KRISTEN CLARK ON JEFF SESSIONS’ POLICE REFORM PLANS; DISCUSSES SUSAN RICE’S PUSH BACK ON
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SECURITY ACCUSATIONS
Madison — As an organization that that advocates for public policies that promote the health, wellbeing, and economic security of women and girls in Wisconsin, the(WAWH) is calling on Wisconsin’s state and federal elected officials to protect funding for civil legal services. WAWH was greatly disappointed and alarmed by reports that President Trump intends to adopt a budget plan that calls for the full elimination of funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which provides thousands of low-income women in Wisconsin with access to the legal services they need for their economic security and often times for their personal safety.
President Trump’s budget plan eliminates funding that provides thousands of low-income women with access to legal services
“Reports that the Trump administration intends to fully eliminate a program that directly aids vulnerable, low-income women, such as victims of domestic violence, in communities across the country is appalling,” said Sara Finger, WAWH Executive Director. “If LSC services were to disappear or be diminished in Wisconsin, many of these women would have nowhere to turn for legal representation. There are no other agencies in Wisconsin that could feasibly fill the critical role played by LSC grantees in our civil legal system. What this means in reality is that there will be low-income women and their children who find themselves in incredibly vulnerable and even dangerous situations who are left to fend for themselves in complex and overwhelming legal proceedings.”
The LSC is the largest single provider of legal aid for low-income citizens in this country, providing as much as 50% of the funding for programs like Legal Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Judicare. Low-income women in communities across Wisconsin rely on LSC-funded services when seeking employment, resolving housing issues, or advocating for their children in the family law system. The importance of having access to affordable legal aid services to navigate these often complicated legal issues is only further magnified in cases involving domestic violence.
President Trump’s proposal, which is yet to be officially introduced and would need to pass in both houses of Congress before becoming law, would reverse decades of progress toward providing legal services that save lives and empower marginalized groups all across the country.
The vision of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) is an environment in which all Wisconsin women, at every stage and every stage of their life, can realize their optimal health, safety and economic security. Visit www.supportwomenshealth.org.
- They’ve been in existence for more than 1,000 years affecting both warfare and society.
The historical timeline of guns date all the way back to the 1300’s. Although this weapon ofdisaster has played a major historical role in our past, it still manages to be the controversialtopic of our present day and future. Should the government put in place gun control laws? Keepreading to find out the surprising thoughts on gun control from our young adults.It is very rare that we turn on the news and see breaking news that doesn’t contain gunsand shootings.Most recently it’s been policemen shooting unarmed civilians, and on otheroccasions it’s been gang violence, and unstable individuals who wish to annihilate innocentmembers in churches. No matter where you turn someone is dying from the use of concealedweapons.
It is very rare that we turn on the news and see breaking news that doesn’t contain guns
and shootings.With so much agony like the situations mentioned previously, it would be natural forsomeone to think that stricter laws on gun possession would be put into place. With growingnumbers of deaths that involve unarmed teens, grown men and women, you would assume thatthere would be no such thing as a second amendment. You would think that someone somewherewould be more engaged in protecting people from getting injured or killed, well think again.What if I told you that the exact opposite may happen right here in Wisconsin?Just this past Tuesday Republicans backed a proposed Wisconsin bill that would allowindividuals to carry concealed firearms without a license. Yes, you read correctly. If this billpasses, not only will unlicensed individuals be able to carry, they will also be allowed to carryconcealed weapons into public places where they are currently barred, including school buildings(unless clearly prohibited.)In this chaos of a situation, I have learned from peers and much needed research that asscary as unlicensed carriers may sound, millennials don’t totally disagree with this new bill.Generations young and old hold different viewpoints about gun control. While older generationssupport gun laws and gun control, millennials revealed in a recent poll, that they’re less likely tosupport gun control, but do you know why?With shootings and deaths happening night and day, attitudes towards guns havetremendously changed overall. Most of us are more concerned with the right to self-defendourselves and our families. Millennials support any and every right given to us stated in theConstitution. They believe in protecting and they believe in fundamental rights.The question now is, how can one grant permission to unlicensed individuals andsimultaneously secure the fears from the public who wish to protect the public from danger?While a multitude of young adults are in favor of the second amendment, many young adults areagainst it as well. In recent interviews and research findings, millennials have clarified theirsupport for gun control laws to those who aren’t in favor of them.20-year-old Sarah Clements became a gun control activist when her mother survived ashooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In an interview with NBC news, Sarah said “Gun control isn’t about taking firearms from people, it’s about making surethe wrong people don’t have access to dangerous weapons through proposals such as increasing background checks, implementing waiting periods after purchasing guns, and a ban on semi-automatic guns…We as gun reform activists need to continuously say we support the SecondAmendment — we are not trying to do away with it or ‘take away all the guns.’ That said, I donot believe it gives us the right to own a gun anytime, by anyone, and to be taken anywhere.”As we look forward into the future we must always understand that our neighbor hasexperienced life in a different way than most of us can understand or grasp. While there aremillions of issues that are circulating around our society, millennials, we owe it to ourselvesand those that are a part of our generation, to find common ground. Much like Sarah, I believein protection and wish to never reprehend another of their God given rights. Ultimately, theideal thing to do would be to understand our counter partner and find a resolution that willallow us to be on one accord. Millennials, together we stand, but divided we fall.Paishance WelchMillennial Magic
A new report was released by the Nunez independent federal monitor just days after New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio, endorsed a proposal to close the jails on Rikers Island. The facilities, which are notorious for their history of violence among inmates and brutality at the hands of guards, have been the subject of multiple investigations by the city and federal government. This is the federal monitor’s third damning report since 2015, when New York City signed a consent decree with the Department of Justice to take steps to curb violence at Rikers. The report seemingly bolsters the case that the troubled jail is beyond reform and needs to be shut down entirely. Even with fewer than 10,000 total inmates in the system, there are 10,000 correction officers on site. Findings include evidence that guards regularly use “head strikes, wall slams, and violent takedowns often involving neck/chokeholds,” and benefit from “significant delays in disciplinary action” even when they go too far. The jailers were also faulted for frequently using pepper spray “in retaliation for an inmate’s verbal insults, threats, or swearing.”
Last year, de Blasio called the closing a “noble concept,” but stopped short of fully supporting the idea because of concerns about the high cost. His administration pushed to reform Rikers Island instead. However, on March 31, the mayor said he is behind a plan to phase out and replace the jail within 10 years by reducing the inmate population and building new facilities around the city. The pressure to close Rikers Island has been mounting since a scathing report issued by the Department of Justice in 2014 found a “pattern and practice of excessive force” against adolescent inmates at the jail. “Often, these incidents are not reported accurately and in some cases not reported at all,” the report said. “There have been instances in which inmates have been subjected to high levels of force causing injuries, only to be followed by delays in providing needed medical attention. Restrained inmates have been dragged and/or lifted by their restraints and even kicked while prone in restraints.”
Right now, Rikers is an abomination because inmates are “warehoused” on an island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, far from their families and friends….That does not help anyone on a path to rehabilitation.
That pressure grew after the suicide of Kalief Browder, a young man who was arrested at the age of 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack and spent three years on Rikers. Much of Browder’s time was spent in solitary confinement before the charges were dropped. Like Kalief, about 85 percent of the people on Rikers are pretrial detainees, or people who have to go to the court. They are not people serving out sentences for misdemeanors. According to a PBS report, it costs approximately $80,000 a day just transporting people to the courts and back. Many think it’s a prison, but it’s a jail and that means they spend a lot of money bringing people back and forth. Kalief’s story has been highly publicized, especially with the recent release of the Spike TV/Jay Z collaboration highlighting the gritty details of his struggle to escape the flawed system. That drew a lot of attention to the court delays, systemic problems and also the layout and age of the physical building, which raised questions – like “why are people spending so much time there?”
“I believe our prophets come in many shapes or forms…Sometimes our prophets come in the form of young undeveloped energy that will teach all us grown-ups how to love better and have more compassion.” – Jay Z
The New York Times stated in their editorial last year that the place should close and the speaker of the city council came out saying this was her goal. “Right now, Rikers is an abomination,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, because inmates are “warehoused” on an island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, far from their families and friends. “That does not help anyone on a path to rehabilitation,” Mark-Viverito said, “so the idea of a community-based approach is laudable, I think. And it will have to lead to tough conversations and tough decisions.”
