They Will Not Be Forgotten. Chicago Street Journal for January 24, 2018

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The more things change, the more they remain the same. We've all heard that old saying. It does indeed seem that history is repeating itself. Chicago Street Journal (CSJ) dedicates this issue to all those who gave so that we may live. There is never a wrong time to celebrate their lives and purpose.

Sonja Cassandra Perdue, Associate Publishers, Digital
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Chicago Street Journal

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1955 – Emmett Louis Till - On August 28, 1955, a 14 year old

boy from Chicago was abducted, tortured and killed in Mississippi

for allegedly making inappropriate gestures at a white woman. His

body was shipped back home by Pullman Porters and his mother

insisted that his casket be left open, so that the world could witness

what had been done to her child. The brutal murder of Mamie

Till’s son changed the world and ignited a movement.

His original casket is being preserved at the Smithsonian, after being

discarded like garbage in a Mississippi cemetery in 2005.

Chicago Street Journal (CSJ) dedicates this issue to those who gave

their lives, so that we may live. “They Will Not Be Forgotten.”

1968 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - At risk to himself and his

family, he became a profound activist for equal rights and brought

the plight of the African-American to the world stage. He was in

Memphis to show support for the striking garbage workers of that

city, when he was killed. It was in Tennessee, the night before his

assassination that he gave the infamous “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop”

speech.

2014 – LaQuan McDonald - Videos show that CPD Officer Van

Dyke was on the scene less than 30 seconds before he started firing.

It wasn’t until November 2015 that the video showing that

McDonald was shot 16 times was released to the media and public

and only then by court order.

1963 – Medger Evers – In 1954, on behalf of the NAACP, he

became their 1st Field Secretary in Mississippi. Thirty years after

he was shot in the back, in front of his home, his killer was brought

to trial for the third time. In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith, a founding

member of Mississippi's White Citizens Council was sentenced

to life in prison.

2015 – Sandra Bland – It could have your daughter, sister, mother,

aunt, cousin, neighborhood or co-worker, stopped for a traffic

violation and “found” dead in a cell three days later. It could have

been you. Instead of “Serve and Protect”, maybe squad cars should

carry the following warning… “It has been proven again and again,

that driving while Black will lead to your death.”

1969 – Fred Hampton – From TheNation.com, “Ultimately, a

federal grand jury determined that the police had fired between

eighty-three and ninety shots–the Panthers a maximum of one. The

grand jury indicated that, if the Panthers fired at all, it was one shot

that Mark Clark fired–apparently after he had been shot in the

heart. If the cops had, in fact, demanded a ceasefire on three occasions,

they were talking only to themselves. The official explanation

amounted to a cover-up, and a massive one.” After almost 60

years and many more cover-ups later, we find that CPD is still in

need of a ceasefire on civilians.

1964 – James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael

Schwerner – In the words of Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddam".

Three young men volunteered to assist with the voter’s registration

campaign in Mississippi that summer and their bodies were found

weeks later near a dam. The investigation into their deaths were

part of the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act for which

Congress set aside funds to investigate and prosecute racially motivated

murders before 1970.

2017— If you can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, then we can

breathe. Eric Gardner’s pleads were heard around the world.

His daughter, Erica Gardner, who took up the baton for justice

past away late year.

2007 – Blair Holt - What happens in your life when someone

dies so that you may live? Some of us will never know, but some

of us have heroes who step in front of speeding bullets for us. The

editor of Sister-to-Sister made a statement, after her son was shot,

to the affect that simply indicates that your child may not harm anyone,

but there are those out there who will harm your child.

Blair’s killer was “resentenced” to 75 years in prison, but for his

family that does not compare to an eternity of loss.

2012 – Trayvon Martin - Doesn’t seem like it was that long ago,

does it? So many have been shot down in the street and we continuously

see the lives of so many flashing before our eyes as breaking

news and on social media. If you’re Black, you can also die

from eating Skittles and drinking iced tea, while walking. 17 year

old Trayvon Martin did.

1965 – Malcolm X - Most don’t finish, where they start as they

are constantly evolving into who they will become along their journey.

Jailed and troubled along the way, he become one of the greatest

advocates for human rights in our time. Black-on-Black crime

is not new. Assassinated by his own kind, because its easier for

them to get close to you. But, as Fred Hampton said, “You can kill

the revolutionary but you can never kill the revolution.”

1991 – Rodney Glen King - Police brutality videos are “old

skool” as King’s video made world-wide news and once again

showed that the power of “moving” pictures is worth more than a

1000 words. King knew how to start a LA riot.

1944 – Junius Stinney – Executed at age 14. He was accused to

killing 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma

Thames in South Carolina. It’s difficult to go back 70 years and

ascertain what took place but according to Wiki, “On December

17, 2014, his conviction was posthumously vacated 70 years after

his execution, because the circuit court judge ruled that he had not

been given a fair trial; he had no effective defense and his Sixth

Amendment rights had been violated.[7][8]” But, you can’t vacate

that execution, can you?

1885 – It is estimated that 8 million Africans died under the reign

of The Butcher of Congo: King Leopold II of Belgium, who controlled

the populace from 1885 to 1908. Congonese who did not

meet production quotes or who had to be controlled were maimed.

2016 - Philando Castile was shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota

with his fiancée and child in the car with him. The world

watched this young man, who knew the names of all the children

he served in the school cafeteria where he worked, dying in front of

their eyes.

1963 - Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins,

and Cynthia Dianne Wesley were killed and another 20 people

were injured in a bombing at The 16th Street Baptist Church in

Birmingham, Alabama.

1917 – What is known as the East St. Louis Race War has

been repeated throughout history of the African in American.

2017 - Shanta Myers and her children, Jeremiah “JJ” Myers,

and Shanise Myers and her friend Brandi Mells were found tied up

with their throats slashed in Troy, New York. Two Black men have

been arrested for the crime. The screams and protest against our

own self-destruction should be deafening to our own ears and our

stand again Black-on-Black crime should send the message, to all

that stand against us, that NO CRIME AGAINST OUR PEOPLE

IS ACCEPTABLE.

2014 - "Hands up, don't shoot." The shooting death of Michael

Brown br ought inter national focus on the events in Ferguson,

Missouri, The officer charged was acquitted. But, the

"Hands up, don't shoot" slogan has not die with him.

2015 - Dylann Roof mur dered nine African Americans at the

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown

Charleston, South Carolina. Do we forgive white supremacist

for their actions? Maybe. Do we forget? NEVER!

They Will Not Be Forgotten!

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