Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 5, 2010

NRAAC's National Chair

Dr. Jean Howard-Hill

National Republican African American Caucus [NRAAC] Blog

The National Republican African American Caucus Has It's
Say!: 18 Day Political Revival

I Need Another Day Off!: Just when I thought I had prayed myself out of the older generation Jesse Jackson drama, here's to another example of the failure of the present generation of black professionals, to do what is needed to break the self-imposed cycle of failure.

Sadly enough, this is something which I continue to see. Those from the bottom, who have reached the top and have the power to make change, failing to do what they can to ensure others like themselves also make it out of the pit.

For the past 5 months, I have been dealing with a classic example of this, as I am almost having to beg for pennies to continue a program I also direct at the University to assist "at-risk", first generation and minority students to get prepared for, gain admission to and successfully complete college.

No I am not sparring with anyone who is white or who is older. To the contrary, the individual is black and is from the younger generation of professionals. Not only is he black, but also he knows all too well the African American male story because his own includes a father in prison, surrounded by an environment of imprisonment being a reality for most he knew. But he was blessed to make it out and to get a doctorate degree, and to be hired to a position which is supposed to ensure diversity. Yet for almost five months, I have found myself having to jump through loops to beg for funding for the program - which is a total budget of a measly $48,000 this year and between $20,000 to $35,000 for the past three years! My salary for what I do year-round? Well let's just say that it equals less than minimum wages, and after I put back into the program what I receive to try to make ends meet and give my high school students what they need, well, it is like working for free. But that is alright because I see the sacrifice of my time as an investment in the future of my babies, which is more than enough compensation.

School is ending, and after almost five months of meetings, submitting proposals, supplying him with requested additional information on a program with three years of proven success, i.e. 100% college admission for students and college success, and guess what? I am still waiting on the brother to just say yes!

So you tell me, who's our worse enemy?

Oh well! It is back to the secret closet today to pray. Just when I thought it was safe to come out, I have reason to go back in!

For those who have been blessed and now that we have ascended, and have not reached out to help others, heaven help us to understand that we too are a part of the problem!

Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. But when you spend as much time as I do praying, every day is not only national, but it also is a national, state and local DAY OF PRAYER!

Oh to be able to leave the prayer closet for just 1 out of 365 days of the year!

To reach the NRAAC national chair:

Jean Howard-Hill
423-702-5622 NRAAC office

[Dr. Jean Howard-Hill is the author of Black Eyes Shut, White Lips Sealed. She has serves as the national chair for the National Black Republican Women with her late husband, Attorney Bobby Lee Hill serving as the head of the Black Republican Men for Change from 1987 to his death in 1991. After his death up until 1993, she remained head of the organization, and in 1999 combined the two groups to form the National Republican African American Caucus.

She has taught full time and as an adjunct, American Government, State and Local Government, and International Politics and Culture of Nonwestern Countries at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, and was voted 2006 Outstanding Professor of the year. Additionally, from 1976 to 1979, she designed and directed the "Democracy In Action" Program, which was a civics program taught in the local school systems. Howard-Hill also is a local political commentator and holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville College of Law. She also is ordained clergy and heads The Healing Place Ministries International, overseeing 47 ministries throughout Africa.

She also is a TN third district congressional candidate. If elected, she would be the first African American Republican and female to be elected from the third district. Her campaign website can be found at: and;;;;; JHHCongress.]

The National Republican African-American Caucus is an organization that is comprised of Spirit filled people of faith within the African American community, that works in conjunction with local, state and national party efforts to embrace, and offer African-American Republicans opportunities for inclusion and involvement in the Republican Party, and builds bridges between the African-American community and the Republican Party. In doing so, it seeks to carry out the philosophy and mission set before President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas to build a stronger and more inclusive Republican Party, where those guiding principles are more important than politics.

More information on the NRAACcan be found at:; [NRAAC] National Republican African American Caucus Social Issue Network (members only); [NRAAC Blog]; [NRAAC Youth on the Horizons Blog]; [NRAAC New Generation-New Direction Blog]; and [NRAAC National Chair's Blog]. Each State Caucus can be accessed by state. See related links at Also can be found on the RNC group page at

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