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And yet love exists
wise, and witty woman who has been an absolute treasure to our nation and our world. I just learned that she will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. Of all the things that Dr. Angelou has accomplished, I am most impressed by her ability to radi- ate optimism even in pessimistic times and to teach about “the courage to love”. I am fortunate to have her as an advisor, sister, friend and board member at Bennett College for Women. So often, I have had the blessing of sitting at her feet and re- ceiving phenomenal words of advice and guidance.My
dear friend, Robby Gregg, shared a thanksgiving mes- sage fromDr.An
gelou thatmotivates this column:
Dr. Maya Angelou is a gracious,
being able to think, for being able to see, For being able to taste, for appre-
“I’m grateful for being here, for
brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”
ciating love – for knowing that it ex- ists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with
the Sunday before Thanksgiving as I despaired over the Tea Party non- sense and the “vulgarity, brutality, and violence” that too frequently de- fine our world. I was mourning the fact that four young women who were pledging Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. at East Carolina Uni- versity were in a horrible car acci- dent, with two dying and two holding on to life. The girls were 19 and 20 years old, the accident a one-car ac- cident, the tragedy monumental, the mourning extreme. And even in mourning death, I am reminded by Dr. Maya to give thanks for life and for its ebbs and flows. Even as I fight with life (what’s
I savored Dr. Angelou’s words on
the point) and its extreme and pro- found unfairness, I also savor the spirit of gratitude that rests on my shoulders like a stole and makes it possible for me to manage the rage I often feel at life’s unfairness. I had a morning one day last week that made me utterly unfit for human company, and then I traveled to New York to greet more than 50 folks who came out for a book sign- ing at the wonderfully warm Hue Man bookstore in Harlem. In my mind I asked the woman who was smiling in the evening to say a few words to the woman who was scowling in the morning, and I gave
Nancy Pelosi, and South Carolina Congressman James Clyburn. I’m not so grateful for Maryland’s Steny Hoyer, but I am sure that I’ll get over it. I just can’t figure out how thisman thought he should have Clyburn’s slot as Whip, and how Clyburn let him have it. I suppose I am grateful for the
drubbing De- mocrats took in the mid-term elections and the obvious obstruc- tion Republicans plan in this next Congress, I re- main grateful for leaders such as President Barack Obama, now-Mi- nority
Judge Greg Mathis
It does. It exists as tens of thousands of Americans devote at least part of their thanksgiving to feeding those who will not eat. It exists as people choose to spend part of their holiday time asking for change for the Salva- tion Army, and as even more people offer money to help others. It exists as people bring canned goods and wrapped toys to the charities that have promised to help families whose Christmas seasons might oth- erwise not be so bright.Would that it would exist
Thanksgiving sentiments, to Robby Gregg for sharing them, to the Cre- ator for grace and gratitude and for the love that exists. Happy Thanksgiving!
promised dollars still have not reached that beleaguered country. Love exists. I am indebted to Dr. Maya for her
Malveaux is President of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.Ca
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7 Council member Barbara Swearengen Ware, whose indictment has unsettled residents in the North Memphis District that she has repre- sented for 16 years.)
WillWare weather storm? Edition: Nov. 18-24 (Dec. 14 court date set for District
over 50 years and know of no one that has bribed an auto inspection worker. The gentleman from (the) Douglass community that spoke just goes to show you that some parts of Memphis think it is the normto do il- legal stuff at will. Apparently they were brought up this way by their parents and political representatives, as inMs. Barbara Swearengen, that it is OK to steal and break laws. Her age and health have nothing to do with it. She proved what kind of per- son she was when she wore money on herself all day on her birthday. That’s a great thing to teach your kids. Then wear a Jesus pin at the same time. She is an embarrassment to the Christian black community. May God have mercy on her soul.
preventable cancer Edition: Nov. 18-24
Incurable cancer? How about
“Chef Timothy” column that while there is no cure, now or in the fore- seeable future, cancer can be pre- vented or even reversed. “Your can- cer is not your fault! It’s the food that you’re consuming such as beef, pork, fish, cheese, eggs, milk, sugars and all salts.”)
