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10 Important reasons for reading

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-Reading is an active mental process: Unlike sitting in front of the idiot box (TV), reading makes you use your brain. While reading you would be forced to reason out many things which are unfamiliar to you. In this process you would use the grey cells of your brain to think and become smarter.
-Reading improves your vocabulary: Remember in elementary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get the same benefit from book reading. While reading books, especially challenging ones, you will find yourself exposed to many new words you wouldn’t be otherwise.
-Gives you a glimpse into other cultures and places of the world: How would you know about the life of people in Mexico if you don’t read about it? Reading gives you an insight into the diversity of ethnicity of people, their customs, their lifestyles etc. You become more aware about the different places and the code of conduct in those places.
Improves concentration and focus: It requires you to focus on what you are reading for long periods. Unlike magazines, Internet posts or e-Mails that might contain small chunks of information, books tell the whole story. Since you must concentrate in order to read, like a muscle, you will get better at concentration.
-Builds self-esteem: The more you read, the more knowledgeable you become. With more knowledge comes more confidence. More confidence builds self-esteem. So it’s a chain reaction. Since you are so well read, people look to you for answers. Your feelings about yourself can only get better.
-Improves memory: Many studies show if you don’t use your memory, you lose it. Crossword puzzles are an example of a word game that staves off Alzheimer’s. Reading, although not a game, helps you stretch your memory muscles in a similar way. Reading requires remembering details, facts and figures and in literature, plot lines, themes and characters.
-Improves your discipline: Making time to read is something we all know we should do, but who schedules book reading time every day? Very few… That’s why adding book reading to your daily schedule and sticking to it, improves discipline.
-Improves creativity: Reading about diversity of life and exposing yourself to new ideas and more information helps to develop the creative side of the brain as it imbibes innovation into your thinking process.
-You always have something to talk about: Have you ever found yourself in an embarrassing situation where you didn’t have anything to talk about? Did you hate yourself for making a fool of yourself? Do you want a remedy for this? It’s simple. Start reading. Reading widens your horizon of information. You’ll always have something to talk about. You can discuss various plots in the novels you read, you can discuss the stuff you are learning in the business books you are reading as well. The possibilities of sharing become endless.
-Reduces boredom: One of the rules I have is if I am feeling bored, I will pick up a book and start reading. What I’ve found by sticking to this is that I become interested in the book’s subject and stop being bored. I mean, if you’re bored anyway, you might as well be reading a good book, right?
If you want to break the monotony of a lazy, uncreative and boring life, go and grab an interesting book. Turn the pages to explore a new world filled with information and ingenuity.

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Charles O. Parks Jr.

Parks, Charles O., Jr.
Age 68
Preceded in death by parents, Charles O. Parks, Sr., and Mary G. Parks. Survived by wife, Vickey Parks; son, Charles O. Parks, III, Omaha; daughter, Mulana Parks, Greensboro, NC; 2 sisters, Cheryl (Allen) Butler, Washington, DC, Carole (Charlie) Samples, Omaha; special friend, James G. (Lula) Brown, Omaha; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives. VIEWING 9am-12 noon Friday at mortuary. SERVICES 1pm Friday at Malcolm X Center, 3448 Evans St. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery. THOMAS FUNERAL HOME
3920 N. 24th St. 402-453-7111

Malcolm X Foundation

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, in concert with the local, national and international supporters of El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, endeavors to perpetuate his uncompromising leadership and contributions towards social justice.

 

The Foundation

The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is governed by an eleven member board of directors who are sustaining foundation members and dedicated to the foundation’s mission.  None are compensated monetarily.  Volunteers augment the board by staffing program committees.

 

As trustees of the unique birthplace memorial dedicated to Malcolm X, the foundation develops programmatic empowerment initiatives, cultural competency, as well as continued long term physical development of the Malcolm X birthplace infrastructure.

