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December 30, 2009
There’s a simple, timeless message in the hit movie, “The Blind Side.” That message is to “be the change we want to see in the world. “ It’s a story of how the Tuohys, a well-to-do Caucasian family in Memphis, takes in Michael Oher, a homeless African-American teen, and changes his life and theirs.
December 17, 2009
On a dark, rainy Saturday morning in Los Angeles, the Magic Johnson AMC Theater is buzzing with holiday singing, colorful arts and crafts activities, and the pitter-patter of little feet. The 300 kids in the theater’s front lobby are too busy making gingerbread houses and Santa Claus masks to notice that two FedEx trucks have pulled up in front of the building.
February 19, 2009
As one of several FedEx employees and customers at the recent NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, I can't say enough about what it felt like to be "in the moment" at an event that kicked off the NAACP's 100th anniversary. As I silently surveyed the star-studded crowd in the historic Shrine Auditorium, I saw silver-haired African-Americans from the civil rights era reaching out to hug teen film star Dakota Fanning. There were Hispanic and Asian people moved to tears as Muhammed Ali received the NAACP's President's Award.
January 21, 2009
I was attending a sorority meeting one chilly Saturday morning when my cell phone rang. It was a friend asking if I would assist one of his colleagues with some of her speech presentations. "She's great but she'd like to update her portfolio with some fresh, new material," he explained. "And who is this colleague?" I asked as I tiptoed out of the meeting room. "Yolanda King," he replied. "You mean Yolanda as in Dr. Martin Luther King's daughter?" I asked. "Yes," he said. May I give her your number and have the two of you hook up?"
January 2, 2009
Many of you may recall that Earvin "Magic" Johnson was a member of the original U.S. "Dream Team" at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona where he helped bring home the gold in men's basketball. In early December, FedEx teamed up with this legendary NBA champion to make dreams come true for underprivileged kids in Los Angeles and Harlem.