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Today in Black History, 8/14/2014

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• August 14, 1874 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, minister, educator, politician and the first African American Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida, died. Gibbs was born September 28, 1821 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1852, he became the third African American to graduate from Dartmouth College and the second Black man to deliver a commencement address at a college. Gibbs attended Princeton Theological Seminary from 1853 to 1854 but had to drop out due to financial constraints. He was ordained a minister in 1856 and became active in the abolitionist movement. In 1864, Gibbs moved to Charleston, South Carolina to do missionary work and open a school for recently freed Black people. In 1867, he moved to Jacksonville, Florida where he opened an academy for young people and became involved in politics. He was elected to the State Constitutional Convention in 1868 and that same year was appointed Secretary of State, a position he held until 1872. In 1873, Gibbs was appointed Superintendent of Public Instruction. He also was elected to the Tallahassee, Florida City Council in 1872. Gibbs High School and Gibbs Junior College (now part of St. Petersburg College) in St. Petersburg, Florida are named in his honor.

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The Wright Museum Hosts Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2014 Competition

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Bombay Sapphire Gin and the Russell and Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation have partnered to present the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series competition and opportunity to help an artist from the United States become the “Next Big Name in Visual Arts,” at SCOPE MIAMI BEACH in Miami Beach, Florida. The Charles H. Wright Museum is hosting the regional competition for the State of Michigan. All artists, emerging and professional, are welcome to participate. The competition is free and no purchase is required. The deadline to submit your artworks - online only - is August 16, 2014.

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“Visions” by Lobyn Harrison. Harrison was the winner of the Detroit Regional Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2013. He went to Miami where his phenomenal work was exhibited to wide acclaim! You can view his piece in the Past Exhibits on the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2014 website.

The Competition
The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series provides a means of selecting some of the nation’s best artists and sending them to the internationally acclaimed Scope Miami Beach international art show. Jurors will select semi-finalists from the Michigan regional works. These artists will have their pieces unveiled in an exhibition at tThe Wright Museum in November - December 2014. One regional finalist will make the trip to SCOPE MIAMI BEACH for the grand finale event.

There, the top three pieces will earn a spot in the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series Mural Project in their local market while the Grand Finale Winner will get a solo show of their own at SCOPE NEW YORK in March 2015. 

For official contest rules and how to enter, click here to visit the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series website.

The Opportunity
While many artists are invited to the SCOPE MIAMI BEACH, many, many more never get a chance to participate on this extraordinary world stage. The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series serves as a feeder to this astounding event. One of Michigan’s artists will win—it could be you, but you must enter the competition. The deadline is August 16, 2014, but we want the entries to be in by August 15th. Also, our objective is to have more artist entries than the other regions, including Chicago and New York. Click on past winners at to see the Michigan regional winner.

As a special service to the Michigan arts community, the Wright Museum will help anyone who does not have access to the Internet to complete their online application and upload images of their work. Artists must have photographs of their work. For additional information or computer assistance, please contact Jennifer Evans at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by telephone at (313) 494-5818.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Deloris Jordan #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

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Deloris Jordan: Author, Philanthropist, and Motivational Speaker.

Deloris Jordan, also known as the mother of National Basketball Association (NBA) legend Michael Jordan, has a long history of philanthropy.  She has a history of local philanthropy in the United States and her home city of Chicago, mainly working through the James R. Jordan Foundation, which she founded and named after her late husband.  Amongst many other philanthropic efforts, Mrs. Jordan was a main contributor of a collaborative effort that created a new facility for the Nairobi Women and Children’s Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.  Deloris Jordan has authored a number of books, most of which were in collaboration with her daughter, Roslyn M. Jordan, especially inspirational books for young children, all of which feature art by African-American illustrators.

