Harlem Renaissance Modernist Beauford Delaney, GREATEST Artist in African-American Art History

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Beauford Delaney, Self-portrait, 1944. Photo: Estate of Beauford Delaney by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY Beauford Delaney was an American Harlem Renaissance painter known for his colorful Modernist compositions and distinctive approach to figuration. One of the most important African-American artists of the early 20th century, he often painted New York street scenes, lively scenes in jazz clubs, and portraits of prominent black figures like James Baldwin and W.E.B. Du Bois. Can Fire in the Park (1946) is one of his most iconic images, movingly capturing a common occurrence in Depression-era New York life. In addition to his representational work, Delaney also painted abstractly, noting that “the abstraction, ostensibly, is simply for me the penetration of something that is more profound in many ways than the rigidity of a form,” he explained. “A form if it breaths some, if it has some enigma to it, it is also the enigma that is the abstract, I would think.” Born on December 30, 1901 in Knoxville, TN as one of 10 children, he worked as sign-post painter as a teenager before going on to study in Boston at the Massachusetts Normal School, the South Boston School of Art, and the Copley Society. After school, he moved to Harlem in New York, where he befriended fellow artists like
 Alfred Stieglitz 
and
 Stuart Davis 
, who introduced him to the work of Modernists like
 Paul Cézanne 
,
 Pablo Picasso 
,
 Henri Matisse 
, and others. He moved to Europe in 1953 but was unable to find the same success he had previously had in New York, and gradually succumbed to alcoholism and mental health problems before his death on March 26, 1979 in Paris, France. Today, Delaney’s works are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among others. Fame, at least lasting fame — the your-work-goes-down-in-history kind, often accompanied by fat royalty payments — is a club that thinks of itself as an unbiased meritocracy, blind to everything but aesthetic innovation and popular success. It’s never quite worked out that way. When we look at the past, we still see generations of great talents who never quite got their due critically or commercially, many of them left relatively unsung. In this ongoing series, our critics pick artists they feel remain underappreciated and tell their stories and sing their praises. “He is amazing … this Beauford,” the novelist Henry Miller wrote of his lifelong friend Beauford Delaney in a 1945 essay that helped make the painter (whom Miller called a “black monarch” capable of making “the great white world … grow smaller”) a legendary attraction in Greenwich Village. So much so that people often gathered outside Delaney’s building at 181 Greene Street, where he lived and worked on the top floor — a walk-up lit only by a wood-burning potbellied stove. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1901, Delaney migrated north to Boston in 1923 to study art, then moved to New York in November 1929, days after the onset of the Great Depression. That first day in New York, he slept on a Union Square bench, where someone stole his shoes. The next morning, he set out on foot, in newly bought shoes, to walk uptown to Harlem. When he reached Central Park, he stopped because of his severely blistered feet.

Abdul-Jalil Portrait by Beauford Delaney, in 1971. Portrait of Jean Genet in backgroud, top right, Kennedy right behind Jalil
Things had never been tougher for American artists — let alone black ones. Art schools didn’t take black artists, and independent-studio classes banned black artists from figure-drawing sessions with white models. Undaunted, Delaney began drawing at a midtown dance studio. Somehow, his career took off almost overnight. Four months after he arrived in New York, an article appeared in the New York Telegraph about portraits Delaney had done of dancers and society figures.
Beauford Delaney

Artist (1901–79) Currently, MoMA has 
 “Composition 16” 
(1954–56) on view, a glowing bioluminescent yellow abstraction kitty-corner across the gallery from that other (until recently) missing modernist, Hilma af Klint. Both are in the company of de Kooning, Kline, and the other giants of mid-century painting. He met and charmed everyone. A list of his friends and acquaintances includes Stuart Davis — his closest painter compatriot — W.E.B. Du Bois (whose portrait he did), Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Jacob Lawrence, Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe (who did a portrait of him), Edward Steichen, Dorothy Norman, Anaïs Nin (who intimidated him), Jackson Pollock, and Jean Genet. His closest lifelong friend, however, was James Baldwin — who, while fleeing a strict father at 16, looked up Delaney in the Village. He later called the artist his “principal witness.” Delaney was a kind of surrogate nurturing father to the writer. Judging by his 1941 Dark Rapture (James Baldwin), a steamy nude portrait of the 16-year-old writer (as well as from subsequent Baldwin portraits over the decades), Delaney seems to have been in love with the lithe young man 22 years his junior. In October 1938, more than a decade before Pollock graced the same pages, Life magazine featured Delaney, picturing him beatifically smiling at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. The caption read, “One of the most talented Negro painters.” Yet by the time he died in 1979, Delaney was alone, alcoholic, hallucinating, paranoid, and penniless in a Paris psychiatric hospital. What started as a great American story is now a near absence in the history of American art and an American Dream forestalled.

