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November 2010

Help for Haiti: Message from The Global Syndicate and Project Medishare

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Please help The Global Syndicate and Project Medishare as we do our best to prevent a potential epidemic. Click here to donate funds of which 100% will support Project Medishare and its efforts on the ground in Haiti.  No amount is too small, but no support is unacceptable.  200+ have perished, 2000+ have been infected, and the number can increase exponentially rapidly if adequate containment efforts are not undertaken.  Please contribute right away and encourage at least 5 other people to do the same.

Reports have been confirmed of a Cholera outbreak in several provinces in Haiti.  Cholera is a serious infectious disease caused by the bacteria Vibrio cholerae, which affects the intestinal system of the body. An infected person experiences severe vomiting, explosive diarrhea and severe dehydration. Without immediate medical treatment, cholera may result in death within four to twelve hours after symptoms begin. Due to a large loss of body fluids, cholera is gruesome in the way that it leaves survivors in their physical appearance, as well as in the biological toll it takes on the body.

We are currently raising awareness and much needed financial support for our non-profit partner, Project Medishare, who is leading efforts to battle this ongoing viral attack. Below is an excerpt from the leadership at Project Medishare…

"Project Medishare is on the front lines in the Artibonite, Central Plateau and PAP fighting this epidemic as we speak. We have 100+ community health workers who are canvassing the camps with prevention tools and education, as well as our hundreds of doctors and nurses in country who are working closely with Haitian Ministry of Health at these clinics to provide manpower and support in St Marc as well as the new areas of outbreak.  Medishare has been called upon by the American Red Cross as well as PIH for back-up in the areas outside of St Marc which are now showing major outbreaks and we have been asked to get our four massive 5,000 sq feet field hospital tents put up out of the ground to provide 20,000sq feet of additional hospital space to treat patients, setting up cots as most are laying on the ground, and providing antibiotics, bleach, water tablets, buckets etc.  We are mobilizing a major cargo shipment down tuesday with additional supplies to help in St Marc and Artibonite and assist the haitian red cross as they are experiencing shortages in many areas.  

We should have these makeshift cholera treatment centers in the four  5,000sq foot tents built up by Tues (they are being built right now) so that we have space to treat an additional 400-500 patients at a time, as well as getting portable AC units and fans up to these areas because of the heat+high fevers, people are losing their lives much faster before they can get treatment in the overrun hospitals. We were hoping for containment and prevention but because of the alarm this caused in St Marc, there was a mass exodus out of the area and into PAP which we suspect has now carried cases into PAP and the MSPP (ministry of health) have given a very dire outlook on the situation with another 800,000 cases and deaths possible in the next 6 months if we can't get this contained.  We can most definitely (and pretty desperately) use the help in the way of an emergency grant to cover this effort because we did not have resources available to direct towards these expenses of cholera treatment supplies+ cargo lift to Haiti and any assistance would be greatly appreciated and put to worthy use."

Please help The Global Syndicate and Project Medishare as we do our best to prevent a potential epidemic. Click here to donate funds of which 100% will support Project Medishare and its efforts on the ground in Haiti.  Please contribute right away and encourage at least 5 other people to do the same.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jacques-Philippe Piverger
The Global Syndicate
Founder & Chairman

 


Looking for a new job? United Way Job and Resource Fair Dec. 13

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United Way of Miami-Dade is hosting a Job and Resource Fair to help get you on your way to finding that next career opportunity. 

Organizations and resource providers will offer on-site interviews, job interview scheduling, networking, resume building, tips and tools for job interviews, job readiness testing, skills assessment, financial counseling, emergency services, and much more.  

Dress in business attire and bring copies of your resume.  New and used men’s and women’s business suits will be available at no charge on a first-come basis for your next job interview. 

Monday, December 13, 2010
1 - 5 pm
United Way of Miami-Dade 
The Ansin Building
3250 Southwest Third Avenue
Miami, FL 33129

Participating organizations and resource providers:

  • Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • Avon
  • Blackstone Merchant Services  
  • CBT College
  • Center for Independent Living
  • Costco
  • The Department of Children and Families
  • Fontainebleau Hotel
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
  • Jackson Health Systems
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Prim America
  • The Setai Hotel
  • South Florida Workforce
  • UPS

Parking is limited. You are encouraged to use Metrorail and exit at Vizcaya Station. United Way is located directly two (2) blocks north of the station.

