Monday, December 31, 2012


I might not be
exactly what you're looking for.


That's the way it is

You’re not an African because you’re born in Africa. You’re an African because Africa is born in you. It’s in your genes…. your DNA….Your entire biological make up. Whether you like it or not, that’s the way it is. However, if you were to embrace this truth with open arms….my, my, my….what a wonderful thing.
 - Dr. Marimba Ani

-About love

Love doesn't hide. It stays and fights. It goes the distance, that's why God made love so strong. So it can carry you all the way home.
 --Pietro Aretino

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Note to self

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

--  Confucius

Friday, December 28, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Having an attitude of gratitude

If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can't buy.

 -- Author Unknown

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Stripes but no Stars” by Thomas H. Lindsey, 1892

When slavery was legally abolished, the Slave Codes were rewritten as the Black Codes, a series of laws criminalizing legal activity for African Americans. Through the enforcement of these laws, acts such as standing in one area of town or walking at night, for example, became the criminal acts of “loitering” or “breaking curfew” for which African Americans were imprisoned. In the late 19th-century South, an extensive prison system was developed in the interest of maintaining the power, race, and economic relationships of slavery.”

“—Julie Browne, “The Labor of Doing Time,” first published in Criminal Injustice: Confronting the Prison Crisis (Prison Activist Resource Center).”



in 1943

Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes:

In 1943, she became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics. This was from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
She had a notable career, teaching in the public schools of Washington, DC for forty-seven years.
She was also the first woman to chair the DC School Board.
She was very involved in community activities; serving as first vice president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, chairman of the Advisory Board of Fides Neighborhood House, on the Committee of International Social Welfare, on the Executive Committee of the National Social Welfare Assembly, as secretary and member of the Executive Committee of the DC Health and Welfare Council, on the local and national committees of the United Service Organization, and as a member of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, Catholic Interracial Council of Washington, the Urban League, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, League of Women Voters, and the American Association of University Women.
There is a scholarship fund and an education department chair named in honor of Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes at The Catholic University, which came about after she bequeathed was able to come about after she bequeathed $700,000 to The Catholic University upon her death in 1980.
This ad was part of an NAACP effort to lobby Congress to pass the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill. The bill passed easily in the House of Representatives but never came to a vote in the Senate because of filibusters in 1922, 1923 and 1924.

Source: New York Times, November 23, 1922—American Social History Project

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Bucket List

A Bucket List is the list of things you want to do, places you want to see, things you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”. These are the things you REALLY want to do in the time that you have left … so you can die with a smile on your face.
1. To be in love and to have her love me just as much, and to experience everything that goes along with being loved in return.

    That trumps everything else.

I made it to Paris, my dream city this year. I was  so happy I felt that I could finally die, but it's not true.  I can't die yet. Not without loving, and being loved in return. Otherwise, my life and my dreams won't be fulfilled.