A 1941 portrait of James Baldwin by the artist Beauford Delaney. Photo: Beauford Delaney (1901–1979), Dark Rapture (James Baldwin), 1941, oil on Masonite, 34” x 28”, signed; © Estate of Beauford Delaney by permission of Derek L. Spratley, Esquire, Court Appointed Administrator; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY I love his work — especially his highly colored, optically intense, dense figurative paintings. He is almost an exact contemporary of, and the New York counterpart to, another great painter-portraitist, an artist who captured the power and magic of being poor stylishly, who lived on the margins but eventually came to be recognized as a visionary: Alice Neel. Delaney should be regarded as such as well. Through the 1930s and 1940s, while most American artists were either being fifth-rate Cubists, regionalists, or academics or desperately looking for ways around Picasso via Surrealism, Delaney made his own thoroughly contemporary way. In street and park scenes, still lifes, and portraits, he built upon the work of his good friend Davis, arriving at his own compact, flat fields of creamy, opaque color. His sense of visual, jigsawing geometry and strong, graphic distillation of structure is second only to Davis’s. Delaney’s work, however, has a much more human aura, atmosphere, and arc, almost to a mystical degree, seen only in Marsden Hartley. So why has Delaney been disappeared from collective memory? Partly, it is the racial bias of art history, which, among other things, meant that even while he was celebrated, it was less as a painterly equal to his contemporaries than as some kind of Negro seer or spiritual black Buddha. And in 1953, at the age of 51, Delaney left New York at perhaps the worst possible time. When other American artists, like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, John Cage, and Merce Cunningham, were meeting and staying up late together (many of them open and uncloseted in their sexuality), Delaney was in Paris, where Baldwin had told him he could escape the long American night of racism. Baldwin was right, but Delaney struggled with French and became even more isolated. Twombly, Baldwin, and Miller returned often to New York, while Delaney never did. So he never got to rejoin the conversation. By the 1960s, Delaney’s abstraction was more connected to the French Art Informel — a primarily European response to Abstract Expressionism — and his paintings, influenced as they were by Monet’s Water Lilies and Turner’s glowing color, had few of the ironic, systemic, direct qualities of Pop Art and minimalism. At a distance, Delaney’s work seemed passé — an artist painting in a void, outside the canon. *This article appears in the January 6, 2020, issue of New York Magazine. Beauford Delaney collection, Sc MG 59, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, The New York Public Library Repository Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division Access to materials Some collections held by the Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture are held off-site and must be requested in advance. Please check the collection records in
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Portrait de Jean Genet, Beauford Delaney, 1972
Beauford Delaney was a painter, specializing in portraits. The Beauford Delaney collection consists of correspondence with colleagues, friends, gallery owners, and family members, as well as printed material documenting Delaney’s life in Paris. BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL INFORMATION Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the third child of the Reverend Samuel Delaney and Delia Johnson Delaney. He attended the Knoxville Colored School and later studied art with an elderly Knoxville artist, who encouraged him to get further training. In 1924 Delaney went to Boston where he studied at the Massachusetts Normal School and the South Boston School of Art, and attended evening classes at the Copley Society. Delaney went to New York in 1929, settling at first in Harlem. He painted society women and professional dancers at Billy Pierce’s dancing school on West 46th Street, which gained him a reputation as a portraitist. His first one-man show, which consisted of five pastels and ten charcoal drawings, was at the 135th Street Branch Library of the New York Public Library in 1930. During the same year three of his portraits were included in a group show at the Whitney Studio Galleries, the predecessor of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Delaney also taught part-time at a progressive school in Greenwich Village. By the late 1940s Beauford Delaney had become a significant figure on the art scene. He illustrated “Unsung Americans Sung” (1944), a book of black musical tributes edited by W.C. Handy; he had a series of one-man shows in New York and Washington, D.C.; and he exhibited in group shows in a number of other cities. In 1945 he showed his first series of portraits of writers Henry Miller and James Baldwin, who would become his lifelong friends. In 1949 he began an association with the Roko Gallery in New York, where he exhibited annually until 1953. In 1953 Delaney left New York with the intention of settling in Rome, but a visit to Paris turned into a permanent stay. He had two studios in Paris, the first in the suburbs of Clamart and the other in the Rue Vincingetorix. In Paris Delaney exhibited in one-man and group shows at the Gallerie Paul Fachetti (1960), the Centre Culturel Americain (1961 and 1972), the Galerie Lambert (1964), the Musee Galliera (1967) and the Galerie Darthea Speyer (1973), among other places. The latter was a major showing of a selection of his work from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s and the catalog contained tributes by James Jones, James Baldwin, and Georgia O’Keefe. Delaney also exhibited in England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. The Paris years saw the creation of several masterpieces including portraits of singer Marian Anderson and writer Jean Genet. During this period he also created a series of interiors and studies in watercolor. After suffering two nervous breakdowns, Delaney was institutionalized, and died on March 26, 1979 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Paris. Delaney’s last one-man show in the United States was at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1978, inaugurating that museum’s Black Masters Series. Delaney’s work is in several private collections and in the collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the Newark Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. SCOPE AND ARRANGEMENT The Beauford Delaney collection consists of correspondence with colleagues, friends, gallery owners, and family members, as well a printed material documenting Delaney’s life in Paris. Biographical information is provided in statements Delaney authored, articles prepared by others for catalogs, and his obituary. Among the many friends, colleagues and art collectors with whom he maintained an active correspondence is James Baldwin, who wrote an introduction to a catalog for an exhibition of Delaney’s art at Paris’ Galerie Lambert in 1964. Other correspondents include artists Charles Boggs, Al Hirschfeld, John Franklin Koenig, and Ellis Wilson, authors James Jones and Henry Miller (who was also a water colorist), art historian Richard A. Long, and his friend Lynn Stone. Additional artists, painters, writers, gallery owners and musicians who corresponded with Delaney include Lawrence Calcagno, Cab Calloway, Elaine DeKooning, Palmer C. Hayden, and Darthea Speyer. The letters discuss the style of painting of the correspondents, travels, purchase and exhibition of works, and personal matters. Numerous gallery announcements for art exhibits of Delaney’s and other artists’ works in Paris, New York and other cities demonstrate the extent of Delaney’s activities in the contemporary art world. The collection also contains a large number of picture postcards, some sent by friends, and gallery announcements. Family letters are from his brother and fellow artist, Joseph Delaney, and discuss his own work and impressions of Paris; his brother Emery (includes letters Delaney wrote to his brother, in addition to those received); and Delaney’s niece, Imogene.   Beauford Delaney

 Jazz Banb 1963 
 Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 

 All the Races, 1970 
 Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 
Price on Request

 Bernard Hassell, 1961 
 Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 
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 Untitled: Abstract in Red, Blue, Yellow and…, 1956 

 Levis Fine Art 
Price on Request Beauford Delaney

 Untitled, 1956 
 Levis Fine Art 
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 Mother’s Portrait (aka Portrait of Delia…, 1964 
 Michael Rosenfeld Gallery 
Price on Request Beauford Delaney

 Composition, 1963 
Sale Date: February 6, 2021 Auction Closed

 Self-portrait, 1964 
Sale Date: December 8, 2020 Auction Closed Beauford Delaney 

 Street Scene, 1968 
Sale Date: December 8, 2020 Auction Closed
 SANS TITRE 
Sale Date: July 9, 2020 Auction Closed Beauford Delaney 

