Thursday, October 11, 2012

Our Community Coming Together to Create a Masterpiece.

Check the following website for information on all the artist at this historic event at

As an emergency manager always changing perspective, thinking inside, outside, and out of the box entirely this photo was remade as a Gordon Parks photo in the 70's of the remaining surviving musicians.

I'd like to know of the remaining children alive in the photo that added character to original.  One even reminds me of Wesley Snipes.

This really would have been living history.

Charles D. Sharp
Chief Executive
Black Emergency Managers Association

Map Guide to Musicians

1Hilton Jefferson 2Benny Golson 3Art Farmer 4Wilbur Ware 5Art Blakey 6Chubby Jackson  7Johnny Griffin 8Dickie Wells9Buck Clayton 10Taft Jordan 11Zutty Singleton 12Red Allen  13Tyree Glenn 14Miff Molo 15Sonny Greer 16Jay C. Higginbotham 17Jimmy Jones 18Charles Mingus  19Jo Jones 20Gene Krupa 21Max Kaminsky 22George Wettling 23 Bud Freeman 24Pee Wee Russell  25Ernie Wilkins 26Buster Bailey  27Osie Johnson 28Gigi Gryce 29Hank Jones 30Eddie Locke  31Horace Silver 32Luckey Roberts 33Maxine Sullivan 34Jimmy Rushing 35Joe Thomas 36Scoville Browne  37Stuff Smith 38Bill Crump 39Coleman Hawkins 40Rudy Powell 41Oscar Pettiford 42Sahib Shihab  43Marian McPartland 44Sonny Rollins 45Lawrence Brown 46Mary Lou Williams 47Emmett Berry  48Thelonius Monk  49Vic Dickenson   50Milt Hinton  51Lester Young   52Rex Stewart  53J.C. Heard  54Gerry Mulligan  55Roy Eldgridge 56Dizzy Gillespie 57Count Basie

Registration Closes October 19th: 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit

REGISTER TODAY: If you have completed the general registration, and have not selected your sessions, time is running out and sessions are filling up.

Choose from more than 100 sessions including workshops, pre-summit sessions, plenary sessions, and concurrent sessions, organized under three tracks and 16 themes across multiple disciplines.  National and international leaders in health disparities, as well as experts in science, medicine, policy, public health, dentistry, academia and the community, will share innovative interventions and highlight progress, challenges and opportunities in implementing various strategies towards eliminating health disparities. Visit approximately 1,000 posters, and be a part of the Town Hall Forum to share your perspective on future directions to accelerate the pace to eliminate health disparities.

Registration closes on October 19th at 5:00 p.m. EST. There is no registration fee.  Space is limited therefore registration is required for the overall conference, as well as workshops, pre-summit sessions and concurrent sessions. To learn more about the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit, and to register, visit or e-mail

Sessions Include:

Public Housing and Public Health Practice:  Addressing Oral Health Disparities Where People Live

The U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality (JAPER): A Cooperative Approach to Addressing Social Exclusion and Health Disparities

Testing and Linkage to Treatment/Care for Vulnerable Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities

The Federal Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group: Improving Health and Environment in Communities across America.

Food Security, Health and Sustainable Development: Promotores, Food Security, and the Latino Community: A Partnership between the HHS Office of Minority Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Research and Community Efforts to Address Inner-City Asthma

Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language and Disability Status.

The Economic and Public Health Burden of Global Tobacco Use:  Current issues and Lessons learned in Curbing the Epidemic

Addressing American Indian Oral Health Challenges: Current Research and Promising Approaches

Mobilizing Partnerships and Resources to Address Homelessness

Housing as a Contributor to Health Disparities: A Review of Progress and Remaining Challenges

Webinar: October 17, 2012. MLK Jr. Day of Service January 21, 2013


October 17th Webinar

Strategies for Success: Connecting Your Project to Economic Opportunity

Have you already begun planning your projects or events for the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service? The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has tools and resources to help you!

CNCS is providing a webinar series to assist with developing projects, raising resources, reaching out and communicating your message, recruiting volunteers, and preparing for the day of service.

The first one is:

This webinar will include an overview of available resources for project planning and development and will include ideas that support economic opportunity including:
• Helping Veterans Translate Military Skills to the Business World
• Assisting First-time College Students with Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
• Addressing Hunger and Nutrition: Nutrition Programs,  Summer Feeding, and Other Food Security projects
• Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
• Educating Communities About Healthy Futures

Deepwater Horizon: Monitoring and Environmental Impact

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10/10/2012 09:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS — The Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in New Orleans issued a Notice of Federal Interest to BP and Transocean Tuesday.

Coast Guard Capt. Duke Walker issued the NOFI following sample results from an oil sheen located in the vicinity of where the Deepwater Horizon drill rig exploded and sank more than two years ago.

The sheen was first reported to the National Response Center Sept. 16 by BP based on satellite images from the 9th and 14th overpasses in the Mississippi Canyon, block 252, approximately 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. The sheen is not feasible to recover and does not pose a risk to the shoreline.

The Coast Guard, in concert with BP and NOAA, has conducted regular assessments of the sheen by aircraft and boat since its discovery. The observed sheen size has varied over time depending upon the conditions present. Samples of the sheen were taken by Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City Sept. 26 and sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in New London, Conn. The Marine Safety Laboratory results indicate the sheen correlates to oil that originated from BP’s Macondo Well. The exact source of the sheen is uncertain at this time but could be residual oil associated with wreckage and/or debris left on the seabed from the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010.

The NOFI effectively informs BP and Transocean that the Coast Guard matched the sheen samples to the Deepwater Horizon spill or sunken drilling debris and that either party or both may be held accountable for any cost associated with further assessments or operations related to this sheen.

The Gulf Coast Incident Management Team remains committed to the continued cleanup of the Gulf Coast and all shorelines affected as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The FOSC is determined to continue response activities to remove all oil where it is technologically feasible, environmentally beneficial and safe for workers to perform recovery operations.

The public is reminded to contact the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802 to report all pollution incidents or the Coast Guard 8th District command center at 504-589-6225 in the event of any marine emergencies.

VOTE. Thought provoking words of Frederick Douglas

Make sure you vote!

Since BEMA's HQ Office is less than 10-blocks from the home of Frederick Douglas designated as a museum in Southeast Washington, D.C., these words have added meaning.

Charles Sharp.  Chief Executive.  Black Emergency Managers Association (BEMA)

“Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.”

Frederick Douglass

These words 129 years later  Think about it!

Make sure YOU vote.

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

The Black Emergency Managers Association International support(s) the Sustainable Development Goals

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