For more information on this event, contact Mahe Olazabal at [email protected] or (305) 646-7278.

 


Don't miss Miami native Sabrina Lamb at Book Fair!

Best-Selling Author Sabrina Lamb Joins Panel at Miami Book Fair and Releases Animated Trailer for New Book, "A Kettle of Vultures... Left Beak Marks On My Forehead"











New York - Best selling author Sabrina Lamb's eclectic ability to intermingle fiction with comedy and social commentary is brilliantly displayed in not only her new book, "A Kettle of Vultures...Left Beak Marks On My Forehead" (Strebor/Atria Books; October 2010) but also in her newly released animated film trailer for the book! Lamb returns to her native Miami home on Sunday, November 21 where she will join a panel discussion at the Miami Book Fair. The Miami Book Fair (http://www.miamibookfair.com) will be held at Miami Dade College. Lamb joins Lori Tharps, author of "Substitute Me," and Susan Fales-Hill, author of "One Flight Up" at 11:00 a.m. in Room 706.

The best-selling author, media personality and satirist has been raising eyebrows for some time now with her distinctive takes on life and popular culture. A savvy business woman, journalist and former standup comic, Lamb is also best-selling author of "Have You Met Miss Jones?: The Life and Loves of Radio's Most Controversial Diva" and "Celebrity Elect: When Your Favorite Star Becomes President of the United States."

With "A Kettle of Vultures" Lamb, a Miami, Florida native now residing in New York, whisks us off to Opa Locka, Florida as her main character, Iris Chapman returns home on the day of her brother's controversial wedding. Not unlike the kettle of low-flying vultures convening over the plane she is boarding, we are lead on a humorous journey as Iris navigates along the path of survival from the onslaught of vulturous characters in her life. An Atlanta-based image consultant, Iris Chapman's dysfunctional family, socially maladjusted clients and magical friends inadvertently lead her toward fulfilling self-acceptance.

With creativity that knows no bounds, Lamb introduces us to the vivid cast of characters from "A Kettle of Vultures" in a book trailer that plays like a short film. In the animated vehicle we find Lamb at a book signing attended by her cast of "ungrateful fictitious" characters who are appalled at their portrayal in the book! There is Ms. Chickie, Iris Chapman's octogenarian grandmother, Iris' mother, the social climbing Lee Artist, and her hermit-like father Willie Chapman to name a few. Lamb finds out the hard way that you can't just assault the reputations of fictitious characters without paying the price!

Readers may remember Lamb from Lifetime Television's Girl's Night Out, where she wove her comedic skills around issues such as homelessness, foreign policy and spousal abuse. As a media personality she has co-hosted "The Morning Show" on 1600 WWRL in New York City as well as the highly-rated "Open Line," "Week In Review" and "Wake-Up Club" on WRKS-FM.

Lamb's wicked sense of humor however, in no way inhibits her savvy business sense. As the founder of the WorldofMoney.org (http://www.WorldofMoney.org) Lamb has amassed an ambitious roster of financial experts who are committed to empowering underserved youth with a sound financial foundation. Her organization, the WorldofMoney.org, provides youth, ages 12 - 18, with empowering tools to survive economic cycles, by examining their own money mindsets to create budgets, establish savings plans, manage/avoid debt, understand investment strategies, set financial legacies and make sound decisions for their education and retirement. The WorldofMoney.org has graduated hundreds of students!

Get to know Sabrina Lamb better and secure your copy of "A Kettle of Vultures...Left Beak Marks On My Forehead" at http://www.SabrinaLamb.com.

To view the "Kettle of Vultures" book trailer head to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sbF9W54xt4 !









