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T HE I L L I N O I S B L A C K<br />

C H A M B E R OF C O M M E R C E<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 8)<br />

Obama<br />

Library<br />

Page 3<br />

“The<br />

Chamber<br />

Report”,<br />

Page 12<br />

$1 Donation Requested<br />

<strong>February</strong> <strong>28</strong> - March 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Vol. 25 No 2<br />

Page 6<br />

By Frank Otton<br />

A major unspoken history dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>Black</strong> History has been ‘<strong>Black</strong> <strong>Genocide</strong>’.<br />

Most aspects <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> History<br />

have focus on <strong>in</strong>dividual achievements<br />

than the cause and effect that<br />

structured the impact <strong>of</strong> its people.<br />

Issues such as Re-gentrification<br />

and ‘<strong>Genocide</strong>’ has not been openly<br />

focus on nor addressed <strong>of</strong>ficially by<br />

government or resulted <strong>in</strong> policy<br />

itself.<br />

Justified before <strong>Black</strong> History<br />

Month Governor candidate Chris<br />

Kennedy charged the <strong>Chicago</strong> Mayor<br />

Rham Emmanuel <strong>of</strong> re-gentrification<br />

<strong>of</strong> the <strong>Black</strong> community. say<strong>in</strong>g he<br />

believes Mayor Emmanuel is gradually<br />

push<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Black</strong> residents out <strong>in</strong><br />

mass numbers through the use <strong>of</strong> an<br />

underhanded gentrification strategy<br />

plan that's aim<strong>in</strong>g to make the city<br />

"whiter and wealthier." Although<br />

many question his remarks as politically<br />

motivate.<br />

“Now that the White Man<br />

(Kennedy) said it, it must have some<br />

ligament base.” Said Mark Carter, a<br />

west-side community activist.<br />

The Plan<br />

However, long before Mayor Emmanuel,<br />

the plan, debatable <strong>of</strong> racial<br />

<strong>in</strong>tentions <strong>of</strong>ficially started <strong>in</strong> 1974.<br />

But as far back <strong>in</strong> 1967, <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

real estate developer Arthur Rubl<strong>of</strong>f<br />

was quoted by the then <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

Daily News as say<strong>in</strong>g that "I'll tell<br />

you what's wrong with the Loop. It's<br />

people's perception <strong>of</strong> it. And the<br />

perception they have about it is one<br />

word - B-L-A-C-K.<br />

From there three <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>'s most<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluential bus<strong>in</strong>ess leaders, Gordon<br />

M. Metcalf, then CEO <strong>of</strong> Sears, Roebuck<br />

and Co., Donald M. Graham,<br />

CEO <strong>of</strong> Cont<strong>in</strong>ental Ill<strong>in</strong>ois National<br />

Bank and Trust Co. <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> (then<br />

the biggest employer <strong>in</strong> the downtown<br />

area) and Thomas G. Ayers,<br />

President <strong>of</strong> Commonwealth Edison<br />

Company, began the bra<strong>in</strong> trust beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

the old Dearborn Station on<br />

Polk <strong>Street</strong> <strong>in</strong>to a mixed-<strong>in</strong>come<br />

community <strong>of</strong> 120,000 people.<br />

The focus was if the CCAC could<br />

develop this land and populate it with<br />

the right people, it could essentially<br />

"protect" the Loop from the low<strong>in</strong>come<br />

African-American Communities<br />

along State St.<br />

To date it has been accomplished<br />

with the results what the <strong>Black</strong> Wall<br />

<strong>Street</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> says, the new ‘White<br />

Wall <strong>Street</strong>s.’<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 5)<br />

Comic book<br />

expert calls<br />

‘<strong>Black</strong> Panther’ a<br />

‘cultural milestone’<br />

for genre<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 15)<br />

Re-Open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> The Carter<br />

Woodson Regional Library<br />

Mayor Rahm Emanuel<br />

jo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>Chicago</strong> Public Library<br />

Commissioner Brian<br />

Bannon, Secretary <strong>of</strong> State<br />

Jesse White, local leaders<br />

and south side community<br />

members to cut the ribbon<br />

at the grand re-open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong><br />

Carter G. Woodson Regional<br />

Library, known as<br />

the 'Father <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> History.'<br />

He penned the <strong>in</strong>fluential<br />

book 'The Mis-<br />

Education <strong>of</strong> the Negro.'<br />

who was an African-<br />

American writer and historian.<br />

The nearly $9 million<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestment will serve as a<br />

community anchor for south<br />

side residents, hous<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

largest collection <strong>of</strong> African<br />

American history and literature<br />

<strong>in</strong> the Midwest.<br />

the Woodson Regional<br />

Library. The newly renovated<br />

65,000 square-foot<br />

two-floor regional library<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 7)<br />

Monica Moss, wife <strong>of</strong> Rev. Otis Moss<br />

<strong>of</strong> Tr<strong>in</strong>ity United Church address the<br />

body <strong>in</strong> the reopen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Carter G.<br />

Woodson Regional Library<br />

CSJ Photo by John Alexander<br />

By Donnell Rob<strong>in</strong>son<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Governor Candidate JB<br />

Pritzker’s remark on the “<strong>Black</strong><br />

Th<strong>in</strong>g” to former Governor Rod Bolgicha<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ued toy<strong>in</strong>g with the African<br />

American voters by the Democrat<br />

Party it is known to support.<br />

Percy Coleman, a Republican<br />

committeeman <strong>of</strong> the 34th ward for<br />

over 30 years, po<strong>in</strong>ted out “<strong>Black</strong><br />

Republicans are still <strong>Chicago</strong>ans only<br />

fair hope for politicial justice.”<br />

He argues that the Democratic<br />

Party’s leaders have taken the <strong>Black</strong><br />

vote for granted, and that <strong>Chicago</strong>'s<br />

African-Americans have suffered as<br />

a result. "It's like, 'Well, we got your<br />

vote anyway.'"<br />

However, it has not always been<br />

that way. Samuel B. Fuller, founder<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 4)

2 <strong>February</strong> <strong>28</strong> - March 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

What do actress Danai Gurira and film producer Sidra Smith have <strong>in</strong> common?<br />

Besides the fact that they're both beautiful <strong>Black</strong> women, these trailblazers<br />

also traded <strong>in</strong> long locks for a bald head. Gurira's big chop was for<br />

the upcom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Black</strong> Panther movie while Sidra's signature look happened<br />

after a years-long obsession with hair extensions. So are Beauty Salons<br />

about to have Bald Head blues?<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Police Super<strong>in</strong>tendent Eddie Johnson testified <strong>in</strong> Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield <strong>in</strong> favor <strong>of</strong> new gun legislation,<br />

part <strong>of</strong> which is written and named <strong>in</strong> honor <strong>of</strong> sla<strong>in</strong> 18th District Commander Paul Bauer. Many expressed<br />

who <strong>Chicago</strong>ans are heavy <strong>in</strong> mourn with the loss Commander Paul Bauer. Commander Bauer<br />

stood for the highest ideals <strong>of</strong> the police department and the city. Mayor Rham Emmanuel said his death<br />

is a tragic rem<strong>in</strong>der <strong>of</strong> the dangerous duty the men and women <strong>of</strong> our police department accept to ensure<br />

the safety <strong>of</strong> us all. I ask every <strong>Chicago</strong>an to keep Commander Bauer, his family, his friends and the<br />

entire <strong>Chicago</strong> Police Department <strong>in</strong> their thoughts and prayers dur<strong>in</strong>g this difficult time”.<br />

Rep. Ford Urg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Governor to Reopen<br />

Vehicle Emission Sites Ill<strong>in</strong>ois<br />

State Representative La Shawn K. Ford is question<strong>in</strong>g<br />

if the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois emission program is still useful.<br />

On November 1, 2016, several vehicle emissions<br />

facilities closed <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> to reduce costs and streaml<strong>in</strong>e<br />

operations. Currently, this leaves <strong>Chicago</strong> residents<br />

driv<strong>in</strong>g to suburban cities defeat<strong>in</strong>g the purpose <strong>of</strong> cutt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

emissions.<br />

“This is absolutely a step backward <strong>in</strong> reduc<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

city's air pollution problem,” said Ford. “Many concerned<br />

citizens, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g myself, wonder if the goal to<br />

reduce costs turned <strong>in</strong>to a costlier toll on our environment.<br />

Emission test<strong>in</strong>g is designed<br />

to protect the environment and not<br />

contribute to the problem.”<br />

The Federal Clean Air Act Amendments<br />

<strong>of</strong> 1990 requires emissions<br />

test<strong>in</strong>g programs <strong>in</strong> large, metropolitan<br />

areas which do not meet<br />

specific federal air quality standards.<br />

In Ill<strong>in</strong>ois significant progress<br />

has been made, levels <strong>of</strong> air<br />

pollution <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> and Metro-<br />

