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Hello On-line family and friends: How are you and your family; and how was your week? We hope all is well with you and yours, and your week was wonderful.
Ahh, Awesome April...it’s a treasure trove of loveliness with the blooming flowers and trees; the greenery (symbolization of new growth and new life) around me is exquisite. Excluding the cold days/nights and the pollen; it’s been sweet, especially with the many exciting festivals and events taking place in our area.
Even though with all this loveliness; personally, I have been feeling a bit “edgy” with all the goings on with the Trayvon Martin homicide. And one would think I would have been euphoric with the Florida States Attorney decision to charge Trayvon’s killer (Zimmerman) with 2nd degree murder, as well as issuing a warrant for Zimmerman’s arrest; but the edginess has not disappeared. Instead it lingers on; simply because I know the arrest and charge is only the beginning of a long and difficult road to obtaining justice for Trayvon. At this point we have got to keep an open mind; plus hope, and pray that justice will be served in the end. (After the case is tried in a court of law, and a proper and just decision is made.)
JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN!
This week too was pretty bizarre due to receiving calls, texts, and e-mails regarding articles written by local newspapers; as well as news reports on local television stations announcing DC Caribbean Carnival being canceled for this year 2012 [Perhaps...Maybe, etc.]. CLICK HERE TO READ (Article entitled: 2012 D.C. Caribbean Carnival In Doubt - Courtesy of the Washington Post.) Check out also the Washington City Paper Article and comments (Article entitled: "Parade's Off: Caribbean Day Short on Cash, Forced to Cancel" by CLICKING HERE - (Courtesy of/Posted by: Lydia DePillis on Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm)
Most have been interested in finding out what my thoughts are on this situation; however, as I stated to the Executive Director of the event (recently, when asked) I have no thoughts [that I care to share] regarding what have been going on with the event. In fact, “I don’t give a darn!” Understand me clearly; I do care deeply about my culture, and Carnival is a part of my culture…yes...I absolutely love Carnival. But I have been ridiculed, threatened, hated, simply scorned for expressing my distaste and disgust with the management of the Carnival some years ago (while I was a part of the organizing committee.) [For merely talking the truth, and expressing openly some of the incredible madness I experienced and witnessed.] Without a doubt what has been transpiring is certainly distressing; but my heart has hardened, and I just cannot bring myself to comment (at least not at this time.)
I must admit though, from all the reports and discussions with individual members of the Organizing Committee, it seems grim that the Carnival will take place (well...at this point.) Hum, let me rephrase this statement “it does not seem likely that a quality, well organized, and successful Carnival will happen in Washington DC this year.” Of course, Organizers are trying to make it so; but with NOT knowing how they will settle their financial debts for previous Carnivals; things are looking pretty grim.
Some weeks ago, while discussing with friends and associates the fact that folks were hearing very little about DC Caribbean Carnival taking place; my husband "Todd" came up with a nice idea that I fully agree with. His idea was simple, and one that is plausible [if the Carnival is not able to take place in Washington DC;] he felt the logical solution is that the Baltimore Maryland Caribbean Carnival and Washington DC Caribbean Carnival should/need to team up and produce one great big successful event. Similar to what is being done between the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Carnivals. After all, it has been openly shared with the community that Baltimore Carnival has some financial matters lingering "over their heads;" therefore, they too are having some financial problems. The question I am posing here is why not? The union might be a good one! Hum...the Carnivals for some years have taken place 2 weeks apart, and the distance between both cities/states is approximately 35 miles. Hummmmm!
Some of the positives Todd pointed out during this discussion regarding this union is: (1) Baltimore Carnival has a great location (a fantastic park); (2) a nice route; (3) many ways to generating profit for the event through (a) liquor sales, (b) sponsorships, (c) parking fees, (d) vending, (e) concerts, etc. Most importantly, the cost to produce the Carnival in Baltimore is substantially lower (especially the city services;) and the positive support from the state and the city would be a huge plus. And the list of positives regarding this union goes on and on and on. Now it’s only up to the different parties involved with the Washington DC and Baltimore Caribbean Carnivals to come together and make this happen IN BALTIMORE. The next important question is: can they do it; can they put their egos aside and come together to keep our culture alive? Nevertheless, I/we feel this is a good way for both events to stay alive and prosper...a good way to continue exposing the culture; plus keep it, and the Carnivals thriving in the Washington DC/Maryland Metropolitan area. Gee, we are so hopeful that the key individuals/parties we’ve shared this with will jump on it; so that the Culture continues to stay alive in the National Capital Region.
