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Mandela Day - July 18, 2014

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/jul/18/276510/ **Today is Mandela's birthday.** It's hard to believe that so much time has gone by from the day when Africa's great leader died. Every year, I have celebrated this day with articles and pictures. I post today an article from New Vision, Uganda's leading daily newspaper. http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/657733-world-celebrates-mandela-day-since-icon-s-death.html It is ...

Good bye to Brazil ... they did a great job hosting the World Cup! - and - it's time Americans learned more about the rest of the world

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/jul/14/276359/ **Brazil takes on a new role in the South American hemisphere** Unfortunately, most Americans know very little about the real Brazil - how much of the country, for example, was built with slave labor. They also know very little about Brazil as it exists today. There should be a ...

No inexpensive online education at KU

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/jun/16/275224/ **Starbucks helps their employees with an education** The following article in today's New York Times (June 15th, 2014) suggests that Starbucks has a great idea for helping to get an education: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/16/us/starbucks-to-provide-free-college-education-to-thousands-of-workers.html?hp&_r=0 But guess where it's taking place - Arizona State University. Even though I (and I'm certain others, ...

Africa Rising - Conference and Videos

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/may/30/274465/ **Government of Mozambique and IMF** An unusual conference, Africa Rising, is taking place this week in Maputo, Mozambique (May 29-30). The goal is to share the benefits and to sustain current growth among African countries. Many sessions are being streamed live, and there are a number of videos which ...

African Dirge for Maya Angelou by Bayo Omolola

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/may/30/274464/ **Bayo Omolola** Bayo Omolola is a good friend of mine, and he has been a guest poet in this column before. He is Adjunct Faculty for the Department of English, Humanities and Visual Performing Arts Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, Maryland. For the passing of Maya Angelou, he has ...

Graduates - Take your time, see what you really enjoy doing in life, and how you can make a difference (1)

Lawrence Morgan

**Make a difference** Stand back, take a look at your life, see what you can do to make a difference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=IGMW6YWjMxw Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmentalist who made a great difference in other peoples' lives, and she speaks about the tiny humming bird in the above video. She was ...

The University of The Gambia and Gambia College graduation

Lawrence Morgan

**Convocation ceremonies for the University of The Gambia and Gambia College (The Gambia, West Africa)** For this interview from The Gambia, Mr. Ebrahima Mbowe, with whom I have long worked, is present via Google Hangout. Mr. Mbowe is National Volunteer Coordinator and Head of VolNet Secretariat, in The Gambia. He ...

Hula Dancing from Hawaii - Merrie Monarch festival - tomorrow (repeat of Friday's event) at 4pm Saturday afternoon; then streaming live with Saturday's event at 11pm CST

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/apr/26/272506/ **The Merrie Monarch Festival Hula Competition-Don't Miss It** The link below takes you to the live streaming festival of hula competition in Hawaii. There is a repeat of Friday evening's event on Saturday at 4:00 pm (CST). Then, Saturday evening's events start at 6 pm in Hawaii, but for ...

Three Miraculous Things

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/apr/23/272313/ **Searching for a brother, a father, and long-ago roots in another country** These are three great articles and films. Two, a video and a film, come from Brazil. The third video comes from Cuba and Africa, via the BBC. The film, "Central Station," I knew about and saw many ...

A 13 year old Mongolian woman, and 2 Kahzak hunters, father and son: using trained eagles to hunt for prey in Mongolia

Lawrence Morgan

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2014/apr/17/271991/ **This is incredible journalism** These pictures depict a way of life so completely different from that of the western world, that I can only watch it, and the beauty of these photographs, with astonishment. A 13-year old Mongolian woman uses trained eagles to find prey, such as a fox. ...

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