“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.”—Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks
“I was in the third grade. I watched it on TV. I sat on the floor in front of the TV and watched my mother cry. This was 1963, we were one of the very few Black families that lived in White Plains, NY at the time. I will never forget seeing John John salute the casket and I thought that Jackie Kennedy was so beautiful on the day she paid her respects to her husband. I was so young I didn’t really understand all that was happening, but I knew the world would be different after that.”—
On November 22, 1963, the nation was stunned by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. To share your story of where you (or friends and family) were during this tragic time, visit the submission form on our Facebook page.
Considered by many as one of Jamaica’s greatest orators, Orette Bruce Golding, former Prime Minister of Jamaica is this year’s CIN Caribbean Lecture Series keynote speaker. His presentation is entitled “Jamaica’s challenges, opportunities and imperatives”.
October 22. 2013
Sponsored by First Global Bank, Golden Krust, Jampact, Benjamins and the Jamaica Observer.
For more information and to register, visit our event’s page.
Today is the birthday of Halle Tanner Johnson (b.1864), the first woman to become licensed and the first person of African ancestry to practice medicine in the state of Alabama.
Johnson was a young widow with a child when she decided to enter medical school. She graduated with honors, passed a rigid Medical Board Certification, accepted a physician’s teaching position Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute, established a training school for nurses and founded a dispensary to meet the needs of local residents.
Her success stems from her upbringing in the Tanner household, where exposure to discussions on culture and the works of intellectuals laid a strong foundation for excellence as evident in many of her family members such as her older brother Henry Ossawa Tanner, a talented painter and her niece Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander, the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in economics in the United States, the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and the first national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
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