“LIFE”

In life we play by the rules and regulations that may have been set before us by parents, grandparents or society. However when did we stop to see if that was good for self.

What may have worked for them may or may not work for you. If that is so and it is not working, then what you can do is re-design that which they gave you or design what you know is right for you. Either way seek GOD before you do so as to make sure you are not wasting your time.

We sometimes continue a tradition as that is what you think should be done, but why not have your own tradition. Since the passing of my mother I have not been one to celebrate the holidays much. However I told my good friend the other day that a change is about to take place and those holidays are about to come back to life for me.

I am tweaking what I know I need to do so that when I start it up it will be done right. One thing is to make sure you leave lasting memories for your children and grandchildren as well as others that you meet along the way.

If you are just existing, trying to fit in, or whatever that is not right then it is time to say enough is enough I must do what I’m to be doing for me and all else will fall into place with God’s help. AMEN

Remember, you only have one life so don’t let it go to waste and wait to long to enjoy it. No matter what age you are it is time to LIVE LOVE LAUGH if you have not been doing it. If you have continue like never before. LIVE as it is your last moment. GOD loves you and he wants nothing more than what’s best for you. AMEN

LIFE is not about where you are going however it is about the journey you will be on going there…..GOD has you. Get out of your own way and live LIFE.

God Bless You Much Love Pastor Clara L. Peters

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Ruby Bridges

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Ruby Nell Bridges was born on September 8, 1954, in Tylertown, Mississippi. She grew up on the farm her parents and grandparent, whom sharecropped in Mississippi. When she was 4 years old when her parents, Abon and Lucille Bridges, moved to New Orleans looking for a better life. Her father got a job as a gas station attendant and her mother took night jobs to help support their growing family. Ruby had two younger brothers and a younger sister.

Ruby Bridges was born the same year the Supreme Court’s decision desegregating the schools, Brown v. Board of Education. When Ruby was in kindergarten, she was one of many African-American students in New Orleans who were chosen to take a test determining whether or not she could attend a white school. It is said the test was written to be especially difficult so that students would have a hard time passing. The idea was that if all the African-American children failed the test, New Orleans schools might be able to stay segregated for a while longer. Ruby lived only five blocks from an all-white school, but attended kindergarten several miles away, at an all-black segregated school.

Her parents had different views on her taking the test. Her father believed that if she passed there would be trouble if she was allowed to attend the all white school. Her mother, pressed the issue as she believed that Ruby will receive a better education by attending the all white school. Her father said yes to her taking the test at her mothers pressing the fact of a better education.

The NAACP informed Ruby’s parents in 1960 that she was one of only six African-American students to pass the test. Ruby was the only black student to attend the William Frantz School, as well as the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South.

The federal district court judge requested that the U.S. Government send federal marshals to protect the children in New Orleans. The federal marshals drove Ruby and her mother five blocks to her new school on November 14, 1960. She was given specific rules as the get out and walk into the school.When the first day of school rolled around in September, Ruby was still at her old school. She spent the entire day in the principals office as the whites was furious. The white parents kept their children home, this caused there to be no school basically.

There was only one teacher, Barbara Henry, a new teacher had agreed to teach Ruby. “Mrs. Henry,” as Ruby calls her. Ruby was the only student in Henry’s class, it was just the two of them for a whole year. Mrs. Henry also helped her with dealing with being ostracized by the whites.

She was confronted with racism, threaten by a woman to poison her, yet her mother encouraged her to pray daily as she entered the school. Federal marshal Charles Burks, one of her escorts said many years later, with pride that Ruby showed courage. He stated that she never cried or whimpered.

Her father lost his job at the filling station, and her grandparents were sent off the land they had sharecropped for over 25 years. Yet there were some whites and of course blacks that supported them.

Ruby went on to finished grade school and graduated from the integrated Francis T. Nicholls High School in New Orleans. After graduating from high school, Ruby then studied travel and tourism at the Kansas City business school. She worked for American Express as a world travel agent. Ruby married Malcolm Hall in 1984 in New Orleans, she eventually became a full-time parent to their four sons.

