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Philly NAN Members December 2021 Newsletter

Dec 03, 2021

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McLeod Bethune was born on July 10, 1875 in a log cabin on a cotton farm in South Carolina, the 15th of 17 children of former slaves.  Most of her brothers and sisters were born into slavery; she was the first child born free.  She started working in the fields by the age of 5.
One day, she accompanied her mother, delivering “white people’s” wash.  When she was given permission to enter the white children’s nursery, she saw a book, which fascinated her.  A white girl quickly snatched the book from her hands, telling her she didn’t know how to read.  That’s when Mary realized the only difference between white and black folk was the ability to read and write.
When she got the opportunity, Mary attended a one-room Black schoolhouse, walking five miles to and from the school.  When she got home, she would teach her parents and siblings what she learned. She then got the opportunity to attend  the Moody Bible Institute in 1895, becoming the first African American student to graduate from the school.  She decided then she would become a missionary, sharing what she learned.  But, she would be informed that no one wanted or needed a Black missionary.
She started a school for African American girls with $1.50.  The school bordered the town dump.  Make-shift desks and chairs were made from discarded crates and boxes.  There were five students at the time, and the students made ink for pens from elderberry juice and pencils from burned wood.

When the local Ku Klux Klan heard about the school, they threatened to burn it down. There were reports that the Klan waited outside of the school, but she stood in the doorway, unwilling to back down or leave her school.  Other stories say that she and her students started singing spirituals.  The Ku Klux Klan eventually left.

Rather than give up her dreams, she decided more than ever that she would eventually teach.

Flash forward to 1904, when after moving to Florida, she started the Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls, which initially had five girls ages six to twelve.  With limited resources she was determined to make the school a success, even when the Klan continued to threaten her.  Eventually, she received donations and support from the community and the school grew to 30 girls by the end of the year. 

Booker T. Washington told her of the importance of white benefactors to fund her school, so she started traveling and fundraising, receiving donations from John D. Rockefeller and establishing contacts with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

The little school would become even more successful after it merged with a private Institute for African American boys and became known as the Bethune-Cookman School.

Mary McLeod Bethune was President of the college from 1923 to 1942, and 1946 to 1947, becoming one of few women in the world to serve as a college president at that time.

After she found out that one of her students required medical care was denied the care she needed and was placed on an outside porch of the local white hospital instead of a room with a bed, she used her funding sources and connections to open the first Black Hospital in Daytona, Florida.

According to the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association,  McLeod became “one of the 20th century’s most powerful and celebrated advocate for civil rights and suffrage”, holding “prominent roles, including president, in the National Association of Colored Women (NAACW). She also served as president of the Florida Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, where she fought against school segregation and sought healthcare for black children.  Under her leadership the NAACW was founded as a unifying voice for African American women’s organizations.”

As President of the Florida Chapter NAACW, she became so well known for her work registering black votes.  Once again,  she received threats from the Klan and like before, she did not back down.

Consequently, her friendship with the Roosevelts , she would become appointed as a national adviser to President Roosevelt, becoming part of what was known as his Black Cabinet and advising him on concerns of Black people and would be called the “First Lady of the Struggle”.

When she passed away on May 18, 1955, she was recognized across the country.  One newspaper suggested “the story of her life should be taught to every school child for generations to come” and The New York Times noted she was, “one of the most potent factors in the growth of interracial goodwill in America.”
In her own words before she died, she wrote:

“I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another.  I leave you a thirst for education.  I leave you a respect for the use of power.  I leave you faith.  I leave you racial dignity.  I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men.  I leave you responsibility to our young people.” 

“If I have legacy to leave my people, it is my philosophy of living and serving.  I think I have spent my life well.  I pray now that my philosophy may be helpful to those who share my vision of a world of Peace, progress, Brotherhood, and Love.”

You may want to get an understanding of the procurement process for City of Philadelphia, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Authority, DHS and similar area municipalities & Departments
You may what to develop “collaborative
/Partnership type relationships to respond to a broad range of opportunities /services.

