Dr. Bobbi McDaniel of Valley Leaves for Doha, Qatar

16 Jul

Bobbi McDanielDr. Bobbi McDaniel, Director of the Upward Bound Program at Los Angeles Valley College, is leaving for a new position in the Middle East.  She will be embarking upon her lifelong dream to work and live abroad.  McDaniel will be training new teachers in Doha, Qatar, home to Education City, an area devoted to research and education.

McDaniel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications at University of Nevada-Reno, a Master of Arts degree in education from Fordham University, and a Doctorate of Education degree in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University.  She presented “The Politics of Knowledge and Schooling in the Global Era” at New York University’s International Education Conference in 2011.  A member of the LACCD Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA), McDaniel has always demonstrated strong leadership in uplifting and empowering African Americans as well as other disenfranchised ethnic groups.  She was the president of the black student union organization at University of Nevada-Reno and had begun creating a BFSA chapter at LA Valley College.

In addition to her work at the community college level, McDaniel is the founder and director of Sister Circle, an intervention program designed for African American high school girls. The program addresses the academic, social and emotional development of young girls impacted by the social issues of attending high school in poor, urban neighborhoods in Los Angeles.   The program provides students with a safe space to meet and discuss their concerns, learn about African American traditions and heritage, and engage with motivational speakers and mentors.

The Sister Circle program was a response to a race riot that erupted on the campus at Santee High School in 2005 and provided support for Black female students at the school who wanted their voices and concerns to be heard.  McDaniel, at the time, was an integral part of the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission as an Education Policy Advisor, and had been brought in to assist with resolution efforts at the school. She remembers arriving on the scene at Santee High School to find a group of African American girls confined by police to the library.

Those same girls would become the first members of the Sister Circle program.

The number of African-American students only made up less than 7 percent of the student body, forcing Santee to end the program.  However, in the fall of 2006, the principal of Thomas Jefferson High School at the time, Juan Flecha, invited McDaniel to restart the program at Jefferson High School, where it has been ever since.  For the past eight years, the Sister Circle program has continued to provide students with a safe space to discuss academic and personal issues and enable them to move closer to their life goals.

McDaniel has been a great asset to the Los Angeles Community Colleges District, and to the academic community at large.  We wish her the best.

Visit the Qatar Foundation at http://www.qf.org.qa/education for more information about the burgeoning and innovative educational communities and developments of the country.  You can also view a PBS video about Education City here.

Tribute Thursday: Thomas Henry Peterson, First African American Voter

26 Jun
Born:  October 6, 1824 Metuchen, New Jersey Died:  February 4, 1904 (age 79) Perth Amboy, New Jersey Known for: The first African American to vote in the United States after the passage of the 15th Amendment

Born: October 6, 1824
Metuchen, New Jersey
Died: February 4, 1904 (age 79)
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Known for: The first African American to vote in the United States after the passage of the 15th Amendment

Today’s Tribute Thursday goes to Thomas Mundy Peterson (October 6, 1824 – February 4, 1904) of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  He was the first African-American to vote in an election under the just-enacted provisions of the 15th Amendment to the United States Constitution. His vote was cast on March 31, 1870.

Thomas Mundy Peterson was born in Metuchen, New Jersey. His father, also named Thomas, worked for the Mundy family. It is unclear if he was a slave of the family or not. His mother, Lucy Green, was a slave of Hugh Newell (1744-1816) of Freehold Township, New Jersey. She was manumitted at age 21 by Newell’s will.

He was a school custodian and general handyman in Perth Amboy. Active in the Republican Party, he became the city’s first African-American to hold elected office, on the Middlesex County Commission.  He was also the city’s first “colored” person to serve on a jury.

Peterson voted in a local election held in Perth Amboy, NJ over the town’s charter. Some citizens wanted to revise the existing charter while others wished to abandon the charter altogether in favor of a township form of government. Peterson cast his ballot in favor of revising the existing charter. This side won 230 to 63.  Peterson was afterward appointed to be a member of the committee of seven that made the revisions.  Historical records as to his contribution to revisions in the form of minutes, writing, or other records are still wanting.

