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I read the last comment and I was really touched by what the viewer said. I hate to admit it but I am in the same category. Please keep in mind what you are trying to get black people to do is hard for us. After all this time in this country we have been trained to think and act in negative ways and changing all of this will not be easy. Project 2019 is exactly what we need. Please don't give up on all of us who are not doing as much as we should be doing to make us a better people.

Name Withheld By Request
I found out about Project 2019 years ago and I always knew it was the right thing to do. I use to think about it and wonder why more people are not talking about it and why I don't hear about it on the news now that 2019 is just a few years away. At first, I was wondering what's wrong with black people. At least I finally get it that I should be wondering what's wrong with "black people like me." My life has always been a mess and I can come up with all kinds of reasons why I haven't done a damn thing about Project 2019. The worse part is that I have kids and I'm thinking that if Project 2019 works they will have a better life than me. I don't know if it matters but I want the Project 2019 people to know that at least I feel bad and I hope all the other black people like me feel bad too.

Charles Sanford : Project 2019
On behalf of my family members, thank you to the members of the Project 2019 family for your sympathy, your kindness, and your support upon the passing of our family matriarch, Lucinda Sanford Acker. My mother, Lucinda, would have celebrated her 83rd birthday earlier this month (Dec. 12th) and this was also our first Thanksgiving and first Christmas without her. Needless to say, this holiday season was a little less joyous for our family. But we were blessed to have been raised by one of the strongest and most righteous black women in America - which is to say that we won't just get by, we will get even better. Lucinda would not have accepted anything less from her six children, her eleven grandchildren, and her eleven great-grandchildren.

For additional information, (click link or) -- Select "IN MEMORIAM" from the Project 2019 main Menu.

Audrey Morrow : Washington University, St, Louis
What you are trying to accomplish is brilliant and I am excited to find that someone has clearly spoken the words that I have been trying to find ever since the day I committed to not let my ancestors' work be in vain and do for my posterity what has been done for me. (I am less excited to say that I only found out about Project 2019 today and the idea has been around since before 2000.) But now I know, and I plan to share the word. I am a black student about to graduate from college and I plan to work with youth to teach them this very philosophy endorsed by Project 2019 long beyond 2019. I just wanted to let you know that I am joining the numbers of black students with college degrees and I plan to do my part to help those numbers grow. Thank you.

Name Withheld By Request
Check this out. Since it was Black History Month, I thought it would be cool to wear the Project 2019 hat that I bought a few months ago along with a copy of the {Project 2019} book. So this white guy I know sees the hat and asks me about Project 2019. I guess I should have known somebody might ask me that question. I should have been more prepared but I wasn't and I fumbled through an explanation. I don't know if I said enough to get this guy interested or if he just didn't know what I was talking about but he asked me about the Web site. I told him (it was a guess) that it was So about a week later, I run into this white guy again (and I'm not wearing the hat) and right away he jumps into a conversation about black history, Project 2019, and how impressed he was with "these" black Americans. Yeah, it was a little racist but I know him and his heart is in the right place.

After all of this happened, I decided I better read the book and I'm about one-third of the way through it. Now I understand why my boy was so impressed and I'm a little embarrassed that, at the time, he knew more about Project 2019 and probably black history than I did. That's why I don't want you to use my name. But I learned my lesson and I promised myself that I won't ever be in that situation again.

Jerome Locke : Iowa

I'm sure you don't remember me, but I bought a copy of your (Charles Sanford's) book ("Project 2019") at a book fair about five years ago. Just so you know, I am white and a college graduate. Anyway, I just read the revised edition of your book and I am even more impressed by what you are saying and what you are attempting to accomplish. I also read your very profound article, President Obama Is Not "Mission Accomplished" For Black America. Please forgive me if I sound disparaging, but if black Americans don't listen to you, their socioeconomic problems will continue and they will continue to be just as oppressed as they have always been. And in your words, not mine, they will have only themselves to blame. You are certainly doing your part.

Betty J. Miller : Detroit, MI

I am new to Project 2019 and I don't know a lot about it yet. But what I have read so far makes so much sense that I am surprised that it is not all over the news. Please let me know what I can do to help. God bless you and your work.

Robert Wakefield : Atlanta, GA

My friend who sent me the mission not accomplished article (President Obama Is Not "Mission Accomplished" For Black America) attended your Project 2019 Banquet on April 25th. She said it was a great evening and the highlight was the speech by Charles Sanford (the author of "Project 2019"). She said that I absolutely had to see, hear, or read this speech. Since Mr. Sanford's other articles and speeches are posted on the Project 2019 Web site, I will check in a couple of days. If it does not get posted, I will be sure to request an e-mail copy.

