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NEA Human & Civil Rights Award

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PHOTO-NEA-Award-300x225There isn’t much to say here except “thank you” to all the friends and mentors that have supported my quest in public education. Chief among them are my folks, my dear friends, Congressman Gus Hawkins, and the National Council on Educating Black Children.

With the help of Mr. Ken Berry, Portland, and his vision for integrating education and the arts, we produce, through the good offices of World Arts Foundation, Inc., one of the largest tributes to a great American hero, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That single event, presented in a variety of forms, for 25 consecutive years, coupled with forty years of striving in the classroom, the boardroom , and the cutting room floor, propelled me into an incredible spotlight.

It was easily the biggest award I’ve ever received. The H. Trent Councill Memorial Award for Human and Civil Rights was presented in New Orleans, July 2, 2010. It was a full-blown “Oscar night” type banquet and production and placed me among other award winners whose contributions to human and civil rights dwarf my achievements. Ed Hamilton, for example, is a major sculptor from Louisville, Kentucky. Look him up. In fact, please visit the www.nea.org website and see the entire program.

Here is the video they put together to introduce me during the program:

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And here are my acceptance comments:

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May God grant us the good sense to make good use of such a distinguished honor and work together to improve the conditions of urban, public education.

Call me: 415.722.4348

Be well.

There isn’t much to say here except “thank you” to all the friends and mentors that have supported my quest in public education. Chief among them are my folks, my dear friends, Congressman Gus Hawkins, and the National Council on Educating Black Children. With the help of Mr. Ken Berry, Portland, and his vision for […]

Hon. Gus Hawkins’ Birthday

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Augustus_Freeman_Hawkins-240x300Today, August 31, is Hon. Augustus F. Hawkins’ birthday. He would be 103 years old today. When asked what gave him such longevity, he would routinely say, “Just good living, as distinct from ‘living good’.” In observation, he ate oatmeal for breakfast, everyday. We all had oatmeal this morning, in tribute.

His simple statement on leadership complements the way he lived it. Thank you for giving a moment to Gus Hawkins’ memory.

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“The leadership belongs not to the loudest, not to those who beat the drums or blow the trumpets, but to those who day in and day out, in all seasons, work for the practical realization of a better world – those who have the stamina to persist and to remain dedicated. To those belong the leadership.”

Augustus F. Hawkins

Today, August 31, is Hon. Augustus F. Hawkins’ birthday. He would be 103 years old today. When asked what gave him such longevity, he would routinely say, “Just good living, as distinct from ‘living good’.” In observation, he ate oatmeal for breakfast, everyday. We all had oatmeal this morning, in tribute. His simple statement on […]

Core Values

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1. Schools have the best opportunity and a professional obligation to mediate learning; particularly language, mathematics, and social development.

2. “Effective Schools” research is a reliable and powerful intervention. It is especially powerful when implemented in urban schools by people who understand, thoroughly, diverse cultures.

3. All teachers want to see their students succeed, but don’t always know how. The “Cure” strives to equip teachers with better tools rather than correct the teacher based on mistaken assumptions about teacher ability.

4. “We can, whenever and wherever choose, successfully teach all children whose education is of interest to us. We already know more than we need in order to do this. Whether we do it or not, Must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” – Dr. Ron Edmonds

5. We are savvy enough to design curriculum, build environments, and heighten the quality of teacher-student relationships to effectively educate all our children and garner the active support of the stakeholders in our school communities.

1. Schools have the best opportunity and a professional obligation to mediate learning; particularly language, mathematics, and social development. 2. “Effective Schools” research is a reliable and powerful intervention. It is especially powerful when implemented in urban schools by people who understand, thoroughly, diverse cultures. 3. All teachers want to see their students succeed, but […]

Ten Vows of Success

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These few ideas, time-tested, are simple and easy to observe. They give you a tremendous advantage over the person you used to be. You will gain ground and clarity of purpose by simply testing the cultural, spiritual, and practical value on your own terms and time.

