Sunday, November 21, 2010

Any Child Can Grow Up to Be


"Each week, from a different point of view, 
you get another look at God,
 and that's exciting to me."

Della Reese 

Do you recognize the couple from the 1960's?

"You know that being an American
 is more than a matter of where your parents came from.
 It is a belief that all men are created free and equal
 and that everyone deserves an even break."

US President Harry S. Truman 

Here is the same woman with their son.

"I remember my mother's prayers
 and they have always followed me. 
 They have clung to me all my life. "

Abraham Lincoln


Middle Photo: Stanley Anne Dunham,
 and Barack Obama Senior.

Bottom Photo:
Stanley Anne and her son Barack

The University of Hawaii Foundation is forming an endowment fund that would honor the late Stanley Ann Dunham, President Barack Obama's mother.

The fund uses the name Ann Dunham Soetoro, which she adopted after marrying her second husband, Lolo Soetoro. She also used the name professionally during years of anthropology studies.

Obama was Dunham's first child, born in Hawaii to her and Barack Obama Sr., a UH student from Kenya.

 Dunham died in 1995.

Her second child and Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, said in an interview Tuesday that her mother would have been moved to know that her work in the field of applied anthropology was being honored.

Dunham received a bachelor's degree in math, and a master's and doctorate in anthropology from UH.
During her travels to Indonesia and other parts of Asia, she worked with nongovernmental groups focused on women and poverty, and established microcredit programs in Indonesia and Pakistan.

Dunham concluded after years of studies in Indonesia that the roots of poverty there did not lay with the poor, and that cultural differences were responsible for the gap between less-developed countries and the industrialized West.
Her book, "Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia," centers on the metalworking industries in the Javanese village of Kajar and contends that rice cultivation was not the only viable economic activity in rural Southeast Asia, according to a description by its publisher, Duke University Press.

The endowment will support a professorship in the UH Anthropology Department that will focus on research and teaching on Southeast Asia. 
It also will finance one or more graduate fellowships for students studying anthropology or other social sciences. 

Courtesy: Honolulu Star Advertiser 19 NOV '10

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