By Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just… things are of good report;… and if there be any praise, think on these things.”— Philippians 4:8
Sunday, June 8 marked the second anniversary of my new radio talk show, “Think on These Things.” Heard throughout the Washington metropolitan area on the first and oldest gospel radio station in the country, WYCB AM, 1340, A Radio One Station, it’s another milestone. I’m very thankful!
Health has been the No. 1 priority for most of the two years; where we featured experts like Dr. Judith Fradkin, director of Diabetes and Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases at the National Institutes of Health; we enjoyed actress Della Reese, a type 2 diabetes survivor and speakers from the American Diabetes Association; health and nutritionist Dr. Lareece Gee Long and we heard from the last doctor who cared for my mother, Dr. Richard Merrill who shared how to live with type 2 diabetes.
We talked with my first radio show sponsor, Attorney Jack H. Olender, founder of Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C., now one of America’s most successful malpractice law firms; featured on “60 Minutes” and other major news shows.
For Black History Month, we heard from three D.C. mayors; Mayor for Life, Marion Barry; Mayor Vincent Gray and Sharon Pratt, the first female mayor of the District; closing out the month with Dr. Barbara Williams- Skinner, a HistoryMaker and the first executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
On the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., our guest included the Hon. Congressman John Conyers, who told the audience how he sponsored the legislation to create the King Holiday four days after King’s assassination. Thank you, Congressman Conyers.
Karen Dale, executive director of AmeriHealth was my special guest for the Mother’s Day segment. She gave listeners 10 points to remember about taking care of themselves. The information proved impactful. We are very grateful to AmeriHealth, the sponsor of our health segment.
Congresswoman Donna Edwards also one of my guests on the show; she talked about domestic violence and shared with us how she had a history of working with the domestic violence community more than a decade before becoming a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, she continues to support programs that benefit women.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson another of my esteemed guests provided an update on the state of his son’s health, former Congressman Jesse L. Jackson Jr.
We heard the story of The Washington Informer newspaper founded by Dr. Calvin W. Rolark from publisher Denise Rolark Barnes.
Julianne Malveaux shared how she had just returned from a speaking engagement at the unveiling of a statute of Fannie Lou Hamer, who was “sick and tired of being sick and tired.” The unveiling took place on October 5, 2012 in Ruleville, Miss.
Willie Jolley, world renowned inspirational and motivational speaker shared with listeners how they must make every minute count. He quoted Benjamin Mays: “I have only just a minute, only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, can’t refuse it, didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it, but it’s up to me to use it …”
Dr. Frank Smith provided updates on the African American Civil War Museum, a national monument located in Northwest, sharing the plight of the 209,145 United States Colored Troops of the Civil War; plus we featured the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. We featured ministers led by my pastor, the Rev. Dr. James Coleman.
Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd talked about the 100th Anniversary of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, plus we were able to congratulate President Boyd, now the first female to serve at the helm of Alabama State University.
Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; visit her new website atwww.lyndiagrant.com and, call 202-518-3192. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m., to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.