Black History Panel and President’s Day Weekend

Oh …. oh …. ohhhh! T.G.I.F.!

If I could say it in fifty languages, even though I only am fluent in two, I would say “Thank God It’s Friday!” all day long

You know, in the aftermath of a major devastating event, I have questioned myself, as have others, as to where I went wrong last Friday night when I apparently lost control of the Night Hawk and hit the ground. I was so curious, that I went back to the scene of the accident Wednesday, driving off the very same exit ramp where I had my fall. When I got there, I discovered a disturbing fact: it was not gravel that I hit but an actual raised sidewalk type structure which caused me to go air bound. I had thought that this was like yellow paint on the ground; yet, after closer examination discovered that it was yellow paint on an actual curb separating the traffic on the main road and the traffic coming off the exit ramp!! I hadn’t a chance. Yet, I am grateful to be alive with no broken bones.

Tomorrow, I will be moderating a panel at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center where the topic will be a “Civil Rights Era Roundtable” and will include discussions pertaining to the work of Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr. and even Malcolm X. It is scheduled for February 18th, tomorrow Saturday, at 2:30PM. All local professors and scholars, community activists and members of the local community and abroad are invited to participate. With the leadership of Mr. Desmond Hannibal, we expect a fine turnout and look forward to welcome all participants.

Saturday will be the funeral of Whitney Houston and it will be held in Newark, NJ. May she finally “rest in peace” . . .

Monday is a National Holiday known as President’s Day and I am sure that many of you will be enjoying a day off from work. Be sure to have a wonderful weekend, folks!


John I. Cook, Director

Educational Excellence

ps. – The 3 kids who set Michael Brewer on fire in Deerfield Beach, FL last year finally have been sentenced and one has chosen to go to trial!

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