 SANS TITRE – 1960, 1960 
Sale Date: July 9, 2020 Auction Closed

 Composition, 1962 
Sale Date: December 13, 2019 Auction Closed SOURCE OF ACQUISITION Donated by Daniel Richard in 1988. PROCESSING INFORMATION Compiled by Victor N. Smythe, 1998. Finding aid edited and adapted to digital form by Kay Menick in 2016. Paintings and art catalogs transferred to Art and Artifact Division. Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division. KEY TERMS NAMES
 Baldwin, James, 1924-1987  (creator)
 Boggs, Charles  (creator)
 Calcagno, Lawrence, 1913-1993  (creator)
 Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994  (creator)
 De Kooning, Elaine  (creator)
 Delaney, Joseph, 1904-1991  (creator)
 Haden, Palmer  (creator)
 Hirschfeld, Al  (creator)
 Jones, James, 1921-1977  (creator)
 Koenig, John Franklin, 1924-1987  (creator)
 Long, Richard A., 1927-2013  (creator)
 Miller, Henry, 1891-1980  (creator)
 Speyer, Dathea  (creator)
 Stone, Lynn M.  (creator)
SUBJECTS
 African American artists 
 African American artists — France — Paris 
 African American painters 
 African American painters — France — Paris 
 Artists — United States 
 Expatriate painters 
 Expatriate painters — France — Paris 
 Painters — France — Paris 
 Painting — United States 
 Painting, American — 20th century — Exhibitions 
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Free Tickets to: Kev Choice; Talib Kweli Idel Warship; Lalah Hathaway;Snoop Dogg, Wiz Kalifa; Erykah Badu; Fela!; Pharcyde; Duke Ellington; Brian McKnight; Colors of Xmas; Hiroshima; Jose James; Zongo Junction; Maceo Parker; Business Strategic Plan; YOUR Free Food Program; Entertainment Jobs Dec. 2011-Jan 2012
Dr. Kenya Numan and her organization “Stepping Together as well as Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation were recently honored in Miami, Florida and Port Au Prince, Haiti last month for the Relief Missions that they have sent to Haiti since the earthquake.
Abdul-Jalil and crew are currently up for an EMMY with “OUT. The Glenn Burke Story”, and have already won several honors for it and expect more.
Special “Thanks” to all that have supported our efforts over the years!
FREE tickets to:
Kev Choice, Wed., 11/30 @8 pm, Yoshi’s- Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland Ca 94607;
THE PHARCYDE with Live Band, Fri 12/16/11 @10:30pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
JOSE JAMES “A rising jazz star… Spectacular!” – New York Times-, Thu 12/8/11 @10:30pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
A Women In Jazz Holiday Double Bill: DESTINY MUHAMMED JAZZ TRIO & VICTORIA THEODORE, Tue 12/13/11 @8pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
Keb’ Mo, Thu, 12/1/11 @8:00 PM, The Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94109
Erykah Badu, Fri., 12/9 @9pm, The Warfield Theater, 982 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Snoop Dog and Wiz Kalifa , Mon., 12/12 @9pm, The Warfield Theater, 982 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Fela!, Produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, 11/15 – 12/11 @8pm, Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Colors of Christmas, featuring Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Salonga, Ben Vereen with A.M.E. Oakland Mass Choir and San Francisco Symphony, December 13-15, 2011, 8:00 pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco , CA 94199
Duke Ellington, featuring San Francisco Symphony, Sunday, December 11, 2011, 8:00 pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco , CA 94199
HIROSHIMA CHRISTMAS, Sat 12/10/11 @10pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Celebrating their Annual Holiday show at Yoshi’s San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY GOSPEL CHOIR- Fri 12/9/11 @10pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
MACEO PARKER’S NEW YEARS PARTY- Celebrate the New Year with Some Funk!, Thu 12/29/11 @10pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
An Evening with BRIAN MCKNIGHT Special Christmas Week of Performances, Wed 12/21/11 @8pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
TALIB KWELI’S IDLE WARSHIP featuring Talib Kweli, Res, and Live Band, Fri 1/6/12 @10pm, Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Ensemble, Thur, 12/29/11 @9:00 PM, SLIM’S, 333 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
Zongo Junction/ Turkuaz, Thur, 12/29/11 @9:00 PM, SLIM’S, 333 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
The tickets will be awarded via our Text, Twitter or website, so DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, and if you haven’t already, you should join us on:
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The Occupy Movement that has swept America and the world, had it’s Occupy Oakland beginnings with the revelation of irrefutable evidence of the mass fraud and corruption of the Oakland City Attorney, Oakland Police Department, Alameda County District Attorney, Alameda County Superior Court, California State Appeals Court and California Supreme Court in an action to deny justice and cover up that denial of justice in the 20 year case of Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim vs CSAA, Rescue, et al.
The unrest caused by the exposure of the criminal actions of these law enforcement, legal and judicial individuals/bodies in this matter implored others to investigate the ongoing case revealing even more rampant corruption that has dramatically portrayed the sullied, sordid underbelly culture of corruption that Oakland and Alameda County has long been known for! This pattern continued even through the Oscar Grant murder debacle but lead to the people of the Oakland East Bay Area and beyond, standing up to that corruption and saying “NO MORE!!!”.
The cry at ALL the Occupy events world-wide are echoing the frustration felt by the people of the East Bay Area, “We are ALL Oscar Grant!!” and most are reacting in solidarity and union with those whom have voiced their opinions with their frustrations in a varied manner of ways. The world witnessed as Oakland revolted and burned with the that cry and now the whole world is chanting the same tune and following Oakland lead as it did in the 1960-70’s re-evolution!
The Minority and Occupy Communities ( #occupyoakland #OWS) are evaluating the elected officials, want-to-be-leaders, clergy and so-called power brokers that do not represent their interest, yet claim to bargain and speak for them! How can these self-perceived “influence peddlers” bargain away the rights and interests of people they do not talk to, know nor represent?