To honor Thomas Mundy Peterson as the first African-American voter after the passage of the 15th Amendment, the citizens of Perth Amboy raised $70

The medallion awarded to Thomas Mundy Peterson by the citizens of Perth Amboy in 1884.

The medallion awarded to Thomas Mundy Peterson by the citizens of Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1884.

(over $1,000 in 2010 dollars) to award him with a gold medallion. The full medallion consists of a gold bar from which a two inch diameter medallion was hung. The hanging medallion featured a profile bust of a clean-shaven Abraham Lincoln. It was presented to Thomas Mundy Peterson on Memorial Day, which was then called Decoration Day, May 30, 1884.  

The back of the medal reads:  PRESENTED by CITIZENS OF PERTH AMBOY N.J. TO THOMAS PETERSON THE FIRST COLORED VOTER IN THE U.S.  UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE 15TH AMENDMENT AT AN ELECTION HELD IN THAT CITY MARCH 31st 1870.

He is said to have loved the medal and never considered himself properly dressed without it affixed to his left breast. Later in life financial instability forced Peterson to sometimes pawn the medallion. It is currently housed at the historically African-American Xavier University of Louisiana.

Thomas Peterson is buried at the St. Peters Episcopal Church cemetery in Perthy Amboy, New Jersey. When his grave was found years after his passing in 1904, it was given a historical marker. March 31st is considered Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in New Jersey.

While he is known today as “Thomas Mundy Peterson,” there are no contemporary records that include the three names together. The one exception is the cover for the program describing the ceremony when he was given the “voting medal,” and that calls him “Thomas Peterson-Mundy.” Contemporary documents refer to him as either Thomas Peterson or Thomas (or Tom) Mundy. His death certificate, the undertaker’s accounts book and a land deed all refer to him as “Thomas H. Peterson.” In the obituary appearing in The Perth Amboy Evening News he is called Thomas Henry Peterson.

Legacy

In October 1989, the school where Peterson had worked was renamed after him.

In New Jersey, March 31 is annually celebrated as Thomas Mundy Peterson Day in recognition of his historic vote.

 

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Mundy_Peterson  and http://blackamericaweb.com/2012/11/05/little-known-black-history-fact-thomas-mundy-peterson/

BFSA Members Featured in Aspirations to Achievement Men of Color Video

24 Jun

BFSA members, Dr. Marcia Wilson, Director of Workforce Development Programs and Grants and Elton Robinson, Department Chair of Cosmetology–both from Los Angeles Trade Technical College–are featured in Achieving the Dream’s “Aspirations to Achievement:   Men of Color and Community College” video, which brings together data about the engagement and attainment of Latinos and Black males in community colleges.

The video highlights the voices of students and faculty, drawn from focus groups conducted in six Achieving the Dream colleges–Austin Community College (TX), Tarrant County College (TX), Los Angeles Southwest College (CA), Los Angeles Trade Technical College (CA), Lansing Community College (MI), and Jackson Community College (MI)–as well as other institutions at the Phi Theta Kappa convention. Emerging from the multi-year project are urgent questions that must be addressed in every community college committed to equity in outcomes across diverse student groups. Perspectives vary on the answers to these questions.  View the video below noting Marcia Wilson at minute 17:01 and Elton Robinson at 18:14.


Conceived as an initiative in 2004 by Lumina Foundation and seven founding partner organizations, Achieving the Dream leads a comprehensive non-governmental reform movement for student success in higher education history. Together with their network of over 200 institutions of higher education, 100 coaches and advisors, 15 state policy teams, and numerous investors and partners working throughout 34 states and the District of Columbia, they are helping nearly 4 million community college students have a better chance of realizing greater economic opportunity and achieving their dreams.

Source:  http://achievingthedream.org/news/13019/aspirations-to-achievement-men-of-color-in-community-colleges-plenary

 

Celebrating Juneteenth

19 Jun

Juneteenth PhotoJuneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States.

It was on June 19th, that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863. This day is celebrated by African Americans in honor of their ancestors who received notice of being set free from slavery on June 19, 1865.

Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.  The holiday is observed primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and readings authored by African American writers such as Maya Angelou and Ralph Ellison. Celebrations sometimes take the form of parades, rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, or Miss Juneteenth contests.Juneteenth Flag 1

The Juneteenth flag consists of a rectangle. The lower part of the rectangle is red and the upper part is blue and it has a solid white, five-pointed star at its center. The star is surrounded by a white outline of a 12-pointed star. The Juneteenth flag is often displayed with the United States flag to symbolize that slavery is illegal.

In Texas and some other southern states, the traditional drink on Juneteenth is Big Red soda. This variety of cream soda is a sweet, soft drink flavored with orange and lemon oils and vanilla. It is available in different flavors and with or without caffeine and sugar.

For more information about Juneteenth, visit www.juneteenth.com and www.nationaljuneteenth.com.

 

Dedication to Black Fathers

15 Jun
Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson, 1893. Oil on canvas, 49" × 35½". Hampton University Museum.

Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Banjo Lesson, 1893. Oil on canvas, 49″ × 35½”. Hampton University Museum.

“In daddy’s arms, I am tall…”  Happy Father’s Day 2014 to all of our strong Black Brotha’s.  May today and all the days to come be blessed with love, faith, patience, understanding and joy.  Know in your heart that you are appreciated and loved.  There is no replacement for you.  Ever.   Stay strong.

This song, “Brotha,” by Angie Stone is dedicated to all of the fathers, godfathers, grandfathers, uncles, and father figures.

“He is my King, He is my one
Yes he’s my father, Yes he’s my son
I can talk to him, cuz he understands
Everything I go through and everything I am
He’s my support system, I can’t live without him
The best thing since sliced bread,
Is his kiss, his hugs, his lips, his touch
And I just want the whole world to know, about my…

Black Brotha, I love ya, I will never – try to hurt ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you – forever true
Cuz you’re my Black Brotha, strong brotha, there is no – one above ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you – forever true…”

“He’s misunderstood, some say that he’s up to no good around the neighborhood
But fo’ your information – a lot of my brothers got education (now check it)
You got ya Wall Street brotha, ya blue collar brotha,
Your down for whatever chillin’ on the corner brother
A talented brotha, and to everyone of y’all behind bars
You know that I loves ya

Black Brotha, I love ya, I will never – try to hurt ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you – forever true
Cuz you’re my Black Brotha, I love ya, I will never – try to hurt ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you- forever true
Cuz youre my Black Brotha, strong brotha, there is no – one above ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you – forever true

You mean so much to me, you give me what I need,
I’m so proud of you (I said I’m so proud of you)
I love you for stayin’ strong, you got it goin’ on
I’m so proud of you (I’mmmmmmmmm)
Going through thick and thin, brothas you gonna win
I’m so proud of you (I said I’m so proud of you)
Whenever you facin’ doubt, brothas gon’ work it out
I’m so proud of you (I got unshakeable faith in ya)

Black Brotha, I love ya, I will never – try to hurt ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you – forever true
Cuz youre my Black Brotha, strong brotha, there is no – one above ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you – forever true
Only my Black Brotha, I love ya, I will never – try to hurt ya
I want ya, to know that, I’m here for you – forever true
Cuz youre my Black Brotha, strong brotha, there is no – one above ya…”

Happy Father’s Day 2014.  Be blessed.

Juneteenth Celebrations Around Town

12 Jun

Juneteenth from WaveLeimert Park:

From Leimert Park Beat:  Remember the fun we had last year?  Well it’s time to do it again.  The Juneteenth Heritage Festival rolls into Leimert Park June 14 & 15, 10am to 6pm each day.

Lots of fun for the whole family.  Admission is FREE – Come on out and celebrate freedom.

Enjoy two fun-filled days of FREE live entertainment with Wadada, 7 Fireside, and more.  KJLH will be there both days so you can walk around the grounds to the hottest sounds.  Play card games, shop ’til you drop for brides, grads and dads.   Eat good food and have a great time celebrating our freedom.   And kids, you’ll have fun, too.  Stop by the Teknowledgy Tent to learn code, build an app, or play in Mayceo’s Magic Castle.

The Juneteenth flag goes up Saturday at 10am, and we’ll shut it down Sunday with an old fashioned Soul Train Line.  Come out to Leimert Park’s Vision Theater Back Lot at 43rd and Degnan. Call (323) 412-0811 for more information.  Saaaay Freedommm! We won’t have the cowboys or horses this year, as reported, but come on out and bring your friends and family.