The death of Kalief Browder was a wake-up call to this city. His death shook the whole city and opened everyone’s eyes and made people think twice.
Mayor de Blasio, who is running for reelection this year, said he was reluctant to close Rikers Island until a viable replacement was in sight. “The death of Kalief Browder was a wake-up call to this city,” de Blasio said. “His death shook the whole city and opened everyone’s eyes and made people think twice.” He also says falling crime rates and bail reform efforts convinced him that the city jail population could be brought down to about 5000 within a decade, making the plan to replace Rikers possible. “A year ago, we didn’t think it could be done,” de Blasio said. “It would been irresponsible for me to say we had a plan if we didn’t have a real plan.” An expert panel that’s been studying the issue for more than a year released its recommendations and called for the facilities to be near the courts. De Blasio would not say where those new jail facilities might be located. Any potential locations would require approval from the city council, and would likely face significant local opposition. “It will take many years,” de Blasio said at a news conference at City Hall. “It will take many tough decisions along the way. But it will happen.”
According to a draft plan obtained by The New York Times, the panel recommends replacing the Rikers Island complex and building smaller jails in each of the city’s five boroughs. While the plan has the support of the City Council and many criminal justice reform advocates, it will cost billions of dollars and face resistance at the community level. Opposition from Correction Officers Benevolent Association, the powerful prison guard union, can also be expected. While there are already some holding facilities next to the courts like Brooklyn House of Detention and The Tombs in Manhattan, others would have to be built out.
Having watched “Time: The Kalief Browder Story” and personally witnessed the demise of young men who spent years on the Island, let’s pray we don’t have to lose many more lives in the decade it will take to disband the facilities.
If the Gap Were Closed, Wisconsin Women Could Afford Food for 1.5 More Years, Nearly Eight More Months of Mortgage Payments, 13.5 More Months of Rent or 13+ Additional Months of Child Care Annually
An analysis released for Equal Pay Day reveals the size of the gender wage gap and its detrimental effects on the spending power of Wisconsin women. Women employed full time, year-round in Wisconsin are paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $10,712. That means Wisconsin women lose a combined total of nearly $14 billion every year – money that could strengthen the state economy and is especially significant for the more than 228,000 Wisconsin households headed by women, 27 percent of which are in poverty.
The new analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The full set of findings for Wisconsin, which has the 21st largest cents-on-the-dollar gap in the nation, is available here. The National Partnership also analyzed the wage gap in Wisconsin’s congressional districts. All of these findings and similar findings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found at NationalPartnership.org/Gap.
“Equal Pay Day is a painful reminder that women in this country have had to work more than three months into this year just to catch up with what men were paid last year,” said Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership. “This analysis shows just how damaging that lost income can be for women and their families, as well as the economy and the businesses that depend on women’s purchasing power. Entire communities, states and our country suffer because lawmakers have not done nearly enough to end wage discrimination or to advance the fair and family friendly workplace policies that would help erase the wage gap.”
According to the analysis, if the gap between women’s and men’s wages in Wisconsin were eliminated, a woman in the state who holds a full-time, year-round job would have enough money for 1.5 more years of food, nearly eight more months of mortgage and utilities payments, 13.5 more months of rent, more than 13 additional months of child care, 1.2 additional years of tuition and fees at a four-year public university, or the full cost of tuition and fees for a two-year community college.
Nationally, women who hold full-time, year-round jobs in the United States are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. Black women are paid 63 cents and Latinas just 54 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. White, non-Hispanic women are paid 75 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men. Asian women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men, although some ethnic subgroups of Asian women fare much worse. And mothers with full-time, year-round jobs are paid 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers.
Wisconsin is not the only state with a wage gap. In fact, every state and 94 percent of the country’s congressional districts have one. The National Partnership finds that the largest cents-on-the-dollar differences in the country are in Wyoming, Louisiana, West Virginia, Utah and North Dakota. The smallest cents-on-the-dollar differences are in New York, Delaware and Florida. A ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be found here.
“Numerous studies show that the wage gap persists regardless of occupation, industry, education level or perceived personal choices,” Ness continued. “That is why we need a set of public policies that ensure women have access to good and decent-paying jobs, the support they need to stay and advance in their careers, and fair and nondiscriminatory treatment wherever they work and whatever jobs they hold. That means fair pay and practices, family friendly workplace standards, full funding for federal agencies that investigate and enforce fair pay, and comprehensive reproductive health care.”
