Hattie V. Breazeale was a member of Greater Exodus Baptist Church.
She died on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. She was 64.
She was born on Aug. 8, 1949 to the late Mary Catherine Floyd and Joseph Willie Days in Bucksport, S.C. She was the oldest of nine children. She later relocated to Philadelphia where she had four children. She was educated in the School District of Philadelphia.
After her school years, Breazeale worked two jobs simultaneously providing for four children and somehow still found the time to care for others. If ever there was someone in need, she was always there to lend a helping hand even if that meant moving another family into her home.
She married the late Cornelius Breazeale Sr. on Dec. 31, 1975. One child was born to their union.
Her family said Breazeale was a strong woman of God who loved attending church and praising the Lord. Gospel music was a big part of her life. She was a member of Greater Exodus Baptist Church until her illness became overwhelming.
She was very family oriented. Cooking was her forte. Her family said she always made sure that you never missed a meal, no matter who you were. As the oldest child, she always looked out for her brother and sisters, whether it was food, clothing or shelter.
Her hobbies included dancing, playing card games such as pinochle and spades.
She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Warner Days Jr. ; brothers Timothy Days and Nathan Days; sister Mary Dixon and brother in-law George Dixon.
She is survived by her son Nathan Joseph Days; daughter-in-law Tracey Days; daughters Sabrina Marie Mosby and Carolyn Tamika Reeves; sons-in-law Danny L. Mosby Jr. and James Leon Reeves; grandchildren Angelik A. Gutierrez, Natasha I. Gutierrez, Danny T. Mosby, Marquise N. Days, Warner H. Days, Tymir N. Days, and JasLene Faith’ Marie; great-grandchildren Lyric Harris and Tristen Calixte; brother Willie Lee Days; sisters Joann Dixon, Linda Days, Sharon Travore and Audrey Lynn; eight nephews and nieces Demetrius Days, Dwayne Days, Tara Days, Terrence Days, Kathaleen Lynn, Willie Days, Ollie Days and Katrina Lynn and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held on Feb. 28 at Victory Christian Center, 5220 Whitby Ave. Viewing is at 9 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m.
Francis Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Two memorial services, one at the Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Center in Philadelphia and one at Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ in Harrisburg, were held on Saturday, Feb. 22, for public relations entrepeneur, youth football coach, and high school motivational speaker Joseph M. Grier. Grier died on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. He was 48.
Grier was born Aug. 4, 1965 in Baltimore, Md. He was the son of the late Joseph E. Grier and Nancye T. Grier and Carrie McLain, all deceased.
Known to his family as “Joey,” he grew up in Harrisburg and graduated from Harrisburg High School (John Harris Campus) in 1984. After graduation, Grier earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in May 1989. While at Mansfield University, he was a radio personality on WXMU Radio; president of the Black Student Union; Student Government Appropriations Committee member; a member of the Mansfield University football team and member of Beta Rho Omicron (BPO) Service Organization and an initiate of the Lambda Alpha (Expansion Chapter) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
He was characterized as a “leader among leaders” at Mansfield University. Grier was influential in the establishment of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Research Center and was instrumental in bringing cultural activities, civil rights activists and political figures to the university.
Upon graduation, Grier accepted a marketing/sales position for the Canadian-based fortune 500 company, Moore Business Forms and Systems, Inc. After some professional achievements with the company, he received an offer to break into advertising sales with WDAS Radio.
During his year as a WDAS account executive, Grier decided that his talents were better spent living out his childhood dream by forming his own company, JMG Media. His endeavor as an entertainment publicist, agent and manager helped him to conduct business with artists like Boys II Men, the late Grover Washington, Jr., comedian Louis Dix, actress Karen Malina White, The Scott White Family Evangelistic Crusade and Bill Cosby.
He was the director of sales and promotions for Tobeat Records, an independent record label, where he supervised the promotions and sales efforts of the company.
Grier was the director of sales for Freedom Theatre, where he successfully created new and innovative ways for theatres to do business in the fields of sales, promotions and customer service. While at the helm, Grier motivated his sales team to generate more than $1 million dollars in revenue.
In 2001, Grier ventured into the realm of sole proprietorship, and founded JMG Promotions, later known as JMG Media.
As president and CEO of JMG Media, Grier recorded commercials through various talent agencies for radio, television and film. His achievements included the international CD-ROM project for the Academy Award nominated movie, “Amistad” and working with entities such as NFL Films, Masterfoods USA, Centers for Disease Control, the K-Mart Corporation in Atlanta and Industrial Bank in Washington, D.C.
His articles have been published in local, national and international medium outlets.
