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Today in Black History, 8/27/2014

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• August 27, 1884 Rose Virginia Scott McClendon, a leading Broadway actress of the 1920s, was born in Greenville, South Carolina. McClendon started acting in church plays as a child but did not become a professional actress until she won a scholarship to the American Academy of Dramatic Art when she was in her thirties. McClendon made her stage debut in the 1919 play “Justice.” She was one of the few Black actresses who worked consistently in the 1920s and was considered “the Negro first lady of the dramatic stage,” appearing in productions such as “Deep River” (1926), “Porgy” (1928), and “Mulatto” (1936). In 1935, she co-founded the Negro People’s Theatre in Harlem. McClendon died July 12, 1936. In 1937, the Rose McClendon Players was established in her honor.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Richard Parsons #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.

Richard Parsons: Business Man, Philanthropist & Humanitarian

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Richard “Dick” Parsons is the former chairman of two highly successful enterprises: Citigroup and Time Warner, serving as CEO of the latter until December 2007. Currently, Parson serves as the interim chairman for the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Clippers, as well as a senior advisor at Providence Equity Partners, a private equity investment firm.

This businessman is acknowledged not only for his professional success, but for his civic and nonprofit engagement. Parsons commitments include Chairman Emeritus of the Partnership for New York City; Chairman of the Apollo Theatre Foundation and of the Jazz Foundation of America; and service on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art and the American Museum of Natural History. In 2013, Parson was selected as the lead for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission, which is aimed at improving the student experience in the state’s public school system. Additionally, Parson can be accredited with launching a host of socially beneficial initiatives, many of which he leveraged through his experience and association with media outlets.

As a symbol exemplifying Parsons’ character and impact, Time Warner recently re-named its volunteer awards event the “Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards,” or “The Parsons Awards,” in his honor. 

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Wyclef Jean #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.

Wyclef Jean: Rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, actor and politician. 

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Wyclef is the former member of the very popular and well known New Jersey hip hop group, “The Fugees.” He has not only been assessed with being musically inclined but also, most recently Wylcelf ran for candidacy of the 2012 Haitian presidential election. With all the fun of music making and performing around the world, Wylclef makes it his business to continue to give back to his home country, Haiti.

Wyclef has been nationally known and honored within the United States and Haiti for continued giving through donations and charities. He established a foundation by the name of “Yéle Haiti,” which focused on seeking change in education, sports, the arts and the environment. With everything said, we, Charles H. Wright, honor Wyclef Jean this month because of his generosity and empowerment for the passion of standing supportive for his country and their brothering. 

 

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Today in Black History, 8/26/2014

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• August 26, 1843 Norbert Rillieux of New Orleans, Louisiana was granted patent number 3237 for the multiple-effect evaporation system for refining sugar. His invention addressed all of the shortcomings of prior sugar refining processes and by 1849 thirteen Louisiana sugar factories were using his invention. His invention was an important development in the growth of the sugar industry. Rillieux was born March 17, 1806 in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a Creole from a prominent family, he had access to education and privileges not available to many other Black people. In the early 1820s, he traveled to Paris, France to attend the prestigious Ecole Centrale, studying physics, mechanics, and engineering. He became an expert in steam engines and published several papers about the use of steam to work devices. At 24, Rillieux became the youngest teacher at Ecole Centrale. While in France, Rillieux started researching ways to improve the sugar refining process and after returning to the United States in 1833 began to develop the machine for which he was granted the patent. In the 1850s, Rillieux presented a plan to the government of New Orleans to eliminate the moist breeding grounds for the mosquitoes that were causing a Yellow Fever outbreak. His plan was turned down. Several years later, as the Yellow Fever outbreak continued, the city accepted a plan from White engineers that was similar to the plan proposed by Rillieux. In the late 1850s, Rillieux returned to France where he died October 8, 1894. Rillieux was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2004.

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Today in Black History, 8/25/2014

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• August 25, 1746 Native Americans attacked two White families in Deerfield, Massachusetts in an area called “The Bars.” Lucy Terry, an enslaved Black woman, composed a ballad about the attack titled “Bars Fight” which is considered the oldest known work of literature by an African American. Her poem was preserved orally until it was published in 1855. Terry was born around 1730 and stolen from Africa and sold into slavery as an infant. A successful Black man purchased her freedom and married her in 1756. A persuasive orator, Terry won a case against false land claims before the Supreme Court of Vermont in the 1790s. She also delivered a three hour address to the Board of Trustees of Williams College to support the admittance of her son to the college. Although unsuccessful, the speech was remembered for its eloquence and skill. Terry died July 11, 1821.

