The National Museum of African American History and Culture Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events at the Smithsonian’s
National Museum of African American
History and Culture
The Loving Story: A Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 6:45 to 9:00 PM
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium
7th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC
Metro: Gallery Place 
The Loving Story Movie Poster











The Loving Story, a documentary film directed by Nancy Buirski,

 investigates the lives of Mildred and Richard P. Loving,

 a black woman and white man who struggled to live as a married couple in the state of Virginia where,

 in 1958, interracial marriage was against the law.

A panel discussion will follow the screening which will include Nancy Buirski, writer/producer, Elisabeth James, editor/producer, Peggy Loving Fortune, daughter of Mildred and Richard Loving, Prof. Adison Francois, Howard University, and Philip Hirschkop, one of two attorneys who represented Mildred and Richard Loving in Loving vs. the State of Virginia. Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director, National Museum of African American History and Culture will moderate the discussion.

The Loving Story is co-produced by HBO Documentary Films and will be broadcast on HBO in February, 2012. The film has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Because democracy demands wisdom.

Admission is on a first come, first serve basis.

Please call 202/633-0070 for more information.

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Shelby Knox,
Tell the AIBA: Don’t force female Olympic boxers to compete in miniskirts
Sign the Petition

Women’s boxing will make its debut at this year’s Olympic Games in London — a huge victory for female boxers who have fought for years to be taken seriously. But now it seems their participation will come with an outrageous catch: female boxers might be required to wear miniskirts in the ring.

The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) is reportedly considering the new dress code because it thinks skirts will make the female athletes look “elegant” and help “distinguish” them from their male counterparts.

Elizabeth Plank, an amateur boxer based in London, is petitioning the AIBA to abandon the miniskirt regulation. Click here to sign Elizabeth’s petition right now.

Elizabeth says, “The idea that female boxers should be made to wear skirts reduces these skilled athletes to sex objects. It undermines the respect they have long fought for.” Worse, competing in unfamiliar clothing could even negatively impact the boxers’ performances.

And Elizabeth isn’t the only boxer speaking out against the proposed dress code. When asked about the policy, three-time world champion Katie Taylor says, “I don’t even wear miniskirts on a night out, so I definitely won’t be wearing miniskirts in the ring.”

Fortunately, the AIBA will be considering public opinion and feedback from the boxing world before making its final decision next week. That means if enough people sign Elizabeth’s petition, you can force the AIBA to abandon the proposed dress code for good.

Click here to sign Elizabeth’s campaign calling on the AIBA to abandon its sexist plans to require female boxers to wear miniskirts in the ring.

Thanks for being a change-maker,

– Shelby and the team

topical Tuesday &some News

just another rant …

The change that 53% of us voted for is again at risk. For three years the change and progress needed to get America/Americans back on track has suffered and though folks in the Media fail to convey it sufficiently, we can blame our lack of progress stopped, blocked, stalled, scaled back and slowed down by the Teapublican Political Party. Obvious statement right yet, folks still seem to be oblivious.

You can turn it to just about any channel and hear how the Independent vote is up for grabs. Most pundit’s strategists and politicians say it is about the economy and the terrible jobs numbers but fail to tell the viewer in detail what the party of NO have done to stand in the way of progress. I do believe if you are going to call yourself a reporter then do your job and give viewers both sides of the story otherwise you are a partisan hack. I find it hard to believe anyone has to stop think or wonder which Teapublican candidate running for President should even get a 2nd look much less bat around the possibility of giving up women’s , voter, worker, gay or our children’s right to an education to them. I am not that naïve but it really is simple; we need a better Congress that will work with the President. It is up to those who do lean left of center to reach out to our fellow independents to keep them informed. It is important to challenge the crap coming out that clearly are lies, on the edge or overtly reflect a nasty rhetoric often spewing fear hate and discrimination. It is a call to action of all those who believe in our Constitution in every way; welcomes everyone that believe in that saying We the People, the 14th Amendment and equality for All people regardless of the race, creed, religious or gender preference. It is at a moment like this that begs us all to let those who practice exclusion hears from those who believe in helping our fellow man. The fight against income inequality is on.

