First Posted: 1/16/2017 3:33:32 PM | Last Updated: 1/17/2017 12:37:04 PM
Top 50 Promised Land Difference Makers Award Winners in America---For 2017
By Twomucht, Topix National News Editor,
Over eleven years ago, The Livseys' created the "Promised Land Difference Maker Awards", that acknowledge Americans of all races who are visionaries, and are keeping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream, alive, not for fanfare or community recognition, but merely by the way they choose to make a difference one person at a time.
1925 Tom Livsey's grandfather Robert Livsey purchased a third of the 1500 acres known as 'The Promised Land' Plantation', and the original Thomas Maguire plantation house, affectionately referred to as 'The Big House'. The house survived General Sherman's March through Georgia, at the end of the Civil War,(http://www.gwinnetths.org/Tour/default.asp) .
Today it is the oldest plantation in Gwinnett County, Georgia. called The Promised Land that withstood the seizure of General Sherman's March To The Sea.
Margret Mitchell, "Gone With The Wind", author visited numerous times during her research in the late 1920's for research for her now famous worldwide best selling novel, that has made over eight billion dollars, since her death in 1954.
Over fifty percent of her information came from the daily farm journals of the original Promised Land plantation owner, Thomas Maguire, without any credit of her sources.
Without animosity, the plantation is still home to many members of the extended Livsey family, and so many new neighborhoods, who's households have no idea, that they are living on the grounds of Georgia's history.
The Promised Land community is located off Centerville Highway & Lee Rd., seven miles south of Hwy. 78 in Snellville, Ga.
"We are the Livseys. ... For the first time about six summers ago, the White and Black Livseys, celebrated a family reunion together, after over 170 years apart..
It was a wonderful occasion. "No one owed no one an explanation or excuse for the past. No animosity. No guilt. The only thing each and everyone left with was a whole new family tree. How about that? Since then, we have become one family.", exclaims OurTown National News Editor, Tom Livsey.
He adds, "The Livseys are one of the first families to settle in Gwinnett County in 1840, certified by Gwinnett County Historical Society. Nine years ago, my parents, Thomas and Dorethia Livsey, received a lifetime achievement award from the Gwinnett Chapter of the NAACP, for their service in the Gwinnett community.
That same year, my dad and I, learned about the many branches on our other family trees from our white cousin, Annette Livsey Merritt of Decatur.
She and her sister Avis, accompanied us to the National Archives in East Point, to help patch up the holes in our family genealogical research. We blew the assistants minds when we walked in together to ask about 'Our Family Tree' !" LOL !
Just like in Dr. King's, infamous last public speech, made strong inferences to this historic Promised Land, once a large plantation during the Civil War, that he viewed from the mountaintop of Stone Mountain...Once an exclusive site for the KKK rallies, which is located seven miles away. No black man was allowed to climb.
"Mine eyes have seen the fertile land of promise", as illustrated by the last paragraph of his speech below: ,( no recorded evidence though).
Dr. King's famous last public speech:
"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now..
I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land.
I may not get there with you.
But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
source: ( http://www.afscme.org/about/1549.cfm).
So without any further ado...Ladies and Gentlemen, here are your 2017-- Top 50 Promised Land Difference Maker Award Winners !
* The Following Is In No Qualifying Order:
1. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Family
2. President /Mrs. Obama
3. The Whole Livsey Family-(Worldwide)-(Thomas & Dorethia Livsey)
4. Mr. Dave Emanuel
5. The Whole Anderson Family-(Willie Anderson)
6. The Mason Family
7. Sen. Max Cleland
8. Ms. Opera Winfrey
9.. Judge Carla Brown
10. Ms. Tricia Bailey (aka Look Out Lady}
11. The Austin Family (Worldwide)
12. The Williams Family
13. General & Mrs. Bill Livsey
14. Mrs. Kelly McAloon
15. Mr. Greg Bender and Mrs. Barbara Bender
16. Mrs. Mattie Rock
17. The Snell Family
18. The Waits Family
19. Mr. Larry D. Veal
20. Mrs. Annette Livsey Merritt
21. The Britt Family
22. Ms. Deb Howard
23. Atty. Alan Mullinite- Renowned Gwinnett Co. Attorney
24. Mr. Jerry Marcellino
25. Dr. & Mrs. Coletti
26. Mr. & Mrs. Jack Livsey
27. Mayor Tom Witts of Snellville, Ga
28. Mayor Pattie Wheeler of Stone Mountain, Ga
29. Mr. Michael Edging
30. Mrs. Deborah Jackson of Lithonia, Ga.
31. Mr. Daivd Wiedrick
32. Mr. Melvin Everson
33. Atorney Ray Lail
34. Sheriff of Gwinnett Co. Butch Conway
35. Ms Deb Bowers!
36. Mrs. Bev Carroll
37. Mr. Darin Stahl
38. Mr.Chris Burnett-OurTown Media
39. Ms. Cassandra Smith and Family
40. Mr. Dieon Sanders
41. Atty. Dwight Thomas- Celebrity Lawyer
42. Dr. Kim Livsey
43. Mr. Drew Brees
44. Former President Jimmy Carter
45. The Smith Family
46. Mrs. Ann Margaret
47. Ms. Rhetta Ellis
48. Ms. Brandi Bell Family
49. Mr Martin Luther Kelly
50. Mrs. Doris Jones
To be sure, this list is not meant to be a complete list of those who have made a difference this past year.
However, it is to shine a light on those who have lit a torch for others, when the light in their lives were none existing.
We challenge all of you, no matter your race or complexion, to take this Black History Month to make a difference in your own community.
There are so many young people who have dark caves, where a heart should be. We encourage next year's leaders to light their individual torch of life in them.
Please take several books of matches, and light as many torches in the coming year, so they can find their life's purpose.
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