Friday, March 15, 2013

Congrats to 2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Artivist of the Year Dr. John Bass & W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honorees D'Army Bailey, Rev. C.T. Vivian & Rev. Joseph Lowery

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Bro. Ron Herd II aka r2c2h2 tha artivist
The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Group Inc.
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Phone: 901-299-4355

Better Late Than Never:

"Congrats to 2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Artivist of the Year John Bass & W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honorees D'Army Bailey, Rev. C.T. Vivian & Rev. Joseph Lowery!!!"

"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."~Muhammad Ali

2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Artivist of the Year Dr. John Bass

 Dr. John Bass with Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist

Congrats to Bro. Dr. John Bass for winning the 'W.E. A.L.L. B.E. 2012 Artivist of the Year Award'...As director of the Mike Curb Institute @ Rhodes College he made miracles happen last year including bringing Memphis Music Prodigal Son, jazz great Charles Lloyd, back to 'The City of Good Abode' for a proper homecoming replete with Beale Street Brass Note (which is equivalent to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) after last performing in Memphis in 1964 as a side man with the legendary jazz sax titan Julian 'Cannon Ball' Adderly...Some more good deeds of note include giving my mentor, Memphis music legend Emerson Able, Jr., a reason to keep on keeping on by helping him get his proper recognition in a city he loves so much with his own Beale Street Brass Note and by helping us properly honor his childhood hero and idol, the late great Jimmie Lunceford with a symposium in the 110th year of his birth as well as the 65th anniversary year of his death...I look forward to helping this miracle worker with more miracles and blessings...The best is yet to come...

Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist with Dr. John Bass

John Bass serves as Program Manager for the Mike Curb Institute for Music and Assistant Professor of Music. In addition to directing the Rhodes Jazz Ensemble and instructing jazz guitar students, Dr. Bass teaches classes on the Music of Africa and African American Music. He has been an active jazz guitarist in the Memphis area for over 10 years and has performed on stage with Bob Berg, Ira Sullivan, Bob Brookmeyer, Pat Bergeson, Mundell Lowe, and Kirk Whalum. He is a founding member of the Bluff City String Project, an acoustic jazz group that focuses on American and European jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. 

Dr. Bass holds two degrees in jazz performance from the University of Southern Mississippi (B.M.) and the University of Memphis (M.M.), and a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of Memphis. The focus of his doctoral work and scholarship has centered on the improvisatory practices of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods; he has presented scholarly papers at national and international conferences and his articles have appeared in Early Music and Performance Practice Review. Dr. Bass is also an early music performer on lute, theorbo, and baroque guitar, and appears regularly with local early music ensembles.

Some of Dr. John Bass' good works documented:
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "Charles Lloyd: Sage Wisdom From A Prodigal Son Of The Memphis Sound"

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Celebrating Jimmie Lunceford & The Music of Manassas High Panel Discussion (Full)

2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Rev. C.T. Vivian: A Living Legend Of The Civil Rights Movement
Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist with Rev. C.T. Vivian (2011)
Rev. C.T. Vivian admiring his well deserved W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Award


Rev. C. T. Vivian is a living legend of the Civil Rights Movement and he continues his activism today, tirelessly working for the progress of African Americans and the civil and political rights of all peoples. An uplifting speaker, he has addressed audiences in 42 states, 10 countries, and on countless campuses nationwide on the issues of civil rights, non-violence, racism and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with whom he worked for many years.

A Baptist minister, his first use of non-violent direct action was in 1947, to end Peoria's segregated lunch counters. Later he founded the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference, organizing the first sit-ins there in 1960 and the first civil rights march in 1961. Rev. Vivian was a rider on the first "Freedom Bus" into Jackson, Mississippi, and in 1963 went on to work along-side Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his Executive Staff in Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, Nashville. the March on Washington; Danville, Virginia; and St. Augustine, Florida. Two years later, in an incident that would make national news, Vivian confronted Sheriff Jim Clark on the steps of the Selma courthouse during a voter registration drive. After an impassioned speech by Vivian, Clark struck him on the mouth, portraying Clark to the world as a racist. During the summer following the Selma Movement, Rev. Vivian conceived and directed an educational program, Vision, and put 702 Alabama students in college with scholarships. The program later became Upward Bound.

Rev. Vivian has been featured as an activist and an analyst in the civil rights documentary, "Eyes on the Prize," and has been featured in a PBS special, "The Healing Ministry of Dr. C. T. Vivian." He has made numerous appearances on "Oprah" as well as the "Montel Williams Show" and "Donahue." Rev. Vivian is the focus of the biography, Challenge and Change by Lydia Walker and he is author of Black Power and the American Myth, which was an Ebony Book Club Selection.

His leadership positions have included: Chairman of the Southern Organizing Committee Education Fund, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Black Action Strategies and Information Center (BASIC), and the Center for Democratic Renewal.

Vivian recently launched a new organization (Churches Supporting Churches) in response to the help needed for the victims and churches affected by Hurricane Katrina.

An eloquent and inspiring speaker, Rev. Vivian continues to speak out for racial justice and democracy.

