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Dr. Randal Pinkett
January 2014

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

Each New Year brings exciting possibilities and the opportunity to embrace a new way of doing things. In that spirit, we are introducing a new theme in place of my 7 F’s (Faith, Family, Friends, Fellowship, Fun, Fitness, and Finance) with which many of you are now familiar. This year, we will highlight “awareness months,” or months during which causes are championed and events celebrated. January promotes the awareness of a number of causes, including Cervical Cancer Awareness, Financial Wellness and Poverty in America. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday we celebrated earlier this month, we will focus on Poverty in America.

Every January, we pause to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy as the formative figure in the modern fight for civil rights. While we often reflect on his vision of racial equality and reacquaint ourselves with “I Have a Dream”, perhaps Dr. King’s best known speech, it is equally important to recognize his vision of economic equality and leadership as an anti-poverty crusader. The Poor People's Campaign, a 1968 effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States, was an effort organized by Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Motivated by a desire for economic justice and the idea that all people should have what they need to live, the campaign was a multiracial effort aimed at alleviating poverty regardless of race. Dr. King believed that the government had an obligation to ensure fair income opportunities for those left behind by capitalism's economic engine, a view that continues to be debated today. Sadly, he died before the Poor People's Campaign could be fully realized, but his legacy reminds us that poverty and economic inequities threaten the very future of our democracy.

So, as January comes to a close, I challenge you to carry with you the lasting legacy of Dr. King and become an active participant in the fight for economic equality and social justice in your community. The CARE organization (see Breakthrough below) provides an opportunity for you to do just that.

“Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Peace and blessings,



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King: Poverty is a Civil Rights Issue

While King's dream, The March on Washington and fight against segregation have defined Dr. King’s legacy, lesser known to many Americans is that he spent the last months of his life fighting poverty. Shortly before his death, he helped organize a Poor People's Campaign, envisioned as a second March on Washington. People would camp on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., occupying it until the federal government did something more to help the poor. In one of his last speeches, King explained why: “We are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. And we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment; to make the invisible visible.” Dr. King's assassination in April 1968 — on a trip to Memphis to support sanitation workers striking for fair wages — marked the end of his anti-poverty crusade. Unfortunately, with more Americans than ever living in poverty today, much work is left to be done.


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CARE Cuts Poverty Off At Its Roots

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, CARE is one of the world's largest, private humanitarian organizations committed to helping families in poor communities improve their lives and achieve lasting victories over poverty. Founded in 1945 on the idea that all people have the right to a life of dignity, CARE supports nearly 1,000 poverty-fighting development projects in 84 countries around the world. While boys and men are central to CARE’s work, the organization places a special focus on working alongside girls and women as this group represents 70% of the world’s 1 billion poorest people. Equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Community-based efforts include improving basic education, ending gender-based violence, providing healthcare and nutrition, and expanding economic opportunity.

In an effort to promote grassroots community involvement, CARE created the CARE Action Network (CAN). Comprised of over 200,000 advocates across the U.S., members of CAN have the opportunity to communicate with their legislators about issues critical to the fight against poverty, learn about upcoming CARE events happening in their communities and become a part of the global movement standing up for the rights of women, children and poor families around the world.

To learn how you can support CARE, visit www.care.org or call 1 (800) 422-7385.


Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing "the game"--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old "glass ceiling," but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

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No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

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