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    Dillard University Professor Dr. Dorothy Smith and student Nicole Tinson featured in local story about the "March on Washington" PDF Print E-mail
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    Sabrina Wilson
    Fox8 News

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    New Orleans, La. — Scores of locals will be part of the commemorative "March on Washington" Saturday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the event that helped turn a big page in the nation's civil rights history. Meanwhile, some locals who took part in the 1963 march reflect on what the historic event meant then and now.

    On August 28, 1963, more 200,000 people marched through the District of Columbia to the Lincoln Memorial, calling for jobs and freedom.

    "It was once in a lifetime we felt, if you didn't go now it'll never happen again," said Rev. Samson "Skip" Alexander, who participated in the march on the hot August day.

    The journey to Washington had been a difficult one. Segregation ruled the south. There had been many marches, and speeches around the country. Alexander, who worked with King and other civil rights leaders on numerous activities remembers how New Orleanians were excited to be heading north for 1963 March on Washington.  

    "We were in an old raggedy bus that was out of Harvey, Louisiana…They didn't know how we were going to get back but all we had to do there is get there, they said, and we'd have food and we sleep on the bus and then we could go to the hotel and they'd give us permission to wash up," he said.

    Other locals played important roles not only at the March on Washington, but throughout the south.

    "I joined Rev. [Avery] Alexander and others on the picket lines, then ultimately got involved in the sit-ins on Canal Street," recalls Jerome Smith,  a "freedom rider" during the turbulent days of segregation in the south.

    He weathered brutal beatings as a "freedom rider," but relished his participation in the March on Washington.  Still, he said much work remains to be done to cure social injustices.

    "One of the things that was at the march that impressed me more than anything was that it was a collective feeling for goodness. And one of the failures of the march, we were not able to maintain that feeling during this 50 years," Smith said.

    King's speech came at the end of a very long program at the Lincoln Memorial.

    "Mahalia Jackson said it before she got near Dr. King she wanted him to preach, and this why when he was on his speech and she was saying Martin, Martin, the dream Martin, the dream Martin," said Smith.

    Alexander recounts how Dr. King started off slowly in his address, and did not immediately mesmerize the crowd -- but he said that changed as King's words began to crescendo.

    "And we were just talking and whatever and he said 'I have dream,' and everybody stopped, everybody stopped and looked forward at the podium… It meant that there was a dream coming and that everybody would be free," stated Alexander.

    "It was a glorious time for blacks to talk about this notion of jobs and freedom and how this was going to expand the American dream, not just for blacks, but for America as well," said Dr. Dorothy Vick Smith, historian for Dillard University.

    Five decades later, students from Dillard and Southern Universities joined in Saturday's march.

    "It's really, really important I feel for the youth to be here to have a voice, to network with older people who were here 50 years ago," said Nicole Tinson, a Dillard student who traveled to Washington for the march.

    "Out of this will come many leaders. Out of this will come many whites and blacks who will unite together," Alexander said of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

    Dillard’s Class of 2017 to Prepare 10,000 Meals for “Stop Hunger Now” PDF Print E-mail
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    Freshmen start the year with Community Service Project

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    Mona Duffel Jones
    Director of Communications and Marketing
    August 22, 2013

    (New Orleans) - On Friday, August 23, Dillard University’s Class of 2017 will package 10,000 meals in partnership with “Stop Hunger Now,” an international hunger relief agency, as part of a freshmen community service project. Students will prepare the meals from 9 a.m. until noon in Henson Hall.   Carretta Cooke, director of the Center for Career and Professional Development, said that this is the first time Dillard students are partnering with the non-profit agency that operates out of Raleigh, NC.

    “We hope that by participating in this event our students will have a better understanding about hunger and how a brief time of service can affect people on a global scale,” Cooke said.  “This is important for our students because they get to view the world through a global lens of inclusion and are educated about hunger and its impact,” she added.

    Dillard University has been recognized nationally for its student engagement efforts in the New Orleans area. As part of its graduation requirements students must complete a minimum of 120 hours of community service. Last year, the Class of 2013 completed more than 36,000 hours of volunteer service.

    Since 1998, “Stop Hunger Now” has been distributing food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries throughout the world. It began its meal packaging program in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 25 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. “Stop Hunger Now” works with international partners that ship and distributes the meals in-country.

    Thursday's Financial Tips 3 Steps to Get Your Bills Under Control PDF Print E-mail
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    Kem Cents by Kemberley Washington, CPA

    AUGUST 22, 2013 - Each month we are bombarded with bills in our inbox, smartphone, or mail. Of course with anything, without having a sound system in place, we can easily be overwhelmed.

If your bills have gotten the best of you, here are three steps to help manage your monthly bills.

Create a System
Having a system for your bills is key. A great idea is to pay your bills according to your pay schedule. For example, if you are paid on the 1st and 15th, you may want to pay your bills on the same dates. Let's say for instance if a bill is due on the 7th, paying this bill on the 1st will not only reduce late fees, but also give you peace of mind knowing this bill has already been paid.

Write it Down
It doesn't matter where or how, but writing your bills and due dates somewhere visible can help you better manage your bills. Consider using a bill calendar or making one of your own. There are also apps that are available that can help you manage your bills. 

Reduce Them
Of course bills could be overwhelming, but there is something you can do about it. After you have taking the time to write your bills, review each one to determine whether you can eliminate or reduce it. This will not only help you better manage your bills but in the long run, help save you money as well!

    Brazilian Teachers Soak Up Life, Lessons in New Orleans PDF Print E-mail
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    July 31, 2013

    Dillard University welcomed a group of 24 public school teachers from Brazil this summer for an intensive English language study program and received a dose of global awareness in return.

    As part of a new collaboration between the U.S. and Brazilian governments and historically black colleges and universities in the United States, the teachers are spending six weeks taking classes to improve their reading, writing and speaking abilities, then taking their sharpened English skills back to their students.

    The teachers were warned to give Americans more personal space and told that Americans are not as outwardly friendly as Brazilians but found a warm welcome in New Orleans.

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    President Kimbrough featured in "Video Mentor" Navigating the Academic Hierarchy! PDF Print E-mail
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    The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center has released a “Video Mentor” for new and aspiring faculty members. The purpose of the video entitled Navigating the Academic Hierarchy is to educate new and aspiring faculty members on the basic principles that drive institutions of higher learning.  The video features highly respected faculty members and administrators of several different Louisiana Universities.

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    Featuring (In Order of Appearance)

    Dr. Walter Kimbrough

    President - Dillard University

    Dr. Renita Marshall

    Assoc. Professor- Southern University

    Dr. Adell Brown

    Executive Vice- Chancellor for Research-Southern University Ag Center

    Dr. Roland Mitchell

    Assoc. Professor – Louisiana State University

    Dr. Linda Benedict

    Assoc. Director, Office of Communications-Louisiana State University Ag Center

    Dr. Andra Johnson

    Assoc. Professor-Southern University

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