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YOU CAN HELP ABPAFS HELP A KATRINA FAMILY!!
Bryan King, an African American fourth-year
Uof M medical student, grew up in Ninth Ward New Orleans.
Bryan is a young man of whom we may all be proud.
Bryan and his family have lost their home and all their belongings--everything
destroyed, nothing can be salvaged. Bryan was with his
family at the end of August and
early September, and organized their evacuation. Their
neighborhood, which had never flooded in the 20 years they
lived there, may be returned "to nature" rather than
rebuilt, and the family now feels that God is directing them
away from New Orleans for
good; they are moving to Ann Arbor with Bryan on October 29th.
The family includes Bryan's mother, father, (wheelchair-bound,
disabled--while on active duty--veteran) older brother, and
college-student sister. Mr. King sorts mail for the
U.S. Postal Service, and is putting in for a transfer to Ann
When they arrive on October 29th,
they will need many things...
Uof M has offered a furnished townhouse or apartment for the
King family, rent-free
through June 2006. They have accepted an apartment in
Northwood, and need simple household goods, sheets, pillows,
towels, telephones, plates, flatware, pans and pans, etc.
YOU CAN HELP: The Kings will need everything
we all do, to set up house: linens, pots and pans, dishware
and silverware. Do you have unopened or new items that
you bought and then decided you couldn't use? Target,
or Meijers, or similar gift cards are great too!
They have only what they are wearing, which, of course, is
all summer clothing. So they
will need lots of warm clothes the minute they get to Michigan.
They will especially need warm sweaters, jackets, and coats.
Mom, 18 or XLarge;
Sister, Medium women's or large juniors.
YOU CAN HELP: Target, or Meijers, or similar
gift cards will help them get warm fast.
Mr. and Mrs. King were only 2 years away from retirement,
now all is lost. They are
going to need a community here in Ann Arbor, not just a place
to live. Are there ABPAFS
volunteers who will be interested in connecting with the Kings
after they move here, to reach out and let them know they're
You can donate toward a gift card by depositing
(they will take CASH TOO!!)
made out to
ABPAFS checking account
UM Credit Union.
If you have donations or other resources contact
call 764-7522 and
I will direct you to where your donation should go
You and your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers are
cordially invited to attend :
Living Room Theatre
Improv Comedy (spontaneous theatre made up on the spot - in
the tradition of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?")
Wednesday through Sunday, November 9 - 13 and 16 - 20 all
shows at 8:00 pm except Sundays at 3:00
Riverside Arts Center, 76 North Huron St., Ypsilanti
suggested donation of $10 at the door
All proceeds will go to the Washtenaw County Katrina Relief
Fund, which is providing emergency assistance to the over
250 individuals and families who have been evacuated to Washtenaw
County. This fund is managed by the Ann Arbor Area Community
Foundation in collaboration with Washtenaw County government
and social service agencies - and all donations will be matched
dollar for dollar up to $10,000 by the Jewish Foundation.
Below is the link to the Riverside Arts Center calendar
All shows will be suitable for a PG-13 audience.
This will be fun. Please come join us -- and help support
our area's newest residents.
Questions? Let me know --
thanks yet again,
Texas pastor electrocuted during baptism
Accident occurred when 33-year-old reached for a microphone
WACO, Texas - A pastor performing a baptism
was electrocuted inside his church Sunday morning after
adjusting a nearby microphone while standing in water, a
church employee said.
The Rev. Kyle Lake, 33, was stepping into
the baptistery as he reached out for the microphone, which
produced an electric shock, said University Baptist Church
community pastor Ben Dudley.
Water in a baptistery usually reaches above
the waist, said Byron Weathersbee, interim university chaplain
at Baylor University.
Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement
the complete Obituary Program
She was born Rosa
Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, 1913.
Her marriage to Raymond Parks lasted from 1932 until his
death in 1977.
Parks' father, James McCauley, was a
carpenter, and her mother, Leona Edwards McCauley, a teacher.
Before her arrest in 1955, Parks was
active in the voter registration movement and with the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,
where she also worked as a secretary in 1943.
At the time of her arrest, Parks was
42 and on her way home from work as a seamstress.
She took a seat in the front of the black
section of a city bus in Montgomery. The bus filled up
and the bus driver demanded that she move so a white male
passenger could have her seat.
