My Quest To Teach

October 27, 2017

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Girls In STEM and STEAM Make History Every Day
by William Jackson
Co-authors Tierra and Deyona
Empowerment Resources, Inc.

There are many events that encourage learning and
reflection in life journey. Thousands if not
millions of girls of color and culture across
the United States and even the world have
experienced the wonder and exhilaration of
Hidden Figures just a year ago, the movie that is
inspiring girls and women of color across the nation
and the world.
The understanding that math is a necessary skill
and that STEM- Science Technology Engineering Math (Arts)
is a real foundation for careers needing this educational
initiative for the growing numbers of girls and women of
color that are changing their thinking in choosing
careers once dominated by men. Even girls and women of
African backgrounds that were once denied entrance
into educational centers, schools and higher education.
Educational opportunities are opening the STEM doors
because the foundation is in STEM and STEAM.

The Jacksonville, Florida girls mentoring initiative
Empowerment Resources, Inc (ERI) – (JIW) Journey Into
Womanhood has a different perspective of the sciences,
math and working in careers that at one time girls did
not even consider.
Now, literally the sky is not the limit, but traveling
in space is a possibility and inner space, exploration
of the oceans and seas.
Hidden Figures showed the mental strength, emotional
resiliency and the passion for education that children
of color and culture needed to witness and understand that
they cannot allow anyone to stop their educational,
personal and professional growth. Girls are creative and
innovative in their talents and thinking. Girls of color
and culture are learning they are Dope, Lit and Unstoppable.

Racial barriers are still present, it can delay or slow
progress but it cannot stop it. Women are key in the
progression and success of NASA, this can no longer be
denied, hidden, silenced or false truths created to show that
women and even men of color are important to the exploration
of space. Diversity breeds success in STEM and STEM.

In the educational system students of color cannot
be lied to and told that Blacks did not contribute to the
success of the space program. Too many students of color have
been lied to, and their aspirations crushed because they wanted
something that their dreams saw they could achieve. To many
years students of color have been denied the education
necessary to be influential agents of change and told they
should only enter into manual labor jobs of low stature, low
responsibility and even lower wages.
JIW Youth Advisory Council Member and High School senior
Tierra and Deyona an 8th grade Middle School student share
their thoughts about the movie and its influences.
Their voices and others need to be heard and applied to
inspire and encourage others to follow their dreams and ignore
the ignorance of racism, s*xism, bias and hate.

Feedback from Tierra:
The movie Hidden Figures was a great movie because it
inspired me to want to do more for my community. It
showed me that women and men are capable of the same
things. The movie showed that black women played an
important role in landing the first man on the moon.
It also shows that to make a change you don’t have to
be disrespectful or aggressive you can be assertive.
My favorite part was the discussion after the movie.
It was very interesting to see that many of the younger
girls were inspired to make a change. I was also
surprised by how many of the girls had similarities
to the women in the movie.

Feedback from Deyona:
This movie was by far the most empowering movie I’ve ever
seen. In the movie there are three African American women
fighting for their rights. It shows the hardships and
struggles of people who look like me. This movie has shown
me that sometimes we have to be the first. There will be
times when we have to set the example for future generations
to come. Your destiny is not your job, it’s your calling.
Kathrine was just a computer for her job. But her calling
lead her to her destiny being a direct influence and
programmer for the Freedom 7 and even the Apollo 13 years
later. Overall this movie has shown me when you walk with purpose,
and strive toward your goal, you’ll collide with destiny.

Calling in your purpose can be applied to Taylor Richardson
a member of JIW and her mother, they raised several thousand
dollars in 2017 to allow hundreds of girls and boys to see this
historic movie and create a movement of change so that boys
and girls of color can see their opportunities are unlimited
by someone else’s standards. That when you walk in and towards
your purpose you are unstoppable.

The efforts of Taylor and her mother are making direct changes
with the advocacy of STEM and STEAM being provided
across the nation and even on global platforms in Africa and
Asia. This energy must continue to create more opportunities
to be available for girls, women, boys and men of color and
culture to continue to make changes that influence not only
outer space, but inner space as well.

