Remember that song, “One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong?” That’s how Good Enough Mother felt this morning. See I’m at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego where I was asked to moderate the opening plenary session with Dr. Oz. Of course, I jumped at the chance!
But at the last minute, they were able to book newsmaker Shirley Sherrod to address journalists. You’ll recall Sherrod was the Georgia Director Of Rural Development who was forced to resign after a conservative blogger posted a videotape of her speaking that had been edited in a way to make her appear racist.
She was amazing to hear. We sat in rapt attention, listening to this woman who never thought in a million years she would be in this position. On stage she made it clear that there was a lot of learning we have yet to do in this country with regard to race and she does plan to sue the blogger who edited the tape and misrepresented her comments.
Chatting with her one on one later in the morning I asked her what it was like to go from the relative anonymity of her life before last month to now. Mrs. Sherrod said it was truly shocking. She told of being in an airport recently and seeing a bank of cameras. Thinking they were for someone else, she went on about her way, until they started following HER! Can you imagine? Still she has handled the whole situation with grace and poise.
The other highlight of the morning was my time with Dr. Oz. You know him from his TV and radio shows, maybe you have seen him on Oprah or perhaps you’ve been a patient (he still performs 250 surgeries a year!). Anyway, he and I shared the stage to kick off an initiative aimed at making our members healthier.
Dr. Oz kept our attention with clips from his show and practical information on how to stay healthy. I have said it before and will reiterate now that the best people on TV are the ones that are the same on screen as well as off. Dr. Oz, who comes across as caring and kind, stayed and chatted with members who rushed the stage and took pictures with everyone who had a camera. I got one with him before the session.
But here’s my favorite that I took myself, LOL.
Okay, have to run, heading out to a dinner with the folks from Disney to talk about some stuff. Maybe they read my blog on surviving Theme Parks?