Become a ROASA’s Supporters – Words of Wisdom at Sharon’s CCC Project!

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16 Responses to Become a ROASA’s Supporters – Words of Wisdom at Sharon’s CCC Project!

  1. Charles Cary says:

    The Hook Up
    Part 1

    We have to understand that we only get one chance to make a difference with this life we live. Expecting someone to give us something is not going to cut it. We have been beaten, cheated, mistreated, looked over, hung, locked up, stepped over, stepped on and abused far too long. Yet that does not gives us a pass, free ride, or a get out of jail free card.

    I am African American and obviously have been all my life and if I could turn back the hands of time to right some wrongs I would. It has appeared to me that the things we’ve endured as a people, or the things that our ancestors have endured has happened for a specific reason. I’m beginning to think that the reason was and is to exercise the strength that lies within us as descendants of the motherland.

    My views are not racial towards Caucasians or any other group of people. If you know me and have worked with me you know that Charles is not about hate, or anger towards others. As many leaders have stated in the past…you take care of home first and then you help others. Taking care of home base does not mean that you have hatred towards others, it just means…before I help you make money, I’m going to do my best to make sure I’ve got a nickel in the bank, or before I clean your house, I’ll make sure my house is in order.

    The role models we want to follow might not actually be in our homes, but there should be no shame in looking to people like; Oprah, Tavis Smiley, Roland Martin, Donny Simpson, George Fraser, Bob Johnson, Bob Gates, Tony Browder, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Bernie Mack, George Lopez, Will Smith, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis, Master P, Flo Jo, Floyd Mayweather, Derek Jeter, and even Tiger Woods.

    It’s not about the personality and it’s not about the race, but it should be about the process in which they used to achieve their goal or level of success. We have to learn to look beyond our color to extract what we need and bring it back to our community when the time is right and share it. Learn the process first , master it, act on it, and then share it. If you are dedicated enough you may be able to grow with others as you learn, master, act, and share the process together.

  2. Well put Charles – master, act and share!

  3. Happy Friday! Meet ROASA’S new supporter Professor Bernard Demczuk, Ph.D. – he holds a doctorate degree from GWU in American Studies and African American history and culture…and yes people he is White… Thanks Professor Demczuk for loving African American history, heritage and culture to teach it to college students at GW and students at the “School Without Walls”. ROASA’s President, Ms. Sharon Parker held a “R.Y.E.S. Professional-to-Youth” interview with Professor Demczuk last week and this is what he had to say.

    “Teaching African American history and culture is teaching American history and culture. Examining the lives and the time of Anna Julia Cooper, Georgia Douglass Johnson, Robert and Mary Terrell, Charles Drew, Paul and Alice Dunbar, Josephine and Blanche Bruce, Ida and Henry Hunt, Christian, and Sarah Fleetwood, Dorothy Height, Julius Hopson and Josephine Butler and others offers students enormous opportunities to study character building from these great American who made American history.”

    He went on to say “Our ancestors represent moral character traits, such as integrity, patience, tolerance, kindness, reflection, sharing, inclusion, and humility. They also represented performance character traits, like hard work, self-control, practice, social intelligence, focus, zest, curiosity, and grit…”

    To learn more about Professor Demczuk, look for ROASA’s one-on-one interview video that will be posted on the R.Y.E.S. eNetworking Channel. Go to http://www.roasalives.org and click on the “R.Y.E.S. eNetworking Channel” and watch our other videos. Don’t forget to listen to the Ben’s Chili Bowl interview to learn more about African Americans who not only talked the talk, but walk the walk.

    Please feel free to comment on this post and share with you young people in your community.

    Thank again Professor Demczuk – another ROASA Supporter!

  4. Acknowledgement of ones ancestors is the oldest and most natural and spiritual way of remembering those who are no longer living but whose lives continues to motivate the living. Every civilization that has achieved any level of greatness acknowledges those who have contributed to their greatness.

    Africans were the first humans on earth. We have the oldest ancestors and the longest record of ancestral acknowledgement that is how we created civilizations that have inspired the world for thousands of years. After we were separated from our Motherland and dispersed throughout the “New World” African ancestral acknowledgement was portrayed as sacrilegious and pagan in an attempt to keep newly enslaved Africans disconnected from a potent source of spiritual and intellectual power.

