Viola Desmond was arrested in 1946 for refusing to leave a segregated section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre. She was physically injured by police in the incident but was convicted and fined by local courts. She was posthumously pardoned in 2010, On November 8, 1946 during a business trip to New Glasgow, Nova Scotia she experienced car trouble. While waiting for her car to be repaired she took in a movie at the local Roseland Theatre, which was segregated with a main floor for white patrons and a balcony for black patrons. Unaware of the segregation policy, Desmond proceeded to the main floor. She was ordered by the manager to go to the balcony. When Desmond refused, the manager called the police. She was physically ejected from the theatre by the police chief and the manager, causing injury to her hip. The next morning she was brought before the local Magistrate. Canada had no formal segregation laws, but individual provinces such as Nova Scotia enacted them. It was also common practice for the New Glasgow theatre to assign tickets based on race with an amusement tax determined by seat location. Those purchasing a downstairs ticket paid a tax of three cents while patrons in the balcony paid a tax of two cents. Ironically Desmond was charged with tax evasion for her failure to pay the proper tax for a downstairs ticket. She was, according to prosecutors, one cent short. She was 50 when this occured. Viola died in 1965. Forty-five years later on April 15, 2010, the Honourable Mayann Elizabeth Francis, the Lieutenant Governor for Nova Scotia and the first Afro-Canadian to hold the post, invoked the Royal Prerogative and posthumously pardoned Desmond, declaring her innocent of wrong doing. –
You can’t control the circumstances coming in 2015. No one knows exactly what’s going to happen in the market. But the only ones who lose sleep over what they can’t control are the ones without a plan. So be proactive. Plan out your 2015 so you have no time to worry or dwell on destructive thoughts. To get your mind on the job of making 2015 your best year yet, ask three pivotal questions:
1. What do I want out of 2015? Consider the precise changes that will really make this year stand out for you when you look back on it later.
2. Why do I want these things out of 2015? If you accomplish your goals, what is the deeper meaning that this will satisfy? Understanding the true motivation behind what you want is key to your success. The why behind your efforts has to be greater than the obstacles, sacrifices, and consequences.
3. How do I get there in 2015? Do an inventory check to assess what’s working and what isn’t. You can’t do the same thing you did in 2014 and expect different results. If you want to change what you’re getting, you have to change what you’re doing. What new activities and processes are you going to adopt and promote to yourself? (RealtorMag Online 1/15)
Robert Smalls, born into slavery in 1839, was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives at the dawn of the Reconstruction era. A staunch advocate for African-American voting rights, Smalls proposed resolutions at the 1868 South Carolina Constitutional Convention that protected black voters and pushed the state to create the nation’s first public school system.
Smalls represented South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives by serving in the 44th, 45th, 47th, 48th and 49th Congresses. During his five congressional terms, Smalls continued to fight for black political representation and participation in politics as a member of the Republican Party. In 1895, Smalls refused to sign an amendment to the South Carolina state Constitution that essentially revoked the voting rights given to blacks in the 1868 constitutional rewrite, laying the foundation for Jim Crow laws in the state.
JUST PLAIN DUMB! We are technically at war….DID YOU ALL KNOW THAT THIS AFFECTS MANY OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, LIKE FEMA, AND CDC, TOO! ARE WE AT WAR? DO WE HAVE A BORDER PROBLEM- OBVIOUSLY NOT- THEN WHAT WAS ALL THE ARGUING FOR THE LAST 6 YEARS. REPUBLICANS…UGHHHHHHHH!