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Curbing Bad Behavior/My Reflections On The 2013 March On Washington

Ron Carter
Ron Carter

I had the honor this past weekend being present at the 50th Anniversary of the March On Washington. It was an enlightening and inspiring experience. At a reception after  a C-SPAN taped Town Hall Meeting,  I had the opportunity to converse with Hank Thomas, one of the original 1963 Freedom Riders. The stories he related were simply amazing. As a matter of fact, one of his stories is being featured in the critically acclaimed movie, “Lee Daniel‘s The Butler.” Mr. Thomas is a humble, successful and intelligent gentleman. We need more individuals like Mr. Thomas in this world. I also had the opportunity to listen to the Honorable Congressman John Lewis’ remarks at the  Town Hall Meeting which was hosted by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (PBS). Every time Congressman Lewis, who is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., speaks he commands respect. He was the youngest speaker 50 years ago at the 1963 March on Washington. His insights on what must be accomplished today are illuminating.  Even though I met Congressman Lewis before, being in his presence is always a humbling moment. I was inspired speaking with Congressman Lewis and Mr. Thomas, two living legends. At the 2013 March On Washington rally, our, (PBS), International President, Jonathan A. Mason, gave a standout speech which was well received by the enthusiastic attendees. I was motivated witnessing his historic moment. Being in the company of over 800 members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was exhilarating. The reception at PBS’s headquarters – after the march – was an event I will always remember; it was a very festive and lively event.

The 50th Anniversary of the March On Washington was an inspirational event. I saw and spoke with people from different ethnicities, religions, ages and socio-economic backgrounds. It was a rally for the people, coordinated by the people.  It was refreshing to note all of the young individuals who were present at the 2013 March On Washington. I left Washington D.C. full of hope for the future of the United States of America (USA). We have come a long way as a country, but there is much more work to be done.

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his &qu...
English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Español: Dr. Martin Luther King dando su discurso “Yo tengo un sueño” durante la Marcha sobre Washington por el trabajo y la libertad en Washington, D.C., 28 de agosto de 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s 1963 March On Washington speech lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of USA citizens. Last evening, my friend, Tecumseh Shackelford, was honored at “A Unity Day Concert” at the Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. He was one of five individuals, who were each presented the “Spirit of the Dream” award. The five Members of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave the awards to Tecumseh and the four other awardees from their respective districts. One of the highlights of the evening activities was the setting of Dr. King’s landmark speech, “I Have A Dream,” to music played and sung by The Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and Chorus with Charles Dickerson serving as the Conductor.

Dr. King’s dream lives on.

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Living In The Flow

English: Oprah Winfrey at the White House for ...
English: Oprah Winfrey at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Monday, August 5, 2013, my wife, Veronica, and I were watching television in our room at Parc 55 Wyndham Hotel in San Francisco, California. During the past weekend, we enrolled our niece, Destiny, into Hastings Law School in San Francisco. As you might discerned, we were both tired from the weekend’s hectic activities (they were too many to name). So, we decided to relax and watched TV, “CBS This Morning with Gayle King and Charlie Rose,” before returning to Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey was scheduled to be one of the guests on the top-rated morning show. She was on the show to promote the “Lee Daniels The Butler” movie, which she (Oprah) is receiving raved reviews for her acting prowess. She also discussed the welcomed 2013 financial reported success of OWN, Oprah Winfrey Network. She intimated, when asked about her life, that she never planned her life out. She remarked “I live in the flow.” I found this comment welcoming, because living in the flow is – to my estimation – living with confidence, resolved and integrity.

After processing Oprah’s remarks, I decided – today – to list a few individuals who I believe are “living in the flow.” If you do not see your name, it’s only because the list would be too long for this blog. My wife, Veronica, is living in the flow; her love and attention to details recently saved her brother’s life. My niece, Destiny, who desires to be a judge, has started her journey by enrolling in Hastings Law School; she is living in the flow. My friend, Carter D. Womack, was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Who’s Who Publication; he is living in the flow. My colleague, Tami Devine, is about to launch the first morning show from Pasadena called, “CCN Sunrise, Live From Pasadena;” she is living in the flow. My friend, Jonathan A. Mason, has realized his dream becoming International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as we are about to celebrate our 100 years anniversary; he is living in the flow. My good friend, Mattie McFadden-Lawson, who continues to demonstrate to me the true meaning of friendship, generosity and support; she is living in the flow. My friend, D. Channsin Berry, Director of the movie “Dark Girls,” which by the way is about to blow up and accordingly bestow major credit to Channsin and his co-producer, actor, director Bill Duke; he is living in the flow. My client, Princess Angelique Monet, who will be launching the Artisan Festival International: World Peace Initiative in Los Angeles after outstanding successful festivals in the Hamptons, New York and Cannes, France; she is living in the flow. My good friend, Arthur R. Thomas, Esq., who is spearheading an effort to save young men in our communities; he is living in the flow. And, my beloved sister, Doreen, who continues to be my confidant and friend, while supporting my nephews and their families; she is living in the flow.

