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CHRISTMAS RADIO SHOW and Snippets

CHRISTMAS RADIO SHOW and Snippets

The 2015 Annual Christmas Day DinnerThe 2015 Annual Christmas Day DinnerOn Christmas Day 2015, there were many guest speakers. Roach Brown led the charge and those who came by included, Al-Malik Farrakhan, Tyrone Parker, Gloria Minnot, Askia Muhammad, Rudy Yates and many more.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO LISTEN TO THE PROGRAM.
The Annual 2015 Christmas Day DinnerThe Annual 2015 Christmas Day DinnerThe start of the day began with Roach Brown sharing a light laugh with Jay Winter Nightwolf.       
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85 Years Young Coming Out to Christmas Dinner 201585 Years Young Coming Out to Christmas Dinner 2015CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO HEAR THE DIALOGUE.
Marc Mauer on CrossroadsMarc Mauer on CrossroadsMarc Mauer, Executive Director of the Sentencing Project shared his views on the criminal justice system and some of the things that could be done to relieve the overcrowding and high cost of caring for seniors in prison.
Snippet of Roach Brown at CoffeewoodSnippet of Roach Brown at CoffeewoodRoach Brown speaking to the inmates at Coffeewood Correctional Center in Virginia.
Roach at Coffeewood Part IIRoach at Coffeewood Part IIRoach talking about the time he spent in prison, when he was beaten, in a coma and then started The Inner Voices, Inc. He said, "when I went crazy, I had a ball." He was coming out of prison every day and had a life sentence. He was furloughed daily to his job at Channel 5, where he was producer of the daily news show. He was then pardoned by President Gerald Ford and awarded a monetary settlement.
Charles Thornton at CoffeewoodMr. Charles Thornton is the Director of the Office of Returning Citizens and he made the trip to Coffeewood with Roach Brown to encourage the inmates. Both of the men are returning citizens and have become great leaders in the fight against mass incarceration.
John Goodwin and Edith Stevens at Torrie's on Christmas 2015

John Goodwin and Edith Stevens at Torrie's on Christmas 2015

Children Riding the Horse at Torrie's on Xmas Day

Children Riding the Horse at Torrie's on Xmas Day

Brother Pete on Christmas at Torrie's 2015

Brother Pete on Christmas at Torrie's 2015

A Guest/Volunteer enjoying her meal Christmas 2015

A Guest/Volunteer enjoying her meal Christmas 2015

Volunteers In 2015

Volunteers In 2015

Tyrone Parker, Grandson and Others Christmas 2015

Tyrone Parker, Grandson and Others Christmas 2015

Jackie and the volunteers at Torrie's 2015

Jackie and the volunteers at Torrie's 2015

Roach and Others on Christmas 2015

Roach and Others on Christmas 2015

The Youth Volunteering in 2015

The Youth Volunteering in 2015

Volunteers Looking Good in 2015

Volunteers Looking Good in 2015

An 86 year old woman coming out on Christmas 2015

An 86 year old woman coming out on Christmas 2015

Young Volunteers 2015

Young Volunteers 2015

Seniors coming to Christmas Day Dinner

Seniors coming to Christmas Day Dinner

Theresa Thompson and Granddaughter Volunteering on Xmas 2015

Theresa Thompson and Granddaughter Volunteering on Xmas 2015

Mertine and Leisa, The Beautiful Greeters 2015

Mertine and Leisa, The Beautiful Greeters 2015

Volunteers at Torrie's on Christmas 2015

Volunteers at Torrie's on Christmas 2015

DMV Participants Helping in 2015

DMV Participants Helping in 2015

Keeping count of the guests 2015

Keeping count of the guests 2015

Ms. Stevens Commanding the ship 2015

Ms. Stevens Commanding the ship 2015

Tyrone Parker, grandson Joe-Joe and others on Xmas Day 2015

Tyrone Parker, grandson Joe-Joe and others on Xmas Day 2015

Joan Davis helping The Inner Voices on Christmas 2013

Joan Davis helping The Inner Voices on Christmas 2013

Joan Davis volunteering on Christmas Day.