Grier was committed to service and was active with various organizations. He formerly served as president/CEO of the Greater 69th Street Wildcat’s Athletic Association; secretary and chairman of the recruitment and public relations committees for the Bert Bell Memorial Football Conference; chairman of the Philadelphia Branch Board for the American Red Cross; chairman of the American Red Cross Public Relations Committee; director of public relations for the Urban League Young Professionals; chairman of Pennsylvania Black Conference On Higher Education’s (PBCOHE) Student Leadership Development Workshops and second vice- President of PBCOHE.
At the time of his death, Grier was the chief program officer for the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Guide Right and Kappa Leadership Initiatives; vice chair of the Legacy Council for Harrisburg High Schools Class of 1984 Legacy Scholarship Committee; secretary and sergant of arms for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Professional Referral Exchange and chairman of the Public Relations Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter of Concerned Black Men, Inc. He also served on the board of director for the Kiefel Foundation, Inc.
When he was not engaged in community efforts, Grier served as a motivational speaker for high school and college students throughout the commonwealth – stressing the position of “self-determination.”
He was recognized with various community, academic and professional leadership awards and citations including being named the youth league “Coach of the Year” by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Grier was preceded in death by his parents; sister Patricia Jackson and brothers William Dean and Clarence McLain.
He is survived by his longtime companion Leslie Kidd and their son Joshua; stepson William; daughter Jasmyn; granddaughter Alaia; sisters Charlotte Christmas and Terri Gray; aunts Cecelia DiRidolfo and Betty Jackson; uncle Chester Taylor (Elisa); special niece Tonya Cooper; special friends Albert Jeffrey Wallace and Floyd Cornelius and other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Feb. 22 at the Kappa Alpha Psi Achievement Center, 5521-29 Germantown Avenue. The Harrisburg High School class of 1984 held a memorial service on Feb. 22 at Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, 1820 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg.
DuPree Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Willie F. Johnson, founder and chairman of PRWT Services, Inc. has been recognized for his commitment to corporate citizenship.
To commemorate Black History Month, Sen. Bob Casey recognized Johnson on Monday evening during a speech on the Senate floor.
“From his early experiences as a social worker to his outstanding success as an entrepreneur, Willie Johnson has promoted positive social change as a result of his emphasis on corporate citizenship,” Casey said.
“In the Senate today, we express our gratitude for Mr. Johnson’s commitment to volunteering in the community along with all of his charitable contributions and investments, all of which have had a positive impact on countless Pennsylvanians.”
In his floor speech, Casey highlighted Johnson’s work with PRWT Services, one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the United States. PRWT is heavily involved in the community and strives to bring about positive change that benefits the Philadelphia region and other areas across Pennsylvania and the United States.
Following his speech, Casey hosted a symposium in Washington to discuss Johnson’s contributions. Symposium panelists included Fletcher “Flash” Wiley, chairman & CEO of The Centaurus Group, LLC; Donna Allie, president and founder of Team Clean, Inc.; Della Clark, president of the Enterprise Center; Chet Riddick, president and CEO of Alpha Enterprise Group, a Philadelphia-based office supplies company and John W. Rogers Jr., chairman, CEO and chief investment officer of Ariel Investments.
Prior to founding PRWT, Johnson was the owner/CEO of Fidelity Systems, Inc., a cable/line construction company. He has served as the regional commissioner of the Office of Social Services for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the executive director of the Office of Employment and Training under the mayor of Philadelphia.
Johnson is actively involved in the community. He is a board member of the Philadelphia Tribune, Cheyney University Foundation, Girard College, the African American Chamber of Commerce and Allen University.
Founded in 1988, PRWT specializes in providing business process outsourcing and facilities management/infrastructure services to corporate and government clients. PRWT has been recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the largest 100 minority controlled corporations in the nation.
A bold awareness campaign seeks to reach teens with positive messages about their sexual health.
The Family Planning Council’s I MATTER Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project has launched the #YourSexualHealthMatters campaign. Geared toward teens ages 14 to 19, the campaign focuses on sending positive messages to teens about their sexual health and encourages them to make appointments for sexual and reproductive health services including free, low cost birth control and pregnancy, STD and HIV testing.
“We’re talking about sexual health in a bold and open manner with positive messages for teens, developed by teens,” said Dianne Browne, project director for I MATTER.
The I MATTER project is targeting West and Southwest Philadelphia because those areas have higher rates of teen pregnancy. Browne said the rates of teen pregnancy in those areas are 73 per 1,000 teens.
“The numbers in West and Southwest Philadelphia indicate that teens are getting pregnant at a rate that is a little bit higher than the average when you look at the country or the state of Pennsylvania. It indicates to us that there is a need in the community for this kind of intervention,” Browne said.