Members of Congress are expected to reintroduce the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would help break harmful patterns of pay discrimination and establish stronger workplace protections for women. National Partnership experts say the bill would help close the wage gap, along with policies like the Healthy Families Act, which would guarantee paid sick days; the Family And Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which would create a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program; and measures that would increase the minimum wage and strengthen pregnant worker protections.
The National Partnership’s analysis of the wage gap was released in advance of Equal Pay Day, which is April 4 this year. Equal Pay Day marks how far into the new year women must work in order to catch up with what men were paid in the year before. The findings for all states are available in map form at NationalPartnership.org/Gap, in addition to analyses of the wage gap at the national level, in the 20 states with the largest numbers of Black women and Latinas who work full time, in more than 20 major metropolitan areas, and in all 435 congressional districts.
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, access to quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.
This article was originally published by CNN and is reprinted here.
A United Nations official is headed to the Central African Republic after reports that over 100 women, girls and boys were raped and abused — many by U.N. peacekeepers.
Years of violence
“In the absence of concrete action to address wrongdoing by the very persons sent to protect vulnerable populations, the credibility of the U.N. and the future of peacekeeping operations are in jeopardy.”
A 14-year-old girl said she was walking down a path in the bush when a soldier assaulted her in December.
U.N. credibility in jeopardy, report says
Call for action
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Roberta Holmes, entrepreneur and founder of TheMotherland.online, was a bit surprised about the surge she saw in website traffic after the election of Donald Trump. Her online store just opened in October.Of course Holmes hoped for good results, but knew she was starting a bit late for the 2016 Holiday season. When her store saw over 500 visitors the weekend after the election, she was stunned. Within days her business was getting inquiries from across the country.
Over the last few years, the Black community is making conscious efforts to spend their dollars with Black-owned businesses.
“I thought we wouldn’t see that kind of traffic so soon. Especially since I had not done any real advertising yet,” stated Holmes. “I kept hearing I’ve been looking for something like this,” in reference to the African-inspired products including home decor, skin care, and clothing for men, women and children carried by the online boutique. Holmes also made a point to let Customers know that every purchase made is helping support hundreds of small businesses in Africa and will also support programs for orphans there as well.
When asked, Holmes determined two significant factors can be attributed to TheMotherland.online’s noted early success. The first is the ongoing #BuyBlack movement. Over the last few years, the Black community is making conscious efforts to spend their dollars with Black-owned businesses. Second, the popularity of movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to Black Girls Rock are driving Black consumers to retailers with products that embody cultural recognition. TheMotherland.online’s affordable Afrocentric products have indeed found a niche in the marketplace.
Sonja Thompkins, a brick and mortar business strategist and founder of SincerelySonja.com stated, “I believe it gives people a sense of pride to see businesses like ours that offer an array of quality products in our own communities. [And] because most people are going to spend the money anyway, the recent occurrences of injustice make people want to do something. Everyone’s not protesting in the street. They have chosen to make a statement economically.”
Everyone’s not protesting in the street. They have chosen to make a statement economically.
Founded in October 2016 in Renton, Washington, TheMotherland.online offers affordable quality African fashion and accessories for the entire family. Over 2,500 products including handmade jewelry and artwork; Natural health and beauty products with shea, cocoa and mango butters; African soaps and fragrance oils; And of course African fashions. The company is a Black woman-owned business.
Learn more about the company at www.TheMotherland.online.
James Jackson, a white 28-year old racist from Baltimore, confessed to traveling to New York City with a plan to specifically kill black men. In a mission to deter interracial relationships and gain greater media attention, the Army veteran, prowled the streets of Midtown Manhattan. With total presence of mind and armed with a sword and 2 smaller knives, Jackson randomly targeted and repeatedly stabbed a 66-year-old black man, Timothy Caughman. He told the newspaper his aim was to force women in interracial relationships to reconsider, hoping to make white women think: “Well, if that guy feels so strongly about it, maybe I shouldn’t do it.”