Occupy Oakland; Free Tickets to: Goapele; Omar Sosa; Average White Band; Tank; David Grisman Quintet; Rachelle Ferrell; Hot 8 Brass Band; Fela!; Amiri Baraka, and Ishmael Reed Band; The Velveteen Rabbit; Colors of Christmas; Business Strategic Plan; YOUR Free Food Program; Entertainment Jobs Nov-Dec. 2011

Occupy Oakland; Free Tickets to: Goapele; Omar Sosa; Average White Band; Tank; David Grisman Quintet; Rachelle Ferrell; Hot 8 Brass Band; Fela!; Amiri Baraka, and Ishmael Reed Band; The Velveteen Rabbit; Colors of Christmas; Business Strategic Plan; YOUR Free Food Program; Entertainment Jobs Nov-Dec. 2011
Dr. Kenya Numan and her organization “Stepping Together as well as Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation were recently honored in Miami, Florida and Port Au Prince, Haiti last month for the Relief Missions that they have sent to Haiti since the earthquake.
Abdul-Jalil and crew are currently up for an EMMY with “OUT. The Glenn Burke Story”, and have already won several honors for it and expect more.
Special “Thanks” to all that have supported our efforts over the years!
FREE tickets to:
Goapele, Thurs., 11/17@10 pm, Sun., 11/20 @7 pm, Yoshi’s- Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland Ca 94607;
David Grisman Quintet, Sat., 11/12 @10 pm, Yoshi’s- Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland Ca 94607;
David Grisman / Frank Vignola Duo, Sun, 11/13 @6 pm, Yoshi’s- Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland Ca 94607;
Amiri Baraka, Roscoe Mitchell, Genny Lim and Ishmael Reed Band, Mon. 11/14, @8 pm, ,Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco;
Tank, Fri. 11/18 @10 pm, Yoshi’s- San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco;
The Velveteen Rabbit, Choreographed and directed by KT Nelson, Sat., 11/26 @2 p.m., Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street), San Francisco, CA
Fela!, Produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, 11/15 – 12/11 @8pm, Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Colors of Christmas, featuring Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Lea Salonga, Ben Vereen with A.M.E. Oakland Mass Choir and San Francisco Symphony, December 13-15, 2011, 8:00 pm, Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco , CA 94199
The tickets will be awarded upon promoter conditions via our Text, Twitter or website, so DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL, and if you haven’t already, you should join us on:
Text “I Want Tickets to (name of show)” with your name and email address to: (510) 394-4501; Twitter at: https://twitter.com/xzwhy , https://twitter.com/ajalil , https://twitter.com/nowtruth , https://twitter.com/amwft, https://twitter.com/win2012elect , or go to the websites at: https://Superstarmanagement.com , https://Ex-Why.com/ , https://AMWFTRUST.Org/ or https://NowTruth.Org/ and make your request on the “I WANT TICKETS” page.
OCCUPY OAKLAND! OCCUPY WALL STREET!!!
Oakland City Attorney Resigns! FORCED OUT!!! Can’t Dodge Fraud, Corruption Charges!
The Occupy Movement that has swept America and the world, had it’s Occupy Oakland beginnings with the revelation of irrefutable evidence of the mass fraud and corruption of the Oakland City Attorney, Oakland Police Department, Alameda County District Attorney, Alameda County Superior Court, California State Appeals Court and California Supreme Court in an action to deny justice and cover up that denial of justice in the 20 year case of Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim vs CSAA, Rescue, et al.
The unrest caused by the exposure of the criminal actions of these law enforcement, legal and judicial individuals/bodies in this matter implored others to investigate the ongoing case revealing even more rampant corruption that has dramatically portrayed the sullied, sordid underbelly culture of corruption that Oakland and Alameda County has long been known for! This pattern continued even through the Oscar Grant murder debacle but lead to the people of the Oakland East Bay Area and beyond, standing up to that corruption and saying “NO MORE!!!”.
The cry at ALL the Occupy events world-wide are echoing the frustration felt by the people of the East Bay Area, “We are ALL Oscar Grant!!” and most are reacting in solidarity and union with those whom have voiced their opinions with their frustrations in a varied manner of ways. The world witnessed as Oakland revolted and burned with the that cry and now the whole world is chanting the same tune and following Oakland lead as it did in the 1960-70’s re-evolution!
The Minority and Occupy Communities ( #occupyoakland #OWS) are evaluating the elected officials, want-to-be-leaders, clergy and so-called power brokers that do not represent their interest, yet claim to bargain and speak for them! How can these self-perceived “influence peddlers” bargain away the rights and interests of people they do not talk to, know nor represent?

December 2010 Relief Mission to Haiti

December 2010 Haiti Relief Mission
Thank you in advance for your continued support and prayers and I hope this brief note finds you and yours in the best of health and spirits. The Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are planning a December Haitian Relief Mission and the dates have been finalized as November 30, 2010 to December 7, 2010! We will again be working with Arch Bishop Joel Jeune, one of the most powerful men in Haiti as head of the Catholic Church, and the people of Haiti that he serves at Grace Village, the compound of his organization Grace International, in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the epicenter of the earthquake.

As you know, the Village has become a refuge center, housing almost 30,000 quake victims and the compound is located precisely where the earthquake did the most damage. Most of the homes and neighborhoods surrounding Grace Village have been highly damaged, if not devastated, leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured.

We will be working and living (in guest houses) on site, providing OBGYN care, possibly primary care (depending on staffing), health education and social support including mental health counseling. Our focus for OBGYN will be developing an ongoing clinic as there is a great need for prenatal services.

Supplies Needed for Haitian Mission

The following supplies are urgently needed for the Mission:
1) Portable Ultrasound Machine
2) Fetal Monitor
3) Laboratory Testing Equipment
a) Urinalysis kits
b) Glucometers with strips, lancets, alcohol swabs
c) Hemoglobin/hemotocrit
4) Fetoscopes (50)
5) Medicines: antibioticsanti-diabetics, antihypertensives, hormonal, prenatal vitamins, multivitamins, anesthetics, Insulin,
6) Condoms, contraceptive hormones, IUD
7) Blood pressure cuffs (100)
8) Patient gowns (1,000)
10) Gynecololgy Equipment
a) Speculums (100), assorted sizes
11) Laboratory Equipment: urinalysis, Glucometer (with strips, lancets, alcohol swabs), Hemaglobin/hematocrit, hemocult slides
12) Birth Control Supplies and Medicines: condoms, BCP, IUD, etc.
13) Biopsy equiptment: cervical biopsy, breast biopsy, etc.
14) Colposcopy, cryotherapy, LEEP machine

Also, we are looking for providers who are interested in teaching as this was an urgent request from our hosts but this is dependent on us hiring translators. As such we are looking for Kreyol-speaking nurses and providers to assist us. Currently there is an RN from New York City who is willing to attend however she is in need of financial assistance. This particular RN worked with us on previous mission and her help was invaluable. If you or anyone in your organization can fund her trip costs that would be fantastic.

