Let Us Teach As We March On!

I recently attended a black history celebration in which a woman on the program was singing Lift Every Voice and Sing. This song is the Black National Anthem. As an African American raised in a predominate black church I'd sing it with congregants during service, as an alum of an HBCU (Historically Black College) we'd sing the anthem at special events and as a member of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) which adopted it as the official song, I'm both humbled and proud to stand up in reverence of my ancestry. The lyrics request for a people to give high praise in continued faith and remembrance to past and present legacies of resilience. Be sure to view the words and related links below.
Yet at this event I was the only one standing. It was a teachable moment as I quickly nudged my eldest daughter to stand with me. I could hear someone whisper, ‘should we be standing?’ I didn’t turn around. I figured someone would tell them or they’d ju…

Creation Is Life!

I see this page clear, white, new and I write. I'm creating! I first thought about it. I revisited why I began. I looked at my vision wall. I spoke of who I am and I did it. The rest of the story will be completed as I continue.

It is me. The words could not be written without my ideas, my experiences, my action. This is written revelation. The consistency I've needed has always been in me. So in continuing to encourage this action I do the work. I maintain the flow needed to see these black words fill the page with life through letters. Altogether creating for those after me to be inspired in purpose.

Expression has always been a blessing for me. Verbal shares, written thought, movement and dance. Being still in the garden, watching life in the company of my breath. Walking slowly in admiration for the beauty that grows from a seed. All senses glorifying the experience. I give God thanks for every activity of my limbs.

I close my eyes. I breathe in deep. I feel my heart beat…

Day On Dreams!

Happy Blessed 2018! I'm elated that new year celebrations are followed by national commemorative events and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Starting this weekend there will be many opportunities to lend a helping hand in our communities across the United States of America. This is a Day On to Serve! The Corporation for National and Community Service expects to engage nearly 1 million people in thousands of service projects in all 50 states. On this day, federal, state, and local
leaders will join citizens in honoring Dr. King's legacy through service projects addressing pressing
community needs.

In 1994, Congress designated MLK Day as the first and only federal holiday observed as a national day of
service, and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this national
effort. Americans may visit to find a service project for MLK Day or a year-round volunteer
opportunity in their own community. If you have not already …

Take A Minute, Change A Life!

Yours Truly in Prospect Park, 2016

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. For the past few years I participated in awareness through Cycle Around the Globe, an initiative of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). They started in 1960 and grew to over 50 countries around the world.

I cycle in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and other areas of my community to share literature and love. I'm a little under the weather today and didn't cycle. So I hope this message can still be reached far and near through internet action. Shout out to everyone working on this initiative today and everyday.

According to IASP, every year, more than 800,000 people die by suicide and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. Behind these statistics are the individual stories of those who have, for many different reasons, questioned the value of their own lives.

Each one of these individuals is part of a community. Some may be well linked in to this community, and have a net…

Something New!

Well it’s mid-day on a Sunday Afternoon as I create this post. Always a great time for writing and reflecting. Last week this time, Sunday, August 20th, I led a walking tour of my Crown Heights community accompanied by my fellow advisory board member Yasmin Schwartz and members the 2017-2018 NYC Repair the World Fellows.

Repair the World was founded in 2009 to make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life. Repair mobilizes tens of thousands of young Jews to volunteer in tackling pressing local needs each year, and Repair equips communities and partners to do the same.

Pictured here are Brian, Michele, Yasmin, Hazel Hurley of 1100 Bergen Street Community Garden, yours truly and Emma. Click here to learn from Rachel Holliday Smith on how the garden was saved from development.

The fellows were open to learning, sharing as new neighbors and ready to join in making a difference. Click here to learn about all of them. Stop by to say hello during the annual For the Love …

The Art of Jessica Dixon at Neighborhood Women's Collective

The Art of Jessica Dixon is on display today! -Saturday, August 19th Noon -7PM at the Neighborhood Women's Collective located at 2494 Frederick Douglas Boulevard
Harlem, NY (Between 133rd and 134th Streets. The exhibit is in collaboration with the amazing Harlem Arts Stroll! Click Here for a full schedule of activities.

You can view Jessica's art now through September 9th, 2017. Wednesdays- Fridays 12:00pm-6:00pm, Saturdays, 12:00- 7:00pm and Sundays 12:00-6:00pm. Reserve you favorite painting to take home at the end of the exhibit. Some pieces online!!!! Click Here!!!

Jessica attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. After years focused on designing clothes for people, she realized her strength was in drawing and painting art inspired by fashion and her creator, God. When her parents, artists themselves, opened a new church Jessica painted a picture of an angel to be hung in the sanctuary. One angel inspired her entire new collection, a series of paint…

What's Happening In Far Rockaway?....

Hey World,

Far Rockaway is nearer than you may think. It's just an A train away to Queens, NY. -Be sure that it says Far Rockaway when you get on the train though. You may accidently end up in Ozone or Rockaway Park instead of your intended destination. It's a beautiful scenery though, once the train finally leaves the tunnel. You arrive outside surrounded by water of the peninsula, hopefully with the sun shining bright.

This summer Far Rockaway will experience their very own carnival in partnership with WIADCA, The West Indian American Day Carnival Association. They are the official association of the carnival we experience in Crown Heights, Brooklyn during labor day weekend. The office of Senator James Sanders hopes to make it an annual event, so don't delay if you'd like to participate. This is history in the making. Click on the flyer to see contacts for costumes, vending opportunities and for more information.

The Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation has…