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U.S.-Based Liberian’s Book Clinches #1 Spot on Amazon

U.S.-Based Liberian’s Book Clinches #1 Spot on Amazon

The new book of award-winning U.S.A.-based Liberian educator and entrepreneur, Henry Keculah Jr., currently sits at #1 position on global book-promotion portal Amazon.

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Liberians in Houston eyeing Ebola developments

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- There are about 3,000 Liberian Americans living in Houston and their relatives who come to visit fly through this airport. Liberian Americans who live in Houston are very concerned about their family still in Liberia. Some have lost up to 10 family members to the disease.

Kima Ross has lived in Houston for years. Her relatives are back home.

"My mom, my brothers, my cousins, everybody in Liberia," she said.

Ross talks with her family everyday. "They're living in fear right now, but at the same time, praying for protection."

But Ross has already been touched by tragedy.

Her 10-year-old nephew Raj died from Ebola in August.

"He died, but we didn't know what he died from. But after like 11 days, his father died. They tested his blood and he was diagnosed with Ebola," Ross said.

Members of the Liberian Association of Greater Houston are doing their best to educate their family members still in Liberia about Ebola, especially the ones who come to visit.

"We have been very focused on eructating our community, just ensuring that when we have friends and visitors coming, that we ask the right questions," said Effua McGowen with the Liberian Association of Greater Houston.

As for those who can't leave Liberia, relatives can only pray her relatives will survive.

"They tell me to calm down, that it's gonna be OK," Ross said.

Certainly, a lot of fear is going through the Liberian American community right now. Bush Airport does have a CDC quarantine station they can use if they observe passengers arriving with visible symptoms.

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The Liberian Association of Greater Houston President and Executive Director is selected as UNCF Excellence in Education Honoree.

Liberian Association of Greater Houston President Henry Keculah receives the Excellence in Education Award from UNCF (the United Negro College Fund). 

Houston, TX, Oct. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- During the past 75 years, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) has empowered more than half a million students to earn college degrees. As the largest and most effective minority education organization in the United States, UNCF actively supports 37 private historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and advocates for minority higher education. UNCF has been marking the significant milestone via a year-long celebration through its fundraising events across the country, including the 31st annual Houston UNCF “A Mind is …” Gala set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Hilton Americas Hotel. 

Nearly 500 guests are expected to attend, including honorary chair Paul Murphy, chairman and CEO, Cadence Bank; Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president, and CEO, UNCF; and many other notable guests who support UNCF’s mission. Khambrel Marshall, anchor KPRC 2 Houston, will serve as master of ceremonies. 

“As we celebrate 75 years of success, we want our community to know UNCF is the leading scholarship provider for students of color across the U.S.,” said Juana Collins, area development director, UNCF. “This year’s gala will be phenomenal, as we continue to help clear a path for local students to obtain the college education they deserve and the 21st-century demands.” 

This year’s honorees who’ve led the charge in championing a quality education for all include Bubba Silberstein (receiving the Excellence in Education Award) and Henry Keculah, Jr., CEO, 4.0 GPA, LLC (receiving the John and Drucie Chase Young Builders Award). 

Last year, more than $1 million was awarded to 106 Houston students pursuing higher education. Presented by Shell, this year’s gala will continue to raise the bar in helping area students succeed. Other sponsors include Brentwood Baptist Church, Comcast, H-E-B, Macy’s, Motiva and the Walton Family Foundation. 

The signature fundraising event will feature a VIP reception, a live auction, student testimonials, an elegant dinner, and dancing. Entertainment will be provided by a local vocal group, Midnight Star. For sponsorship or ticket information, please visit

The Liberian Association of Greater Houston President and Executive Director is selected as UNCF Excellence in Education Honoree.