Summer Hill history program to feature Gerald Rose
by Mark Andrews
Feb 18, 2014 | 1325 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite schools being dismissed for nearly a week due to snow and there being a current winter break, the Summer Hill Heritage Museum’s African American History Program is in full swing. Local kindergarten through eighth-grade students this month have heard from local business and community leaders from various walks of life through the annual school offering and on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the program will feature Gerald Rose, the founder and CEO of the New Order National Human Rights Organization.

“We’re trying to expose children to different careers,” Summer Hill Curator Joy Hill said. “Some of [the students] are very young, but they ask some of the most intelligent, educated and mature questions, so if they’re that curious about what people are doing for a living, then we’re going to feed it.”

She said inviting Rose to speak at the event will help introduce students to another aspect of nonprofit organizations as potential career options.

“Gerald Rose will actually be presenting from the nonprofit angle. He started his own foundation and I think it will be interesting for the children to hear about nonprofits and [the New Order National Human Rights Organization is] a civil rights organization as well,” Hill said. “I met him in 2005 and he was in Cartersville to investigate an issue at the Applebee’s restaurant and he is a mutual friend of some of my friends on Facebook and he has been to Cartersville several times for several different causes.”

Hill said the after-school program, which is in its third year, has been successful thus far in 2014.

“We’ve had some great presenters, like Bryan Canty from the Etowah Valley Humane Society, and he brought some of his animals and the kids loved that; and then we had Antwuan Hill and Jennifer Matthews from Century Bank and the kids were extremely interested in banking and they asked so many questions that you would think we had prompted them or at least had given them a 101 class before they came — I was just surprised that they knew so much in order to be able to ask so much,” Hill said.

Rose said he hopes to educate as well as inspire through his presentation.

“I’m just going to come in and talk about the gangs that are going on throughout America, I’m going to talk about school bullying [and] of course the violence,” Rose said. “I’m going to speak a little bit about Black History Month; Dr. Martin Luther King, because Martin Luther King was for everyone, not just speaking for black America — he felt all of God’s children should be treated equal — I’m going to touch a little bit on the Jordan Davis case and I’m just going to give some inspiring words to let them know to stay focused, [and] that education is very important ...

“... I’m very concerned about the violence, I’m tired of turning on the TV [and seeing] where we’re losing our young people — young people are dying quicker than the older people these days. I’m just concerned about what’s going on in the community and I’m privileged to be the guest speaker at the program next Tuesday.”

Rose also said he will inform students of the organization’s new mentor program.

“If a child is coming from a broken home, he can pick up the phone [and call us]. We’re doing a lot of stuff with the kids during the summer time, as a matter of fact we’ve just partnered up with the Atlanta Braves baseball team. If the kids are doing good and their grades are doing good, we will come there and take them to an Atlanta Braves baseball game,” Rose said.

The organization recently was featured in USA Today. According to its website, www.nonhro.org, “New Order is a Non-profit Human Rights organization ‘for the people’ with no regard to race, creed, color or religion. We strive to assist individuals, business, non-profit/profit organizations with the resolution of violations to their human rights.”

The event will begin at 4 p.m. and is open to parents. For more information about becoming a guest speaker, contact Hill by phone, 770-873-3146.