Other services are dependent on getting sufficient volunteers. So spread the word, this mission is open to all volunteers but our capacity is limited and preference will be given to early responders. If they have not participated on one of our previous missions then they should send their CV and the completed Volunteer Waiver forms as soon as possible. The forms are available upon request.

I want to know if you are interested in participating with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation and Dr. Kenya Numan with Stepping Together to aid the people of Haiti, and if so, please send me your notice asap. I have attached herein below pictures of Dr. Numan during the Mission to Haiti July 24, 2010 to service the Arch Bishop at the Village and it was a great success for all that lead to this mission!

There is much work to do and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are committed and prepared to work with you and your organizations to raise funds and organize continued relief efforts to provide assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, the Carribean and South/Central America.

We look forward to your response and “Thank you ALL” in advance.

Respectfully,

Abdul-Jalil
Abdul-Jalil al-Hakim,Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation,7633 Sunkist Drive Oakland,CA,94605,Abdul-Jalil, Abdul Jalil, al Hakim, Aaron,Margaret Wallace, Foundation,Sunkist Drive,Oakland, 94605-3024,Tweet,Twitter,Wyclef Jean,launch,Black Television News Channel, the only,Afro-American,24/7,cable news network,attend the grand opening,Wyclef,ajalil,@wyclef, BTNC,http://www.btnc.tv/,Haiti earthquake,January 13, 2010,announced via Twitter, partner with Stepping Together,the Surgery Planet,to provide resources,vehicles, manpower, supplies, donations, information, education, etc.,@ajalil,AMWFTrust.org,partnering,Surgery Planet, resource,vehicle, ,via,TweetDeck,followers,donate to,Wyclef’s,Yele Haiti Fund,Help Haiti,survivors,donate @wyclef,online,http://tinyurl.com/mmpyxr,Earthquake Relief Fund,@yelehaiti http://bit.ly/7OOdBI,ONE members,around the world,took action,$1 billion,debt relief for Haiti,go more in-depth,the crisis,the rebuilding,long-term development solutions,participated,an interactive conference call,talk about Haiti,what we can do,Rep. Maxine Waters, a debt relief champion,driving force for legislative solutions,former, Senate Majority Leader, Dr. Bill Frist,trained surgeon,returned from,operating,Haitian field hospital,Dr. Joia Mukherjee, medical director,Partners in Health,in Haiti right now,David Meltzer, senior vice president,International Services,American Red Cross,back from Haiti,RSVP, phone number,ONE,members,Maxine Waters, former Senate Majority Leader,Bill Frist,President,David Lane,interactive,conference call,on Haiti Crisis,Rebuilding,Debt Cancellation,massive response,Drop Haiti’s Debt,campaign,having an impact, movement,IMF,World Bank,find ways,cancel Haiti’s debts,the House of Representatives,Senate,tackle this issue,promising,keep the pressure up,learn more,about,how we can help,the Haitian people,during this, time of crisis,and beyond,experts,observers,shared their responses,the aftermath,earthquake,took questions, discuss the latest news,Drop Haiti’s Debt campaign,talked about,the broader,development picture,what more we can do,to help the Haitian people,rebuild,advance, the long-term, In the wake of devastation,the opportunity to rebuild, develop,miss our opportunity,to learn,the facts, help plan the future,hear first-hand accounts,what’s going on in Haiti,opportunity to serve,those in need,the Honorable Johnny Ford, former Mayor,member of,the State House of Representatives,Tuskegee, Alabama, the Founder, Secretary,General,World,Conference of Mayors,The National Conference,Black Mayors,working on behalf of,to aid the people of Haiti.,The World ,Conference of Mayors,mayors abroad, establishing partnerships, mayoral associations, presidents,heads of state in Africa, Colombia, China, Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, Martinique,the Bahamas,The National Conference,Black Mayors,assists,African American Mayors,across the United States,citizens,that they collectively represent, established the,Haitian Disaster Relief Fund,PVO status,now provide USAID assistance,their own HIV/AIDS Initiative,National Medical Association,Mars Corporation,to donate,shipment of Uncle Ben’s Rice, to Haitian member,mayors’ communities, fed over 300,000 people in Haiti,the most powerful man in Haiti,head of the Catholic Church,alleged,corrupt politicians,prayer,a miracle,to aid,the people of Haiti,that he serves,Kenya Numan,crew,on the ground,refuge,center,30,000 quake victims,located,where the earthquake did the most damage,Most of the homes,neighborhoods surrounding,highly,damaged,leaving,hundreds of thousands of people,dead,injured,letter of Thanks,the Honorable,Johnny,Ford,acknowledging,eternal debt, gratitude, Herculean, effort,rearrange,logistics,reroute,tangible,reality,SUCCESS ,ALL the members of the organizations,world-wide,rather than,idle cocktail party, rants,raves,projects that exist,without any substance,behind them,ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors,celebrate their success, acknowledge their contribution,assessment of,the Haitian Relief Effort to Grace Village,very good meeting,Grace International Ministries , a tour of their facilities,They are doing great work for the Haitian people,we would like to support them,on an ongoing basis,We are planning to return to Haiti,specifically to provide,outpatient,OBGYN clinic,to the residents,Grace Village, Health Education,in the planning process,to make this happen successfully,I was able to assess,some of their most urgent needs,three priorities for the Village are,Tools,construction, cleaning,a sustaining effort,keep the village clean, respectable, Education, training, sustainable effort,regards to health, job,Healthcare,monthly providers,coming,on an ongoing basis,this will be quite an undertaking, my organization is committed,see this through,the next 10-20 years,whatever it takes,to get the job done,in detail,regarding this effort ,how best to strategize,for support from the USA, Congress, White house,Kenya,the Relief Mission,World Conference,of Mayors,The National,Conference of Black Mayors,membership list,updated,dispatch the letter,to use as a tool,their own marketing, promotional,fundraising efforts,moving forward in a meaningful way,to secure financial, subsistence, construction,medical aid and support,the next mission,as soon as we can,unite to raise,the necessary items,tap into the resources of,the USAIDS,the National Medical Association,make great progress in securing,bi-weekly missions,various needed areas around the World,provide support and organize continued relief efforts for financial donations, to deliver much needed medical support and supplies, to our working together on relief missions here in America and globally,exploring the possibility,of a telethon,J. C. Watts,Black Television,News Channel,is prepared to provide,full support to your and our joint efforts,to overcome the continual need for financial assistance,to achieve our goals, proposed telethon,joint and several fundraising efforts,a goal of working together,projects of mutual interest and support,South