More Rev. C.T. Vivian on W.E. A.L.L. B.E.:

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: "Civil Rights Icon Rev. C.T. Vivian speaks on Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, & 'Django Unchained'"

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: "Concerning Our Father, Brother & Friend, Ernest Withers: The Civil Rights Generation Speaks Out!"Part 2
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: The Past Is Always Present...Another Conversation With Rev. C.T. Vivian

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: On Haiti, King, Obama, Race, Religion & Other Matters: A Conversation With The Honorable Rev. C.T. Vivian

"In Silent Solidarity: Remembering 'The Silent March' With Rev. C.T. Vivian" On W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV's Blip TV Channel:

2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honoree The Honorable Judge D'Army Bailey:
Renaissance Man of The Civil Rights Movement 

2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Judge D'Army Bailey showing off his award in prestige and style...

 Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist with the Honorable Judge D'Army Bailey
The award already holds a special place in the Bailey household
Activist, politician, attorney, writer, columnist, public servant and jurist D'Army Bailey was born in 1941 and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, but was expelled from Southern University in Baton Rouge in the early 1960s for participating in demonstrations against segregation. He went on to receive his B.A. from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Yale Law School in 1967. After graduation, Bailey served as national director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council in New York from 1967 to 1968; as staff attorney to the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation 1968 to 1970; and as program adviser to the Field Foundation in New York from 1970 to 1971. Elected to the City Council in Berkeley, California, in 1971, he was ousted in a recall election after two years because of his controversial black nationalist politics. Bailey returned to his hometown of Memphis and practiced law from 1974 to 1990. In 1983, he began his fight to preserve the Lorraine Motel, the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. Finally, after years of fundraising, Bailey's vision was realized in 1991 when the Lorraine Motel building was restored and transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum. Bailey became a jurist in 1990, when he was elected Circuit Court Judge in Tennessee's 30th Judicial District. Reelected in 1998, Judge Bailey continues to devote himself to the fight for civil rights. Bailey is an author, guest speaker for universities and civic organizations, and has been seen in the films The People vs. Larry Flynt, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Mystery Train. Judge Bailey lives in Memphis with his wife, Adrienne, and two sons, Justin and Merritt.

More Judge D'Army Bailey on W.E. A.L.L. B.E.:
W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: "Concerning Our Father, Brother & Friend, Ernest Withers: The Civil Rights Generation Speaks Out!"Part 2

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: Education Of A Black Radical...Exclusive Interview With The Honorable Judge D'Army Bailey

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV Premiere: The Education Of A Black Radical...View It Now...

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: Free The Jena 6 And Save The National Civil Rights Museum

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio: Scandalizing 'The Dream': MLK Memorial Controversy

2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Honoree Rev. Joseph Lowery:
Outspoken Civil Rights Maverick
"We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew and we know that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more but no more for the poor!" ~2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Recipient Dr. Joseph Lowery @ Coretta Scott King's funeral

"Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get [in] back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right. Let all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen! Say Amen! And Amen!" ~2012 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Lifetime Achievement Recipient Dr. Joseph Lowery giving the Benediction @ 2009 Presidential Inauguration


Outspoken civil rights activist the Reverend Joseph Lowery was born on October 6, 1921, in Huntsville, Alabama. Considered the dean of the Civil Rights Movement, Lowery began his education in Huntsville, spending his middle school years in Chicago before returning to Huntsville to complete high school. From there, Lowery attended Knoxville College, Payne College and Theological Seminary, and the Chicago Ecumenical Institute. Lowery earned his doctorate of divinity as well.

Lowery began his work with civil rights in the early 1950s in Mobile, Alabama, where he headed the Alabama Civic Affairs Association, an organization devoted to the desegregation of buses and public places. During this time, the state of Alabama sued Lowery, along with several other prominent ministers, on charges of libel, seizing his property. The Supreme Court sided with the ministers, and Lowery's seized property was returned. In 1957, Lowery and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Lowery was named vice president. H Lowery led the famous 1965 Selma to Montgomery March - the Bloody Sunday march - at the time that George Wallace was governor of Alabama.

Lowery was co-founder and former president of the Black Leadership Forum, a consortium of black advocacy groups. The Forum began protesting apartheid in South Africa in the mid-1970s, and continued their activities in that region until the election of Nelson Mandela. In 1979, during a rash of disappearances of Atlanta's African American youth, Lowery provided a calm voice to a frightened community. In 1990, Lowery was invited by the FBI to meet with director William Sessions to conduct a seminar on African Americans and the image of the FBI.

After serving his community for more than forty-five years, Lowery retired from the pulpit in 1997. Lowery also retired in 1998 from the SCLC as president and CEO. Despite his retirement, Lowery still remaind active; he worked to encourage African Americans to vote, and even recorded a rap with artist NATE the Great to help spread this message.

Lowery received numerous awards, including an NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Martin Luther King Center Peace Award. Essence twice named Lowery as one of the Fifteen Greatest Black Preachers. Lowery's wife, Evelyn Gibson Lowery, was also an activist in her own right.

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