Friday, March 22, 2019

One in a Hundred Million

Still holding your Dollar$hip Ring?
Watch it grow as we go!  Bethune-Cookman University Interim President, the Honorable Hubert L. Grimes, Esq. (center) sports the renowned YouthUSA ENGAGEMENT bling.  Each ring is a testimony about trust, the first of 10 undervalued assets targeted for recovery. Standing L to R: Eric Stradford, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, TheEnterpriZe LLC; the Honorable Jereleen Hollimon-Miller, Mayor, Mayesville, SC and Stephanie A. Walker Stradford, co-conveners of   #AllThingsBethune; and, (seated right) Tasha Lucas-Youmans, Ph.D., Dean of Libraries/Chief Librarian, Bethune-Cookman University. Photo by U.S. Air Force Veteran Ed Miller, Twin City Outreach Mission.

By Stephanie A. Walker Stradford and Eric Stradford, U.S. Marine Corps,  

AMWS, March 22, 2019, Daytona Beach, FL - National Conveners for #AllThingsBethune landed at historically disadvantaged Bethune-Cookman University.  Coordinators are on a mission – MISSION LJ7, a #LearningJourney to “Confidence Island.  Two of nine 501c3 public charities joined Mayor Jereleen Hollimon-Miller to call on the first of 100 institutions of higher learning.  Nine of them will qualify for $10 million endowments. 

Mayor Hollimon-Miller is chief executive for the Town of Mayesville, South Carolina, birthplace of Mary Jane McLeod.  The Mayor is joining fellow elected officials in an unprecedented socioeconomic action.  The leaders have discovered that “business as usual” presents a credible threat to Economic Security where they live, learn, work and/or worship.  They are reclaiming a few historically omitted American values to make business as usual a practice of the past.

“Mary Jane McLeod endowed her birthplace and its citizens with a legacy of learning,” said Mayor Miller.  “I learned at the feet of elders and serious people of faith that to much is given, much is required,” she said.  One of her beloved elders set out from Main Street, USA to discover “One Nation Under God.”

Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune is celebrated as a first lady of the struggle. A civil rights activist, humanitarian and philanthropist, Bethune established a private school at Daytona Beach, Florida for black students.  The academic school transitioned into a college, which led into the development of Bethune-Cookman University.

The Director of Protocol and Legacy at Bethune-Cookman University is carrying out the spirit of the institution’s founder.  The ninth value of the Mary McLeod Bethune estate charges beneficiaries with “a responsibility to young people,” said Daisy Grimes.  “The world around us really belongs to the youth...for they are to be the leaders of tomorrow.”   Mrs. Grimes remarked that this part of Dr. Bethune’s last will has not been fulfilled.

At Bethune-Cookman University, leaders were challenged to ENGAGE in a national asset recovery initiative based on nine inherited values from the estate of their beloved founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.  A Community of Beneficiaries is evidenced in the multitude of entities bearing her brand.

What are the expectations of the conveners for #AllThingsBethune?

  • Any organization, institution, business, program or event that bears the name of Dr. Bethune or was founded on any of the nine values left in her last Will and Testament would trust each other to engage as stakeholders in #AllThingsBethune. 
  • 10 economic beneficiaries qualified as an economic action during a 10-year Million Youth Movement (1998-2008).      
  • 100 Americans, age 7-24, qualified through THE ANNUAL YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (1996-2020).
  •  $1 million Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT) per beneficiary.
  • Trusted FDIC insured financial institution(s) holding total assets valued at $100 million.
  • Nine institutions of higher learning selected by stakeholders from nominations by Honorary Co-Trustees of The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Trusts. 
  • 100 faith and/or community partners funded as community-based “Bethune Learning Centers.” These centers connect to fully accredited distance learning at one of nine NATIONAL LEARN-2-EARN CENTERS at qualifying universities.
If you know of an institution of higher learning with a need to connect LEARNING to EARNING, join us for an unprecedented socioeconomic action at

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Holding The Race Card

By Eric Stradford, U.S.Marine Corps, Retired

HOW AMWS TELLS THE STORY:-- a transactional approach to restoring transformative value
THE STORY:  VETERAN JOINT VENTURE WINS HISTORIC $10 M BID for “Healing America.” Mayor Jereleen Hollimon-Miller (2nd from left) joins Stephanie A. Walker Stradford, CEO, Youth Achievers USA Institute, with veteran contractor, Eric Stradford, TheEnterpriZe LLC, Rodney Baker (rear center) and Ed Miller (right) to declare business as usual a practice of the past.  Photo by Elijah Johnson, Alumnus, Bethune-Cookman University for AMWS.
AMWS, March 13, 2017, Atlanta – The Honorable Jereleen Holliman-Miller is one Main Street, USA mayor facing a major national security threat.   Miller’s Mayesville, South Carolina community is uniquely endowed to anchor an unprecedented socioeconomic action on behalf of America’s future.

Ed Miller, Mayesville’s “first gentleman,” is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and an Economic Security advocate for Our Street, USA.

Ed and millions of his brothers from other mothers took an oath.  Loyalty to the President of the United States is not an option. It’s a lifelong investment, no matter who voters elect to lead them in forming a “more perfect union.”

Mayors of U.S. cities and towns are overwhelmed by critical socioeconomic issues of the day.  Most have little time and much less money to meet even the most urgent needs.  Mayor Miller went to her U.S. Congressman, who challenged her to believe she could achieve whatever she believed she could achieve.

