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Dan Moyo (standing directly behind the Honorable Nelson Mandela), joined the African National Congress underground unit in 1979 which led to his membership to UMkhonto weSizwe its military wing later in the same year. He received both military and political training in Angola and redeployed back into South Africa to engage the enemy in the Eastern front area now called Mpumalanga where he was originally born. Early in March 1981, he was arrested and charged under the notorious terrorism act of 1967, and wassentenced to 10-yrs with 5-yesrs minimum and 5-years to run concurrently.
He was imprisoned to serve his sentenced in Robben Island Maximum Security Prison where all other freedom fighters were kept including former Rivonia trial's ANC leadership. The late President Nelson Mandela was a member of this imprisoned group.
Bonita McAfee-Mitchell, Founder & CEO of Thread of Hope Records, is making a sound with the celebrated school curriculum program “I’m Saving Myself.” She may have been a celebrated wardrobe stylist for Stevie Wonder but Bonita McAfee-Mitchell, Founder and CEO of Thread of Hope Records, is stitching a new mission which resonates John Lennon’s poignant message “All You Need Is Love.” Mitchell is taking her Benton Harbor, Michigan based company’s “I’m Saving Myself” youth program into the national limelight with a theme which teaches self-love as the first and most important element to making wise choices.
Judith Smith-Since September 2011 Judith has taken the role of Key Srategist and Co-Project Director for the Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation (JOIHF), a non-profit dedicated to the empowerment of Jamaican youth: providing opportunities for athletes of Jamaican, Caribbean and West Indian heritage, worldwide seeking to develop and/or enhance their skills for competition in winter sports, including competition at the Olympic Game level. She was brought in by her brother, G. Webster Smith co-founder of JOIHF. He was a colleague and friend of Co-Founder and CEO, EJ Phillipps, who had this wonderful vision.
Bob Pelshaw was a successful Midwestern real estate broker, developer, and consultant specializing in free-standing retail projects for national and regional retailers, as well as private shopping centers, office buildings, multi-family projects, and leadership development. His twenty-five year career included service as a state officer for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) plus over $600 Million in career transactions. Along the way he also invested in, or consulted for, various other types of businesses including laundromats, a janitorial company, brokerage, convenience stores, grocery stores, retail stores, car wash, a restaurant, barber shops, construction companies, a resort hotel, property management, rental properties, self-storage facilities, a health club, marketing organizations, and others. Pelshaw served numerous non-profit groups including being a Director and Officer for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters Chapter, his church, and most notably as an Associate Trainer for Dr. John C. Maxwell’s global non-profit ministry Equip. Through Equip, Pelshaw has taught leadership globally to thousands. The Great Recession found Pelshaw financially over-extended. Coupled with trusting the wrong people, and some bad business decisions made, Pelshaw suffered a catastrophic loss of a multi-million dollar asset base. In his efforts to stay afloat and “rob Peter to pay Paul” Pelshaw stupidly temporarily misused $135,000 of SBA loan proceeds which caused him to receive a felony and serve a ten-month sentence at Leavenworth Federal Prison Camp. Since serving his time he has focused on providing consulting services, writing, public speaking, and public service. He is also the author of “Raising Up The Champion Within You: David & Goliath Grown-Up Version” and the soon to be released “Time Management is Dead.” Pelshaw is about to be re-married and start a family.
Dr. E Fay Williams,Esq- is the President/CEO of the National Congress of Black Women and former Counsel to the U.S. Congress’ District of Columbia Sub-Committee on the Judiciary andEducation. She previously served as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff for a District of Columbia Councilmember. She is a Commissioner appointed by President Barack Obama to the Presidential Scholars Commission.
She holds a BS Degree in Speech, English and Dramatic Arts; a Masters and PhD in Public Administration; Administration and Supervision Credential; Jurist Doctorate and Doctor of Ministry.
Nina Clymer has over 20 years of leadership experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors in the field of healthcare, including executive oversight of domestic violence and human sex trafficking programs, as well as women’s health consulting. She is passionate about social justice, or people having the ability to realize their potential in the community and society where they reside. Nina’s education includes an MBA from Santa Clara University, a BS in Nursing from Northeastern University, and a Coaching Certificate from The Fielding Institute.
IConstance Miller, completed her undergraduate work in social psychology at the University of Washington (UW). Her Master’s Degree in social psychology was undertaken in a program for social change activists known as Goddard-Cambridge Graduate School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “
Following graduate school she pursued a brief career as an associate professor of women’s studies at the UW. Subsequently, she took a job as a program analysis in an executive department of Seattle City Government.
She became a traumatic brain injury (TBI) Advocate more than thirty years ago following a motor vehicle collision that left her with permanent impairments from a moderate TBI.
Back then there was very little information of any type on concussion, and the existing literature typically blamed the patient for the appearance of the symptoms of what is now known as post-concussion syndrome. Fortunately, her academic training in research methodology enabled her to spot the flaws in such reasoning. She took what she learned and put it into a self-advocacy guide on brain injury.
She titled the book, FROM THE ASHES, because she felt that it reflected the destructive effects of brain injury in her life. Shortly after its publication she was recruited by the American Academy of Neurology to help them redesigned their guidelines for diagnosing and treating concussion in sports.
Realizing the vastness of the problem of brain injury and the lack of resources and awareness she decided to found a non-profit organization to address brain injury from the survivor’s perspective. Known as Brain Injury Resource Center it was established in 1985 and has evolved into the first national resource center for persons with traumatic brain injuries.