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NEIGHBORS 4 NEIGHBORS 2010 SPECIAL; "HELPING FEELS GOOD" HIGHLIGHTS CONNECTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY

Miami, Florida... This year's Neighbors 4 Neighbors holiday special, "Neighbors 4 Neighbors: Helping Feels Good" looks back on the stories that touched our community by imparting an emotional impact. Airing on CBS4 on Thursday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Day) at 5:30 PM and repeating on CBS4 on Saturday, November 27 at 10 AM and TV33 on Sunday, November 28 at 10:30 AM, the half hour special spotlights the way in which CBS4's Neighbors 4 Neighbors has helped connect those in need with those who can help, just as they have for nearly 18 years since Neighbors was founded in August 1992.




The special, anchored by CBS4 Anchor Shannon Hori with contributions from reporters Jawan Strader, Tiffani Helberg, Al Sunshine and Nicole Maristany, will showcase the way in which CBS4 viewers have responded to requests from Neighbors 4 Neighbors and have made a difference in the life of the less fortunate in our community. The stories include:

The Smith Family - This story illustrates how the Neighbors 4 Neighbors Family Fund helps local families in crisis. A special delivery and donations to the Family Fund from the community helped turn a family from Homestead's house into a real home.

Money Watch Phone Banks - Every Monday, CBS4' Investigative Reporter Al Sunshine teams up with Neighbors 4 Neighbors for a phone bank to tackle tough topics like foreclosure prevention, financial planning, and how to find a job. Neighbors provides resources and experts to take viewers phone calls and provide answers.

Christine Kent -Christine Kent survived a violent attack from a stalker that impacted her life forever. Neighbors 4 Neighbors stepped in with a donation and a delivery that's made a big impact in her everyday life.
Kindness Cards - This Summer, Neighbors 4 Neighbors and CBS4 teamed up with BankAtlantic and the local libraries' Summer Reading Program for a Kindness Card Contest, encouraging young artists to draw images of kindness in hopes of making kindness contagious.

Food 4 South Florida - This annual campaign helps Neighbors connect local businesses, schools, groups and organizations to many community causes. The annual Food 4 South Florida food drive partners companies and classrooms with local food banks. The thousands of pounds of non-perishable food collected helped stock the shelves during some of the leanest times of the year.

Adopt a Family - Through the Adopt A Family 4 The Holidays program, families and businesses can support families in need with both food and finances. Last year alone, more than 2,300 families in South Florida had a happier holiday, thanks to the program.

Francisca's Second Chance - It's been 18 years since Neighbors 4 Neighbors began connecting those in need with those who can help - and from time to time Neighbors will check in on those who have been helped along the way. This particular update that has been more than a decade in the making.

Special delivery - Neighbors 4 Neighbors helped one local music teacher keep up with the beat of his own drum -this is the story behind this special drum delivery.

Neighbors 4 Neighbors is a non-profit organization founded by WFOR-TV CBS4 in 1992 to support victims of Hurricane Andrew. Underwritten by BankAtlantic and the Herbert Hoover Foundation, Neighbors has continued to expand its work to assist individuals and families in need throughout South Florida. CBS4 and its sister station, WBFS, TV33 provide support to Neighbor 4 Neighbors with on-air announcements and news coverage. For more information on Neighbors 4 Neighbors, go to http://neighbors4neighbors.org


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Trick Daddy's Book Released







“A thug is someone who stands on his own. He lives by the decisions he makes and accepts the consequences. A thug is comfortable in his own skin. I wear mine like a glove.”

Trick Daddy was born a thug—just a stone’s throw from downtown Miami, yet a world away from its dazzling beauty and sparkling wealth. Where grinding poverty, deadly crime, and devastating racial tension taught kids to live by the ’hood rules. Remarkably, Trick came from nothing and made it big just when his chances had run out.

Magic City is the extraordinary tale of a boy whose father was a pimp, who learned to hustle to survive, and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched plying his trade on the block. It’s the untold truth behind the cult movie Scarface, of the drug money that transformed the city into a shining mecca for the rich and famous while turf wars between smalltime pushers claimed countless lives. It’s also the incredible story of how that potent mixture of extremes—the electric pulse and glittering abundance of South Beach and the crime, corruption, and despair in its shadows—gave rise to the most dominant sound in hip-hop today. Magic City is an ode to Miami, a riveting tale of a paradise lost and a native son determined to infuse it with new life.