I don’t know about you but I tend to have a stash of sayings, proverbs, and or clichés in the back of my mind when patience calmness and reflection is needed when disagreeable rhetoric is flying my way. I give President Obama some major props for being calm cool collected as always. I appreciate and love those traits and if you are paying attention not one Teapublican running for President has yet to behave or display an even-tempered manner. I won’t be voting right of center period but if you are looking for things to compare and contrast the stark differences in tone verbiage and representation you can vision a moment when a country wanting to provoke war is pushing it. I know who I would trust how about you.

I believe … Sometimes, the needs of the many do outweigh the needs of the few. Yes, the current ugly rhetoric coming from those leaning right is meant to hurt conquer & divide us. It is also clear that in this election year when life amongst Americans is changing and not in a good way only to have gotten worse since the 2010 midterm elections though President Obama has moved us forward despite conservatives almost all by himself, Teapublican Governors, and their members of Congress keep doing their best to undermine it all. At first, Teapublican Governors were throwing coded language at those mostly in protected classes. Thus, the need to recite the saying “When the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” is an important statement for me right about now. The Fact that some on Wall Street made big bets against or in spite of an under regulated inefficient supposedly “free enterprise” system seemingly set up against the consumer proved to me that they believe themselves to be above the call and refuse to, consider the needs of the many and continue to fight for the few.

If you were unfortunate enough to have been a victim of the 2008 financial collapse, invested in it directly maybe your 401k, or are a part of the housing debacle, you probably suffered tremendously. Yes, the government had to step in and up to help All Americans because unfortunately it was clear “the market” was not going to correct itself- the bets – the casino shut itself down. The economic collapse was an opportunity to see to “the needs of the many” change the failed ways that the house of Bush apparently was handling things and move All Americans into the 21st Century. Yet, McConnell and his comrades decided to put their heads down and fight for the rights of the 1% oh those job creators need our help repeatedly. I don’t know about you but I am getting tired of this nonsense.

What Wall Street did was take tax payer money and then shit on us on so many levels

I admit it; I am biased so any negative comments about President Obama get a second or third scan. I gotta say listening, reading and hearing comments coming from the likes of a matt damon, harry belafonte or groups the msm calls special interest though President Obama, having taken great first steps toward change state, I guess, that he has not gone far enough. It is my contention that we vote for a President not a puppet, dictator or king so the notion that he had a mandate or needs to sedate or fulfill the promises he made to some special interest groups during his campaign is beyond ridiculous let alone that stupid comment about President Obama being morally corrupt. First, just as many special interest groups are very happy, supportive and plan to express that by voting for Barack Obama for a second term. Second, all you have to do is compare and contrast the facts and President Obama is definitely putting “the needs of the many before the needs of the few; thankfully so. While Independents seem to be holding out they should decide what side of history do they want to be remembered taking.

I think the negative comments are becoming bold, louder and more frequent but they are coming from the right, the more extreme side of our society certainly special in their own way… have chosen to go extreme go right of center and in some cases sound very dangerous but hey that is just my take. The whole class warfare the 99% V 1% the poor V the Rich. I say the battle is about how and not allowing a Black man govern in the White House again let alone the other awful code words being used to induce fear into Americans. I say the Black Man as President Thing who btw has gotten more things done then previous Presidents cannot and should not be forced back into that genie bottle though some Teapublicans in Congress and their constituents seem to want to. FYI, governing for the greater good has nothing to do with colour if the mind and heart are for ALL Americans not a select few. Though the house of Bush created 3million jobs, the fact is that shameful number took him 8yrs to accomplish. I have to wonder WTH are people beating up/down President Obama when the last guy obviously skated. We can also blame the Media for the selective and misinformation they all seem to provide viewers what with ratings seemingly more important than giving all angles of a story or giving a guest an opportunity to rebut the opinions of the host or commentator.

Change takes time… It will take a Congress with courage to create and pass laws that should be for the greater good that covers all Americans.

