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New Book, "Stop Falling for the Okeydoke"

Maryland Author Stephen A. Tillett Warns Don't Believe the Lies About "Race" That Continues to Undermine Our Country in New Book, "Stop Falling for the Okeydoke."


Annapolis, MD - Today, Stephen A. Tillett, Anne Arundel County NAACP Branch President, political activist, and interfaith clergy leader, released his first book, Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of "Race" Continues to Undermine Our Country [iUniverse; May 25, 2017; 978-1-5320-1-9; $15.99; paperback] for sale at As a new featured author, he will be at the BookExpo America 2017 from June 1-4, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Tillett believes we are living in a critical time in our nation's history, a time where people of like interests must come together for their common good, lest we all be overrun by the "Corporate States of America." The lie-the okeydoke of "race"-has kept people of common concern separated for far too long. Genetically, we are all 99.9% the same. We must begin to act like it.

As Dr. King once said, "We must learn to live together as brothers or (we will) perish together as fools."


Advance Praises...

  • "You hit the nail right on the head!"- Bishop Felton Edwin May (Retired) of the United Methodist Church
  • "This book is a very personal and powerful examination of the "lie of race" that has served those in power well throughout our history and right up to the present day. [His book's] approach dispels pervasive myths and untruths and illuminates the history, science and politics of this destructive 'lie'."- Myla Kabat-Zinn (daughter of Dr. Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States)
  • "I have known Stephen Tillett for many years, and he has been making big moves all his life. And now he is leading the way again with this incredible book! This book is leading edge thinking and it will have a big impact on America and the world!"- Dr. Willie Jolley, Bestselling author of A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback and Achieving Greatness with An Attitude of Excellence
  • Stephen A. Tillett is a native Washingtonian, who received a B.A. from the School of Government and Public Administration at The American University; and earned a Masters of Divinity degree at the Howard University School of Divinity. Pastor Tillett was commissioned as a Chaplain in the Air National Guard in December 1996. He concluded his military career in a Special Duty Assignment at Arlington National Cemetery, where he served until his retirement on January 1, 2017. He is the Pastor of Asbury Broadneck UMC in Annapolis, MD, and the President of the Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP. He is the father of three children. He, and his wife, Dr. Sherita Gaskins-Tillett, and daughter reside in Maryland.

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Institute of the Black World (IBW) Calls for Economic Sanctions Against Florida




Wed, July 17, 2013

Contact: Don Rojas


Tel: 410-844-1031

Institute of the Black World (IBW) Calls for Economic Sanctions Against Florida

Group Seeks Justice in Memory of Trayvon Martin

 (New York)—The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a prominent human rights and racial justice organization, is calling today for the immediate formation of a “National Coalition of Conscience” to declare an economic boycott of Florida as one means of seeking justice for slain Trayvon Martin.

 Responding to the travesty of the George Zimmerman verdict, Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), said that his group “is strongly urging civil rights and human rights organizations, national faith groups, fraternities, sororities, black professional organizations, organized labor, community-based organizations and people of conscience everywhere to join in a massive, sustained campaign to boycott tourism in Florida until that state’s ‘Stand Your Ground law’ is changed.”

The idea of economic sanctions is gaining traction. Music legend Stevie Wonder has already announced his intention to boycott Florida, saying two days ago in Canada that “until the Stand Your Ground Law is abolished, I will never perform there again.” IBW hopes other artists and entertainers will follow Stevie Wonder’s example.

 Daniels notes that Florida is a prime convention location for national organizations like the NAACP, which is holding its annual convention in Orlando this week. The National Newspaper Publisher’s Association (NNPA) held their Mid-Winter Conference in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year and Black Enterprise is slated to host the annual Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challenge in Palm Beach Gardens over the Labor Day Weekend.

In addition, the nationally famous Disney World amusement complex is a favorite destination of African Americans. “There is no doubt that Black people spend billions of dollars in Florida every year,” said Daniels. “Perhaps, we should abstain from having ‘fun in the sun’ with Minnie and  Mickey until we achieve justice for Trayvon Martin and all the Trayvons across this nation.  It will be a teachable moment for our children.”