Educational paradigms are changing to empower children of color,
their visions are expanding to careers that once were not even
imaginable. STEAM STEM STREAM CSTEM and others are growing
that encourage diversity in color and gender.

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May 31, 2017

Women of Color and Culture Need To Start Businesses

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Women of Color and Culture Need To Start Businesses
by William Jackson
Social Media Visionary “My Quest To Teach”

“Xplosion 2017 A Break Through to a New You”

“There has never been a quiet Xplosion – live life!!!”
Terri Drummond, Community Activist and Entrepreneur

The ability to make significant changes in homes, communities,
or even in cities must be accomplished through education and
business involvement. Being an entrepreneur offers the
opportunity to create not just financial stability, it creates
opportunities for generational financial stability and continued
successes.
The recent “Xplosion 2017: A Breakthrough to a New You”
summit has shown that women of color and culture can be
successful in business and being entrepreneurs.
To have progress people must have control of their finances,
they must be able to determine where their monies are going
and what to invest in to make qualitative and quantitative
change.

Present at the summit where over 50 women that earned
higher educational degrees and involved in some form of
business and entrepreneurialism. Attending also where
young women with dreams of owning their own business,
not just working for someone else.

The Keynote speaker Dr. Monekka Munroe, Virginia Union
University, TEDx Speaker, and CEO of Great Minds Publishing
shared her educational and professional journey.
Achieving educational success and business success are only
accessible through determination, having a plan and the under-
standing that you must set goals, monitor your associations,
value education and learning. Life is a life-long journey of living
and learning.

The “Xplosion 2017: A Breakthrough to a New You” allowed
women to share their testimonies of having to overcome
challenges from family issues, educational challenges and
even medical challenges that may strike unexpectedly.
The importance of a strong prayer life and walking with a
purpose are fundamental keys to remaining mentally and
spiritually stable.

The summit encouraged the opportunity of unity and
collaboration of future projects and initiatives that will
benefit more families in their respective communities.
Business cards were readily shared to provide a platform
of community resources that showed economic strength
and the influence of commerce.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every
experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”
Eleanor Roosevelt #WomenInBusiness #BlackGirlsRock

Women have historically been denied access to the resources
to build their dreams, education provides the necessary
mental materials to understand the process and purpose of
how to start, manage and expand a business. Stated several
times that women are already great managers because  they
understand how to balance a family, organization and planning
are key, long range goals and the implementation of strategies
to move from week to week or month to month are required.

A successful home is only accomplished from proper
planning and scheduling, women are trained already
by their mothers, grandmothers and even aunties that
inherently pass this knowledge down through the
generations. Transferring these skills into a business is
second nature.

The workshops provided by veteran entrepreneurs
and business leaders ranged from how to start a
business, to the passion needed to sustain a business,
to personal challenges of finance, investment, family
contributions and hindrances.

Presented was a fashion show by Yvonne Cooney, feat.
Traci Lynn Jewelry. Vendors styled and profiled their
products and services to those attending. Events like
this are not just a quick hit, they are expanding the
opportunities for women to grow because they provide
a professional learning network of women that are
like minded and passion driven. The access to pro-
fessional learning communities that offer mentorship
and role models.

“Entrepreneurship is the last refuge of the trouble
making individual.” – Natalie Clifford Barney
One of the embers to spark the fire of discussion of why
women should go into business and to become entre-
preneurs is that fear can keep you from working towards
your dreams. Stated several times, “Your past can paralyze
you or propel you,” women should not allow their past
mistakes in relationships, finances and other business
ventures to stop them from working towards their goals.

They are the engineers of their future successes and
accomplishments. No one can share their passion and
excitement because it is within them like birthing a child.
The pain is worth the outcome……

Wyatt Reid – Edward Waters College Student
“Trust- trust in your brand as well as trust through
the community. With trust you can build a successful
organization and team. Trust takes time and you need
to define who you are. Develop your culture and allow
you to take off…”

The relationships formed and the trusts gained that
each person is a support system could be seen and
felt. There are increasing women businesses that are
influencing communities and generations.

