Meet the LEADERS who have INFLUENCED the WORLD.

Civil Rights Leader Dr. Dorothy I Height

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height,  was an African American civil rights and women’s rights activist. She focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy, and voter awareness.  Along side Dr. Height are my children , Jeffrey, Jamar and Jasmine Harrison.

Senator Edward Moore Kennedy,  was an American lawyer and politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009. A member of the Democratic Party and the Kennedy political family, he was the second most senior member of the Senate.    Senator Kennedy and Jasmine Harrison  were reading partners for the Everybody Wins Reading Program for 6 years and friends until his death.

General  Colin Luther Powell,  is an American politician, diplomat and retired four-star general who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. Along side General Powell are  Mrs. Alma Powell, their grandson  and Jasmine Harrison. 

Mrs. Virginia Ali,  a warm and beautiful spirited woman, is  Ben’s Chili Bowl  co-founder and owner , 62 years and counting,  as well as a Washington, DC local treasure, that open the famous restaurant on U street Black Broadway with her husband Ben Ali in 1958.  

Honorable Rebecca Ann Kleefisch,  is an American politician and former television news anchor, who was the 44th lieutenant governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. 

Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson,  is an American political activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997

Representative John Robert Lewis, ( Good trouble)  was an American statesman and civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee from 1963 to 1966

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee is an American lawyer and politician who is the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district, having served since 1995. 

Senator Marsha Blackburn,  is an American businesswoman and the senior United States Senator from Tennessee. She is a member of the Republican Party. 

Representative Elijah Eugene Cummings, was an American politician and civil rights advocate who served in the United States House of Representatives for Maryland’s 7th congressional district 

Senator William Morgan Cassidy, (top ) is an American physician and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Louisiana, a seat he has held since 2015. A member of the  Republican Party, he served in the Louisiana State Senate from 2006 to 2009 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 to 2015

Senator Murphy D-CT, (left) is an American lawyer, author, and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Connecticut since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served in the United States House of Representatives, representing Connecticut’s 5th congressional district. 

Senator Andrew Lamar Alexander Jr, (right)  is a retired American lawyer and politician who served as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 2003 to 2021

Dr. Roger A. Mitchell, Jr,  was  the Chief Medical Examiner for the Government of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, he was appointed in 2014. He is a graduate of Howard University, Washington DC, and UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ. He has a B.S.

Jennifer Marshall,  is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of This Is My Brave, Inc., the leading platform for individuals to share their story of overcoming mental illness through creative expression.

Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt,  is a board-certified family physician with over a decade of experience leading population health initiatives in governmental public health agencies. Dr. Nesbitt currently serves as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health in Washington, DC.

Cora Masters Barry,  is a community builder, dream maker, tennis and educational entrepreneur, and trailblazer, she  has literally changed the lives of over 15,000 inner city youth through the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center (SETLC). As former First Lady of the District of Columbia, Mrs. Barry, in 1994, founded the Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) to provide safe, state-of-the-art recreational environments for underserved DC youth.  was and is a professor and civic leader. 

Marion Barry,  the  “Mayor for Life” as he was known. was an American politician who served as Mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991 and 1995 to 1999.  When Marion Barry first became mayor in 1979, he committed local funding and doubled the size of the summer job program in the District of Columbia.  Barry, who died in 2014, became one of the summer job program’s most consistent champions, endearing himself to an entire generation of Washingtonians.  

Donnie Simpson,  is a longtime American radio DJ as well as a television and movie personality. He hosted The Donnie Simpson Morning Show on Washington, D.C. radio station WPGC-FM from March 1993 to January 29, 2010.

Patrick Joseph Kennedy II,  is an American politician and mental health advocate. From 1995 to 2011, he served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district.  He is the son of Senator Edward Kennedy.

Ayanna Gregory, is  an accomplished singer, a songstress, writer, dramatist, educator and activist.  Ms. Gregory is the daughter of longtime civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory.

Ilyasah Shabazz, is the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. She is an author, most notably of a memoir, Growing Up X, community organizer, social activist, and motivational speaker.

Linda Rosenberg MSW, former President & CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing. … Under her leadership, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing has become our nation’s most effective advocate for behavioral health prevention, early intervention, science-based treatment, and recovery.

Kevin Wayne Durant, also known simply by his initials KD, is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association

Michael P. Botticelli,  is an American public health official who served as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from March 2014 until the end of President Obama’s term. 

