Soul of the City
Vickie A. Shurelds, M.Ed
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God's Shepherd returned to Soul of the City to invite us to the "DOING GOD" tour. This young man and his family and friends ROYALTY TRYBE. Supporting their efforts strengthens our community. Their street outreach has had a tremendous effect on the people of Lima.
We welcomed to Soul of the City and the City of Lima Rev. Dr. Newby! He shared with us his road leading to his new position as Pastor of St. Paul AME - the first African American Church in Lima!
He also invited us to participate in the Commemorative Brick Fundraiser - an opportunity to preserve more of our rich history in Allen County. Click on the bricks to learn more about this wonderful oppotunity!
You are also encouraged to attend a special effort from St. Paul AME:
Veronica McLaurine joined us last month from LACCA to give us the straight talk on Fair Housing in Ohio. Her office is serious about keeping all housing units in and near our city in compliance with Fair Housing legistation for the protection of residents, landlords and lenders. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact her at 419-227-2586 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the logo to be taken directly to the LACCA website. Take advantage of their wonderful services for our community! Remember, it is against the law to discriminate against any one due to race, color, familial status, disability, gender or age.
RIZE Up, Lima! Your PhoenixRises once again to bring you the mirrors and windows we need to strengthen our community.
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The Play's The Thing - no one knows that as well as NICK NEWLIN - Resident artist at the FOLGER'S SHAKESPEARE in DC - Nick spoke with us about a series of books he is creating called 30 minute Shakespeare that takes the Bard's greatest works and places them in small bites that can easily be taken on by students in the classroom. Nick's previous life as a juggling jester helps kids see the fun side of performance and how something you love can become your job! Nick's website is: 30minuteshakespeare.com and there you'll find ways to purchase the material and to connect with Nick directly. Many of Shakespeare's most loved plays have already gone thru the "Shakespeare's Groove" process, with many more titles to come. A wonderful resource for educators, theatre enthusiasts and seekers of all things innovative.
Lima Senior High School Girl's Basketball Coach Vincent Holliday and Lima West Middle School Basketball and Track Coach Emmanuel led the discussion on Lima City Schools' consideration of lowering the eligibility requirements for participation in sports. They cited greater participation from students who are currently not involved with extracurriculars as being the targets of this action. The conversation included calls from Dr. Anthony Atkins of
Professor Camilia Sadik says schools are causing Dyslexia, and she has discovered a way to stop it. Her book "READ INSTANTLY" outlines her program and 100 spelling rules that govern phonics and English Spelling. With her Masters in Linguistics she has authored 17 books including: READ INSTANTLY. Ending Dyslexia. She was my guest on April 22nd. Go to her website for more information: spellingrules.com - please pass this information along to others: teachers, parents, students, tutors! This information could be the tool so many children are search for to end their misery in school!
Wonderful interview with the creator of this new documentary on famlies living with autism. I invite you to watch this short promo for the documentary, then join me for information on our next interview with George Jones of NYC.
Dr. Ernest Johnson says having a 'color blind' classroom can make racism worst! He also defines how our educational system can work against African American Students who want to learn. His book, The Secrets of motivating, Educating, and Lifting the Spirit of African American Males outlines several challenges in our 'equal education' system that could be increasing problems that already exist.
Janice Chamberlin has been an educator in public and private schools, a case manager for Child Welfare, and a businesswoman. Her undergraduate and grauate degrees are from Indiana University and her All buildingadministrator License was completed at Indiana Wesleyan University. She feels her most successful and fulfilling work thus far has been as a teacher of adult male inmates. She believes her experiences in the prison setting are an untapped resource for all teachers who wish to close the achievement gap.
You've met Anita Wooldridge. She shared the story of her abduction from her family home in broad daylight; and in contrast the 8 days she spent being beaten and raped while being held in a metal box. Her incredible will to survive until being rescued is testament verified by her therapist, Angela Roegner. She's written a book that is a chilling account taken from the journals she put together after her rescue.
This story hits close to home as both these women reside in Kokomo, Indiana!
Every Sunday morning you'll now hear a cut from the LifeStoryz CD produced by Dr. Anthony Atkins. This CD carries a strong message for the Youth of Lima and now beyond! Dr. Atkins has been taking the United States by storm connecting recently with rapper Common, and even more recently the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. On September 18th, Dr. Adkins heads to Dayton for a Teen Summit. Although he's pleased with this connection, he needs our support to make sure every child in Lima knows the ups and downs of every decision they make. One track from the CD will be played just before our show airs each week - listen and call in to the show with your comments.
