NBA Legend Michael Jordan Donates $7 Million to Build Medical Clinics in Charlotte, NC

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Michael Jordan (photo via huffpost.com)

by Taryn Finley via huffingtonpost.com

Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to build two medical facilities to serve at-risk and underserved communities in Charlotte. The Hornets owner’s donation will fund the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, expected to open late 2020.

The facilities will provide affordable access to primary and preventive care ― including behavioral health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family planning ― to those with little-to-no health care.  “Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community,” Jordan, who was raised in Wilmington and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, said in a press release. “It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve.”

Estee Portnoy, a spokeswoman for Jordan, told the Charlotte Observer that he was…

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Notable Passings: Franklin McCain

Franklin Eugene McCain: (birthdate unknown) – 9 January 2014

I recently read of the passing of Franklin McCain, a civil-rights activist who was a member of the “Greensboro Four” – a group of college freshmen at North Carolina’s Agricultural & Technical State University, who sparked the non-violent “sit-in” protests against segregation in the racist, Jim Crow south during the 1960s. From Al-Jazeera:

“Franklin McCain, an icon of the civil rights movement and a member of the “Greensboro Four,” a group of college freshmen who sparked the nonviolent sit-in movement of the 1960s throughout the South, died Friday at the age of 73.

McCain and three friends — Joseph McNeil, David Richmond and Ezell Blair (now known as Jibreel Khazan) — were freshmen at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University when they drew national attention by launching sit-in protests at a “whites only” F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., on Feb. 1, 1960.

The four spent that entire day at the lunch counter, refusing to get up and staying until it closed. They returned each day, with more students joining them in protest. Students were taunted, spit on and had food and drinks thrown on them; some were arrested. By the fifth day, more than 1,000 people had joined in. Over the next few weeks, sit-ins began taking place in more than 50 cities across nine states, as students at other black colleges and supporters of the civil rights movement participated in the cause.

After six months of pressure from protesters and intense media coverage, the Woolworth lunch counter in Greensboro desegregated. Prior to the desegregation, blacks had to pick up their food from a door in the rear of the building. The movement led to the creation in Raleigh, N.C., of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which later became the primary organization behind student protests and actions in the civil rights movement.”

The sit-in had been mentioned on a series I saw on PBS last month, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates. The sit-ins illustrated just how much racism and physical violence civil rights activists faced during that time. Food and drinks were dumped on the heads of sit-in participants; they were spat on, and lit cigarettes were placed on the heads of Black men and women. The picture above shows an example of this disgusting behaviour. You can see how the crowd is attempting to intimidate the people at the counter by their numbers and close proximity, as well – invading the personal space of another is a classic intimidation tactic. Amazing that people have the capacity to engage in such evil against another human being, solely for the colour of their skin.

I came across this picture, which seems to be an ad for the Woolworth Corporation, stating that they “share their dream (of equality?) and are proud to have joined them on their journey.” Presumably, it was printed somewhere circa 1990. I had to chuckle at the deceit in their statement because the actions of discrimination in their stores, even in the early 1990s, was still ongoing and prevalent.

You see, I lived in Seattle for about 10 years, during the explosion of the dot-coms and grunge music – it was the place to be for a young woman trying to break into the modeling scene! Anyway, there was a Woolworth’s drugstore on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Pike street, directly competing with the Rite-Aid up the block and the Bartell’s Drugs around the corner. They had good prices on hair-care products so shopping there made sense. One day, I happened to pick up a box of Dark & Lovely hair coloring (yes, I dyed my hair for a time) and noted that the box had already been opened. I was going to take it to the front counter and notify an employee of this, so I grabbed a different box to place in my basket for purchase. This box, too, had obviously been opened. Curious, I looked inside to see what might have been missing from the boxes, and saw that there was an unpleasant addition – one of those little white tabs that would set off a store alarm, much like the tags in high-end department stores or located on CD cases in Musicland/Sam Goody stores. I started looking closely at the other boxes of products – relaxers, hot oil treatments, and the like – and was disgusted to realize that EVERY SINGLE ONE THAT WAS EXPRESSLY FOR BLACK WOMEN had these “anti-theft” devices in them! I looked at the products for white females, such as Clairol, Redken, or Vidal Sassoon – none of them had been touched; the plastic was still intact around those boxes. I put all of the products back on the shelf, returned my basket to the front, and left the store. Mind you, this was in August of 1993! I mentioned this fact to few of my friends and some of the women at the modeling agency I was with, and we all stopped shopping there. In January of 1994, that store (among others in the area) closed due to “a massive overhaul of its New York-based parent company.”

A memorial service is scheduled for this coming Thursday, 15 January, from 10 a.m. until noon, and his funeral will be on Friday. It is open to the public, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Rest in peace, Mr. McCain. You were a giant among men – your legacy continues to fuel the good fight. We shall not rest until true equality is achieved for all peoples in all corners of the world.

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