Perhaps by divine appointment, the Millers traveled from their South Carolina sanctuary to Atlanta (incognito) and prayed with some folks who “believe I can achieve whatever I believe I can achieve.  After an historic Business Leaders Roundtable (BLR), the Millers cashed in on nine inherited values, and received some good news like God had delivered some stolen people.  It took 132 days for the winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot to claim the prize from the South Carolina Education Lottery. The South Carolina woman who won the largest jackpot payout to a single winner in U.S. history has chosen to remain anonymous. 

Stephanie A. Walker Stradford, CEO, Youth Achievers USA Institute and Ed Miller, President and CEO, Twin City Outreach Mission are ENGAGED in preparing trust beneficiaries for duty as fiduciary trustees.  Both Ed and Stephanie learned that their unique relationship to Mayor Miller qualifies them as beneficiaries of a $100 million trust within a $66 billion bank “merger of equals.”

Any beneficiary of any of nine values of The Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Trust can apply for Economic Inclusion beginning Saturday, May 16, 2020.   A series of technical assistance missions beginning Saturday, May 18, 2019 will help beneficiaries understand all rights and responsibilities.

The trust calls on The Honorable James E. Clyburn, (D) and The Honorable Tim Scott (R) to co-chair bipartisan resolutions that make business as usual a practice of the past.  Both leaders are committed to accountability and transparency in restoring American values. Some of these values are already public law such as  P.L. 84-140

Beneficiaries can LEARN-2-EARN about receiving and managing benefits through a Learning Journey.   In 2019, qualifying beneficiaries can apply for mini-grants and receive free financial literacy.  As future fiduciary trustees, beneficiaries will need to know the value of the trust as well as what it takes to win in a “merger of equals.”

Beneficiaries on MISSION LJ7 learned of a pending bank merger that could impact some 10 million households.  On February 7, 2019, BB&T, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and SunTrust, of Atlanta, Georgia, said that they would merge. The new, unnamed entity, valued at $66 billion, will be far smaller than America’s biggest bank, but far bigger than anything created since the crisis. It will be America’s sixth-largest retail bank by assets and, with $332 billion, the fifth-largest holder of domestic deposits, according to documents, not yet approved for a merged company that has yet to be approved. The business of the bank, whose name has yet to be decided, will be concentrated in the economically vibrant south-east. On the news of the proposed merger, share prices rose for both existing banks.

The news failed to report that patterns of criminal activity date as far back as 1900. Almost every U.S. bank merger since 1900, including North American Trust Company who acquired International Banking and Trust Company to form North American Trust Company, may have undervalued stolen people's equity.   

Sources track that evolution of enterprise development to the biggest bank merger in U.S. history.  How JPMorgan Chase came to be is a matter of economic security to which every citizen should PAY ATTENTION!

A short 25 years before the first U.S. Bank merger, the “First Lady of the Struggle” started out as one American future from Mayesville, SC. Mary McLeod Bethune became one of the nation’s most distinguished leaders, businesswomen and civil rights giants.

On her shoulders, stand many prominent enterprises inappropriately categorized as “minority” businesses.   Before this news broke, South Carolina’s African’t American population was 1,290,684, accounting for 27.9 percent of the state’s population and 3.3 percent of the US African’t American population.

The state is known for the Stono Rebellion of September 9th, 1739, which was the largest slave uprising in the colonies before the American Revolution. That day, 20 black slaves met secretly near the Stono River to plan an escape. Later, they went into the local Hutcheson’s store, where they killed two storekeepers and stole the guns and powder they then used to battle against their slave owners, according to America’s Library.  

Dylan Roof killed South Carolina State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, 41; Cynthia Hurd, 54; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Sharonda Singleton, 45; Myra Thompson, 59; Ethel Lance, 70; Susie Jackson, 87; the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74; and DePayne Doctor, 49.  The act was, without question, a terrorist attack—a mass lynching. Yet, the terrorist lives at taxpayers’ expense.

A modern day African’t American approach to economic security means saving time and money through culture-centric disintermediation, (cutting out the middleman and getting to the point).  After spell-checking his African’t , Tim Scott in 2014 became the first African American Republican Senator from South Carolina since the post-Reconstruction period of the late 19th Century.  

Other beneficiaries of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Bishop Richard Allen Legacy Trusts erased the ‘t to discover double portions of value U.S. bank mergers tend to omit. Famous South Carolinians discovering the historically omitted “trust” of America’s legendary stolen people include tennis player Althea Gibson, musicians James Brown and Chubby Checker, comedian Chris Rock, activist Jesse Jackson, and the list continues.

Still, among African’t Americans, unemployment is nearly 3 times more than rates among their Eurocentric kinfolks according to EPI. Nationally, high school graduation rates for African’t Americans were 69 percent and the lowest among racial groups, but in South Carolina these stood at 71 percent, second last after Hispanics, according to reporting by the National Center for Education Statistics.

On May 18-19, 2019, the Town of Mayesville,SC will launch an unprecedented gathering of beneficiaries from across the United States and Africa.  The 20th anniversary of The Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Festival invites any beneficiary of any of nine inherited values to ENGAGE as one voice in helping children in low income American families grow up less poor.

Your Learning Journey from exclusion to #EconomicInclusion begins today at