Robert Wakefield : Atlanta, GA
I read the article, President Obama Is Not "Mission Accomplished" For Black America and was nodding my head in agreement after every sentence. As president of "all of the United States," there is very little that Barack Obama can do for African Americans except to be a positive role model. I hope everyone realizes this and don't start sitting around waiting for things to change. President Obama is always talking about personal responsibility. That means that each of us is responsible for our own success.

Name Withheld By Request
Reading the attached article makes me believe there are only two possibilities. One: blacks are stupid, soulless animals. Or two: everything you are saying about Project 2019 is 100% true.

Slayings increasing among young black males, study finds
Study finds 39% rise since 2000
By Jay Lindsay | Associated Press
December 29, 2008

BOSTON — Black teenagers are killing each other in rising numbers, but the troubling trend has been masked by a falling crime rate in the United States, according to a study released Monday by Northeastern University.

FBI crime statistics show overall decreases in murder and other violent crimes. But a report by criminal justice professors James Alan Fox and Marc Swatt uncovers other disturbing trends within that data.

Among their findings: an increase of more than 39 percent in the number of black males age 14-17 killed from 2000 to 2007, and an increase of 34 percent in the number of blacks in that age group who committed homicide. The increases for white male teens age 14-17 during that same period were nearly 17 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

The report also noted that guns were overwhelmingly the weapon of choice for young black offenders and are now used in nearly 85 percent of homicides they commit.

Rev. Jeffrey Brown, executive director of the anti-crime Ten Point Coalition in Boston, said the spike in fatal shootings by and on black youths "bears out what I see on the streets every day."

"The victim and perpetrators of gun crimes are getting younger and younger," he added.

Fox called for an infusion of government money to beef up police and restore mentor, sports, after-school and summer programs that withered as federal money redirected from cities to homeland security after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Recent crime statistics show a drop in overall crime and murder rates from 2006 to 2007, the most recent year for which data were available.

The numbers represent a vast improvement over those from the 1990s, when the emergence of crack cocaine fueled an explosion in violence, the Northeastern report said. In 1993, about 225 out of every 100,000 blacks age 14-17 committed homicide, compared with 81 out of 100,000 in 2007. But that's an increase from the year 2000, when the number was 66 out of every 100,000 blacks.

Kathleen Howard : Memphis, TN
I have read all the updated excerpts from the "Project 2019" book that are available on the Web site and I am so impressed by the message of Project 2019. I have also learned a great deal about black America's history and I now have a better understanding of why we have the problems that we have and why Project 2019 is the only way to fix them. Please let me know as soon as the revised edition of the book is available. I want to be first in line to get a copy.

Kathleen Howard : Memphis, TN
I never had any doubts about the value of Project 2019. I only hope that the success of Barack Obama will convince other blacks that Project 2019 is exactly what black America needs.

Dr. Rodney H. Johnson : Houston, TX
I had the pleasure of sitting on a Town Hall panel discussion of The Status of Blacks in Higher Education. The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) together with the Texas Association of Black Personel in Higher Education (TABPHE of Houston) hosted this great event.

I purchased your book 4 years ago and was proud to include your message in my opinions and responses to moderator as well as audience questions last night. I spoke of Project 2019's urgency, in the light of contradicting terms in today's educational community...the "dropout crisis" and "college readiness." These two phenomenon cannot exist in the same educational universe...they cancel each other out.

I enforce your efforts as Principal of SOAR Evening High School, a school for at-risk and intellegent young adults in Alief ISD in SW Houston. I want to tell you that I referenced your book in my dissertation..."Barriers and Bridges: The Ascension of the African American Male to the Superintendency in Texas" and I will continue to support the project until there are more blacks seeking and completing advanced degrees.

Name Withheld By Request : Denver, CO
When I read the book, "Project 2019," a couple of years ago, I had a lot of doubts. But I keep seeing things like this article that show me that Charles Sanford knows what he is talking about.

Drive seeks to ban affirmative action

DENVER --- Intent on dismantling affirmative action, activists have launched a coordinated drive to cut off tax dollars for programs that offer preferential treatment based on race or gender.

The campaign aims to put affirmative action bans on the November ballot in Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma. The effort is being organized by consultant Ward Connerly, who has successfully promoted similar measures in California, Michigan and Washington. Supporters of affirmative action say the initiatives will be tough to block, given that Connerly has a proven ability to raise funds.

Dan Roseman : Chicago, IL
Here is another one of the millions of reasons why we need Project 2019. (Article from the Chicago Tribune, Nov. 13, 2007)

STUDY : Black, white families' income gap grows

The income gap between black and white families has grown, says a new study that tracked the incomes of 2,300 families for more than 30 years.

Incomes have increased among both black and white families in the past three decades -- mainly because more women are in the work force. But the increase was greater among whites, according to the study being released Tuesday.

One reason for the growing disparity: Incomes among black men have actually declined in the past three decades, when adjusted for inflation. They were offset by gains among black women.

