Archive for October 15th, 2011

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Oct
11

hey! goodnight! see you good people tomorrow ;-)

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Now up to 1,397,793 views on YouTube 😆

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Thank you for the reminder, Bobfr:

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And …. my most loved:

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Oct
11

reverend al & martin iii

October 15, Washington DC

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Dewey Bozella won his fight tonight! (See today’s earlier thread about his story here)

Thank you for the news Hopefruit

15
Oct
11

‘humbled and overwhelmed’ (update: he won his fight!)

ESPN: President Barack Obama called Dewey Bozella on Thursday to wish him luck in Saturday night’s cruiserweight bout with Larry Hopkins in Los Angeles.

The 52-year-old, who was released from prison in 2009 after serving 26 years for a murder he did not commit, will make his professional boxing debut at the Staples Center on the undercard of light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins’ defense against Chad Dawson.

“I was so humbled and overwhelmed at the president’s call,” Bozella told The Ring. “It brought tears to my eyes. I thanked him for taking an interest in my story. Wow. There is a lot riding on this fight now.”

“This is just getting bigger. President Obama told me that he was rooting for me. I would love to meet him in person someday.”

…. Bozella, who boxed as an amateur and while he was in an upstate New York prison, dreamed of fighting professionally while he was incarcerated….

In 1983, Bozella was convicted of the 1977 murder of a 92-year-old woman in her Poughkeepsie, N.Y., home …. There was no physical evidence of Bozella being in her home and he had been bicycling by himself miles away, but was arrested and ultimately convicted. Eventually, the case against him was overturned when witnesses against Bozella recanted their stories.

Full story here

Thank you BWD

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Update: He won! Link (Thank you Hopefruit)

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Oct
11

joan

Our good friend Joan Katherine Shaw is having surgery on Monday – send your love and best wishes here.

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Oct
11

the march on dc (including photos from donna dem)

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Oct
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15
Oct
11

welcome to the weekend ;-)

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CNN: A march on Washington originally scheduled to coincide with August’s opening of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, but postponed due to Hurricane Irene, will take place today.

The march, organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, hopes to “start a drive to bring forth the masses of those who have not been heard in the middle of this jobs debate,” he told a news conference.

It will occur the day before the rescheduled opening ceremony for the King Memorial, which also was postponed because of the hurricane.

The march will begin with a rally at the Lincoln Memorial and conclude near the King Memorial. Sharpton called the route “emancipator to liberator.”

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Coverage of tomorrow’s dedication ceremony starts on Whitehouse.gov/live at 9:00 AM ET

8:0 am: The dedication activities will begin with an hour-long “Morning Joy” program

9:0 am: The Dedication program, emceed by PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill, begins with tributes to Dr. King with the words of noted speakers including civil rights leaders and King family members, as well as musicians and poets. President Barack Obama will deliver the dedication address.

11:0 am: Dedication will take place in the forecourt of the Memorial. Herman “Skip” Mason, general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Aretha Franklin, Harry Johnson, president and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation, and President Barack Obama will participate. Special guests include Vice President Joe Biden, United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and more.

More about the day’s schedule here and here

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