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Nefeterius McPherson is On the Move

My Name is… My name is Nefeterius Akeli McPherson. I was named after the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti, who’s name means “the beautiful one has come,” but my dad changed the name a little to make it unique for me.

The reason you are reading about me is…The reason you are reading about me is because I am the press secretary for United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Ambassador Kirk is a member of President Obama’s Cabinet and is the chief trade negotiator for the United States. I am a political appointee with the Obama Administration and I am the lead spokeswoman for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on issues related to Africa, Europe & the Middle East, Japan, agriculture, intellectual property, labor and our World Trade Organization legal cases.


Southeast Texas group works to save old black schoolhouses

JASPER – Fifty years ago, a teacher in a one-room Jasper County schoolhouse faced a class full of rural African-American children and issued a challenge.

“Everyone of you is going to college,” Viola Tukes told them.

Some of those students did go to college, while others, like Jesse Woods, took the first good-paying job they could find. But in the small school, situated in the Rock Hill community between Kirbyville and Jasper, students were given an education and opportunities that barely existed for previous generations.

“I’ve seen some good times in Rock Hill,” said Woods, 62, whose father never learned to read or drive a car. Woods attended the Rock Hill school in the 1950s.

The schoolhouse was built in the 1920-21 school year through the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which supplied funding and architectural planning for 5,300 African-American schools from 1912 to 1932.


Today in Black History: Juneteenth

June 19th, 1865 Union Major General Gordon Granger read General Order #3 to the people of Galveston, TX