The I MATTER Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project is using SEPTA and radio ads to reach teens with sexual health messages.
The #YourSexualHealthMatters campaign will run during February and March with radio advertisements on 107.9 FM and advertisements on SEPTA platforms and in subway cars on the Market Street EL and Broad Street line.
Social media outreach and traditional street outreach in targeted neighborhoods and schools are supplementing the SEPTA and radio advertising. I MATTER Health Centers are actively working to improve teen services and receive ongoing specialized training and assistance to help ensure their health centers are teen-friendly. I MATTER community partners are promoting the campaign in their day to day activities by distributing posters, postcards and fliers throughout West and Southwest Philadelphia.
The campaign encourages teens to visit an I MATTER Health Center for free or low-cost, confidential sexual and reproductive health services. Advertisements direct teens to visit the IMATTERPhilly.org website or to call (800) 848-3367 to reach CHOICE, a confidential, reproductive health care hotline that refers callers to a family planning provider that best meets their needs.
Kennay DeShields, an 18-year-old from West Philadelphia, views the campaign as something that could positively influence other teens. While she was in high school, many of her classmates became pregnant. Now she’s observing that more of her peers are now pregnant.
“I’m involved with the I MATTER campaign because preventing teenage pregnancy is very important to me. I feel as though it is important because we still have our whole life ahead of us, so there is no rush. I feel like we need to think more about our future,” said DeShields, who is a freshman in college.
“I feel as though this campaign could be an influential and powerful change for teenagers all over since teens need more motivation from other teens instead of hearing the adult’s point of view,” DeShields said.
“We are doing something positive by letting teens know there are people in this world who actually do care about their health and well-being.”
I MATTER is funded through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and is one of nine projects nationwide participating in President Barack Obama’s National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.
A Babson College report indicates that the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is stimulating growth for participating entrepreneurs.
The report titled Stimulating Small Business Growth: Progress Report on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is the first detailed look at how the initiative is helping entrepreneurs across the Unites States grow their businesses and create jobs.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million, national initiative launched by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation in 2009 to unlock the job-creation potential of small businesses across the United States by providing entrepreneurs with an integrated program of practical business and management education, access to capital, and business support services. To date, more than 2,000 small business owners have participated in the program.
“Through participation in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, small business owners across the United States are creating new jobs and increasing their revenues,” Babson College President Dr. Kerry Murphy Healey said in a press release.
“The growth oriented, practical, peer-to-peer driven classroom experience, together with business support services, are driving participants to change their attitudes and business practices, helping them to achieve significant growth; growth that is critically important to strengthening the U.S. economy.”
The report, which analyzed small business growth during, and after their participation in the program, found that more than 63 percent of program participants have increased their revenues According to report findings, only six months after graduating from the program, 44.8 percent of 10,000 Small Businesses participants reported adding new jobs compared to just 18 percent of U.S. small businesses surveyed by the National Small Businesses Association (NSBA) that reported increasing their number of employees during the same period (July 2012–July 2013).
Another key finding indicates the average amount of funding from local area banks received by participants increased by 258 percent, from $287,180 prior to graduation to $1,028,391 after graduation. In addition to preparing small business owners to access this traditional form of capital, 10,000 Small Businesses has made available nearly $150 million of capital to small business owners across the country through Community Development Financial Institutions and other nonprofit-based lenders. To date, 10,000 Small Businesses capital partners have originated more than 317 loans to small businesses in 15 states, totaling more than $63 million.
The program has a graduation rate of 99 percent and findings have showed that 80 percent of participating small business owners have done or are doing business with each other.
“Based on these outcomes, it is clear that Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is demonstrating the power of investing in small business owners,” said Patricia G. Greene, Babson College professor, national academic director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and lead author of the report.
“These results clearly indicate that, given the right mix of training and support, America’s small businesses can grow their companies and create jobs in the communities where they live and work.”
The program curriculum is designed by Babson College who works with community colleges and other local higher education institutions which offer their expertise in teaching adult learners, supporting entrepreneurship programs and serving the communities targeted by the program. Babson works with the Community College of Philadelphia for the 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program. Last month, the second class of entrepreneurs graduated from the local program.
In 2013, the first national program, 10,000 Small Businesses at Babson College, expanded from locally-focused education program sites to small businesses across the country through a blend of online and in-person sessions. The program is active in urban and rural communities across the country. Sites include Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City. Access to capital is available in parts of seven states.
The report findings are based on information collected through the 10,000 Small Businesses measurement and evaluation system. This system allows the program delivery team to share information on the program participants, their businesses, and some of the changes that occurred over the course of the program, and at six months after graduation. The report includes information on the first approximately 1,300 small business owners who have completed the program.