Girl Scouts Rock!

Thanks for attending the 3rd Annual “Think Like An Entrepreneur” Showcase on 12/16/18. This was an exciting event for Hartford Girl Scout Troop 10003. Each year with the support of parents, family, friends, our Faith Church Family and community connections, the girls have increased their entrepreneurial skills,  experienced great success and achieved a sense of accomplishment.

Through the girl’s participation in this event and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they are learning valuable skills such as; goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.


Thanks for coming out and supporting the girls and their 25 businesses/non-profit organizations. For more pictures, click HERE.   

Lisa Butler-Troop Leader

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Achieving Equity in Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy Making

Lead poisoning prevention advocates and policymakers need to take equity into consideration when addressing the consequences of lead poisoning for people of color and low-income communities, a report from Human Impact Partners finds. Funded by the Joyce and Kresge foundations, the report, Achieving Equity in Lead Poisoning Prevention Policy Making(71 pages, PDF), found that in the areas of residential lead service line replacement, lead testing in water at schools and licensed childcare facilities, and testing and remediation of lead-based paint hazards in housing, poor community engagement by government agencies exacerbates inequities and mistrust, while a patchwork of laws, regulations, and financing frameworks reduces the effectiveness of programs, dissipates resources, and places communities at risk. The report also found that the cost of implementing policies further burdens communities that are struggling financially, while families of color often are blamed for their exposure and unfairly stigmatized by stereotypes…   Download the report → 

Black Firsts 2018!

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African Americans in Medicine

Dr. Patrice Harris becomes the first black woman President-Elect of the country’s largest physician organization, the American Medical Association (AMA). 

Beverly Murphy, a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a Medical Library Association (MLA) Fellow, begins her term as the first African-American President of the Medical Library Association, established in 1898 as a global, nonprofit educational organization in the health information field.


Philip Jackson, activist,  founder Black Star ProjectNancy Wilson, singer and entertainer
Roy Hargrove, jazz trumpeter
Willie McCovey, Hall of Fame baseball player
Willie McRae, famed golf caddy
Ntozake Shange, author of “For Colored Girls…”
Audrey Wells, screenwriter 
Otis Rush, blues singer
Arthur Mitchell, dancer
Thad Mumford, writer and producer
Randy Weston, pianist
Kofi Annan, diplomat and UN secretary general
Aretha Franklin, singer
Elbert Howard, co-founder Black Panther party
Joe Jackson, Michael’s dadRachelle Jones, veteran college basketball referee
Dorothy Cotton, civil rights leader w/MLK
Hugh Dane, actor
Eddy Clearwater, blues guitarist
Dovie Johnson Roundtree, civil rights lawyer
Reggie Lucas, guitarist and music producer
John Starks, James Brown’s drummer
James H Cone, theologian
Hal Greer, leading scorer for Philadelphia 76ers
Yvonne Staples, Staple singer
Cecil Taylor, jazz pianist
Winnie Mandela, anti-apartheid activist
Linda Brown, plaintiff in Brown v Board of Education
DuShon Monique Brown, actor
Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and founder of NABJ
Millie Dunn Veasey, member of Women’s Army Corps 
Ed Charles, Mets player
Craig Mack, rapper
Peggy Cooper Cafritz, patron of black artists
Howard McCurdy, New Democrat MP (Canada) and civil rights activist
Lerone Bennett Jr, historian and journalist
Dennis Edwards, original Temptation
Oscar Gamble, MLB outfielder
Hugh Masekela, trumpeter
Wyatt Tee Walker, civil rights leader
Jo Jo White, Boston Celtic
Edwin Hawkins, gospel singer “Oh Happy Day”
Recy Taylor, civil rights activist
Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, activist
Isaac Newton Farris Sr, brother-in-law of MLK
Amanda Davis, news anchor
Vanessa Green, TV producer
Simeon Booker,  journalist, author, 1st black reporter at Washington Post
Joseph White, black psychologist, professor UC Irvine
Pete Moore, original Miracle and songwriter
Della Reese, singer, actor
Earle Hyman, actor 

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer

By Joe Coscarelli   April 16, 2018

In late January, the Compton, Calif., rapper Kendrick Lamar lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Bruno Mars. “DAMN.,” Mr. Lamar’s fourth LP, was his third straight to be nominated but ultimately fall short of the trophy, considered by most to be the top prize in popular music. But perhaps not anymore. On Monday [4/16/18], Mr. Lamar’s “DAMN.” took home an even more elusive honor, one that may never have even seemed within reach: the Pulitzer Prize for music. Mr. Lamar is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician. Read more HERE.

Black Male Writers for Our Times

African American Writers

Black Male Writers for Our Times      ROBERT JONES JR., novelist; NATHAN ALAN DAVIS, playwright; ROWAN RICARDO PHILLIPS, poet; JAMEL BRINKLEY, short story writer; GREGORY PARDLO, poet; DINAW MENGESTU, novelist; MAJOR JACKSON, poet.  MICHAEL R. JACKSON, playwright; SHANE McCRAE, poet; JAMES HANNAHAM, novelist; BRONTEZ PURNELL, novelist; ISHMAEL REED, novelist, poet and playwright; BRIAN KEITH JACKSON, novelist; DANEZ SMITH, poet; CORNELIUS EADY, poet.  JEFFERY RENARD ALLEN, novelist and poet; JAMES McBRIDE, novelist; DARRYL PINCKNEY, novelist and playwright; KEVIN YOUNG, poet; JAMES IJAMES, playwright; JERICHO BROWN, poet; NELSON GEORGE, novelist; GEORGE C. WOLFE, playwright and director; De’SHAWN CHARLES WINSLOW, novelist.  REGINALD McKNIGHT, novelist; PHILLIP B. WILLIAMS, poet; RICKEY LAURENTIIS, poet; MARCUS BURKE, novelist; MITCHELL S. JACKSON, novelist; MAURICE CARLOS RUFFIN, novelist.