Conference PME Director
Hello Sisters in Christ,
I am a lifelong member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Des Moines, IA. I currently serve as a member of the Steward Board, Stewardess board, lay organization, adult choir, kitchen ministry and the Elizabeth Tolliver Missionary Society.
I am in the beginning stages of my third career. I worked 30 years in corporate America, then became a college student, and will receive my Master of Social Work degree In May 2020. I am the coordinator for Let’s Talk. We are an organization that spends our time in Des Moines Public Schools, trying to curtail that school to prison pipeline, through mediation, circles and conducting Saturday School.
I am truly looking forward to working with you all to strengthen our faith and continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by service and through prayer and continued learning.
The scripture I live by:
"Light, space, zest. That’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing." Psalm 27:1 Message Bible
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Read-In Program History:
At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee's recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nationwide Read-In on the first Sunday of February. At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee. It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations. The commitment for nationwide promotion extends from 1990 to the present. In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain.
"The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors"(NCTE Council Chronicle, November 2014).