Today's Date: September 30, 2023
Oragenics Enters into Agreement with Lantern Bioworks for Replacement-Therapy Assets   •   Evolus Reports Inducement Grants Under Nasdaq Listing Rule 5635(c)(4)   •   CGTN America & CGTN UN: China committed to boosting high-quality development of girls' and women's education   •   University of Phoenix College of Doctoral Studies’ Scholars Present at 2023 International Leadership Association 25th Glob   •   Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Names New Chief of Adolescent Medicine   •   Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County Appoints Keenon Krick as Chief Executive Officer   •   Skillsoft Completes Reverse Stock Split   •   The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Canada Celebrates 60th Anniversary and reinforces its commitment to youth empower   •   Greenberg Traurig's Chinh H. Pham Named to Boston Business Journal's Prestigious 2023 Power 50: Movement Makers List   •   Moose Toys' Wins and WOWs at 2023 Toy of the Year® Awards   •   Can a roof’s material cool the outside air and lower energy demand? An Argonne study says it can.   •   ATN to launch Disney Star's channels exclusively in Canada   •   Inclusive Hiring Now and in the Future   •   'Each of these students has earned this awesome accolade.' BASIS Celebrates Class of 2024 National Merit® Scholarship Progra   •   BLK. WATER BECOMES OFFICIAL SPONSOR FOR IN THE BLACK NETWORK'S NEW TALK SHOW, CROWNED   •   Brighthouse Financial Releases 2022 Corporate Sustainability Report   •   Metropolitan Issues Statement on Passing of Senator Dianne Feinstein   •   P&G Alumni Global Conference 2023: Meeting the Moment as a Force for Growth and Good   •   CORRECTING and REPLACING EverGen Infrastructure Announces 10-Year Organic Waste Processing Agreement with the City of Regin   •   Department of Energy Funds New Center at Argonne for Decarbonization of Steelmaking: Reimagining the Steel Production Process
Bookmark and Share

Activist Proposes Cell Phone "Black-Out Day"

NEW YORK - The Black History Month 2011 (February) national campaign called "Our Silence Speaks Volumes: The Black Out," featuring internationally renowned World Music Artist David M (aka David Minott) was set into motion on January 17, 2011, Martin Luther King Day. David M kicked off this campaign at the CORE Martin Luther King Day Banquet in New York City. One of the key points to this campaign is the actual Black Out Day taking place on February 1, 2011, on which African-Americans would refrain from the use of their cell phones/texting, as a show of understanding and making a statement toward recognizing and announcing to the masses that they are not slaves to the cell phone; rather, that they realize the strides that earlier generations made toward getting them where they are now (Black History Month) and look forward, toward improving future history for the race. David M's "Lest We Forget" song and video are poignant reminders of how far African-Americans have come. Certainly, as the old adage goes, "those who forget their past are doomed to repeat it."

Leading up to the official announcement of the "Our Silence Speaks Volumes" campaign, David M was involved in many different events promoting the awareness of African-Americans and the contributions they have made, which David believes is seriously lacking in America today. He spoke at The Schomburg Museum of Harlem, Irvington High School, Middle School 61 in Brooklyn, and the Joy Dailey Show on this issue. He also did countless interviews with both radio and TV personalities, expressing his feelings on Black History Month and how his single "Lest We Forget," is a testament to the achievements of African-Americans. He also hosted a listening party where he showcased his inspiring and positive music. The thoughtful words of wisdom instilled in David's music are laying the foundation for this year's celebration of Black History Month.

The actual Black Out Day will kick off with David M doing several appearances, to commemorate/launch Black History Month and this initiative. African-American cell phone "silence" on that day (regardless of the length of time) would put an important focus on letting the world know that people of color are still in control of their destinies, as they've been since escaping from the bonds of slavery. That day they will stop, get off of the phone and determine to move forward so as to continue to create positive, fruitful future Black History.

David M's single "Lest We Forget," as per the campaign, has now been turned into a ringtone available for all as a Black History Month theme song. According to the most recent Nielsen Report, African-Americans utilize ringtones in far greater numbers than other ethnicities; therefore David M's message will certainly reach those who see the value of Black History Month. The proceeds from the ringtone's sale will benefit HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) across the country, by way of a donation to the UNCF (United Negro College Fund), to assist in developing the minds of future leaders in tomorrow's generation.

As history has proven time and again, when a group unifies toward a common cause, there is unbelievable strength in numbers. This campaign can result in a beneficial awareness for African-Americans regarding their valuable consumer spending role, as a celebration of Black History Month and beyond.



White House Live Stream
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News