    We are now free to remember what others wanted us to forget. ROASA is playing a crucial role in helping us remember that synergy is created when we acknowledge ancestors who are waiting to inspire us and help us transform our lives and the world. As we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend let us memorialize our glorious ancestors.

    Thank you ROASA for reminding us that there is power in reconnecting to our loved ones.

    Anthony T. Browder

  5. Thanks Tony for your post and the kind words about ROASA, Inc. We are all in this together and our ancestors are working through each and everyone of us (even if we are not aware!) Please have your network visit our website at http://www.roasalives.org and watch our videos (click on the R.Y.E.S eNetworking Channel page and hit the first url link) of living ancestors. We have so many more and can’t wait to share them with the WORLD!

  6. Charles Cary says:

    THE WORDS WE USE

    Our words are beautiful, because they describe our feelings emotions and our thoughts (the way we communicate). God knew exactly what he was doing when he gave us the freedom to choose and create.

    Our words can also be the difference between night and day, right and wrong, or pleasure and pain. We have to be responsible and accountable for the words we choose to use. At times we choose certain words, and the emphasis of how we use those words, and on whom we use them, makes a huge difference.

    From a personal point of view…when we express our opinion, tell a story or pray, we may find that it’s easy to just say things without giving them a second thought. The impact will affect the true listener.

    Now when it comes to training, teaching or trying to instill a discipline, or value in someone (child or a class). That is…or can be an entirely different story. It’s not just important, but vitally important that we watch negative words. Actually we need to be careful of negative words in our lives daily. It has been said that there is life and death in the power of the tongue.

    Words that carry heavy impact such as: always, never, should, and don’t should be used with caution. Swearing and cursing for instance can stunt a child’s growth to detrimental proportions. You see we are products of our environment and if a child is constantly exposed to that behavior he or she can be damaged. People only know what they’ve been exposed to. If you want to be better you have to be willing to change (sometimes the outside but definitely the inside).

    When I was a kid our dad told us that he wanted us to be better than he. He wanted us to be smarter, make more money and even have a better quality of life. I thought he was crazy when I heard this. I kept saying to myself I would never want anyone to be better than me.

    As I matured I learned that if my dad couldn’t give us better, at least he would have hope that we would have better, even if we stumbled on to it. As an adult I now realize how powerful that is. I also want my kids to be better than me.

    I can also remember times when my dad would tell us that if we got into trouble we’d better let him know before anyone else told him.
    I remember doing exactly what he told me. I got in trouble at school, and it killed me to tell on myself. After I built up the courage to tell on myself, my dad said “I’m glad you told me son, after my nap, I’m going to bust your backside wide open”.

    I was devastated, I mean scared to death. The only thing that I could think about was my backside bleeding and that to sit down would bring me pain. The Power of Words is a mighty thing.

    The point I’m making is that the impression made with words can make us or brake us. For instance, when two people argue and they use the words NEVER and ALWAYS the discussion usually goes into an entirely different direction (a negative direction).

    Husband comes home late from work and the wife says, why do you always have to come home late, or little Johnny spills juice in his room, mommy comes in and tells brother Bobby to clean up. Brother Bobby says to his brother I always have to clean up your mess.

    It takes so much longer to get to the real point. Usually an argument starts to get out of control with the use of the words NEVER and ALWAYS. The true topic is lost in the word shuffle.

    By Charles Cary

  7. Charles Cary says:

    The Hook Up
    Part 2

    My brothers and sisters of all colors, sizes, languages, and ages. Please stop looking for the hook up. Don’t expect President Obama, or anybody else to just give you anything. If it’s offered, fine! If it’s owed, fine! But don’t stand around waiting on it! you are talented, you are educated, and you are able to fend for yourself or use what the world has (technology) to raise your voice and at least try to make a difference.

    If you are afraid to raise your own voice, then jump on the bandwagon and support someone that is saying the things you agree with, or saying what you believe. Support them because of the commonality you share. You don’t have to give blood or draw blood just know that you are doing the dang thing because you care and it matters.

    Too often tradition gets in the way and tradition has become so expected in today’s time. My man’s going to look out, my partner got my back, my boy got me, my girl knows what time it is, my peeps are on it! WE HAVE GOT TO GET ON IT…NOT ANYBODY ELSE! And we can only we bring people along with us that is real, and about taking some type of action.

