Posts Tagged ‘New Inspiration for the Nation’

Brothers’ Gonna Work It Out

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Writer and activist Kevin Powell spoke at Syracuse's Maxwell School in 2009.

Writer and activist Kevin Powell spoke at Syracuse’s Maxwell School in 2009.

Media personality George Kilpatrick says that we can lead from here.

To show he’s living up to his word, he recently reached out to BK Nation’s Kevin Powell for a conversation about ending domestic violence from a male perspective.

Powell is a familiar, progressive voice on the national networks and in magazines. He is working on a memoir about his journey into manhood. In 2015 he will also publish a biography of Tupac.

BK Nation is a 21st Century Civil Rights organization.

Kilpatrick also serves as a coordinator with Vera House Inc. here in Central New York.

Inspiration (Past & Present)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Civil Rights pioneer Rev. C.T. Vivian dialouged with George Kilpatrick at the SU School of Law on Friday afternoon.

Rev. C.T. Vivian (friend and lieutenant of Dr. King) shared some Civil Rights Movement stories with radio host George Kilpatrick at the SU School of Law on Friday afternoon. Vivian was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Generations of Art & Activism

Monday, December 12th, 2011
George Kilpatrick and his sister at the Opening of "Child of the Universe" at CFAC

George Kilpatrick and Sherri Kilpatrick Duchenne at the Opening of “Child of the Universe” at CFAC

I got a chance to check out the inaugural show for mixed media artist and activist, George Kilpatrick, Sr. on Saturday. The show,held at the Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), was attended by community members, artists, as well as the Kilpatrick family.

Media personality George Kilpatrick, Jr. opened the show by reading a poem his dad wrote called “The Artist.”  George’s sister Sherri Kilpatrick Duchenne also told a story about how her dad taught the family to harness the  power of the pen.

George Kilpatrick, III, a student studying at Howard Unviersity, representing third generation of the family, sang a soulful rendition of “Yesterday,” which reminded me a lot of the Donny Hathaway version.

Unplugged: George Kilpatrick, III, sings "Yesterday" by the Beatles

Unplugged: George Kilpatrick, III, sings “Yesterday” by the Beatles

The show is on display for the rest of this week.

Griot Vanessa Johnson presents George Kilpatrick, Jr. with a quilt

Griot Vanessa Johnson presents George Kilpatrick, Jr. with a quilt

Capacity v. Opportunity

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

George Kilpatrick talked recently with Networking guru George Fraser  on New Inspiration for the Nation about the difference between “being ready” and “getting ready” for your business pursuits.

Tough Love from the Principal

Monday, March 1st, 2010
Steve Perry, Principal

Dr. Steve Perry

For too long the education system has fostered schools that are failing and according to Steve Perry, principal and education activist, failure is no longer an option.

“We can’t call a school a school if it doesn’t educate,” he says. “We have to create schools that are designed to be successful.”

Perry gave a lecture Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church that was  sponsored by the Say Yes to Education program.  He heads  Hartford Prep (CT) and was featured on the CNN series Black in America 2 with Soledad O’Brien.  Perry has also been interviewed often by New Inspiration for the Nation’s George Kilpatrick.

For Perry education is a calling, not just a profession. He drives several of his students to school each day and says 100% of the students at Capital Prep go on to college.

Perry says that he has no problem getting this across to his staff, and because you have a degree doesn’t mean you are a teacher. “I’ve fired some great people, they just weren’t good teachers,” he said.

Citing the McKinesey Report, Perry said that a child without an education will be a challenge for society. He said parents, teachers and entire community’s share responsibility for schools that don’t work.

“I love kids too much to care about grown people’s feelings.”