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Today in Black History, 8/24/2014

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• August 24, 1854 The National Emigration Convention of Colored People opened in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention was led by early African American nationalist Martin R. Delany and attracted 106 delegates from around the United States. The three day convention was called to discuss the merits of emigration and to develop a practical plan for African Americans to emigrate to the West Indies or Central or South America. Delegates approved a series of resolutions which commented on the political and social conditions of Black people in the U. S. They also approved a document, “Political Destiny of the Colored Race,” which urged emigration to areas of Central and South America “which provide opportunity for the enjoyment of civil and religious liberty.” The convention established a Board of Commissioners with Delany as president and William Webb and Charles W. Nighten as commissioners. The movement was dissolved in 1861.

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Today in Black History, 8/23/2014

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• August 23, 1899 Moses Williams, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, died. Williams was born October 10, 1845 in Carrollton, Louisiana. Not much is known of his early life but by August 16, 1881, he was serving as a first sergeant in Company I of the 9th Cavalry Regiment during the Indian Wars. On that day, he participated in an engagement in the foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains in New Mexico and his actions earned him the medal, America’s highest military decoration. His citation reads, “Rallied a detachment, skillfully conducted a running fight of 3 or 4 hours, and by his coolness, bravery, and unflinching devotion to duty in standing by his commanding officer in an exposed position under a heavy fire from a large party of Indians saved the lives of at least 3 of his comrades.” Williams was awarded the medal November 12, 1896. He later reached the rank of ordinance sergeant and left the army in 1898.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Usher Raymond #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.

Usher Raymond: Singer-Songwriter, Dancer, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, and Actor

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Usher Raymond is the founder of Usher's New Look non-profit organization. Through partnering with businesses and organizations across the nation, Raymond’s non- profit provides mentoring and real-world leadership experience for youth. New Look is on a mission to change young people’s outlook on life through education and involvement through internships. Raymond has supported a number of other charities and foundations throughout his career, including participation in benefit basketball games and performing as part of a Hurricane Katrina relief concert in 2005.  The artist also performed a public service announcement to promote the "Do Something" campaign for civic engagement. Raymond was honored by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and Ford Motor Company at the 2010 Ford Freedom Awards, acknowledging his civic accomplishments and work.

 


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Today in Black History, 8/22/2014

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• August 22, 1791 The African descended enslaved people of Saint Domingue (Haiti) rose in revolt and plunged the colony into a 12 year revolution that freed them from colonization and slavery. One of the most successful leaders of the revolution was Toussaint L’Ouverture. On January 1, 1804 Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the new leader of the revolution, declared the former colony independent and renamed it the Republic of Haiti, the first independent nation in Latin American and the first post-colonial independent Black led nation in the world.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Oprah Winfrey #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.

Oprah Winfrey: Media proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer, and Philanthropist

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Oprah Winfrey has been named the wealthiest African-American of the 20th century, as well as the greatest black philanthropist in American history. To date, Oprah has given more than $400 million towards educational causes, including over 400 scholarships to recipients at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Her interest and concern for education extends overseas; in 2007, she opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which is focused on educating girls grades 8 – 12 who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership potential. The Academy is designed to train these girls to become decision-makers in society.

Oprah uses her power and influence to gain support for those who are in need. The Angel Network, the Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation, all founded by the billionaire, donate millions of dollars a year to many different organizations and non-profits around the world.  

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Today in Black History, 8/21/2014

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• August 21, 1831 Nat Turner’s rebellion began in Southampton County, Virginia. Turner was an enslaved Black man who started with a few trusted fellow enslaved men and grew into more than 50 enslaved and free Black men. The rebels traveled from house to house, freeing enslaved people and killing their White owners. The rebellion was suppressed within 48 hours with 55 White men, women and children killed. Turner was captured October 30. On November 5, he was convicted and sentenced to death and was hung November 11, 1831. The state executed 56 other Black men suspected of being involved in the uprising and another 200 Black people, most of whom had nothing to do with the uprising, were beaten, tortured, and murdered by angry White mobs. Also, the Virginia General Assembly passed new laws making it unlawful to teach enslaved or free Black or Mulatto people to read or write and restricting Black people from holding religious meetings without the presence of a licensed White minister. “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” a novel, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1968 and a film, “Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property,” was released in 2003. Turner’s name is enshrined in the Ring of Genealogy at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Roy and Maureen Robert #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.