Dr. Daniels indicated that IBW will be reaching out to hip hop activist Jasiri X and the 100 Young Black Activists organization in hopes that they might launch a “message from the grassroots” dimension of the economic sanctions campaign to galvanize the engagement of young people of all races and ethnicities across the country.”

 He noted that Dr. Martin Luther King’s instructions to Black people in a rarely referenced part of the speech delivered the night before he was killed should serve as a guide for the Justice for Trayvon Martin Economic Sanctions Campaign. In discussing the injustices suffered by the sanitation workers in Memphis, Dr. King said, “now we must kind of redistribute the pain.”

 In a similar vein, Dr. Daniels advocates that “Blacks and all people of conscience and good will should inflict some non-violent pain on the state of Florida and keep inflicting it until business leaders and the politicians scream for help and plead for the economic sanctions to be lifted.”

 IBW believes that the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, is an ideal occasion to invoke this aspect of Martin Luther King’s spirit.

 “We fervently encourage the ‘beloved community’ that King gave his life for to utilize economic sanctions to demand a change in the Stand Your Ground Law in Florida,” said Daniels.

National Black Church Initiative
National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177 Washington DC 20035

Rev. Anthony Evans

June 21, 2013
For Immediate Release

National Black Church Initiative and Autism Speaks Partner
to Reduce Age of Autism Diagnosis
Collaboration seeks to reduce racial disparities and improve access to care

Washington DC - The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans churchgoers, and Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced their new collaboration seeking to reduce the average age of diagnosis and to increase access to high-quality early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the African American community. The collaboration will be piloted in 150 churches in the greater Atlanta area as part of the Autism Speaks Early Access to Care initiative Outreach into these congregations will increase awareness of the signs of autism and inform congregants, their extended families, and community of available resources and services.

"Studies clearly demonstrate that signs of autism can emerge as early as 6 to 12 months and that there are effective tools to screen children for autism risk as early as one year and to provide a reliable diagnosis as early as 24 months," stated Autism Speaks Assistant Director of Public Health Research Amy Daniels, Ph.D. "Yet children in the African American community are typically diagnosed even much later than the four to five years of age which is the average age of autism diagnosis in the United States according to the CDC."

While early detection is critical to initiate early intervention therapies for optimal outcomes, many parents have very little knowledge about autism and its symptoms. When children with ASD are treated with appropriate early intervention services between the ages of three and five years, approximately 20 to 50 percent of those children may be able to be mainstreamed.

"NBCI is honored to work with Autism Speaks on this critical health issue, which hits close to home for the African American community. Racial disparities in early detection and access to care and diagnostic information are a real concern for the black church, and NBCI pledges to serve as a tireless advocate and community leader to raise awareness on these issues. We look
forward to working with issue experts at Autism Speaks and our Atlanta member churches in the
coming weeks and months for the sake of our children's' well-being."

Through this collaboration, Autism Speaks will provide written and other collateral materials
which can be used by these churches to help their congregations understand developmental
milestones and the possible signs of autism.

Parents will be provided information regarding standardized screening tools used to assess if a
child is at risk for ASD and provide guidance to parents on how to speak with their health care
provider. Information provided by Autism Speaks will be given on where and who to contact for
further evaluation and early intervention services. Children under age three years are eligible for
evaluation provided at no cost through the state's early intervention office. Local Atlanta-based
resources include Babies Can't Wait, the Marcus Autism Center (, the Emory
Autism Center ( and the CDC.

Should a diagnosis of ASD follow, parents can find extensive information on the Autism Speaks
website - starting with the Resource Guide which helps families find links to local services and
then through a series of Tool Kits that offer guidance from the first 100 days after a diagnosis
through adulthood.

"We continue to make significant progress in autism research," added Chief Science Officer
Robert H. Ring, Ph.D. "It is critically important to put science into action, to have the research
we support work for the community and make a real difference in people's lives. We hope to
make a significant difference by substantially lowering the age of diagnosis for so many children
at risk."

