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Lifting as we Climb!

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s., a leader in bringing African-Americans together to share their diverse strategies for making a difference, and founded on the principles of returning our spiritual talents to the community. Lifting As We Climb!


Afram Global Organiztion Inc is approved by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Charitable Organization

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30-May-22 Registered Nurses: Making A Difference
What happened when 21 Black Registered Nurses came together in1991 for the first time, and formed into a group committed to serving their community beyond the confines of their respective jobs? The Members of Psi Eta Chapter Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc, an impactful nursing organization can tell you that story as itheir story unfolding during it’’s thirty year history. The work of this organization was honored at the 2022 Annual Villager Awards!
18-May-22 Honoring Trailblazing Journey - Phillip J. Napper
Phillip J. Napper, a retired Financial Advisor, was selected to receive a 2022 Villager Award In Recognition of his on-going trailblazing journeys opening doors of opportunities through his actions. Another exemplar of “lifting as we climb!”
He, along with other honorees, will receive the 2022 Villager Award on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Hilton Long Beach star-studded event.
30-Mar-17 Dr. Berenice De Aguiar Silva - a 2017 Villager Award Honoree


Dr. Berenice DeAguiar Silva has been selected as one of the 2017 Villager Award Honorees.  Her work over many year of making a difference in her community has been pivotal in efforts to reduce health and education disparities in her community in Brazil.  It is her on-going service that has now propelled knowledge of her work and strategies to the international stage.

30-Mar-17 Ivy Arlinda Goolsby - A 2017 Villager Award Honoree

Ivy Arlinda Goolsby, an exemplar of "Lifting as we Climb,"  has consistently found ways in which to reduce disparities in Long Beach, California. The growth and development of this city stands as a virtual testimony to the decades of overcoming challenges and finding opportunities exemplified by Ms. Goolsby and others who have benefited from her trailblazing work in the local community. 

30-Mar-17 Major General Mary Kight, US AirForce Retired - A 2017 Villager Award Honoree

Afram Global Organization Inc announced today that Major General Mary Kight, US Air Force Retired, will be one of the honorees at the 2017 Villager Awards hosted at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center on Saturday May 27, 2017.  This award honors African-Americans and others of African Ancestry  who have been deemed exemplars of "Lifting as we Climb!"Major General Kight's lifelong commitment to mentoring younger generations and to empowering the success of others is a source of strength to all who know her.  She along with other honorees will be recognized at this Annual Villager Awards Event.   Early bird tickets are available at www.villagerawards2017.brownpapertickets.com

30-Mar-17 Dr. Charles Alexander, UCLA Associate Vice-Provost Villager Award Honoree

 Afram Global Organization Inc. announced today Dr. Charles Alexander,  UCLA Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity and Director of the Academic Advancement Program will be honored with a 2017 Villager Award on May 27 at the Annual  Villager Awards Luncheon Gala hosted at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, CA.   These distinguished Awards are presented annually to African-Americans and others of acknowledged African ancestry  at the local, state, national, and international level who have consistently distinguished themselves as exemplars of “Lifting as we Climb.”   Early bird tickets are available at


17-Apr-15 Colonel Irma Hagans-Cooper, US Army Retired to Receive 2015 Villager Award

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s., a leader in bringing African-Americans together to share their diverse strategies for making a difference, and founded on the principles of returning our spiritual talents to the community, announces the 2015 Villager Award Nominees. These distinguished nominees will receive the coveted Villager Award at the May 1, 2015 gala held at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, CA. Acclaimed nursing and community leader at the local and national level, Colonel Irma Hagans-Cooper RN, is among the award recipients. 

17-Apr-15 Renowned Southern California Sculptor, Manuelita Brown, to Receive a

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s., a leader in bringing African-Americans together to share their diverse strategies for making a difference, and founded on the principles of returning our spiritual talents to the community, announces the 2015 Villager Award Nominees. These nominees will receive the coveted Villager Award at the May 1, 2015, gala held at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, CA. Acclaimed Sculptor, Manuelita Brown, is among the distinguished award recipients. 