Sometimes, the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Other news …

President’s Council on Jobs to Meet at White House

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Talks with Politico

U.S. – Jordan Talks Focus on Middle East Peace, Unrest in Syria

Nation’s Mayors Talk Job Creation

Homeland Security Officials Discuss International Cooperation

“C-SPAN letter to Chief Justice Roberts on TV camera coverage of health care case”

Congress: pro forma or a guise to spend time away from the Peoples Work Teapublicans

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 11:00am

Friday, December 23, 2011 at 9:30am

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 12:00pm

Friday, December 30, 2011 at 11:00am

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:00pm, during which the 2nd Session of the 112th Congress will convene

Friday, January 6, 2012 at 11:00am

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:00am

Friday, January 13, 2012 at 12:00pm

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:15am

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 2:00pm

When the Senate adjourns on Friday, January 20th, it will adjourn until Monday, January 23rd at 2:00pm. Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Following morning business, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Calendar #438, John M. Gerrard, of Nebraska, to be United States District Judge for the District of Nebraska with up to 90 minutes of debate, 60 minutes equally divided and controlled between Senators Leahy and Grassley, or their designees and 30 minutes under the control of Senator Sessions or his designee.

Upon the use or yielding back of time (at approximately 5:30pm), the Senate will conduct a roll call vote on confirmation of the Gerrard nomination.

As a reminder to all Senators, cloture was filed on the Reid motion to proceed to Calendar #70, S.968, a bill to prevent online threats to economic creativity and theft of intellectual property and for other purposes on Saturday, December 17th. By unanimous consent, this roll call vote will be at 2:15pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.


 A vote to disapprove of the action taken by President Obama on raising the debt ceiling happens Wednesday




. -SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.7:01:00 P.M. -ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches.7:00:26 P.M. -Mr. Scott (SC) filed a report from the Committee on Rules on H. Res. 515.6:59:34 P.M. -H. Res. 514Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:59:30 P.M. -H. Res. 514On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.6:58:32 P.M. -H. Res. 514Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 514 — “The title of this measure is not available.”6:58:30 P.M. -H. Res. 513Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:58:24 P.M. -H. Res. 513On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.6:58:06 P.M. -H. Res. 513Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 513 — “The title of this measure is not available.”6:57:39 P.M. -The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to clause 1, rule I, the Journal stands approved.6:57:38 P.M. -UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the Speaker’s approval of the Journal on which further proceedings had been postponed.6:57:03 P.M. -COMMITTEE TO NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT – Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 512, the Chair announced the appointment of Representatives Cantor and Pelosi to the Committee to Notify the President.6:56:56 P.M. -H. Res. 512Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:56:51 P.M. -H. Res. 512On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.6:56:32 P.M. -H. Res. 512Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 512 — “The title of this measure is not available.”6:55:41 P.M. -H. Res. 511Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.6:55:37 P.M. -H. Res. 511On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.6:55:15 P.M. -H. Res. 511Considered as privileged matter. H. Res. 511 — “The title of this measure is not available.”6:54:00 P.M. -The House received a communication from Wilson Livingood wherein he resigns as the Sergeant at Arms effective January 17, 2012.6:53:16 P.M. -PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mr. West to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.6:52:58 P.M. -POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS ON APPROVAL OF THE JOURNAL – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Womacko demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Womack objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of agreeing to the approval of the Journal until a time to be announced. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.6:52:01 P.M. -Call of the House Quorum responded: 378 present (Roll no. 1).6:30:10 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 17.2:01:54 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.2:00:45 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:00:29 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.2:00:15 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

-Call of the House Roll Call 1 – Quorum vote pending.6:30:10 P.M. -The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of January 17.2:01:54 P.M. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.2:00:45 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:00:29 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.2:00:15 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day. -The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 P.M. today.2:00:45 P.M. -Today’s prayer was offered by the House Chaplain, Rev. Patrick J. Conroy.2:00:29 P.M. -The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.2:00:15 P.M. -The House convened, starting a new legislative day.