East St. Louis areas still exceed<br />

these standards.<br />

“The closures <strong>of</strong> all sites <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

defeats the purpose <strong>of</strong> reduc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

emission, “said Ford. “Ill<strong>in</strong>ois'<br />

emission program seems to contribute to the carbon<br />

emissions that we are try<strong>in</strong>g to prevent by hav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

residents drive farther to get tests done.”<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Law<br />

<strong>of</strong> 1995, The agency shall establish a program to beg<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>February</strong> 1, 2007, to reduce the emission <strong>of</strong> pollutants by<br />

motor vehicles. The Ill<strong>in</strong>ois EPA’s study concluded that<br />

for residents <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>, many would drive on average<br />

an additional four miles. This is a significant change that<br />

will add to vehicle emissions, <strong>in</strong> direct contrast to the<br />

purpose <strong>of</strong> the Agency’s directive.<br />

Ald. Sophia K<strong>in</strong>g hosted a<br />

town hall to discuss the<br />

Michael Reese Development <strong>of</strong> Amazon<br />

Corporation. The town hall will featured a presentation<br />

with the latest updates on the development.<br />

The Alderman’s Advisory Council and presented what<br />

they have to say about the project mov<strong>in</strong>g forward and<br />

Community <strong>in</strong>put.<br />

The benefit is the 50,000 jobs that Amazon has<br />

said it will br<strong>in</strong>g to any city and employment and<br />

contract<strong>in</strong>g opportunities directly with Amazon,<br />

and its the ripple effect to the Bronzeville community.<br />

Now accept<strong>in</strong>g<br />

applications<br />

The Facebook Community<br />

Leadership Program: Applications<br />

are now open for our residency<br />

and fellowship. Facebook is look<strong>in</strong>g for community<br />

leaders across the Facebook family <strong>of</strong> apps<br />

and services with a proven track record <strong>of</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

communities that have positive impact, build common<br />

ground and foster <strong>in</strong>-person connections.<br />

The Facebook Community Leadership Program<br />

exists to empower and support leaders from around<br />

the world who have built mean<strong>in</strong>gful communities<br />

through the Facebook family <strong>of</strong> apps and services.<br />

Both the residency and the fellowship come with<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, support and fund<strong>in</strong>g. Up to five community<br />

leaders with the boldest, highest impact ideas will be<br />

selected from around the world as community leaders<br />

<strong>in</strong> residence with a grant <strong>of</strong> up to $1,000,000 USD<br />

each to fund their proposal. Up to 100 people will be<br />

selected as community leadership fellows and will<br />

receive a grant <strong>of</strong> up to $50,000 USD each to be used<br />

for a specific community <strong>in</strong>itiative.<br />

Drug test<strong>in</strong>g or<br />

screen<strong>in</strong>g for public<br />

assistance applicants<br />

At least 15 states have passed legislation regard<strong>in</strong>g<br />

drug test<strong>in</strong>g or screen<strong>in</strong>g for public assistance applicants<br />

or recipients (Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona,<br />

Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi,<br />

Missouri, North Carol<strong>in</strong>a, Oklahoma, Tennessee,<br />

Utah, West Virg<strong>in</strong>ia and Wiscons<strong>in</strong>.) at<br />

least 20 states have proposed legislation.<br />

Some apply to all applicants; others <strong>in</strong>clude specific<br />

language that there is a reason to believe the<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 10)<br />

Cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g on hair: Jesse Jackson Jr. congratulations<br />

to Oprah W<strong>in</strong>frey on her accomplishments<br />

and receiv<strong>in</strong>g the Cecile B DeMille award at the<br />

Golden Globes. W<strong>in</strong>frey Midas touch, she want to<br />

keep. And not Gray touch up be<strong>in</strong>g President after<br />

four years. Could be the reason why she will not<br />

run.<br />

A journalist who theorized that many people <strong>in</strong><br />

the United States are<br />

now <strong>in</strong> a state <strong>of</strong><br />

"outrage fatigue." The<br />

scandalous behavior <strong>of</strong><br />

the White House, the<br />

destructive policies and<br />

the torrent <strong>of</strong> tweets by<br />

Donald Trump are<br />

numb<strong>in</strong>g many people.<br />

After all, the deluge <strong>of</strong><br />

dishonor, hypocrisy<br />

and pernicious public<br />

policies can feel overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Emil Jones Jr. sadi J.B. Pritzker has shown “what he<br />

really th<strong>in</strong>ks about black folks” Say<strong>in</strong>g “He called me<br />

"crass," and referred to Secretary <strong>of</strong><br />

State Jesse White as the "least <strong>of</strong>fensive"<br />

candidate to replace<br />

Barack Obama. You see, he still<br />

th<strong>in</strong>ks that Jesse White is <strong>of</strong>fensive,<br />

but if he is forced to choose an<br />

African-American, Jesse White is<br />

least <strong>of</strong>fensive to him. JB showed his true colors aga<strong>in</strong><br />

four years later, when he called President Obama<br />

“mediocre”. Voters want an alternative to candidates<br />

who talk about African-American leaders as if we were pawns <strong>in</strong> their political<br />

<strong>in</strong>sider enterprise.<br />

The<br />

P&E <strong>of</strong> CSJ is an artist,<br />

his work can be seen at<br />

the BOP Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Center<br />

on 79th <strong>Street</strong>. and<br />

the Center <strong>of</strong> 69tha<br />

and Emerald<br />

Real Deep, Hood Hip or Brother Hood<br />

was hoop<strong>in</strong>g around the bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>of</strong> Willie<br />

Wilson, that he is do<strong>in</strong>g the right <strong>in</strong> the<br />

community and/or is he gett<strong>in</strong>g ready to run<br />

for Mayor <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> aga<strong>in</strong>. However, the<br />

is talk to drive a Westside 2019 Ford drive<br />

east on Madison <strong>Street</strong> to LaSalle <strong>Street</strong>.<br />

Syron Smith <strong>of</strong> the non-pr<strong>of</strong>it University<br />

Block Club organizations <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> Atlanta, looks<br />

like they are <strong>in</strong> the money now-a– days. However,<br />

word is their block members from<br />

around the county has been giv<strong>in</strong>g $1 a month<br />

for its operations. In that last year they gave a<br />

young man <strong>of</strong> New Orleans a major Christmas<br />

donation.<br />

V<strong>in</strong>cent Gilbert Regional vice president <strong>of</strong> the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois<br />

<strong>Black</strong> Chamber <strong>of</strong> Commerce has started communications<br />

with <strong>Black</strong> Wall <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>in</strong> some operations<br />

for <strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>esses. has been It is really true CSJ publisher<br />

and editor is really an artist as well. Oh was.<br />

Publisher and Editor: Ron Carter Associate<br />

Publisher Digital<br />

Sonja Cassandra Perdue<br />

General Manger John Alexander,<br />

Writers: Donnell Rob<strong>in</strong>son, Frank Ottman,<br />

Sonja Cassandra Perdue<br />

Circulation: Clifton Edgeson, and Roosevelt<br />

Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

Photographers: Parthenia Luke,<br />

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CSJ Photo Parthenia Luke<br />

Wednesday, <strong>February</strong> <strong>28</strong>,<br />

Citibank's Global Consumer<br />

Group George S. Wright Director<br />

<strong>of</strong> Community Relations for .<br />

Topic: The Economic Siege <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Black</strong> America, 12:00 noon, The<br />

<strong>Black</strong> Star Project,<br />

3509 South K<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Drive. Luncheon<br />

Includes: A presentation<br />

by Mr.<br />

Wright, Lunch provided<br />

by a <strong>Black</strong>owned<br />

restaurant<br />

or caterer firm,<br />

Free admission to two college<br />

students. Members - $35.00,<br />

General Public - $45.00. RSVP<br />

to 773.<strong>28</strong>5.9600 by 2/25/<strong>2018</strong>.<br />

March 3, Cool: On Gwendolyn<br />

Brooks, A Fundraiser Hosted<br />

by Willalyn Fox and Stanley B.<br />

Stallworth 3:00-6:00 p.m. 3352<br />

S. Calumet, Award W<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Bronzeville filmmaker, Shahari<br />

Moore, is rais<strong>in</strong>g funds to make<br />

her short film, "Brooks People"<br />

<strong>in</strong>to a feature<br />

length documentary<br />

on<br />

G w e n d o l y n<br />

Brooks, titled,<br />

"Cool". Patrons<br />

will be treated<br />

to a private<br />

screen<strong>in</strong>g, food,<br />

dr<strong>in</strong>ks and a<br />

conversation with the director.<br />

Suggested Donation: $100.00<br />


to Willalyn@yahoo.com by<br />

Monday, <strong>February</strong> 26, <strong>2018</strong>. To<br />

D o n a t e O n l i n e h t t p s : / /<br />

www.ifpchicago.org/cool IFP<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong>, 2558 W 16th <strong>Street</strong>,<br />