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Today in Black History, 8/13/2014

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• August 13, 1893 Eva Beatrice Dykes, the first Black female to fulfill the requirements for a doctorial degree, was born in Washington, D. C. Dykes earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Howard University in 1914. She then attended Radcliffe College where she earned her second Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1917 and her Master of Arts degree in 1918. She also was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1921, Dykes completed the requirements for her doctorial degree but because Radcliff held its graduation later than some other universities, she was the third Black female to actually receive her Ph. D. From 1929 to 1944, Dykes taught English at Howard University and from 1944 to her retirement in 1975 was chair of the English department at Oakwood College. Dykes co-authored “Readings from Negro Authors for Schools and Colleges” in 1931 and authored “The Negro in English Romantic Thought: Or a Study in Sympathy for the Oppressed” in 1942. In 1973, the Oakwood College library was named in her honor. Dykes died October 29, 1986.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Tom Joyner #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

Tom Joyner: Radio Host, Entrepreneur

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Tom Joyner is most known for hosting The Tom Joyner Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Tom began working in radio while attending Tuskegee Institute, now Tuskegee University, and launched his broadcasting career immediately after graduation. At one point in his career, Joyner played “double-duty,” hosting the morning show in Dallas, and the afternoon show in Chicago. He has said that over seven million frequent flyer miles were collected during that period of employment.

Joyner comes from a hardworking and well-educated Alabama-based family. His grandfather was one of 3,000 black physicians in the United States during his career, earning his degree in 1909. Both of Tom’s parents attended historically black colleges; he and his brother followed in their parent’s footsteps.

Over 10 years ago Tom founded The Tom Joyner Foundation. The foundation supports students who attend Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and HBCUs on an institutional level. The foundation offers many opportunities for assistance including scholarships, teacher quality programming, and initiatives to promote capacity-building. Each month, The Tom Joyner Foundation selects an HBCU to be recognized as the “School of the Month,” in which the school receives promotion on The Tom Joyner Morning Show and a donation provided by funds raised through the foundation.

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Today in Black History, 8/12/2014

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• August 12, 1825 Orindatus Simon Bolvar Wall, the first Black man commissioned as captain in the United States Army, was born enslaved in Richmond County, North Carolina. Wall was freed in 1837 when his father sent him to the Harveyburg Black School in what is now Ohio. He attended Oberlin College before establishing a successful boot and shoemaking business. At the start of the Civil War, he raised recruits for the 104th Colored Infantry Volunteers and in March, 1865 was commissioned as captain in the army. In 1867, Wall moved to Washington, D. C. where he graduated from the Howard University Law School. He established a law practice and served as a police magistrate and justice of the peace. For many newly freed African Americans in the district, he was the law. Wall was also elected to two terms in the district legislature, representing a majority White district. Wall died April 26, 1891. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Tyrone Davenport and Linda Forte #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

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Tyrone Davenport & Linda Forte: Detroit Power Couple & Dedicated Wright Museum Supporters

Tyrone Davenport, current Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History, says his job is a “Labor of Love.” Davenport, a retired Senior Vice President from JPMorgan Chase & Co., made a decision to join the museum’s staff as an extension and testament of his unyielding support for the institution. He and his wife, Linda Forte, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs at Comerica Bank, have supported the museum for decades, following it from its inception at the Grand Boulevard location. In 2004, to support Judge Damon Keith’s fundraising campaign, Davenport and Forte committed $250,000 to the endowment fund.

“We wanted to make sure the museum would be around for our grandkids,” Davenport said. “The museum is an extremely important institution to the community and it does valuable work, especially for our youth.” Davenport and Forte are among the museum’s most consistent and supportive donors, backing every cause and campaign, while also encouraging others to see the importance and value in the institution.

Davenport and Forte extend their philanthropic efforts to causes such as the United Negro College Fund, the Michigan Woman’s Foundation, and the Capitol Campaign at Hartford Memorial Church. 

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Today in Black History, 8/11/2014

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• August 11, 1777 Free Frank McWorter, the first African American to incorporate a municipality in the United States, was born enslaved in South Carolina. In 1795, McWorter’s owner moved to Kentucky and took him along to build and manage his holdings and to lease him out to work for others. McWorter used his earnings to create a successful saltpeter production operation. By 1817, he had earned enough to buy the freedom of his wife and two years later his own. In 1830, McWorter and his family moved to Pike County, Illinois and in 1836 he founded the town of New Philadelphia, Illinois. By the time of his death September 7, 1854, McWorter had bought the freedom of 16 members of his family. McWorter’s gravesite was listed on the National Registry of Historical Places April 19, 1988 and a portion of I-72 in Pike County is designated the Frank McWorter Memorial Highway. The New Philadelphia town site was listed on the National Registry of Historical Places in 2005 and designated a National Historic Landmark January 16, 2009. McWorter’s biography, “Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier,” was published in 1983.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Russel Simmons #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