 

Programs

  • Harambee Afrikan Cultural Organization
  • Parent University Program
  • Shabazz Community Garden
  • Camp Akili Summer Camps
  • African Renaissance Festival
  • Youth Entrepreneurship
  • Omowale Language and Cultural Program
  • Ujima Projects
  • Annual Book Drive

We Want Your Support

The Malcolm X Foundation is ready to do it and do it BIG. We are poised to change the plagues of our society. We need people on board. Lots of people. Workers and Volunteers. Cheerleaders. Soldiers. Mouth pieces. Heavy Hitters. Donors (large and small). Celebrities. Icons. Everyday folks. You especially. I need tons of people showing support. For one, I need to know that I’m not alone on this. I want to look around a see a Verizon Network type support.

Showing up at the door step or corporate desk of folks that have the $$$ to help, with a Verizon Network list of supporters gives my voice validity. It’s proof that I’m not just some random guy walking in. What will you do to help?  You can call us at 1-800-645-9287.

Join Our Network of Supporters

Community Support

Supporters

We need you involved. On the basic level, we need to increase our membership base by getting out to the masses of supporters of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz nation wide and world wide.  Everyone, no matter where they are, can do this.  Especially YOU.

Memberships are just $25/person. We also have a donor brick campaign.  For a donation of $100 or greater, anyone can get a custom engraved paver placed on the birth place.  As a matter of fact, if you get your donation in before the end of April, yours can be among the first bricks placed near the Historical Marker!

We really need sustaining financial commitments also, such as $35/per month for 2 years or $1,200 a year for 5 years, etc. (Many do even a dollar a day.)  This allows us to plan for the long term.

Click the “Membership” and “Donor Form” buttons and join the network of supporters TODAY.

Timeline to Assassination

AP: A timeline of key dates leading up to the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X and the prosecution of the convicted killers:

 

— March 9, 1964: Once a leading spokesman for Elijah Muhammad’s Nation of Islam, Malcolm X announces that he is breaking with Elijah Muhammad’s Black Muslim group and organizing his own.

 

— Feb. 21, 1965: Malcolm X is assassinated at age 39 at the Audubon Ballroom in upper Manhattan. Talmadge Hayer, 23, also known as Thomas Hagan, is arrested at the scene after being shot in the leg by a bodyguard.

 

— Feb. 26, 1965: Norman 3x Butler, 26, is arrested in Malcolm X’s killing.

 

— March 3, 1965: Thomas 15x Johnson, 30, later known as Kahlil Islam, is arrested in the death of Malcolm X.

 

— March 10, 1965: Hagan, Butler and Johnson are indicted by a grand jury.

 

— Feb. 28, 1966: Hagan admits during the trial that he took part in the killing but insists that his two co-defendants are innocent.

 

— March 11, 1966: Hagan, Butler and Johnson are convicted of murder.

 

— April 14, 1966: Hagan, Butler and Johnson are sentenced to life in prison.

 

— December 6, 1977: Hagan files an affidavit stating that his two co-defendants are innocent, naming four other co-conspirators.

 

— June 1985: Butler is released on parole after serving almost 20 years in prison.

 

— 1987: Johnson is released on parole.

 

— Nov. 1992: Hagan’s request for early release from a New York prison is turned down.

 

— March 1998: After spending 19 years in prison for the Malcolm X slaying, Butler is appointed to help run the Harlem mosque where the civil rights leader once preached.

 

— March 3, 2010: The state of New York grants Hagan parole on his 17th try.

 

— April 27, 2010: Hagan is freed on parole.

Resolved to do More

We need people who are resolved to do more this year!

There are so many ways that people can help us. The question is really what are you able to do? What are our options for including you? Who else can you put us in contact with that can contribute? We may have a hard road ahead, but it doesn’t have to be a long one. (Doesn’t have to be hard either)

On the basic level, we need to increase our membership base by getting out to the masses of supporters of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz. Everyone, no matter where they are, can do this. Click Here for the fastest way.  Memberships are $25/person. We also have a donor brick campaign. A donation of $100 or more to us will get anyone a custom engraved paver on the birth place. We will place our first set by the Historical Marker this May.  So, now is a great time to get yours ordered. We need sustaining financial commitments such as $35/per month for 2 years or $1,200 a year for 5 years, etc. (Most do just a dollar a day).  Do this now by clicking here.

