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GONNA BE EASY!
This is beyond mid year and I finally took time to self assess, that is to take a long, hard, honest look at what you have done and whether it was effective. I must confess, though outwardly it may appear, 'SHE'S GOT IT GOING ON', I have hit some rough patches, a lot of turbulence, and in some instances crashed and burned. Would I say it was a complete failure? No, but it has been painful.
AS A SOLDIER IN THE ARMY OF THE LORD, WE HAVE TO PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF EPHESIANS 6, HOLD UP THE BLOOD STAINED BANNER AND STAND. THERE REALLY IS SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES.
Thank God Psalms 139 He knows our downsitting, uprising and thoughts afar off. Thank God that the twins of Goodness and Mercy always shine from the Lighthouse.
- Took on the post of NAACP VP, Legal and Youth & College: Fought the sheriffs for abusing people, the police for profiling, placing too many roadblocks in black areas on holidays, took on the school system for abuse, setting black youth up to fail, setting them up for the school to prison pipeline, firing their black mentor principals, vice principals, teachers, addressed the Mayor and Electoral Commission for taking 1700 names from approximately 3,000 voters and demanding they re-register...it was nuts, the apathy suffocating, the support, even from within lukewarm! GOT INTO A BATTLE WITH THE ACLU AND THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WHILE SEEKING THEIR HELP. GOT INTO A PROTOCOL BATTLE WITH THE BLACK POWERS THAT BE BECAUSE YOU CANNOT GO TO Z FOR HELP WITHOUT GETTING THE APPROVAL OF A. It is the same as the House ____being told by Massa to keep the field_______s in check. No different.
- ATTEMPTED TO ESTABLISH A CHARTER SCHOOL SINCE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM WAS FAILING AT D LEVEL: Selected the most elite, knowledgeable, academically excellent Board and a company with a reputation for getting it done. All of the ducks in a row, made all of the government meetings, set up the 501(c)3 and the website, four week long trips to Florida alone to meet with the writers, everything pristine and ready to go until the company failed to produce at the last minute because they had to be nonprofit too and wouldn't make a financial killing.
- AGREED TO BE THE LOCAL SPONSOR FOR FEEDING PROGRAMS IN HOMES AND DAY CARE CENTERS: Signed homes and daycare centers up for state funded programs that were ultimately Federally granted. Gave it all I had to recruit, explain, document, encourage AND THE BLACK OWNED COMPANY GOT GREEDY, WORKED EVERYTHING FOR ITSELF AND DELAYED ENROLLING THE PARTICIPANTS. NOBODY EXCEPT THE ENROLLEES AND I CARED ABOUT FEEDING THE CHILDREN. IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMINS.
- SPINNED MY WHEELS GOING 3 HOURS AWAY CARING FOR MY NOW DECEASED BROTHER WHILE FIGHTING FOR THE REINSTATEMENT OF WRONGFULLY TERMINATED BLACK EDUCATORS: This was the toughest battle trying to balance my personal issues with the needs of the local community while I was three hours away. It was an incessant battle with the local School Board that is still raging. ASK YOURSELF HOW CAN THAT BE WHEN FOUR MEMBERS, THREE VOTING ON THE BOARD ARE BLACK? Because blacks are still willing to sell blacks out and SEEK OTHER BLACKS who are 'yes people' to take their positions rather than fight for what is right. HOW CAN A PERSON ON THE SCHOOL BOARD BE ON THE NAACP BOARD, VOTE AGAINST A BLACK THAT THE NAACP IS SUPPORTING AND REMAIN ON THAT BOARD? ANYBODY EVER HEARD OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST?
I learned a lot. That is the key. It was a success in that regard. I learned people, processes, politics, gained a perfect format for a future private school, discovered that different branches of different agencies function differently although on paper they have the same objective and most importantly, just because folks are black professionals does not mean they are dependable, reliable or even honest. I have learned how to swim with the sharks...as Jesus said, how to be wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove!