My Great Grand-Ma's Struggles Made Me Who I Am Today!

Institute of Higher Global Studies #PopeFriedman

As the 'First Ever' in 'World History' hand selected Executive Director of the former United Nation Association of All of Greater Huntsville and The TN Valley - Doc Friedman stated she feels so privileged and blessed knowing she's now trusted with an even greater responsibility of leading aneven 'Larger' more diversebunch of great people. People whom are very passionate about what they do which is helping others. Doc Pope Friedman and her group accomplished in two months what most would require two years to accomplish.

Having already established a UN Friendly presence within Huntsville, Alabama. With the 'Meto' name of 'One UN Plaza', Huntsville, AL 35802'; they have established only the second such address in the world, which reflects a 'UN friendly' location known by the name of whom they support which is ultimately the United Nations.

This presence is second to none other than the United Nations Headquarters itself, situated at 44th street and 1st avenue in New York New York. Doc Friedman says... she came about contemplation of the action by 'divine inspiration'. (Google 'One UN Plaza, Huntsville' and you will find their World Headquarter for'Centres for Peace andEqual Human Rights' - )

During the interview, Doc Friedman went on to say... " My Great Grammy endured so much before having finally been called home in the late 1990's. I remember sitting on her front stoop in Tuscumbia, Alabama USA when I was atiny girl with extremely long hair. She had a consistent ritual of brushing my hair 100 times in each direction North South East and West under a newmoon. Some called it superstition, she called it 'tried and proven' tradition as she was part Cherokee Indian.

She had a sterling silver set comprised of asilver comb, brush, and glass mirror with an elaborately designed silver edging to hold the two. "I will never forget how attentively she brushed my hair while telling me I'd do great things in life before leaving this Earth". Great Grammy was so kind knowing my shyness would be a huge barrier. It's hard to achieve great things without choosing to use one's voice to speak. I was a very quiet reserved child however bright in mind. Yet I wonder if it wasn't just 'wishful thinking'?" Doc Friedman stated. She wondered if she might ever accomplish anything great in the world the way her great grandmother said.

"While I have accomplished much, most of it has been behind the scenes, ever how transformational. I guess in reality, she was right." Doc went on to say.

Doc added..."Great Grammyhad many superstitions, yet oddly enough they seemed to work. One example is the clipping of the ends of my hair on the night of a full moon after 6 pm. My hair grew phenomenally whenever she did this. But of course the hair that fell there could not be swept away at night because she also believed that to sweep in front of your home after 6 pm meant to sweep away your blessings for the next day. I often wondered if her superstitions stemmed from the Cherokee Indian blood, European blood,African blood or otherwise?"

"My grandma may have had superstitions but at the end of the day, she taught me much about life. So much so, that the one time I went against something she taught me, I paid dearly for thatdecision; "You live and you learn" she would always say - and that I did. Yet she also taught me 'who I truly am' which is key."

"She taught me to always stay true to myself - and I have come to learn in my maturity that she is right. She also taught me of the power of secrecy as well as the power of discernment."

"We are whom we are today because of whom was around us as we grew up - and how we allowed them to influence us, both good and bad." Anonymous

Thank You Grandmama, and may you rest in peace.

Thank You for Listening.Feel free to reach out should you desire to partner, share stories, or simply to start a conversation.

Happy New Year!

"Helping out nationallyfor the greatest global impact."

Doc Friedman, Executive Director

The Institute of Higher Global Studies

One UN Plaza Huntsville, AL 35802



www.UN.Org (Official United Nations Link)

(TheInstitute of Higher Global Studies is not directly affiliated with the United Nations and is independent)

How to Get Involved

Please visit the website to keep up with updates and reach out if you believe we can partner in some way.  Let's stay connected.

Like us on Facebook as well, and Follow us on Twitter to keep up to speed.



Comments 6

Log in or register to post comments
Jill Langhus
Jan 02, 2017
Jan 02, 2017

Hi Dr. Friedman, Welcome to World Pulse. Thanks for sharing your story. I would like to learn more about what you do for the United Nation Association and what initiatives you feel most strongly about. I look forward to hearing more from you and also about what inspired you.

Thank you for your enquiry and Happy New Year :-). 

  1. What We Do: Background on UNA-USA and Greater Huntsville

“With a 70-year history, and a growing membership of young Americans, the United Nations Association of the United States (UNA-USA) dedicated to educating, inspiring and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the United Nations system, promoting constructive United States leadership in that system and achieving the goals of the United Nations Charter. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events.  UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. GenUN is UNA-USA’s youth network, dedicated to advocating on behalf of the United Nations in communities nationwide.” Credit: UN.Org

     2. As for us locally in Huntsville, AL, we feel most strongly about the following SDG's of the UN's 2030 Initiative;

  • #1 No Poverty
  • #2 Zero Hunger 
  • #3 Good Health and Well Being
  • #4 Quality Education
  • #5 Gender & Equality
  • #16 Peace and Justice/Strong Institution 

I have been inspired by events in my life, community, spiritual circles, and seeing the wear and tear we have placed as a burden on our environment. What's worse is that we will leave the planet in a very bad state, should we leave it the way it is at the present time for future generations.

In closing (but surely not last), I am inspired by G_d who leads me throughout my daily life, as well as in ministry.



Jill Langhus
Jan 03, 2017
Jan 03, 2017

Thanks for clarifying, Livvy:) Happy New Year to you, too:)

Jan 02, 2017
Jan 02, 2017
This comment has been removed by the commenter or a moderator.
Lisa Anderson
Jan 03, 2017
Jan 03, 2017

Dear Dr. Friedman,

It's so wonderful to see you here! Thank you for sharing about your work with United Nation Association of Huntsville TN Valley and the story about your grandmother. Looking forward to continued storysharing and partnership!

Warm regards,