Maureen and Roy Roberts

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“It is so critically important for blacks to give and for our kids to see us give,” said Roy Roberts, a retired group vice president of General Motors Co. and previous Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager.

Roberts and his wife, Maureen, have long had heads and hearts for supporting the progression of the black community, the arts, and the city of Detroit. Members of the National Organization for Black Philanthropists and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Robert’s are established humanitarians, supporting the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), United Negro College Fund, the Urban League, Boy Scouts of America, Aquinas College, Gleaners Community Food Bank, and a host of local organizations.

“We do it because we think we should,” Roy said. In 2011, the couple funded a gallery named for African-American philanthropist at the DIA through a seven figure gift.

Maureen, a retired nurse, sits on the Board of Trustees for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Prior to and throughout her term, the Roberts have hugely supported the museum, replying to all of its appeals and encouraging others to give through individual fundraising efforts. 

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Today in Black History, 8/20/2014

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• August 20, 1619 The first 20 Africans were brought to what would become Jamestown, Virginia aboard a Dutch ship. The Africans were traded for food and supplies as temporary indentured servants in the same way that English White people were owned as laborers in the New World. Their labor arrangement was for a specified period of time after which they were free to live their lives, just as the English laborers were. The permanent enslavement of Africans in America was implemented later.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Gail Snowden #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.

Gail Snowden: Banker, Urban Community Development Leader

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Snowden is the Chief Executive Officer of Freedom House, an organization that was founded by her parents, aimed at improving the economic and social standing of communities through education and leadership development. Snowden is a veteran of the banking industry, with over 35 years of banking experience, which culminated with her retiring as Executive Vice President for Bank of America. 

Snowden has been nationally recognized as a leader in urban community development.  Even while working in the banking industry, she placed an emphasis on community investment.  Snowden dedicated her personal time to serving the community by working with organizations geared towards improving educational opportunities for inner-city youth.  She has served as Vice President of Administrative Services for The Boston Foundation, a Boston community foundation that is made of over 850 separate charitable funds established by donors, either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. Additionally, she has served as Director of Year Up, Inc., an organization which aims to empower urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support to achieve success in higher education and professional careers.

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Today in Black History, 8/19/2014

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• August 19, 1791 Benjamin Banneker, a free African American astronomer, surveyor and almanac author, wrote a letter to United States Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson pointing out the hypocrisy of slavery. In the letter he stated, “I apprehend you will embrace every opportunity, to eradicate that train of absurd and false ideas and opinions, which so generally prevails with respect to us; and that your sentiments are concurrent with mine, which are, that one universal Father hath given being to us all; and that he hath not only made us all of one flesh, but that he has also, without partiality, afforded us all the same sensations and endowed us all with the same faculties; and that however variable we may be in society or religion, however diversified in situation or color; we are all of the same family, and stand in the same relation to him.” Jefferson responded to Banneker on August 30 stating, “No body wishes more than I do, to see such proofs as you exhibit, that nature has given to our black brethren talents equal to those of the other colors of men.” The complete correspondence between the two can be found by doing a search on “Benjamin Banneker letter to Thomas Jefferson.”

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Today in Black History, 8/18/2014

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• August 18, 1899 Frank Smith Horne, ophthalmologist, poet and administrator, was born in New York City. Horne earned his Bachelor of Science degree from City College of New York in 1921 and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Northern Illinois College of Ophthalmology and Otology in 1923. In 1932, he earned his Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Horne started writing while in college and his poems were included in the anthologies “Caroling Dusk: An Anthology of Verse by Negro Poets” (1927), “The Poetry of the Negro, 1746-1949” (1949), and “Haverstraw” (1963). From 1927 to 1936, Horne was professor, then dean, and interim president of Fort Valley High and Industrial School (now Fort Valley State College). From 1936 to 1955, he worked for the United States Housing Authority on minority housing issues. During the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, Horne was a member of the president’s “Black cabinet.” From 1956 to his death September 7, 1974, Horne worked on housing issues in New York City, including assisting in the development of the nation’s first laws against discrimination in public housing.