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LOL, let me stop with my “yapping” and move on! Now that the weekend is upon us, I need to remind you about all the exciting things happening this weekend and during next week. First and Foremost the Cherry Blossom Parade takes place today – April 14, 2012.
On Saturday, April 14th on Constitution Avenue between 7th and 17th Streets from 10:00am - 12:30pm, and it’s FREE to view along the parade route. If by chance you want to be seated in the grandstand there is a $20.00 fee per person. Additionally, the parade will be televised live April 14th on ABC 7/WJLA-TV.
Click here to see the schedule of events, performances, exhibits, etc. or CLICK HERE for the Official 2012 Festival Guide. For this weekend's events: CLICK HERE.
Saturday Night - April 14, 2012 two big events will be taking place in Maryland. I have listed the details on both below, via their Flyers.
Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland is the Trinidad and Tobago Working Women's Committee Annual Student Scholarship Awards. We were alerted of a change: The door opens at 7:30 pm, and the program starts at 8:00 pm. CLICK ON THE FLYER FOR DETAILS.
In Baltimore: The Caribbean American Carnival Association of Baltimore is holding their 8th Annual Ambassadors Ball and Scholarship Award Banquet. CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO VIEW ALL THE DETAILS.
Monday, April 16, 2012 - "Emancipation Day" is observed. I have shared the importance of this special day/celebration below [as I do every year.]
"Emancipation Day" [The celebration of the liberation of African Slaves] --- The day the 16th President of the United States Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act in the year 1862. The Act was for “the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia.” Approximately 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia was freed; making DC residents the “first freed” by the Federal Government nine months before President Lincoln issued the “Emancipation Proclamation” – freeing the slaves in the Confederate States.
In 2005, "Emancipation Day" was made an official public holiday in the District of Columbia. On this holiday many celebrate by producing and attending a variety of functions which are aimed to educate a broad spectrum of people about the history; particularly the history of “slavery.” Additionally, the African origin of the slaves and racial issues in modern American society is closely examined. Other activities and events many attend are: laying of wreaths, public discussions, exhibitions, parades, the presentation of historic documents, and even concerts and poetry readings.
There are quite a number of events planned for this years' celebration here in Washington DC - CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE, AND GET DETAILS OF THE EVENTS. The Emancipation Day Parade takes place on the 16th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between Third Street and 14th Street in Washington DC; and the Emancipation Day Street Festival and Fireworks
is from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Freedom Plaza, E Street NW between 13th and 14th streets, Washington DC.
Below is a timeline; in fact a historic overview of Washington DC Emancipation Day. (Courtesy of the District of Columbia Government-Office of the Secretary)
- April 16, 1862 marks the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia with the Compensated Emancipation Act
- July 12, 1862, the Supplemental Compensated Emancipation Act was signed into law
- Over 3,000 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia were freed nine months before Lincoln issued his famous Emancipation Proclamation
- The District of Columbia is the only jurisdiction in the United States to have compensated slave owners for freeing enslaved persons
- A commission was appointed to appraise the value of each slave
- An average of $300 was paid to slaveholders, as compensation for freeing enslaved persons
- Claims for compensation were required to be presented in 90 days from the passage of the Compensated Emancipation Act
- Nearly $1 million in federal payments were made for the freedom of enslaved persons
- The African-American community celebrated Emancipation Day on April 19, 1866 as represented on a wood engraving sketch by F. Dielman
- On April 16, 1883, Frederick Douglass spoke at the Emancipation Day celebration
- The African-American community has a long history of Emancipation Day celebrations with parades and festivals
- From 1862 to the early 1900s, the Emancipation Day celebration was more important to the African-American community than Fourth of July, Christmas, and New Year’s festivities.
