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Vernon Jordan: Civil Rights Movement was about ‘tearing down walls’

Vernon Jordan

On January 19, the General Mills Foundation and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) partnered once again to cohost the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year marked the 25th anniversary for this highly anticipated early-morning event.

As usual, this year also marked another successful sold-out celebration. The theme for this year was “Infinite Hope and Meaningful Action.” Continue Reading →

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First annual Baraza conference ‘a huge success’

Event launches movement to improve Black women’s health and wellness

Part 2 — see part one in the current print edition of the MSR

By Robin James

Contributing Writer

The October 6 Baraza Conference presentation by Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Ph.D., was titled “Claiming Your Right to Wellness: Sisters in Recovery from Life” and addressed powerful issues such as trauma, grief and loss as they relate to both personal and professional relationships, and offered the audience exercises to improve wellness of mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Akinsanya is a licensed clinical psychologist and executive director of the African American Child Wellness Institute. One of the things she discussed during her talk was cognitive reframing, such as when one thinks of a glass as half full or half empty. So, when you do reframing, what you do is look at a situation from another side. Dr. Akinsanya asked the audience to think of one negative thing you say about yourself that keeps you locked down. Continue Reading →

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