    You don’t need any dead weight, that will drain you of not only your energy, but it will drain you of your purpose! Sort out those who want a free ride, and those that are just standing around to see what you’ll do. Remember “Misery loves company, and misery hates to lose company.”

    Wanting something without any effort has enslaved you to excepting substandard everything (wages, political power, etc.), but still expecting more, and more (of course without effort). There is a power in knowing that you started at zero and now you have 50% of what it takes, and the next step can be 55 or 60%, until you reach that final goal where completion can sometimes even seem to surpass the marker of 100%.

    The feeling of accomplishment is not a hook up, but a decision to get over the hang up. The hang up of not having, the hang up of waiting for someone else, the hang up of needing approval from peers and family. Many times family and friends won’t understand until you begin without them and once you’ve started or even arrived, they still may not get it.

    You’ll find that many times instead of looking for the hook up…you get hooked up by default. Once again I have to stress it…when you earn it you feel it’s deserved, when you earn it… you know how to retain it, when you earn it you know how to regain it should it become lost or stolen, when you earn it, you build up your self esteem. When you earn it the list can seem to go on and on.

    If you’ve never earned it, you should be bored with this blog message by now. We always have the opportunity to begin. Don’t resist what you’ve never experienced…just experience it. Of course I’m speaking in regards to things that are credible. So learn to be courageous, take that very first step.
    I was worshipping on Sunday as I do, and towards the end of the service I went to the altar for prayer. I went just because, I went because my spirit said go, but I went because I knew it was what I needed. After my prayer I sat down, and two other people decided to go up for prayer and to be closer to The One that looks over us all.

    A young lady from Fisk University who was in the area visiting and a homeless man that was studying nursing was a visitor also. Upon finding out that the young lady was going back to Fisk (in Tennessee) directly after the service, the Pastor offered about $60 for them to get gas and have a little pocket money, then miraculously each member that was worshipping, one by one, got up and started giving the young lady money, it was like a train that never ended, I jumped on the bandwagon also (I have been given, and shown favor many times over in my life)…then suddenly…people started given money to the homeless guy, I got up and gave to him also (when I thought of it, …there have been times that I was given large sums without expecting it, or without even having a hint of an idea that it was coming)…I decided to give to him also, but what I can tell you for certain is that…neither person came to pray / worship expecting a payoff.

    We have to understand that we only get one chance to make a difference with this life we live. Expecting someone to give us something is not going to cut it. We have been beaten, cheated, mistreated, looked over, hung, locked up, stepped over, stepped on and abused far too long. Yet that does not gives us a pass, free ride, or a get out of jail free card.

    I am African American and obviously have been all my life and if I could turn back the hands of time to right some wrongs I would. It has appeared to me that the things we’ve endured as a people, or the things that our ancestors have endured has happened for a specific reason. I’m beginning to think that the reason was and is to exercise the strength that lies within us as descendants of the motherland.

    I’m not trying to minimize the wrongs that have been done to us, and it’s not about magic, but it’s about facts. We were and still are some of the most talented people in the world. The first architects, scientist, doctors, astronomers, mathematicians, engineers, and farmers. Our natural physique and ability is second to none in most cases (men and women).
    Sports columnist Jimmy Breslin lost his job at the New York Post for stating how superior black athletes are in comparison to others. However, none of this matters if we don’t realize the power that lies within us here in this 21st Century.

    My views are not racial towards Caucasians or any other group of people. If you know me and have worked with me you know that Charles is not about hate, or anger towards others. As many leaders have stated in the past…you take care of home first and then you help others. Taking care of home base does not mean that you have hatred towards others, it just means…before I help you make money, I’m going to do my best to make sure I’ve got a nickel in the bank, or before I clean your house, I’ll make sure my house is in order.
    I have been attacked by people of the opposite persuasion (physically and verbally) and I don’t have to try to constantly pay them back. My job is my job and those that are against me for whatever reason will get an answer to their actions. It does not mean that I will stand by idle and let you physically abuse me or slander me without any recourse. I’ve learned that you don’t have to fight all of your own battles. If you’ve come from the community that I come from you will know what that means.

