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Profiles In Black: Desirée Rogers February 10, 2009

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Desirée Rogers is first African-American White House Social Secretary.  This New Orleans native is a Wellesley College and Harvard Business School graduate.


In 1990 Rogers was appointed to run the Illinois State Lottery.  In 2000 she was named Cheif Marketing Officer of Peoples Energy and then Senior VP of Customer Service.  In 2004, Rogers was named President of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas becaming the first African-American to hold that position.  And, in 2008 she was hired by Allstate Corporation to run a social networking initiative.


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“History” raffle February 3, 2009

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Spreading the news for my friend Rachel Crouch…  For more info visit her website at www.rachelcrouch.com.

Today In Black History: Eric Holder February 2, 2009

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Today Eric Holder was confirmed as the nation’s first African-American attorney general.  Holder was previously a federal prosecutor, judge, and the number 2 Justice Department official in President Clinton’s administration.


Super Bowl XLIII February 1, 2009

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Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Coach Mike Tomlin.  Tomlin becomes the second African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl two years after his mentor Tony Dungy won.  He is also the youngest to win the big game.  The Steelers set a NFL record with six Super Bowls victories.


By the way, President Obama made it know he was cheering for the Steelers to win.  The Rooney family and Hall of Famer Franco Harris were big supporters during the campaign.


Inauguration 2009 January 22, 2009

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We Are One

This inauguration has been about connecting-connecting with family, fellow Obama supporters, and complete strangers.  I kicked off my inauguration week by attending the “We Are One” concert on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.  I arrived at the memorial shortly after 8am, and made my way as far to the front as possible.  Unfortunately I neglected to bring a blanket or something to sit on.  The ground was freezing, but in the spirit of truly becoming one a group of Georgetown students offered me a space on their blanket.We Are One Concert

There I met Jeff, a Georgetown freshman from California.  He was the most vocal of the group and mainly came to see Bruce Springsteen.  Jeff took every opportunity to yell “Bruce” throughout the day.  I also meet another Georgetown student, Rob, who I discovered was from New Orleans and born in the same hospital as me.  Will, an older gentleman, once lived in the same city as I do now.  He called his cousin, Sarah, was visiting from New York to come to the concert.  Sarah was able to join us just in time for the start.

The Bidens walked down the steps of the memorial to thunderous applause.  Next came Michelle & Barack, and the crowd went crazy.  Some of the highlight performances include Mary J. Blige singing “Lean on Me,” and U2’s “In the Name of Love.” The most memorable performance was Grath Brooks’ rendition of “American Pie” and “Shout,” where the entire crowd participated.

A Day OnFeeding American concert

On Monday I spent the morning in downtown DC at the Martin Luther King Library helping with the We Feed Our People event.  This is the twenty-second year the organization has held an outdoor soup kitchen to feed the homeless.  Here I met Beverly, who was from Atlanta.  She got right to work and jumped in wherever there was a need.  After setting up the food for the serving line we were treated to a concert sponsored by Feeding America.  The concert was hosted by David Arquette, and featured speeches by Ben Affleck and Martin Luther King III.  The performers were Josh Groban joined by Herbie Hancock on a jazzy rendition of “Imagine.”

During the concert I met Crystal, who is originally from Philly, but she currently lives in Boston.  I lived in Cambridge, MA for seven years so I was pretty excited.  We talked about what it meant to be in the city for inauguration, our HBCU college experience, and what the future of the country would be with a new administration.  Later on I met Kathleen, who is from New Orleans and currently lives in North Carolina.  It was amazing just meeting people who traveled to be here for this historic event.