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The two new panels we want to add to the exhibit carry more weight than the others.
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Mass incarceration makes the United States not as good as it could be and we need to do something about it. When President Obama addressed the NAACP’s 106th national convention in Philadelphia, he laid out the reasons to reform America’s criminal justice system and to invest in our communities while expanding opportunities for all citizens.
According to an AARP survey, nearly 90% of those over age 65 want to stay in their homes for as long as possible. But those who want to stay put as they grow older, "need to have a plan—and a support system—in place that allows them to stay in their community, ideally in their home, as long as possible, and to ensure that they’re living safely and independently," explains Suzanne Schmitt, vice president for family engagement at Fidelity.
Here are five things that aging singles or couples—and their children, other family members, or caregivers—should keep in mind when assessing the living situation.
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I don’t own a single Adele song, never downloaded one, nor have I fully listened to any song. They make me sad. However, it’s not her singing, the music, or the lyrics that make me feel that way. It’s that she reminds me of the late songstress Phyllis Hyman (July 6, 1949 – June 30, 1995) and after reading a TIME article on her, I know why.
“She studied Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole . . .” says Ryan Tedder, who wrote two songs with Adele on her album, “21.” Furthermore, she says Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keys, and Etta James inspired her. Adele’s relatable biography includes being raised by a single-mother in a working class neighborhood and she has a child with her long-term male partner.
The planning conference for the Movement of Free Iraqis – the first organization of its kind to defend the rights of Iraqis of African origin in Iraq and the Middle East – was in 2009 and it was held directly after Barack Obama’s victory in the US Presidential elections. During that conference, we formulated our founding principles and announced the names of board members – this included two women board members
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Thanks for FULLY funding most of the Port Of Harlem Gambian Education Partnership (POHGEP) programs. However, when the calendar and tax year came to a close, we needed only $100. Yes, only $100 to complete two more panels to add to the West Africans in Early America exhibit. And, we needed only $120 to fully fund our general operations for 2016.
The two new panels we want to add to the exhibit carry more weight than the other six we have completed as we hear and witness more Islamphobia. The next two panels are for two of our ancestors whose Islamic heritage is well documented. Here are their stories that we would like to share as we educate Americans and Senegambians (Senegalese / Gambians) about our shared heritage.
Hajji Omar Ibn Sayyid (1770 – 1864)
Omar ibn Sayyid was a writer and Islamic scholar born in present day Futa Toro, Senegal. Educated in Bundu, he later made pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajji) before being enslaved in 1807 and sold in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.
Although Sayyid converted to Christianity around 1820, many modern scholars believe he continued to be a practicing Muslim, based on dedications to Muhammad written in his Bible.
While enslaved, he wrote a series of works on history, theology and, in 1831, his autobiography. He also wrote fourteen letters in Arabic.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill houses some of his writings. Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina has archived his letters.
Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (Job ben Solomon) (1701-1773)
Born in Bundu, Senegal, into a family of Muslim clerics, Ayuba Suleiman Diallo was enslaved around 1730 and sent to Annapolis, Maryland, USA. via Saint James (Kunte Kinte) Island. A chance meeting with a lawyer, who was impressed with his knowledge of Arabic, led to a series of events that landed him in England.
In England, he mixed with high society, bought out of slavery by public subscription, was inducted into the Gentleman's Society of Spalding, and wrote his memoirs. For anti-slavery advocates, he served as a talking point.
William Hoare of Bath painted his portrait in 1733, which now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Diallo sailed to Gambia in 1734 and eventually returned to Bundu. He had two wives and several children.
Note from the (Gambia) Director General National Centre for Arts and Culture
Seasons greetings and I am wishing you the best for 2016. I just saw your post in the newsletter asking for donations for the new additions to the exhibit. They were quite interesting and exciting characters. I look forward to adding them to what we have.
Thanks again for the good work for Gambia.
Regards Baba Ceesay
National Centre for Arts and Culture
Independence Drive PMB 151 Banjul,The Gambia
Tel(Office) +220 8906759
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