but, TSD, y’all got some nerve to serve this information so close to Turkey Day. Sister Dr. Mona Harrison, MD,
POST: Great article on cancer, (Dr. Timothy Moore says in his POST: I have been in Memphis
Moore is talking to and about me. I must take his learned advice and then share it with my family and one of my best friends in particular who suffers with diabetes likeme. It came into focus how we all eat and I knew he was telling the truth about our eat- ing and drinking habits – meat, bread, over-cooked vegetables with lots of salt, sugar and animal fat. Each meal is washed down with cof- fee, tea or our favorite soda or shake.
I’m a self-educated person living in the September of my life learning about the world, the universe and myself in it. I’m inspired by Doctor Moore’s commentaries to do better especially where nutrician is con- cerned so that I can live a long qual- ity life.
I am greatful to The Tri-State De- fender for bring Dr. Moore’s com- mentaries on health and nutrition to me.
Thank you, Dr. Moore, for sharing your expertise with me, my family and my friends. I’m looking forward to more articals to come.
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even at that I have to constantly re- mind myself that the writer is talking to and about me not my friend, neighbor or someone else I know. As I read this article, I thought: Dr.
will strive to addmore fresh fruit and veggies to my diet. POST: I am an avid reader but
during her Sacred Water Series, said the most profound statement regard- ing cancer that I have ever heard. She said that, “Cancer tumors cannot live in alkaline water.” In other words, cancer cannot grow in an al- kaline environment. This means that it grows in an acidic environment and yes, all meat is acidic. Plant based foods are alkaline. Question: If our scientific and medical communi- ties know that cancer wil not survive in an alkaline environment, why spend trillions on all the research?.... POST: Very informative article. I
(NNPA columnist Julianne
likes of Rush Limbaugh whose racism (he had a series of extreme- ly unflattering things to say about Clyburn) is galling. I am grateful for Limbaugh and Beck because they are poster children for igno- rance, the kind of people you want to point to as examples of what not to be. They are the wind beneath Sarah Palin’s wings, andMrs. Palin, for all her newfound influence (enough to get the talented Brandy ejected from “Dancing with the Stars” in favor of the clumsy Bris- tol), is not an example of much more than opportunism. And yet love exists, saysDr.Ma
Abbott spurred Great Migration; new books tell heroes’ journeys
for Haiti, where
added to the impetus of the GreatMi- gration was Robert S. Abbott, founder and publisher of the Chicago Defender, parent publication of the Tri-State Defender. From the Chica- go Defender’s beginning in 1905, Abbott persistently urged blacks to leave the South. The Defender wrote blistering stories against racism, list- ed jobs that were available in the North, and printed train schedules from various southern towns to Chicago. It ran huge headlines over stories about lynchings and other atrocities committed against blacks. Abbott believed in fighting back against mistreatment by whites and used such slogans as, “If you must die, take at least one with you.” As a result, many Southern cities
tried to ban the Chicago Defender and confiscated copies when they ar- rived in town. But a distribution net- work was organized by railroad porters, who bought quantities of the paper in Chicago and sold them on trips to the South.Al
so, barnstorming athletes in the Negro Leagues and Chicago visitors brought back copies. The Encyclopedia Britannica said the Chicago Defender became “one of the most powerful organs of social action in America.” Abbott, who was born the son of former slaves 140 years ago this week, Nov. 24, 1870, started the newspaper with 25 cents and became a millionaire. Wilkerson interviewed more than
1,200 people and chose three – a sharecropper, a physician and a farm worker – who migrated in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, for detailed exposi- tion. Her subjects found that leaving the South meant leaving some prob- lems but newer ones were present in
almost six million blacks from the South to the North, East and West, variously described as taking place between 1915 and 1970, brought sig- nificant changes to the lives of those who relocated as well as the course of events in the United States. New interest is rising in the Great Migra- tion partly as a result of two new books on the subject: “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Is- abel Wilkerson, and “The Grace of Silence:AMemoir” byMichele Nor- ris. Wilkerson writes that those who left the South were linked together by “their heroic determination to roll the dice for a better future.” One of the central figures who
TheGreatMigration, the exodus of