"The driver wanted us to stand up,
the four of us. We didn't move at the beginning, but he
says, 'Let me have these seats.' And the other three people
moved, but I didn't," she once said.
When Parks refused to give up her seat,
a police officer arrested her.
As the officer took her away, she recalled
that she asked, "Why do you push us around?"
The officer's response: "I don't
know, but the law's the law, and you're under arrest."
She added, "I only knew that, as
I was being arrested, that it was the very last time that
I would ever ride in humiliation of this kind."
Four days later, Parks was convicted
of disorderly conduct and fined $14.
That same day, a group of blacks founded
the Montgomery Improvement Association and named King,
the young pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, as its
leader, and the bus boycott began.
For the next 381 days, blacks -- who
according to Time magazine had comprised two-thirds of
Montgomery bus riders -- boycotted public transportation
to protest Parks' arrest and in turn the city's Jim Crow
Black people walked, rode taxis and used
carpools in an effort that severely damaged the transit
The mass movement marked one of the largest
and most successful challenges of segregation and helped
catapult King to the forefront of the civil rights movement.
The boycott ended on November 13, 1956,
after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling
that Montgomery's segregated bus service was unconstitutional.
Parks' act of defiance came one year
after the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education
decision that led to the end of racial segregation in
Laurent Dubois, a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's
Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History, has won this
year's $25,000 Frederick Douglass Book Prize from the Gilder
Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and
Abolition at Yale for his book A Colony of Citizens:
Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean,
1787-1804 (Published for the Omohundro Institute
of Early American History and Culture by the University
of North Carolina Press)
Tiffany Herard (Africana Studies, U-M Flint) White Welfare
Queens and other Horrors: A Genealogy of Visual Culture, Race,
and Gender in South Africa in the Work of Boonzaier, Ballen, and
Van Niekerk Africa Workshop 6 p.m. (4701 HH)
BLACK INDIAN WEEK:
Movie Night 8 p.m. Trotter House (co-sponsored with the Native
American Students Association)
*****African Dance Night******
8pm-11pm, U-Club, Michigan Union
(8-9pm: we will be teaching dance moves to those interested)
Come and dance to the sounds of various African artists - take
that much needed study break - (sponsored by the African Student
BLACK INDIAN WEEK:
Genealogy Workshop 2 p.m. Trotter House
(CAAS/English) booksigning for Belabored Professions: Narratives
of African American Working Womanhood. 4:00 pm, Shaman Drum Bookshop
According to nineteenth-century racial uplift ideology, African
American women served their race best as reformers and activists,
or as "doers of the word." In Belabored Professions,
Xiomara Santamarina examines the autobiographies of four women
who diverged from that ideal and defended the legitimacy of their
self-supporting wage labor.
Santamarina focuses on The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, Eliza
Potter's A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life, Harriet Wilson's
Our Nig, and Elizabeth Keckley's Behind the Scenes. She argues
that beyond black reformers' calls for abolitionist work, these
former slaves and freeborn black women wrote about their own overlooked
or disparaged work as socially and culturally valuable to the
nation. They promoted the status of wage labor as a mark of self-reliance
and civic virtue when many viewed African American working women
as "drudges." As Santamarina demonstrates, these texts
offer modern readers new perspectives on the emergence of the
vital African American autobiographical tradition, dramatizing
the degree to which black working women participated in and shaped
American rhetorics of labor, race, and femininity.
BLACK INDIAN WEEK:
Tiya Miles (CAAS/AC) presents a lecture on Black Indian History
6 p.m. Ambatana Lounge, South Quad
BLACK INDIAN WEEK:
Martha Redbone Concert 8:30 p.m. Pendleton Room, Michigan Union
November 2, 2005
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ABPAFS
ABPAFS has finally addressed our leadership
problem. As a stop
gap measure I have agreed to be
Interim President of ABPAFS with the responsibilities rotating
among the Executive Board.
The other officers are
Vice President Gwen Tandy,
Secretary Renoir Gaither
Treasurer Elzora Holland.
During this period I will attempt to get
a feel for what the membership wants from the organization.
