This is a great opportunity to engage in a discussion on the US military operations and the Vietnam War.
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This is a great opportunity to engage in a discussion on the US military operations and the Vietnam War.
The United States Army Rangers are an elite airborne light infantry combat formation within the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), they are tasked with conducting the most lethal, agile and complex, joint special operations missions. The 2nd Ranger Infantry Company (Airborne) (Buffalo Rangers) was a Ranger light infantry company of the United States Army active during the Korean War. As a small special operations unit, it specialized in irregular warfare. A segregated unit, all of its personnel, including its officers, were African-Americans. Rangers of the company received numerous individual decorations, 9 received Silver Star Medals, 11 received Bronze Star Medals, and a total of 103 Purple Heart Medals were awarded to 84 members of the company.
Few details are known about the birth of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was born in Africa in the late seventeenth century before eventually landing in Boston. One of a thousand people of African descent living in the Massachusetts colony, Onesimus was a gift to the Puritan church minister Cotton Mather from his congregation in 1706.
Onesimus told Mather about the centuries old tradition of inoculation practiced in Africa. By extracting the material from an infected person and scratching it into the skin of an uninfected person, you could deliberately introduce smallpox to the healthy individual making them immune. Considered extremely dangerous at the time, Cotton Mather convinced Dr. Zabdiel Boylston to experiment with the procedure when a smallpox epidemic hit Boston in 1721 and over 240 people were inoculated. Opposed politically, religiously and medically in the United States and abroad, public reaction to the experiment put Mather and Boylston’s lives in danger despite records indicating that only 2% of patients requesting inoculation died compared to the 15% of people not inoculated who contracted smallpox.
Onesimus’ traditional African practice was used to inoculate American soldiers during the Revolutionary War and introduced the concept of inoculation to the United States.
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The iconic cartoon character Betty Boop was inspired by a Black jazz singer in Harlem. Introduced by cartoonist Max Fleischer in 1930, the caricature of the jazz age flapper was the first and most famous sex symbol in animation. Betty Boop is best known for her revealing dress, curvaceous figure, and signature vocals “Boop Oop A Doop!” While there has been controversy over the years, the inspiration has been traced back to Esther Jones who was known as “Baby Esther” and performed regularly in the Cotton Club during the 1920s.
Baby Esther’s trademark vocal style of using “boops” and other childlike scat sounds attracted the attention of actress Helen Kane during a performance in the late 1920s. After seeing Baby Esther, Helen Kane adopted her style and began using “boops” in her songs as well. Finding fame early on, Helen Kane often included this “baby style” into her music. When Betty Boop was introduced, Kane promptly sued Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation stating they were using her image and style. However video evidence came to light of Baby Esther performing in a nightclub and the courts ruled against Helen Kane stating she did not have exclusive rights to the “booping” style or image, and that the style, in fact, pre-dated her.
Baby Esther’s “baby style” did little to bring her mainstream fame and she died in relative obscurity but a piece of her lives on in the iconic character Betty Boop.
While Jewish and African American communities have a tumultuous shared history when it comes to the pursuit of civil rights, there is a chapter that is often overlooked. In the 1930s when Jewish academics from Germany and Austria were dismissed from their teaching positions, many came to the United States looking for jobs. Due to the Depression, xenophobia and rising anti-Semitism, many found it difficult to find work, but more than 50 found positions at HBCUs in the segregated South.
Originally established to educate freed slaves to read and write, the first of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities was Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, established in 1837. By the time Jewish professors arrived, the number of HBCUs had grown to 78. At a time when both Jews and African Americans were persecuted, Jewish professors in the Black colleges found the environment comfortable and accepting, often creating special programs to provide opportunities to engage Blacks and whites in meaningful conversation, often for the first time.
In the years that followed, the interests of Jewish and African American communities increasingly diverged, but this once-shared experience of discrimination and interracial cooperation remains a key part of the Civil Rights Movement.
Born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up in a world of harsh poverty, discrimination and segregation. She moved to Chicago at 23 to seek her fortune, but found little opportunity there as well. Wild tales of flying exploits from returning WWI soldiers first inspired her to explore aviation, but she faced a double stigma in that dream being both African American and a woman.
She set her sights on France in order to reach her dreams and began studying French. In 1920, Coleman crossed the ocean with all of her savings and the financial support of Robert Abbott, one of the first African American millionaires. Over the next seven months, she learned to fly and in June of 1921, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale awarded her an international pilot's license. Wildly celebrated upon her return to the United States, reporters turned out in droves to greet her.