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Resources:
Xplosion 2017 Photos via William Jackson
http://s1211.photobucket.com/user/
williamdjackson/Xplosion%202017/story

Why Blacks Have To Start Businesses
a serious discussion on why Blacks need to
have businesses to influence commerce and
build generational stability.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALEodaehZfw

 

January 27, 2017

What’s Next for Hidden Figures In The Future

What’s Next for Hidden Figures In  The Future
by William Jackson

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Congratulations to Latanya Richardson and her daughter
Taylor Richardson for the success of showing Hidden
Figures in Jacksonville, Florida to over 200 girls.
The awesome story of how African American women
helped NASA to put astronauts into space and bring
them back to earth.
Girls and women from around Jacksonville, Florida
attended representing groups and schools from
around the city. As a teacher I had the honor to bring
several students from Venetia Elementary School a
Medical Magnet STEM that teaches grade K to 5th 
and
a Lee High School student. My only regret is
that I could not bring more.

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The emotional and psychological inspiration of
this movie demands to ask what is next to keep
the seriousness and the historical value of this
movie moving forward. STEM and STEAM that
are being applied in the educational cultures of
schools is seen as not only career necessary, but
has scientific, business and commerce influences
in this country and on a global scale.
The movie brilliantly showed not just the struggles
of women in the NASA Space Program, but showed
the value and application of their education.
The reason why educational degrees are important,
the value of visiting the library to learn new things
and applying them to real world situations, and the
personal responsibility to prepare for the future.

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There were many scenes where the women were called
“computers” as their analytical abilities where recognized,
but only later were they respected after showing and
demanding equality through leadership opportunities and
promotions that were withheld only because of their color.
Working with many types of math and integrating
mathematical equations that sometimes had to be created.
This shows that girls and women have the skill sets and
analytical abilities to function in complex and STEAM
areas that demand creativity and innovation.

Hidden Figures addressed several civil rights issues in the
areas of political and educational equality that in some cases
are still being addressed for Black
s, Hispanics and others of
color,
the struggle still continues and there
have been many successes.

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Girls and women will take away many lessons from the
movie and see how history was changed not just by
protests, by going to school to earn advanced degrees,
learning the laws of the nation, how to speak properly
without using profanity, the importance of family unity
and support and setting goals that everyone works towards.

Another important key is to carry or act like there is
self-pride, cultural respect and intelligence.
 A key lesson
shared is that children  
learned early that education is
the ticket to a better life even when there are
struggles
and
challenges to be overcome.

Even seeing the implementation of “new” technologies
at the time when early computers where not as easy to
use, but there was continued learning in programming
languages that demanded studying and forward thinking.
The movement to gaining educational parity and equality
is a great value for boys and girls of color, this movie is
worth seeing again and applied to the learning initiatives
in all schools to allow students to see the why they
need to be serious about their education and the vision
for their dreams of success.

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Seeing the new IBM computers being used, but it
took a woman to learn the programming language to
make it work sends a message that women are as smart
and intelligent as men, even if those men are Black
or white.
There are no barriers than can stop girls and women
from gaining l
eadership skill-sets and applying the
intelligence to make positive and historical changes.
Parents, mothers, fathers, and grandparents if you
have not seen Hidden Figures take your children and
other children if possible to see this movie that not
only shows the historical application of education
and cultural  pride and respect, that gender is not
a liability
, color is not a curse, there is a blending of
historical successes and  global influence.

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Hidden Figures opens the mind’s eye that anything is
possible, t
hat dreams can be achieved, and intelligence
is Dope and Lit.
What is next is up to parents, schools, churches and
communities to support children, youth and teens.
Time will tell, graduations rates from high school
and college will tell and the growing number of girls
and boys of co
lor in  STEM careers will tell.

 

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