This is an organization for the African American
employees at the University of Michigan. This organization
has existed for over 20 years, and in those years has worked
to help the plight of
African American employees at this University. The mission
statement of the organization says:
- The Association of Black Professionals and Administrators,
Faculty and Staff at the University of Michigan is an organization
of men and women dedicated to the purpose of creating a work
environment which is conducive to the fulfillment of the needs
and aspirations of employees.
With the consensus of the membership
through the provisions of the By-Laws, the
Association is designed to:
Establish a mechanism to facilitate networking of
information and ideas among the membership.
Foster mutual trust, respect and support for
one another within the ABPAFS and among Black employees
in the University community at large.
Facilitate the recruitment, development and
advancement of Black employees in the
University work force.
Provide a monitoring system which will enable
Black employees to obtain guidance, assistance
and training consistent with their present and future career
Provide members with opportunities to develop organizational
and leadership skills in the conduct of ABPAFS duties, activities
Generate financial resources and support to sustain the
activities of the organization.
Provide leadership in constructing an effective action program
designed to influence policy and decision making bodies
within the University.
This organization has been the voice of
Black employees on this campus for over
20 years. Some our Accomplishments are:
Salary Equity Review.... resulting in
salary for affected individuals
Established representation on university
communities.. i.e. Mapping with emphasis
how it affect African Americans on campus,
SEARCH committee for Dean of Rackham,
and Safety Oversight etc.
Input on terminations
Director of Athletics, Tom Goss.
Provided membership meetings on: Career
Advancement, Financial Investment, HR issues, Operations
of the college... Financial and Academic Affairs
Presented a Pre-Election Panel....Elder
Yuille,Veronica Wilkerson etc
Presented Mentoring sessions
University official addressing the members:
VP Royster, VP Lester Monts and Anthony Walesby etc.
Connection to the African American
Musical Society Network
Community Building ... the picnic
Awards and Recognition of promotion events.
- Newsletter...issues of relevancy on campus and
The organization has served as a watchdog for black employees
on this campus.
Now, before major policies are started administrators routinely
ask for our input.
The organization is too important just to
let it die without a fight.
I am asking people to step forward
and become officers and executive
board members, to attend meetings,
provide ideas, and to work on projects.
With that in mind I have designed a survey
please take the time to fill out the survey
(it takes less than 10 minutes) and attend the next meeting.
I would like to plan an
organizationalmeeting based on the results of the survey and
map out an agenda for the year.
Charles G. Ransom
Interim President ABPAFS
For one night only, Saturday, November 19, the Children of
Agape House choir will be in concert in Michigan at the beautiful
Christian Family Centre located in Adrian (a short drive from
Ann Arbor and Lansing). This concert is a benefit performance
to raise money to rebuild their home, the Agape House orphanage
in South Africa, which was destroyed earlier this year by
fire. There are 10 children in the choir
- ranging in age from 12 - 16. Each child has lost either
one or both of their parents to AIDS. Whatever trials
these children have faced in life is certainly no match for
the indomitable spirit that each possesses. Alicia Keyes
has said that their voices are "pure"; their tonal harmony
and clarity is so clear that their music is truly something
you won't want to miss!
Friday, Nov 18:
Meet & Greet the Children of Agape, UMHS Cafeteria - 11:30
- 12:30, sponsored by the UMHS Diversity Network. The children
will perform a selection of their songs and sign CD's. Note:
CD's can be purchased daily in the UMHS cafeteria beginning
11/14 - 11/18 from 11:30 - 1:30.
Saturday, Nov 19, 6:00 PM:
The children will be in concert at the Lenawee Christian Family
Centre, Adrian, MI located at 1800 US 223.
Tickets - $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and
15 - are available at Crossroads Bookstore in Ann Arbor or
at the door.
This benefit concert is sponsored by Bethel A.M.E. Church
in Ann Arbor.
All proceeds go toward rebuilding the Agape House Orphanage
in South Africa. For additional information, please call (734)
265-6446 or (517) 265-2924.
Sunday, Nov. 20:
Concert (3) - Renaissance Unity Church (formerly "The
Church of Today"), Warren, MI, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and
2:30 PM. Donations may be given towards the rebuilding of
Agape House Orphanage.
The local website to visit for more information is www.friendsofagape.com.
This site also contains information on how others can donate
to the Agape House Orphanage.
Please email or Gwen Sharper at email@example.com or
647-7973 if you need other information.