SIGILLUM SECRETUM

By Mario de Valdes y Cocom

SIGILLUM SECRETUM (Secret Seal) On the image of the Blackamoor in European Heraldry(a preliminary proposal for an iconographical study)
byMario de Valdes y Cocom
Considering the deep roots of Christianity in the cultural experience of the African American community, it is only natural that even in the most cursory of discussions on Black history, the hope always is raised of discovering Christ as a man of colour. Moreover, in this global village of television and transatlantic travel, the standard Euro-centric portrayal of Christ is both anomalous and anachronistic, particularly in these racially sensitized times. It might therefore prove a great source of spiritual strength and psychological affirmation for those of us of African descent if a relatively unknown and forgotten medieval European tradition regarding the image of the black was reconstructed for all to see and share. What I am referring to are the coat of arms of the blackamoor which proliferated in both the private and civic European escutcheons (coat of arms) throughout the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Read this fascinating history here.

The Sole of Africa

A Message From Mike Kendrick – Founder of The Mineseeker Foundation.

LANDMINES kill, maim, terrify and starve the population. There are over 70 million landmines buried beneath the surface of this planet. Every twenty minutes a land mine kills or maims someone??? usually women and children. They render over 800 thousand square kilometers of land useless and terrify millions of people who live in constant fear.The cost to human life is horrific and the economic effect is devastating. This is not an act of God, or a natural disaster – It is a man made disaster that is bigger, in terms of lives lost, than civil disruption and economic deprivation, including the Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina or the Pakistan earthquake.

Read all about The Mineseeker Foundation at The Sole of Africa.

You Did It

Dear ONE Member,

This Saturday at 1:27 AM, your elected leaders heard your voice and helped make possible a crucial victory against poverty by passing important trade legislation.

The final votes for the bill were: Yea / Nay
House of Representatives 212 / 184
Senate 79 / 9

When ONE Members first took action to protect the ???third-country fabric??? provision of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in September, it was little more than an obscure clause in a massive trade bill. Thanks in part to the hundreds of thousands of letters ONE Members sent to Congress, we were able to help get this important provision on the radar.

Your response to our final call to action last week was so incredible that rather than simply sending your letters, we called on ONE Members to hand deliver over a quarter of a million letters to Members of Congress.

Please take a moment to thank your elected leaders for helping make a difference against global poverty.

The last moments of the final Congressional session are generally reserved for the most vital legislation, and the fact that Congress took time after midnight on Saturday to pass this bill is, in part, due to your efforts to inform Congress that you care about this issue.

By renewing the “third country fabric” provision, America is helping to preserve as many as 150,000 jobs by allowing African apparel factories to import fabric and then export clothes to the United States. Quite simply, this trade benefit gives people a chance to work their way out of extreme poverty.

But thinking of this bill as 150,000 jobs doesn???t begin to reflect its impact. Each one of these jobs provides hope to a community, a chance for mothers and fathers to support their families, and helps send children to schools so that the next generation has a real chance for a future free from extreme poverty.

Take a moment to thank your elected leaders for helping make a difference against global poverty.

Sometimes extreme global poverty can feel overwhelming, but with this victory we can see measurable progress and are reminded that our actions make a real difference. More still needs to be done but it is important that we let Congress know how much we care about this issue so that you can count on their votes in the future.

Thank you for your voice,

Josh Peck, ONE.org

P.S. If you want to find out more about this provision check out the ONE Blog, including a play-by-play of our efforts and the passage of the bill.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Commemorative Items

www.BuildtheDream.org
Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

Dear Supporter,

Our Ceremonial Groundbreaking on November 13th is a day that I will always remember. This day is a milestone accomplishment in our journey to build this Memorial. If you have not already done so, I invite you to visit our online store filled with unique gifts which commemorates this accomplishment.

These Ceremonial Groundbreaking commemorative items are the perfect additions to your holiday shopping list! And by purchasing any of the items, you will be showing your support by contributing towards the construction of the Memorial, to honor Dr. King’s legacy.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Commemorative Items

Limited-Edition Individually Numbered Commemorative Ceremonial Groundbreaking Lithograph
A 34″ x 17″ reproduction of the original boards submitted for Winning Design #1403.

“Limited Edition Individually Numbered Lithograph”

“Kids for King” Sweatshirt
White cotton, long-sleeve, crew neck sweatshirt.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Commemorative Shovel
A unique souvenir commemorating the historic ceremonial groundbreaking.

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Commemorative T-Shirt
Black cotton, short-sleeve, crew neck T-shirt.

“Build the Dream” Wristband Band together to help ???Build the Dream??? and show your support for this historic memorial with a wristband.

Founding Sponsor Lapel Pin
Band together to help ???Build the Dream??? and show your support for this historic memorial with an official Founding Sponsor ???Build the Dream??? lapel pin.

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Key Chain
The Foundation logo appears in black on the back of the brushed steel key chain.

Act now! There are limited quantities available. Please place your order before the 14th of December to allow the courier services enough time to deliver your purchase just before the holidays.

Thank you for your on-going support of Dr. King???s dream and the Memorial to celebrate and honor his legacy.

Sincerely yours,

Harry E. Johnson, Sr.
President & CEO

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Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.
401 F Street, NW, Suite 334
Washington, DC 20001
1.888.484.3373
www.BuildtheDream.org

I’m Supporting the Hope for Haiti Charity

Room to Read partners with local communities throughout the developing world to establish schools, libraries, and other educational infrastructure. We seek to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education is a lifelong gift that empowers people to ultimately improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries, and future generations. Through the opportunities that only an education can provide, we strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.Visit my lens on Squidoo to view a list of books, DVD’s and memorabilia about South Africa, one of the countries where Room to Read is active. 40% profits from sales I get from Amazon and eBay will go to the Room to Read.