"Overall, incomes are going up. But not all children are benefiting equally from the American dream," said Julia Isaacs of the Brookings Institution.

Isaacs compiled the reports for the Economic Mobility Project, a collaboration of senior economists and researchers from four Washington think tanks. The project is funded and managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT --- A Word From Tavis Smiley

I don't know whether you all have seen the Black Think Tank that Tavis Smiley hosts on C-SPAN every year, but it is powerful food for thought. Here are a few of the things learned at the Black Think Tank.


1. The first Americans or Native Americans going back to 13,000 BC were black! Look up the Folsom people who lived in Arizona.

2. One of the best reasons to stop our use of the term African American and say Black. A white person who was born in Africa, who moves to America is An African American and qualifies for financial aid, etc., but will get the jobs/pay privileges afforded to whites.

3. Look up the Slavery Law of 1665 (which stayed in effect until 1968) and the Maryland Doctrine of Exclusion (1638): both laws state that blacks must be excluded from the benefits afforded whites, and that blacks must remain noncompetitive with whites, except in sports and entertainment.

4. Two white men: Bill Gates and Larry Elision, combined have more wealth than the combined wealth of all 36 million blacks in America. Civil Rights did not change the economic landscape or the balance of power in America.

5. Asians received 80% of all government minority set aside contracts. Hello!!

6. Blacks eat more fish than whites by a 4 to 1 margin. For every dollar that whites spend on fish, blacks spend $9 on fish. Fish sold wholesale for $1 will retail at $2.50 - $3.00. Guess what business we should be in as Blacks?

7. There isn't any black owned national cable, or major network television stations. Cathy Hughes, the black woman who owns our only black owned radio stations, plans to sell to white owners after hearing the deal Bob Johnson received for selling BET. (Cathy Hughes is from OMAHA y'all!)

8. There are no black owned companies on the Wall Street Stock Exchange; where blacks own the majority or controlling interest of the stock.

9. Ninety-six percent (96%) of all black inmates are men.

10. Over the next two years 440,000 black inmates will be released from prison. The State has no place to put them as they re-enter society. A profitable business would be a Halfway house!

11. In 1860, 98% of all Blacks in America worked for White people. In 2001, 98% of all Blacks in America still work for white people.

12. In 1860, blacks in America had a combined net worth of one half of 1 percentage point. Guess what, in 2001, after Civil Rights, Jesse Jackson, Oprah, Shaq, NAACP, and Urban League, our combined net worth is half a percentage point.

13. For every dollar earned by a Jewish person, that dollar touches 12 to 18 Jewish hands before it leaves their community. For every dollar earned by a black person it leaves the community soon as he or she earns it.

14. The last week of April 2003 in Washington, DC black teenagers were arrested and booked for eating McDonalds on the metro subway. Cops cited recent 5-4 court decision as the permission to arrest law breakers even for minor offenses.

15. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of all hate crimes in America are against blacks.

16. After we get through being pleased that we have carpet in our office, a secretary, our name on the door and make six figures, we do
not own anything.

17. What will happen if you miss 6 months of work without pay? All we've left for our children is debt not an inheritance. You cannot pass welfare or food stamps onto our kids as a nest egg! We are not even in the race.

18. By the way, the word "race" hit the English language in the 16th century when Europeans held a contest to see who will win the race to gather the lost wealth through exploitation of blacks.

19. You must read Powernomics by Claude Anderson. This is our blueprint to create wealth, not just have a job, but be a business owner, so you can hire people, be listed on the stock exchange,and develop businesses to meet our needs.

This is "Good Food" for thought. Share this with children, grand children, best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, neighbor, e-mail buddies, etc.

Wow! We have much work to do! While we see lots of ghetto fabulous images all around, change has to begin with each of us...keep laying the foundation of excellence (spiritually, mentally and physically) and our children will take it to the next level with the help of God and many, many prayers!


Dennis G Nicholes
Webmaster/Systems Technician

Sandra Brown : President, Howard University Alumni Association (HUAA)
"As I wrote earlier, I was to attend (and did) an "HBCU Stakeholders" Meeting. I facilitated a discussion on HBCU student graduation rates. Read for yourself the alarming state of affairs for HBCU students, especially our Alma Mater.

The discussion comments ranged greatly; however, most believe that ranking is determined by admission practices. Schools with a liberal admission practice tend to rank lower. On the other hand, schools ranking high practice a more restrictive admission program.

he situation calls for more action from alumni. What will be your next step?"

(Note: Ms. Brown's comments are in reference to the following article. Ms. Brown is not the author of the article.)

(Excerpts from "The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education." The entire article is available at :


"Nationwide, the black student college graduation rate remains at a dismally low 43 percent. But the college completion rate has improved by four percentage points over the past three years. As ever, the black-white gap in college graduation rates remains very large and little or no progress has been achieved in bridging the divide.

