June 5, 2020

Diversity and inclusion are about giving value to every human being, no matter our differences.


Morning Rituals     10-Minute Guided Meditation for Beginners to Clear Thoughts
Military History
“Tuskegee Airmen” refers to the men and women, African-Americans, and Caucasians, who were involved in the so-called “Tuskegee Experience”, the Army Air Corps program to train African Americans to fly and maintain combat aircraft. The Tuskegee Airmen included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
When Black leaders demanded equality and World War II demanded more skilled soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen, or “Red-Tail Angels,” became the first African American pilots to train for combat.  

The first African American pilots ever inducted into the US Army Air Corps recall how much has changed since they joined in 1942.
Character, Leadership & Service   “The Power of UnLearning” with Ms. TaSheekia

Barack Obama & Misty Copeland discuss Race, Body Image, and Staying Humble

Do you know the story of Civil Rights Leader Malcolm X?  

Daymond John is a businessman who made good choices and worked hard to build a very successful clothing brand called FUBU. Learn more about his story here.

What Afro-Latinos Want you to Know Jean-Jacques Dessalines is considered a founding father of Haiti and the first Black head of state of the Americas, in 1804.
STEAM Madam CJ Walker lived in a house with dirt floors when she was a child, but grew up to be one of the richest and most generous women in the country! Learn about this amazing woman who invented hair care products!  

Garret Morgan was an inventor who used his mind to solve BIG problems. Garrett Morgan invented the traffic light and gas masks.  

Jerry Lawson was an engineer and inventor who changed video gaming forever!  

Dr. Mae Jemison is the first African American woman to go into space. Learn more about her story here.
Fine Arts   Check out this fun African dance lesson with Rujeko!

Watch Misty Copeland in this stunning dance performance!

Phillis Wheatley was a young woman whose words inspired the world. Learn more about her story here.  

Marian Anderson overcame many challenges to become one of the best singers in her time! Learn more about her story here.
Aviation Bessie Coleman wanted to fly, and she wouldn’t take no for an answer. As the first African American woman with a pilot’s license, she proved her skill as a stunt pilot.  

Pilot Robin Petgrave teaches children to fly at a young age, because he believes that kids who can handle planes and helicopters will be better equipped to handle life.
College and Career Readiness   What is an “HBCU” ( Historically Black College and University)?    

Why are Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) important?  

The History and Importance of the HBCU Experience

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE) Chronology of Major Landmarks in the Progress of African Americans in Higher Education  
Sports Willie O’Ree overcame challenges including blindness to become the first black NHL player. Learn more about his story here.  

Jesse Owens was a track and field superstar who proved a big point while running for gold in the 1936 Olympics. Learn more about his story here.  

Major League Baseball remembers the legacy of Roberto Clemente and his impact in the baseball community  
Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame Boys & Girls Club Black Alumni Hall of Fame members include (but are not limited to):

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
(She has visited our Club!)

Deshaun Watson

Kerry Washington

Michael Jordan

Misty Copeland

Shaquille O’Neal


Magic Johnson

Smokey Robinson

Denzel Washington


Sugar Ray Leonard
(He has visited our Club!)  

Andre Reed
(He has visited our Club!)

Trey Songz

Monique Mosley
(She has visited our Club!)

Jason Derulo

Ruth E. Carter

Nick Cannon
(He attended last year’s Keystone Conference in Atlanta!)  

Lee Pitts
(He has visited our Club! You know him – he has a local TV show: Lee Pitts Live.)  

Courtney B. Vance  

Bernard Shaw  

Tony Gonzalez    
Olympic Gold Medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee
A former member of the Boys & Girls Club of East St. Louis, Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee wanted to give back to her hometown. The six-time Olympian track and field star did just that in 1999, when she established a new Club facility to provide young people in East St. Louis with the same experiences she had enjoyed. Often regarded as the world’s greatest all-around female athlete and the all-time greatest heptathlete, Joyner- Kersee has also established herself as a champion of youth, serving as spokesperson for a NIKE initiative that brought sports and fitness to Club kids nationwide.

Houston Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson
Deshaun began attending the Boys & Girls Club of Hall County at the age of 7. In addition to sports, he especially enjoyed the Passport to Manhood program that allowed him and his peers to discuss their goals and challenges in an open and frank manner. To earn money for football camps, Deshaun worked at the Club with younger members. After a record-breaking career at Gainesville High School, Deshaun played football for the Clemson University Tigers. After leading the Tigers to the 2016 National Championship, the Houston Texans selected him with 12th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Deshaun continues to be involved with Boys & Girls Club and often returns to Gainesville to speak with Club members.
SEL Evening Rituals 10-Minute Restorative Yoga

Journal Topics:
1. What do you do to get through tough times?
2. What are 3 things you learned from today’s lesson?
3. If you had a lot of money, would you keep it all for yourself or give some to charity? Why?