissessar from all accounts looks well qualified to
lead, but as I look deeper this party seems to be a bit at
of Kamla on the right)
and examining both parties closer and listening to the
people, I have discovered undeniably that the supporters
are pretty divided by race.
Black folks are for one party and Indians are for
the next, making the parties totally “race based.”
It is somewhat evident too, that one party is for
the poor, and the other for the “well to do. [Hum…well overall this is really nothing new in politic.]
I’m I wrong with that last observation?
one of the issues that bug me, and directly effects my
family in Trinidad is the huge water shortage problem.
On our visits I have become weary of the words my
mom frequently say: “come…come let’s fill up
everything with water [buckets and basins] because you
know they locking off water soon.”
My brothers and her would proceed with filling up
everything they could with water.
On one of our recent visits, Todd’s simple
observation made a lot of sense to me.
He stated: why is there a water shortage, since
this island is surrounded by water.
Surly the Government is able to build a refinery of
some sort to purify the waters.
I got to thinking he is absolutely right,
couldn’t they do something about that to stop the water
shortage problem. Hum,
as I take this into account, perhaps this could be one of
the platforms I run on for the party (I have made up in my
head - NNOW) it would go in line with, and focuses
on my goal of serving the people’s needs in
for Mr. Manning and his crazy decision to call for new
can anyone of you our on-line family enlighten me on the
political situation in Trinidad. Since, I don’t live there I get all my news from the media
and some from family members who reside there.
Due to our intention regarding spending a lot more
time in Trinidad building our business and Caribbean
Social Network – www.mycaribbean.us, it is important to know the political goings
feel free to share with me your thoughts on this important
IS A TIME FOR CHANGE, but I say may the best man or woman
win. I do
know for sure if PNM loses just about all of the
older folks in my family in Trinidad who are die hard PNM
fans will certainly be devastated.
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2010 as he presents “Kalinago”.
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