“I had been thinking about it for a long time, for the past couple of years,” he confessed. He complained about the white race “being eroded” reportedly saying, “it’s like every other commercial [on television] in the past few years has a mixed-race couple in it.” Jackson admitted he “hates black men,” but would rather have killed “a young thug” or “a successful older black man with blondes. These younger guys that put white girls on the wrong path … people you see in Midtown.” Jackson, who was raised in what was described as a churchgoing, liberal family in a Baltimore suburb, said his ideal society is “1950s America.”
In a mission to deter interracial relationships and gain greater media attention, the Army veteran, prowled the streets of Midtown Manhattan.
After plunging a 2-foot blade into Caughman’s chest and killing him, Jackson’s murderous ambition diminished. “I’m sorry I killed that man. It was pitch black, I picked a dark place. I didn’t know he was elderly.” Upon completing his plan, he allegedly “got depressed … saw it was too late. It’s irreversible,” Jackson said, adding, “I figured I would end up getting shot by police, kill myself, or end up in jail.”
The victim was approached from behind, as he was standing alone and collecting bottles for recycling at a trash bin near his home last week. He was brutally attacked with a sword, staggered into a police station and later died at a hospital. Mr. Caughman, who grew up in Queens, was remembered as a gentleman, a celebrity autograph enthusiast and an overall good neighbor. Childhood friends of his attended the hearing and said he was a kind man who didn’t deserve the brutality. “Tim Caughman did not deserve to die like that,” said Portia Clark. “Nobody does. I mean, come on, we’re black, white, yellow, brown — that’s ridiculous. We’re trying to get along.”
District Attorney Cy Vance said in his statement Monday that the alleged killer chose Midtown Manhattan for his scene of the crime because New York was a city where “people of different races live together and love one another. We must never take for granted New York’s remarkable diversity. We must celebrate it, protect it, and refuse to let violence and hate undermine the progress we have made as a city, a state, and a nation.”
“Tim Caughman did not deserve to die like that…Nobody does. I mean, come on, we’re black, white, yellow, brown — that’s ridiculous. We’re trying to get along.”
Prosecutors say this was a hate crime and “most likely an act of terrorism.” Jackson is charged with murder as a hate crime and faces life in prison without parole if convicted of the charges filed by the city’s district attorney’s office. In addition to the terrorist charge, he faces illegal weapons possession charges. We should also think of it as a lynching, the latest episode in an American form of racial violence that stretches back to the 19th century. By understanding Caughman’s murder as a lynching, we gain clarity into how racial violence is more than hate—how it’s meant to enforce racial caste by making an example of violators, or anyone who might be a violator. And in turn, we can use today’s context to help understand the past and gain insight into how it felt for black Americans at the time. To call Jackson’s professed attack an act of terrorism is also to recontextualize the age of lynching as an earlier age of terrorism, forgotten by most, but whose scars still linger in the memory of black America.
While the President has called out specific terror attacks abroad by Muslim extremists, he’s been largely silent about the surge in hate crimes in the U.S., except to say he condemns racism and hate crimes generally. In response to Jackson’s arrest, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito issued a statement connecting the racially motivated murder to an atmosphere of hate enabled and encouraged by President Donald Trump’s election:
In the two months since the President has taken office, hate crimes in New York City – and across the country – have skyrocketed. The repulsive rhetoric and polarizing actions that have come out of this Presidential Administration are appalling and have only served to empower the ugly underbelly of racism that still exists in our country. The arrest of James Harris Jackson, a white supremacist who reportedly traveled to New York City intent on ‘murdering black people’ is deeply disturbing and indicative of a greater divide in our country which Donald Trump has only made worse. There is simply no place for hate or intolerance in our City. The Council will continue to work around the clock in close partnership with the NYPD, public safety officials and the Administration as we keep New York City safe, welcoming and secure for all those who live here.
White rage somehow seems to repeatedly lead to fallen black bodies and unfortunately this heightened white supremacist climate will only get worse before it gets better. Stay strong, stay alert & stay safe, especially our brothers.
(Written by: MCJ Publisher and President – Patricia Pattillo)
While President Trump campaigned and quickly repealed the Affordable Care Act, or as many called it, Obamacare, people working in healthcare all over the country have been wondering what impact this will have on their patients, their clinics and hospitals, their educational/instructional institutions and also their employment. This anxiety was an overriding topic throughout the sessions of the Disparity Health Conference, last week.
Xavier University, of New Orleans, has been an acclaimed HBCU for many years, for advancing and preparing young doctors and pharmacists. Under the leadership of Dr.
