The Center for the Study of Race & Democracy supports the following community programs and encourages you to participate.

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The Center for the Study of Race & Democracy supports the following community programs and encourages you to participate.



Arizona Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations – through January 27

presented by: Various Organizations


There are many activities throughout the valley honoring and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including marches, awards ceremonies, rallies, presentations, and more.  Information and flyers for many of the events can be found at the Arizona MLK Celebration Committee website,  Below are some of the upcoming events:


·        Sunday, January 15:  #WritersResist: Arizona Edition  |  3 – 5 p.m.  |  Burton Barr Central Library

Writers Resist is an international movement that calls on writers to come together on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, to reinaugurate their commitment to a free, just and compassionate society. Prominent writers from across the state will read their work, including Arizona’s Poet Laureate and CSRD Board Member Alberto Rios. For more information, visit or contact Professor Sally Ball


·        Sunday, January 15:  Candlelight Ceremony  |  6 p.m.  |  Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

The AZ MLK Celebration Committee presents the 2017 Candlelight Ceremony in celebration of youth.  This program includes guest speakers, “an unforgettable gospel experience” and scholarship awards will be presented.  More information:


·        Monday, January 16:  March and Festival  |  9 a.m.  |  Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

The annual MLK March begins at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church at 9 a.m. and ends at Hance Park in Phoenix where a festival will be held until 4 p.m.  More information:


·         Wednesday, January 18: March on West  |  11 a.m.  |  ASU’s West campus, Glendale

Everyone is invited to join the annual march and experience the reenactment presented by Charles St. Clair. For more information about the event, call(602) 543-5300 or email



Movement Speaks Workshop January 26

presented by: Erika R. Moore


Dancer and choreographer Erika Moore uses dance to engage in critical dialogue around complex social issues.  Join her for free workshop at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and explore the dance process and engage in conversation about the themes presented. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and come early for refreshments.  See attached flyer for more information.



History vs. Struggle: Ancestors Speak January 27

presented by: Mesa Community College NAACP Chapter


Visit the past, present, and future in this “poetrical production” about the African American experience and puts into context a Nation’s story in contrast to its struggle.  The show will be held at the Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center and tickets are $10.  Go to for more information and to purchase tickets.



Faculty Women of Color Caucus Diversity Keynote Address January 31

presented by: ASU Faculty Women of Color Caucus


Dr. Caroline Turner, Professor of Educational Leadership at California State University Sacramento, will present “Promoting Social Justice in Higher Education: Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars and Practitioners.”  The keynote address will be preceded by a reception and free and open to the public.


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“The Price of the Ticket: James Baldwin a True Literary and Community Hero ” February 2

presented by: Humanities Lecture Series – College of Integrative Sciences and Arts


Join award-winning author Venita Blackburn for a screening of the documentary film “James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket” followed by a discussion.


Thursday, February 2  |  7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  |  Cronkite Building, room 128 – ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus



Movement Speaks February 3

presented by: Erika R. Moore


Movement Speaks, choreographed by and featuring Erika Moore, is an exploration of how movement speaks to the unspoken social constructs that exist in the educational system, connecting various civil rights movements of the past and present. This piece is part of the ASU Meridian Showcase, a special initiative giving emerging artists a unique performance venue for the culmination of their MFA work.  For more information and to purchase tickets:



Speaking the Unspeakable Conference  February 17 & 18

presented by: Arizona State University


Speaking the Unspeakable” examines how race and racial inequalities are structured, experience, and felt through the lenses of colorblindness, racism and antiracism.  This is a FREE two-day conference that brings together scholars, community experts, students and public-service providers for interactive workshops, panels, roundtables and more.


FREE and Open to the Public  |  For more information and to register, visit:  |  Flyer is attached




Center for the Study of Race and Democracy

Arizona State University

University Center, Suite 300

Office: 602-496-1376 |


Please help us educate and unify…


7 Things White People Don’t Understand About Black Hair


October 18, 2011  |  

Black hair in any state can be down right fascinating. Whether it’s silky, straight and draping or kinky, coily and wild, or something in between, our hair has the ability to shape shift like nobody else’s. Nobody has hair like ours. So it’s no surprise when people from other races have tons of questions about our hair and the way we take care of it. They’re honest questions and if asked in the spirit of genuine curiosity, I don’t mind educating someone about black hair. Which is why I’m taking the time out to educate non-blacks about a topic that’s so near and dear to our hearts and our minds: our hair.

Black hair in any state can be down right fascinating. Whether it’s silky, straight and draping or kinky, coily and wild, or something in between, our hair has the ability to shape shift like nobody else’s. Nobody has hair like ours. So it’s no surprise when people from other races have tons of questions about our hair and the way we take care of it. They’re honest questions and if asked in the spirit of genuine curiosity, I don’t mind educating someone about black hair. Which is why I’m taking the time out to educate non-blacks about a topic that’s so near and dear to our hearts and our minds: our hair.

