International Literacy Day focuses on “Sustainable Development”

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By Carmen Glover

On Monday, September 8, literacy will be at the forefront of conversation and promotion across the globe as International Literacy Day is celebrated and solutions are sought to the plight of citizens who struggle with attaining this basic human right.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is promoting the day under the theme “Sustainable Development.” On its website, UNESCO indicated that “Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people so that they can make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.”

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UNESCO is celebrating International Literacy Da under the theme “Sustainable Development.”

UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-Moon stated “Literacy provides tools for men and women to better understand the world and shape it to meet their aspirations.” While his predecessor, Kofi Annan said: “Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment on each of the three main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection.”

Children who lack the resources to promote literacy from the formative years grow into adulthood unprepared to reason or articulate their thoughts effectively. International Literacy Day is designed to put the spotlight squarely on this issue so that governments will set aside a day, early in the academic school year, to collectively explore creative methods that will make a difference in alleviating illiteracy and promoting efforts to level the playing field.–OnPointPress.net.

FBI, Justice Department, now involved in Missouri murder probe

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August, sparking uproar and riots.

Unarmed 18-year-old teenager Michael Brown was murdered in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday, August 9, sparking uproar and riots.

The announcement by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the US Department of Justice on Monday, August 11 that they will be involved in probing and oversight following the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, is welcome news.

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division will monitor the situation.

US Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will monitor the situation.

The FBI announced that they will take over the investigation while, US Attorney General said he has instructed the civil rights ‎division to “monitor” the situation. The feedback was provided after peaceful protests devolved into looting and rioting on Sunday, August 10. The police officer who allegedly pumped 10 bullets into Brown’s back has been placed on “paid administrative leave,” according to the St. Louis Police Department but no information was provided about his identity .

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar addressing the media regarding murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar addressing the media regarding murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Missouri Police Chief. Jon Balmar said the investigation is “complicated” while stating that he agreed with the FBI’s involvement. ‎Meanwhile, MSNBC reported that she Rev. Al Sharpton would be meeting with Brown’s family and that the local NAACP will convene a community event.

Protestors initially demonstrated peacefully before some resorted to rioting and looting.

Protestors initially demonstrated peacefully before some resorted to rioting and looting.

Brown’s murder represents another addition to the exhaustive list of Black males who are executed in the United States with impunity, often at the hands of the police or overzealous vigilantes such as George Zimmerman’s murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, a crime foe which Zimmerman escaped punishment; and the recent murder of unarmed father and grandfather Eric Garner in New York, whose life was squeezed from him with an illegal chokehold‎ administered by police officers. EMTs failed to provide help when they arrived at the scene.

 Lesley McSpadden, (l) is consoled by her husband, Louis Head (r ), after her son, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. Brown's parents join a long line of African-Americans forced to mourn the death of a child at the hands of police.


Lesley McSpadden, (l) is consoled by her husband, Louis Head (r ), after her son, Michael Brown was shot and killed by police. Brown’s parents join a long line of African-Americans forced to mourn the death of a child at the hands of police.

Brown’s death causes simmering anger to explode in the Black community as the war on black males continues unchecked. But looting and rioting is not the answer. Who benefits from such disorganized and unlawful actions? Certainly not the affected families.

With the FBI and Justice Department taking an active role in probing all the details of what happened to Brown, it’s important for peaceful protests to continue, but cooler heads need to prevail because rioting and looting are foolish distractions which will impede, rather than advance the quest for justice.-OnPointPress.net-

Deadline looms for Lorraine Hansberry Kickstarter project, “Sun” wins Tonys

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A Kickstarter project aimed at funding a documentary about the life of Lorraine Hansberry is close to reaching its funding target but needs additional support to push it over the finish line.

By Carmen Glover

On June 20, the campaign to raise $100,000 for the Lorraine Hansberry documentary via a Kickstarter campaign comes to an end. While the filmmakers are pleased to have raised 80 percent of the funds needed, they are concerned that unless they raise the remaining 20 percent before June 20, their dreams of bringing Hansberry’s life story to the big screen will be dashed.

Kenny Leon jumps for joy when he won for Best Director in the current revival of a play for "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Tony Awards on Sunday.

Kenny Leon jumps for joy when he won for Best Director in the current revival of a play for “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Tony Awards on Sunday. He acknowledged Denzel Washington’s performance in the play and promoted his new play “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” now in previews.

In 1959, Hansberry infused new life on Broadway when her iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun,” debuted with Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier in the lead role. Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington in currently starring in a revival of the play at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it debuted decades ago.

Sophie Okenodo proudly holds the Tony Award she won Sunday for Featured Actress in a Play for her role in "A Raisin in the Sun."

Sophie Okonedo proudly holds the Tony Award she won Sunday for Featured Actress in a Play for her role in “A Raisin in the Sun,” which is currently playing on Broadway. A Kickstarter project to bring Lorraine Hansberry’s life to the big screen is still short of its funding target.

The revival won three Tony Awards last night, for Best Revival of a Play, Best Director of a Play, going to Kenny Leon and Featured Actress, going to Sophie Okonedo. Celebrating Hansberry during her acceptance speech, Okonedo said: “Your words heal me eight shows a week.”

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Lorraine Hansberry documentary filmmakers from left to right Jamila Wignot, Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry.

Help push the industrious filmmakers over the finish line by contributing to the project and publicizing the campaign, which has garnered support from Poitier and legendary entertainer Harry Belafonte. To contact the filmmakers and join the effort to fund the project call toll-free at(855)-TFP-FILM, twitter.com/hansberrydoc and facebook.com/hansberrydocumentary. -OnPointpress.net.