Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Black History Every Day: March 2nd

On this day in 1867, Howard University was chartered in Washington, D.C.

Black History Every Day: March 1st

On this day in 1739, the British were forced to sign a peace treaty with escaped slave societies in Jamaica.


Black History Every Day: February 29th

On this Leap Day in 1919, the Pan American Congress was organized by W.E.B. DuBois.

Also, the Tuskegee Airman were initiated on this day in 1942 during World War II.

Black History Every Day: February 28th

Om 1708, there was a slave revolt on Long Island in New York. At least 7 whites were killed.

Black History Every Day: February 27th

In 1844 on this date, the Dominican Republic was established.

Also on this day in 1988, Debi Thomas became the 1st Black to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

Black History Every Day: February 26th

On this day in 1926, Carter G. Woodson announced "Negro History Week."

Black History Every Day: February 25th

In 1870 on this day, Hiram Revels was elected the 1st Black to the U.S. Senate.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

VIRUS ALERT from Bob Hord

Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.


You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message
with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD,' regardless of who sent it to you.

It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard
disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has
Your e-mail address in his/her contact list.

This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

If You Receive A Mail Called_ POSTCARD,' Even Though Sent To You By A Friend, Do Not Open It.!

This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept.


Pray For Our Troops' Safe Return Home

Pray for Our Troops!

As I reflect on this photograph, I see once again that not all the brave
leave the 'home of the brave' to enter battle; some are required now to be
the brave of the home.

It is said a picture is worth a thousand words but it leaves me speechless
and tears in my eyes.

Would You Send This Please.. we have a long list of good friends whose husbands are deploying to Iraq next month. One of the wives sent me this. We feel compelled to send it on. Your prayers are deeply appreciated. These guys deserve our love, our hugs and most powerfully, our prayers.

Prayer Request:

I understand that life in Iraq is very difficult to bear right now. Our
troops need our prayers for strength, endurance and safety.

Send this on after a short prayer.

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect
us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need... Amen.'

When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our
troops around the world. Of all the gifts you could give a US
Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine deployed in harm's way, prayer is the
very best!!!

You are NOT what you think you but what you think, you are!

"If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and if you don't believe what
you don't like in the Gospel, then IT'S NOT THE GOSPEL THAT YOU BELIEVE, BUT
---St Augustine

Forgiven people forgive people!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Black History Every Day: February 24th

In 1811, African-American educator Daniel A. Payne was born.

Black History Every Day: February 23th

On this day, W.E.B. DuBois was born. He also died on this date in 1963.

Black History Every Day: February 22th

In 1967 on this day in Black History, Adam Clayton Powell was stripped of his seniority.

Black History Every Day: February 21th

On this day in 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated.

Black History Every Day: February 20th

On this day in 1895, African-American journalist and statesman Fredrick Douglass died.

Black History Every Day: February 19th

In 1790, George Bridgewater, African-American musician, made his London debut.

Black History Every Day: February 18th

On today's date in 1688, the 1st formal protest against slavery by the Quakers.



Subject: Grandma
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 22:40:30 +0000

A six year old goes to the hospital with his Grandma to visit his Grandpa.

When they get to the hospital, he runs ahead of his Grandma and bursts into his Grandpa's room.

"Grandpa, Grandpa!" he says excitedly, "as soon as Grandma comes into the room, make a noise like a frog!"

"What?" said his Grandpa.
"Make a noise like a frog because grandma said that as soon as you croak, we're going to Disneyland!!!"

Friday, February 15, 2008

Saying Grace In A Restaurant


Last week, I took my children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, 'God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!'

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark, 'That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know ho w to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!'

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, 'Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?'

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, 'I happen to know th at God thought that was a great prayer.'

'Really?' my son asked.

'Cross my heart,' the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), 'Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.'

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at his for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, 'Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already.'

The End

I love this story!
Sometimes, we all need some ice cream.

I hope God sends you some Ice Cream today!

Subject: 1977-2007


This is sent only to those whose level of maturity qualifies them to relate to it...

1977: Long hair
2007: Longing for hair

1977: KEG
2007: EKG

1977: Acid rock
2007: Acid reflux

1977: Moving to California because it's cool
2007: Moving to Arizona because it's warm

1977: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
2007: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

1977: Seeds and stems
2007: Roughage

1977: Going to a new, hip joint
2007: Receiving a new hip joint

1977: Rolling Stones
2007: Kidney Stones

1977: Screw the system
2007: Upgrade the system

1977: Disco
2007: Costco

1977: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
2007: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

1977: Passing the drivers' test
2007: Passing the vision test

Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly change things. Each year the staff at BeloitCollege in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of this year's incoming freshmen. He re's this year's list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1989.

They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.

The CD was introduced the year they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard: 'Where's the Beef?', 'I'd walk a mile for a Camel', or 'de plane, Boss, de plane.'

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.

Do you feel old yet? Pass this on to the other old fogies on your lis t. Notice the larger type, that's for those of you who have trouble reading..

So have a nice day!!!!! It is good to have friends who know about these things and are still alive and kicking!!!!

"Please Pass This On" Notices Sign You Up for SPAM!