1- We don’t want you to touch our hair because we’re human beings not some type of specimen in a zoo

I have no problem with people touching my hair… if they ask. As a stranger to walk up and touch someone’s hair… or anything on their person for that matter is rude. I understand curiosity and I’m into texture so I like to touch people’s hair too. But for the love of God ask first. Don’t let your curiosity get you cussed out. I do believe Biebs asked to touch Esperanza’s hair in the photo above but still black women felt a little twinge about it.

2- If my hair is cut in a pixie cut one day and down my back the next, it’s probably some sort of extensions

This one always amazed me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to say to someone “You know this isn’t my hair, right?”. It’s funny I can’t think of a time when I didn’t know about fake hair. Even my grandma had some pieces she’d slip in her head if she wanted some extra body that day. As much as mainstream celebrities rely on extensions and fake hair it’s amazing that the general population can be so oblivious to their prevalence in everyday life

3- Our hair, as it grows out of our head, is not unprofessional

Honestly I hear this one perpetuated by whites and blacks equally. The notion that our hair, chemically unaltered, is unprofessional is simply ridiculous and discriminatory. It’s the equivalent of asking a darker complected individual to invest in bleaching cream so he or she can fit into the corporate world.

4- Wearing our hair natural is not to make some type of rebellious statement

Who knows where this notion came from but wearing our hair unstraightened is not indicative of being a member of a counterculture. It’s just who I am.

5- I don’t have to wash my hair everyday

I remember back in elementary school I stayed the night over one of my friends’ house. Before we went to bed or when we got up in the morning my girlfriend informed me that she wasn’t going to wash her hair that day and she didn’t want me to think that she was dirty. I told her I wash my hair once a week. And the look on her face was absolutely priceless. Afterward I had to have the “black hair” conversation with her. Black hair thrives on oils and washing our hair and having to replenish the oils again requires entirely too much time (and money). So once a week it is.

6- Oil is actually good for our hair

Ooo there is nothing worse than seeing someone’s hair being weighed down by oil. It’s gross. And while oil is a the arch nemesis of someone with European hair, it’s actually our friend. Black hair thrives on oil. So much so that the activity of oiling our scalps has become a romantic gesture.

7- It may take some time for it to look right

Which is exactly I won’t be coming to that pool party. Because after I spent 13 hours in the beauty shop and paid a small fortune on this do– if someone throws me in the water somebody’s going to get cut.

Please note that it’s all about love and education. Most black women don’t have a problem taking the time to explain our hair to you as long as you approach us the right way.

What questions have you had to answer from non-black people about black hair?

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Building Proposal for Phoenix & Glendale, AZ




Our Moto is Global Afrikan/Black & Brown Unification thru Love


1628 Francis Av. S E Grand Rapids, MI  49507

1.800.354.4131 cell 602.585.8491




Building Specifies:


This proposal is for the African People of Love (APOL) National Church

A Global (Afrikan/Black & Brown) Unification Organization


We are making a proposal to secure a space that will allow us to establish a based educational & entertainment Center, which shall be use for unifying and building love relationships between the Youth and Elders of Phoenix, Glendale AZ, we are a Non-Profit Organization, that desires to revitalize the rich Afrikan Heritage, that has been lost, stolen or never known.


As a Community, based Center, we will offer a Martial Arts Program on a trial basis for Thirteen weeks.  There would be four different classes offered, these classes would be Adult Tai Chi, Wolf Pak for Children, Sparring for yellow belts and Wisdom’s of the Art for all ages. This class is taught by Our Martial Arts Instructor Sister Fundi Fe.


We will also be offering Traditional Afrikan dancing and Drum Classes, our teachers pride themselves in teaching Traditional Afrikan Culture thru motion.  This educational art form is taught thru traditional dance, drums, song and spirit. 


The classes are set up for a combination of one to two hour increments. 


They begin with:

  1. Community circle (this consist of exchanging of names).
  2. Afrikan history (about the particular rhythm for the day).
  3. Warm-up, exercise pertaining to the dance
  4. Interactive dance instruction.
  5. Cool-down
  6. Close-out (including announcements)


The class is taught in traditional clothing of the African Culture. The songs are taught in the traditional language.  This is a revival for the respect to the village (your community). 


Our goal is to unite and enhance the respect for all ethnicities and we can only do that by learning to respect one another.  Our interaction creates life long bonds that unite the community thru the love of the Culture and the heartbeat of the drums.  This social art form of dance is a fun way to exercise that builds self esteem and enriches their life with the knowledge of traditions that have been passed down, they will be held by _________________________. 


We also promote and teach love and unity thru the Scriptures, baptizing (teaching) them in the name of love, the living love with and thru the holy character of love.  Our place is a place for those who are serious about living in Love and Truth with one another.  Our studies are not given to condemn anyone nor have they been written to promote the organization or some denomination.


A gymnasium is preferred, about the size of a dance studio or an area that can be built to suite or a room with a wooden floor (the class are taught in bare feet).  The room should be large enough to accommodate twenty plus students and three to six drum troop members (50×60 ft minimal).


It must be an area where sound is not a problem (we dance to live drums).