17-Apr-15 Long Beach Change-Makers to Receive a "2015 Villager Award"

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s., a leader in bringing African-Americans together to share their diverse strategies for making a difference, and founded on the principles of returning our spiritual talents to the community, announces the 2015 Villager Award Nominees. Nominees from the United States and Africa will receive the coveted Villager Award at the May 1, 2015, gala held at the Long Beach Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, Long Beach, CA. Sharon and David McLucas, Bobbie Smith, Virgie Wade, Dr. Matthew and Roberta Jenkins, Marcus Tyson,LaVerne Duncan, Carolyn Smith-Watts, Carla Yarbrough, and Dr. Minnie Douglas are among the distinguished award recipients hailing from the Long Beach area. 

18-Apr-14 Registered Nurses Receive "Villager Awards"
Increasing the numbers of African-American nurses is critical to increasing the overall diversity of nursing in the State of California. National Nurses Week offers an opportunity to remind the public of this need, and to introduce nursing leaders and role models. The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s will present "Villager Awards" to Registered Nurses who have consistently connected with communities beyond their job requirements and are actively mentoring, motivating, connecting, and creating opportunities for aspiring and early career African-American nurses. This is the celebration that makes a difference! The public is invited to join in this event on May 10, 2014 in Long Beach, CA. see http://villagerawards.brownpapertickets.com for additional information about the award recipients, ticketing, etc.
18-Apr-14 Distinguished Military Veterans Among "2014 Villager Award Recipients"
The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s is celebrating its ten year anniversary by recognizing and applauding those persons who have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in their local communities. The recepients have used their skills and knowledge gained through life experiences to assist others. Several award recipients are military retirees from various branches of service. This includes Vice-Admiral Edward Moore (USN Retired), Colonel Patricia Hinchberger (US Army Retired), Lt Colonel Patricia Jackson-Kelley (US Army Retired).
15-Mar-14 Diversity IN Leadership Conference Coming October 23-24, 2014
26-Sep-13 Nicholas Terhune Receives National Academic Achievement Award

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s/AframGlobal Organization Inc  selects Nicholas Phillips Terhune as a recipient of   the "Standing in the Gap - Academic Achievement Award" - 2013.  Nicholas is a student at Union High School in Vancouver, Washington.

19-Sep-13 Congratulations to Los Angeles County Veterans Advisory Commissioner: Lt. Colonel Patricia Jackson-Kelley

Patricia Jackson-Kelley, Lt. Colonel (US Army Ret) was recently appointed as the newest member of the Los Angeles County Veteran's Advisory Commission. 

12-Sep-13 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Founder Selected as Marketing Committee Co-Chair of Diversity Conference

 A major conference is coming to Southern California in fall 2014.  This conference will provide a new vision of strategies to address issues of Diversity in Leadership.  JPR Consulting is bringing together leaders from throughout Southern California and beyond.

12-Jul-13 Congratulations to Elcedo Bradley, RN, MSN, PhD(c)
The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s salutes one of its founding participants, Elcedo Bradley RN, BSN, MSN, PhD(c) on her recent election as the Supreme Basileus (National President) Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.
11-Jul-13 Village Projects Congratulates Barbara J. Sorey
Barbara J. Sorey brings the social capital that she has gained through life experiences back to the women who need it.
31-Dec-12 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Launches "Volunteer in Africa" Program

African-American nurses have the opportunity to learn about the cultures and healthcare systems on the African Continent by volunteering. Persons from other populations may also partner with African-Americans and join in this experience.  This is an excellent opportunity for teaching, learning, and expanding clinical knowledge while re-connecting with the culture.

31-Dec-12 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s on The Move!

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s joins California Partnership For Access to Treatment.



Shown above: Villagers Shirley Pate RN, Former Southwest Regional DIrector, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc, discusses strategies with Barbara Napper RN, Project Coordinator, Strategies for Increasing The Diversity in California Nursing Workforce.

22-Dec-12 Mentor Moments: Introducing Mona Clayton RN, BSN
Some nursing students drop out when they lose confidence in their own abilities to succeed. Mona Clayton RN, BSN is using her own life story to inspire nursing students to persist to graduation.
29-Oct-12 Mentor Moments: Introducing Randall "Randy" Sullivan RN

Randall "Randy" Sullivan RN celebrated her 80th birthday this year!  Her life story is one of fun, adventure, professional and community service that inspires us all. The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s salutes Ms. Sullivan for her many years as a Registered Nurse and for all the mentoring and encouragement that she has provided to many others.