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Russell Simmons: Entrepreneur, Activist

Russell Simmons, along with his two brothers, Danny Simmons and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, started the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (RPAF) in 1995. Russell has gained the title, “Godfather of Hip-Hop Philanthropy,” raising millions of dollars in support of New York City’s inner-city youth. RPAF has two main areas of focus: Rush Education; and Rush Arts Galleries. Rush Education is designed to provide the highest quality of arts education to students in underprivileged areas. The Rush Art Galleries displays artwork by artists of color who may lack representation elsewhere. While extending a helping hand, Russell also tries to broaden the perspective of each student. “Art saves lives, it’s that simple,” says Russell.

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Today in Black History, 8/10/2014

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 • August 10, 1858 Anna Julia Haywood Cooper, author, educator and scholar, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. At nine, Cooper received a scholarship to attend Saint Augustine’s Normal School and Collegiate Institute, a school for training teachers to educate formerly enslaved Black people. Cooper earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1884 and her Master of Arts degree in mathematics in 1887 from Oberlin College. In 1892, Cooper published her first book, “A Voice from the South: By A Woman from the South,” which is widely considered the first articulation of Black feminism. Its central thesis was that the educational, moral, and spiritual progress of Black women would improve the general standing of the entire African American community and that it was the duty of educated and successful Black women to support their underprivileged peers in achieving their goals. In 1914, Cooper began courses for her doctorate degree at Columbia University but due to family obligations was forced to stop. In 1924, she earned her Ph. D. in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne, the fourth Black woman to earn a Doctorate of Philosophy degree. Cooper died February 27, 1964. On pages 26 and 27 of every new United States passport there is the following quote from Cooper, “The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class – it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.” In 2009, the United States Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp in her honor. The Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia is named in her honor.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Alicia Keys #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

AkeysAlicia Keys: Musician, Activist  

Alicia Keys is a 14-time Grammy Award winning musician and singer, actress, and music producer. In addition, she is also a dedicated activist in the fight against AIDS. After visiting Africa and India in 2003, she witnessed the urgency of the illness firsthand. That same year Alicia co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA), an organization which provides medicine and support to children and families suffering from AIDS in Africa and India. Alicia has hosted many fundraisers and has appeared twice on Oprah to promote the cause. Through Alicia’s determination, millions of dollars have been raised on behalf of the organization. In 2008, Alicia introduced a “text to give" campaign during her concert tour. Each person to text would donate $5 to KCA. During the short duration of the campaign, over 100,000 text messages were sent in for support. #BPM2014 #TheWrightMuseum 

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Today in Black History, 8/9/2014

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• August 9, 1869 Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone, inventor, businesswoman and philanthropist, was born in Metropolis, Illinois but raised in Peoria, Illinois. Based on her interest in chemistry and hair care, Malone developed a chemical to straighten hair without causing damage to the hair or scalp which she named Wonderful Hair Grower. In 1902, Malone moved to St. Louis, Missouri where in 1904 she opened her first shop. She also launched an advertising campaign in the Black press, toured the South, and recruited women to sell her products. One of the selling agents she trained was Sarah Breedlove better known as Madam C. J. Walker. By 1914, Malone was worth more than a million dollars and built a five-story multipurpose facility named Poro College. Poro College employed more than 200 people. Malone donated thousands of dollars to the local Black Young Men’s Christian Association, Howard University College of Medicine, and the St. Louis Colored Orphans Home where she served as president from 1919 to 1943. The home, which continues to operate, was renamed the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center in 1946. In 1927, she moved her business to Chicago, Illinois where she bought an entire city block. Malone died May 10, 1957.

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African World Festival, Good Times and Family Fun in Midtown Detroit #AWF14

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African World Festival: 32 years of cultural significance

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The 32nd annual African World Festival is not only an internationally explosive celebration of African cultures, food, music, handcrafts, visual arts, and more, it is an interactive weekend, Aug. 15 - 17, for everyone to take in the sights and sounds of the motherland on the expansive grounds of the historic Charles H. Wright African American History Museum, 315 E. Warren Ave. in midtown Detroit.

