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I hope that everyone stayed safe and cool over the past hot muggy weekend!  

May each of you continue to focus on what truly matters to you in your lives. Family, faith, friends, community, personal, educational, spiritual and business growth are some of the things that are near and dear to my heart
and soul daily.  The Aero-Ba-Soul, Inc. team and I thank everyone for their business and support as we continue to transform and grow Aero-Ba-Soul, Inc. during this global pandemic. We truly appreciate our MWBE client
community and community partners!

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The important resource that the Aero-Ba-Soul, Inc. team would like to share with you today is the 2020 Census .
As our nation continues to reflect on the passing of an Icon of the Civil Rights Movement, Congressman John Lewis on Friday at the age of 80, I encourage everyone to do their civic duty and be counted in the 2020 Census. 

"He was honored and respected as the conscience of the US Congress and an icon of American history, but we knew him as a loving father and brother," Lewis' family said in a statement. "He was a stalwart champion in the on-going struggle to demand respect for the dignity and worth of every human being. He
dedicated his entire life to non-violent activism and was an outspoken advocate in the struggle for equal justice in America. He will be deeply missed." 

He was one of America’s greatest heroes and inspired many generations to fight for justice and equality. I have been inspired by him for decades and will truly miss his courage, conscience, activism and advocacy.
What is the 2020 Census?
  • The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories.
  • The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency.
  • The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
  • Each home should have received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone, or by mail—between March 12-20.

Why We Conduct This Count

  • The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.
  • The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.
  • It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.
  • Based on who gets included in the count, the data received is used to allocate more than $1.5 trillion dollars in federal funds annually. This money goes to our local hospitals, schools and infrastructure projects. It goes to programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Head Start. The census is also used to draw political districts and school zones. It even indicates to businesses where there are opportunities for economic development and community growth.
  • When we are not counted, the money meant for our community goes elsewhere. Harness your power by being counted. The under-counting of these communities has resulted in the absence of fair representation, political might and adequate resources -- which is why we must get counted in the 2020 census.

On a personal note, my family, which consists of me, my husband Kevin and our 2 teen sons, Kendall and Kyle completed our census survey months ago online. We encourage you to complete your census survey today.  The Census documents my family history from “sharecroppers” to “shareholders”.

Below is the 1930 United States Federal Census that my maternal grandmother, Carrie L. Kendrick, participated in at the age of 10. Her estimated birth year was 1920. Her father, my great-grandfather Ben Kendrick, was listed as the head of household. Ben was documented as being a 52 year old
literate Negro male, estimated birth year was 1878, occupation was listed as a farm laborer. My great-grandmother, his wife, Phyllis, was listed as a 47 year old, literate, female married Negro woman. Ben was 30 years old and Phyllis was 25 years old at the time of their marriage. Their family lived on a farm East of National Highway in Dooly County, Georgia.
1930 United States Federal Census, Lower 5th, Houston, Georgia (Fifteenth Census of The United States)
The census survey listed Ben Kendrick (head of household, 52 years old), wife Phyllis(47years old), son Clinton (14 years old), son Bruce (13 years old), daughter Annie L.(age 18), daughter Carrie L. (age 10), widowed daughter-in-law, Luella (age 18) and widowed mother Rena (80 years old) who was born during the slavery period in Georgia. Rena was my great, great, grandmother whose husband’s name was also Ben. My middle name is “Ann”.

Below is the 1880 United States Federal Census that my great, great- grandmother, Rena (Arena), participated in at the age of 23. She was documented as being the wife of Ben Kendrick (Sr.) who was listed as the head of household. Ben’s birth year was listed as 1855. He was 25 years old at the time of the census reporting. His occupation was listed as a farm laborer. Rena’s occupation was listed as keeping house. Also counted in the census were Arena and Ben’s two children, Ida (3 years old) and Ben Jr. (2 month old Baby). Ben Jr. was my great-grandfather.  
It will take you less than 10 minutes to complete your census survey online, phone or via mailed self-responses for the census. Use your opportunity to be counted!  Document your family legacy. Ensure that your community gets the funds that they deserve!  Take the online census survey today! You’ll be glad that you did!

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