Tag: black history month

hearts, history, hunger

This year for Black History Month I thought I’d share the stories Thurgood Marshall and Hazel Scott.

Justice Thurgood Marshall…

never stopped having empathy for the common folk and the disadvantaged” and he used the law to help those folk…. Regardless of color. He proved a tremendous force for good and is someone that everyone should know about. Here is a short 8 minute clip…. you won’t be disappointed. 

Hazel Scott

was a Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer and actor. She was also an activist. Here is her story….

Here are some of my songs of romance….. 

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

Thomas Merton


My staff here at gregoryabbott.com  thought they’d have a bit of fun and came up with this Valentine’s Day t-shirt. lol

“I know of only one duty and that is to love”

Albert Camus

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR ALL

I wrote recently about my long term interest in learning about and understanding how to address … as a planet… a sustainable future for all. There are seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals  that were adopted in 2015 by countries all over the world. I spoke about the first… which is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

The SECOND is to end HUNGER

World hunger is caused by so much more than a shortage of food. Even in places where food is plentiful or can be grown, challenges like disasters, conflict or poverty prevent people from accessing it. Imagine…. if one of us was living in a country that made the basic necessity of food a challenge….People in poverty generally spend between 60 and 80 percent of their income on food, which can force them to prioritize feeding their families over meeting other basic needs or reaching long-term goals, like sending their children to school. If an emergency strikes, they may need to skip meals in order to cope financially — and the cycle of hunger continues.

Despite decades of progress in reducing world hunger, 2017 saw increases in the number of people who are hungry. More than 820 million people still go to bed hungry every night — that’s one in every nine people who don’t have the food they need to live a healthy, productive life.

What can WE do?
Well…. here are a few ideas people are coming up with…. Non profits are doing most of the work and there is no one way to do this. It takes a group effort on the part of all of us. The main thing is to be aware that this is happening….

Borgen Project

Ten Things That You Can Do To Fight World Hunger


Top 100 Eco Friendly Blogs, Websites & Influencers in 2020 https://blog.feedspot.com/eco_friendly_blogs/

As always, I am musically yours, Gregory

P. S. My prayers for an effective end to the threat of the coronavirus.

A World Health Organization committee is set to meet for the second time in a week to decide whether the outbreak is a global health emergency. Today’s meeting comes as the number of confirmed cases surpassed 7,700 worldwide, most of them in China

UPDATE: The virus has now been declared a global health emergency.


……black history month

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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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