    I understand that we’ve been distracted and in some cases straight up brainwashed or the wool has been placed over our eyes, and even over our heads, but for those of us that fight the good fight. We can’t candy coat it. President Obama won’t say I support black this, or I support black that…there is a reason for it. it’s not always necessary to say exactly what you feel (if you feel it) to get the job done.

    We have to learn how to play the game of life (that includes politics, work, business, social arenas, and even in our personal affairs. Sometimes it’s about telling it like it is, and sometimes it’s about being considerate of the receiver, but making sure they get the message. George Fraser has spoken about the fact that we are the worlds consumers, during 2006 or 2007 we topped the spending / buying chart as a people to the grand sum of $780-790 Billion dollars. Now that’s wealthy blacks, middle class blacks, and poor blacks. Who knows what the figures are now (2009 moving forward)?

    We are buying all of the fast food, every electronic gadget (game console, cell phone, pda) , every designer clothing item (including shoes & sneakers), and anything else we decide to put our hands on just because we allow advertisers and others to make us think we want it, and to try and keep up with other classes as well as each other.

    It’s like the fault or decline of the educated “N” word (black person if you want to be politically correct) is for naught. Now many people might think after reading that one line….who the hell does he think he is, or what’s that supposed to mean? Our examples of how to do things are all around us. We don’t have to go out like this. If we can’t do it… we have got to prepare our kids. Make the children see the difference in how things use to be and in how they actually are, and most importantly in how they can be if they themselves focus, set a goal , and work towards that specific goal.

    The role models we want to follow might not actually be in our homes, but there should be no shame in looking to people like; Oprah, Tavis Smiley, Roland Martin, Donny Simpson, George Fraser, Bob Johnson, Bob Gates, Tony Browder, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Bernie Mack, George Lopez, Will Smith, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis, Master P, Flo Jo, Floyd Mayweather, Derek Jeter, and even Tiger Woods.

    It’s not about the personality and it’s not about the race, but it should be about the process in which they used to achieve their goal or level of success. We have to learn to look beyond our color to extract what we need and bring it back to our community when the time is right and share it. Learn the process first , master it, act on it, and then share it. If you are dedicated enough you may be able to grow with others as you learn, master, act, and share the process together.

    I just feel that we are too talented to allow our demise to be because of a lack of effort. We all are not meant to command the great stage and that includes me! But, I’d rather die trying, versus only flapping my lips in the wind and not experiencing anything that made a difference to anyone outside of myself.

    Many people talk about what President Barack Obama hasn’t done. I say to them regardless of their color, and regardless to our president’s color…”what president has ever come into office and done everything that they have promised, and what president has ever come into office turning around everything from a previous administration in 1/4 of the time it took the previous administration to either mess things up, or create an economical and environmentally challenging time for the rest of the US citizens? Now please double that so that it spans two 4 year terms.

  8. Were your ancestors a free slave before the Civil War? i believe my ancestors were – God blessed me about two week ago that my ancestors may have been from Trinidad. They were from Calvert County and fault in the War of 1812 (America against the British Empire). Long story – all I know right now is, they fault for Britain and was promised an Island in Trinidad. Have to do some more research, but they were slaves who was freed in the early 1800s.

  9. Monique Medina says:

    As we look at the news to find out what’s going on in the world, it is equally important to know our past. With that being said I give you a piece of our past.
    Today in our history
    Date:
    Fri, 1919-06-27

    On this date in 1918, M. Carl Holman was born. He was an African-American civil rights leader and president of the National Urban Coalition (1971-88) who promoted the need for a mutual partnership between industry and government to foster inner-city development.

    Holman was born in Minter City, MS. He graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, MO. He received an M.A. from the University of Chicago, in 1944, and earned a master of fine arts degree from Yale University in 1954. While a faculty member in English and humanities at Clark College in Atlanta, he joined students in founding the black journal, “The Atlanta Inquirer,” in 1960. Two years later, Holman joined the staff of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, rising to deputy staff director in 1966. Two years later he became vice president of programs at the National Urban Coalition, an organization that was formed after the inner-city race riots of 1967.

    While serving as the organization’s president, Holman advocated programs in housing, education, employment opportunities, job training, and economic development. He forged liaisons between the Black and Hispanic communities and was an influential organizer and meeting planner. During the 1980s, he was active in developing programs to help minority and female children develop scientific, mathematical, and computer skills. M. Carl Holman died on August 9, 1988 in Washington, D.C.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER WITH BUSINESS ZEAL M. CARL HOLMAN!!