Please forward to all of your 'email buddies' who really need to read this!
from Snopes.Com

If you are going to pass something along . . . . Let it be THIS!

To whom it all concerns:

Just a word to the wise. E-mail petitions are NOT acceptable to Congress or any other municipality. To be acceptable, petitions must have a signed signature and full address.

Same with "prayer chains" -- be wary!

Almost all e-mails that ask you to add your name and forward on to others are similar to that mass letter years ago that asked people to send business cards to the little kid in Florida who wanted to break the Guinness Book of Records for the most cards.

All it was, and all this type of e-mail is, is to get names and "cookie" tracking info for telemarketers and spammers to validate active e-mail accounts for their own purposes.

Any time you see an e-mail that says forward this on to "10" of your friends, sign this petition, or you'll get good luck, or what ever, it has either an e-mail tracker program attached that tracks the cookies and e-mails of those folks you forward to, or the host sender is getting a copy. Each time it gets forwarded, then it's able to get lists of "active" e-mails to use in spam e-mails, or sell to others that do.

Please forward this notice to others and you will be providing a good service to your friends, and will be rewarded by not getting 30,000 spam e-mails in the future.

(If you have been sending out the above kinds of email,

Now you know why you get so much spam!)

Douglas S. Releford

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Black History Every Day: February 17th

On this day in 1950, Thomas L. Griffith was admitted to the Los Angeles Bar Association.

Black History Every Day: February 16th

In 1874 on this day, Fredrick Douglass was elected the President of the Freedom's Bank and Trust Company.

Black History Every Day: February 15th

On this day in 1957, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference was formed.

Black History Every Day: February 14th

In 1867, the Augusta Institute, later Morehouse College, opened in Atlanta, Georgia on this day.

Black History Every Day: February 13th

On this day in 1746, Absalom Jones, the first black Protestant Minister was born.

Black History Every Day: February 12th

In 1793, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act.

On this day in 1909, the NAACP was founded in New York.

Black History Every Day: February 11th

On this day in 1944, was the first black legal protest in America by 11 blacks who petitioned for freedom in New York.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Riverview Apartments Demolition Comment


I would like to start out to say that it's hard to see a part of my past come to an end. Their were alot memories in Riverview and to see the apartments being demolished. That part of me will always remember. People sitting on the stoop. Having fish fried sandwiches. Talking to family and friends. This will be a new future for the young and memories for the elders. May the new bring much joy and love in the future as well as the past....


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Black History Every Day: February 10th

On this day in 1989, Ronald H. Brown was elected Chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Black History Every Day: February 9th

In 1906, Paul Lawrence Dunbar passed away on this day.

On this day in 1964, Arthur Ashe, Jr. became the 1st Black on the U.S. Davis Cup Team.

Black History Every Day: February 8th

On this day in 1951, Private Edward O. Cleaborn, a soldier from Memphis, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Black History Every Day: February 7th

On this day in 1867, Fredrick Douglass and a black delegation call on President Andrew Johnson.

Black History Every Day: February 6th

In 1820, U.S. blacks emigrate from New York back to Sierra Leone.

On this day in 1961, the Jail Movement began in Rock Hill, South Carolina outside Charlotte, North Carolina, when students refused to pay fines and requested jail sentences.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Black History Every Day: February 5th

On this date in 1934, "Hammerin' Hank" Aaron was born.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Black History Every Day: February 4th

On this day (actually the event was held on the Sunday a year ago), Tony Dungey became the 1st Black NFL Football Coach to ever win a Super Bowl (the Indianapolis Colts).



A person whom I have heard, has never lived in the Apartments and hadn't been back to Kingsport from her New England home in many years, actually tried to argue with the guest speaker from Congressman David Davis' office about who was getting to move into the new housing. She actually interrupted him WHILE HE WAS SPEAKING to the audience, and mind you, this was not a public forum situation.. I later learned, she had an exchange during the demolition itself with another of our longtime residents, some of it personal.. The forum she was seeking about housing, had already been addressed at several public meetings with residents long ago, but Saturday, she came across as a rabble-rouser and, from the comments I have heard, embarrassed everyone at the gathering. Luckily, her interruption was cut off very quickly. I will use this
email to publically apologize to everyone who attended and was subjected to her outdated questions. Her outburst was apparently planned on her part, but not on ours, catching program organizers by complete surprise. To his credit, it did not phase Congressman Davis' representative one bit. He handled it well, and moved on quickly, as we all did. I will not dignify your Douglass website with further comment on her actions, nor will it be part of the video program when I post it soon. But I WILL be watching for things like that in the future.

I, like many others in our community, have apologized to Mr. Reynolds for the outburst, but I am using this method to PUBLICALLY apologize on behalf on all the Riverview Apartment residents, who already HAD the answer to the question the person interrupted him to ask.

10:30 AM

Friday, February 1, 2008

Black History Every Day: February 3rd

In 1920, the Negro Baseball League was formed.

Black History Every Day: February 2nd

In 1807, the U.S. Congress legally banned foreign slave trade.

On this date in 1776, George Washington answered letter from Phyllis Wheatley.