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Dr. Randal Pinkett
February 2014

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

In this issue, we continue our focus on “awareness months,” or months during which causes are championed and events celebrated. February promotes the awareness of a number of causes, including Ethnic Equality, American Heart Month and Black History Month. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will focus on Black History Month.

Earlier this month, I spoke during the Black History Month celebration at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where they are commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  In a historic move, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law on July 2, 1964, the second of three landmark legislations passed during the Civil Rights Era.  Whereas the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was primarily a “Voting Rights Act” and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 primarily a “Fair Housing Act,” the Civil Rights Act of 1964 served several purposes such as prohibiting restrictions to public accommodations and public facilities.  But perhaps the most fundamental provision of the Act was that it prohibited employers from discriminating on the basis of race, sex, national origin, or religion in hiring, promoting, and firing.  Arguably, it was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that paved the way for people of all backgrounds to be more fully represented in the workplace today and for a growing vanguard of diverse leaders to shatter the “Glass Ceiling.”

What do you think was the ultimate goal of the Act as it relates to eliminating discrimination in the workplace?  If we could go back and talk to Americans back in 1964 and ask them what they wanted to see accomplished in the workplace 50 years later, what do you think would have been their answer?  In my view, the answer is two-fold.  First and foremost, I believe the goal is to create a sufficiently level the playing field to allow everyone an equal opportunity to fulfill their destiny. The second goal is that for those of us who are indeed destined to fulfill positions of influence – from the entry level to the executive level – we must consciously pave the way for others to fulfill their destinies. 

So, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I challenge you to reflect on what you want to see accomplished 50 years from now and how you can create opportunity for others.

Peace and blessings,



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President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs Civil Rights Act of 1964

Fifty years ago in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the historic Civil Rights Act in a nationally televised ceremony at the White House. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that outlawed discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public. In his first address to a joint session of Congress in November 1963, Johnson told legislators, "No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long.”  The Act was signed into law by President Johnson on July 2, 1964.


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Randal and George Kilpatrick at the "Beyond the Dream" gala   Reynolds Community College Hosts Randal for Black History Month   Randal speaks at United States Black Chamber School of Chamber Management at Georgetown University


NAACP: An Enduring Catalyst for Social and Economic Justice

More than a century after its founding, the NAACP continues to seek new ways of defining its mission.  While supporting enforcement of existing civil rights laws, the NAACP is devising new strategies to redress racial disparities in education, employment, housing, health care, the criminal justice system, and voting rights. With more than 2,200 units from coast to coast, the NAACP is proud to be one of the largest grassroots organizations in the United States. The men, women and young people who comprise its volunteer field membership form the backbone of the Association and the civil rights movement itself. At the core of advancing its campaign goals is the Field Organizing Department which serves to implement advocacy campaigns on priority issues and to train NAACP units, members and stakeholders to advance the Association’s mission. To learn how you can support the NAACP’s mission of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all people and to eliminate race-based discrimination, visit www.naacp.org.


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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