STAGE 18, <strong>Chicago</strong>,<br />

Saturday, March 3. The Woodlawn<br />

Community Summit and<br />

South East <strong>Chicago</strong> Commission<br />

(SECC) host the 9 Annual Woodlawn<br />

Community Summit, with a<br />

community-driven theme A New<br />

Urban Mosaic, on from 8 a.m. -<br />

12:30 p.m., at<br />

the University<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

School <strong>of</strong> Social<br />

Service<br />

Ad mi n i st r a -<br />

tion, 969 East<br />

60th <strong>Street</strong>.<br />

This year’s keynote<br />

speaker is Melody<br />

Spann Cooper, chair<br />

<strong>of</strong> Midway Broadcast<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Corporation<br />

a n d W V O N<br />

1690 AM. Oth er<br />

speakers <strong>in</strong>clude representatives<br />

from the Jewel-Osco, Cook County<br />

Land Bank, World Bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>Chicago</strong>,<br />

local stakeholders, and bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

owners. Mattie Butler, Executive<br />

Director <strong>of</strong> WECAN<br />

(Woodlawn East Community and<br />

Neighbors), will receive the Annual<br />

Community Service Award for her<br />

dedication to the community.<br />

Saturday, March 10; <strong>Black</strong><br />

Women <strong>in</strong> Bus<strong>in</strong>ess & Super<br />

Ujamaa Market· Hosted by Ujamaa<br />

Market and The <strong>Black</strong> Mall Holy<br />

Angels Catholic School, 750 E<br />

40th St, <strong>Chicago</strong> at 11 AM - 3 PM<br />

March 10, CTC: Cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Conversation <strong>of</strong> Racial Heal<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

Northern Ill<strong>in</strong>ois. Racial Taboo:<br />

Film and Discussion 6 PM ·<br />

McHenry County College · Crystal<br />

Lake<br />

March 10, Robotic & Veterans<br />

Resource Job Fair, Choice<br />

Career College 2250 E. Devon<br />

Ave. Suite 100 (lower level) Des<br />

Pla<strong>in</strong>es, IL. 60018. This event is<br />

open to the public, but caters to<br />

Vets. For more <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

(<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g time) contact: Albert<br />

Alexander 773-407-8011.<br />

Saturday, March 10, Congresswoman<br />

Kelly To Host 5 th<br />

Annual Hous<strong>in</strong>g Expo Cong.<br />

Rob<strong>in</strong> Kelly Hous<strong>in</strong>g Expo on<br />

from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at Prairie<br />

State College, 202 S. Halsted St.,<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Heights. Participants will<br />

learn about the Hardest Hit Program,<br />

the process <strong>of</strong> obta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a<br />

loan, and improv<strong>in</strong>g your credit.<br />

First-time homebuyers will receive<br />

guidance and learn more about<br />

property taxes and tax cuts associated<br />

with homebuy<strong>in</strong>g. Agencies<br />

on hand to assist homeowners <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

Neighborhood Hous<strong>in</strong>g Services<br />

(NHS), the South Suburban<br />

Hous<strong>in</strong>g Center, the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Hous<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Development Authority<br />

(IHDA), BMO Harris and more.<br />

R e g i s t e r h t t p : / /<br />

reprob<strong>in</strong>kelly.eventbrite.com.<br />

For <strong>in</strong>fo, Alan Banks at (708)<br />

6 7 9 - 0 0 7 8 o r a t<br />

Alan.Banks@mail.house.gov.<br />

March 14, Salsa at The Promontory<br />

Hosted by El Caobo Internacional<br />

The Promontory <strong>Chicago</strong>,<br />

5311 S. Lake Park Avenue,t Mar 14<br />

at 7 PM to Mar 15 at 12 AM,<br />


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Obama Center's/Construction Team<br />

Hyde Park Herald:<br />

Formal president Barack Obama<br />

surprised many at the public meet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to discuss the plans and zon<strong>in</strong>g application<br />

for the Obama Center at the<br />

McCormick Center<br />

In the pack room <strong>of</strong> many, outside<br />

<strong>of</strong> the meet<strong>in</strong>g others still address the<br />

need for a Community Beneifit<br />

Agreement, that wanted assurance for<br />

no residents displancement and more<br />

than 51% <strong>of</strong> the contracts to build the<br />

center.<br />

Obama discussed the plans for the<br />

$300 million museum and center<br />

that will be built <strong>in</strong> Jackson Park,<br />

with private donations.<br />

Obama admitted still community<br />

<strong>in</strong>clusion is <strong>in</strong> the works with zon<strong>in</strong>g<br />

application for the future Obama<br />

Presidential Center that will be<br />

housed <strong>in</strong> Jackson Park.<br />

Design elements for the Obama<br />

Center as well as the foundation's<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives and programs was also<br />

discussed at the meet<strong>in</strong>g. The gather<strong>in</strong>g<br />

also served as an opportunity for<br />

the foundation to gather feedback<br />

from the public.<br />

The public meet<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>cluded an<br />

overview <strong>of</strong> current plans for the<br />

Obama Center with breakout discussions<br />

around topics <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

Design<strong>in</strong>g the Obama Presidential<br />

Campus: Build<strong>in</strong>gs & Landscape.<br />

Inside the Obama Presidential<br />

Center: the Visitor Experience and<br />

P r o g r a m m i n g<br />

* E c o n o m i c I m p a c t<br />

* <strong>Chicago</strong> Park District's Plans for<br />

New Track and Turf Field<br />

* <strong>Chicago</strong> Department <strong>of</strong> Transportation<br />

Proposed Transportation<br />

Changes and improvements for Pedestrians,<br />

Bicyclists, and Drivers".<br />

The Obama Foundations announced<br />

the team <strong>of</strong> diverse, local<br />

firms that will be partner<strong>in</strong>g to help<br />

build the Obama Presidential Center.<br />

With this decision, their top priority<br />

was mak<strong>in</strong>g sure to creat<strong>in</strong>g opportunities<br />

for local bus<strong>in</strong>esses and<br />

build<strong>in</strong>g pathways toward mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

jobs for m<strong>in</strong>orities and other underrepresented<br />

populations <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

area.<br />

The Construction Manager for the<br />

Center will be Lakeside Alliance --<br />

comprised <strong>of</strong> Turner Construction,<br />

and the Presidential Partners consortium<br />

<strong>of</strong> Powers & Sons Construction,<br />

UJAMAA Construction, Brown &<br />

Momen, and Safeway Construction.<br />

Powers & Sons, UJAMAA, Brown &<br />

Momen, and Safeway are some <strong>of</strong> the<br />

most established and well-respected<br />

African-American owned construction<br />

firms <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>.<br />

Jimmy Ak<strong>in</strong>tonde, President and<br />

Founder <strong>of</strong> UJAMAA Construction:<br />

"We've been around for 16<br />

years <strong>in</strong> the South Side. We've been a<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess all the way<br />

t h r o u g h . "<br />

John W. Bonds, Jr., CEO <strong>of</strong><br />

Safeway Construction Company:<br />

Ernest Brown,<br />

President <strong>of</strong> Brown<br />

& Momen<br />

Pamyla Brown,<br />

Director <strong>of</strong> Community<br />

and Citizenship<br />

<strong>of</strong> Turner<br />

Construction<br />

"We are right at the very front <strong>of</strong> the<br />

decision-mak<strong>in</strong>g side <strong>of</strong> the process,<br />

<strong>of</strong> how the decisions are go<strong>in</strong>g to be<br />

made. That's not always normal.<br />

That's not someth<strong>in</strong>g we're used to<br />

see<strong>in</strong>g, especially when you have<br />

grown up a medium-sized bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

These are the opportunities you need<br />

to take your bus<strong>in</strong>ess to the next<br />

level."<br />

Pamyla Brown, Director <strong>of</strong> Community<br />

and Citizenship <strong>of</strong> Turner<br />

Construction: "To have this k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>of</strong><br />

project happen <strong>in</strong> such a great city, it<br />

magnifies the pride that people <strong>in</strong> this<br />

Jimmy Ak<strong>in</strong>tonde, President and<br />

Founder <strong>of</strong> UJAMAA Construction<br />

city already have."<br />

"Hav<strong>in</strong>g this particular project<br />

come to this community will show<br />

the rest <strong>of</strong> the city: We do exist. This<br />

is who we are. This is who we have<br />

always been. We just wanted a<br />

chance... This project will br<strong>in</strong>g some<br />

much needed positive attention to this<br />

p a r t o f t h e c i t y . "<br />

"This is our opportunity to see what<br />

hope really looks like. This is hope<br />

personified."<br />

John W. Bonds, Jr., CEO <strong>of</strong><br />

Safeway Construction Company:<br />

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and president <strong>of</strong> the Fuller Products<br />

