Essential Reasons To Attend The February 2nd Black History Breakfast Here In Boston
by Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP
As a 58 year old Detroit native who grew up during the turbulent times of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, I need little coaxing to vote, to be proud of my race, to excel as an entrepreneur, or to serve my community. Trail blazers like Juanita Jones Abernathy paved the way for me and countless others to live relatively comfortable lives because of their sacrifices. She and many others put their lives on the line to end the discrimination of black and brown people all over the United States.
And for her sacrifice and service to humanity, I won’t stop until the February 2nd Black History Breakfast is sold out with an army of corporate and organizational sponsors lined up to meet this great lady.
You ask why this matters to you? Why should you take time out of your busy schedule to attend? Because if you are a woman, an African American, a Hispanic, a Native American or an Asian American, your job or quality of life was enhanced by Juanita Abernathy and other champions of the Civil Rights movement.
NO you did NOT get there all by yourself. You did not get there strictly because of your university degree. Or your skill sets. Or your contacts or your relationships. They definitely matter...but the road to opportunity was paved for you 50+ years ago by the sacrifices of those God-fearing warriors like Mrs. Abernathy who said NO to racism, NO to injustice, NO to gender bias, and NO to discrimination in America-the land of the free and the home of the brave. They took their grievances to the streets, marched, boycotted, and nagged state and federal officials until necessary changes occurred to bring equality and justice to ALL Americans. In return they were beaten by the thousands, jailed, fired from their jobs and killed by the dozens so that YOU could live anywhere you please and take on that professional position you currently have.
And to show appreciation for those who came before us, that’s why YOU should attend this breakfast. That’s why YOUR company or organization should sponsor this breakfast. That’s why this event matters so much to so many.
Juanita Abernathy is no longer a young woman. She is in advanced years but still has a sharp mind, a keen wit, and vivd memories of the 1950s and 1960s when America was at the crossroads of honoring the dignity of those very people who had helped to build this great nation.
Her house was bombed. When was YOUR house bombed? Her husband was jailed 44 times in the struggle for freedom. When did YOU go to jail to free others????
Her husband, Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy was one of the welcoming Alabama ministers who embraced Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, when King was chosen to become the leader of the Civil Rights movement in 1955. Dr. Abernathy was Dr. King’s closest associate in the struggle for freedom. Both families had four children each. They vacationed together. Marched together. Prayed together. And orchestrated one of the most powerful non violent revolutions in human history.
Now YOU have a chance to meet this great woman who risked her own safety and the safety of her children so that YOU could be guaranteed a better station in life. Isn’t that worth something???
Yes I know that I am taking a hard line in this commentary. Somebody has to do it. As an entrepreneur in a town that is not always supportive of black entrepreneurs, I have to speak out, while providing a unique opportunity to hold an event that should matter to everyone. The Civil Rights era freed ALL of us by providing a new course of action for ALL of its people.
I am not saying that we have arrived or that we have become post racial in the age of a President Obama. No, I am not saying that at all. There is plenty of work left for us to do. Racial incidents persist, our economy languishes and the unemployment rate is a frightening reminder that we all must do our part to strengthen our society. What I am saying is that your attendance or sponsorship of the February 2nd Black History Breakfast will demonstrate YOUR commitment and support of a pioneer civil rights leader who loved her country and her people enough to fight for the rights of others.
Yes Black History IS American History. This breakfast will salute Mrs Abernathy and the countless others who paved the way for us to lead. It’s worth putting on your calendar. It’s worth taking time out of your busy schedule to attend, network, and say thank you. It’s YOUR way of ensuring that the sacrifices of our ancestors were NOT in vain.
I am HONORED to recognize the following companies/organizations that have already stepped up to the plate as SPONSORS:
•Commonwealth Compact (Co-Sponsors of the event. Sign up on Day One when the event was announced on October 27th).
•The Lura Smith Fund
It’s definitely not too late for your organization to sign on as a sponsor.
Take advantage of our 3 day December Special Pricing and SAVE when you purchase your tickets/table by December 30th.
Go to http://blackhistorybreakfast2012.eventbrite.com and buy your ticket(s) today.
For complete details about the February 2nd Black History Breakfast visit mssconnect.com.
To become a SPONSOR, call Carole at (508) 947-5755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Juanita Abernathy will be the guest speaker at the February 2nd Black History Breakfast to be held at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus. The event is sponsored by the Multicultural Symposium Series and co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Compact. For more information, visit the website, www.mssconnect.com for complete details.
Juanita Jones Abernathy is a dynamic and thought provoking speaker who exudes an aura and presence of positive energy wherever she goes. From her house being bombed by violent hate groups to her husband’s numerous arrests during the civil rights movement, she captures the spirit of the African American fight for freedom and human dignity.
Mrs. Abernathy has touched thousands of people around the world with her message of hope, empowerment, and justice for all. Her work and personal sacrifices throughout the revolutionary civil rights movement have inextricably connected her to a lifelong struggle in pursuit of human rights and peace around the world.
A native of Uniontown, Alabama, Mrs. Abernathy received her elementary and high school education at the famed Selma University, a boarding school located in Selma, Alabama. Mrs. Abernathy continued her education by earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education at Tennessee State University.
A former high school teacher specializing in a business curriculum, Mrs. Abernathy’s business acumen has yielded her success in numerous entrepreneurial ventures. She rose to become a Senior Sales Director in Mary Kay Cosmetics and successfully maintained a top position in the corporation for nearly twenty years.
As the widow of Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, the closest associate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she became pivotally involved in the civil rights movement from the inception of the Montgomery bus boycott. For much of her life her work has taken her throughout the world working for justice and equality for all.
Mrs. Abernathy continues to volunteer her time for numerous civic and religious organizations, including Board of Directors and Secretary for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority; Board of Trustees of the Morehouse School of Religion; Board of Directors for the Ralph David Abernathy Towers and Ralph David Abernathy Foundation. She served as the former Board of Director and Treasurer of the Fulton County Development Authority; Board of Directors of the Atlanta-Fulton County League of Women Voters and former member of the Citizen Panel Review Board for the Development of Family and Childrens Services.
Mrs. Abernathy is the proud mother of four children and four grandchildren.
Mrs Abernathy has been a treasured friend and mentor to Carole Copeland Thomas since the early 1970s.
You are cordially invited to attend the 19th Empowerment Recognition Breakfast
on Thursday February 2, 2012 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Featuring Guest Speaker and Civil Rights Advocate
JUANITA JONES ABERNATHY
Widow of Dr. Ralph David Abernathy
The Closest Associate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This Will Be A Very Special Breakfast You Won't Want To Miss.
Details Are Featured Below.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.