Throughout the nation, black enrollments in higher education have reached an all-time high. But a more important statistical measure of the performance of blacks in higher education is that of how many black students are completing school and earning a college degree.

The economic gains that come from a college degree are transparently obvious. Department of Education data shows that, as expected, black students who earn a four-year college degree have incomes that are substantially higher than blacks who have only some college experience but have not earned a degree.

Most important, in view of the huge penalty race discrimination has imposed on African Americans in the United States, is the fact that blacks who complete a four-year college education have a median income that is now near parity with similarly educated whites.

But the good news is severely tempered by the unacceptably low college completion rate of black students. According to the most recent statistics, the nationwide college graduation rate for black students stands at an appallingly low rate of 43 percent.* This figure is 20 percentage points below the 63 percentage rate for white students. On this front, the only positive news is that over the past three years the black student graduation rate has improved by four percentage points...

Graduation Rates at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

We come now to a most disappointing set of statistics. The graduation rate of African-American students at the nation?s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) tends to be much lower than the graduation rate for black students at the nation?s highest-ranked institutions. Yet the graduation rate at a significant number of HBCUs is well above the nationwide average for black student graduations, which, as stated earlier, currently stands at an extremely low rate of 43 percent.

By a large margin, the highest black student graduation rate at a historically black college belongs to the academically selective, all-women Spelman College in the city of Atlanta . In fact, the Spelman black student graduation rate of 77 percent is higher than the black student graduation rate at 12 of the nation?s 56 high-ranking predominantly white colleges and universities referred to earlier. Spelman?s unusual strength shows in the fact that it has a higher black student graduation rate than do such prestigious and primarily white colleges as Bates, Colby, Berkeley, UCLA, Michigan, Claremont McKenna, Chapel Hill, and Carnegie Mellon.

Following Spelman in the rankings, the next-highest black student graduation rate among the HBCUs was at Fisk University . At Fisk, 63 percent of the entering black students go on to graduate within six years. Claflin University also has a black student graduation rate of 63 percent. Hampton University , Miles College , Howard University , Morehouse College , and Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina sadly are the only other HBCUs that graduate at least half of their black students within six years.

Here is the worst news of all: At 20 HBCUs two thirds or more of all entering black students do not go on to earn a diploma. The lowest graduation rate was at the University of the District of Columbia , where only 8 percent of entering freshmen go on to earn a bachelor's degree. At Texas Southern University in Houston , 15 percent of entering students complete college.

The low graduation rates at black colleges are due to a number of reasons. Many of the students enrolled at these institutions are from low-income families, often ones in which there are few books in the home and where neither parent nor grandparent went to college. In addition, the black colleges on the whole have very small and totally inadequate endowments. They often lack the resources necessary to generate funds for student financial aid. Often they are unable to furnish sufficient aid packages for upperclassmen to permit them to stay in school. This circumstance appears to be a major factor in accounting for the low black student graduation rate at these schools. But probably the most important explanation for the high dropout rate at the black colleges is the fact that large numbers of African-American HBCU students do not come to college with strong academic preparation and study habits. The graduation results at the HBCUs are worsened by the fact that flagship universities in the southern states often tend to shuttle the lowest-performing black applicants into the state-controlled black colleges in their states."

Loretta Love Huff : Emerald Harvest Consulting, LLC
The following article provides additional fuel for the case that Project 2019 is making.

"Average Income Increase for College Grads" by Imani Josey (The Hilltop, Howard University)

"College graduates are seeing an income increase in recent years. According to new census information, adults with a bachelor’s degree average more than $20,000 a year than those who have only attained a high school diploma or GED."

(Follow the link below to read the entire article.)

Bryan Sanford : Detroit, MI
After being alerted to this matter by my church pastor, I was impressed to do some further research. Attached is a link to a "YouTube" site that will inform you of all you need to know about the utter lack of humanity that is taking place in Sudan and Darfur. PLEASE take the time to:
(1) send this information to every person that you know
(2) write or call your Congressman to register a compliant
(3) be as creative and thoughtful as you can in determining how you can best increase the awareness of this grave problem that has existed in Sudan and Darfur for, at least, the past 3 years.
Also see :

May God bless you all and your families.

Obidike Kamau : Houston, TX

"12 Things The Negro Must Do For Himself" : Written by Nannie Helen Burroughs (Circa Early 1900's)

(1) The Negro Must Learn To Put First Things First. The First Things Are: Education; Development of Character Traits; A Trade and Home Ownership.
* The Negro puts too much of his earning in clothes, in food, in show and in having what he calls "a good time." The Dr. Kelly Miller said, "The Negro buys what he WANTS and begs for what he Needs."

