Heart & Soul July-August 2019

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Page 22 Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett

Represents the United States Virgin Islands’ at-large Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Since coming to Congress my top priorities have been economic development for underserved and forgotten areas as the best mechanism to uplift those communities. Whether it be in job creation, increasing infrastructure, or new technology. Those are the areas that I am most interested in and I believe that the committees that I have worked to be on and am now gaining seniority in are the ones that are best suited to serve those communities. Whether that be Agriculture or Transportation and Infrastructure.  By Japera Krigger

Page 26 Empowering Women to Get Healthy One Step At A Time

Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon know a ton about fitness. Between the two, they’ve hiked, walked, biked, and run more miles than they can ever begin to count.  But nine years ago, when the two college buddies founded GirlTrek, now the largest public health nonprofit for African American women and girls in the United States, their first thought was not how to get other black women outdoors and moving. By The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Page 30 Emanuel- The Courage to Forgive 

National headlines blazed the story: Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service in Charleston, South Carolina. After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in the church, nine African Americans lay dead—leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Our capacity and commitment to forgive seeks to mirror God’s unconditional love. And forgiveness can release us from pain and resentment, breaking the vicious cycle of vengeance and retribution that often begets greater enmity or violence. As relatives of the victims remind us in the film, Dylann Roof will always carry the heavy burden of what he did. But the willingness to forgive that many of the relatives of the victims displayed does not negate the anger they felt toward Roof, as he showed no outward remorse for his 

Page 36 Black Wealth 2020 Adds HBCUs to Its Economic Empowerment Agenda

The economic impact of HBCUs, their struggle to stay afloat, and the dire financial disparities faced by HBCU students are the reasons that Black Wealth 2020, a catalyst for Black  economic equality, recently decided to add HBCUs as a forth leg to its three-pronged focus to grow Black wealth through Black-owned businesses, Black banks and Black homeownership. By Hazel Trice Edney

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