The 8th Day, New Beginnings, Three-Fifths Magazine Premieres

Three-Fifths is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 

WHO ARE WE

I am pleased to announce a new concept set to debut by the end of the first quarter of 2021. It is a stand-alone Magazine named Three-Fifths. Why the name “Three-Fifths?” The inspiration for the concept of three-fifths was spurned by a series of articles in the Accord1 Blog. The articles identify the constitutional pillar of the devaluation of African Americans’ humanity and its extrapolation into a system of injustice. 

The Three-Fifths Compromise written into the constitution in 1787 allowed southern slave states to enumerate the African Slave population’s bodies to bolster their representation in the federal government. Yet, this population was apportioned out of the American experiment by a mathematical equation that stated that the African slave population would require five, i.e., the Three-Fifths Compromise for every three white people. All the while, they had no vote.  

Why a magazine and why now? Three-Fifths is simply the next progression on the way to the ultimate goal of Building the Bridge Together. Through a thoughtful conversation involving societal reckoning, racial equity, historical perspective, and spiritual insight, it is the hope that this magazine will become one of the many tools used to dismantle Systemic Racism. Understanding that Systemic racism involves the inequity affecting many brown, black, and indigenous people across America, Three-Fifths offers a voice of clarity in an ambiguous world of racial bias.  

Three-Fifths is not just a vehicle for following the latest story of injustice, police shootings, etc. though we will remain current. We want to speak from a 50,000-foot big picture perspective to inspire the readers to empower and motivate stakeholders, fostering real change. With our launch, we want to speak from the heart with entries about tangible ways that communities of the majority can reach out in partnership with marginalized communities of color in ways that are not patronizing but collaborative.

“And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8b New King James Version

Our contributors bring varied and unique experiences, worldviews, and intellect, not only to identify the problem but to offer solutions to this continuing difficulty America faces. They represent the ethnic diversity that guarantees a multiplicity of thought equal to the comprehensive problem’s task while paving a way toward solutions.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin 

PUBLISHER/EDITOR AND FOUNDER

KEVIN ROBINSON

Kevin Robinson has been a pioneer in the area of diversity, having lived it being raised in Perry Township, Ohio as a young child of the first African American Family in the area and school.

With all of the negative realities of pre-nineteen-seventies suburbia serving as a focal point in his life, he chose unity over division. Many years in the making through a long career as a professional Fire Fighter, 1985-2018), bachelor degreed senior co-pastor (1993-2001), staff pastor (2004-2006), evangelist, consultant, and mentor/mediator to many in the area of multicultural ministry.

Kevin and his wife, Beverly, have established a track record of building up multi-ethnic congregations and Building Bridges in the corporate world. Kevin and Beverly are also Authors of the book entitled The Coat of Many. Colors.

REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS

DOC COURAGE!

Doc Courage! (also known officially as Dr. Angela Courage-Mellott) is the CEO of Courage! Communication 4 Change, author, speaker, and university teaching faculty member.

She holds a Master of Arts in communication with focus in interracial and intercultural communication.  Her Doctorate in Higher Education with emphasis in College Teaching and Faculty Leadership equip her to empower student, pastors, church leaders, and employers to build bridges of communication in the classroom, organizations, community, and across cultural groups.

Her intentionally multiethnic and multicultural life experiences and lifestyle led her to focus on the science of interracial and intercultural communication, which together uniquely qualify her to lead healthy conversations that empower people to better communicate with diverse others.  

Dr. Courage creates, facilitates, and speaks at events as a dynamic educator on interracial & intercultural communication, conflict & faith’s role in personal and organizational inclusion, diversity, and creating equity by amplifying the voices of marginalized people groups, and educating audiences to connect history with modernity. 

Dr. Courage has co-authored “5 Blinders to Seeing Colorr” with her friend and colleague Dr. LaTonya Jackson, and has written a study guide to accompany the “Loving Our Neighbors” workshop which she designed and facilitates at faith based organizations. Her “Loving Our Neighbors” workshop, is a resource to help faith-based organizations become more representative of the Kingdom of God in behavior towards diverse people groups and diversity within local church bodies and the larger community.

Dr. Courage’s mantra is, “The quality of your communication dictates the quality of your relationships.”

TIFFANY REID

Tiffany Reid is the newest member of The Arc of Tampa Bay family, serving as an Associate Executive Director ensuring a continuity of business services related to the Adult Day Programming offered at any one of our service footprint locations.   A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, Tiffany spent the last five years in Northeastern Ohio working as the Director of Workforce Development with Goodwill Industries of Northeast Ohio as well as the Program Coordinator for the Ashtabula County Community Action Agency before relocating in 2019 to the Tampa Bay area.

Tiffany is excited to be a part of the team responsible for expanding the programmatic offerings of our adult day centers and sees the opportunity to strengthen our community partnerships while building a curriculum grounded in the foundational concepts of self-advocacy, human rights, self-esteem, and informed choice.   When she looks to her future with The Arc Tampa Bay, Tiffany envisions herself working to create a framework for parents and families as they seek to create a safe space in which they can celebrate their loved ones living and thriving with intellectual and developmental disabilities; training educators and leaders in the facilitation of effective supportive employment approaches;  and developing a transitional youth program that is person-centered and strength-based.

Before returning to Ohio in 2014, Tiffany lived in New York City engaging multiracial and multicultural communities in a discussion about concepts of race (as a social versus biological construct) and the connection between acknowledging diversity and living an authentic life. Before obtaining her Masters of Social Science Administration (MSSA) at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Tiffany worked as a race relations expert on a nationally syndicated television show based out of New York City, hosted a radio show called Mixed Race Radio and authored her first book called, A Mixed Girl’s Perspective on Biracial Life.  

FRANK ROBINSON

Frank Robinson is a retired pastor from California who has a diverse and unique background in both rural and urban ministry. Frank’s life from a young age has been one of crossing barriers, of learning and dealing with diversity, race and many related issues. In 1984 Alabama, not long after a local lynching, he married his wife Sandra. Theirs is an interracial marriage, which was a scandal at the time. Their first child was born across the state line so no one would kill him. In 1992 Los Angeles, Frank was at his desk on Crenshaw when, following the Rodney King beating verdicts, the city went up in flames. He went into the riot area each day, then helped organize and work community clean up. He is a fine artist and a writer, the author of Letters To a Mixed Race Son, which began with the idea that if someone killed Frank, he could speak wisdom, love, purpose and direction to his son. Frank and his wife Sandra now live in Texas. They have four lovely, intelligent, grown children. Their home is a blessed home. 

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