Company, publisher <strong>of</strong> the<br />

New York Age and Pittsburgh<br />

Courier, head <strong>of</strong> the South Side<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> NAACP and president <strong>of</strong><br />

the National Negro Bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

League, was a prom<strong>in</strong>ent black<br />

Republican.<br />

Fuller was a lead<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Black</strong> Republican<br />

although he always had an<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent streak. Dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

1950s, Fuller was probably the richest<br />

African American man <strong>in</strong> the<br />

United States.<br />

In addition, the ‘Godfather’ <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Black</strong> politics, the late Lu Palmer<br />

who led the charge to elect Harold<br />

Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, switched to campaign<br />

for former Republican Governor<br />

George Ryan. And a host <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong><br />

leaders supported present Governor<br />

Bruce Rauner.<br />

However, Democrats have enjoyed<br />

the <strong>Black</strong> vot<strong>in</strong>g base s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

President Lyndon B. Johnson. Mack<br />

Glover activist and historian said,<br />

‘The Dixiecrats passed the Civil<br />

Rights Act <strong>of</strong> 1964 Bill which he<br />

also called “The <strong>Black</strong> Th<strong>in</strong>g Bill”,<br />

just to give our people hope that<br />

they were go<strong>in</strong>g to do the right<br />

th<strong>in</strong>g. But what our people never<br />

realized is that these people weren’t<br />

created to do the right th<strong>in</strong>g. They<br />

never have and they never will enforce<br />

it.”<br />

The Civil Rights Act, did <strong>in</strong>deed,<br />

made blacks more beholden to the<br />

Democratic Party, and GOP standard-bearer<br />

Barry Goldwater's opposition<br />

to the Civil Rights Act opened<br />

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to the Supreme Court helped foster<br />

allegiance to the Democratic Party.<br />

Former President Richard Nixon's<br />

play for Southern white voters, pander<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to their racial hostility and<br />

fears (the "Southern strategy"), told<br />

blacks voters that the Republican<br />

base would wear a white face.<br />

Glover said, “This locked us <strong>in</strong> as<br />

Loyal Democrats. Johnson statement<br />

was made and I quote,: ‘This<br />

will have these <strong>Black</strong> people vot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Democrat for the next 200 years.’<br />

<strong>Black</strong>s go <strong>in</strong>to the vot<strong>in</strong>g booth<br />

hitt<strong>in</strong>g democratic down the l<strong>in</strong>e, <strong>of</strong><br />

the most racist people <strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice not<br />

even aware <strong>of</strong> it.”<br />

CSJ <strong>in</strong>terview <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

Tribune <strong>in</strong> the 2000 presidential<br />

election endors<strong>in</strong>g George Bush,<br />

lead to its Editor say<strong>in</strong>g, ‘African<br />

Americans used to be Republican.<br />

We are as republicans has been<br />

consistent <strong>Black</strong>s have not. It is our<br />

turn.’<br />

Pritzker pitched the idea <strong>of</strong> pick<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Secretary <strong>of</strong> State Jesse<br />

White, <strong>in</strong> part, because “Tt covers<br />

you on the African-American<br />

th<strong>in</strong>g,” with former Governor<br />

Blovegecgic wiretaps on select<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>Black</strong> replacements <strong>of</strong> former President<br />

Barrack Obama’s Senate seat.<br />

Pritzker apologized on his statement<br />

which still secured his Democratic<br />

strong hold <strong>of</strong> two-thirds <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Black</strong> aldermen <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> and<br />

nearly half <strong>of</strong> African-American<br />

State lawmakers, with a host <strong>of</strong><br />

black m<strong>in</strong>isters.<br />

Historically, for <strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>in</strong> 1990,<br />

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First African American Senator and Representatives were all republicans:<br />

Sen. Hiram Revels (R-MS), Rep. Benjam<strong>in</strong> S. Turner (R-AL),<br />

Robert DeLarge (R-SC), Josiah Walls (R-FL), Jefferson Long (R-GA),<br />

Joseph Ra<strong>in</strong>ey and Robert B. Elliott (R-SC), 1872<br />

Percy Coleman, 34th<br />

ward Republican Committeeman<br />

Joshua “J.C.” Griff<strong>in</strong>, Republican organizer<br />

There is no political party for the<br />

municipal elections. However, still<br />

for <strong>Chicago</strong> elections, the voters are<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>ded by candidates they are<br />

Democratic when there is no primary<br />

<strong>of</strong> political parties.<br />

Coleman said, “Nobody needs to<br />

tell African-Americans <strong>in</strong> this country<br />

that the Old New Deal from the<br />

Democratic Party isn’t work<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

them. In election after election, Democratic<br />

Party leaders take African-<br />

American voters for granted and<br />

year after year the condition <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Black</strong> America gets worse. The<br />

conditions <strong>in</strong> our <strong>in</strong>ner cities today<br />

are unacceptable. Too many African<br />

-Americans have been left beh<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Coleman says he'd always considered<br />

himself a Republican and an<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependent voter, although he has<br />

voted Democratic.<br />

A Wall <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong>-NBC News<br />

poll conducted <strong>in</strong> 1996 found that<br />

15 percent <strong>of</strong> African-Americans<br />

sided with the GOP.<br />

The poll, this past July found just<br />

7 percent <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong>s called themselves<br />

Republicans, mark<strong>in</strong>g a more<br />

than 50 percent plunge <strong>in</strong> <strong>Black</strong><br />

support <strong>in</strong> two decades. Trump won<br />

less <strong>of</strong> 8% <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Black</strong> vote, accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to exit polls.<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Republicans represent<br />

about 10% <strong>of</strong> the voters. African-<br />

Americans made up <strong>28</strong> percent <strong>of</strong><br />

the Democratic vote <strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois.<br />

Nat Thompson, writer and historian<br />

said, “Whether you are a Democrat,<br />

Republican, Libertarian,<br />

Green, or some other political<br />

“Independent” <strong>of</strong> any extraction;<br />

even if you have no <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> politics,<br />

every Ill<strong>in</strong>ois resident knows<br />

that the lion’s share <strong>of</strong> negative<br />

issues impact<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>Black</strong> community<br />

have occurred under the direction<br />

<strong>of</strong> Democrats.”<br />

He cont<strong>in</strong>ued to say “One path<br />

out <strong>of</strong> that abyss may very well be a<br />

Progressive Republican agenda. A<br />

‘Progressive Republican” is a<br />

“RepubliCrat;’ part ‘Conservative<br />

Democrat,’ part ‘Liberal Republican.’<br />

Democratic Alderman Howard<br />

Brook<strong>in</strong>s (21) said he has no issue<br />

with <strong>Black</strong>s be<strong>in</strong>g republicans. “We<br />

need <strong>Black</strong> folks on both sides <strong>of</strong><br />

the aisle — Democrat and Republican.<br />

However, be<strong>in</strong>g a Republican<br />

<strong>in</strong> the age <strong>of</strong> Trump is a whole other<br />

level <strong>of</strong> Republican-ism.”<br />

On one hand, there is the clearly<br />

def<strong>in</strong>ed, anti-<strong>Black</strong> section <strong>of</strong> the<br />

party. The slogan “Make America<br />

Mack A. Glover,<br />

Independent political<br />

organizer<br />

Great Aga<strong>in</strong>” comes <strong>of</strong>f as a battle<br />

call for the anti-black crowd.<br />

The roots <strong>of</strong> the Trump election<br />

goes as far back to slavery <strong>in</strong> the<br />

United States, right after the Civil<br />

war. Most <strong>of</strong> the Democratics were<br />

slave owners. Trump did not w<strong>in</strong><br />

the popular vote. Not even close,<br />

he lost by 2.5 million votes. He<br />

won the Electoral College – a vot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

system set up <strong>in</strong> 1887 to protect<br />

slave owners to ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> their<br />

representation and pr<strong>of</strong>it shares<br />

<strong>in</strong> slavery, given the population <strong>of</strong><br />

the U.S. was controlled by the<br />

Union (Republicans) and the<br />

Southern states needed fair representation.<br />

Trump has <strong>in</strong>cited fear and distress<br />

to all who are “different” –<br />

nationalities, religions, or gender,<br />

and non European people <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

viciously attack<strong>in</strong>g and demean<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Mexicans and Muslims, and degraded<br />

women, openly, yet he won<br />

the election.<br />

When the cities and states accelerated<br />

their plans to remove Confederate<br />

monuments from public property,<br />

the President’s remarks regard<strong>in</strong>g<br />

race he tweeted that statues <strong>of</strong><br />

Confederate leaders should be left<br />

stand<strong>in</strong>g across the South. not challeng<strong>in</strong>g<br />

history and rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Old<br />

South imagery.<br />

Coleman ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>s, “Progressive<br />

