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Catch Up with Award-Winning “Ladies in Red” Founder and Motivational Speaker Brenda Knight

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“Ladies in Red” founder Brenda Knight reported to the Post News Group that despite providing care to her husband of 45 years for his chronic heart condition, she gained deep insights into the importance of “Mind, Body and spiritual connection to thrive as a survivor and caregiver.

Despite being a caregiver she organized a full year of Ladies in Red activities. Her empowerment group makes safe travel possible and is meant to energize and rejuvenate.

The group visits New York, Washington, D.C., and points in between in a typical year of trips and events. She led the group to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and is an Ambassador of the Museum, helping to increase its membership.

She mentioned that her 2018 kick-off event on February 3, will celebrate their 22nd anniversary at the Concord Hilton. Ladies in Red continues to support the Girl’s School in Nairobi, Kenya, and donations are made at the event.

The 2018 kick-off annual luncheon is followed by a lecture co-sponsored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center to present the Rev. Dr. William Barber on April 21, followed by the 7th Annual Conference: Breast Cancer & African Americans (BACA) on Sat., May 18, 2018.

Along with Ladies in Red, Knight is a motivational speaker, who has worked with the Stanford Cancer Institute, National Council of Negro Women, Kaiser Hospital Vallejo, Oakland Unified School District, and has addressed many congregations throughout the bay area.

She is a former elected official and a committed national educational leader and advocate, who has been a trustee for both the Peralta Community College District and Napa Valley College.

She made history as the first African American woman to be elected Chairman of the Board for the national Association of Community College Trustees.

For more information on Ladies in Red or to schedule a speaking engagement, email info@bkladiesinred.com or call 707-319-4773.

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Ex-Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, 45, Found Guilty on All 3 Counts of Murder in George Floyd’s Death

Post News Group Publisher Paul Cobb said of the verdict: “Darnella Frazier’s video action should be imitated and celebrated by all youth and adults nationwide.  We should defend (Oakland Police Chief) LeRonne Armstrong’s new policies to stop minor traffic stops around licenses, lights and so-called suspicious appearances. (I) hope this justice action causes a national voting movement of every Black, Brown and Asian citizen.  Demand our (future) Attorney General Bonta to take the same action that Minnesota Attorney General Ellison did. 

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Former policeman Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday of all three counts of murder brought against him in the death of George Floyd, whose cruel death was caught on video in Minneapolis, Minn., on Memorial Day weekend last year.

Floyd, 46, was killed May 25, 2020, in front of Cup Foods, a neighborhood grocery store where the police had been called because Floyd had allegedly used a counterfeit bill to make a purchase.

After deliberating for about 10 hours over two days, the jury returned a verdict of guilty for second-degree involuntary murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin faces a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Floyd’s 41-year-old brother Philonise was in the Minneapolis courthouse at the time of the verdict, brought by six white, four Black and two multiracial jurors.

Post News Group Publisher Paul Cobb said of the verdict: “Darnella Frazier’s video action should be imitated and celebrated by all youth and adults nationwide.  We should defend (Oakland Police Chief) LeRonne Armstrong’s new policies to stop minor traffic stops around licenses, lights and so-called suspicious appearances. (I) hope this justice action causes a national voting movement of every Black, Brown and Asian citizen.  Demand our (future) Attorney General Bonta to take the same action that Minnesota Attorney General Ellison did.

It is time for President Biden and Vice-President Harris to push through the George Floyd Justice bill.  We, as bystanders, should also bear witness.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told the Post: “today’s verdict is a just one, and it’s also an indictment.  The deep structural racism that pervades our country—and leads to the state-sponsored murder of Black men like George Floyd and too many others—must end.  Juries shouldn’t have to tell us this.”

Oakland Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., when she talked to the Post about the verdict.  “’Let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream,” she said.

“Though we understand that this is a victory for the people, we also understand that this system of policing will continue to cause violence and death until it is dismantled” said James Burch, policy director for the Anti-Police Terror Project.

The Oakland Police Department issued this statement:

We all must recognize that this moment is about accountability, justice, and reform. We must be compassionate, empathic, and forgiving.

All sides must unite as one community to effectively communicate. Together we will work towards rethinking policing in America.

In unity, we will move towards finding solutions for the safety of all people, notwithstanding your age, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability.

We stand as one community grieving and healing as we move towards finding real solutions to effect change as we seek to strengthen police and community relations.

We extend our deepest condolences to George Floyd’s family and all communities.

Sentencing is scheduled in eight weeks.  His bail revoked, Chauvin was handcuffed and remanded into custody immediately.

