GDN BOOK FEATURE: Business Owner Defeats Racial Inequality, Makes History New Biography Highlights the Life and Times of Henry G. Parks, Jr.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Introducing the first African American business owner to issue stock on Wall Street: Henry G. Parks, Jr. “Businessman First” by Maurice W. Dorsey captures the important achievements of “Mr. Parks,” an African American manufacturing business owner who built his company to a multimillion-dollar level during the 1960s when racial inequality was especially prevalent. “A business man who manufactures pork products is not viewed as glamorous,” Dorsey said. “But Mr. Parks had a great vision, mission, goals, objectives, and more over, a great product.” This new biography is an answer to the lack of recognition of Parks’ journey to success in African American history. A joint project between the author and the subject prior to his death, “Businessman First” highlights the strategy, dedication and perseverance Mr. Parks orchestrated to build his company from the ground up. The multi-generational friendship between these two African American men influenced the author’s own successful career in government and education. Dorsey’s 16-year friendship with Parks emphasizes the need for strong African American leaders to mentor youth today.
Darnell Parker, Certified Fraud Expert and CEO of Community Fitness and Education (www.cfeinc.org) has been on a mission since 2004 to provide access and accountability for underserved minority boys and girls by providing fitness, nutrition and college preparatory courses. The objective of CFE is to break the cycle of chronic health problems, school retention, cyber-bullying and fiscal responsibility that is prevalent amongst underserved minority communities. “As a 501 (c) (3), our mission is to promote a healthy, active lifestyle among children in underserved communities through high quality youth fitness and after-school programs coupled with mentoring and workshops. Nutrition is a fundamental part of what CFE offers because, “I understand the importance of feeding the whole person from the inside out which allows young people to think effectively, strategically and long-term,” says Darnell Parker.
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The Final Day of the Moral Week of Action Commits Advocates and Activists to Take Anger Over Regressive Policies and Turn It Into Action at the Polls
For seven days from Aug. 22 - Aug. 28, the North Carolina NAACP and the Forward Together Movement joined justice-loving groups across the nation in mobilizing for a Moral Week of Action at state capitols. "Fifty-eight years ago, Emmett Louis Till was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 for supposedly whistling at a white woman," said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP. "His mother insisted on a public funeral service with an open casket to show the world the brutality of the killing. Four months after Till's death and two months after the verdict let his white killers go free, Rosa Parks took the pain of the moment and turned it into power by sitting down on a bus and refusing to get up. Fifty-eight years ago, it was Rosa Parks' time. Now it's our time. If you are tired of seeing policies that hurt the poor and vulnerable, workers, public education, patients and the uninsured, you better raise your voice and cast your vote."
Donna Ferrato, a documentary photographer who has received international acclaim for her work to capture and end family violence, will launch Sept. 12 at Vanderbilt University the first gallery exhibition in her series that focuses on women who have left their abusers. "I Am Unbeatable–Documenting and Celebrating Stories of Empowerment: Photographs by Donna Ferrato," will be on display at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery through Dec. 4. The exhibition is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in honor of the photographer Sept. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ferrato will speak on "Looking for Positive Change in a Climate of Fear" at 6 p.m. In addition to photographs, a video about a survivor of domestic violence named Sarah will run continuously in the gallery.
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