<strong>Black</strong> Republicans are still <strong>Chicago</strong>ans<br />

only fair hope for political<br />

justice. But at this po<strong>in</strong>t it’s about re<br />

-def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the Republican Party. It’s<br />

about time that racist, disconnected<br />

Republicans learn that the Party<br />

does not belong to them; they’ve<br />

just enjoyed not hav<strong>in</strong>g anyone from<br />

the other side <strong>of</strong> town show up.<br />

Those days are com<strong>in</strong>g to a close.<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong>’s next <strong>Black</strong> mayor, or<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois’ first <strong>Black</strong> governor might<br />

be a Progressive Republican.<br />

Joshua “J.C.” Griff<strong>in</strong> was about to<br />

be a sign <strong>of</strong> that. In the spr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong><br />

2017, J.C. began tour<strong>in</strong>g the state <strong>of</strong><br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois <strong>in</strong> an effort to advance <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

<strong>in</strong> his candidacy for the <strong>of</strong>fice <strong>of</strong><br />

the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Secretary <strong>of</strong> State<br />

(aga<strong>in</strong>st <strong>in</strong>cumbent Jessie White <strong>of</strong><br />

40 years <strong>in</strong> the seat). As a Republican<br />

Griff<strong>in</strong> cited the need for fresh<br />

ideas, renewed leadership and a new<br />

approach toward how Ill<strong>in</strong>ois executes<br />

its responsibilities <strong>in</strong> govern<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Griff<strong>in</strong> did not get his candidacy<br />

on the ballot <strong>in</strong> December <strong>of</strong> 2017.<br />

Republican candidates face a<br />

practical problem <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Black</strong><br />

wards. In many prec<strong>in</strong>cts, even the<br />

Republican election judges are <strong>of</strong>ten<br />

Democrats who are just do<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

job for the pay.<br />

"The judges automatically give<br />

you a Democratic ballot," Griff<strong>in</strong><br />

said. "You have to ask for a Republican<br />

ballot." He th<strong>in</strong>ks some potential<br />

Republican voters are too embarrassed<br />

to make the public declaration.<br />

The issue with <strong>Black</strong> Americans<br />

identify<strong>in</strong>g with Republicans is<br />

two-fold:<br />

In the city's African-American<br />

wards, a Republican vote is even<br />

more extraord<strong>in</strong>ary. In 2010, for<br />

example, 5,700 Democratic ballots<br />

were cast <strong>in</strong> the <strong>28</strong>th Ward on the<br />

west side—and just 50 Republican<br />

ballots. In the south-side 17th Ward,<br />

7,193 voted Democratic and 58<br />

voted Republican.<br />

Consequently, the face <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong><br />

Republicans has been def<strong>in</strong>ed<br />

largely, <strong>in</strong> the public m<strong>in</strong>d. In 2013<br />

Bruce Rauner opened his campaign<br />

<strong>of</strong>fice <strong>in</strong> the Chatham community.<br />

The established <strong>Black</strong> Republican<br />

base there was never consulted.<br />

Bruce Carter, who created <strong>Black</strong><br />

Men For Bernie, decided Hillary<br />

Cl<strong>in</strong>ton and the Democratic party is<br />

not the future <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Black</strong><br />

community. He feels responsible for<br />

alert<strong>in</strong>g as many voters as possible<br />

that it was time to make a switch.<br />

“Truth hurts!” Said Carter, Democrats<br />

have always kept <strong>Black</strong>s “<strong>in</strong><br />

l<strong>in</strong>e”! Look at Planned Parenthood;<br />

its racist founder and where, strategically,<br />

these are located! You don’t<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k it is co<strong>in</strong>cidence that the majority<br />

<strong>of</strong> these facilities are located<br />

<strong>in</strong> the poorer <strong>Black</strong> communities, do<br />

you?”<br />

Carter went on to say "Barack<br />

Obama/Cl<strong>in</strong>ton have failed all<br />

m<strong>in</strong>orities. By marshal<strong>in</strong>g the votes<br />

<strong>of</strong> all Americans – White, black,<br />

Hispanic citizens – we can reclaim<br />

our country and preserve its<br />

economic and safe future."<br />

Glover said, “We’re just caught <strong>in</strong><br />

the middle. And as quiet as it’s kept<br />

and for those that don’t know,<br />

U.S.A. really stands for ‘Under<br />

Satan’s Authority.’ But that’s my<br />

op<strong>in</strong>ion.<br />

Political activist L<strong>in</strong>da Hudson<br />

comment<strong>in</strong>g on Pritzker remarks<br />

and the accountability <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> Democratics,<br />

“The <strong>Black</strong> politicians<br />

who stand by him as he tries to court<br />

votes <strong>in</strong> their communities, are<br />

problematic, too. His supporters<br />

<strong>in</strong>sist the man who spoke on that<br />

November 2008 wiretap doesn’t<br />

speak for the man court<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

<strong>Black</strong> vote today. That k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>of</strong> bl<strong>in</strong>d<br />

party loyalty is further pro<strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong> the<br />

political disconnect between the Old<br />

Guard and today’s <strong>Black</strong> Millennial.<br />

If the third <strong>of</strong> Democratic voters<br />

<strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois who are <strong>Black</strong> want to<br />

really see a Democratic Party that<br />

works for them, and especially<br />

young folk, they need to oust power<br />

brokers who look the other way at<br />

transgressions from White allies.<br />

We need more <strong>of</strong> those African-<br />

American leaders who make people<br />

like Pritzker and Blago uncomfortable.

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From 1970 to 1973, the CCAC<br />

conv<strong>in</strong>ced numerous <strong>in</strong>vestors to<br />

support their plan and together,<br />

they created the <strong>Chicago</strong> 21<br />

Corporation and drafted the<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> 21 Plan, a 125-page<br />

document made public <strong>in</strong> 1973,<br />

"A Plan for the Central Area<br />

Communities"<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor and politician historic<br />

Bob Starks and other, has<br />

been mak<strong>in</strong>g the charge <strong>of</strong> genocide<br />

and re-gentrification that<br />

contributed to the demolition <strong>of</strong><br />

public hous<strong>in</strong>g and displacement<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong>s <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> and even to<br />

the clos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> over 60 schools,<br />

<strong>in</strong>carnation and crime <strong>in</strong>justice<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Black</strong> communities today.<br />

Presently a similar plan is led<br />

by The <strong>Chicago</strong> Metropolitan<br />

Area Plan (CMAP) creator <strong>of</strong> the<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> 2020 Plan, the <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

2040 plan and now updated to <strong>Chicago</strong> 2050<br />

Plan.<br />

In 2009 <strong>Black</strong> Wall <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> charged<br />

the CMAP <strong>of</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess genocide for not <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a plan for black commercial and bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

development. Cit<strong>in</strong>g it would not give<br />

<strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>esses a chance to prosper <strong>in</strong> their<br />

own communities. <strong>Black</strong> Wall <strong>Street</strong> programs<br />

called it outright racism or <strong>in</strong>stitutional racism.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce then CMAP has had a more outreach<br />

to the <strong>Black</strong> community.<br />

A past warn<strong>in</strong>g sign by noble leaders such<br />

as Marcus Gravey and addressed <strong>of</strong>ten by<br />

Malcolm X, “develop your own bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

before it is too late.’ Malcolm X talked about<br />

"black genocide" <strong>in</strong> the early 1960s, cit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

long term <strong>in</strong>justice and cruelty by whites<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>st blacks.<br />

“We have not founded away to this date to<br />

act on it. And make the mayor stand up for<br />

what the city has done and is do<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>Black</strong><br />

People. Said Community activist Pereston<br />

Shanks<br />

Charges <strong>of</strong> GENOCIDE<br />

The charge <strong>of</strong> black genocide is not new.<br />

Before Kennedy made his remarks, Cook<br />

County Commissioner Richard Boyk<strong>in</strong>, who<br />

flew to New York to discuss what he described<br />

as a “quiet genocide” <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>’s<br />

black community with the U.N.’s assistant<br />

secretary-general for peace build<strong>in</strong>g support,<br />

Oscar Fernandez-Taranco.<br />

Many attempts have been done to address<br />

<strong>Genocide</strong>. In Dec. 17, 1951, “We Charge<br />

<strong>Genocide</strong>: The Crime <strong>of</strong> Government Aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

the Negro People.”, led by Paul Robeson and<br />

William L. Patterson, two giants <strong>of</strong> the struggle<br />

for African-American equality, delivered<br />

to the United Nations a petition presented to a<br />

UN <strong>of</strong>ficial <strong>in</strong> New York.<br />

The petition listed 10,000 unjust deaths <strong>of</strong><br />

African Americans <strong>in</strong> the n<strong>in</strong>e decades s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

the American Civil War. It described lynch<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

mistreatment, murder and oppression by<br />

whites aga<strong>in</strong>st blacks to conclude that the US<br />

government was conduct<strong>in</strong>g genocide <strong>of</strong> African<br />