(2) The Negro Must Stop Expecting God and White Folk To Do For Him What He Can Do For Himself.
* It is the "Divine Plan" that the strong shall help the weak, but even God does not do for man what man can do for himself. The Negro will have to do exactly what Jesus told the man (in John 5:8) to do--Carry his own load--"Take up your bed and walk."

(3) The Negro Must Keep Himself, His Children And His Home Clean And Make The Surroundings In Which He Lives Comfortable and Attractive.
* He must learn to "run his community up"--not down. We can segregate by law, we integrate only by living. Civilization is not a matter of race, it is a matter of standards. Believe it or not--some day, some race is going to outdo the Anglo-Saxon, completely. It can be the Negro race, if the Negro gets sense enough. Civilization goes up and down that way.

(4) The Negro Must Learn To Dress More Appropriately For Work And For Leisure.
* Knowing what to wear--how to wear it--when to wear it and where to wear it, are earmarks of common sense, culture and also an index to character.

(5) The Negro Must Make His Religion An Everyday Practice And Not Just A Sunday-Go-To-Meeting Emotional Affair.

(6) The Negro Must Highly Resolve To Wipe Out Mass Ignorance.
* The leaders of the race must teach and inspire the masses to become eager and determined to improve mentally, morally and spiritually, and to meet the basic requirements of good citizenship.
* We should initiate an intensive literacy campaign in America, as well as in Africa. Ignorance-- satisfied ignorance --is a millstone about the neck of the race. It is democracy's greatest burden.
* Social integration is a relationship attained as a result of the cultivation of kindred social ideals, interests and standards.
* It is a blending process that requires time, understanding and kindred purposes to achieve. Likes alone and not laws can do it.

(7) The Negro Must Stop Charging His Failures Up To His "Color" And To White People's Attitude.
* The truth of the matter is that good service and conduct will make senseless race prejudice fade like mist before the rising sun.
* God never intended that a man's color shall be anything other than a badge of distinction . It is high time that all races were learning that fact. The Negro must first QUALIFY for whatever position he wants. Purpose, initiative, ingenuity and industry are the keys that all men use to get what they want. The Negro will have to do the same. He must make himself a workman who is too skilled not to be wanted, and too DEPENDABLE not to be on the job, according to promise or plan. He will never become a vital factor in industry until he learns to put into his work the vitalizing force of initiative, skill and dependability. He has gone "RIGHTS" mad and "DUTY" dumb.

(8) The Negro Must Overcome His Bad Job Habits.
* He must make a brand new reputation for himself in the world of labor. His bad job habits are absenteeism, funerals to attend, or a little business to look after. The Negro runs an off and on business. He also has a bad reputation for conduct on the job--such as petty quarrelling with other help, incessant loud talking about nothing; loafing, carelessness, due to lack of job pride; insolence, gum chewing and--too often--liquor drinking. Just plain bad job habits!

(9) He Must Improve His Conduct In Public Places.
* Taken as a whole, he is entirely too loud and too ill-mannered.
* There is much talk about wiping out racial segregation and also much talk about achieving integration.
* Segregation is a physical arrangement by which people are separated in various services.
* It is definitely up to the Negro to wipe out the apparent justification or excuse for segregation.
* The only effective way to do it is to clean up and keep clean. By practice, cleanliness will become a habit and habit becomes character.

(10) The Negro Must Learn How To Operate Business For People--Not For Negro People, Only.
* To do business, he will have to remove all typical "earmarks," business principles; measure up to accepted standards and meet stimulating competition, graciously--in fact, he must learn to welcome competition.

(11) The Average So-Called Educated Negro Will Have To Come Down Out Of The Air. He Is Too Inflated Over Nothing. He Needs An Experience Similar To The One That Ezekiel Had--(Ezekiel 3:14-19). And He Must Do What Ezekiel Did
* Otherwise, through indifference, as to the plight of the masses, the Negro, who thinks that he has escaped, will lose his own soul. It will do all leaders good to read Hebrew 13:3, and the first Thirty-seven Chapters of Ezekiel.
* A race transformation itself through its own leaders and its sensible "common people." A race rises on its own wings, or is held down by its own weight. True leaders are never "things apart from the people." They are the masses. They simply got to the front ahead of them. Their only business at the front is to inspire to masses by hard work and noble example and challenge them to "Come on!" Dante stated a fact when he said, "Show the people the light and they will find the way!"
* There must arise within the Negro race a leadership that is not out hunting bargains for itself. A noble example is found in the men and women of the Negro race, who, in the early days, laid down their lives for the people. Their invaluable contributions have not been appraised by the "latter-day leaders." In many cases, their names would never be recorded, among the unsung heroes of the world, but for the fact that white friends have written them there.
"Lord, God of Hosts, Be with us yet."
* The Negro of today does not realize that, but, for these exhibits A's, that certainly show the innate possibilities of members of their own race, white people would not have been moved to make such princely investments in lives and money, as they have made, for the establishment of schools and for the on-going of the race.