Pasadena:

On June 21, 2014, come enjoy an afternoon of wonderful entertainment, games, Pasadena history telling and fun for children at the Fourth Annual Juneteenth Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 16 at Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

This special event will showcase information about Jackie Robinson Community Center and the history of Juneteenth, with storytelling by Pasadena residents. Children can also participate in arts and crafts activities provided by the Amory Center of the Arts.

“Our Juneteenth Festival is a great way for Pasadena residents to come together and celebrate the Jackie Robinson Center’s 40 years of service to the community and learn how Pasadena’s parks make life better,” said Mercy Santoro, Pasadena’s Human Services and Recreation Department Director.

On-site entertainment will include:

For more information call Jarvis Emerson at (626) 744-7300.

Rancho Cucamonga:

13th Annual Juneteenth Day Reception & 3rd Annual Emancipation Proclamation Dinner Tribute Fundraiser (Website)
Juneteeth Education Technology Mobile Arts Center, Inc.
Trudy Coleman
7640 Broadmoor Place,
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 USA
(909) 418-8530
Mobile: (909) 418-8530
trudycoleman@jetmacinc.com

Stockton:

2014 Juneteenth ~ 400 Year’s Without A Comb (Website)
Stockton Juneteenth History Project ~ Black Agriculture
Michael Harris
445 W.Weber Ave., Stockton Waterfront Warehouse
Stockton, CA 95203 USA
916-997-2451
blackagriculture@yahoo.com

Education and advocacy for authentic Juneteenth and California Gold Rush History is an ongoing challenge. Regional educators, civic leaders and the business community will come together to support expanding scholarship opportunities for California History and Black Studies ~ Dr. Annette Shelton will curate and present ongoing legacy, “400 Year’s Without A Comb.”

California Red Tails to Fly Over Allensworth for Juneteenth Celebration

12 Jun

Juneteenth ImageColonel Allensworth State Historical Park is the only California town to be founded, financed and governed by African Americans.  On June 14, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Friends of Allensworth will host its annual Juneteenth celebration.

When: Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. It was on June 19th, that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863. This day is celebrated by African Americans in honor of their ancestors who received notice of being set free from slavery on June 19, 1865.

There will be great entertainment, great speakers and, of course, fabulous free tours of the historic buildings, given by the Friends of Allensworth docents for your educational enrichment.

This year there will be a special treat.  The California Redtails will participate in a fly-over at Allensworth State Park.  The pilots will meet at Delano Municipal Airport for a pre-flight briefing and depart for the state parCalifornia Redtailsk known as the first Black township in California.  Ten private airplanes from throughout California; Hayward, Watsonville, Compton, Whiteman, Cable, and Hawthorne will descend on the Delano Municipal Airport. They will receive a short safety briefing and pre-flight review, then remount their planes and taxi to runway 32. After receiving clearance from the tower they will takeoff one after the other and head north.

Upon receiving the signal from the ground crew, the pilots will turn south, then lineup in a formation. The lead pilot gives the command “Tighten Up, Straighten Up and Fly Right” and the formation drops down to 1,000 ft as they fly over the Juneteenth celebration at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park.

Colonel Allensworth

Colonel Allensworth

The pilots are members of the California Red Tails, one of fourteen Black Pilots of America chapters. The Black Pilots of America is a non-profit flying organization that encourages under privileged youth to enter the field of aviation. The California Redtails are named after 332nd fighter group, the African American fighter pilots that escorted bombers during World War Two. They are better known as the Tuskegee Airmen because they were trained at Tuskegee, Alabama.

The campground at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park is named after Tuskegee Airmen Lieutenant Colonel John “Mr. Death” L. Whitehead, Jr., who served in World War Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

For more information or to request a vendor application contact Friends of Allensworth President Thomas Stratton at 530-949-2168 or info@friendsofallensworth.org.

For more information, visit http://www.friendsofallensworth.com/index.html , blogforallensworth.blogspot.com , http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=583 and to download a flyer, click here:  Red Tails Flyer for 2014 Juneteenth Celebration at Allensworth.

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