……black history month

black history month 2017

Creating this simple page to learn, teach or share…. Here are some links for:

Black History Month 2017

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Calendar of Events and historical information to learn about and share

In depth feature on some of the best stories on race and identity.

Famous African Americans throughout history

And here’s a nice site called “Black Facts” 


MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that.

CICELY TYSON Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.

LANGSTON HUGHES I swear to the Lord, I still can’t see, why Democracy means, everybody but me.

MAYA ANGELOU One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We cant be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.

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Don’t lose heart America

As always, I am musically yours, Gregory

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……its february <3

Just a short note this post but I didn’t want to forget to wish everyone

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY !  

Remember to value those you love. They are the greatest blessing this life will ever give you.

There are lots of links throughout this post so after a first read go ahead and click pics so you don’t miss em!

Some of my favorite music to get you celebrating…




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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

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As a celebration of Black History Month, I attended a performance by the African American Composer Initiative which featured very special guest Valerie Capers. Valerie is a gifted pianist and composer. As a part of our musical heritage she is someone you should know… (she is the first blind graduate of the Julliard School). Aside from this, Valerie has a creative and experimental spirit. Her great personality and easy way of explaining both Classical and Jazz music with stories and humor is infectious (even to non Jazz aficionados). Below is an example from last years performance. (The fact that she’s from my hometown of New York City and that I was so comfortable with her she felt like a family member doesn’t hurt either lol). While there I even ran into some Facebook friends!

Abbott with world renowned Composer Pianist Valerie Capers and Pianist, Vocalist, and coordinator of the AACI Judge LaDoris Cordell.


 


Black history is made everyday. Celebrate with these 25 African-American firsts.


 

A note of congratulations to one of my favorite causes…

As an associate of Energime University through Global Cooperation Day, I am pleased to announce that Energime University is now partnered with the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) under the auspices of an initiative directed by H.E Ban Ki-Moon, U.N Secretary-General.

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My quotes for this post


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Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another.
THOMAS MERTON

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. MAYA ANGELOU

 


I am involved in something unfortunate at the moment but will get through it in due course. Doing my best to follow my own advice. Blessings to you all.

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As always, I am

Musically yours, Gregory

 

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