Honoring the Life and Legacy of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Thursday, September 24, 2020

1Joshua Group honors Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for her tireless and resolute championing of justice; for her courage and encouragement to be a force to be reckoned with.

Quoting Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and adding her own words, Justice Ginsberg stated “‘The arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice,’” but only “if there is a steadfast commitment to see the task through to completion.”

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Congressman John R. Lewis

Friday, July 31, 2020

He too believed in a fair and just world. His actions and his words backed it up. John Lewis wrote this essay shortly before his death, to be published upon the day of his funeral.

Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation

Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on. Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, though decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

We Pray that You and Your Family are Safe!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The current public health pandemic offers an opportunity to reexamine and proactively respond to situations which previously garnered a hasty and oftentimes less desired effective reaction. 1Joshua Group continues to support our clients in presenting strategic, relevant, informative, and education professional and consumer engagement products that provide evidence that improves outcomes, impacts the current workforce and creates a scientific and clinical pipeline for tomorrow’s health and healthcare challenges.

Our capacity quickly adapted to virtual programming development and execution from the previous in-person methods. Our current products include managing key opinion thought leader roundtables and strategic planning and board retreats; community engagement around COVID-19 and its related myths, misconceptions and best practices; current trends in cancer; and the impact of the pandemic and HBCU and Hispanic serving institutions on training and curriculum development for our future healthcare needs. Our association management efforts are addressing the importance of life course adjustments, particularly mental health and access to medications.

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We look forward to working with you!

Stay Safe

Kermit

We Believe in the Good of Humanity

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Albert Schweitzer said, "The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others." As we transition from one national administration into a new administration, I hope that we remain mindful of this as a national cause.

As 1Joshua Group enters our 14th year, we are taking the time to review our impact across the industries we serve. We are pleased to have participated in two of four HBCU medical schools' presidential inaugurations. Our work with the 50th Anniversary of Surgeon's General Report on Tobacco accomplished more than one million impressions. Working alongside of one of our longstanding clients, we participated in the production of scholarly and community engagement programs around precision medicine, specifically increasing the awareness of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells — about whom a movie will debut in April of this year. We are honored to support a program where the longest serving university president will be honored in a 10th anniversary Health Disparities awards program.

Production of programs for our clients have taken us to the Caribbean in the engagement of the 20 Caribbean Community countries (CARICOM) to address issues around aging and cardiovascular disease, and in Jamaica to strengthen the educational infrastructure around teaching. Most importantly, a newly established initiative around creating better prepared HBCU graduates for health and science careers is undergoing tremendous growth as it addresses student debt, critical thinking, test taking strategies and the cultural implications of education and learning. Our involvement with clients to address organization development and strategic planning continues to increase. Serving as "of counsel" to our pharma clients helps us work to integrate interprofessional and interdisciplinary opportunities to improve life and health outcomes.

We are so excited about the positive impact of our past performances. We are hopeful that our journey into the future will be as beneficial to those we serve. It is in that hope and change that we are encouraged. In uncertain times, we continue to believe in the good of humanity; and that good overpowers that which is not good.

Happy New Year. God Bless America!

 


Warm Wishes to You this Holiday Season

Monday, December 12, 2016

Our team wishes for each of you a joyous and peace-filled holiday season.

As you prepare to continue in this season of fellowship and set goals for the new year, don't forget that we can assist you with creating cost effective solutions, measurable strategies, and positive outcomes in Strategic Communications, Marketing/Public Relations, Professional and Consumer Initiatives/Programs, Program and Event Development/Management, and Association Management.

Give us a call or send us an email — we listen. We work with our clients to join what you know with what we have learned for a product that achieves the best of your expectations.

 


A Call to Action

Monday, July 11, 2016

Several tragic incidents over the past month emphasize the importance of respect for each other. I am reminded of the instructions of my awesome grandmother that we should “do unto others as we would have them do unto us,” the golden rule. Yes, life matters. All lives matter. But it is evident that some lives are valued less than others.

There are not many words that address this travesty that you have not read or heard. We here at 1Joshua Group want to add our prayers and condolences to the families whose losses are deep, painful and senseless. We add our voice to eliminate the silence, ask all of our leaders for a call to action and an action to make justice prevail in these injustices. We add our voice to our fellow Americans and those around the world to seek justice with civility, safety and reason.

We are prayerful for a better America and a better world. Some progress has been made. There is a tremendous need for more progress in economics, educational attainment, improved health status and all of the determinants that create a beneficial quality of life standard. We ask that each of you continue to make your contribution to this better world. Be assured, 1Joshua Group will continue to do our part to make this a better place for all lives, because all lives matter, including Black lives.