Americans, by refus<strong>in</strong>g to address "the<br />

persistent, widespread, <strong>in</strong>stitutionalized commission<br />

<strong>of</strong> the crime <strong>of</strong> genocide".<br />

<strong>Genocide</strong> was charge by Marcus Gravey <strong>in</strong><br />

1930’s where he declared the only address is<br />

form ‘Our Own’ and returned back to Africa.<br />

Malcolm X made the charge where he issue<br />

to br<strong>in</strong>g the charge to the United Nations right<br />

before his death.<br />

Dr. Conrad Worrill traveled to Geneva,<br />

Switzerland, <strong>in</strong> 1997 with a delegation to formally<br />

charge the U.S. Government with genocide<br />

and human right violations before the<br />

Commission on Human Rights. The delegation<br />

presented the commission with a<br />

"Declaration <strong>of</strong> <strong>Genocide</strong> by the United States<br />

Government aga<strong>in</strong>st the <strong>Black</strong> Population <strong>in</strong><br />

the United States" with 157,000 signatures.<br />

The Case <strong>of</strong> Political <strong>Genocide</strong><br />

However, to proven it has been difficult to<br />

do. <strong>Black</strong> genocide has been referred to the<br />

both <strong>in</strong> the past and <strong>in</strong> the present.<br />

Kennedy said, accord<strong>in</strong>g to a <strong>Chicago</strong> Tribune<br />

news report several areas <strong>in</strong> which the<br />

predom<strong>in</strong>antly <strong>Black</strong> communities <strong>of</strong> the city<br />

are struggl<strong>in</strong>g with fund<strong>in</strong>g, education, and<br />

healthcare and law enforcement. He suggested<br />

Emmanuel and his adm<strong>in</strong>istration are <strong>in</strong>tentionally<br />

neglect<strong>in</strong>g these communities, leav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the <strong>Black</strong> residents choice but to leave.<br />

"This is <strong>in</strong>voluntary. That we’re cutt<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>f<br />

fund<strong>in</strong>g for schools, cutt<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>f fund<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

police, allow<strong>in</strong>g people to be forced to live <strong>in</strong><br />

food deserts, clos<strong>in</strong>g hospitals, clos<strong>in</strong>g access<br />

to mental health facilities," he added. "What<br />

William L. Patterson,<br />

delivered to the<br />

United Nations a petition<br />

presented to a<br />

UN <strong>of</strong>ficial <strong>in</strong> New<br />

York <strong>in</strong> 1951 address<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>Genocide</strong> <strong>of</strong> African<br />

Americans<br />

choice do people have but to move, to leave?<br />

And I th<strong>in</strong>k that’s part <strong>of</strong> a strategic gentrification<br />

plan be<strong>in</strong>g implemented by the city <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> to push people <strong>of</strong> color out <strong>of</strong> the<br />

city. The city is becom<strong>in</strong>g smaller, and as it<br />

becomes smaller, it’s become whiter."<br />

Kennedy accus<strong>in</strong>g Emanuel <strong>of</strong> lead<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

“strategic gentrification plan” to rid <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> blacks to make the city whiter and wealthier<br />

— someth<strong>in</strong>g the mayor sharply criticized and<br />

denied, and op<strong>in</strong>ion writers derided.<br />

Kennedy’s also criticized the Democratic<br />

establishment by contend<strong>in</strong>g homes <strong>in</strong> poorer<br />

neighborhoods are over-assessed while<br />

wealthy commercial properties get property<br />

tax breaks, spurred by “The Tax Divide” series<br />

by the <strong>Chicago</strong> Tribune and ProPublica<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois.<br />

“This re-segregation, it’s not accidental.”<br />

Kennedy said at the Bronzeville church event<br />

<strong>in</strong> December. “It’s occurr<strong>in</strong>g because <strong>of</strong> governmental<br />

decisions. We’re resegregat<strong>in</strong>g our<br />

schools. We’re segregat<strong>in</strong>g our communities,<br />

not just on race but economically as well.”<br />

Emmanuel's <strong>of</strong>fice, as well as <strong>Chicago</strong> PD<br />

Super<strong>in</strong>tendent Eddie Johnson responded to<br />

Kennedy's accusations, as noth<strong>in</strong>g more than<br />

an attempt to get ahead at the polls. Emmanuel's<br />

spokesperson Matt McGrath also<br />

called Kennedy's accusations "divisive" and<br />

said he was "ignor<strong>in</strong>g work be<strong>in</strong>g done <strong>in</strong><br />

neighborhoods across the city."<br />

In <strong>Chicago</strong> where government has not address<br />

genocide, yet the <strong>Chicago</strong> city Council<br />

has voted <strong>in</strong> symbolic terms <strong>of</strong> Reparations for<br />

<strong>Black</strong> once to bus<strong>in</strong>esses ownership <strong>of</strong> slaves<br />

i.e. Morgan/Chase Bank, and under former<br />

Mayor Richard Daley apologized for slavery.<br />

But have no <strong>of</strong>ficial position to the city wrong<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g related to genenfication or genocide.”<br />

Emanuel has previously face criticism for<br />

his questionable decision dur<strong>in</strong>g his time <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong>fice and poor handl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> several high pr<strong>of</strong>ile<br />

matters, most notably the <strong>Chicago</strong> PD<br />

cover up <strong>of</strong> the LaQuan McDonald not want<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to lose his <strong>Black</strong> votes.<br />

The South and West side is under the biggest<br />

land grab s<strong>in</strong>ce the end <strong>of</strong> the civil war,<br />

largely driven by what many would say due to<br />

the University <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>.<br />

This land grab, which will establish depopulation<br />

then re-population, is gentrification<br />

on steroids and will affect every orifice <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Southside. Federal census reports show <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

saw a significant decl<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Black</strong> residents from 2000 to 2010,<br />

with over 175,000 <strong>Black</strong> residents<br />

lost before Emmanuel took <strong>of</strong>fice <strong>in</strong><br />

2011. The percentage <strong>of</strong> African-<br />

American residents was roughly.2<br />

percent <strong>in</strong> 2010 and was reported at<br />

29.2 percent last year, represent<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

decrease <strong>of</strong><br />

roughly 100,000<br />

<strong>Black</strong> residents.<br />

Boyk<strong>in</strong> said<br />

there is a direct<br />

correlation between<br />

poverty<br />

and<br />

cri me,<br />

which must be<br />

addressed. He said the Aust<strong>in</strong> community<br />

is 43 percent below the poverty<br />

l<strong>in</strong>e and that for the City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

that’s 80 percent <strong>of</strong> people mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

less than $20,000.<br />

Political <strong>Genocide</strong><br />

Start<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the 1950s, <strong>Chicago</strong> politicians<br />

steadfastly believed that the key<br />

to the city's economic survival was <strong>in</strong> revitaliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the central areas surround<strong>in</strong>g the Loop<br />

by lur<strong>in</strong>g white, middle- and upper-class pr<strong>of</strong>essionals<br />

<strong>in</strong>to renovated l<strong>of</strong>ts and re-built<br />

neighborhoods. A case <strong>in</strong> the graph above<br />

shows the decrease <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong>s and the <strong>in</strong>crease<br />

<strong>in</strong> Whites <strong>in</strong> area once known as <strong>Black</strong> communities.<br />

Harold L. Lucas Population loss drives the<br />

remap process and vot<strong>in</strong>g power.<br />

And the Gerryman<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Black</strong> majority<br />

wards <strong>of</strong> the city, such as the 2nd ward once<br />

98% <strong>Black</strong> is now 65% White. The <strong>Black</strong><br />

community has lost two aldermanic seats the<br />

2nd ward and 15th ward.<br />

After the pass<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Harold Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, the<br />

<strong>Black</strong> political base <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> has been organized<br />

to be disorganized s<strong>in</strong>ce that time.<br />

Local community organizations have fought<br />

these plans s<strong>in</strong>ce their <strong>in</strong>ception. As developers<br />

and planners vow they have the city's best<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest at heart, those residents <strong>in</strong> the central<br />

areas charge that they are be<strong>in</strong>g driven out <strong>of</strong><br />

their neighborhoods by new construction and<br />

ris<strong>in</strong>g property taxes.<br />

The developers cont<strong>in</strong>ue to work with City<br />

Hall <strong>in</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g for the future <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>'s<br />

downtown area. Meanwhile, <strong>Black</strong> residents<br />

and many other neighborhoods fight to keep<br />

the dw<strong>in</strong>dl<strong>in</strong>g number <strong>of</strong> hous<strong>in</strong>g units available<br />

to those that need them, and local bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

displacement.<br />

Shanks said, “It's all designed chaos. Englewood<br />

is dead. Once Rahm closes those high<br />

schools for a year it is a wrap. The new school<br />

will ONLY be accept<strong>in</strong>g freshmen.”<br />

“How leaders are portrayed <strong>in</strong> history<br />

books, film, the news and media the charge <strong>of</strong><br />

genocide has been on death ear dur<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Black</strong><br />