29-Oct-12 Mentor Moments: Introducing Travis Hicks, Electronics Engineer


Travis Hicks is one of many African-Americans who were actively involved in the Space program. In a recent interview he spoke enthusiastically about his 40 year career in the space electronics industry.  The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. (http://www.villageprojects.net) is introducing young people to career role models in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

28-May-12 The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Salutes Dr. Cherif Keita

Dr. Cherif Keita, Originally from Mali continues to lead a Francophone Off-Campus Studies Program to Mali each year. He is a true "Scholar Within."

28-May-12 The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Salutes Dr. Marlon Hall

Congratulations to History Maker, Dr. Marlon Hall, Incoming President, Lassen Community College.

30-Apr-12 The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Salutes James Janisse: The Gentleman of Jazz

James Janisse brings a world of information to his radio show daily.  He enables his listeners to not only hear the music, but to know the stories behind the music. Listening to his show is a must for those desiring to gain a true appreciation of Jazz. His story is motivational! 

30-Apr-12 The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Salutes Dr. Kynna Wright-Volel RN

Congratulations to UCLA assistant professor, Dr. Kynna Wright-Volel RN

04-Mar-12 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Salutes Speakers on the Move!

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s connects its participants with the organizations and communities  seeking information about the challenges and opportunities of African-Americans.  During the first quarter of 2012, our participants have been actively involved and visible in a number of events.  This month we applaud Dr.Rachel Plotkin, Dr. Patricia Hinchberger,  and  Ernesta Wright for their work in the community and for sharing their stories with various audiences.

04-Mar-12 The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s salutes Dr. Keith O. Hilton and the upcoming 9th Annual HHEW Leaders Conference and Retreat 2012

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s congratulates Dr. Keith O. Hilton on launching the upcoming 9th Annual HHEW Leaders Conference and Retreat on June 20-24, 2012. This is one of the most exciting open space dialogue conferences in which African-American leaders and youth can come together and learn from each other's experiences.  This year's event is expected to be standing room only. Early registration is encouraged. Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s founder, Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure' as well as other 'villagers' are expected to participate in this year's conference.  Historic Black College Alumni are among the leaders and founding members of this exciting conference.  

04-Mar-12 Scholarship Honoring the First Chief Nurse Assigned to The Tuskegee Air Field Launched January, 2012

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s congratulates The Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF) and the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) on the establishment of the Della H. Raney Nursing Scholarship, named after the first chief nurse assigned to the Tuskegee Air Field.  

04-Mar-12 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Salutes Ernie Garcia, Honorary Chair for 2012 CSUSB LEAD SUMMIT

Ernie Garcia, who served as dean of Cal State San Bernardino's College of Education for more than a decade during the 1980s, will be honored at the third annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days summit at CSUSB on Wednesday, March 28, at the university's Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. encourages Black Latinos to become more involved in such positive efforts. For information on related opportunities please email villageprojects@aol.com 

23-Feb-12 Dr. Loucine Huckabay, Director School of Nursing California State University, Long Beach To Receive Humanitarian Award

Dr. Loucine “Lucy” Huckabay, Director, School of Nursing, California State University, Long Beach is 2012 Recipient of Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., Southwest Region Humanitarian Award. 

22-Feb-12 Chi Eta Phi Southwest Regional Conference in Long Beach, CA March 8-10, 2012

The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s salutes Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., Southwestern Region on its upcoming conference in Long Beach, California March 8-10, 2012.  Conference attendees will include members and officers from throughout the Western Region as well as National Officers. This active and influential organization is led by Dr. Mildred D. Fennal, Supreme Basileus(National President). Joy Powell RN is the Southwest Regional Director.

26-Sep-08 Learning About Kenyan Grassroots Efforts
Dr. Gloria Willingham-Toure', Founder, The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s and Joyce Oneko, Founder of Mama Na DaDa in Kenya, Africa spent a week together discussing their respective organizations..."Reconnecting with grassroots that need our help-- Learning with them, and from them, and sharing information and connections."