“We try to serve the full community, have a great time, and share with the greater community the wonderful things about our culture and tradition,” Njia Kai, festival director, said.

The festival, slated 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily, annually attracts visitors nationally and internationally, Njia said.

“We have a very loyal core group that attends the festival every year. There are tens of thousands of folks that make it their destination for a family reunion weekend, there is quite a bit of annual fellowship and reunion involved.”

And it is for a good reason. The festive three-day event is free to the public, and attendees can expect to experience everything from fashion to community drum calls.

One of many features include a noon-4 p.m. Aug. 15 Watoto Celebration, including a special field trip for summer youth programs, presentations, performances and games. The event is also open  noon - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Watoto is Swahili for “children.”
 

This year, the festival partnered with the Michigan State University Detroit Center and Food Plus Detroit to host a wide variety of lectures, demonstrations and presentations on the legacy of Africans and African Americans in agriculture 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday - Sunday.

The festival also partnered with the Dearborn-based Arab American National Museum to feature a film from Morocco inside the museum’s GM Theatre at 2:30 p.m. daily.

The international marketplace, described as “a hit” will have more than 150 vendors who feature art, accessories, jewelry, clothing and assortments of items handcrafted and imported.

With other great draws such as concerts by the Clark Sisters and Kiki Sheard at 6 p.m. Aug. 16, and a Detroit Rocks the Runway fashion show at 9 p.m. the same day, it will be hard to decide what to do first.

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Here’s a tip: experience it all.

“We are open and inviting the full community to come in and take a sample of the culture, foods, arts, technology and entertainment that is featured at the event,” Njia said.

One of the festival’s favorite supporters, Heritage Works, a local cultural arts dance and drum company will sponsor African Folklife Village, an interactive installation where the public can view and participate in various traditional crafts and drum and dance.

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Rhonda Greene, director of Heritage Works, said her company promotes youth, family and community development through cultural traditions, which is a culminating event at the festival.

“The African World Festival is an opportunity to showcase cultures from around the world that have been impacted by African traditions,” Rhonda said. “Folk Life is a celebration, and we primarily focus on folk traditions.”

From Senegal to Guinea, the installation will feature classes on Hip Hop and modern dance. A master quilter will also be in attendance. Other facets include showcasing the connection between African head wrapping and hats in the black community.

“There is a big connection,” Rhonda said.

For more information, go to www.AWFDetroit.com or call 248.494-5800.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Donald Frank “Don” Cheadle, Jr. #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

CheadleDonald Frank “Don” Cheadle, Jr.: Actor, Humanitarian

 Cheadle co-authored a book, Non On Our Watch: The Mission to  End  Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, aimed at providing  background  information about the Darfur crisis and how the public  can help.  Cheadle  also co-founded the Not on Our Watch Project, an organization focusing  global attention and resources  to end and prevent mass violence and  genocide.  Cheadle has a  history of supporting numerous charities and  foundations  including, but not limited to: Ante Up For Africa (an annual  charity  poker tournament, which Cheadle helped organize in  2007 and  has raised millions of U.S. Dollars for Darfur charities  since it  began);  National Kidney Foundation; US Doctors for  Africa; and  After School All- Stars.  In 2007, Cheadle received the  Black  Entertainment Television  (BET) Humanitarian award for his  humanitarian efforts for the people of  Darfur and Rwanda.  In  2010, Cheadle was named United Nations  Environment Program  Goodwill Ambassador#BPM2014 #TheWrightMuseum

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Today in Black History, 8/8/2014

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• August 8, 1796 The African Society was formed in Boston, Massachusetts with 44 African American members. There purpose was to provide a form of health insurance and funeral benefits, as well as spiritual brotherhood, to the members. They created a pamphlet titled “Laws of the African Society” that specified requirements for membership, dues and procedures for paying benefits to the families of sick or deceased members. That pamphlet is on display at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Pam Rodgers #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

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Pam Rodgers

A Detroit native, Pam Rodgers grew up with the auto industry in her backyard. Today, with  the success of Rodger’s Chevrolet, she owns one of the most successful women and  minority owned car dealerships in the country. Through her business as well as individual  efforts, Rodgers makes sure to give back to the community that supported and ensured her  success, one of those organizations benefiting being the Charles H. Wright Museum of  African American History.

