Date: Sunday August 24, 2008
Time: 7PM C/8PM E/5PM P
"It Ain't Where You From, It's Where You At..."
In this segment we will be highlighting young Black men around the country who made the difference by running for offices in their respective communities...Although these brothers didn't "win" they did win the hearts, minds and respect of many in their communities...
Their stories deserve to be told and will hopefully inspire many others to be the change they want to see in the world by taking initiative to become leaders and agents of change...At a time when young folks of color and Hip Hop are getting a bad rap by society at large and corporate media, these brothers show that roses that grow from concrete can survive and thrive in a world full of naysayers and player haters...
Introducing The Brothers...
This year young family man, educator, entrepreneur and all around good guy Bro. Charles Sharper caught the 'change' bug and decided to run for office to represent his district in the Georgia State House of Representatives...Although the incumbent won 50% of the vote, he still made a decent showing and was able to connect with his community in ways he never thought possible...Please be on the lookout for this young political star in the future...He has alot more campaigns left in him yet...
In 2006, 27 year old Bro. Larry Foster II, at that time a law school student, ran for the Oklahoma State House Of Representatives (District # 99)...Without any media and money support, but with passionate grassroots organizing and a desire to be a positive example to young Black males in his district who he felt lacked the leadership and guidance from caring elders, Bro. Larry was able to force a Democratic Primary run-off against eventual nominee and overall winner Anastasia Pittman in which he almost won...
Bro. Larry, a gifted scholar athlete during his days at Wahington University in St. Louis, knows the value of preparation, strategy, dedication and having a game plan executed properly in spite of the odds...He knows that having heart may not always win you games, but it will always win you respect...By following his principles he almost pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Oklahoma political history...
Bro. Monger made Memphis political history when he became the youngest person ever at 18 years old to run for city council...Although he faced an uphill battle in changing the age requirement for running from 23 to 18 years old, he nevertheless won the respect of even the most seasoned and hardened Memphis political vets...
His unusual or rather unorthodox campaign platform and charismatic persona caught the attention of maverick film maker Jason Pollock (the former asst. director to the award winning iconoclastic film maker Mike Moore) who will release a feature film documentary soon featuring Bro. George Monger and other young folks throughout the country who also recently ran for political office...The film was recently screeened at Mike Moore's Traverse City Film Fest...
By the way Bro. Monger is also a savvy businessmen with a soon to be thriving music entertainment company, Bump Entertainment, and an already thriving real estate/ mortgage business with his father...
"I'd rather be dead and in heaven than afraid to do what I think is right."
"Any time the country is split 50/50, the leader is wrong."
Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, talks to The Associated Press in his Jackson, Miss., radio station office July 31, 2008, surrounded by photos of him with Robert Kennedy, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush and other politicians. A long-time Republican, Evers says he supports Barack Obama and does not believe a white backlash will occur should he become president. "I think we're past that stage," he said. "I don't think the majority of white people are thinking that way anymore." (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Charles Evers, older brother of the civil rights hero and martyr Medgar Evers, has been an important leader in the civil rights struggle in Mississippi. Born in Decatur, Mississippi in 1922, Evers had a strong, devoutly Christian mother and a fearless father, who taught his sons never to be afraid of whites. Evers never forgot his father's advice after witnessing an incident in which his father stood up to a white man and made him back down: "Don't ever forget son. Look a peckerwood [anti-black white man] in the eye and he won't do nothin'."
During World War II, Charles and Medgar both served overseas in the U.S. Army. Charles fell in love with a Filipino woman, but could not marry and live with her in Mississippi because her skin was too light. In the 1940s, when he and his brother returned to Mississippi, they began to organize voter registration drives. They tried to register to vote in the 1946 election campaign but were turned away at the polling station by armed whites.
He and Medgar graduated from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi) in 1950. Settling in Philadelphia, Mississippi, they engaged in various business pursuits while organizing for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Charles Evers had worked a variety of jobs, including cotton picker, dishwasher, bootlegger, and short-order cook. Around 1956, his activities and economic dealings got him in trouble in Philadelphia. He left town and moved to Chicago, Illinois.
When an assassin shot and killed Medgar Evers in 1963, Charles took over his brother's position as state field secretary for the NAACP's Mississippi chapter and led many demonstrations for the rights of blacks. In 1969, Charles Evers was elected mayor of Fayette, Mississippi, the first black to hold elected office in the state since Reconstruction. He served as the city's mayor until 1981 and again from 1985 to 1989. He made an unsuccessful run for governor of Mississippi. Charles Evers was also an informal advisor to a diverse group of politicians, including Presidents Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Governor George Wallace.
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