Kid Volunteers helping  on Christmas Day 2012

Kid Volunteers helping on Christmas Day 2012

Children at the 2011 Christmas Day Dinner at

Torrie's at Wilson's Restaurant.

Channel 9 News Caster and Others 2015

Channel 9 News Caster and Others 2015

Drinks Anyone?

Drinks Anyone?

Kid volunteers eating before it gets busy 2012

Kid volunteers eating before it gets busy 2012

Children volunteers eat before getting to work.  
Ms. Stevens ready for the Christmas Day Dinner rush 2014

Ms. Stevens ready for the Christmas Day Dinner rush 2014

Ms. Edith Stevens on Christmas Day at Torrie's at Wilson's.

Prestine volunteering her services on Christmas Day 2014

Prestine volunteering her services on Christmas Day 2014

Volunteers serving the 2012 Christmas meal.

Volunteers of All Ages 2015

Volunteers of All Ages 2015

Volunteer Lacy O'Neal (Olympic champ) chats on air 2014

Volunteer Lacy O'Neal (Olympic champ) chats on air 2014

Mr. Roach Brown and a volunteer on air.

Jackie Hancock proud to volunteer 2014

Jackie Hancock proud to volunteer 2014

Jackie Hancock volunteering on Christmas 2012.

Roach & Pat Connolly 2014

Roach & Pat Connolly 2014

Pat Connolly and Roach on the radio.

Susan "Suji" Sutler, Professor of UDC School of Law 2013

Susan "Suji" Sutler, Professor of UDC School of Law 2013

Professor Suji Sutler of UDC School of Law volunteering on Christmas 2012.

Christmas Dinner 2011

Christmas Dinner 2011


Christmas Day Dinner 2012

Christmas Day Dinner 2012


Christmas Day Dinner 2013

Christmas Day Dinner 2013

John Goodwin Being Interviewed by Channel 7 News 2014

John Goodwin Being Interviewed by Channel 7 News 2014

2014 CHRISTMAS PICTURES
John Goodwin, Mrs. Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl, Roach & Mertine

John Goodwin, Mrs. Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl, Roach & Mertine

Roach Outside Greeting Patrons 2014

Roach Outside Greeting Patrons 2014

A Beautiful Poem About Roach Brown 2014-15

A Beautiful Poem About Roach Brown 2014-15

Tyrone Parker and Gail Holness 2014

Tyrone Parker and Gail Holness 2014

Channel 9 News Caster

Channel 9 News Caster

Elders Eating

Elders Eating

Volunteer Rob, Security 2014

Volunteer Rob, Security 2014

Volunteers 2014

Volunteers 2014

WPFW 2014

WPFW 2014

Mertine Moore Brown 2014

Mertine Moore Brown 2014

Roach and Al-Malik Farrakhan 2014

Roach and Al-Malik Farrakhan 2014

Children Having Fun 2014

Children Having Fun 2014

Everybody Came Out 2014

Everybody Came Out 2014

The Handicapped Came Out 2014

The Handicapped Came Out 2014

Athletes in Action Volunteers 2014

Athletes in Action Volunteers 2014

Ray Brown 2014

Ray Brown 2014

Woman Volunteer 2014

Woman Volunteer 2014

Athletes in Action Volunteers (2) 2014

Athletes in Action Volunteers (2) 2014

Athletes in Action Volunteers (3) 2014

Athletes in Action Volunteers (3) 2014

Liesa, Mertine & Olawatoyin (TDG Models) 2014

Liesa, Mertine & Olawatoyin (TDG Models) 2014

Mertine & Roach Brown 2014

Mertine & Roach Brown 2014

Mertine, Roach, Vida, Mrs. Virginia Ali & Gail Holness 2014

Mertine, Roach, Vida, Mrs. Virginia Ali & Gail Holness 2014

Wonderful ambiance!...Butch McAdams, WOL Sports 14

Wonderful ambiance!...Butch McAdams, WOL Sports 14

Outside of Torrie's on Christmas 2014

Outside of Torrie's on Christmas 2014

Outside Torrie's on Christmas 2014 with Channel 7 News

Outside Torrie's on Christmas 2014 with Channel 7 News

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Washington Post Article:  Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Washington Post Article: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