(12) The Negro Must Stop Forgetting His Friends. "Remember."
* Read Deuteronomy 24:18. Deuteronomy rings the big bell of gratitude. Why? Because an ingrate is an abomination in the sight of God. God is constantly telling us that "I the Lord thy God delivered you" -- through human instrumentalities.
* The American Negro has had and still has friends--in the North and in the South. These friends not only pray, speak, write, influence others, but make unbelievable, unpublished sacrifices and contributions for the advancement of the race--for their brothers in bonds.
* The noblest thing that the Negro can do is to so live and labor that these benefactors will not have given in vain. The Negro must make his heart warm with gratitude, his lips sweet with thanks and his heart and mind resolute with purpose to justify the sacrifices and stand on his feet and go forward-- "God is no respector of persons. In every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is" sure to win out. Get to work! That's the answer to everything that hurts us. We talk too much about nothing instead of redeeming the time by working.
In spite of race prejudice, America is brim full of opportunities. Go after them!

William R. Riley : Chicago, Illinois

I am a former student of Mr. Robert Allen at Malcolm X College. You came to class one evening to discuss your book ("Project 2019") and I bought two of them. Let me say that I enjoyed what you had to say that evening. In the past six months, I have gotten around to reading your book and I must say you hit it right on the head. Only black America can save itself. It is about time someone was just honest and truthful. I will pass your book on and let people know about it and how important it is to read. Oh, by the way, I am now a Junior at DePaul University majoring in International Studies and after I read your book I was motivated even harder to succeed in my studies. Thank you! Also, please tell Mr. Allen that the student he had to teach a valuable lesson to now understands."

Christina Anderson : North Carolina

"This is a follow up to my comments that I sent some weeks ago. I have been listening to Project 2019 Radio and it is wonderful. I see that you keep adding new programs and I look forward to each new addition. I will keep speading the word about Project 2019 and I will keep listening. Thank you again for your service to our people."

Rodney Coates : Miami University, Ohio
"Coming to PBS on Feb. 9th and the 16th from 9PM to 11PM is the four part series Slavery And The Making Of America, produced by Dante James, and narrated by Morgan Freeman. Dante is an incredible filmmaker who has produced many award wining films among them biographies on Marian Anderson and A. Philip Randolph. He worked with the late great filmmaker Henry Hampton at Blackside and was the executive producer of Hampton's last series This Far By Faith: African American Spiritual Journeys.

Slavery And The Making Of America tells the story of slavery from the point of view of the enslaved. The series recognizes the strength, humanity and dignity of the enslaved and redefines them as pro-active freedom fighters not passive victims.

It is essential to pass this email on to friends and family and encourage them to watch. If we can create a large audience for this important series PBS will be forced to produce and air more programs that address the
African-American experience.

There are also two web sites for the series they are and

Please pass this email on and be sure to tune in. If you have the opportunity, this is truly worth watching"

Name Withheld By Request
"I was not sure how I felt about Project 2019. I really did not think that it would work, and even if it did, I was not sure how much good it would do. But I have caught a few of your radio programs over the last few weeks and I am beginning to understand where you are coming from. I will keep listening and you just may get another convert. There is no doubt, we have to do something and we need to do it soon."

Curtis Brady : Chicago, IL
"I sent in comments a couple of months ago saying that I thought Project 2019 was great but I did not know a lot about it. Since then, I have read the book and a lot of things on the Web site. I am now convinced that Project 2019 is the best thing that African-Americans have going for them and I intend to do my part. I have started talking to some people about what we can do to help. Thank you again for your work.

(Previous comments:)
("My comment is that I don't know how P
roject 2019 will work. I guess I should read the book and that kind of thing. But I can say that Project 2019 is the only thing that I have seen in my short life that makes me think that older African-Americans really care about younger African-Americans. I like the idea that you all are looking out for our future.")

Christina Anderson : North Carolina
"I saw the notice about the Project 2019 Movement radio program that is coming in June. Just so you know, I will be listening every Monday evening. I will also help to spread the word because Project 2019 is something that we really need. Thank you for doing this."

Michael Gaines : Itasca IL
The following is a very informative article by Tyrone D. Taborn:

America's High Tech "Invisible Man"

You may not have heard of Dr. Mark Dean. And you aren't alone. But almost everything in your life has been affected by his work.

See, Dr. Mark Dean is a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is in the National Hall of Inventors. He has more than 30 patents pending. He is a vice president with IBM. Oh, yeah. And he is also the architect of the modern-day personal computer. Dr. Dean holds three of the original nine patents on the computer that all PCs are based upon. And, Dr. Mark Dean is an African American.

So how is it that we can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IBM personal computer without reading or hearing a single word about him?