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Why Barbara Lee Wore Tennis Shoes on January 6

Lee said she was thankful for the NAACP and the civil rights lawyers for bringing the lawsuit forward with members of Congress as plaintiffs.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined a federal lawsuit on April 7 filed by the NAACP and Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson accusing Donald J. Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers of conspiring to incite a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, with the goal of preventing Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election.

The lawsuit, initially filed in February, alleges that by preventing Congress from carrying out its official duties, Trump, Giuliani and the hate groups directly violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act.

NAACP president, Derrick Johnson says of Trump that he “ . . . meticulously organized [a] coup . . . that place[d] members of Congress and the integrity of our democracy in peril.”

A federal statute was passed after the Civil war to  “combat violence from the Ku Klux Klan.”  The law allows civil actions to be brought against people who use “force, intimidation, or threat” to prevent anyone from upholding the duties of their office” according to a CNN report,

Nine other members of Congress joined the suit: Karen Bass (D-CA); Steve Cohen (D-TN); Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ); Veronica Escobar (D-TX); Hank Johnson, Jr. (D-GA); Marcy Kaptur (D-OH);  Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); Pramila Jayapal (D-WA); and Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Lee spoke to the Post on April 14 via phone from D.C., as she was headed to see HR 40, the Reparations bill, pass committee.

Lee said she was thankful for the NAACP and the civil rights lawyers for bringing the lawsuit forward with members of Congress as plaintiffs.

She spoke of the 401-year history of violence against Blacks in this country and the importance of the lawsuit to hold people accountable for the coup d’état.

Lee was on the floor of Congress when the riots took place.  “We have to ensure that this never happens again, to protect our democracy, to protect people from dealing with violence, it’s something we are moving forward through the judiciary.”

Lee said that there were four parts of the relief sought in the civil lawsuit:  “accountability, punitive damages, redress, and injunctive relief to prevent from happening in the future.”

The lawsuit is not about Lee and others personally, it is about the attack on the democratic process, she said.

Lee has been through many near misses and close calls (she was evacuated from the House on 9/11, barely missed being blown up by a cluster bomb in the Middle East, to name just a couple) so she knew intuitively something was going to happen on January 6.  So, she wore tennis shoes to work.  “You just put two and two together, you connect the dots and you know something is going to hit the fan.  So be prepared, right?”

She applauds the Capitol police for protecting her, other members of Congress and the  country’ democracy.  “These people came in not only to stop us from doing our jobs, but they were calling the Capitol police the N word, they were fighting with them, they were trying to kill them.  It was like a war; it went on for hours.  Domestic terrorism is the highest National threat, we need to sound the alarm.  We have to fight to end the country of these insurrectionist, these traitors.”

“On Jan. 6, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani trampled our democracy, inciting a violent mob of white supremacists to overturn a free and fair election. Though he failed in his ultimate goal, the very foundation of our democracy was shaken. We cannot just let this shameful moment in our history pass because next time, the consequences will be even graver. I am proud to stand with my colleagues and hold Donald Trump accountable for his attempt to destroy the fabric of this nation,” said Congresswoman Lee.

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Kim Godwin, Promoted to President of ABC News, First Black Woman to Run a Broadcast Television News Division

“This historic announcement shows what we at NABJ have always know:  there are Black executives more than capable of taking the reins of a network operation.  We hope this move sends a clear signal to other networks,” said Ken Lemon, NABJ Vice President-Broadcast, in a statement.  “Her appointment opens the door for diversity and inclusion at a higher level.  The glass ceiling is broken and must be shattered.”

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Kim Godwin, 57, currently works at CBS News as executive vice president of news, and joins ABC News as president in May, replacing James Goldston who left ABC in March.

Godwin becomes the first Black woman to run a broadcast news division.

ABC’s parent company is Walt Disney Co.

Godwin started at CBS News in 2007 as senior producer for the evening news anchored by Katie Couric.

She was also the executive director for development and diversity at CBS and received the Ida B. Wells Award last November from The National Association of Black Journalists “for her work to create a diverse newsroom, and her focus on identifying—and advocating for—young journalists throughout their careers.”

Before her tenure at CBS News Godwin worked at various outlets as producer, news director, and other management roles since 1991.

Godwin also worked as a journalism educator.

Godwin is a graduate of Florida A & M University and is married and lives in New York City and the Poconos, Pa.

“This historic announcement shows what we at NABJ have always know:  there are Black executives more than capable of taking the reins of a network operation.  We hope this move sends a clear signal to other networks,” said Ken Lemon, NABJ Vice President-Broadcast, in a statement.  “Her appointment opens the door for diversity and inclusion at a higher level.  The glass ceiling is broken and must be shattered.”

In February, Rashida Jones, 39.  became president of MSNBC, and was the first Black woman to run a cable news network.

Variety, ABC News, CBS News, and The Washington Post were sources for this report.

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