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Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

Crossroads Radio Show Annual Calendar

July 9, 2019 - Collateral ConsequencesJuly 9, 2019 - Collateral ConsequencesThe guests for the show was Nicole Porter, Director of Advocacy,at The Sentencing Project. Nicole manages The Sentencing Project’s state and local advocacy efforts on sentencing reform, voting rights, and eliminating racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Ms. Porter is very knowledgeable and has been on the front line for a long time fighting for the rights of others.
July 2, 2019 - DC Department of Corrections and Lorton College ProgramsJuly 2, 2019 - DC Department of Corrections and Lorton College ProgramsThe guests for the 1st segment of the show was Mr. Quincy Booth, Director of DC Department of Corrections and the 2nd segments guests were: Mr. Ernest "Doolum" Johnson and William "Tommy" Coefield; two (2) Lorton College Graduates. The show was co-hosted by LaShonia Thompson-El.
June 18, 2019 - GOING TO TRIAL OR TAKE A PLEA ? CAN YOU BE PUNISHED FOR EXERCISING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT ?June 18, 2019 - GOING TO TRIAL OR TAKE A PLEA ? CAN YOU BE PUNISHED FOR EXERCISING YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT ?The Radio Show was wonderful. Ms. Johnson explained how going to trial instead of taking a plea can get you punished. She also talked about her foundation; The Katie Able Foundation. Ms. Johnson spoke about the time she spent in prison because she would not plead out. She was put in solitary on a couple occasions and decided to spend her time helping others. She began to work on other inmates cases, drawn up motions, etc. She refused to give up, because in her heart, she had not done anything wrong. Just like Kaliel
June 11, 2019 - Free Minds Book ClubJune 11, 2019 - Free Minds Book ClubThe Radio Show was hosted by Roach Brown and Nkechi Taifa and the guests were Julia Mascioti, Deputy Director of Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop and Marquis Hicks, Poet Ambassador of Free Minds Book Club. The show was very interesting in that it allows prisoners and their families to be creative through writing. Marquis Hicks spoke about how the program saved his life. Roach announced the death of Ron Clark, Founder of Rap Incorporated.
June 4, 2019 - Finding Forgiveness Woman Sits Down With Man Convicted of Killing Her HusbandJune 4, 2019 - Finding Forgiveness Woman Sits Down With Man Convicted of Killing Her HusbandThe radio show was very touching and heartfelt. The guests for the 1st hour were Ms. Melanie Brown whose husband was killed 23 years ago by Mr. Bennie Floyd, who was convicted of killing Ms. Brown's husband. It was a fine example of restorative justice. The guest for the 2nd Hour of the Radio Show was Ms. Ebony Underwood, Founder/CEO of We Got Us Now, a program founded due to her father, William Underwood's incarceration. Mr. Underwood is serving a life without parole sentence. The case was politicized and powers that be ensured that Mr. Underwood would never make it out of prison.
May 28, 2019 - THE OVER INCARCERATION OF DC PRISONERSMay 28, 2019 - THE OVER INCARCERATION OF DC PRISONERSThe guests for the show were: Al-Malik Farrakhan, Founder, “Cease Fire Don’t Smoke the Brothers and Sisters” and Kevin Petty, Member, Amazing Gospel Souls and Contemporary Family Services.
May 21, 2019 - UNITED BLACK FUND LAUNCHES 2019 END THE VIOLENCE ESSAY COMPETITIONMay 21, 2019 - UNITED BLACK FUND LAUNCHES 2019 END THE VIOLENCE ESSAY COMPETITIONThe guest for the show was Barry Lenoir, President of the UNITED BLACK FUND featuring the 2019 END THE VIOLENCE ESSAY COMPETITION. OUR NATIONAL ESSAY CONTEST ASKS: -What are the causes of violence in your community. -What is your strategy for managing or eliminating these causes? -What steps do you take to implement that strategy? Participants can enter their Essay in one of Four Categories: Incarcerated Youth High School Youth HCBU/College Student Incarcerated Adult Each Category will award cash prizes: 1st Place: $1,000.00 2nd Place: $ 750.00 3rd Place: $ 500.00 All Participants receive recognition Certificates.
May 14, 2019 - Going Down Memory LaneMay 14, 2019 - Going Down Memory LaneThe guests for the show were: Frederick Hill III, CEO of Gotta Go Now, STEVE "FOOTS" BOLTON and KENNY BROWN, two (2) Washington DC Historians and SANDRA BUTLER TRUESDALE OF THE DC LEGENDARY MUSICIANS
May 7, 2019 - SHOULD LIFE SENTENCES BE ABOLISHED ?May 7, 2019 - SHOULD LIFE SENTENCES BE ABOLISHED ?The guest foro the first hour of the radio show was Mr. Marc Mauer Executive Director of The Sentencing Project: Attorney, Author, Adjunct Professor, consultant to the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice. The title of this segment was SHOULD LIFE SENTENCES BE ABOLISHED? The guest of the second hour of the show was PETER NEWSHAM, CHIEF OF POLICE OF WASHINGTON DC METRO DEPARTMENT. Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Newsham Interim Chief of Police on September 15, 2016; he was named Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on February 23, 2017 and sworn in on May 2, 2017. Newsham holds a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.The panelist in attendance were: APRIL GOGGINS - BLACK LIVES MATTER, and NKECKI TAIFA, ESQ - JUSTICE ROUNDTABLE, FORMER ADVOCACY DIRECTOR FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE OPEN SOCIETY. Be A Part of Live Studio Audience! Share your concerns! Have Breakfast!
April 30, 2019 - DOES DC NEED ITS OWN PAROLE BOARD ?April 30, 2019 - DOES DC NEED ITS OWN PAROLE BOARD ?The guests for the show were: PHILIP FORNACI, Director/Senior Counsel of The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and TAMMY SELTZER, Director of the DC Jail and Prison Advocacy Project at Disability Rights DC (DRDC)
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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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