Given all of the pressure mass media are under about negative portrayals of African Americans on television and in print, you would think it would be a slam dunk to highlight someone like Dr. Dean.

Somehow, though, we have managed to miss the shot. History is cruel when it comes to telling the stories of African Americans. Dr. Dean isn't the first Black inventor to be overlooked. Consider John Standard, inventor of the refrigerator, George Sampson, creator of the clothes dryer, Alexander Miles and his elevator, Lewis Latimer and the electric lamp. All of these inventors share two things:

One, they changed the landscape of our society; and, two, society relegated them to the footnotes of history. Hopefully, Dr. Mark Dean won't go away as quietly as they did. He certainly shouldn't.

Dr. Dean helped start a Digital Revolution that created people like Microsoft's Bill Gates and Dell Computer's Michael Dell. Millions of jobs in information technology can be traced back directly to Dr. Dean.

More important, stories like Dr. Mark Dean's should serve as inspiration for African-American children. Already victims of the "Digital Divide" and failing school systems, young, Black kids might embrace technology with more enthusiasm if they knew someone like Dr. Dean already was leading the way.

Although technically Dr. Dean can't be credited with creating the computer -- that is left to Alan Turing, a pioneering 20th-century English mathematician, widely considered to be the father of modern computer science -- Dr. Dean rightly deserves to take a bow for the machine we use today. The computer really wasn't practical for home or small business use until he came along, leading a team that developed the interior architecture (ISA systems bus) that enables multiple devices, such as modems and printers, to be connected to personal computers.

In other words, because of Dr. Dean, the PC became a part of our daily lives. For most of us, changing the face of society would have been enough. But not for Dr. Dean. Still in his early forties, he has a lot of inventing left in him.

He recently made history again by leading the design team responsible for creating the first 1-gigahertz processor chip. It's just another huge step in making computers faster and smaller. As the world congratulates itself for the new Digital Age brought on by the personal computer, we need to guarantee that the African-American story is part of the hoopla surrounding the most stunning technological advance the world has ever seen.

We cannot afford to let Dr. Mark Dean become a footnote in history. He is well worth his own history book.

Loretta Love Huff : Phoenix, AZ
The following is a very informative USA Today article by Yolanda Young regarding black spending habits.

"These are tough economic times, especially for African-Americans, for whom the unemployment rate is more than 10%. Alarmingly, rather than belt-tightening, the response has been to spend more. In many poor neighborhoods, one is likely to notice satellite dishes and expensive new cars.

According to Target Market, a company that tracks black consumer spending, blacks spend a significant amount of their income on depreciable products. In 2002, the year the economy nose-dived; we spent $22.9 billion on clothes, $3.2 billion on electronics and $11.6 billion on furniture to put into homes that, in many cases, were rented.

Among our favorite purchases are cars and liquor. Blacks make up only 12% of the U.S. population, yet account for 30% of the country's Scotch consumption. Detroit, which is 80% black, is the world's No. 1 market for Cognac.

So impressed was Lincoln with the $46.7 billion that blacks spent on cars that the auto maker commissioned Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, the entertainment and fashion mogul, to design a limited-edition Navigator replete with six plasma screens, three DVD players and a Sony PlayStation 2.

The only area where blacks seem to be cutting back on spending is books; total purchases have gone from a high of $356 million in 2000 to $303 million in 2002.

This shortsighted behavior, motivated by a desire for instant gratification and social acceptance, comes at the expense of our future. The National Urban League's "State of Black America 2004" report found that fewer than 50% of black families owned their homes compared with more than 70% of whites.

According to published reports, the Ariel Mutual Funds/Charles Schwab 2003 Black Investor Survey found that when comparing households where blacks and whites had roughly the same household incomes, whites saved nearly 20% more each month for retirement, and 30% of African-Americans earning $100,000 a year had less than $5,000 in retirement savings. While 79% of whites invest in the stock market, only 61% of African-Americans do. Certainly, higher rates of unemployment, income disparity and credit discrimination are financial impediments to the economic vitality of blacks, but so are our consumer tastes.

By finding the courage to change our spending habits, we might be surprised at how far the $631 billion we now earn might take us."

(Yolanda Young's next book is SPADE: A Critical Look at Black America.)

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"I don't like to admit it, but there was a time when I think that I was ashamed to be an African-American. I was young and ignorant and just did not know any better. I am thankful that I got enough education and knowledge to understand that our people have nothing to be ashamed of. And thanks to Project 2019, I am turning another corner. I am beginning to understand how great my people really are and how they have the potential to be even greater. I am going to learn everything there is to know about Project 2019 and I am going to do my part. I really want to help black children to grow up being proud of who they are by teaching them all the things we had to overcome to get where we are today."

Harvard University Scholarship is to be offered again, this year- but competition is fierce fierce and race will play a factor in favor of poor white students.

If you know of a family earning less than $40,000 a year with an HONOR student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The "prestigious" university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for tuition and no student loans!

Please note that there are a very limited number of these scholarships and "honor" student most likely means an all "A" student in all of one's high school years as well as scoring very high on the SAT AND graduating from a high school that has a tradition of high percentages of its seniors entering college. Rural/suburban high schools will probably outweigh urban high school in Harvard's decision-making process. In addition, students interested in the sciences will probably be weighted favorably. Of course, lots of extra-curricula activities will be a major plus.

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $40,000 a year visit Harvard's financial aid web site at: ---or ---
call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495- 1581

( Click here for : SCHOLARSHIPS And FINANCIAL AID informatio links )

Curtis Brady : Chicago, IL
"My comment is that I don't know how Project 2019 will work. I guess I should read the book and that kind of thing. But I can say that Project 2019 is the only thing that I have seen in my short life that makes me think that older African-Americans really care about younger African-Americans. I like the idea that you all are looking out for our future."


Available Scholarships - Need More African Americans To Apply

Even if you do not have a college-aged child at home, please share this with someone who does. Pass this scholarship information on to anyone and everyone that comes to mind. Though there are a number of companies and organizations that have donated moneys for scholarship use to
African Americans, a great deal of the money is being returned because of a lack of interest.


No one is going to knock on our doors and ask if we can use a scholarship. Take the initiative to get your children involved. There is no need for money to be returned to donating companies because we fail to apply for it.

Please pass this information on to family members, nieces, nephews, friends with children etc. We must get the word out that money is available. If you are a college student or getting ready to become one, you probably already know how useful additional money can be. Our youth really could use these scholarships.

( Click here for : SCHOLARSHIPS And FINANCIAL AID informatio links )

Paulette Malden : Chicago, IL

"I want to share the following information from (BAW) regarding remarks made by Dr. Cosby on May 17, 2004."


When Bill Cosby was called to the stage of Constitution Hall last week to receive an award for his philanthropy during a Washington, D.C. gala that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, what the comedian said was anything but funny.

Cosby used his time on stage to applaud the sacrifices made by the civil rights activists of the 1950s and 1960s and to complain that too many blacks today are wasting away the opportunities that the Civil Rights Movement made possible for them.

His words sparked a heated debate among blacks — and a feeding frenzy among right-wing commentators who have tried to turn Cosby’s remarks to their advantage. While most media reports on this matter have been based on second-hand accounts of what Cosby said, has obtained an audiotape portion of his speech to share with its readers.

Jesse Jackson once said that “Content without context is pretext.” Mindful of that admonition, we offer this reality check on some of what Cosby had to say during that controversial speech.

Bill Cosby on the Poor Verbal Skills of many Young Blacks:
“I can’t even talk the way these people talk: ‘Why you ain’t, where you is’…I don’t know who these people are. And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. It’s all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner and when you got in the house you switched to English. Everybody knows that at some point you switch to English, except these knuckleheads.”

“We’re raising our own home-grown immigrants.”

BAW Reality Check:
Last year the College Board, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) reported that while test scores for virtually every other racial and ethnic group rose, blacks students made no progress on the exam between 2001 and 2002. Black students had the lowest average score of all groups in both the math and verbal portions of the test.

Bill Cosby on Blacks and Crime:
“I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange (prison jump) suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was 12? Where were you when he was 18 and how come you don’t know he had a pistol?”

“Looking at the incarcerated, these people are not political prisoners. These people are going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake. Then we’re all outraged. Ah, the cops shouldn't have shot him. What the hell was he doing with the piece of pound cake in his hands? I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else. I looked at it and I had no money, and something called parenting said ‘if you get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother; plus you’re gonna to get your butt kicked.

BAW Reality Check:
The federal Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that 12 percent of black men between the ages of 25 and 29 were in jail or prison in June 2002. Nearly 560,000 black men between the ages of 20 and 39 were incarcerated at that time.

Bill Cosby on Out-of-Wedlock Births to Blacks:
“Grandmother, mother and great-grandmother in the same place raising children and the child knows nothing about love or respect from any one of the three of them. All the child knows is give me, give me, give me.”

“We’re not parenting ladies and gentlemen. Listen to these people. They are showing you what’s wrong. People putting their clothes on backward; isn’t that a sign of something going on wrong? Are you not paying attention? People with the hat on backwards and pants down around their crack. Isn’t that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up?”

“Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got a dress on all the way up to her crack?”

BAW Reality Check:
Sixty-eight percent of all babies born to black women in 2002 were born out of wedlock, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Vital Statistics Report.

Carla Abram : State University of New York
"I was wondering what is the contribution expected from Black Student Union's and African American Student Organizations in higher educatuion to Project 2019? I am currently a member of a BSU and have not heard of this from any national conference solicitation as addressing this agenda. I personally think that our students should be involved in its progress."

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