Your invited to a “Philadelphia Workforce Development” information  session on December 6, 2021/ 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Save The Date: December 6, 2021
Topic: “Philadelphia Workforce Development”  Support’s for Small Business/ Service Providers
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ( networking)
5:00 – 6:20 p.m.
Information/Q & A
Guest: Mr. Tim Smith
Philly Works
6:25 p.m.7:00 p.m.

Westpark Resident Council
Family  Service Center
44th St & Powelton Ave
Philadelphia, PA
Ms. Andera Foster, President
( Limited Space-Mask Required-Shots Preferred)
“Registration Required”.
Respond To Email or call:
Southeast PA Network for Family Health, Education & Welfare :
Call: Venard 267:595-3178

Philly NAN was proud to join the outstanding students of Mathematic Civics & Sciences Charter School in their Civic engagement action on the day before Veterans Day, November 10, 2021, in memory of all the youth, students who have been murdered in Philadelphia in 2021.

Mrs. Veronica Joyner, founder, and COO of MCSC identified three students she has loss to gun violence, sadly she said, Philadelphia is now known throughout the nation as “Killadelphia”.  Sadly, the students spoke from the heart about family and friends lost to violence in their young lives.   What a beautiful demonstration despite the cold windy day.

And Reverend Al Sharpton 67th Birthday
November 1st, 2021
Carnegie Hall, New York, NY

Honorable Vice President & Keynote Speaker, Kamala Harris, and Reverend Sharpton with birthday song and cake.

Reverend Jerome Fordham, Chairlady Paula Peebles, and President Matthew Smith

Chairlady Peebles with NAN Lancaster Chapter members, Dayna London, and Darlene Byrd. 

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  • Health& Wellness Committee
  • Political Advocacy Committee
  • Youth Huddle
  • Veterans Committee
  • Men’s Auxiliary    

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Winter Squash and Kale Pasta With Pecan Breadcrumbs
By John Dearth, Lanten Inn for Bon Apetit

This cozy winter squash and kale pasta from The Lantern Inn in Wassaic, NY, uses an entire butternut squash, a whole bunch of kale, and crunchy pecan breadcrumbs for total fall bliss in dinner form.


½ cup finely chopped pecans
½ cup panko

2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest

1 tsp. plus 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Kosher salt

1 large butternut squash (about 3 lb.), peeled, halved, seeds removed, cut into 1″ cubes

2 tsp. dried oregano

Freshly ground black pepper

12oz. spaghetti or other long pasta

6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 large bunch kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn into 2″ pieces

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1 oz. Parmesan, finely grated

¼ cup chopped parsley

¼ cup fresh lemon juice


Step 1

Place racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350°. Spread out pecans and panko on a small rimmed baking sheet and toast on upper rack, tossing halfway through, until nuts are slightly darkened and panko is golden, 7–9 minutes. Let cool slightly, then transfer pecans and panko to a small bowl and stir in lemon zest, 1 tsp. oil, and a pinch of salt. Set pecan breadcrumbs aside.

Step 2

Increase oven temperature to 400°. Divide squash between 2 rimmed baking sheets; drizzle with 2 Tbsp. oil. Sprinkle oregano over, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. Roast, tossing halfway through, until tender and browned in spots, 25–30 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of generously salted boiling water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente, about 2 minutes less than package directions. Drain, reserving 1½ cups pasta cooking liquid.

Step 4

Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium Dutch oven over medium. Cook garlic, stirring, until tender but not browned, about 1 minute. Add kale and cook, stirring, until beginning to wilt, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid, cover pot, and cook until kale is completely wilted, about 4 minutes. Uncover pot, add butter, and stir until melted. Add Parmesan and pasta and cook, tossing vigorously with tongs and adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until pasta is al dente and sauce coats pasta, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and toss in squash, parsley, and lemon juice. Taste and season with more salt if needed.

Step 5

Divide pasta among shallow bowls; top with reserved pecan breadcrumbs and season generously with pepper.