    • Charles Cary says:

      I’ve never heard of M. Carl Holman, but I thank you (Monique Medina) for sharing part of his story. Today it’s so very important to learn about the traditional ancestors, but it is even more important to stretch beyond the typical ancestors we have learned about.

      It’s so important to know that there are many other ancestors from those various areas that added value to our lives. Taking a step further, there are living ancestors in our current area the 21st Century that are doing and have become phenomenal in their own right and we need to explore their lives, so that we all (especially today’s youth) can be enlightened to what we did in the past and what we can do further in our future…because the capability is already in us!

      check out my blog at: http://www.charlescary.net

  10. ROASA, Inc. says:

    Happy Birthday my ancestor M. Carl Holman – thanks for all your hard work to bring Black and Hispanic, and others together. We all need your guidance and insight more now then ever. Communities all over America, in fact all over the world are going through some of the worst economical times and we need more people like you to develop programs to support families in need of housing, education, and employment. WHO IS THE NEXT M. Carl Holman? DOES ANYONE KNOW? IF ONE DOES NOT EXIST – LETS ALL BECOME A “M. Carl Holman”. If you have a program or a plan, please share on this blog or in-box me on Facebook. Thanks in advance, ROASA’s President, Sharon Parker. Thanks again, Monique.

    Visit us at http://www.roasalives.org – enjoy our videos on the RYES eNetworking Channel (click on the first url link).

  11. I’ve never heard of M. Carl Holman, but I thank you (Monique Medina) for sharing part of his story. Today it’s so very important to learn about the traditional ancestors, but it is even more important to stretch beyond the typical ancestors we have learned about.

    It’s so important to know that there are many other ancestors from those various areas that added value to our lives. Taking a step further, there are living ancestors in our current area the 21st Century that are doing and have become phenomenal in their own right and we need to explore their lives, so that we all (especially today’s youth) can be enlightened to what we did in the past and what we can do further in our future…because the capability is already in us!

    check out my blog at: http://www.charlescary.net

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ANOTHER ANCESTOR: STOKLEY CARMICHAEL: ROASA, INC. WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE “AMERICAN AFRICAN COMMITTEE” FOR POSTING THIS ON FACEBOOK. PLEASE SHOW YOUR RESPECT AND WISH HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR ANCESTOR!

    http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/stokley-carmichael-kwame-ture-leader-ahead-his-time

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  14. ROASA, Inc. says:

    If you’re still asking yourself “WHY” should I attend this retreat? JUST REMEMBER “MRS. MARY WILSON…MOTHER OF BENJAMIN WILSON WHO WAS SHOT IN 1984″. READ HER STORY…AND ASK YOURSELF…”WHAT CAN I DO TODAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?” Last night I could not sleep (around 3:00am or so)…normally…I watch some show about a Taxi cab driver in New York…picking up people and asking them questions for money (forget the name of the show – if you know please share). Something told me to turn to another channel and I did…I turned to ESPN Channel 12 on Comcast…and heard a story about a lady name MARY WILSON. I started taking notes like…her baby was shot almost 29 years now, and I wondered how many baby boys has been shot since 1984. I’m scared to know the numbers. I started talking more notes about the large number of people who come out to support her when they found out who Ben Wilson was (celebrities and the general public). I said to myself…”WOW look at all of those people who care about the lost of this young man’s life”. THEN…I asked myself…what happen…why don’t we care anymore like we did 29 years ago? What has made us so hard that a boy’s (Black) life can be overlooked?” So, today, after working on numerous projects, I Google her name and came across this article written in 2011 by Linden hills..08-05-2011…it read “His mother was very strong and she would just break your heart. She campaigned against violence for years and you could see this tragedy took its toll on her…” I SAY TO ALL MY STRONG WOMEN…REMEMBER THESE NUMBERS “15, 25, and 29” AND RESEARCH THERE SIGNIFICANCES OF THEM AND LET’S TALK. THIS TOPIC WILL BE #1 ON OUR AGENDA AT THE RETREAT! SORRY FOR THE LONG WRITE UP…BUT WE MUST GET SERIOUS! https://www.facebook.com/events/326893824078075/

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