“It’s an important contribution to the community,” Rodgers, who gifted $25k to the museum  during Judge Damon A. Keith’s 2004 fundraising appeal, said of the institution. “And it’s a  vital for our kids to know their history.”

Rodgers has supported the museum for over a decade, answering multiple appeals. 

Rodgers Chevrolet has been recognized for their community involvement and local civic engagement since Rodgers’ acquisition of the company in 1996. Rodger’s has also taken an active individual role in community organizations such as Alternatives for Girls, the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Detroit Riverfront Conservatory. #BPM2014 #TheWrightMuseum 

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Today in Black History, 8/7/2014

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• August 7, 1866 Elisabeth “Lisette” Denison Forth, landowner and philanthropist, died. Forth was born enslaved in 1786 near Detroit, Michigan. Around 1807, she moved to Canada to establish residency and gain her freedom. Forth returned to Detroit around 1815 and worked as a domestic servant. In 1825, she invested the pay she had received in four lots in Pontiac, Michigan, becoming the first Black property owner in the city. Over the years, Forth bought stock in a steamboat and bank and in 1837 bought a lot in Detroit. In her will, Forth left $3,000 for the construction of a church. This provided the majority of the money for the construction of St. James Episcopal Church in Grosse Ile, Michigan which was completed in 1868. The churches doors are dedicated to the memory and benevolence of Forth. State of Michigan historical markers are located at the location of the four lots Forth purchased in Pontiac, the house she owned in Detroit, and at the church. Her biography, “Looking for Lisette: in quest of an American Original,” was published in 2001.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Bill and Camille Cosby #BPM2014

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

William “Bill” and Camille Cosby: Actor, educator, and activists 

cosbys The Cosby’s have a long history as philanthropists and a true  passion for higher education. In 1988 the couple donated $20  million dollars to Spelman College, a historical Black college  located in Atlanta, GA. That same year they gave $1.3 million to Fish University. By 1994 in total they donated over $70 million dollars to several different Historically Black Colleges and  Universities.

 In memory of the Cosby’s late son Ennis the Hello Friend/Ennis Cosby Foundation was created in 1997, to share Ennis’ love for education. The Foundation supports the equalization of service, attitudes, and education for those with learning difficulties. In honor of the Foundation an award winning documentary was produced, then aired on HBO in 2002. The documentary featured many known actors, artists, business leaders, athletes and others who defeated learning difficulties. #BPM2014 #TheWrightMuseum

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Today in Black History, 8/6/2014

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• August 6, 1848 Susan Baker King Taylor, educator and humanitarian, was born enslaved in Liberty County, Georgia. As a young girl, Taylor was secretly taught to read and write by Black women. In 1862, during the Civil War, Taylor’s family moved to Union controlled St. Simons Island where at 14 Taylor organized a school for the children on the island. This made her the first Black teacher to openly instruct African American children in Georgia. In 1866, her family returned to Savannah, Georgia where she established a school for freed Black children. In the early 1870s, Taylor moved to Boston, Massachusetts where she joined and became president of the Women’s Relief Corps which gave assistance to soldiers and hospitals. In 1902, Taylor published her memoirs, “Reminiscences of My Life in Camp: An African American Woman’s Civil War Memoir.” Taylor died October 6, 1912.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Shawn Carter (Jay-Z)

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August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multimedia campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, BPM was created as an annual, global celebration of giving in the U.S. and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.

Jay-ZShawn Corey Carter (Jay-Z): Hip Hop Artist, Record Producer, and Entrepreneur

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Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) is most recognized for being a pioneer in the hip-hop world. However, Jay-Z also is the founder of a flourishing scholarship foundation.

The Shawn Carter Foundation has been in service since 2002, and has been officially established as a public charity. The mission of the foundation is to assist those who are not financially equipped to further their education at a higher learning institution. Not only does the scholarship help pay for tuition costs, but also covers book and lab fees, food, travel, and other personal expenses. To date, the foundation has given over 750 scholarships totaling over $1.7 million dollars. #BPM2014 #TheWrightMuseum

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