In 1993 she had to go back to the school, it was hard yet she had to. She was reunited years later in 1995 on the Oprah Winfrey Show with Mrs. Henry. She had to become a laision at the school due to her experience and her reconnection with influential people in her past.

In 1999, Ruby formed the Ruby Bridges Foundation, headquartered in New Orleans. The foundation promotes the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences. Through education and inspiration, the foundation seeks to end racism and prejudice. As its motto goes, “Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.” In 2007, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis unveiled a new exhibition documenting her life.

First Black Pro Golfer Charles Sifford

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Born on June 2, 1922, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Charles Sifford developed a passion for golf, going on to win multiple championships and challenging the Professional Golf Association’s whites-only rule. Sifford succeeded in desegregating the organization no matter the harassment and death threats, and was a contender in the PGA tours. He wrote the 1992 autobiography Let Me Play, he died on February 3, 2015, at age 92.

He was considered the Jackie Robinson of golf, Charlie Sifford broke the game’s stringent color barrier in 1961 by becoming the first black to compete on the PGA tour. His early exposure to golf came while working as a caddie where he earned 60 cents a day.

He was a very quick learner, by the age of 13 he could shoot par. He realized then that he wanted to to play golf as a living.

It took a few years, yet in 1967 Charles Sifford made history again when he won the Greater Hartford Open the first fully sanctioned PGA event that was won by an African American. Two years later he raised another trophy when he took home the top score at the 1969 Los Angeles Open.

Mr. Sifford helped pave the way for future African-American golfers including Lee Elder, the first black to play the Masters in 1975; Calvin Peete, who notched 12 PGA victories, The Players Championship; and Tiger Woods.

Mr. Sifford’s autobiography, Just Let Me Play, was published in 1992. President Obama presented the trailblazing athlete with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

Carter G Woodson, Father of Black History

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Carter G. Woodson was born in 1875 in New Canton, Virginia. One of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard, Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution. He also wrote many historical works, including the 1933 book The Mis-Education of the Negro. He died in 1950.

EARLY LIFE

Carter Godwin Woodson was born on 1875 in New Canton, Virginia to Anna Eliza and James Woodson. The first son of nine children, the young Woodson worked as a sharecropper and a miner to help his family. He began high school in his late teens and proved to be an excellent student, completing a four-year course of study in less than two years.

After attending Berea College in Kentucky, Woodson worked for the U.S. government as an education superintendent in the Philippines and undertook more travels before returning to the U.S. Woodson then earned his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Chicago and went on to receive a doctorate from Harvard University in 1912—becoming the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from the prestigious institution, after W.E.B. Du Bois. After finishing his education, Woodson dedicated himself to the field of African-American history, working to make sure that the subject was taught in schools and studied by scholars. For his efforts, Woodson is often known as the “Father of Black History.”

WRITING ‘MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO’

In 1915, Woodson helped found the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (which later became the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History), which had the goal of placing African-American historical contributions front and center. The next year he established the Journal of Negro History, a scholarly publication.

Woodson also formed the African-American-owned Associated Publishers Press in 1921 and would go on to write more than a dozen books over the years, including A Century of Negro Migration (1918), The History of the Negro Church (1921), The Negro in Our History (1922) and Mis-Education of the Negro (1933). Mis-Education—with its focus on the Western indoctrination system and African-American self-empowerment—is a particularly noted work and has become regularly course adopted by college institutions.

In addition to his writing pursuits, Woodson also worked in a number of educational positions, serving as a principal for Washington, D.C.’s Armstrong Manual Training School before working as a college dean at Howard University and the West Virginia Collegiate Institute.

CREATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Woodson lobbied schools and organizations to participate in a special program to encourage the study of African-American history, which began in February 1926 with Negro History Week. The program was later expanded and renamed Black History Month. (Woodson had chosen February for the initial weeklong celebration to honor the birth months of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln.)

To help teachers with African-American studies, Woodson later created the Negro History Bulletin in 1937 and also penned literature for elementary and secondary school students.

Woodson died on April 3, 1950, a respected and honored figure who received accolades for his vision. His legacy continues on, with Black History Month being a national cultural force recognized by a variety of media formats, organizations and educational institutions.