OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Been stocking up on some unarmed truth and unconditional love Family in furtherance of the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood……..How about you?

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY!

“I denounce because though implicated and partially responsible, I have been hurt to the point of abysmal pain, hurt to the point of invisibility. And I defend because in spite of it all, I find that I love.”
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man    

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REJUVENATION

We recently got back from a 6 day vacation. I saw Stevie Wonder give a 4 hour concert in Columbus with my wife, son, and daughter. We visited my Alpha Phi Alpha line brother and his family in Charlotte, N.C., where I played 2 rounds of golf with my son and spent time talking with my daughter. We attended a Delta Sigma Theta Cotillion. I reconnected with a friend that I had not seen in over 30 years, and we worshipped at his Church on Easter Sunday.

Watching the debutantes with their parents and escorts, my heart swelled with hope and pride. Their long lists of achievements and goals were extremely impressive.  It was a pleasant real life reminder that not all African-American young people are aspiring rappers, ball players, or gang bangers, all of which are fairly routine portrayals I might add. I am by no means knocking entertainers or athletes, but attainment of these dreams statistically goes to the very, very, few. This elegant cotillion celebration of academic and social achievement by these high schoolers was truly moving. I am thankful for the rejuvenation of optimism.

My long afternoon conversation with my friend of 30 plus years was often focused on our respective mentoring programs. We spoke of the challenges, rewards, disappointments, and the times when we wondered if it was all worthwhile. Spending time with my children and our “niece” (my frat brother’s daughter), along with this conversation, have rejuvenated my belief that I can and must continue trying to make a difference in the lives of young people through mentoring and coaching, 2 integral parts of my life. My passion has also been rejuvenated.

Second Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte was a beautiful spirit filled church. Perhaps, as only southern hospitality can do it, the people were welcoming and friendly. I saw church lady hats, colorful hairclips and bows, and young men decked out in their Easter finest. I witnessed the baptism of 4 young African-American boys and their beaming faces as they received their baptismal certificates. The choir moved me so with their singing of some old spirituals. The sermon was thought out and extremely well delivered. This Easter Sunday propped my faith up and reassured me that our household emphasis on faith and family to our children has been an investment well placed. My faith has also been rejuvenated.

This is neither a religious post nor a post to convert people to Christianity. It is however a post about restoration of optimism, passion, and faith. It took the Resurrection to make this trip happen (i.e. a long weekend Easter college break that caused a quick Spring family vacation). I think that the message is a simple one for me, out of the darkness of Jesus’ death comes the joy of, and enthusiasm for, life.

I am rejuvenated and I hope you are too!

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY…IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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While surfing the news this morning on Yahoo, I came across this fascinating article about Hattie McDaniel and her career as an Oscar Award winning movie star. A favor had to be called in for her to be allowed to enter the “whites only” hotel and club where the Oscar Ceremony was being held that would go down in history because of her historic win.

As some sit tomorrow night and watch the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s biggest night, which by the way has been highly scrutinized this year for its absence of nominations of people of color, I hope that Ms. McDaniel’s achievements and dignity will help to shore up the belief especially in our young people that anything can be achieved.

I also hope that all of those in attendance who are there because they stand upon her shoulders and the shoulders of other pioneering Black actors will glance upwards for a brief moment in homage and thanksgiving to the spirit of a woman whose testimonial wish to be buried in what is now the Hollywood Forever Cemetery was denied because of its strict “whites only” policy.

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY….IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

Frederick McKinley Jones (1982-1961) was the first man to invent a practical refrigeration system for trucks and railroad cars. He received the patent on July 12, 1940. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, his formal education ended in the sixth grade, but by 1930 his self-teaching was so effective that he was manufacturing movie sound equipment. The development of the refrigerating device marked a new direction for his efforts, and its success revolutionized the transportation and marketing of fresh foods. In 1991, he was the first black to receive the National Medal of Technology (posthumously).

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY….IT’S BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

1837-JAMES MCCUNE SMITH (1811-65) was the first black to obtain an M.D. He studied in the African Free School in New York City, where he was so gifted a student that when Lafayette visited the United States in 1824, the young Smith delivered the welcome address. Unable to pursue his education in the United States, Smith studied at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and medical degrees. He was a very successful physician in New York, with a busy practice and two drug stores. He was also an avid abolitionist.

Sources: Dictionary of Black Culture, P. 410; Garrett, Famous First Facts About Negroes, P.111; Morais, The History of the Negro in Medicine, P. 31 

 

Black Firsts, 2,00 Years of Extraordinary Achievement, Gale Research Incorporated. 

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OUR FAMILY THOUGHT FOR TODAY: THANK YOU CHARLIE SIFFORD SR….R.I.P.!

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/golf/golf-pioneer-sifford-dies-at-92/ar-AA8XrHi?ocid=ansSportsXchange11&adlt=strict

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/charlie-sifford-strong-willed-golfer-who-broke-down-racial-barriers-dies-at-92/2015/02/04/4a476aac-ac7e-11e4-9c91-e9d2f9fde644_story.html

These links offer a glimpse into the life of Charlie Sifford Sr., the first African-American PGA Professional, who recently passed away.

If you get an opportunity, read his biography entitled “Just Let Me Play: The Story of Charlie Sifford, the First Black PGA Golfer.”

I have had the pleasure of being in the company of Mr. Sifford.

Thank you Sir for your courage and pioneering spirit to integrate a game that I love so much and now enjoy regularly in venues that I would not have been allowed to play in but for your contributions to blazing the trail.

R.I.P. Mr. Sifford!

Thank You So Much!

C. Randolph Keller

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