America, Central America,Abdul-Jalil,Aaron Wallace Foundation,World Conference of Mayors,WCM,The National Conference of Black Mayors,NCBM,your incredible,expedient work,arranging the,Haitian,Relief effort,Dr. Kenya,Numan,Stepping,Together,Grace,Village,humanitarian,Arch Bishop,Joel Jeune, organization,Grace International,the Carrefour district, of Port-au-Prince, Haiti,Arch Bishop Jeune,Lee,Variety ,Dr.,Numan,her crew,on the ground, in Haiti,communicating with,the Arch Bishop,at the Village,Herculean effort,rearrange, logistics,reroute,the mission,to the Village,people in such great need,All of us,the WCM,NCBM,owe,eternal debt,gratitude, you all,for your efforts,on our behalf, refuge center, housing, 30,000 quake victims,highly damaged,leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured, before the earthquake, Arch Bishop Joel Jeune,living conditions in Carrefour,most precarious, economic activities, improve the living conditions,population,National Institutions of health, high risk of propagation,contamination,diseases,lack of medical attention ,malnutrition, resulting in great societal damage,Many other factors,contribute to,the lack of general health, unavailability, electricity,refrigeration,food poisoning,doctors,nurses,without any medical supplies,help,untrained,unqualified,volunteers,men, women, children, hospital,site,compound,Lamentin,Grace Tabernacle little water,The World Conference of Mayors,comprised of,mayors, former mayors, elected, appointed,local,public officials,from,the United States, Asia, Africa, Caribbean,We are committed,prepared,to work with,Aaron and Margaret Wallace Foundation,raise,funds, organize,continued,relief,efforts,to deliver,much needed,medical,support ,educational,materials,construction,support ,building,material,personal,items,legal,assistance,displaced children,orphanages, transportation,temporary,housing,United States,other families, churches, and organizations,until,homes,have been,rebuilt,house them.,most relief efforts, limited,stopped altogether,current,travel,restrictions,within Haiti, The World Conference,Mayors,political,cache, is willing,to exercise,to further achieve,our united,goals,globally,awarded,Private Volunteer Organization,PVO,status,It means,the WCM,The Carter Center,The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, providing, USAID,assistance,to countries,around the world,Africa,conversations, love to have, your organizations,to provide,relief support,o our efforts,globally,in Africa,other countries,here in the United States,our HIV/AIDS Initiative,the WCM,throwing our full support,your, joint efforts,to overcome,the continual need,financial assistance,to achieve our goals,fundraising efforts,proposed,telethon,a measure,awareness,the causes ,joint fundraising efforts,a goal of working together, projects, mutual interest,support,in a spirit of oneness,helping us in Haiti,many more successful efforts globally,Johnny Ford,Founder, Secretary General,The World Conference of Mayors,let me thank you,the Aaron and Margaret Wallace Foundation,on behalf of,Grace International,Inc.,incredible,expedient work,arranging,Haitian relief effort,Dr. Kenya Numan,her organization, Stepping Together,Grace Village, one of the compounds,for our organization,Grace International,the Carrefour district,Port-au-Prince,Haiti,all look forward,the next mission,no later than,December 2010,Lee Variety,Dr. Numan,her relief organization,on the ground,in Haiti,communicating,at the Village,It was purely a blessing from God,arrange and complete,the mission,to the Village, on such short notice,pleading for his help,securing,much needed help
for our people,in such great need,God answered our plea,with the mission, and we look forward to,many more successful missions,like this one,The world,owes an eternal,debt of gratitude,you all,for your efforts,on our behalf,The Village,a refuge center,housing almost 30,000,quake victims,number changes every day,This compound,is located,where the earthquake did the most damage,the homes,neighborhoods,surrounding Grace Village,severely damaged,devastated,leaving,hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured,the living conditions,in Carrefour,before the earthquake,impossible,unemployment rate was 92%,very few economic,cultural activities,in the area to improve the living conditions,The population, larger than the services,that are available,to meet the needs of the people,there is nothing for them now, Carrefour, established, National, International Institutions of health,high risk, propagation, contamination, diseases,Malaria,Tuberculosis,TB,Child Diarrhea,Sexually Transmitted Diseases,STDs,HIV/AIDS,lack of medical attention,malnutrition,resulting in great societal damage,other factors, contribute to,lack of general health,unavailability of electricity, refrigeration,food poisoning,Dr. Numan,inspection,doctors and nurses,the compound,under-staffed,over-worked,without any medical supplies,help is untrained, unqualified, volunteers,Grace Village,has over 25,000 men, women, and children,hospital site compound,Lamentin,2,000 people at Grace Tabernacle,Waney,have very little water,food,medicine,shelter,committed and prepared,work with the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation,Stepping Together,raise funds,organize continued relief efforts,to deliver,much needed,medical support, supplies, food,clothing,educational materials,construction support,building materials,personal items,legal assistance for displaced children, orphanages, given transportation,temporary housing,United States,other families, churches,organizations,until homes have been rebuilt,house them,most relief efforts are limited,stopped by current travel restrictions,in,within,out of Haiti,your organization,has been successful,overcoming these obstacles,Grace International,providing our full support,to your,our joint efforts,overcome,the continual need, financial assistance,to achieve our goals,These fundraising efforts, include,a proposed telethon,a measure to raise funds,raise awareness,for the causes as well,move forward,joint fundraising efforts,goal of working together,on projects,mutual interest,support,spirit of oneness,Thank you,for helping us,in Haiti,look forward,many more successful efforts,globally,Respectfully,Bishop Joel R Jeune,Arch Bishop Joel Jeune,President,Founder of Grace International,