24-Sep-08 The Village Of Mentors
Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s advisor, Dr. Lovene Knight facillitates a discussion on mentor strategies and possibilities at the September 11, 2008 "Building Communities: Empowering for Health."
23-Sep-08 Building Communities: Empowering for Health
The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s hosted the first annual "Building Communities:Empowering For Health" strategy meeting at the California Center for Healthy Communities: California Endowment Conference Center, Los Angeles on September 11, 2008.
23-Sep-08 Introducing "Scholars Within"
The Village P.r.o.je.c.t.s provides the space for African American and African Diaspora Immigrant Scholars and concerned others to reconnect with the disparate populations.
21-Sep-08 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Book Reviews
The Village P.r..j.e.c.t.s is seeking feedback.
Students are asked to share their textbooks with their family, friends, and to discuss the contents with them.
What knowledge in the community can help inform today's text and other media?
11-Apr-08 Clutch The World Community Center
Marshon Kincey and a small group of volunteers are creating opportunities for the youth in Long Beach. The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s was introduced to this group by Mr. Charles Wade, a local community leader, youth advocate and activist. We are touched by the outreach, services, and opportunities provided by this group of committee citizens.
Copy and paste this link in your browser to see the group in action:
17-Oct-07 Opportunity to Learn to Teach Nursing: Attention BSN and Master's Prepared Nurses
The California Institute for Nursing and Health Care (CINHC) is pleased to announce an intensive educational program, funded by a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, to prepare master’s- and baccalaureate-prepared nurses to become effective clinical faculty members. The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s is encouraging you to apply. Villageprojects@aol.com

13-Oct-07 The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Salutes Mr. Charles Wade
Mr. Charles Wade has humbly distinguished himself as a leader in the Long Beach Central Area, and The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s salutes him.
13-Oct-07 Building Communities: Empowering For Health
The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s announces "Building Communities: Empowering for Health," as the theme of its first annual strategy meeting to be held

September 11, 2008
California Center for Healthy Communities
1000 No. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, California
California Endowment
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

email: villageprojects@aol.com for additional information
13-Oct-07 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s Joins CSULB Students at Community Resource Fair
The AframGlobal Organization Inc. Village Projects invites all Village Projects supporters and advisors to support the upcoming Multicultural Community Resource Fair in Long Beach, California - Saturday, November 17, 2007 from 12noon to 4p.m.. Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, 1920 Lemon Avenue, Long Beach, California 90806. This event is coordinated by graduate students in the Department of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach (Community Projects Class Fall 2007 -SW 692, taught by Professor Joshua Bender).
30-Sep-06 The Village Projects Salutes Dr Betty Smith Williams RN
Dr. BETTY SMITH WILLIAMS, RN, DrPH, FAAN,is a former Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Colorado School of Nursing, University of Colorado Health Sciences in Denver; Professor Emeritus California State University, Long Beach, former President, National Black Nurses Association, and was featured in The AETNA African-American History Calendar. This distinguished "Scholar Within" will serve as the founding director of the first minority owned School of Nursing approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses i.e. American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) in Long Beach, California.
13-Jul-06 Village Projects Networkers!
Dr. Gloria Willingham, Dr. Carol Parker-Terhune, and Thyonne Gordon (Phd candidate) met recently in Washington, D.C. to share ideas about the impact that the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s can make in the African-American communities. Dr. Willingham, founder of the Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s presented updates and partnership opportunities. Dr. Parker-Terhune, Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Nursing discussed related programs emerging in Oregon and the opportunity to expand the Vil
28-Mar-06 Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. and Breast Cancer Awareness
09-Mar-06 The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s
22-Jan-06 Advisory Meeting
Persons from communities underrepresented in nursing are invited to attend the "Open" advisory meeting of The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. in Long Beach, California on March 3-4, 2006. http://regainingstrength.com
07-Dec-05 Village P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S. Founder
The Village P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S. founder appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee for the development of the Diversity Component of the Master Plan for the California Registered Nurses (RN) Workforce.
07-Dec-05 Ernesta Wright Speaks to Nurses on Breast Cancer Awareness
Ernesta Wright, Founder and Executive Director, The G.R.E.E.N. Foundation, encourages nurses to become more involved in community health education.
28-Nov-05 Village of Mentors
The Village P.R.O.J.E.C.T.S. stands ready to assist you with establishing a Village of Mentors  within your organization or community. This is a first step in preparing a registered nurse for every underserved community, and regaining our strength. Together we can do it! Email nhsd99@aol.com  for additional information.