Following this pilot phase in Atlanta, Autism Speaks and NBCI will assess progress and
outcomes before expanding it to other regions across the United States. For more information
about the Autism Speaks/NBCI collaboration visit and for
information about the Autism Speaks Early Access to Care initiative, visit:
About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate
racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI's
mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches
and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn
economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by credible statistical analysis,
science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at
"Activate Your Power to Win"

tawanda     jay      justine 

                            Twanda Winston-King                          Jay Lee                           Justine Love


"Activate Your Power to Win"

Inspirational Speaker, Author and Lifestyle Transformation Strategist, Jay Lee along with Motivational Speaker, Poet and Mindset Mastery Specialist, Twanda Winston-King have developed   a four part seminar series entitled "Activate Your Power to Win". Part one of the series which is scheduled for June 8th in Washington, DC is entitled "Activate Your Power to Win - Poverty is Chasing You, But it Can't Catch You Because Perseverance is Winning the Race". This seminar is designed to show you how to free yourself from both mental and financial poverty and develop a winning wealth consciousness.

Hosting this powerful event will be none other than renowned media personality and community organizer Justine Love. Ms. Love will set the tone for this empowering and informative event.

In this transformational seminar, you will:


-           Discover how to activate your power to win in any area of your life

-           Learn mindset mastery strategies to build wealth and personal freedom

-           Learn the three D's to an extraordinary life

-           Design a personal mission statement and walk away with a blueprint to manifest your


Jay and Twanda will provide you with tools and techniques to develop a winning mindset that enables you to shift your consciousnss from mere survival to a mindset of creativity so that you can thrive and reach a destiny of greatness. For Twanda and Jay, this is not just a seminar, but a New Thought Movement.

This amazing seminar will be held on June 8, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC. Free parking is available and food will be served. The admission is $49.00

To register for this event go to, or if you have questions, go to or call (888)958-5746.


Join the winners for an event that will transform your thinking and activate your power to win. Winners surround themselves with winners!!












Theme, "No Church Left Behind" allows leaders to groom leaders for effective, more relevant churches



April 15, 2013, DALLAS -The International Pastors & Leadership Conference, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes announces new additions to the high-impact speaker lineup to provide pastors, lay ministers, church executives and their administrative staffs with strategies to transform their churches and communities.The conference returns to Dallas on April 25-27 at the

Dallas Convention Center. 




  • Bishop Joby Brady, Charged to challenge the Body of Christ out of complacency, Bishop Brady travels extensively throughout the world ministering in conferences, and leadership seminars. His gifting and leadership is recognized by many national and international leaders of the faith.


  • Pastor John Jenkins-Senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, trustee at Bethel University and board chairman for Project Bridges and The Skinner Institute. He is recognized as a catalyst to help individuals grow into lifelong Christian disciples.


  • Sarah Jakes- Take- An on-air television personality, Senior Editor of eMotions, an online inspirational magazine and oversees the women's ministry at The Potter's House of Dallas, a multicultural, non-denominational church led by Bishop T.D. Jakes. She is also the daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes and Mrs. Serita Jakes.


  • Dr. Cynthia James- Christian psychologist who pastors two congregations in Oakland, Calif., and provides oversight for the credentialing, counseling, and pastoral care of approximately 140 pastors and ministers serving 60 Church of God congregations in the Northern California, Northern Nevada, and Hawaii area.


  • Mayor Alvin Brown- Senior member of the Clinton-Gore Administration beginning in 1993, leading the administration's $4 billion overall community empowerment initiatives. Brown went on to serve as the executive director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund and has been chairman of the National Black MBA Association.


  • Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.- Senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, he is a trustee at Bethel University and board chairman for Project Bridges and The Skinner Institute. He also serves as a board member for the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable, National Association of Evangelicals and a local hospital.


  • Dr. Steve Perry- Founder and principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. He is a contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence Magazine columnist, best-selling author, and host of the #1 docudrama for TVONE," Save My Son."




Panelists and Moderators:


  • Pastor Chris Hill- Senior Pastor of The Potter's House of Denver and a passionate and compelling speaker, author, professor, activist, and an international evangelist. He began ministering at The Potter's House of Dallas in 1997 as youth and associate pastor.


