Encouraging Words Through Stories

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5dy9Um6FEY My name is George L. Addison, Jr., I'm an author, educator, artist,  photographer, entrepreneur, journalist, veteran, the founder and CEO of Beenetwork Media Group (BMG), and the entertainment site beenetworknews.com.  During my career I've had the opportunity to interview such notables as entrepreneur George C. Fraser, Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., Clifton R. Wharton, Jr., African American pioneer and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State; former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young; former 3-time Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali; Olympian Jesse Owens; Filmmaker / Author / Photographer Gordon Parks, Sr., and many more.

I'm  proud to announce the advanced launch of the first of several books featuring notable African Americans and Women from the “Moments in the Shadow of Greatness ” series.

Earlier this year the original book release and tour were canceled due to the Corona virus outbreak.  Therefore, due to the uncertainty of this pandemic our enthusiastic supporters are requesting an advanced release of these encouraging and motivating stories.  As part of this launch I'm attempting to raise $500,000 via “Go Fund Me and the "Encouraging Words through Stories” campaign to donate fifty (50) thousand copies of volume one nationwide to selected schools grades 8 thru 12, juvenile, adult male and adult female correctional facilities.

Upon the successful raising of the desired amount, books will arrive to selected schools and correctional facilities within six to eight weeks of completing a request questionnaire adhering to specific criteria on a first come basis.

The aim is to uplift, inspire and motivate individuals everywhere during this stressful period in our nation's history and to help them stay focused on their dreams and aspirations.  The Encouraging Words through Stories campaign will provide that respite for all those who read it.  

The “Moments in the Shadow of Greatness” book series provides a fresh look and perspective of known and unknown movers and shakers that have contributed to the American experience and the world.

 According to one reader Kim Hicks of Maryland, “Moments in the Shadow of Greatness – Volume One “illustrates how Information is truly power.  It appeals to all ages, providing inspiration.  Thanks also to the author’s candor, proving it doesn’t matter where you start, it’s all about pursuing your dreams.”

Beverly Finklea of Ohio said, “Mr. Addison gives the reader permission to gaze through his personal “reminisce window” providing previously unknown insights which amplifies the greatness of each of the African Americans profiled in “Moments in the Shadow of Greatness.”  The book takes young and old on a soulful journey and is both inspiring and motivational.  It’s a great addition to any library.”

Karen Henderson an AP teacher from Kentucky said, “I really enjoyed the first-person perspective of “Moments in the Shadow of Greatness.”  As a teacher of African American Studies, I found it easy to read and to build lesson plans around the information contained throughout its pages.  The additional web links provided me with a perfect resource for student AP writing projects.  This book is an ideal learning and motivational teaching tool for educators everywhere.”

Brian Jones another Kentuckian said, “I especially enjoyed the website links he provided so I could visit and explore in further depth the stunning photos by Gordon Parks Sr, and the uplifting programs and services provided by both the Ali and Obama organizations. I very much look forward to continued learning from George's rich, and diverse life experiences in this "Moments in the Shadow of Greatness" series of books.”

Lorraine Brown of Arkansas said, ““Moments in the Shadow of Greatness,” an absolute must-read for anyone searching for positive influences or role-models of recognized self-worth and prominence. George offers his readers a dazzling glimpse into the lives of people with courage and fortitude, while simultaneously, defying the odds. This book was exhilarating, captivating, and very thought-provoking, to say the least.  The author gives insight into the lives of the great men and women who influenced the decisions of his life. While reading, I had the feeling of being with George as he sat and spoke with each person.  Truly a great read, let’s do it again, George.  I’ll be waiting!   

And Chandra Stroud another Kentucky resident added, “What a privilege it was to sit in my favorite chair in my favorite room with "Moments in the Shadow of Greatness" in hand.  George mindfully guides you through each page of his personal journey as it intersects with the most power-filled, influential, intentional and down to earth individuals that ever graced the planet.

Under the low lamp light of my favorite room, I was transcended by George’s stories and his ability to “write” you into his life narrative…filled with divine orchestrated moments like Gordon Parks responding to his letter even when due to Mr. Parks’ time constraints, hundreds went unanswered! Easy to read and easy to “feel”, the sacred moments that George experienced with these monumental individuals, left an indelible imprint on my spirit, mind and heart! 

As an advocate of art, educational, youth, community and civic issues, I've been a recipient of the Department of the Army Excellence Award and S.T.E.P. Community Service Award, recognized by former First Lady Michelle Obama, The U.S. Department of Justice, and the Commonwealth of Virginia Attorney General's Office. Today, I mentor and coach entrepreneurs while continuing to build a legacy of community service excellence.

I wholeheartedly thank all those in advance who feel moved to support me in my effort to spread a little hope and inspiration to young and old alike.
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