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Voter Outreach

Voter Outreach

Concepts, strategies and objectives to move voters to action

Written by Peter Grear Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Each week over the past several months I’ve written about various aspects of voter suppression with the purpose of explaining its concepts,…

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Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

Keatts A Keeper For New-Look Seahawks

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles

New Head Men’s Basketball Coach was all smiles at Trask Coliseum. WILMINGTON, NC – Boldly proclaiming, “I’m a winner,” and promising “an exciting brand of basketball” newly-christened UNCW head men’s basketball coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that a new day in Seahawk basketball has arrived.

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Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7

The study tested 186 children ages 3 to 7 in a temptation-resistance paradigm. Approximately half of the children were lied to by an experimenter, who said there was “a huge bowl of candy in the next room” but quickly confessed this was just a ruse to get the child to come play a game. 

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Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

Unconscious Mind Can Detect a Liar When Conscious Mind Fails

The unconscious mind could catch a liar

“We set out to test whether the unconscious mind could catch a liar – even when the conscious mind failed,” says ten Brinke. Along with Berkeley-Haas Assistant Professor Dana R. Carney, lead author ten Brinke and Dayna Stimson (BS 2013, Psychology), hypothesized that these seemingly paradoxical findings may be accounted for by unconscious mental processes.

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Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials: Educate, Organize, and Mobilize

North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials

Written by Peter Grear, Esq.  Since August 2013 I've continued to ask myself "what would an effective campaign to defeat voter suppression look like?” Well, on Friday, February 14, 2014, Valentine's Day, I got my answer from Richard Hooker, President of the…

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Download Greater Diversity News Digital PDF Edition for FREE

FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website

The FREE Full PDF Edition includes stories not featured on the website. No paper, no hasel, read on your laptop or mobile devices. 

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More Than One Million Fathers Are Improving America by Taking Their Children to School

Written by Featured Organization on 19 August 2011.

738 U.S. cities have signed on to the Million Father March 2011, the largest back-to-school initiative in United States' history
By Phillip Jackson  Chicago - An army of more than one million American men are taking to the streets this year in one of the most important battles that America has ever fought.  And that is the battle for the hearts, minds and spirits of American children.  These men will include janitors, lawyers, doctors, technicians, factory workers, bankers, bus drivers, construction workers, policemen and trash collectors.  The 2011 Million Father March will also include retired men, previously incarcerated men and unemployed men.   They all have one thing in common -- on the first back-to-school day in cities across America, they are taking their children to school.

A record 738 cities will participate in the 2011 Million Father March. Last year, more than 800,000 men in 609 cities across America and around the world took children to school on the first day.  “Education has become a matter of national security.  If we cannot control our schools, then we cannot control our economy.  And if we cannot control our economy, then we cannot control and protect our quality of life in America,” says Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of The Black Star Project, U.S.A.

Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.  Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives.  A good father is part of a good parent team and is critical to creating a strong family structure.  Strong family structures produce children who are more academically proficient, socially developed and self-assured.  Such children become adults who are valuable assets to their communities. 

March participants will include fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers, significant male caregivers and family friends.   Women and men of all ethnicities are also encouraged to take their children to school on their first day.  Businesses are asked to give fathers and other men two hours off work the morning of the first day of school to take their children to school.  Religious leaders (pastors, imams, priests, rabbis, ministers, bishops, elders) and faith-based institutions (churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples) are being asked to adopt a neighborhood school and to partner with and support that school throughout the school year.

This year, we are asking fathers and other men to volunteer 10 hours of service to their children's school for a total of 10 million hours of service by the end of the school year.  We also ask fathers and other men pledge to support children throughout the year.  The pledge calls for and outlines a year-long commitment to their children and to the schools they attend.  The pledge includes participating in school activities for the benefit of the children, their family and in the community.

Additionally, in Chicago, which is ground zero for youth violence in America, 650 faith leaders are being recruited to be at 650 schools on the first day of school to welcome students back and to create a circle of safety around the students on the first day.  Additionally, at 9:00 a.m., these 650 faith leaders will pray for a safe and successful school year for all students and staff at these schools.

And finally, at every high school in America, alumni are being asked to return to their alma mater on the first day of school to welcome students back to their campus and to encourage them to have a successful and productive school year.  They will also be asked to sign up as volunteers to help create and maintain better schools.

For any city that has already started school, Tuesday, September 6, 2011 is the Million Father March's National Fathers Take Your Children to School Day.  The 2011 Million Father March is managed by The Black Star Project, U.S.A., and sponsored by the Open Society Foundation’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Please visit our website at www.blackstarproject.org to bring the 2011 Million Father March to your city or for more information about the March.  You may also email blackstar1000@ameritech.net or call 773.285.9600 for more information or to register for the March.