  • Pastor Shaun Rabb- A news journalist at Fox4 news for over 16 years in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, Shaun also delivers the "Good News" on Sundays at the New Light Church in southeast Dallas.


  • Pastor Vanable Moody, Founder and Senior Pastor at The Worship Center Christian Church in Birmingham, AL, growing from 20 members in 2006, to well over 7000 today. He is the author of four books including: The Blueprint for Your Prosperity, Basic Training: The Seven Essentials for Spiritual Maturity, The Living Word for Living Life: God's Path to Success in Every Situation, and his upcoming book published by Thomas Nelson.


  • Pastor Paula White- A Pastor, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author, Philanthropist, international TV Personality, Mother, Preacher and Teacher with a story of tragedy and triumph, poverty and prosperity.


  • Pastor Robert Morris- Founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with more than 26,000 active members. He is the bestselling author of eleven books including The Blessed Life, From Dream to Destiny, The God I Never Knew and The Blessed Church.


  • Pastor William McKissic, Sr. - Founder and Senior Pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and founder of the Cornerstone Academy. He is a much sought after guest speaker, seminar leader and author of three books: Beyond Roots: In search of Blacks in the Bible, Beyond Roots II: If Anybody Asks You Who I Am and Moving from Fear to Faith.



KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Bishop T.D. Jakes, First Lady Serita A. Jakes, Bishop Walter Scott Thomas,senior pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and acclaimed leadership trainer, Dr. John C. Maxwell.



For more information and a list of sessions, please visit: 







About The Potter's House

Located in Dallas, The Potter's House is a 30,000-member nondenominational, multicultural church and humanitarian organization led by Bishop T. D. Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time magazine as "America's Best Preacher" and as one of the nation's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals." The Potter's House has five locations, The Potter's House of Dallas, The Potter's House of Fort Worth, The Potter's House of North Dallas, and The Potter's House of Denver and a Spanish language church, Casa de Fe.


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WASHINGTON (April 9, 2013) - The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) of the National Park Foundation (NPF), will host their Annual Awards Gala, "CELEBRATING LEGACIES: Visionary Leaders & Landmarks," on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, including a reception at 5:30 pm, dinner and awards ceremony at 6:45 pm and a live performance by Grammy nominee jazz recording artist Gerald Veasley and Band at 9:00 pm.


AAEF's 2013 honorees are: Congressman James E. Clyburn (South Carolina) who authored legislation to preserve and protect the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor through our national parks; Julieanna L. Richardson, founder of The HistoryMakers (owners of the largest collection of digital stories of African Americans who have made history); and Shelton Johnson, interpretive ranger at Yosemite National Park and historian on the Buffalo Soldiers.


Past honorees include: Congressman John Lewis; General Colin Powell; Ambassador Andrew Young; the Little Rock Nine, historian (late) John Hope Franklin; civil rights attorney Fred Gray, African American Civil War Memorial and Museum founder Dr. Frank Smith, Jr.; the Walt Disney Company (Robert Billingslea); Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Marian Wright Edelman and Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first African American woman astronaut.


Proceeds from the Gala support the AAEF and grants to national African American historic sites for student internships, educational programs, youth programs and community events. AAEF is a program of the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service. AAEF is the only national partner that makes charitable contributions and provides program support to sites across the country to preserve the full spectrum of African American history, and to ensure these untold and under-told extraordinary stories are told to future generations. AAEF has contributed more than $1.3 million in grants to national park heritage sites over the past 11 years.


More than 300 guests attend this event annually: civil rights, business and academic leaders; Congressional members, White House staff, US Interior Dept. and Nat'l Park Service officials, youth, and journalists.


To purchase tickets, please visit:'s-annual-awards-gala-save-date


About AAEF:

The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) was established in 2001, as a program of the National Park Foundation (NPF), a Washington, DC - based Foundation chartered by Congress as the official non- profit partner of the National Park Service. AAEF supports and preserves African American history and historic sites in our national parks, including 23 national landmark sites such as the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Boston African American National Historic Site, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and Gullah Geechee National Cultural Heritage Corridor. For a list of all sites and more information on AAEF visit:


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