the places to which they relo- cated. The North was better but it was not
Promised Land. The title of
George E. Hardin
tury,” Wilkerson says, “before the migration began, 90 percent of all AfricanAmericans were living in the South. By the end of the Great Mi- gration, nearly half of them were liv- ing outside the South in the great cities of the North andWest.” Michele Norris’ book originally
the warmth of other suns/And, per- haps, to bloom.” “At the beginning of the 20th cen-
Wi l k e r s o n ’ s book is from a poem by former M e m p h i a n Richard Wright, who wrote about leaving the South to “Respond to
Do we really need to tell Congress to protect our
person should be able to spend time with their families and en- joy life in a way they
when they were younger working
they receive will, at best, cause an adverse reaction that was completely avoidable or, in a worst case sce- nario, kill them. Unfortunately, that is the reality for Medicare recipients around this country: in a recently re- leased study, it was reported that, in just one month, a projected 15,000 hospitalized Medicare patients died because they received less than qual- ity care. Around 40 million Americans re-
whether or not the medical care
time. They cer- tainly should not be
ceive Medicare, a federally funded program that provides health insur- ance coverage to people aged 65 or over. The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General’s new report has revealed that there is an alarmingly high risk for medical malpractice within the program. Ac- cording to the study, 1 in 7Medicare patients who are hospitalized are harmed by – and ultimately die be- cause of –medical treatment they re- ceive. Common causes of these deaths include improper use of blood thinning medications, respiratory failure from over sedation or inade- quate insulin management. Another 1 in 7 patients experienced tempo- rary harm, but the error was discov- ered in reversed just in time to save their lives. There are no words to convey how
was intended to focus on “America’s hidden conversation about race,” but when she learned that her father, just out of the Navy, had left Birmingham forMinneapolis after being shot by a police officer she turned her attention to the “profound secrets” that exist in many families. Her father never mentioned the shooting and Norris learned about it from an uncle after her father’s death. Norris’ well-edu- cated grandmother worked as a trav- eling Aunt Jemima, showing white housewives how to make pancakes – a story that was kept secret. Norris said she discovered her elders “want- ed their children to soar, so they chose not to weigh down their pock- ets with personal tales of woe.” Many blacks who moved away
things that attract wide attention. Sometimes the sacrificial attention to the everyday details of ensuring a family – especially the children – is well cared for can be a supreme act of heroism.
photographer, reporter and editor, and in public relations during a long career before he retired. His column appears every other week.)
FLASHBACK: 2004 (George E. Hardin worked as a
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from the Bible Belt, in the manner of the early Europeanmigrants, referred to the South they left behind – with both loathing and longing – as “the Old Country.” It was a daring act to leave everything behind. Not all heroes do spectacular
frightening this news is, not just for Medicare recipients, but also for their families.When someone is hos- pitalized, they tend to focus on their recovery. With this news, patients and their families are left to question whether or not the treatment they re- ceive will do more harm than good. Of course, there is also a societal cost: taxpayers spend more than $4 billion each year because additional treatments or longer hospital stays are needed to fix medical mistakes that should never have happened. It is clear that there needs to be
vulnerable members of our society and, as a collective, we should work to keep them safe from harm. Call or write your elected officials and de- mand that they not only vote to keep Medicare funding intact, but also ask that they earmark additional funds to ensure that, when they are hospital- ized, our elderly receive quality treatment at quality hospitals.
vice president of Rainbow PUSH and a national board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Con- ference.)
(Judge Greg Mathis is national
ering cuts to the Medicare, so such an investigation is unlikely. And, with fewer dollars to provide ser- vices,more preventable deaths are to be expected. The elderly are among the most
federally funded look into the way hospitals perceive and care for Medicare patients. Their safety mea- sures need to be examined and, when necessary, changed immedi- ately. If there are best practices for treatment, they should be imple- mented. Unbelievably, Congress is consid-
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