Observe Emancipation Day This Year 2012
Additionally, the 16th of April is the anniversary of the date Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famous "Birmingham Letter." Dr. King wrote this letter 49 years ago on April 16, 1963, while he was jailed in Alabama; after being arrested along with fifty-three blacks for marching into downtown Birmingham to protest the existing segregation laws.
Dr. King’s letter was a response to eight Clergyman from Alabama who made statements regarding Dr. King’s activities; which stated his activities were “unwise and untimely”. I have added below this historic/famous letter. Please note this document/letter has become one of the fundamental arguments in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as historic.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter From Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
MY DEAR FELLOW CLERGYMEN:
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities "unwise and untimely." Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statements in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.
I think I should indicate why I am here In Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against "outsiders coming in." I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty-five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct-action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here I am here because I have organizational ties here.
But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I. compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.
THE ABOVE IS ONLY A PORTION OF THE LETTER, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THIS IMPORTANT LETTER IN ITS ENTIRETY (Courtesy of The African Studies Center - University of Pennsylvania)
On Tuesday, April 17th - our Taxes are due. And I must admit I truly dislike this day. This year instead of our taxes being postmarked or electronically filed by midnight on April 15th, we are ALLOWED TO file them by midnight on the 17th (postmarked or electronically;) due to the 15th falling on a Sunday (a weekend day); and the 16th being a holiday in the District of Columbia (Emancipation Day Observance.)
The law states the due date for the filing of your Tax returns cannot (legally) fall on a weekend (either Saturday or Sunday, nor on a holiday.) Hence, the moving forward of the Income tax deadline to the next business day – making the deadline date for this year: Tuesday April 17th, 2012.
You can just imagine how pleased I am to have these additional days, in which I can file my taxes; hope you are too. For those of you who are like me (quite frequently being late every year with taxes,) “get to cracking” on preparing you income tax return and PLEASE FILE THEM ON TIME! LOL, I absolutely intend to heed my own words!!!
DC Film Festival began on April 12th and continues until April 22; therefore this is taking place during this week as well. Click on to our ""EVENTS" " Page for 2 important films showing in Washington DC during this week. (1) Marley - A Film by Kevin McDonald-April 16th ; and (2) A Documentary of Calypso Rose "Calypso Rose The Lioness of The Jungle"-April 18th & 19th For more details and films showing log on to the Film Fest site by CLICKING HERE .
On Thursday, April 19th - The University of the District of Columbia presents "International Business Diplomacy" from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm in Building 41-A03, UDC, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC. Featured Speaker is: H.E. Dr. Neil Parsan, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago the United States & Permanent Representative to the OAS. For additional Information contact 202-274-5933.
In closure I must remind you that this month - April is National Child Abuse Prevention month---It is a Time to increase public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children; and a time to recognize that each and every one of us can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children in our communities.
Todd recently brought to my attention an article he came across regarding a story out of Trinidad of a 2 year old baby girl that died tragically due to being abused. It was first reported that she was physically and sexually abused; but I understand - per the results of the autopsy it was discovered the child was NOT sexually abused. Nevertheless, the child died tragically by the hands of someone (most likely a parent) who physically abused her (brutally.) And it hurts my heart that anyone could abuse an innocent and sweet child. Read this important article by Clicking Here! Sadly, there are quite a few more sad stories like this coming out of my country; and also around the world. WE MUST BRING AWARENESS TO CHILD ABUSE, AND PUT A STOP TO ALL OF IT!
Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action 2012 Resource Guide supports service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. It focuses on the six protective factors, which have been proven to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect, and provides tools and strategies to integrate the factors into existing programs and systems. CLICK HERE FOR THE RESOURCE GUIDE, AND TO LEARN MORE.
The Children 's Bureau and Office on Child's Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) is holding its 18th annual conference in Washington DC from April 16-20. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS.
Please love, adore, cherish teach and protect your children; remember they are our future.
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