Commemoration of Dr. Dorothy I. Height

Dorothy Height

Dorothy Height

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On this very special day, I ask that you take a moment to share the story of an incredible woman who changed all of our lives for the better. To NCNW, she was much more than our President; she was a timeless fountain of wisdom, strength and unconditional love. On April 20, 2010, Dr. Height left this world at the beautiful age of ninety-eight.
Dorothy Irene Height was an American administrator, educator, and a civil rights and women’s rights activist specifically focused on the issues of African-American women. Including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness. She was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for forty years and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

n her own words, Dr. Height said, “I have dedicated my life in service to others – especially women and children – who are less fortunate and who need a voice.  I have tried to be that voice.  There is still a great need for people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good.  Who will step into the breach and assume the legacy?  When I look to the future, I am pleased to note that there are fine young people, waiting in the wings, eager to take up the mantle of service.  We, the older generation, have a duty to teach our young that there is a ‘greater good.’  We can no longer give the impression that it is all about themselves. Moreover, they must be taught Godly principles – the first of which is to serve.”  




Mandela Update: Unable to Speak

Nelson Mandela has become a Global Icon for Freedom and Justice

Nelson Mandela has become a Global Icon for Freedom and Justice

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still unable to speak but uses facial expressions to communicate, his ex-wife has told a local newspaper. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said the 95-year-old remained “quite ill” but she dismissed speculation that he was on a life support machine.

In September Mr. Mandela returned home after nearly three months in hospital with a recurring lung infection. The government has said his condition is critical and sometimes unstable.

He is no longer talking “because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear [fluid from] the lungs”, Ms Madikizela-Mandel told South Africa’s Sunday Independent newspaper, “He can’t actually articulate anything… He communicates with the face, you see. But the doctors have told us they hope to recover his voice.”

“I have heard this nonsense that he is on life support – he is not,” she added. “It is difficult for him. He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile. The bedroom there is like an ICU [intensive care unit] ward.” Mr. Mandela has been receiving intensive care at his home in a suburb of Johannesburg, which has been specially adapted for his care.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is revered around the world for leading the fight against white minority rule and preaching reconciliation with the white community despite being imprisoned for 27 years.

It has called for Mr. Mandela’s privacy and dignity to be respected.

Obama supporters are gathering in Taylor‏

Dear neighbor,

I’m Roxanne P., I live nearby in Taylor, and I’m organizing a “Fired Up and Ready to Go” gathering this Thursday for everyone in the area to keep up the momentum from Obama’s victory. Will you join us?

There are over 1,300 of these events happening all around the country on Thursday. The plan is to kick off a big campaign to help Obama pass the bold, progressive changes he talked about during the campaign. There’ll also be some time to celebrate the big win with other Obama supporters in the neighborhood. We’re hoping it’ll be really fun!

It does seem like there’s a real chance for change on clean energy, the economy, the climate crisis, health care, and the war. But there’s no way Obama can do this without millions of us by his side. And that starts right here in Taylor. So please come to my gathering and bring a friend—we’re fired up and ready to go!

Here are the details:  

“Fired Up and Ready to Go” Gathering
Host: Roxanne P—fellow MoveOn member
Where: NEPA Operation Democracy Meeting Area (in Taylor)
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at 6:30 PM

Can you come? Click here to RSVP:

Hope to see you there!


Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

THIS IS AN EMAIL THAT WAS FORWARDED TO THE PUBLISHER:  (As publisher, though I cannot agree with Cosby’s method, I had thought we all knew the truth in what he said…however, there are some of us that really don’t know how dire the “victim” lifestyle is in the Black community and I believe Ayesha gives a very good discription below….AND TRUST ME…IT IS NOT EXAGGERATED!) 

I also believe we have to understand all the dynamics of the causes of our condition as a whole.  And, rather than pass judgement because, as some of us say, “I’m not like that” …we need to seriously find a way to chane the course of our future.  MY THEORY:  when we forced those who hated us to teach our children…we should have known the outcome would be dire!