GRACE INTERNATIONAL,INC.,BISHOP JOEL,PASTOR DORIS JEUNE,PO BOX 172508,HIALEAH,FL,33017,Wyclef Jean’s,Yele Haiti Relief,Haiti faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything,the world has ever experienced,The magnitude 7.0 earthquake, several very strong aftershocks ,struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince,I cannot stress enough,a human disaster this is,idle hands will only make this tragedy worse,over 2 million people,in Port-au-Prince tonight,face catastrophe alone,We must act now,President Obama,said that the U.S. stands,ready to assist the Haitian people,The U.S. Military,only group trained and prepared,to offer that assistance immediately,must do so as soon as possible,The international community,must also rise to the occasion,help the Haitian people in every way possible,Many people have already,reached out to see,what they can do right now, We are asking those interested,please do one of two things,can use your cell phone to text ”Yele“ to 50150,automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund,it will be charged to your cell phone bill,Thank you Wyclef,Yéle Haiti,Yéle,Haiti,a grassroots movement,builds global awareness for Haiti,while helping to transform the country,through programs in education, sports, the arts,environment.,Yéle’s,community service programs,include food distribution,mobilizing emergency relief,Yéle Haiti foundation,started by Grammy-Award winning musician, producer ,social entrepreneur, humanitarian,Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti,Wyclef Jean,is changing lives,in this desperately poor,optimistic nation,Through Yéle Haiti, Wyclef,uses music, sports,the media,reinforce,projects that are making a difference,in education, health, environment,community development,In practical terms,this translates,new jobs,children being put in school,people receiving food,young people learning about HIV/AIDS prevention,many who have responded to Wyclef’s, invitation to help,thousands of individuals like you, celebrities,Angelina Jolie,Brad Pitt,NGOs, world leaders, corporations,Education,state support for education, Yéle Haiti,created a range of programs,to improve the quality of education, ensure children from poor,disadvantaged families,can attend school,Primary School Scholarships, sponsoring the education,children,throughout Haiti,University Scholarships, top ranking students,in Haitian universities,Boy’s Rehabilitation Center, giving imprisoned,child gang members,second chance,Yéle Cuisine, employing women,cater meals for children,six schools,without kitchens,School Feeding, dry food distribution,to families of children,targeted schools, Sports, Wyclef on the ground in Haiti,no public,school funding,organized sports,supports a soccer program,for at-risk youth,range of sports events,for youth,L’Athletique d’Haiti,supporting a soccer,tutoring program,youth from the slums,Sports Events,sponsoring tournaments, clinics,sports equipment,young players,The Arts,high levels of illiteracy, uses music,entertainment,to inform the public,about development and social issues, while at the same time,providing training to at-risk youth, Celebrities,enlisted to help,raise the country’s international profile, Music Studio,providing jobs,vocational training,a new state-of-the-art facility,Cité Soleil,National Youth Orchestra,classical,orchestral training,performance for at-risk youth,Art School,support for,art school in Jakmel, commissioning students,design work abroad,Remember Haiti, scanning, available,rare historic books,about Haiti’s founding,Spotlight Haiti, engaging celebrities,to help raise Haiti’s international profile,Yéle Cinema,free,outdoor projection,Creole-dubbed,films,slums without electricity,Environment,less than two percent tree cover, nationwide, responding,new community-based,tree planting, environmental education, social marketing initiative,ongoing support for an environmental education initiative,Yéle Vert,community-based agroforestry, environmental, education,social,marketing,in development,Gonaives,Ecole Verte, environmental education camping trips,tree planting for youth,Community Service,little support available,vulnerable families,distributes food,those in need, throughout the slums of Port-au-Prince,mobilizes emergency relief,in response to natural disasters,humanitarian crises,Food Distribution,assisting the World Food Programme,distributing rice, beans,oil,families in the slums of Port-au-Prince,Emergency Relief, mobilizing relief following natural disasters,humanitarian crises,North America,Yéle Student Outreach,college,university students,rallying in support of Haiti,Help Haiti,Canadian students,giving to sponsor scholarships for Haitian students,CNN,Haitian-born, Brooklyn, raised, musician,Wyclef Jean,created,grassroots charity organization Yéle Haiti,The former member,the Grammy-winning group,The Fugees,coined,the term Yéle,in a song,imbued it with the meaning,a cry for freedom,The purpose of the organization,from its inception, to restore pride,hope to the Haitian people,through projects,will allow citizens,ultimately help themselves, creation of scholarships,support for the arts, food distribution,emergency relief,old women,large bags of rice,on their heads,men on street corners, selling sugarcane,mangos,just trying to survive,a strong sense of pride, Jean said in a statement,the group’s Web site,a church in my village, I hear the congregation,singing an appeal to God,to hear their cries,grant deliverance to Haiti,Through experiences like this, I sense where,my mother and my father,got their strength,whole country needs to reach deep,into the spirit and strength,hat is part of our heritage,The objective of Yéle Haiti,is to restore pride,a reason to hope,for the whole country,to regain the deep spirit and force,is part of our heritage,7.0 magnitude earthquake, Jean and Yéle mobilized ,social networking sites,o raise funds for disaster relief,Jean is encouraging people to text “Yéle” to 501501,human disaster, idle hands,make this tragedy worse,face,catastrophe,alone,We must act now,in a statement, In its first year,Jean created,in collaboration,his cousin, music producer,Jerry Duplessis, provided scholarships,testified before the House of Representatives,urging the U.S. government,earmark more funds for education in Haiti,encourage the U.S. private sector,enter the Haitian market,to create jobs for the Haitian people,stressed the importance of, the arts in Haiti,used local musicians ,deliver food into slum neighborhoods,no other organizations are able to go,held annual hip-hop competitions,underprivileged youth,invited to write raps on social issues,project called Yéle Cinema,shows free Creole-dubbed films in slum neighborhoods, interspersed with short messages about social and development themes,using his celebrity status,to advance the aims of Yéle Haiti,the devastation of several consecutive tropical storms,Jean brought actor Matt Damon to the island,Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie,traveled with Jean several times, most notably when Jolie was pregnant,their first child, the musician brought,United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,President Clinton,tour the region,I was honored, show my support,they asked me to join them,this important humanitarian trip,gave them the opportunity to experience,the beauty underneath the devastation my country and its people have had to face, It’s crucial for me,do all I can to raise awareness,help Haiti get through this tough time,While in Haiti,the group visited a Yéle sponsored feeding program,met with President René Preval,senior government officials,Jean and Yéle Haiti partnered with the United Nations World Food Program,Pan American Development Foundation,Together for Haiti, program that provides resources,targeted food distribution, employment creation, micro-enterprise grants,farm training,The food crisis, develop in Haiti, more serious than any emergency,I’ve seen over my years of work with the country,Even where food is available, the citizens of Haiti do not have the resources to buy it,we must take immediate action,I’m confident,through the commitment of these three powerful organizations, Together for Haiti,will rise to meet,his urgent challenge,provide direct relief to the people,