Rize up Lima - our kids are in a "state of emergency" and we are the heroes that can reach out to them. To purchase a copy of the CD, mail your check or money order made out to "A.Atkins/Lifestoryz" to WIMA/Soul of the City, 667 West Market Street, Lima, Ohio 45802.
The Lima Family YMCA's Black Achiever's Program invites you to participate in this opportunity for parents and students to receive a deep look into the benefits of this inclusive program, and the way we can work together to provide solid opportunities for youth in the Lima area. Learn about Reader's Plus, General ACT Preparation, in addition to the chance to improve your GPA or increase your understanding of English, Math, Science and Writing.
As an added bonus - the Reading Plus program offers an adult component as well - something you and your child can do together. For more information on this vital program, contact Scott Parsons at the Lima YMCA at 419-223-6045 - or contact email@example.com to find out about tutoring in Math. Prep sessions will be held at the YMCA Annex, 136 South West Street in Lima.
Believe. Excel. Achieve. Start Today. You deserve a bright future.
Find out how your consistent attendance at Black Achievers can mean a free YMCA membership for your student!
Kathleen Rich-New gave us GREAT information on identifying our key selling points and learning how to package ourselves for the greatest success through corporate or personal career goals. Plus a special gift. Click on her picture to be taken to the website: planbcoach.com to receive your checklist for creating your own 'soft' business plan - then, pre-order or watch for her book to be in stores in January. Plan B could be the roadmap to YOUR future. Seize the Opportunity!
The talent in Lima continues to impress us and we thank God's Shephard (Aaron Henderson) for introducing us to Joshua Kennedy as he begins his music career. Keep an eye out for this young man, and keep him in mind as you give thanks for all Lima has to give. Souls to the Polls happens today courtesy of many of the Churches in our area, with Ohio's extended hours for early voting this weekend. The Polls today (Sunday) are open until 5pm. Meet at the Civic Center and ride to the Board of Elections to cast your vote!
Congratulations to the winners of the GOSPEL EXPLOSION event held at the VMCCC ! Soul of the City welcomed two of the winners this morning, Minister Claytonia Manley-Logan and Hannah Beck to the show. Obviously, this is just the beginning of things yet to come. If you missed the show, check out the podcast!
The Incredibly insightful and very delightful Jane Hight McMurry gave us a lot of material to work with IF we are serious about changing the course of our business position and our options for success. If you missed this show you will be glad to know you can hear it on podcast, and even happier to know Ms. McMurry will be in Celina on November 8th giving more tips for Janes and Tarzans about Navagating the Lipstick (or concrete) jungle. If you've been wondering why you can't break through the 'glass ceiling' this guest may just have your answer. Click on the book to be taken directly to the website that can jump start the next steps on your journey to success!
Ohio's early voting began October 2nd. Exercise your right to vote, stay connected to the issues and be a part of the solution. Don't walk away from the table in disgust; help with getting Ohio and America on a solid path. We've come too far to turn back now!
Not sure about all of you, but I'm still Fired Up after the interview with Max Carey, Jr.! He gave us specific, usable, understandable information about how we can each MAXimize our potential for ourselves, our families and our community. I'm implementing what I've learned from this show immediately! Meeting Max was just the jolt we all needed to get us back in the game! To learn more click on his picture to be taken to his site!
Few interviews had as strong an effect on me and our listeners as this one with Gordon Ewell, one of our true American Heroes. He tells his story in this amazing book, not for himself - but so that we may begin to understand and support those soldiers who will come home and need our support. It is an honor to read this story, and I'm proud to call this incredible man my friend.
Doris Johnson shared an astonishing story with us, and now wants to share her story with you. She and her siblings were not even aware of the difficulty of the life they were leading living with a Mother who was left alone to deal with bi-polar or schizophrenia. This novel weaves you in and out of the reality and the additional materials she uses to pass on information about this incredible circumstance.
Call for Churches in the area to help distribute THE REPORTERNEWSPAPER in Lima - beginning April 1st. Need a contact person from every church to determine how many papers need to be dropped off each week. The cost of the paper is 50 cents. The paper will be delivered each Sunday morning for your members. This is a great way to keep the community connected to events across the state and the nation. Articles about your church events or social group are also encouraged to be included in the paper. THE REPORTER is published in Akron, Ohio by William Ellis, Jr.