On the higher level, we need about $375,000 to build (or purchase) a building nearby so that we will have a permanent home facility to work out of, provide services from and raise money with.

Please!  Don’t read this blog, browse the site and then just click to the next thing, thinking to yourself. . . “I hope it works out for them”. Brainstorm! You know a whole lot of folks that we don’t. And if you really can’t help, find someone who can. Thanks!

Use the email link below or call us with your ideas at 1-800-645-9287.  Click HERE to support with whatever amount you can.

Malcolm X Project

When Malcolm was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, at the age of thirty-nine on February 21, 1965, he had been a prominent public figure for less than a decade. He had formerly been the national spokesperson of the Nation of Islam, a conservative Muslim sect that had little impact on mainstream American life. His new protest group based in Harlem, the Organization of Afro-American Unity, existed barely a year and had only several hundred members and supporters at the time of his death. For these reasons, many prominent black leaders felt that Malcolm X’s influence would quickly and quietly disappear. Only days after the assassination, Bayard Rustin, the architect of the 1963 March on Washington, D.C., wrote: “Now that he is dead, we must resist the temptation to idealize Malcolm X, to elevate charisma to greatness. Malcolm X is not a hero of the movement, he is a tragic victim of the ghetto…. White America, not the Negro people, will determine Malcolm’s role in history.” Political journalist Henry Lee Moon, editor of the NAACP’s publication The Crisis, declared in April 1965, that “Malcolm was an anachronism… vivid and articulate but, nevertheless, divorced from the mainstream of Negro American thought.”

A generation after his assassination, Malcolm X’s image and historical reputation have been profoundly transformed. Most historians of the black experience now rank Malcolm X among the half dozen most influential personalities in African-American history, an elite group that includes Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But unlike these other historical personalities, Malcolm X alone has become a genuine cultural icon to millions of young African Americans since the early 1990s. In a 1992 opinion poll conducted by the Gallup Organization and published in Newsweek, 57 percent of all African Americans polled agreed with the statement that Malcolm X should be considered “a hero for black Americans today.” Another 82 percent responded that Malcolm X symbolized a “strong black male.” Dozens of prominent performance artists within contemporary urban, “hip hop culture”, began to draw upon the words and image of Malcolm X in their work. Spike Lee’s powerful film depicting the life of Malcolm X brought this charismatic historical figure to an international audience. By the late 1990s, almost three million copies of The Autobiography of Malcolm X had been sold worldwide. In 1999, Time magazine selected The Autobiography as one of the top ten nonfiction works of the twentieth century, placing it with classics such as The Diary of Anne Frank.

One can “construct” a wide variety of “Malcolm’s”: the frightened young Negro boy named Malcolm Little who was separated from his family and placed in foster homes in Michigan; the streetwise, zoot-suited hustler nicknamed “Detroit Red”; the angry incarcerated convict called “Satan” by fellow prisoners and prisons guards alike; the conservative, racial separatist Malcolm X, national spokesperson for the Nation of Islam; the Sunni Muslim named El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; the revolutionary internationalist Malcolm X, speaking before the Organization of African Unity in 1964; and the loving husband and father figure. There is also the “life after death” of Malcolm X: the Malcolm of the Black Power movement and the Black Panther Party; the Malcolm represented by black playwrights, poets and novelists; Spike Lee’s Malcolm-as-Denzel Washington; and the hip hop culture’s expropriation of Malcolm. Part of the present difficulty in refocusing the actual political legacy and relevancy of Malcolm X to contemporary struggles is the confusion generated by much of the literature written about him since 1965.