Denise Rolark-Barnes, is the Newspaper Publishing Executive for the Washington Informer. She is also  the president of the District of Columbia chapter of AARP and is a member of the board of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and the United Black Fund, Inc. 

Councilmember Trayon White,  is an American Democratic politician, currently serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing Ward 8 of the District of Columbia. Before entering politics, he worked as a grassroots organizer and activist in the communities he would later represent on the Council.

Councilmember Vincent Gray,  is an American politician who served as the seventh Mayor of the District of Columbia from 2011 to 2015. On November 8, 2016, Vincent C. Gray was again elected to represent his home ward on the Council of the District of Columbia.

Anthony Allen Williams,   is an American politician who was the fifth mayor of the District of Columbia, for two terms, from 1999 to 2007. His predecessor had served twice, as the second and fourth mayor. Williams had previously served as chief financial officer for the District, managing to balance the budget and achieve a surplus within two years of appointment.  

Dr. Oz,  is arguably the most influential health professional in America. The Dr. Oz Show, which started in 2009, has an average audience of more than 4 million people each day in 118 countries. He has his own magazine (The Good Life) and syndicated columns that have run in the most widely read periodicals in North America. He has radio segments, about a dozen books, and the show’s website.

Dr. Sislena Grocer Ledbetter,  University of the District of Columbia, is the  former host for  A Health Mind Program,, on the UDC Television Studio. She  is the past Director of Counseling and Student Development at the University of the District of Columbia.

 Bobby Gailes, Radio Personality/WHUR 96.3 FM,  Host of Taking It To The Streets program and  the Steve Harvey Morning Show. Mr. Gailies, is an entrepreneur, and motivational speaker.

Doreen Gentzler,  is an American television news anchor. She has anchored the news at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C, since 1989. Mrs Gentzler, is  the on-air spokesperson for the station’s successful NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, held each January at the Washington DC  Convention Center. 

Chris Gordon,  is a  longtime local TV news anchor and reporter in Washington, DC.

K. Lowery Moore,  is a author and poet,  who hosts The KLowery Moore Show on the Listen Vison . Com online radio station. 

Legendary Mr. Gene Chandler (born Eugene Drake Dixon, is an American singer, songwriter, music producer, and record-label executive. Chandler is nicknamed “the Duke of Earl” or, simply, “the Duke.” He is best known for his most successful songs, “Duke of Earl” and “Groovy Situation”, and his association with the Dukays, the Impressions, and Curtis Mayfield.


 Legendary Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliot  Experience Unlimited E.U. (top left)

Legendary James “Jas.Funk” Thomas  from Rare Essence (top right)

Legendary  Andre “Whiteboy” Johnson  Rare Essence (bottom left)

 Legendary William “Ju-Ju” House Experience Unlimited E.U. (bottom right)

 Legendary ~ Ralph Anwan Glover Big G from Back Yard Band 



I have been so many places in my life and time. I have  seen  people from both walks of life. I have been  blessed to see both worlds of the good, the bad and the ugly. Never understanding that my calling in both worlds; I was chosen to represent H.O.P.E.

People are all the same, searching for that purpose and that thing known as love. For in both worlds of the rich and poor, I discovered that hope of being a humble, optimistic, person, empowered was my shield of faith that would set me apart.

In this life be careful how you judge people. For you never know who will give you your last cup of water. You never know who has been chosen through life’s adversities, to lead the way for a lost generation, and become  a voice for EDUCATION, H.O.P.E. and  SOLUTIONS,  chosen  to share the message, you are not alone, and to Never Give Up!

There are people who are  lost from  trauma and grief that are associated with Co-Occurring Disorders, regarding addictions, and mental health disorders, that no one is addressing  the cause and affects. Nor how they mimic and mask each other. Far too many times both disorders lead to suicidal ideations and or death.

There are people who are  suffering in silence for lack of knowledge, who are too ashamed to reach out and ask for help,  and or treatment because of stigma. Things that I had to endure to reach my potential,  when systemic biases, lack of education, and the need to understand the power of   credit and financial  legacy wealth were not encouraged. 

The lessons that I have learned from my journey of hope  remind me of the story about a man name David, who  was a misunderstood shepherd boy, who was chosen, when no one believed because of his situations, that he would become a powerful king. 

So,  I say this  again;  be careful  how you judge people. You may be entertaining an angel unaware.

-M/R Johnson © 2021

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