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Marki Lemons Ryhal Education Advancement Scholarship Supports African American Women from Underserved Chicago Communities

podcast Jul 28, 2020

Woo baby, bye! I have a major announcement for you! Life being quarantined! I’ve had the opportunity to sit in this chair almost every single day, since Friday, March the 13th. As some of you know, it has been an emotional journey. However, I wanted to focus on solutions and not on the problem.

For my 50th birthday, I’m not able to do anything I had intended to do. I was supposed to be leaving tomorrow for Barcelona on a nine-day cruise, honey. But, that is not going to happen.

And then, I had planned a 50th birthday celebration with my high school bestie, Alicia. We know her as Lisa Sims. That ain’t going to happen.

And then, my husband wanted to do a drive-by party. Now he still might sneak and do that. However, I’ve requested that that not happen.

 I kept going through cancellation after cancellation for this 50th birthday of mine.

And I’m not going to say that I was upset because I’m clear about what we are experiencing and what we are going through, but I needed to do something. My spirit just would not allow me not to do anything.

Oh, let me just let me add this. So, I told Steven I wanted a new computer, and we go, and I’m questioning the guy about this new computer. And I realized, while I was questioning the guy at Best Buy, that I didn’t need a new computer, I just needed a new battery. And because I didn’t want to give my computer to anyone and I didn’t want to wait 24 hours to have them put the new battery in. I ordered my own battery and put my own battery in. So that means that getting a new computer is canceled.

But let me tell you what ain’t canceled!


God has given me the ability to give to others, to give to African American women on the, I’m not going to say the South Side of Chicago, African American women who reside in underserved communities of the City of Chicago.

My 50th birthday present to myself was to fund a scholarship in honor of my mother, Hazel S. Lemons because I decided that everybody needs them a Hazel in their life. Everyone needs that mama who is cool as a fan, who loves them unconditionally, who is willing to tell you, you are wrong and don’t care how you take it. And that’s what my mother was to me.

I know some of you all want to kick it with me. You want to buy me a cocktail, send me a card.

I want you to save your money.

And I want you to give it to a 501(c)3 under the Chicago Association of Realtors Education Foundation. Donate TODAY! I want to see how much money we can raise to help educate African American women in underserved communities of the City of Chicago. But here’s the stipulation.

What are we going to help educate them about?

Either they earn a real estate license through the Chicago Association of Realtors Real Estate School. They attend Chicago State University, where I am a 1993 graduate. Or, they attend a historical black college or university (HBCU) earning a degree in business, urban planning, or real estate.

At first, I only had real estate, but then I talked to this Howard University graduate of mine, Mr. Skyler Lemons. He said, “Mom, you do know HBCU’s don’t have a lot of real estate programs. I think you need to expand that over to the college of business.

So we’re starting with four scholarships, but I need your help because I want to help as many people as humanly possible. But now, I want you to understand this too because I don’t like asking, I’ve been doing a lot of asking lately, but because I don’t like asking I said, “Well, how can we fund this?” I wanted to create something that will earn money, passive income over time.

Some of you have heard me talk about the Be ReMarkiTable Notebooks. I developed up with an eight notebook collection, it’s on Amazon, to help fund the Marki Lemons Ryhal Education Advancement Scholarship, every penny from the proceeds of these good sales are going to help educate an African American female. We have the We Stand Against Racial Equality. Maybe you work for a real estate association, and you’re going to have a diversity of fair housing training, these lined journals will be great, and they’re affordable.

We Stand Against Racial Equality

Black Business, Black Thoughts, Black Futures, Black Dreams, Black People, Black Views, Black Votes Matter

Laundry Is the Only Thing That Should Be Separated by Color.

One Black Friend Isn’t Enough You Need a Congregation Of Black Friends

Every Human Matters


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