Do you need a JOB? Bradfield Community Center invites you to stop by to speak with them about programs to assist you in preparing to get a great job TODAY! If you are ready to begin a future that includes being financially secure with a job that will assure you can take care of your family. Call BRADFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER TODAY: 419-228-7766.
The EOMC (Equal Opportunity Minority Coalition, Inc.) of Lima/Allen County is a new partnership organization working together to build a better community. Their mission is to build relationshiops within the minority community of Lima/Allen County for the purpose of employment and economic growth. To create a working relationshiop among Civic Leaders, community organizations and businesses in the Lima Community related to employment and small minority business development.
Ohio is taking the lead in the advanced notion of early intervention regarding those with developmental delays, including those on the Autism Spectrum. If you missed the important details of this interview - click on the Podcast of April 18th. There is even the opportunity for you to have your doctor placed on a list of those who will be offered additional training in early diagnosis that could make life easier in the lives of children with delays.
To find out more; click on the link for the website hosted by the Great State of Ohio!
Autism Diagnosis Education Pilot Project
Lima City Councilman Jesse Lowe II updated us on projects going on across the city including Drugs Bring Death, which incidentally celebrated its Third Year anniversary in March!
Over 70 men participated in the Men's Day luncheon at Independence Elementary - a great start for an ongoing initiative.
If you'd like to help with this very worthwhile project, contact Jesse through the website at www.drugsbringdeath.us. Monetary donations made be made at any Lima Superior Credit Union location, or contact them through the mail at PO BOX 33, Lima, Ohio 45802.
Arjun sen is a father first, then a businessman and consultant. Those things did not follow that order just a short time ago. He was the guest on Soul of the City Sunday, November 22nd. His book; "Raising A Father" can be purchased at the link above or click on the book cover to be taken to his site. Arjun's daughter, Raka asked him 3 questions he couldn't answer.
Who is my best friend?
What is my favorite restaurant?
What is the best thing you and I have ever done?
Sadly, he didn't know the answer to any of those questions - his shame led him to ask more questions:
Why is it that men go after power and glory more than spending time at home to watch their babies grow?
Why do men only measure their livs by money, promotions, the size of their offices and the kinds of cars they drive?
Why is it men never stop to thik what matters in the long run?
Why is it that men invest all their time in a company that is sure to let them go one day?
Why do men not invest time ni their daughters, instead, who will never fire them?
I enjoyed the interview very much, hope you did, too!
The Ohio Benefit Bank is a program set in place by Governor Strickland to help close the gap for struggling Ohioans. Using unclaimed funds, Benefit Bank Counselors can guide you through the paperwork in record time; paperwork that will demonstrate what benefits you and your family may be eligible for without even knowing. Banks are located across the state; visit their website at http://www.thebenefitbank.com
Ohio is one of only 7 states that offer
this service to its residents.
In St. Marys, Ohio, the Benefit Bank is located at the Spring Street Copy Center, 129 East Spring Street. You can sign up for Food Stamps, Medical Services, and more - Even Register to Vote and get ready for school by filling out your FASFA!
Learn about the latest information affecting African American Families in NorthWest Ohio by reading the Soujourner's Truth Newspaper.
Visit them at http://www.thetruthtoledo.com
The NAACP continues the struggle for Civil Rights across our nation, learn how you can be a part of the Plan for Progress. The NAACP is non-partisan, and embraces all races, creeds, colors and religious choices. Keep yourself informed by viewing their page at http://www.naacp.orgor subscribe to an RSS feed for more up to date information!
I'd like to share with you some of my favorite photos!
I am one of the daughters of one of the greatest women who ever lived. Alberta R. Shurelds was the epitome of style, grace, intelligence, and tenacity. She is being inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame on May 22, 2012. She was a teacher, political activist, civil rights leader, and believed strongly in her God and her family. I miss her more than I can describe, and burst with pride to say: My mother, was Alberta Shurelds!
My daughter, Desi Shurelds is an actress and the orignial Kewpee "De-wicious" Doll!
My Son, TJ owns his own Photography Business in St. Marys called Photographic Memories!
I've met some pretty great people!
Denise Brown, sister of the late Nichole Simpson
Rev. Jesse Jackson