He arrived in this country to further his education. Unlike many of his ancestors, George came to the United States not on a slave ship but on his own accord. Upon arrival with his wife and children, George Bonney soon experienced some of the discrimination that couldn’t match the horrific treatment his ancestor’s had experienced in bondage. Like WEB Dubois, who had left the United States to live the rest of his life in George’s home country of Ghana, Dr. George E. Bonney found power in knowledge. With the civil rights movement firmly holding his back he used the power of knowledge to overcome any and all discriminatory obstacles. George became a faculty and staff member as a Statistical Geneticist and Biostatistician, Professor of Community Health and Family Medicine at the Howard University (“HU”) College of Medicine, and Director of the Statistical Genetics and Bioinformatics Unit in the National Human Genome Center (NHGC) at HU.
Dr. Bonney eventually became a United States citizen. Armed with the gift of helping, he dedicated his life in helping people in both the United States and Ghana to achieve an education which resulted in gainful employment and productive citizenship.
As he approached retirement, he eagerly made plans to focus full time and attention on the Village Schools of Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to education of underprivileged children in Ghana and across the continent of Africa. George established the non-profit more than five years ago. Those plans will not be realized by George who walked the last mile of the way on life’s highway on June 29, 2013. He is survived by a loving wife, a son and a daughter and two grandchildren. George’s wife Efua is an educator herself and is quite capable of carrying out George’s mission. I have no doubt that she will pick up the batton, for she too possess the gift of helping.
Although George never forgot his homeland, he will be funeralized and buried in the U.S.
It’s Sunday morning in McDonald’s and most of the regulars are in for their morning cup of Joe.
The Vietnam vets are at their usual table discussing the downside to the technology that now prevents them from being backyard mechanics.
Celeste (not her real name) is in her corner ,but something is a little different about her this morning. Although she has been plagued by health issues the gray haired black woman is not smiling. Always cordial, Celeste is hovered over by a slim white man who appears to be trying to console her.
Celeste’s laptop was not visible, and her bicycle was also absent.
Could it be that someone mugged Celeste and took everything she owned?
You see Celeste is homeless. That’s got to be a hard road for a black woman who appears to be on the downside of fifty years of age. Celeste is no Jackie Brown, and she lives a different type of street life that Randy Crawford sings of in her 70′s hit with the Crusaders. The song was featured in the film Jackie Brown starring Pam Grier.
How does she and other similarly situated women make it in a homeless world? Life for the homeless has proven to be difficult in a post 9/11 world. The laws which once leaned towards freedom and equal protection now acts as enemy combatants against the homeless. No identification for lack of a fixed address has relegated these American born citizens to a non citizen status. Most people treat their pets better than the homeless are treated.
The Boston bombing suspect has it better than these individuals who have lost their ability to vote because of their homeless status.
The Boston bombing suspect has three hots and a cart. Until convicted he can still be considered a registered voter. If he can’t afford a lawyer the government will provide him with one at no charge. Further his rights are being scrutinized to make sure they are not violated. It’s understood and under the U.S. Constitution that he should be afforded these rights in protecting his liberty.
Ironically, the homeless whose liberty is not questioned because they are not incarcerated are considered as trespassers by most people. Most merchants refuse their request to use the bathroom where they try to clean themselves up to maintain some kind of dignity. They may not be behind bars, but their liberty is definitely restricted in many ways by their status.
In one instance, a homeless woman’s suspended drivers license was confiscated by police after she presented it upon request for some identification. The woman who has no car, now finds that she can’t vote or get a decent hotel room when she collects enough money to do so.
Who protect their rights? Who fights for Celeste? How is she protected on the streets when night falls? Celeste like others find refuge in local churches that feed and cloth the homeless.
Another unlikely champion of the homeless is McDonald’s 24 hours service. McDonald’s does not deny the homeless the right to come onto their public accommodation. Nor do they deny them the privilege of using the bathroom. Just like any other customer as long as they are orderly they are treated with respect. This is why they are regular customers. Yes they do patronize the fast food restaurant by purchasing from the dollar menu and like Celeste, they utilize McDonald’s free WiFi. As they surf the net to keep abreast of local news weather ans sports, they charge up their cell phones if they are fortunate enough to have one.
This particular McDonald’s is near Uncle Bob’s storage where most of the homeless who patronize McDonald’s rent a small storage locker for their belongings. They organize these possession with compartmental plastic containers purchased at the Dollar Tree.
It’s a hard hard road, but Celeste has managed to endure with a little help from local Churches, the Dollar Tree and McDonald’s 24 hour service and their dollar menu.
Recently I read an article pertaining to McDonald’s Broken Service.
During a webcast last month the McDonald’s executives indicated that 20 percent of complaints were related to workers’ attitudes. According to the Wall Street Journal, gripes about “rude or unprofessional employees” topped the list, and complaints that it took too long to get food increased “significantly,” over the last six months.
If McDonald’s is looking for a solution they should travel to Tampa, Florida to store number 856 located at 4333 Hillsborough Avenue. Upon arrival they will find a friendly crew lead by Tiffany Arrington.
As the store’s general manager, Tiffany runs a well organized restaurant. Service is always with a smile. As you enter the door you’re greeted with warmth.
The floors and tables are always clean, and the bathrooms are exceptionally clean. Windows are washed everyday, and the grounds are liter free.
The employees take their job of providing great service serious.
As you sit at your table, an employee approaches to see how they can better serve you.
That is not service broken. Instead that is service that makes you come back again and again, and again.
What is Tiffany’s secret? I will leave that up to the executives to explore. The Casper Company who owns that franchise already knows what a gem they have in Tiffany. They just promoted her to another store to spread the sunshine she describes as dedicated service.
So if you’re traveling to Tampa stop by to get some of that sunshine along with some delightful meals such as the McWRAP from their menu.
At the age of 75, Rhetna Scott is finding out that getting old is not for the meek. As you age, you become prey to debilitating illnesses and people. Yes people, and it’s just not people with criminal intent or unethical money scams, but in Scott’s case it’s her landlord.
Ms. Scott is being ordered to leave her Atlanta apartment. She pays her rent on time, and there is no illegal activity occurring in the unit she occupies by herself. Ms. Scott who appears to be a model tenant has obeyed all the terms of her lease agreement.
Why then is she being evicted? Retha Scott fell asleep as she was cooking a meal at home, causing the food to burn. Next thing she knew, she received an eviction notice from the management of her SENIOR living complex, Hairston Lake Apartments, saying that the incident proves that she’s a danger to other tenants. There were no injuries as a result of the incident, no other units were damaged and it was unclear what, if any, damage Scott’s own unit suffered.
Attorney Joshua Davis, who agreed to represent Scott after hearing of her case, said Hairston Lake is violating her rights. Davis who is a Morehouse College and Howard University School Of Law Graduate finds the whole ordeal absurd.
In most states, a landlord must give a tenant written notice of a potential lease violation, and the tenant must be given ample time to correct it before the landlord can initiate eviction proceedings.
It’s unclear whether Scott’s complex alerted her of potential violations before issuing her an eviction notice — but it’s clear that Scott has taken steps to correct the problem.
There exist only a few circumstances under which landlords can evict tenants without giving them time to correct lease violations: if tenants have repeatedly violated a significant clause in the lease, continuously failed to pay rent on time, seriously damaged a rental unit, or engaged in illegal activity on the premises.
Under in circumstance, a landlord cannot have a tenant physically removed from an apartment without a court order to do so.
Take a look at the video above and see if you agree that Scott who is a senior citizen should be evicted from her senior citizen complex.