"Trick is a South Florida product and and has paid his dues to get to where he is... from making music to giving back to the community. We've all had some struggles along the way but Trick has persevered through it all. He has always showed me love and I'm proud to call him my homeboy."
- Udonis Haslem, Power Forward for the Miami Heat

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Countdown to Florida Classic 2010 [VIDEO]

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It’s about that time again. The weekend before Thanksgiving is Florida Classic Weekend and fans of in-state rivals Florida A&M Rattlers and Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will gather in Orlando for the largest celebration of black college football in the world. Bragging rights for the football game victory as well as half-time between the marching bands began months ago. There is no rivalry like that between Bethune and FAMU --- not even the rivalry between Florida and FSU compares.

 

This year the Wildcats are expected to win the football game since they have been beating up on other teams really bad this year. On the other hand the Rattlers have a decent record but have squeaked by in several victories. Regardless of what happens on the field, the Orlando area will benefit from the millions that will be spent by the fans. As usual there are a number of official Florida Classic events and a slew of unofficial events that the two universities will not see a penny of revenue from.

Related Link: The Official Site of the Florida Classic 



Presidential Proclamation -- Veterans Day

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
A PROCLAMATION

 

On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us. It is not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the unparalleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops. As we honor our veterans with ceremonies on this day, let our actions strengthen the bond between a Nation and her warriors.

In an unbroken line of valor stretching across more than two centuries, our veterans have charged into harm's way, sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice, to protect the freedoms that have blessed America. Whether Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard, they are our Nation's finest citizens, and they have shown the heights to which Americans can rise when asked and inspired to do so. Our courageous troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe have earned their place alongside previous generations of great Americans, serving selflessly, tour after tour, in conflicts spanning nearly a decade.

Long after leaving the uniform behind, many veterans continue to serve our country as public servants and mentors, parents and community leaders. They have added proud chapters to the story of America, not only on the battlefield, but also in communities from coast to coast. They have built and shaped our Nation, and it is our solemn promise to support our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as they return to their homes and families.

America's sons and daughters have not watched over her shores or her citizens for public recognition, fanfare, or parades. They have preserved our way of life with unwavering patriotism and quiet courage, and ours is a debt of honor to care for them and their families. These obligations do not end after their time of service, and we must fulfill our sacred trust to care for our veterans after they retire their uniforms.

As a grateful Nation, we are humbled by the sacrifices rendered by our service members and their families out of the deepest sense of service and love of country. On Veterans Day,let us remember our solemn obligations to our veterans, and recommit to upholding the enduring principles that our country lives for, and that our fellow citizens have fought and died for.

With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service men and women have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation's veterans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2010, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

                      BARACK OBAMA


LEWIS NAMED PRESIDENT OF FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY

MIAMI GARDENS, FL [NOVEMBER 9, 2010] –The Florida Memorial University Board of Trustees has selected Henry Lewis III, Pharm.D. to serve as Florida Memorial University’s new president. The announcement was made during an afternoon meeting attended by nearly 300 faculty, staff and students anticipating an introduction of the president-elect by Charles W. George, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

After being introduced to the campus family, Dr. Lewis expressed his appreciation to the Board for their confidence in his leadership and stewardship, and his enthusiasm to instill confidence and competence in each prospective Florida Memorial graduate. “I see a diamond in the rough in Florida Memorial University, and I am confident that the institution can be the greatest institution it can be,” he stated.

Dr. Lewis has served as dean and professor in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University (FAMU) in Tallahassee, Florida for the past fifteen years. As a former interim president of FAMU, he also served as dean of the Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for four years. Dr. Lewis is the past president of the Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) and the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools (AMHPS). Under his leadership, the two organizations secured over $100 million in support of programs improving the quality of education and availability of health care to underserved communities.

