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Growing up Penny was one of my favorite players. Before his injuries he was a legtimate heir apparent to MJ with his incredible athleticism, unselfish play, and daily highlights.

However, this story is by far the his best ever  highlight.  Hopefully, this can make SportsCenters Top 10 list, and inspire others who have the capacity to inform, inspire, and empower our inner-city youth!

Posted: March 15, 2012 in Education, Justice, Legal, Race, Social

Like President Obama, I too believe education is the most important civil rights issue of our generation. I totally agree, as he stated at the 2009 NAACP convention, “there’s a reason the story of the civil rights movement was written in our schools….It’s because there is no stronger weapon against inequality and no better path to opportunity than an education that can unlock a child’s God-given potential.” It is especially important that members of our African-American communities receive and clearly understand this important information.

What is so refreshing is that under the direction President Obama’s and Education Sec. Arnie Duncan, Attorney Russlynn Ali as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education has substantially increased the enforcement of all anti-discrimination laws that relate to education — including the unprecedented step of proactively opening 60 investigations based on the agency’s own research, utilized and made accessible specific data to highlight areas of concern, and allowed individual states to be rewarded for innovation and accountability by receiving federal grants through the President’s Race to the Top program.

In other words, President Obama put his “money where his mouth was.” I applaud him and his staff, including Russlynn Ali and do not believe this administration is getting enough positive attention for their steadfast protection of the right to quality education in this nation.

In America

Editor’s note: Russlynn Ali is the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.  She was a teacher, an attorney and worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, and she has also taught law at the University of Southern California Law Center.  Ali was appointed to the Department of Education by President Barack Obama in 2009.

By Russlynn Ali, Special to CNN

(CNN) — If a society based on the ideal of fundamental equality is to fulfill its promise, it cannot afford to look away when confronted with stark inequity.  Last week, the Department of Education released a trove of data from Part II of the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), a self-reported survey of more than 72,000 schools that serve 85 percent of the nation’s students.

The findings demand our attention.

This survey quantified how school resources are distributed in schools and districts; whether in…

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Greatly enjoyed attending the planning meeting  for 19th Annual Omega Psi Phi Youth Leadership Conference and Mentoring Program (“YLC”) scheduled for 10-27-12 on the campus of the University of Southern California.
The meeting hosted by the mighty men on Tau Tau (Los Angles, CA) chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega Educational Foundation.

The conference started by Omega Man  Ricky Lewis (I met
Brother Lewis last year while working  the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend  ) has provided information and mentorship to over 3400 Black male Youth between the ages of 8-18 in the greater Los Angeles area.

I was throughly impressed with the Tau Tau brother’s deep Enthusiasm for such a Noble Endeavor to love on and encourage  young Black males! 

Tonight the steering committee group including about 20 professional, college educated Omega Black men who all share two great passions: 1) unwavering love for young Black males; 2) service to their community. It is their love and commitment to service and understanding of their  responsibility that prompts these successful men to sacrifice their evenings (the brothers meet twice a month), away from their own families, after a long day at the office to work  towards the development of an organized, powerful, and memorable conference for America’s most vulnerable segment of society–Young Black Males.

 Additionally, as proof of how serious these Omega’s are about the success of the YLC, the meetings are even open to non members of Omega Psi Phi who are interested the mission of the YLC to instill the principles of manhood, critical thinking, and personal and social responsibilities into young African American males and provide them with tools necessary for self respect, health, and wellness, community leadership and conflict resolution.

Tonight’s group included 86 year old WWII veteran brother Robert S. Hammond who has been actively pursuing Omega’s four cardinal principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift for over 63 years!

In closing, I’m looking forward to an opportunity to present a message that will inform, inspire, and empower the YLC attendees to seek, find, and maximize their educational, social, and economic opportunities.  Further, I look forward to doing all I can to help publicize the YLC’s important and necessary work to save young Black men.

For more information, become a sponsor, or volunteer please visit www.omegaeducationalfoundation.org or Ricky Lewis at rickylewis@earthlink.net

Inspired  today by the dedication and energy of the educators I met with at the area high schools that will provide students for the Williams/Northeastern Oklahoma Black Lawyers Association Pipeline + Legal Diversity Program over the last few days…Wow…Big Props to BTW’s Anthony L. Marshall, Central’s Dr. Oliver Wallace, McLain’s Dr. Ebony Johnson, and Edison’s Earnest Conyers and Kimberly Thompson…these educators are on the frontline educating our children with sincerity, love, and eagerness…Thank you!!

 Founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson (Omega Psi Phi Man), the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (originally called the Study of Negro Life and History) was a ground breaking Black Think Tank of the world’s most prominent Black scholars.  The Association worked tirelessly to refute racist and incorrect ideas about African-American culture, life, and history through scholarly research, presentations, and publications.  By the way, did you know that Dr. Woodson was also the founder of Black History Month and the bestseller Mis-Education of The Negro. Thank you Bro. Woodson!

Mia you inspire me with you passion and compassion, and I thanks you for showing the rest of us that the truest measure of wealth is not in dollars and cents, but in lives touch and helped!

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Had a blessed time last night giving the keynote for Oklahoma City University’s annual MLK Celebration.  The lively crowd included former United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge and current Oklahoma City University president Robert Henry, hip-hop star Kanye West’s grandfather (pictured right and who participated in the nation’s first ever sit-in), and prominent Oklahoma City attorney/CPA Jeff Trevillion.

I was especially blessed with the impressive young people that performed and attended.   Without a doubt, they were extremely talented, but it was their sincere humility and willingness to serve the community and their passion for seeing the true legacy of Dr. King that pleased me most.    I truly believe that for many of them they will move truly move “Beyond the Dream” and truly get to know and work toward Dr. King’s vision and desire for a nation that has a “radical redistribution of wealth and economic power” so that everyone has access to adequate food, water, shelter, education, health, and opportunities!