The Legendary Tony Salinas changed the way people bet on games. In Major League Baseball, for instance, Tony was the first to chart umpire tendencies, as he knew the strike-zone size used by each in the American and National leagues. Salinas also knew who would likely be the first to eject a player, and who would walk away from a conflict.
In the National Basketball League, Salinas developed the Zig-Zag Theory for betting playoff games, with bettors betting for teams coming off a playoff loss. And in the National Football League, it has been said that Salinas knows more about offensive strategy than most NFL offensive coordinators.
Screen writer Sophia Stewart, better known as The Mother of the Matrix and author of the books "The Third Eye," AND "Matrix 4 The Evolution, Cracking the Codes", finally got her day in court on June 25, 2014, with damages In the billions. After eleven years of fighting in both the California (CV 03-2873-MMM(VBKx) and Utah (2:07cv00552-EFJ-DB) Federal Courts, she was finally able to enter the evidence proving she wrote and own the Matrix and Terminator Franchises. Stewart won the lawsuit Pro Se without an attorney.
.In 'Washington, DC, Roscoe was known as very civic active and political savy spouse. Sheappeared frequently on Television and was often mentioned in the Press. Roscoe like Ron, prior to coming to Washington, DC was passionate about ending the violent, oppressive practice of Apartheid. In the 1970's, Oakland and Berkeley, San Francisco's East Bay, led the way of the anti-apartheid movement. On college campuses across America students began to push for the end to this South African policy. In the 1980's Annette Lantos, wife of Congressman Tom Lantos (deceased of California) invited Roscoe to join the Congressional Human Rights Caucus' Committee of 21. This bi-partisan caucus of the United States House of Representative was organized by Congressman Lantos, who was a survivor of the Camps during the Holocaust. The Committee of 21 is a program for women Members of the House and Senate and wives of Members of Congress. The Committee encourages the women to "adopt" victims of human rights abuse. The caucus first focused on the ill-treatment of Jews within the Soviet Union. When the Human Right Caucus directed its attention to South Africa, it became involved inthecase of Murphy Morobe a black South African ANC leader in the fight against apartheid. Roscoe was asked to "adopt" Mr. Morobe through the Committee of 21. Mr. Morobe and two of his colleagues in South African prisons escaped and sought refuge at the U.S, Consulate in Johannesburg.
Wyomia Tyus (pronunciation: why-o-mia; is an Americanathlete, and the first person to retain the Olympic title in the 100 m. Tyus, from Tennessee State University, participated in the 1964 Summer Olympics at age 19. In the heats of the event Wilma Rudolph's world record, propelling her to a favored position for the final, where her main rival was fellow American Edith McGuire
Edith McGuire-later known as Edith McGuire Duvall, is a former Americansprinter. Born in Atlanta, McGuire ran for Tennessee State University. TSU had a very successful women's sprinting team, The Tigerbelles, in the 1960s, including triple Olympic champions Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus, and McGuire. Although McGuire's running career was short, she won six AAU titles, in three different events. Her specialty, however, was the 200 m/220 y, in which she won four of her six national titles. In 1964, she was undeafeted in her favourite event, and went to Tokyo as the main contender for the 200 m gold medal at the 1964 Summer Olympics
Martha Watson-another of the distinguished line of Tennessee State University athletes. Martha dominated the American women's long jumping scene during much of her career. In 1964, just barely out of high school, she placed second in the long jump at the U.S. Olympic trials to qualify for the American team. She made three more Olympic teams (1968-72-76) as a long jumper.
India Alston, Co-Producer : India Alston is a native of Washington, DC with a passion and enthusiasm for creative direction. After graduating Stanford University with a B.A. in African and African-American Studies, she worked various
positions in Marketing and Brand Management, later launching her company BEAM Marketing and Management, LLC. With a focus on developing go-to-market strategies and brand identity for globally positioned, emerging and corporate brands, India builds from her core desire to help entrepreneurs stand out in competitive markets. India currently represents clients in various industries, film, television, music, and sports. She also currently serves as Secretary of Board of Directors for the Chamique Holdsclaw Foundation, Inc, and is also a Northwest Regional Board Member for Operation Hope, Inc.
Michelle “Mickey Hall hails from Cape Cod Massachusetts but was born in Queens, NY. Adopted to a family from the West Indies, and the only child, Mickey grew up always surrounded by questions of not only “who she was” but also “why she was different?” While adapting to the quietness of Cape Cod from the streets of New York, she struggled every day to understand the feelings that were surfacing when she looked at other women.
It wasn't until she entered college, which she found herself surround by other women who felt the same, that she broke out of her shyness and grew into the strong, proud Lesbian she is today. Surviving unimaginable abuse at the hands of family members and even the label of the “Black Sheep” of the family to not having contact with family for over 30 years, Mickey has come full circle and has been having a wonderful time reconnecting with family members.
The Honourable Tony Ince, Member of the Legislative Assembly was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Cole Harbour-Portland Valley in 2013. Appointed Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. He has worked as a Department of Community Services Counsellor, and as an actor.
Kim Jardine, Manager of Sales and Media at The Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. (NSTA) was established in September 2012 . The agency’s strategic goal is to work with our industry to bring more first-time visitors to Nova Scotia – encouraging them to stay longer and spend more. The NSTA oversees marketing, sales and media relations, partnerships, product and experience development, visitor servicing, quality assurance, and market research.