The Washington Post

March 18, 2016

Memorial service to be held for celebrated, controversial Frances Cress Welsing.
Psychiatrist and author Frances Cress Welsing was known for her controversial views on race. (Elvert Barnes/elvertbarnes.com)
By Hamil R. Harris March 17 at 10:32 PM  
When family members, friends, and colleagues of Frances Cress Welsing began planning a memorial service for the psychiatrist and author who devoted her life to studying racism and its root causes, they knew they would have a tall order trying to capture her impact.

She was both celebrated and controversial, but never wavering in her belief that the persistent struggles of people of color were the results of the racism they had endured. Welsing died Jan. 2, a few hours after suffering a stroke. She was 80.
Welsing provided psychiatric services to D.C. government agencies and institutions for 27 years. She also maintained a private practice in the District beginning in 1967, counseling patients until days before her death.
Several of those she helped, such as motivational speaker and radio host Roach Brown, say they owe her their lives.
In 1965, Brown was a 21-year-old inmate at the D.C. Department of Correction’s prison in Lorton, Va. A year earlier, he and two other men had been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a “local fence in a dispute over the price of hot jewelry,” Brown said.

[The price of redemption]

No weapon was ever recovered, and Brown, now 72, has always maintained that he was not the triggerman.
Welsing testified during his trial that his actions were consistent with someone whose environment had led to mental-health problems.
“They ended up giving me life in prison because Dr. Welsing spoke up on my behalf,” said Brown, who went on to start the prison theatrical group Inner Voices. “She saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself.”
Brown, who had his sentenced commuted in 1975, will be among those in attendance at the memorial service for Welsing on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Metropolitan AME Church in the District. “Dr. Welsing turned me and other guys around,” Brown said. “She was our Harriet Tubman to get out of mental slavery.”

Welsing first gained notoriety in 1969 after she wrote an essay, “The Cress Theory of Color Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy).” In it she theorized that racism was rooted in the varying degrees of melanin and the “color inferiority” of white people. She argued that the lack of melanin led white people to develop “hostility and aggression” toward people darker than themselves.
 “She had a theory about race and why white people do what they do and I dealt with the what,” said Neely Fuller, author of “The United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept: a textbook/workbook for thought speech and/or action for victims of racism (white supremacy).”

In her 1991 book, “The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors,” Welsing again looked at the origins of white supremacy and its impact. She wrote that “black males must help one another to understand that they are being led by the dynamic of white supremacy to inflict extreme damage upon themselves and each other.”

[Welsing’s work provokes different reactions]

“Dr. Welsing’s major contribution as it relates to black mental health was that she had the capacity to challenge the dominant prevailing thought of our society and she gave it the name global white supremacy,” said Kevin Washington, president of the Association of Black Psychologists.

Ray Winbush, director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University and former director of the Race Relations Institute at Fisk University, said Welsing drew heavy criticism for her views, which she expected. She frequently engaged her detractors.

In 1974, she and Stanford University physicist William Shockley, who had argued that blacks were genetically inferior to whites, engaged in debate on the syndicated television show “Tony Brown’s Journal.”
Welsing was born in Chicago in 1935.Her father, Henry N. Cress was a physician, and her mother, Ida Mae Griffen, was a school teacher, and there were high expectations.
“We were taught that we were special,” said Welsing’s older sister, Lorne Cress-Love. “We were encouraged to read and discuss all types of issues.”

Cress-Love said their father and their grandfather, who also was a physician, were passionate about fighting for equality. “My father told us that our grandfather spent more time fighting for the race than practicing medicine.”
In 1957, Welsing earned a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and in 1962 she earned a medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine. After graduation, Welsing completed a residency at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington. From 1968 to 1975, she taught in the pediatric department of Howard University’s Medical School.
 







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