Thursday, February 28, 2013

You Are Wonderful...Ben Carson

“If you hear how wonderful you are often enough, you begin to believe it, no matter how you try to resist it.” 

--Ben Carson, M.D., Noted Neurosurgeon and Author

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

All Are Worthy...William Pickens

“To cheapen the lives of any group of men [or women], cheapens the lives of all men [and women], even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness.” 

--William Pickens, Educator, Journalist and Founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Realize Your Greatness...Myles Munroe (1954-2014)

It is my desire that every man, woman, boy and girl in every nation and every race will come to realize the tremendous  potential and capacity for greatness lying dormant within them.

--Dr. Myles Monroe, Motivational Speaker, Best-selling Author, and Pastor

Dr. Myles Munroe (1945-2014)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Human Rights Are Not Just About Freedom...Suzan Johnson Cook

We recognize that human rights are not just about freedom from violence, torture, unlawful detention, discrimination, and oppression. Human rights include the freedom to speak, criticize, associate, assemble, and practice one’s religion.

Suzan Johnson Cook Ambassador At Large for International Religious Freedom

Saturday, February 23, 2013

We Still Have A Distance To Go...John Lewis

We have come a long way in America because of Martin Luther King, Jr. He led a disciplined, nonviolent revolution under the rule of law, a revolution of values, a revolution of ideas. We've come a long way, but we still have a distance to go before all of our citizens embrace the idea of a truly interracial democracy, what I like to call the Beloved Community, a nation at peace with itself.

John R. Lewis (D-GA), U.S. Congressman (1987--) , Civil Rights Leader

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Reppin'...Sidney Poitier

As a man, I've been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents.

--Sidney Poitier, Award-winning Actor

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Struggles Within...Jesse Owens

"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us--that's where it's at." 

--Jesse Owens, Olympian and World Record-setting Athlete in Track and Field

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

We Need Quiet Time...Susan L. Taylor

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly…spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order. 

--Susan L. Taylor

Monday, February 18, 2013

Love Lesson...Iyanla Vanzant

“You can never love anyone to your own detriment. That is not love, that is possession, control, fear, or a combination of them all.” 

--Iyanla Vanzant, Author

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Times Have Changed, But Love Hasn't...Halley Berry

The times may have changed, but the people are still the same. We're still looking for love, and that will always be our struggle as human beings.

--Halle Berry

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be Yourself...Marva Collins

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.” 

– Marva Collins, Educator and Founder of Westside Preparatory School, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Integrity Means Consistency...Ken Chenault

Integrity is critical in uncertain times. "Not just being honest, but a consistency of actions and words."

--Ken Chenault, AMEX, CEO

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Essence Of America...Condoleezza Rice

The essence of America - that which really unites us - is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion - it is an idea - and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.

--Condoleezza Rice

Sunday, February 10, 2013

We Are God's Creation

God created human beings; [God]* created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. [God] created them male and female. God looked over everything [God] had made; it was so good, so very good!

--Excerpts taken from Genesis 1: 26-28, 31

*In deference to my former Wesley Theological Seminary Family.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

America Can Do Better!...Thurgood Marshall

“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” 

-- Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice and Civil Rights Lawyer

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The World Needs You...Cory Booker

“Go out there and swear to this world your oath, not with your words, but with what you do. Not with your hand over your heart, but with your hand outstretched to a world that desperately needs your hand, your help, your insights, your creativity, your honor, your courage. It needs you.” 

--Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

There Is No Shortage Of Black Leaders...Earl Graves

There is no shortage of black leaders - they are in every field, every walk of life. Our only shortage is in the perception that fails to recognize the black leaders in our companies and communities.

--Earl Graves, Entrepreneur and Publisher of Black Enterprise Magazine

Monday, February 4, 2013

Keep On Moving...Phylicia Rashad

There's always something to suggest that you'll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving. 

--Phylicia Rashad, Actress

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Our Lives Are Valuable...Andrew Young

It is a blessing to die for a cause, because you can so easily die for nothing. 

--Andrew Young,  Civil rights activist, former mayor of Atlanta, Georgia and the United States's Ambassador to the United Nations

Let's do all we can to save lives!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

I'm Grateful...Maya Angelou

I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.

--Maya Angelou