Dr. Lewis is also the former chairman of the board of the Florida Education Fund, the nation’s largest producer of African-American Ph.D.’s. After graduating from FAMU with a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from the program where he now serves as dean, he earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia and completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.

LEWIS NAMED PRESIDENT OF FLORIDA MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY


Miami Central beats Hialeah-Miami Lakes

Congratulations to the top-ranked Miami Central Rockets football team on their latest victory over the Hialeah-Miami Lakes Trojans, 63-0. It seems as though this may be the year the Rockets take it all the way to the State championship but let's not get ahead of ourselves. We've seen great Central teams in the recent past that have not reached expectations but this just may be Central's year.

Next Saturday, Central ends it regular season against Booker T. Washington at TPS.


Speak On It: Is a Good Public Education a Right or a Responsibility?

 

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by Kenneth Williams

Keynote address delivered at the “An Apple for the Teacher Luncheon,” hosted by the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Iota Phi Lambda Professional Sorority, November 6, 2010 at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant on Key Biscayne

Good morning and greetings to all in attendance, the presenters, honorees and those who thought enough of me to be your speaker for this occasion.  Today as we honor those who are in the trenches, day in and day out, I think it is just right for us all to take a trip to see how America has gotten to this point. This country founded by explorers, missionaries, prisoners, slaves, the rich and the poor, the educated and uneducated has a story to tell.  That Story leads us to the theme of the occasion: Is a Good Public Education a Right or a Responsibility? I say it is both. It is a right because American history has always viewed situations and asked the question how can it be better? Let’s look at the facts of this history and maybe we can see how to best answer the question.

Through the dates in this timeline, one thing permeates and is rather self-evident. That is, public schools, in America were born out of a struggle. Much like the American spirit, which strove to be the best in our global society, public education which started far behind our European, African and Asian counterpart started behind the eight ball. But like the American spirit which was born out of a revolution, it soared to great heights and for a moment in time led the world as a beacon of what education can be and should be. 

Now if we break down the words of the theme:

What is great? Of major significance or importance; remarkable or out of the ordinary in degree or magnitude or effect

Public schools by definition are schools that are for the public use, paid for by public taxes; that all students have the ability to attend.

State schools, also known as government schools or, in the United States and Canada, public schools, are schools mandated for or offered to all children by the government, whether national, regional, or local, provided by an institution of civil government, and paid for, in whole or in part, by State taxes.

What is Basic? Common, reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality

What is a Right? Powers or privileges granted by an agreement or law

What is a Responsibility? A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is held accountable.

The constitution of this country allows for the federal and states governments to have a role in the education of our children. They make the rules, mandates and statutes. They fund the process and say do it. They may give us the framework to play by but the opportunity adjust the framework is freely open to school districts. Through our history education has gone from being a rich, White Anglo-Saxon, Protestant male entitlement, to an institution that all persons may benefit from. This transformation didn’t and hasn’t come easy. Some Americans had to fight for it, some had to die for it, some had to watch their loved ones go off to war for it, and some had to be imprisoned for it. But damn it, we have and we ain’t/aren’t giving it back. I know that’s not proper English, but living in Miami has made me bilingual. I can speak English and profanity very well. I may have taught and worked in Kendall, Miami Beach, and Minneapolis for a while, but I was born and raised on 22nd avenue in Bunche Parke. Being truly educated allows me to speak fluently in both languages.

So the aspect of having a good public as a right is easy for me to understand. Our past, our goals, our dreams and our ability to vote gives us the right to have a good American public education.

The bigger issue is; whose responsibility is it to make sure you have a good public education? The past doesn’t have anything to do with this responsibility. This responsibility belongs to the present and the future. So who is responsible? Is it the government, school board, district and school administrators, teachers, society, parents or maybe even the one who the education is actually for the child?

In this educator’s opinion, the answer is the easiest one of all; it’s all of the above.  If we tackle this individually, arguments can be made about who is more important in making sure that a child gets a good public education. If the leaders in government have no vision (repeat) nor even the expertise in education then how will they know what methods of teaching should be enforced or forced down the throats of educators and children. Which president who was “C” average and born into a wealthy influential family by his own admission would dare say that “NO CHILD SHOULD BE LEFT BEHIND”?

