"The doors of the world are opened to people who can read." -Dr. Ben Carson
"We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." -Maya Angelou
"Sunday, a day to refuel your soul and be grateful for your blessings." -Unknown
"You were put on this earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously." -Dr. Steve Maraboli
"We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith. A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would provide a better life for those who followed." -President Obama
"On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died at the age of 50. Today, on the 6th year anniversary of Jackson's death, take the time to remember the life and legend of one of the greatest artist ever."
"This afternoon, the Confederate flag flapped nearby as the Rev. Clementa Pinckney's body went on public view in the S.C. State House.
A week after the killing of the African-American pastor and state senator by a man who had posed in photos with the flag as a symbol of white supremacy, Pinckney's legislative colleagues are still grappling with whether to take it down." -CNN
"Smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see that life is still worthwhile if you just smile." -Nat King Cole
"The country is divided on the controversy of the use of the n-word by President Barack Obama. 'It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public," the words of Obama. Supporters are okay will Obama pronouncing the word, while opposers are outaged that he would even think of such." -checktheshades
"A Sunday well spent brings a week of content."
"There were many flag designs that served as the official national flags of the Confederate States of America during its existence from 1861-1865. What the flag represents remains controversial. Opponents of the Confederate flag see it as a symbol of racism. Hate groups often use the Southern Cross as a symbol of their organization." -checktheshades
"Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church has been a presence in Charleston since 1816, when African-American members of Charleston's Methodist Episcopal Church formed their own congregation after a dispute over burial grounds. Know as "Mother Emanuel," it's been the headquarters for civil rights activity over the decades." -CNN -checktheshades
"On this day in history, the Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor on June 17, 1885. The statue was given to America by France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American Independence." -checktheshades
"Rachel Dolezal, the president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, has resigned, according to a letter from her that was posted today on the NAACP Spokane Facebook page.
Dolezal did not address allegations that have landed her and her family in the national spotlight over the past several days. Her parents, who are white, allege that she has been lying and presenting herself as black when she is not.
The story ignited debate over race and identity and blew up over social media." -CNN
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle... when the sun comes up, you'd better be running." -Unknown -checktheshades
"If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up." -Unknown -checktheshades
"It's never too late to be what you might have been." -George Eliot -checktheshades
"Think big thoughts, but relish small pleasures." -H. Jackson Brown Jr. -checktheshades
"You don't need a new year to make a change... All you need is a Monday. Make this the week you change your life." -Unknown -checktheshades
"I can't believe today marks two years since Trimble Tech class of 2013 graduated. May our angels continue to rest in peace and the rest of our class continue to strive for greatness." #Tech13 #RIPandres #RIPdre -checktheshades
"There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise." -W.E.B. DuBois -checktheshades
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.