“Ten Vows of Success” by Og Mandino:

  1. Never, again, will I pity or belittle myself.
  2. I will begin every day with thanksgiving and a plan for the day.
  3. I will bathe my days in the golden glow of enthusiasm.
  4. Never, again, will I be disagreeable with another human being.
  5. I will seek to find the opportunity in every adversity.
  6. I will always do my best.
  7. I will devote myself to the task at hand.
  8. I will no longer wait for opportunity to come and embrace me.
  9. At the end of each day, I will reflect on the events of the day.
  10. A will always be thankful for the life I possess and seek ways to express my gratitude through service.

These few ideas, time-tested, are simple and easy to observe. They give you a tremendous advantage over the person you used to be. You will gain ground and clarity of purpose by simply testing the cultural, spiritual, and practical value on your own terms and time. “Ten Vows of Success” by Og Mandino: Never, again, […]

Culture

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Defined as the sum total of the languages, mores, music, art, foods, styles, religions, child-reading, rituals, achievements, contributions, struggles, faith, and other patterns of behavior and interpretations of reality, culture both defines the greater black community and illuminates its salient themes.

At the core, if not the center, of the Africans’ experience in America is the vast concept of culture.  Defined as “the sum total of the languages, mores, music, art, foods, styles, religions, child-rearing, rituals, achievements, contributions, struggles, faith, and other patterns of behavior and interpretations of reality,” culture both defines the greater Black community and illuminates its salient themes.  Most central to African Americans, and without which “cultural themes” are impossible to sustain, are the expressions of faith in their God; education as the currency of achievement; and the organizations and institutions that hold communities together.  This one, busy, and inevitable intersection serves as a vortex for looking backward into history and the apex for looking forward across the frontiers of innovation, and the imminent demands to preserve our rich heritage and develop the next generation of leaders in every field.

Defined as the sum total of the languages, mores, music, art, foods, styles, religions, child-reading, rituals, achievements, contributions, struggles, faith, and other patterns of behavior and interpretations of reality, culture both defines the greater black community and illuminates its salient themes. At the core, if not the center, of the Africans’ experience in America is […]

A Story of Hope

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We don’t tamper with Scripture. When it says at I Corinthians 13:13, “And now abideth faith, hope, love these three, but the greatest of these is love.” That’s the truth.

I recently learned about a little girl in Charlotte, North Carolina whose name was Hope; Hope Stout. She was twelve years old and terminally ill. The Make-A-Wish Foundation went to her bedside and said, “Hope, if you could have any wish, any wish at all, what would it be?” Hope answered, curiously, “Well, why do you ask?”

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We don’t tamper with Scripture. When it says at I Corinthians 13:13, “And now abideth faith, hope, love these three, but the greatest of these is love.” That’s the truth. I recently learned about a little girl in Charlotte, North Carolina whose name was Hope; Hope Stout. She was twelve years old and terminally ill. […]

Thanks to Brothaman

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Brothaman is such an efficacious business model with suvh reliable quality, it becomes an essential component of folks’ future success.

When a former student becomes your doctor or strategist, or financier, or even mentor, you give thanks, count your blessing and then… count his, or hers. Brothaman is such an efficacious business model with such reliable quality, it becomes an essential component of folks’ future success. Whether they know it now or not. Brothaman don’t play. That’s how I’m experiencing it.

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Brothaman is such an efficacious business model with suvh reliable quality, it becomes an essential component of folks’ future success. When a former student becomes your doctor or strategist, or financier, or even mentor, you give thanks, count your blessing and then… count his, or hers. Brothaman is such an efficacious business model with such […]

Chappie is Bloggin Now

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“We can whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose education is of interest to us. We already know more than we need in order to do this. Whether we do it or not, must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” Ron Edmonds

This my first blog, ever. Thanks, Jomo. Thanking God.

“We can whenever and wherever we choose, successfully teach all children whose education is of interest to us. We already know more than we need in order to do this. Whether we do it or not, must finally depend on how we feel about the fact that we haven’t so far.” Ron Edmonds This my […]