What legislature, filled with former educators would make laws effecting the promotion of children regardless of the fact that; they don’t speak English, they live in shelters, they are abused, they are hungry, they are handicap? What state government would claim to support public education in an election race but not even place their own children in a public school, and then find was to withhold funding from them?

If school boards and district administrator were able to pay teachers a salary that could keep great teachers like my cousin from having to work 2 or 3 night jobs just to be able to make it in this economy. Maybe she and others could work tirelessly after school to make sure that lessons are on time and will drive student achievement. Or better yet, if we could pay teachers better, some of the excellent educators in this state and district, would stay in the classroom and not become administrators or leave education totally in order to pay our bills. (Notice I said our, cause I’m included in that number)

Teachers –I will save you for last, since we are honoring you today.

Parents, since they are the first teacher of any child, what kind of grade should parents get if their child fails. What kind of grade does a parent get, when they cannot be reached, or they don’t come to a conference, or they don’t look at progress reports that come out 4 times a year, failure notices that come out 4 times a year or report cards that come 4 times a year. When I worked at Miami Central years ago, sometimes you could never reach a parent to talk about a concern with learning or behavior (there were not that many behavior problems, don’t let the media fool you), but tell a child they couldn’t go to prom or a dance, mamma, auntie, pookie and them would be on the scene ready to fight. We grade schools and fire educators and say that they are not highly qualified. Who grades the homes and the neighbors and society about what’s important?

 I taught one summer at Miami Northwestern, when the superintendent of schools at that time, Dr. Rudy Crew threatened to end football at the school for a host of reasons. I asked my students at the time what they thought about it and they said if there was no football, there should be no school, that crime would go up and everybody would start going jail. The community raised unholy heaven and needless to say there was football that year. What if that same concern was raised all the time about education and for the laws that affect it?

When it comes to the child, the old quote about the horse and the well and drinking does come to mind. We can fund education, we can pay staff, we can have the right laws and do all the right things in the end the student must come to school, go to class, be receptive, have a dream and a goal for their future, try their best and despite any odds against them finish the course that has been set in front of them. If Richard Allen can do it so can Raheem, if Jane Adams & Mary McLeod Bethune can do it so can Shaniqua, Marie and Rosa, if immigrants from Cuba, Haiti, Africa, Asia, former slaves, German & Irish immigrants and a host of others can do it, then so can our children today.

Now we come to those who we honor teachers. Teachers can make the difference. A child, who is the variable that is influenced throughout this equation, may not have all the money, or care at home. A child may get negatively impacted by the rules of the government and school districts. A child may not have the support of family and neighbors, or even be in a safe environment. But where all those areas fail a quality teacher, with love of children and a belief that children deserve a chance, that teacher can make a difference. That teacher gives until the end (love, care, time, money, clothes, and advice); they forgive when children have bad days. That teacher fills in the gap of an adult that may be missing in that student’s life. I have no birthed children of my own, but I have more kids than my granddaddy and he had 15.

The role of a teacher, though not praised in this society, is still the most noble and honorable in the world. Even though I am an administrator, I still take some time each day to be a teacher, because that’s what makes the difference.  Your responsibility is to continue to lift up the blood stained banner, your responsibility is to walk and not faint, and your responsibility is that if you have ever cared for children that you don’t leave them where you met them. You and your lessons will run on with that child until they meet the end of time. Your lessons will live on with their children and their friends for generations to come.

This country founded through adversity, racism, discrimination, sexism has a story that is unique;

This country founded through revolution, wars, conquest and treaties is still rare;

This country founded on the ideals that men and women are equal no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or handicap has a purpose.

That purpose being to allow all of its citizens to live the American dream. What is the dream, that dream is to be able to become whatever your heart so desires and give you the tools through education to achieve it. The Right of a Good Public Education is the Responsibility of everyone. Thank you and God bless you all.

 

*** Mr. Williams is an administrator with Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida. He is currently an assistant principal at Hialeah Senior High School.