[MAJOR Speech] “I Have A Dream” Pt. 2

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This is a follow-up to my post that I wrote on Thursday regarding the community reading event that took place at the Worcester Common on Wednesday, August 28th, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr.King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

 Again, revisiting when I worked in higher education, I remember having a conversation with some students regarding racism and whether it existed?

The students, many of the whom came from very well-to-do upper-middle-class families, did feel that racism did exist, but, “It’s not as big of an issue as it used to be.”

_MG_3396Many of the students that I huddled with grew up in families that were ‘somewhat’ diverse in terms of their make up, but, yet, they lived in neighborhoods, attended schools and worshiped at churches that they admitted were not very diverse or not as much as they would have liked.

During the conversation, I recall us actually talking about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech and a few of the students stated that they had a hard time understanding what it was like in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s for Blacks in America.

Having heard stories from my aunts, uncles and, certainly, my parents about what it was like to grow up during Jim Crow laws or the Civil Rights Movement, I have some idea of what it was like for them, but it’s another thing to have lived it._MG_3383

You see, what we’re struggling with today is: How do we teach kids, in America, history as it relates to world and in such a way that it’s understandable?

_MG_3402What I’ve come to realize more and more is that education and specifically teaching today’s kids is very different because today’s kids learn very differently than say when you or I were in elementary, middle school and high school.

It’s been proven that today’s kids learn more from a hands-on approach as well as learning through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) program that teaches kids the basics of all the disciplines with an emphasis on them becoming critical thinkers and problem solvers.

This, we know, is extremely important as kids are competing on a global stage and they truly are the leaders of the future.

Be sure to return to Worcester Is MAJOR for part 3.

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[MAJOR Speech] “I Have A Dream” Pt. 1

MLK-IHaveADream-WorcIsMAJOR-DWells-2Yesterday, I attended the community reading of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have A Dream” speech at the Worcester Common.

It was interesting to see all the people in the audience, the people that participated in the community reading, as well as the folks who were observing and listening, as various people stepped to the podium to read a paragraph from Dr. King’s famous speech.

At some point during the reading, I recalled a situation and, more importantly, a conversation I had some 8-years ago, with some college students, when I worked in higher education.

MLK-IHaveADream-WorcIsMAJOR-DWellsThe conversation that I had with these students was whether or not racism still existed?

Mind you, this was prior to President Barack Obama being elected as President of United States of America.

These students had grown up with parents that considered themselves middle to upper middle-class and had worked hard to afford to pay for their child to attend good schools that were diverse, from their point of view, and had strong feelings that racism was on the decline and that people didn’t pay attention to the color of someones’ skin any longer.

Again, this was just a mere 8-years ago.

Stay tuned for part 2.

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[MAJOR Wrong] Rooting For The Home Team

Photograph of flier for "Rooting For The Home Team" short film & petition.A little known fact about the FIFA World Cup remains that whatever country hosts the Cup games, there are people and families that are displaced to build stadiums and hotels to accommodate the athletes, visitors and executives from the various sponsoring companies.

With the World Cup coming up in Brazil in 2014, there are entire neighborhoods fighting to keep their homes and remain in the neighborhood that many of the residents have called their home for sometimes more than 25-years.

This video gives us just a glimpse of the struggle and what the residents of one particular area- Fortaleza, Brazil- are doing to fight back.

I present to you “Rooting For The Home Team”.

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[MAJOR 508] The Real News Show

20130726-080457.jpgI have been a MAJOR fan of Michael Benedetti’s show “508” for a long time and I have made a couple appearances on the show.

Besides Mike always looking dapper and, as I say, “GQ Fresh”, Mike typically discusses issues that sometimes get overlooked by publications such as the Telegram & Gazette, Worcester Magazine and Pulse Magazine or websites such as GoLocal Worcester and Worcester Scene.

And, I can’t forget about Brendan Melican, the other half of the dynamic duo, who isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind, back it up with information and make fun of the issues all at the same time.

508 is a show about Worcester. This week’s panel is Thu Nguyen, Callista Perry, and District 4 City Councilor Sarai Rivera. We talk about life on the City Council, economic development, youth services, and growing up in Worcester.

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Yes, “508” is MAJOR!

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[MAJOR Issue] C’Mon CVS: I’m Tired Of The Too Long Receipt

CVS-card-WorcIsMAJORI’ve been saying that the receipts from CVS, which is based in Woonsocket, Rhode Island and is all but a 45-minute drive from me, are way too long.

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Recently, I stopped at the CVS on Lincoln Street and bought some pain reliever, 2 packs of Tic Tacs and 2 Twix candy bars for the kids and ended up with a receipt long enough to cover the wall of a small room.

Sad.

I have even bugged a few friends that work at the headquarters in Woonsocket, RI and I’ve asked them if the topic of their receipts being too long and using too much paper ever comes up in meetings? ¬†The short answer is, “No, it doesn’t.”

I’ve even asked if the possibility of loading the coupons onto the CVS ExtraCare card is something that may be in the works?

I was told that the topic has come up in meeting, but my friends were told that it would take an entire computer system overhaul, as well as new cash registers would be needed in order for it to happen.

Again, more frustration and reams of useless pieces of paper that wind up crumpled and on the floor of my car or the kitchen counter top!

C’Mon CVS…..it’s time to get with the program and join the new millennium.

Shoot, your name is Consumer Value Stores after all.

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CVS, you, too, can be MAJOR and need to step it up!

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