Under the direction of Dr. Manning Marable and with the guidance of members of the Shabazz family, the Institute has launched the Malcolm X Project which principally includes the development of a multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, providing interactive electronic visual presentations of Malcolm X’s writings, historical documents and speeches, media & film clippings of Malcolm X, and interviews with historians of the period; a Malcolm X – Dr. Betty Shabazz Oral History Project, which would record interviews with their surviving siblings and close relatives, prominent civil rights, labor, business and community leaders from Harlem and throughout black America; the Malcolm X Papers Project that would compile and organize the full range of Malcolm X’s correspondence, speeches, interviews, unpublished writings, and related materials, which would be published in several edited volumes, and a comprehensive biography of the subject; and an annual symposium at Columbia University on the thought and legacy of Malcolm X, bringing international scholars, writers and artists to celebrate and examine his life and contemporary legacy.

 

Source: http://www.manningmarable.net/

Carlos Carr Letter

To all who worked so hard to bring Black August to Omaha,

I wish to give you my sincere thank you for your hard work and dedication to make this event happen.
You were very successful on many things:
1. You came together and planned this event with good content and use of local talent.
2. The event happen.
3. The entertainment was great and positive.
4. You learned from the things that did not go well. Food vendors, audience, set up, and I am sure other thing you will discuss among yourselves.

Success can be measured on many different planes and trust me you were very successful in pulling off this event.

I am convince that young Blacks like you who understand our history, culture and struggle are best qualified to lead your and future generations out of mental slavery. But I encourage you to get with the elders of the community to listen and learn from them as a part your continuing growth.
I personally have done this with Marshall Taylor, Vickie Parks, Rev. Menyweather-Woods, Idu Maduli and others. I chose to do this after my attempt for a community wide Kwanzaa program last year which had success on the same level as your Black August event. So I have learned the following:

1. Bring the right people to the table to plan future event and stay open minded. We need to get Idu Maduli, Roy Davenport, Reggie Clark, Lizabet, Nebraska, Last Few, Kenny Walker and other talents to the table to create a united front for several reasons which I will get to in a moment.
2. We need to build a war chest, bring in money so we can stop begging others to invest in something they do not understand or do not care to understand. We can do this by doing local shows together as a group and building a following. We also need to get out of the capitalist mind set of making money for a few and start making money to meet our objective.
3. We need to build our own communication network and learn from corporate advertisers. Repeated messages, repeated messages, repeated messages. We can accomplish this in several ways, pooling our resources and using our email list to support each other’s events, Blog talk radio, and development a show which can be aired on channel 22 in a very professional format which includes,education, entertainment, community news, and National Black news. Working with OPS to get access to the middle and high schools to do educational work shops, performances and development of young minds and talents. One way of doing this is to get involved in the Greeters program with the Empowerment Network. Create a street network similar to the drug network, and bootleg DVDs, and CDS but for your music and poems. Create the network with like minded individuals, sell cheap until the idea catches on. Mean while we are doing local performances, teaching in OPS, developing our communication network and doing the major holidays Juneteenth, Kwanzaa, Black History Month, Native Omaha Days and others events. I strongly suggest we that advantage of Versatile Entertainment to do all recording and CD’s. This will help us create the volume to produce CDs and drive down the cost. The goal being to build a empire of our own but not to get rich but to serve the educational, and cultural development of our youth. Trust me if we meet the need the money will come.
4. Develop a covenant or contract with all involved so can we make some money and build our funds for our communications network. WE can work that out once we get everyone to the table. A deal like 50% of revenue goes to the entertainers and 50 %  to build our communications network would be ideal. If we are constantly doing local shows and programs you will be surprise how the funds for both you and organization will start to build up. We have to take over our young peoples minds with the music, poems and development/control of our own local media. I suggest the format Roy Davenport is doing but let’s help him build it to a higher level of success.
5. Maintain your current employment as you need to feed your families and when you can not it will change your way of thinking. Volunteerism at first is the way to go until this thing builds up.

Please everyone consider this and give me a call do not respond with an email I need to hear your voice. Contact me directly at 572-5274 home or 312-8515 cell both phone has voice mail. I will respond back when I get your message.

All praise to the most high
Hotep

Carlos Carr Sr