Coleman performed at numerous airshows over the next five years, performing heart thrilling stunts, encouraging other African Americans to pursue flying, and refusing to perform where Blacks were not admitted. When she tragically died in a plane accident in 1926, famous writer and equal rights advocate Ida B. Wells presided over her funeral. An editorial in the "Dallas Express" stated, "There is reason to believe that the general public did not completely sense the size of her contribution to the achievements of the race as such."
PFC Ralph H Johnson was born in Charleston, SC. In March 1967, he enlisted in US Marine Corps. In January 1968 he arrived in Vietnam as a recon scout. In March 1968, Johnson and his 15 man patrol were under fire. The enemy threw a grenade in the fighting hole, Johnson threw his body over the grenade & died instantly. He was awarded the Medal of Honor & Purple Heart. The VA hospital in Charleston, SC is named after him.
Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually several women who came before her; one of whom was Claudette Colvin.
It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn't get up."
Claudette Colvin’s stand didn’t stop there. Arrested and thrown in jail, she was one of four women who challenged the segregation law in court. If Browder v. Gayle became the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in both Montgomery and Alabama, why has Claudette’s story been largely forgotten? At the time, the NAACP and other Black organizations felt Rosa Parks made a better icon for the movement than a teenager. As an adult with the right look, Rosa Parks was also the secretary of the NAACP, and was both well-known and respected – people would associate her with the middle class and that would attract support for the cause. But the struggle to end segregation was often fought by young people, more than half of which were women.
Fort Leavenworth Buffalo Soldier Chapter, ROCKS Fundraiser at Arrowhead stadium 12 DEC
KS Chiefs v. Colts
This was an amazing Officer Professional Development and Mentorship Opportunity!!
For those of you that having been waiting for the opportunity to donate blood....the time has come!!
What: OPD at Grinders High Noon
When: Thursday, 6 December 2018 at 1800.
Who: Guest Speakers
Colonel Hattie Richardson (LG) incoming Commander, DLA Central, Colonel Landis Maddox (LG) incoming Brigade Commander, 25th Sustainment BDE and Colonel Dexter Nunnally (SC) the incoming Garrison Commander, Fort Detrick, Maryland.
Amazing opportunity to support and honor the trailblazers of the 6888th Postal Directory Battalion!!
Save the Date!! A Christmas Tea on
2 December at 1600.
On 30 November the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion Monument Dedication Buffalo Soldier Monument Park!
Come out for another great LPD session by COL Herman Johnson ! #ftleavenworthrockschapter
Come out and learn how to successfully navigate through CGSOC ! Paula Page will give tips and advice on how to successfully complete CGSOC course. All are welcome #ftleavenworth #ROCKs
To the incoming Class of 2019 of CGSC welcome to Fort Leavenworth ! If you are interested in more info on the Buffalo Soldier ROCKs chapter please inbox us!
LTG Leslie Smith the 66th Inspector General of the Army, came to speak with the Buffalo Soldier ROCKs chapter on Monday, 7 May 2018.
He discussed the importance of mentorship, servant leadership, knowing your job and doctrine.
A phenomenal LPD session ! ~MAJ Victoria Edwards PAO
Short notice LPD opportunity!!!!
LTG Leslie C. Smith, The 66th Inspector General of the U.S. Army. Today, 1700 hrs in the Gen Arnold Conference room. Refreshments will be served.~PAO MAJ Victoria Parrish-Edwards
In the Leavenworth-area, there will be an American Red Cross Sound The Alarm community information distro event on SATURDAY April 28, 2018 from 9-1130am where we will walk through the local residential neighborhood and hang information on doors and share information with the general public about home fire prevention, fire safety, and disaster prevention services.
Date, time, and rally point location:
SATURDAY April 28, 2018
9am – 1130am
403 N. 4th Street Leavenworth, KS 66048
Let me know if you have questions about this family friendly event or just show up.
It’s time for another great LPD session ! Info below in flyer ! Hope to see you there! ~CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards PAO
The Buffalo Soldier Chapter of ROCKS, Incorporated is pleased to announce its Annual Scholarship Selection Process. We will select three deserving high school seniors from within Kansas/Missouri School System to receive one $500 scholarship and two $350 scholarships.