History Month.”<br />


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6 <strong>February</strong> <strong>28</strong> - March 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

Let's Talk Purity<br />

By: The Pure Prophet<br />

(Prophetess Stefaniq’ue Tillis)<br />

B<br />

lack history dictates that slaves stood <strong>in</strong><br />

droves peer<strong>in</strong>g at the horrendous beat<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>of</strong> other slaves considered to have<br />

misbehaved. Slaves didn't necessarily care to<br />

observe what was happen<strong>in</strong>g, but were commanded<br />

to look at what has now become a<br />

damn<strong>in</strong>g chapter <strong>in</strong> American’s treatment <strong>of</strong><br />

humans!<br />

Though those considered sub-servants had<br />

numerous opportunities to flee the plantation,<br />

they could have by reason <strong>of</strong> their numbers,<br />

forcibly <strong>in</strong>tervened to halt the historical lynch<strong>in</strong>g's<br />

and beat<strong>in</strong>g! However, fear would grip<br />

their hearts and no stop-gap measures ever happened!<br />

Some slaves<br />

thought <strong>of</strong> flee<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

disasters they knew<br />

would eventually come,<br />

but opt-out for fear <strong>of</strong><br />

direr consequences.<br />

Even with the Slavery<br />

Abolition Act <strong>of</strong><br />

1833, some <strong>in</strong> white<br />

America cont<strong>in</strong>ues to<br />

repeat horfy<strong>in</strong>g events <strong>of</strong><br />

America’s past failures.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Walter<br />

Hawk<strong>in</strong>s, slaves constantly<br />

talked about the<br />

possibility <strong>of</strong> escape:<br />

"There arose <strong>in</strong> some an<br />

irrepressible desire for<br />

freedom which no danger<br />

or power could restra<strong>in</strong>,<br />

no hardship deterred, and<br />

no bloodhound could<br />

alarm. This desire<br />

haunted them night and<br />

day; they talked about it to each other <strong>in</strong> confidence;<br />

they knew that the system which bound<br />

them was as unjust as it was cruel, and that they<br />

ought to strive, as a duty to themselves and their<br />

children, to escape from it".<br />

Slave-overseers, <strong>of</strong>ten would quote the scripture:<br />

“Have confidence <strong>in</strong> your leaders and submit<br />

to their authority, because they keep watch<br />

over you as those who must give an account. Do<br />

this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden,<br />

for that would be <strong>of</strong> no benefit to you.” Hebrews<br />

13:17.<br />

Some political hypocrisy, yesterday and today<br />

are truly non-believers, bible tot<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals,<br />

who with long prayer and quot<strong>in</strong>g portions<br />

<strong>of</strong> scripture tongue-<strong>in</strong>-cheek, is only to benefit<br />

their own hidden purpose! These mimic ’blacked<br />

-face’ politicians represent 21-Century Slaves<br />

with an agenda that they themselves are not fully<br />

aware! Foolishly, they are recklessly obstruct<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and do<strong>in</strong>g the bidd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> those ‘masters’ who for<br />

the love <strong>of</strong> filthy money seek only to accomplish<br />

the demise <strong>of</strong> the underprivileged.<br />

ts important to note that the 13th Amendment<br />

stated: "Neither slavery nor <strong>in</strong>voluntary<br />

servitude, except as a punishment for crime<br />

where<strong>of</strong> the party shall have been duly convicted,<br />

shall exist with<strong>in</strong> the United States, or<br />

any place subject to their jurisdiction." However,<br />

to date even the law <strong>of</strong> the land has not prevented<br />

evil hearts to discrim<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>in</strong> the United<br />

States <strong>of</strong> America.<br />

Many <strong>of</strong> the despicable events <strong>of</strong> days we<br />

would like to honestly forget, we are rem<strong>in</strong>ded<br />

<strong>of</strong> those critical sounds com<strong>in</strong>g from the various<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> communities … voices <strong>of</strong> the hopeless<br />

cry<strong>in</strong>g because <strong>of</strong> the needless hunger along with<br />

various matters that are unheard by the powersthat-be.<br />

Enslaved <strong>Chicago</strong>ans are suffer<strong>in</strong>g at the<br />

hands <strong>of</strong> those field-auctioneers that sit <strong>in</strong> seats<br />

<strong>of</strong> authority on the <strong>Chicago</strong>’s 5th floor.<br />

Education: Its terrible to utter the clos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong><br />

50 public schools <strong>in</strong> the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>, where<br />

crime is rampant. This proves without any doubt<br />

that education is not a priority<br />

<strong>in</strong> a city where youth<br />

have to now cross gang-turf<br />

to get an education! Why?<br />

Let me tell you why: Education<br />

br<strong>in</strong>gs about an awareness.<br />

Awareness br<strong>in</strong>gs on<br />

the ability to th<strong>in</strong>k. When<br />

youth can th<strong>in</strong>k...they then<br />

can prayerfully make rational<br />

decisions. Who wants<br />

youth to an ability to th<strong>in</strong>k,<br />

especially when its more<br />

lucrative for them to rema<strong>in</strong><br />

stupid! Who will be the<br />

benefactor <strong>of</strong> the lack <strong>of</strong><br />

knowledge: Jails and Prisons<br />

are a multi-billion dollar<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry! The proven fact is:<br />

It cost less to educate than to<br />

<strong>in</strong>carcerate.<br />

If <strong>Chicago</strong> would educate<br />

well, it wouldn’t have to<br />

<strong>in</strong>carcerate.<br />

<strong>Black</strong> History ought to have taught the<br />

massive <strong>of</strong> blacks to the po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>of</strong> understand<strong>in</strong>g…<br />

we can’t get stuck on stupid! We can’t go<br />

back to the orig<strong>in</strong>al theory <strong>of</strong> which the plantation<br />

was created! Ah, but many are try<strong>in</strong>g to do<br />

just that! Revisit the stats concern<strong>in</strong>g the justice<br />

system and therewith to f<strong>in</strong>d that it is: The<br />

Crim<strong>in</strong>al Just Us System.<br />

What could happen if the black tax payer<br />

decided to flee from the oppressors?<br />

Without question, people <strong>of</strong> vot<strong>in</strong>g age are<br />

capable <strong>of</strong> shift<strong>in</strong>g a misguided political adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

from its wrong ways to master<strong>in</strong>g rightfully!<br />

I beg <strong>of</strong> the youth that were educated under<br />

the sound <strong>of</strong> my voice… don’t be as slaves <strong>in</strong><br />

the historical yesterdays who stood idly by allow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

other humans to be slaughtered… they<br />

could have escaped… and so can you! Escape<br />

the perils and detriments that lie <strong>in</strong> wait for all<br />

deprived humans. Denounce the theory that I’ve<br />

got m<strong>in</strong>e—you get yours, which is an attitude<br />

carried from century to century by the have and<br />

the have-nots. And I th<strong>in</strong>k we know who had the<br />

upper hand! VOTE!<br />

by Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President <strong>of</strong> Probation<br />

Challenge<br />

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org—The Truth<br />

Network<br />

Prophetess Stefaniq'ue Tillis is the founder <strong>of</strong> Purity Reigns International M<strong>in</strong>istries<br />

which operates <strong>in</strong> Houston, TX. She is a 25 year old virg<strong>in</strong><br />

that is wait<strong>in</strong>g to meet Her orda<strong>in</strong>ed mate that she can serve GOD with.<br />

O<br />

ften times <strong>in</strong> the Christian<br />

faith when the word Purity is<br />

spoken we th<strong>in</strong>k sexual Purity,<br />

however dur<strong>in</strong>g my walk<br />

<strong>of</strong> Purity I always say we must be Pure <strong>in</strong><br />

m<strong>in</strong>d, body, and spirit. And I assure you<br />

that statement will reign True daily.<br />

I began my journey <strong>of</strong> Purity before I<br />

truly understood<br />

what<br />

sexual Purity<br />

was. That journey<br />

began with<br />

a discovery<br />

that birth a<br />

depth <strong>of</strong> hunger<br />

and desire<br />

to live accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to the word<br />

