Ms. Courtney Lancaster, Facility Manager 1/Program Specialist of M-NCCPC's Bladensburg Community Center, made a video collage of several We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers website photos to honor our organization on the occasion of our 2017 Fellowship Gathering. We thank her for thinking of us and for everything she does for us! See the video here.
On Saturday, October 21, Dr. Thomas and youth students E. Hernandez, D. Jenifer, E. Martinez, and A. Seemangal taped a program about bullying prevention and basic self-defense for DCTV's "The Veronica Harris Show," based in Washington, DC. Dr. Thomas was interviewed at length and his students provided demonstrations and also provided comments about their experiences with We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems. Dr. Thomas very much appreciates this opportunity to speak about his program and to highlight his students. He is proud of their maturity and poise as they lead by example and positively reflect the tenets of his program and what he has taught over the years they have been martial arts students.
The producer wrote afterward to Dr. Thomas: "We were delighted in having your participation on the show and the crew you brought with you put the icing on the cake." The program will be aired in December 2017 and a YouTube link will be provided.
It didn't rain this year! Our many participants enjoyed a pleasant walk led by newly-elected Bladensburg Mayor Takisha James and her husband, former mayor Walter James, as well as First Daughter, Imani James. Everyone enjoyed the walk and reportedly got a lot of exercise because of the brisk pace of the leaders of the pack!
Go to this link for a video of the James family leading the Tae Kwon Do Ramblers, their families, and the community in the walk, and for interviews with Dr. Thomas, Walter James, and Takisha James.
Dr. Thomas was interviewed live on CTV News on September 14. He spoke about bullying prevention and child sexual abuse prevention and promoted the third annual Walk and Rally for October's National Bullying Prevention Month being held by We Lead By Example, Inc., at Bladensburg Community Center on October 7. He expressed his concern that not enough is being done in the schools to train children how to deal with bullies and refuse the advances of predators, citing the increasingly rampant uptick of these dangerous behaviors in recent years. See the interview at this link.
Congressman Steny Hoyer sent a video marking the Ramblers' second annual Walk and Rally for National Bullying Prevention Month on October 1, 2016. He thanked Dr. Thomas and We Lead By Example, Inc./Tae Kwon Do Ramblers Self-Defense Systems for giving him the Leading By Example Award for his outstanding dedication and leadership and for being a role model for the country and for today's youth. He spoke about bullying and the negative effect it has both on those who are bullied and those who bully. He further acknowledged Dr. Thomas' longstanding commitment to making the community safer for everyone through his many years of teaching the martial arts. Congressman Hoyer deserves the Leading By Example Award for all of his contributions over the years he has been a public servant and Dr, Thomas and the Ramblers appreciate his thoughtfulness in making this video and his many kind words about Dr. Thomas and our organization.
CTV taped an interview with Dr. Thomas at Bladensburg Community Center that aired on CTV News on September 27. He spoke briefly about bullying prevention and child sexual abuse prevention and the second annual Walk and Rally for October's National Bullying Prevention Month being held by We Lead By Example, Inc., at Bladensburg Community Center on October 1.
Dr. Thomas was interviewed for a segment of the Thursday, April 28, Prince George's Community Television newscast. He spoke about the need to address safety issues, including of a sexual nature, for children in elementary school and the use of interactive skits for them to better understand how to be safe and how to defend themselves in various types of situations involving predators.
CTV taped an interview with Dr. Thomas at Bladensburg Community Center that aired on CTV News on June 1. He spoke briefly about his upcoming Senior Safety and Self-Defense Workshop to be held at Bladensburg Community Center on June 8, and demonstrated with his assistant a few simple self-defense moves using a cane, as well as a way to escape from a chokehold.
CTV taped an interview with Dr. Thomas at Bladensburg Community Center that aired on CTV News on April 1. He described his upcoming Protecting the Young and Innocent: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Workshop to be held at Bladensburg Community Center on April 4, and briefly addressed the lifelong ill effects of child sexual abuse on the victims and possible ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Dr. Thomas was invited by Ms. Carlette Norwood, the host of Lette’s Chat, Real Talk with Real People, after she saw him teach a group of Girl Scouts (including her daughter) about bullying prevention through the use of a live skit in which the girls participated. He was featured on an hourlong interview on July 11, and Deacon Barbara Givens (grandmother of Rambler student D. Givens) called in to show appreciation and support from the Rambler family for Dr. Thomas and his programs that reach so many people of all ages. Ms. Norwood interviews diverse individuals involved in a real way with the Black community, and she spotlights those she feels represent the best and brightest--talented artists, celebrities, actors, and everyday people who are doing extraordinary things. Dr. Thomas acknowledges the important work Ms. Norwood does by featuring individuals who are working for the benefit of the Black community and bringing them to the attention of the listening audience and the social media through Lette's Chat, and he was pleased to be selected as one of the "real people." The interview is archived and available here.
On April 19, Robert Gatewood invited Dr. Thomas to speak about We Lead By Example, Inc., and the Tae Kwon Do Ramblers on The Marketing Pulpit, his weekly radio show on Radio-One. Mr. Gatewood and Dr. Thomas are both members of the People for Change Coalition, and both praised Sandra Pruitt for her efforts to nurture and promote nonprofits and for-profits in Prince George's County. The interview is available here.
Dr. Thomas shared his experience and thoughts on bullying on this radio show hosted by Greg Parker, Jr., and Greg Parker, Sr. He also spoke about his upcoming Bullying Prevention and Self-Defense Summer Camp to be held at Bladensburg Community Center, and how important it is for children to learn how to defend themselves and not become victims.
Dr. Thomas was interviewed during a live 4:30 p.m. news segment on Prince George's Community Television on Monday, August 6. He spoke about his upcoming Bullying Prevention and Self-Defense Summer Camp to be held at Bladensburg Community Center, and how important it is for children to learn how to defend themselves and not become victims.
Dr. Thomas was interviewed during a live 4:30 p.m. news segment on Prince George's Community Television on Wednesday, January 4. He spoke about his upcoming interactive self-defense demonstration scheduled for Monday, January 9, at the Bladensburg Community Center. The event, sponsored by the Bladensburg-based Seniors against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, which was founded and is led by Ms. Barbara Givens, the grandmother of a Rambler student, marks January 2012's National Stalking Awareness Month. To read more about National Stalking Awareness Month, proclaimed by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2011, access this link.
Dr. Thomas was invited by the Greenbelt Recreation Department's senior program Explorations Unlimited to give a seminar for the seniors on October 7, 2011. The video of this session is found on the City of Greenbelt's website on the Videos on Demand page at this link,