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Take a moment to remember our 2020-2021 leadership.
Thank you to Edwina Martin-Arnold for taking over for Phil White!
BUILD's new Chair is Sascha Nixon (left) and Co-Chair is Tyrone Jordan-Oliver (right)
Executive Assistants are La-Sandra Jones-Owens (left) and Yeni Castaneto (right)
BUILD HONORS AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT
March is Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes the yearly theme, and this year it is the same as last year: “Valiant Women of the Vote.” It is appropriate to carry this theme forward considering the historic role Black women played in the recent elections. This includes the election of Kamala Harris. Harris is the first Black woman, the first Indian-American woman, the first person of Asian-American descent, and the first graduate of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to be sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. As she said in her acceptance speech, “(she) may be the first, but (she) will not be the last.”
Thank you our members who submitted photos highlighting the milestones and influential people in your life during Black History Month! Claude Burfect (pictured below) has been steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work for a long, long time. That’s why he is a Black History inspiration to member Kevin Allen!
Compiled by BUILD for our Black History Month celebration, 2021.
This is a story of a little boy name Theo, who woke up one morning and asked his mother, "Mom, what if there were no Black people in the world?" Well, his mother thought about that for a moment, and then said, "Son, follow me around today and let's just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world." Mom said, "Now go get dressed, and we will get started."
Serve Washington, the state commission on national and community service, reaches out to you in hopes you would be willing to help us get the word out on this effort to all of the Statewide business resource groups either through their newsletters, distribution lists or social media. We posted the announcement on our Facebook and Twitter if you want to share that way.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968), was a man of great integrity, values and principles. If alive today, Reverend Dr. King would be 92 years old. Leading the effort toward social justice and equality, Reverend Dr. King’s impact went beyond his local community to inspire change in America and the world. In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The following is reprinted with permission from the author, John Vassall, MD.
Black Americans are reluctant to take the coronavirus vaccine. When the Pfizer vaccine became available at Howard University Hospital on December 14, only 600 of approximately 1,900 employees had signed up for the 725 doses received. Howard University is one of the oldest and finest historically Black colleges, reverently referred to as “The Mecca” by Te-Nehisi Coates. Anita Jenkins, CEO had her shot administered publicly in an effort to change the minds of the 70% of workers in a November hospital survey who either did not want to take the vaccine or did not want it immediately. If you find yourself hesitating to take the vaccine, you are not alone. I offer information to help you make your decision.
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Jamila Thomas as his chief of staff effective Nov. 16. Thomas is currently chief of staff to Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and previously held the same title with former Speaker of the House Frank Chopp.
BY KAREN JOHNSON OLYMPIAN BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS, OCTOBER 16, 2020
Internationally acclaimed actor Chadwick Aaron Boseman mattered. Boseman studied directing at Howard University, a historically Black university, landed his first major role as a series regular on “Persons Unknown” (2010), gave a breakthrough performance as baseball player Jackie Robinson in the biographical film “42” (2013), starred as singer James Brown in “Get On Up” (2014), and as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall” (2017).
Washington is home to vibrant communities and diverse citizens who all have unique talents, skills and experiences. Governor Inslee places a high priority on boards, commissions, and agencies that are reflective of the diverse make-up of Washington and that utilize the impressive talent of our citizens. We are always seeking skilled and experienced individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate in boards and commissions ensuring an effective and representative government.
Please Join BUILD in wishing the distinguished Poet-Laureate-Civil Rights Champion, James Baldwin, Happy Birthday!
J. R. Lewis, known to many of his constituents in Congress as John and to his innermost circle of childhood family and friends as Robert, was a scholarly, articulate, humble, and self-described God-fearing man who believed in equality, liberty and justice for all. He could be counted on to support and show up for any worthy cause. Regardless of how busy he was, he always had time for matters pertaining to social and economic justice, and equality – especially when these issues pertained to African American communities across America.
Bigger Than Me, Success Stories with Traci Harrell is about Achieving Racial Equity & Inclusion in Business…Education, Wealth and Health. The next session is Saturday, August 8th, 10:30 am to 12 noon (PST). Zoom registration required.
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BY KAREN A. JOHNSON OLYMPIAN BOARD OF CONTRIBUTORS
JUNE 26, 2020 05:45 AM
HONORING AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND GOVERNMENT
March is Women’s History Month. The National Women’s History Alliance selects and publishes the yearly theme and this year it is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”
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