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.
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CELEBRATING KWANZAA Contributor Lionel Nixon On the day of Nia I visited the South Side Community Arts Center and Chicago State University Kwanzaa Celebrations. They both were just wonderful programs that lifted one's spirit. I took a picture at the South Side Community Art Center with one of my community heroes Pemon Rami and at Chicago State University with well-respected, known and highly regarded social activist, community organizer and entrepreneur. Afrika Porter. Afrika is the granddaughter of Chicago legend Dr. John R Porter Phd, pastor, author, historian, professor and social activist who I have known and looked up to for a very long time, even from childhood. She is the daughter of computer scientist, son of Dr. Porter and longtime friend Robert Porter. One of my greatest friends, teachers and counselors, the late Peb Ali brought, was in our Black history class from Hyde Park High School. Dr. Porter actually introduced us ChicagoStreetJournalJanuary February 2018 2017 all to Malcolm X, when I was 14 years old at his church in Englewood, where Malcolm X spoke to a group of us. This gathering happened only a few months before was Malcolm X was assassinated. To this day I will never forget Malcolm X walking down the aisle of that church and stopping directly in front of me and saying to all of us, "Don't struggle only within the ground rules that the people that you're struggling against have laid down." At both events I shared some copies of the African News- World Newspaper . "A Media That We Control", published in St Louis and circulated in many cities across America and in some in other parts of the world by the Universal African Peoples Organization, Zaki Baruti President/ General of which I am a member in good standing and I serve as UAPO Chicago Chapter and National Correspondent. RESPECT! www.UAPO.org 7 Direct Line: 773-892-2610 Click the images to learn more about our sponsors!