Norman Frances, the longest-continuous serving university President in the United States, the President Emeritus was the closing keynote speaker at the 10th Anniversary Health Disparities Conference, last Friday in New Orleans.
The Health Disparities Conference has been the brainchild of Dr. Kathryn B. Kennedy, Professor and Dean of the School of Pharmacy at Xavier. A scholastic giant, she long had the vision of building the Xavier School of Pharmacy into a first class department
with international prominence. Today, the Xavier School of Pharmacy is one of two Pharmacy Schools in the State of Louisiana and it exceeds.
“It is a misnomer to make budget or tax reduction an issue when the health disparities continue to be directly tied to basically two ethnic groups, Blacks and Latinos”
The Tenth Anniversary Health Disparities Conference was perfectly timed for health
professionals in the US, while others came from Puerto Rico, Canada and Africa. With
attendance nearing 500, the two-day session covered the full spectrum of health
disparities, gentrification, health equity, racial disparity and many poster and slide
presentations on research from schools throughout the world.
Cancer, breast, uterine, colon, lung and psychological assess, hepatitis, report on
smokers and reducing statistics, infant immortality, teen pregnancy, Latino/Hispanic
health disparities, diabetes, sleep apnea, HIV, adolescent health, and a plethora of other
areas were illuminated by health professionals throughout the conference. While others
were the Presenters, moderators and keynote speakers.
Highlights abound with university vice presidents, deans, endowed chairs and presidents sharing long-ranging research and findings that shall influence not only health today, but far into the future.
Racism as a disparity factor was openly discussed in many sessions, with focus on
what can be the affects of the proposed Trump healthcare revamp currently being
reviewed by the House, Senate and the General Budget Office. To the person, the audience was encouraged to acknowledge the principal issue for what it is. Racism continues to reduce access, funding and continual healthcare. “It is a misnomer to
make budget or tax reduction an issue when the health disparities continue to be directly tied to basically two ethnic groups, Blacks and Latinos,” said Dr. Brian Smedley, Executive Director of the Collaborative for Health Equity.
“this is not the time to take a back seat”
Director Gail Christopher, RN, Senior Advisor and Vice President for Truth, Racial
Healing and Transformation of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, spoke to the many issues
facing us today and the difficulty associated with acknowledging our personal racist
tendencies. They are a part of our American history and are frequently so suppressed
that it is hard to permit them to surface, but as she reminded, the Kellogg Foundation is
committed to making the transformation a national agenda and through collaborations
with schools, health institutions and communities, with its many partners, they are
showing some change.
Dr. Daniel F.K. Sarprong, Endowed Chair of the Xavier School of Pharmacy summarily
reminded attendees that this is not the time to take a back seat. All health professionals
are called to step forward, to tell the truths of the research, their studies, their trials and
their findings. “Healthcare is not a racial issue, it is a human issue, and it is incumbent
upon those charged to care for patients, to research for new ways to treat and cure
patients, and to be the first to advocate on their behalf,” he stated.
The session closed with words of wisdom from Dr. Norman Frances who shared that
he has lived to see much change, from Jim Crow Louisiana when the state paid for him
to be able to go on to university as there were no schools, in Louisiana, for Blacks
desirous of education beyond high school.
Education has to be the proverbial bootstrap that continues to uplift and mobilize our communities
The values of his family were the impetus for him persevering and becoming a lawyer
and ultimately President of Xavier University, a forty-seven year commitment, through
Katrina and Rita and innumerable firsts at this HBCU endowed from funds from Saint
Kathryn for Black and Native American children. However, he said we must increase
the number of teachers. “ Education has to be the proverbial bootstrap that continues to
uplift and mobilize our communities,” he reminded. We need educators for pre-school
through the university setting. “You do phenomenal things, and somewhere along the
way, a teacher inspired you, encouraged you or guided you, teach”, he said.
The evening closed with multiple awards for dynamic professionals including Janelle
R. Baker; Cynthia Gonzalez; Mandy J. Hill; Dr. Ernest C. Madu; Dr. Paul D. Juarez; and
special awards to the Joshua Group, LLC, Conference Facilitators, Lodriguez Murray
and Dr. Roland A. Pattillo, a 1955 graduate of Xavier University.