The scholarship committee will evaluate all applicants based on the high school senior’s academic record, extracurricular activities (within school and the community), honors, academic curriculum, financial need, letters of recommendation, and ability to express themselves in written (essay) communications. The dates to apply for participation in the scholarship program are 1 February – 6 April 2018.
To be eligible, high school senior must be a Kansas/Missouri student (school year 2017/2018); have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 or higher (4.0 scale); attend a 4-year university in the Fall 2018; and be of good character and standing with their school.
High school seniors must complete the application package and mail it to Buffalo Soldier Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc P.O. Box 3122, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027. Applications postmarked after midnight on 6 April 2018 will not be considered. In addition to the application, student must submit an official transcript, two letters of recommendation, a 5 x 7 photo, and a 500-word essay.
Students selected to receive scholarships will be notified in via phone and in writing. Students may obtain an application package through their guidance counselor.
For questions or additional information, please contact our Scholarship Chairperson, Major Elizabeth Cantrell, at [email protected] or [email protected]
Good luck in all your future academic endeavors.
Members of the Fort Leavenworth Buffalo Soldier ROCKs chapter celebrated Black History Month by attending the Annual Black History Banquet on February 3, 2018. The event was hosted by the Community Service Organization of Leavenworth,KS ! Great night and fellowship! ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards
On 1 February, LTG Lundy conducted a great LPD session on the new FM 3-0 and diversity within the Army! #ftleavenworthrockschapter #mentorship #ROCKS ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards
Another great LPD session is coming up with LTG Lundy ! ~PAO CPT Victoria Edwards
Buffalo Soldier Rocks Chapter of Fort Leavenworth volunteered to judge a JROTC competition at Leavenworth High School today ! Looking good ! ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards
Pictured are some awesome volunteers from the Buffalo Rocks Chapter here at Fort Leavenworth! They were recognized by the Kansas City Chiefs volunteer agency for devoting their time to manning the concession stands for various games last year !!! ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards
Merry Christmas from the Buffalo Soldier Rocks Chapter !!! Below are pictures from our Holiday party held before Christmas break ! ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards
On November 13th MG Brito took the time out of his busy schedule to conduct an LPD session here at FT. Leavenworth! Thank you Sir for your time ! #mentorship #ROCKs #ftleavenworthrockschapter
Fort Leavenworth Buffalo Soldier Chapter, ROCKS
Part of what we do in Buffalo Soldier ROCKS Chapter is volunteering and helping the local community of Leavenworth,KS. Pictured are some of the Buffalo Soldier ROCKs members dropping off a donation of canned good items to the Leavenworth Food Bank. ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards #communityservice #buffalosoldierrockschapter #ROCKS
Volunteering to raise funds for Buffalo Soldier ROCKs Chapter. Great job team! ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards #buffalosoldierrockschapter #giftwrapping
Fellowship is key for everyone while at CGSC. Celebrating Birthdays and finishing X100 comprehensive exams successfully ! ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards #ROCKs #ARMYOFFICERS
Some of our Buffalo Soldier ROCKs members took photos before our x100 comprehensive exams. Such an awesome group of Officers ! ~PAO CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards
On 16 November 2017 we had an awesome LPD session with fellow life ROCKs member LTG Stephen Twitty ! He gave great pointers on becoming a better leader, Soldier and mentor. Thank you Sir for taking the time out to mentor us ! ~ PAO Victoria Parrish-Edwards #buffalosoldierrockschapter #mentorshipmatters #rocks
Fort Leavenworth Buffalo Soldier Chapter, ROCKS
Fort Leavenworth Buffalo Soldier Chapter, ROCKS's cover photo
MG Gary Brito, Commander of Fort Polk, Louisiana took the time out to say what mentorship means to him! Thank you Sir for a great LPD session and taking the time out to do this interview ! ~CPT Victoria Parrish-Edwards PAO #ftleavenworthrockschapter
P.O. Box 3122
Fort Leavenworth, KS
The ROCKS, Inc. Vision: To be the premiere mentoring and networking organization to strengthen the U.S. Armed Forces Officer Corps. The ROCKS, Inc. Values: Resourcefulness, Officership, Commitment, Knowledge, Scholarship *The ROCKS, Inc. embraces the Army Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. The ROCKS, Inc. Motto: Concern, Dedication, Professionalism The ROCKS, Inc. Core Competencies: -- Mentorship and Professional Development -- Leadership Outreach and ROTC Enhancement -- Scholarship -- Community Involvement/Outreach -- Networking
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