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On July 17, 2010 Abdul-Jalil spoke with Lee Variety and the Honorable Johnny Ford, former Mayor for 24 years and member of the State House of Representatives of Tuskegee, Alabama who is the Founder, Secretary General of the World Conference of Mayors (WCM) and The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) regarding our working on behalf of the WCM and NCBM to aid the people of Haiti.

The World Conference of Mayors has over 18,000 mayors abroad, establishing partnerships with mayoral associations, presidents and heads of state in Africa, Colombia, China, Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, Martinique and the Bahamas. The National Conference of Black Mayors assists more than 650 African American Mayors across the United States and the 48 million citizens that they collectively represent. The WCM has established the Haitian Disaster Relief Fund and been awarded Private Volunteer Organization (PVO) status and can now provide USAID assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, and here in the United States with their own HIV/AIDS Initiative. They also have an affiliation with the National Medical Association and partnered with the Mars Corporation to donate a shipment of Uncle Ben’s Rice to Haitian member mayors’ communities, which in turn fed over 300,000 people in Haiti.
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On July 21, 2010 Abdul-Jalil spoke with Lee Variety and Arch Bishop Jeune, the most powerful man in Haiti as head of the Catholic Church, not one of the many alleged corrupt politicians there, regarding his prayer for a miracle to aid the people of Haiti that he serves at Grace Village, the compound of his organization Grace International, in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the epicenter of the earthquake. Just three days later, Dr. Kenya Numan and her organization “Stepping Together” was with her crew on the ground in Haiti July 24, 2010 communicating with the Arch Bishop and at the Village by July 26, 2010!

The Village has become a refuge center, housing almost 30,000 quake victims and the compound is located precisely where the earthquake did the most damage. Most of the homes and neighborhoods surrounding Grace Village have been highly damaged, if not devastated, leaving hundreds of thousands of people dead and injured.
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On August 12, 2010 Abdul-Jalil received a letter of “Thanks” from the Honorable Johnny Ford acknowledging an eternal debt of gratitude to the Aaron and Margaret Wallace Foundation and Stepping Together for the incredible and expedient work of arranging the Haitian relief effort with Dr. Kenya Numan to Grace Village with the Herculean effort to rearrange the logistics to reroute the mission to the Village for people in such great need! This was a tangible reality of SUCCESS in Haiti for ALL the members of the organizations world-wide rather than the many idle cocktail party rants and raves of projects that exist without any substance behind them. WE DID IT! ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors can celebrate their success and acknowledge their contribution. You can view and/or download that letter here.

Dr. Kenya Numan gave her assessment of the Haitian Relief Effort to Grace Village as follows:
I want to let you know that I have returned from Haiti. While there I had a very good meeting at Grace International Ministries with Archbishop Jeune et al; this included a tour of their facilities. They are doing great work for the Haitian people and we would like to support them in an ongoing basis.
We are planning to return to Haiti specifically to provide an outpatient OBGYN clinic to the residents of Grace Village as well as Health Education. We are now in the planning process to make this happen successfully.
However while there I was able to assess some of their most urgent needs. Currently their three priorities for the Village are:
1. Tools: construction, cleaning: a sustaining effort so they can keep the village clean and respectable
2. Education & training: a sustainable effort in regards to health, job, etc.
3. Healthcare: a sustaining effort with monthly providers coming on an ongoing basis.
As you can see this will be quite an undertaking but my organization is committed to see this through the next 10-20 years or whatever it takes to get the job done.
I look forward to speaking with you in detail regarding this effort and how best to strategize for support from the USA, Congress, White house, etc. Please let me know what is the best number to reach you.
Peace and blessings,

Kenya
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On August 25, 2010 Abdul-Jalil received the letter shown below of “Thanks” from Arch Bishop Joel Jeune of Grace Village in Haiti for the Relief Mission they received from the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together on behalf of The World Conference of Mayors (WCM) and The National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM). This is a tangible reality of SUCCESS in Haiti for ALL the members of the organizations world-wide rather than the many idle cocktail party rants and raves of projects that exist without any substance behind them. WE DID IT! ALL the members of the World Conference of Mayors can celebrate their success and acknowledge their contribution. Let us get that membership list updated and dispatch the letter to them all to use as a tool for their own marketing, promotional and fundraising efforts.

We are now moving forward in a meaningful way to secure financial, subsistence, construction and medical aid and support for the next mission which will take place as soon as we can unite to raise the necessary items just mentioned. If we can tap into the resources of the USAIDS and the National Medical Association we can make great progress in securing bi-weekly missions to various needed areas around the World! Let us move forward!

We are committed and prepared to work with the WCM and NCBM organizations to raise funds, provide support and organize continued relief efforts for financial donations, to deliver much needed medical support and supplies; food; clothing; educational materials; construction support and building materials; much needed personal items; and legal assistance for displaced children from orphanages that were given transportation and temporary housing in the United States with other families, churches, and organizations until homes have been rebuilt to house them. Where most relief efforts are limited, if not stopped altogether by current travel restrictions in, within, and out of Haiti, The World Conference of Mayors has some political cache that it can exercise to further achieve our united goals globally. This could be the first step toward fulfilling several of our conversations of our organization providing relief support to your efforts globally.

Additionally, in relations to our working together on relief missions here in America and globally, Abdul-Jalil is exploring the possibility of a telethon, perhaps with J. C. Watts Black Television News Channel (BTNC). To that end the WCM is prepared to provide it’s full support to your and our joint efforts to overcome the continual need for financial assistance to achieve our goals. These fundraising efforts include the proposed telethon as a measure to not only raise funds but to raise awareness for the causes as well. Now let us move forward with these joint and several fundraising efforts with a goal of working together on projects of mutual interest and support in a spirit of oneness.

Again, there is much work to do and the Aaron & Margaret Wallace Foundation with Stepping Together are committed and prepared to work with you and your organizations to raise funds and organize continued relief efforts to provide assistance to countries around the world, especially Africa, the Caribbean and South/Central America.