Handicap accessible facilities, that we may welcome community fellowship that unites neighbors in Love.


We must United as One People; it is only thru our coming together as ONE will we be able to free all.  Let us Unity Now!  Let us stand as one!  Will we be hearing from you or will you sit back and just talk Unity? 

Let us see if you are ready to Unite.  You can contact us by phone or email. You may also visit our site @:


Yours truly,

 CEO/Eliyah X.


A Request (prayer) to the 1 true God my People… the name of Mother Nubian

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Ma’at is the Kemetic divine principle that represents law, order, and love. it is interesting that they put law and love together in the same principle because in their philosophical view law was not about force and punishment. Instead, it is/was the natural outcome of love which is, in the words of Ra Un Nefer Amen 1 , the expression of our oneness with each other and with God.

Unlike the 10 Commandments, the 11 laws of God are not a finite list of Dos and Donts. Instead, they are principles which the Creator set in motion so we can live a victorious life if we live by them.

Western culture has programmed us to go from pleasure to pain, pleasure to pain according to circumstances outside our control. We seek to maximize the circumstances that bring us pleasure and minimize the ones that bring us pain.

Kemetic spirituality teaches us that many of the emotions we experience are programmed reactions to circumstances. The Creator has given us the tools to deprogram and reprogram our reactions so we can instead respond in a way that is conducive to our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. We go from pleasure to peace to pleasure to peace. Isn’t faith enough to do all this? Don’t be afraid, to be honest. We know many people who believe very strongly that God has provided all their needs and yet they have no lasting joy or self-control because they are constantly waylayed by emotional ups and downs So we must learn to rise above emotions.

The Kemau recognized the Self as the true individual with the personality as the part of our makeup which houses our emotions and can be programmed. Society has already programmed us through the media to be “conformed to this world.” Isn’t it time for us to start programming ourselves to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds?”….Asé

0. Law of Amen
You were created in the likeness of a peace which cannot be disturbed. Regain your original state of peace to attain to your reason for coming into existance–the enjoyment of life.

1. Law of Ausar
Your nature is an unconquerable peace. Therefore, nothing and no one in the world can be against you. All experiences come to you to promote your reclamation of peace, that you may in turn acquire wisdom and power.

2. Law of Tehuti
When your thoughts, feelings and actions reflect the Word of God then the power of God’s spirit and a peace that nothing can challenge will flow through your being.

3. Law of Sekher
When the emotions of Man manifest in respense to the Word of God they have the power to influence any and all events in the world.

4. Law of Ma’at
God needs you in order to come into the world. Fulfilling God’s need is the highest act of love and only through your love for God can you fulfill your love for others. Become God’s love in the world for the protection of the world.

5. Law of Herukhutt
Know that God neither punishes nor rewards nor protects. You will have the comfort of controlling these for yourself.

6. Law of Heru
You have the power but not the right to ignore God’s law. Choose to follow God’s law with the love and joy that comes from understanding and the wisdom and power of God’s spirit will flow through your being.

7. Law of Het-Heru
It is not what you imagine but who is imagining. Are you a human or a divine being?

8. Law of Sebek
It’s not what you think or affirm. It’s who is thinking or affirming. Are you a human or divine being?

9. Law of auset
Prepare to sacrifice everything to become the vessel of God on earth and you will, in trn, receive everything.

10. Law of Geb
Know that from heaven you came and to heaven you will return; seek not enduring works on earth.



My Proposal is to be a Published Thesis Framework as of 630PM Today is based on this statement – The harm done to our African ancestors, who became African Americans in 1868 [14th Amendment to the United States Constitution], led us to being 60 million human beings who as living in the United States of America annual earning is over 850 Billion in United States of America Dollars [USD] with our businesses earning $120 B USD an our institutions and places of faith $30B USD.

ACTIONS In this plan we are asking the United States Government address the need of main street not just wall street through the actions in this document.

That would have the potential of creating over 5 million living wage FULL TIME JOBS within 7 years.

It would put $20 B USD in 15 states.

It would create a million partners of FAU Global Solutions Group in our patent pool to create the infrastructure to erase the digital divide for the African Union and its people. Through the Minority Business Development Agency, Small Business Development Agency, the Global Coalition for Change and others we would create a program to invest at least $250,000 USD in each joint venture.

We look to buy and or build 7 million new Nati STEM+10 based American households through 2020. It will be based on the Cincinnati Change plan of action as being implemented starting 1 August 2014. In this plan each household would have $100,000 USD invested in it to do a variety of things but first of which is creating the company foundation, its trust and its company.

The foundation will work with the FAU Foundation so as to raise up the children, care for the old and support the aspirations of the family.

The trust will work with FAU Global Solutions Group to create private sector revenue from family Intellectual Property in line with our patent pool driven by our licensee in the African Union with USPTO 5,577,042.

Each house shall be a small office home office [SOHO] which supports students from preschool through graduate school and or apprenticeship in trades as long as 7 years – through 2027. This program would only goto houses that are lead and environmentally safe and clean through tests to be administrated by experts.