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Your Success Newsletter - November - December, 2008 - Published Bi-Monthly

"Where there is no vision, the people perish" - Proverbs 29:18
In the Sep-Oct issue of VISIONS, we brought you comments from Rukiya
Lee’s exciting trip to Africa.  This is the second in that series.  Please enjoy
and “stay tuned” for more in the Jan-Feb and Mar-Apr issues coming early
next year.

Thursday, June 5, 2008
No Justice, No Peace

One of the primary reasons I decided to embark on this particular journey is
to delve deeper into self, history and social reality. For me South African
history, socio-political reality and struggles, paralell, to some degree, those
faced by African Americans. I have some fuzzy ideas about how this may be
so, which I plan to further explore in Cape Town. I need to see what
restorative justice looks like. How can I import this concept to the U.S.? Can
it translate? Is it a universal ideal, or a geographically specific miracle??

I'm suppose to depart in three weeks and still scraping the dimes together,
but God willing and the creek don't rise, it will come together, albeit last
minute. Well, what's new for me? :-)

Monday, June 9, 2008
The Miracle - Thank YOU!

So it was like three weeks until I was suppose to depart and I had no ticket, I
was freaking out. My dream of a South African reality was slipping away.
However, I did not let it go. I knew that this is my time to go and not going
was not an option. I could not get dishearted and give up. It was then that
my miracle ticket came through and I have my friends and family to thank!!!
It's official, I'm going to South Africa!!!

Still a bit of fundraising to do, but I have ticket in hand and nothing to stop
me. It's all coming together. It's a challenge not being a traditional student,
but this is my time and I could not be happier!

Thursday, June 12, 2008
Cry Freedom!

Watched Cry Freedom again yesterday. I had not seen it since I was a child
and its relevance to my trip hit me right in the heart. For those of you who
are unfamiliar, Cry Freedom is a true story about Bantu Stephen Biko
(played by hot, hot Denzel Washington) who was a South African organizer
and activist who espoused Black Consciousness as a method for combating
apartheid. For his political activities he was tapped, followed, harassed,
banned and finally murdered in police custody.

The brutality of such regimes astounds me. How can we, as human beings,
dehumanize one another to the level of such ghastly cruelty? Does it
happen when we become so dogmatic in our beliefs that we are blinded
from seeing anothers very humanity? Where can we even begin to have
respect for varying worldviews while prioritizing global COMMUNITY!! Will
"scarcity", politics and economics always determine the quality of our

In the movie Stephen Biko is termed a terrorist, Nelson Mandela was also
termed thusly, which makes me question, who are terrorists? Is this term
relative? Nebulus? Is it another justifying quanitfier? Was MLK a terrorist?
Were the founding fathers terrorists? Who will be our future terrorists?

The 3rd in this series of 4 is scheduled for the Jan-Feb 2009 issue.

Rukiya Lee is the  daughter of Fannie Lee, the “just discovered” author of
this issue’s
Cover Page.
Journey to South Africa
with Rukiya Lee
Part 2 of a 4 Part Series

Henry & Dianne Ford


- 1-
A Message from The Heart

- 2 -
High Achievers, High Fashion
High Expectations

- 3 -
Sherbia Jones for
Catawba County, NC
School Board

- 4 -
WIP (Working in Progress)
and KIJIJI helping
Akron, Ohio Families

- 5 -
Henry & Loretta Winters
Celebrate 50 Years
of Marriage

- 6 -
Tabitha Burton & Daniel Ha

- 7 -
Happy Birthday
Jimmy Dixon

- 8 -
Journey to South Africa
with Rukiya Lee
Part 2 of 4

- 9 -
Cleveland, Northeast Ohio
S.I.T.E.S. Awards

- 10 -
Customer Service
is Alive!
Thanks Andrea Lau

- 11 -
Save with Christmas Cards

- 12 -
Is Now The Time to
Buy That Home?

- 13 -
The Wedding,
Saving You "The Green"


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