Dear Audrey, first of all, this is old (teeheehee), and the reason why lots of Black folks are angry with Cosby.  Jamilah, my middle daughter, who works with at risk teens/first offenders, was so outraged with this speech that she wrote a letter to Cosby.  Basically, she reminded him that the population he was ranting about probably wouldn’t even know he made the speech, and that if he was attempting to help she had some suggestions as t how he could be more effective, etc. etc.  When I heard the speech, I defended his right to express his point of view and also pointed out that what Cosby was saying, many of us have said in private :o)  Recently I stayed with a relative in the projects of Pittsburgh and got a real taste of how some of our people are living, i.e. gun shots, shootings, killings, drugs, teenaged pregnancies, welfare, bad parenting, laced with parties, barbecues, etc. etc.  I felt like I was living in a third world country, or Iraq, as we were instructed to “hit the floor” when guns were fired close to our house.  It’s a different reality, a different world…geez!  I didn’t even speak the language (laughing, but serious).  I survived the trip, but came away thinking “what can we do to impact the world of these people?”  What is the solution?  I do believe we can move from victim mode to victor mode, but how we do this I don’t know.  I’m glad that Cosby aired our “dirty laundry” in a public way.  Maybe he’s just the messenger bringing us the bad news. Instead of shooting the messenger we could use his words to fuel us into action.  Something needs to be done. Since making the speech Cosby has refused to apologize or take anything back.  He also has co-written a book with Dr. Alvin Poussaint called “Come On People: From Victims to Victors”.  I think Cosby’s speech created a necessary dialogue that made some people think about the pathologies that plague some of us.


‘They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk:  Why you ain’t,  Where you is,  What he drive,  Where he stay,  Where he work,  Who you be…  And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.  And then I heard the father talk. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.  They are buying things for kids. $500 sneakers for what?  And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.  I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.  Where were you when he was 2? Where were you when he was 12? Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?  And where is the father?  Or who is his father?  People putting their clothes on backward:   Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?  People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?   Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from??  We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail. Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.   We have got to take the neighborhood back.  People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now. We have millionaire football players who cannot read. We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.  In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living. People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.  We have to start holding each other to a higher standard.  We cannot blame the white people any longer’  The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.  These people are not parenting. Dr. William Henry ‘Bill’ Cosby, Jr., Ed.D. 




Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the son of Joseph R. Biden, Sr. and Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan.  He was the first of four siblings and is of English and Irish Catholic heritage. He has two brothers, James Brian Biden and Francis W. Biden, and a sister, Valerie (Biden) Owens.  The Biden family moved to Claymont, Delaware when Biden was 10 years old, and he grew up in suburban New Castle County, Delaware, where his father was a car salesman. In 1961, Biden graduated from Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware and, in 1965, from the University of Delaware in Newark, where he double majored in history and political science.  He went on to receive his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Syracuse University College of Law in 1968, and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1969.

In 1966, while in law school, Biden married Neilia Hunter. They had three children, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III, Robert Hunter, and Naomi Christina. His wife and infant daughter died in a car accident shortly after he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972. His two young sons, Beau and Hunter, were seriously injured in the accident, but both eventually made full recoveries. Biden was sworn into office from their bedside. Persuaded not to resign in order to care for them, Biden began the practice of commuting an hour and a half each day on the train from his home in the Wilmington suburbs to Washington, DC, which he continues to do.

In 1977, Biden married Jill Tracy Jacobs. They have one daughter, Ashley, and are members of the Roman Catholic Church. In February 1988, after suffering from neck pains, Biden was hospitalized and underwent lifesaving surgery to correct two brain aneurysms, one of which began leaking.The hospitalization and recovery kept him from the Senate for seven months.

Biden’s elder son, Beau, was a partner in the Wilmington law firm of Bifferato, Gentilotti, Biden & Balick, LLC and was elected Attorney General of Delaware in 2006. He is a captain in the Delaware Army National Guard, where he serves in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. He is set to be deployed to Iraq in October, 2008. Biden’s younger son, Hunter, works as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., serves on the board of directors of Amtrak, and previously worked in the Commerce Department.

Since 1991, Biden has also served as an adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law, where he teaches a seminar on constitutional law.

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