I am elated to have wonderful friends, who everyday reminds me that it is not what you have, but how many lives have you touched with your gifts. I will continue to seek living in the flow.

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Sigmas Thundering Back

English: Founders and charter members of Phi B...
English: Founders and charter members of Phi Beta Sigma in 1914 at Howard University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March On Washington will be commemorated. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (PBS) is poised to be one of the principal organizers of the aforementioned march. In conjunction with Honorable Congressman John Lewis, who was one of the speakers at the march 50 years ago, Reverend Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, PBS has planned a weekend of activities to celebrate the historic “March On Washington.” Since A. Phillip Randolph, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., who was the principal organizer of the 1963 March On Washington, is one of PBS celebrated members, the 2013 organizers have coined this year’s celebration “Thunder Back.” For individuals who are planning to attend the march below is a list of some activities you can participate in.

A. Philip Randolph, U.S. civil rights leader, 1963
A. Philip Randolph, U.S. civil rights leader, 1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sigma brothers and supporters can participate in three key events: (1) Town Hall Meeting on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 2168 Rayburn House Office Building, Gold Room, located at 45 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. Program starts at 4 pm. The Town Hall Meeting includes speakers Congressman John Lewis, Jonathan A. Mason, Sr., International President, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Mary Breaux Wright, International President, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Ivory Lyles, International Director of Social Action, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Hank Thomas, an original Freedom Rider and Dr. Anthony A. Samad, Author/Scholar/Columnist; (2) Civil Rights Breakfast Sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Sigma Sigma Chapter at The Club @ Boling Air Force Base, located at 50 Theisen Street, NW, Washington, D.C. The breakfast begins at 7:45 am and features a conversation with Civil Rights Pioneers Congressman John Lewis and Dr. Cordy Tindell (C.T.) Vivian, President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Tickets cost $50 per person and (3) The 50th Anniversary March on Washington On Saturday, August 24, 2013. Sponsored by the National Action Network and Southern Christian Leadership Conference, The March begins at 10:00 AM at Lincoln Memorial, located at 2 Lincoln Memorial Circle, NW, Washington, D.C.

In tribute to the courageous Freedom Riders of 1963, Phi Beta Sigma men and their supporters will board buses in seven major cities and travel to Washington D.C. to march with citizens from around the nation. The cities where buses will be boarded are Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New York and Philadelphia.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity established in 1914 on Howard University is a global organization with over 450 chapters and 150, 000 members. To learn more visit www.phibetasigma1914.org

 

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/A Caution On Texting While Walking

English: A sign that states "No Texting W...
English: A sign that states “No Texting While Driving” in West University Place, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is an alarming silent killer present in communities across the United States of America (USA). Distracted pedestrians are being injured and even killed while walking and texting. Individuals who are wearing headphones are the newest victims of accidents on urban streets in the USA. The increase in pedestrians – who are using their cell phones or headphones – injuries are quickly catching up with the accident rate of drivers who are using their cell phones. These incidents have predicated lawmakers and safety advocates to push for more awareness of the hazards of texting while driving and walking. Texting while walking, even though I agree is dangerous, will be difficult to stop, because it occurs on just about every urban street in cities across the USA. But, as the death toll rises, I trust a “national campaign” will be launched to save the lives of distracted pedestrians. Too many pedestrians are walking into traffic unknowingly while on their cell phones or while wearing headphones.

It must be an embarrassing moment for an individual to end up in the hospital and have to relate to friends and family that he or she caused an accident while walking and texting. I am sure many of the individuals reading this blog post have been guilty of texting both while walking and driving. I am guilty of both. This past weekend after I avoided an accident with a driver who was texting and not paying attention to the flow of traffic, I vowed to eliminate much of my texting while driving. Those near misses I have had are becoming more prevalent. What about you? Will you join me and cut back on 50% of your driving/walking and texting?

In this highly technological world we are living in, it’s challenging to manage the amount

of information we process every minute. My hope is we will seriously acknowledge the hazards of texting while walking and driving. If you are walking, please stop and send your text. Our fellow citizens are depending upon us to curb the increase of fatal distracted pedestrian or driver accidents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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