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Today in Black History, 8/17/2014

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• August 17, 1849 Archibald Henry Grimke, lawyer, journalist, diplomat and community leader, was born enslaved in Charleston, South Carolina. Grimke and his family were freed by their owner at his death. Grimke went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, and his Master of Arts degree from Lincoln University in 1870 and 1872, respectively. He earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard University in 1874 and did graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary before becoming an ordained Presbyterian minister. Grimke served as the American Consul to the Dominican Republic from 1894 to 1898. He served as president of the American Negro Academy from 1903 to 1916 and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909. Throughout this period, Grimke published articles and pamphlets concerning Black life and history. In 1916, he testified against segregation before the House Committee on Reform in the Civil Service. In 1919, Grimke was awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal. Grimke died February 25, 1930. His biography, “Archibald Grimke: portrait of a black independent,” was published in 1993.

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-Exciting test-drive fundraising event will generate much-needed money for the world’s largest museum dedicated to African American History, helping the local & national community.


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Lincoln and its dealers have launched a new program called Driven To Give, combining the successful Drive Smart For Your School and Drive Smart For A Cause programs. Driven To Give is designed to help raise much needed funding for local community groups and nonprofit organizations. To date, Lincoln dealerships and local communities across the United States have helped raised more than $3 million for educational or charitable organizations.

 

Bob Maxey Lincoln is bringing Lincoln’s Driven To Give program to the Detroit community in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives an eligible Lincoln vehicle at the Charles H. Wright Museum’s African World Festival on Saturday, August 16, 2014, Bob Maxey Lincoln and Lincoln will donate $30 to the museum. The funds will go towards educational and youth programming. Participants who do not wish to test drive the vehicle, but who possess a valid driver’s license and wish to register on site will also earn a $30 donation towards the museum.

“We know funding for community programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Marty Rutkowski, Sales Manager at Bob Maxey Lincoln. “We’re excited to raise money for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.”

The event, which will be held from 10 am to 6 pm, will feature vehicles from the reimagined 2013 Lincoln lineup. Dealership staff on site will be able to assist with all Lincoln vehicles and provide additional information about each vehicle available for test-drive.

To participate in this exciting event and get behind the wheel of your favorite Lincoln vehicle, please visit the African World Festival between 10 am and 6 pm on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drives will last approximately 7-10 minutes.


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Today in Black History, 8/16/2014

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• August 16, 1893 Charles Lewis Reason, mathematician, educator and civil rights activist, died. Reason was born July 21, 1818 in New York City. A mathematics child prodigy, Reason began teaching the subject at fourteen at the African Free School. He later studied at McGrawville College. In 1847, Reason co-founded the Society for the Promotion of Education among Colored Children, an organization authorized by the state legislature to oversee Black schools in New York City. In 1849, he was appointed professor of fine writing, Greek, Latin, and French and adjunct professor of mathematics at New York Central College, the first African American professor at a predominantly White college. Reason left that position in 1852 to become principal of the Institute for Colored Youth (now Cheney University), a post he held until 1855. That year, he returned to New York City where he served as a teacher and administrator in the public school system until his retirement in 1892. Reason was committed to the antislavery cause and worked for improvements in Black civil rights. He founded the New York Political Improvement Association which won the right for a jury trial for previously enslaved fugitives in the state. He also headed the successful 1873 effort to outlaw segregation in New York schools.

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Black Philanthropy Month Spotlight: Eddie C. Brown #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.

Eddie C. Brown: Investment Manager, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist.

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Eddie Carl Brown is the founder and president of Brown Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar Baltimore-based firm.  Brown is widely recognized for his investment management strategies and his expertise in stock-picking.  Brown and his wife have donated millions of dollars to numerous charities through their established Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation.  One of the Brown Family Foundation’s goals has been to provide support for programs geared towards improving health care, education, and social issues in inner-city Baltimore, MD.  Brown has received a number of awards and recognition, most of which include his wife, Sylvia, also being recognized, for their tireless efforts and financial support aimed at improving communities and the life of others.

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