<strong>of</strong> GOD. At a<br />

very youthful<br />

age (age 5) I<br />

discovered<br />

many different<br />

liv<strong>in</strong>g circumstances<br />

concern<strong>in</strong>g<br />

parents<br />

and children. I<br />

realized there<br />

were homes<br />

with s<strong>in</strong>gle<br />

parents<br />

(mostly mothers),<br />

step parents<br />

(where the<br />

step parent(s)<br />

helped care for<br />

children that<br />

were parented<br />

by both parents<br />

and any children that were parented<br />

previously by either parent), there were<br />

also children that were parented outside <strong>of</strong><br />

the home. After discuss<strong>in</strong>g this with my<br />

sibl<strong>in</strong>gs, I told my Mom that I was hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

all <strong>of</strong> my children by one man. I also began<br />

declar<strong>in</strong>g that that man would first be<br />

my husband.<br />

Today this is still my daily declaration.<br />

A declaration is a statement or proclamation<br />

that you make; normally <strong>in</strong> accordance<br />

with the word <strong>of</strong> GOD <strong>in</strong> the Christian<br />

faith. I encourage you to beg<strong>in</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

declarations over your life, your family,<br />

your health, your f<strong>in</strong>ances and etc.;<br />

even now whether you are s<strong>in</strong>gle, married,<br />

a parent, an expectant parent, work<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong><br />

between jobs, or <strong>in</strong> the job or career field<br />

that you like.<br />

I also cont<strong>in</strong>uously make declarations<br />

over my m<strong>in</strong>d and<br />

my spirit to stay<br />

guarded. Though I<br />

still live a fun and<br />

balanced life, I'm<br />

careful <strong>of</strong> what<br />

events, conversations<br />

and relationships<br />

I partake <strong>in</strong>.<br />

Be<strong>in</strong>g careful <strong>of</strong> my<br />

words, surround<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

and friends helps to<br />

shape an atmosphere<br />

that is conducive to<br />

GOD's favor and<br />

bless<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Keep<strong>in</strong>g my body<br />

pure has come with<br />

a Grace from GOD<br />

that I value and respect.<br />

As an African<br />

American female<br />

I believe it's<br />

important to your<br />

confidence to like<br />

what you wear,<br />

however you<br />

should look graceful<br />

and polished<br />

throughout.<br />

I encourage you to<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> read<strong>in</strong>g the word <strong>of</strong> GOD and f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

scriptures that will help your current situation<br />

and beg<strong>in</strong> declar<strong>in</strong>g that over you to<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> your steps <strong>of</strong> Purity. Though we<br />

may all have a ways to go <strong>in</strong> our journeys<br />

we must remember every journey beg<strong>in</strong>s<br />

with a step.<br />

Contact her via e-mail<br />

prreigns@outlook.com<br />

if you have any questions.<br />

No Matter What<br />

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Re-Open<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> The Woodson Library<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued from page 3)<br />

Obama Library<br />

Mayor Rham Emmanuel jo<strong>in</strong> others <strong>in</strong> cutt<strong>in</strong>g the ribbion <strong>of</strong> theCarter G. Woodson Regional<br />

Library on 95th and Halsted, dur<strong>in</strong>g African American History Month.<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued from page 1)<br />

will serve as a cultural and <strong>in</strong>formation<br />

center for Wash<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

Heights and all <strong>Chicago</strong> residents.<br />

“The renovation <strong>of</strong> the historic<br />

Woodson Regional Library <strong>in</strong><br />

Wash<strong>in</strong>gton Heights is a major step<br />

towards its future and a brighter<br />

future for the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>,” said<br />

Mayor Emanuel. “With passionate<br />

community engagement, this<br />

neighborhood anchor will ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong><br />

its history and legacy while <strong>of</strong>fer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

patrons 21st century learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

opportunities, services and technology<br />

that will benefit <strong>Chicago</strong>ans for<br />

generations to come.”<br />

The Woodson Regional Library<br />

will now <strong>of</strong>fer programs and services<br />

that meet the needs <strong>of</strong> the<br />

residents they serve. Interior renovations<br />

<strong>in</strong>cluded the construction <strong>of</strong><br />

two study rooms to conduct small<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>gs and engage <strong>in</strong> workforce<br />

development or for community<br />

collaboration, and the read<strong>in</strong>g areas<br />

were reconfigured <strong>in</strong> areas with<br />

natural light. Children and families<br />

will have access a built-out Early<br />

Learn<strong>in</strong>g Play Space, the Teacher<br />

<strong>in</strong> the Library program and the<br />

YOUmedia program, which provides<br />

teens with access to technology,<br />

resources, and classes that<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire exploration, creativity and<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g. Traditional library programs,<br />

such as book clubs for seniors,<br />

<strong>in</strong>tergenerational educational<br />

and cultural programm<strong>in</strong>g and story<br />

times and other programm<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

kids and tweens will also be available.<br />

“These renovations, thanks to the<br />

support <strong>of</strong> our city and Secretary <strong>of</strong><br />

State Jesse White, ensure this community<br />

has a dynamic, 21st century<br />

library,” said Commissioner Brian<br />

Bannon. “I’d also like to thank<br />

Woodson Director Lynda Schoop<br />

and the entire Woodson and Harsh<br />

staff for their dedication to the<br />

branch and community.”<br />

Extensive renovations were<br />

made to the <strong>in</strong>terior and exterior<br />

façade <strong>of</strong> the Woodson Regional<br />

Library. Build<strong>in</strong>g improvements<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude a renovated 180-seat auditorium<br />

with new upholstery; new<br />

energy-efficient and <strong>in</strong>sulated ro<strong>of</strong>,<br />

exterior walls and w<strong>in</strong>dows; updated<br />

guardrails and handrails on<br />

the monumental stairway; additional<br />

park<strong>in</strong>g for people with disabilities;<br />

and upgrades to floor<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

CSJ Photo by John Alexander<br />

light<strong>in</strong>g and pa<strong>in</strong>t <strong>in</strong> lobby and the<br />

Harsh Collection Read<strong>in</strong>g Room.<br />

“I have long envisioned what<br />

Woodson Regional Library could<br />

be for the community, and I am<br />

proud that this vision has become a<br />

reality,” said Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Secretary <strong>of</strong><br />

State Jesse White. “This was built<br />

out <strong>of</strong> a resilient partnership between<br />

the City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>, the<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Public Library and the<br />

state, and will be well-served by the<br />

community for many years.”<br />

The branch was closed to the<br />

public <strong>in</strong> November 2016, and was<br />

renovated with capital grant fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through Secretary <strong>of</strong> State Jesse<br />

White and through city funds. The<br />

Architect <strong>of</strong> Record is EXP and the<br />

contractor for the façade replacement<br />

is Ujaama.<br />

The revitalization <strong>of</strong> a critical<br />

neighborhood anchors like<br />

Woodson is paramount for residents<br />

on the south side <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>,”<br />

said Alderman Howard B.<br />

Brook<strong>in</strong>s Jr., 21st Ward. “This is a<br />

proud example <strong>of</strong> how city <strong>of</strong>ficials<br />

come together with residents and<br />

partners to work together toward a<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 16)<br />

Lakeside Alliance team. John<br />

W. Bonds, Jr. "I was born <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>,<br />

<strong>in</strong> Englewood... I've been <strong>in</strong><br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess for 31 years, but it's good<br />

to see opportunity <strong>in</strong> the community<br />

<strong>of</strong> this magnitude."<br />

"What <strong>in</strong>spires me about the<br />

South Side] is the change... What's<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g built is go<strong>in</strong>g to impact the<br />

community, and property values,<br />

and those k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>of</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs."<br />

Ernest Brown, President <strong>of</strong><br />

Brown & Momen:"I live about<br />

five blocks from the project site.<br />

With<strong>in</strong> ¾ <strong>of</strong> a mile."<br />

"Very rarely do you have an<br />

owner that has the k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>of</strong> goals<br />

and focus that the Foundation has<br />

for this project, so it makes it easy<br />

for us to do our job."<br />

"I'm exceptionally excited.<br />

We've worked on large projects<br />

before...but this is a whole different<br />

approach... Be<strong>in</strong>g part <strong>of</strong> 44's legacy,<br />

and build<strong>in</strong>g on his legacy is<br />

unbelievable."<br />

Although the Obama Foundation<br />

has signed a private<br />

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that guarantees m<strong>in</strong>ority hir<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

local activists say it doesn’t<br />

provide enough public oversight<br />

<strong>of</strong> the project or address the<br />

issue <strong>of</strong> gentrification. It’s an<br />

ongo<strong>in</strong>g battle that activists<br />

have taken all the way to Mayor<br />

Rahm Emanuel’s <strong>of</strong>fice, and<br />

that may have implications for<br />

next year’s aldermanic elections.<br />

The Obama Foundation<br />

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the <strong>Chicago</strong> Park District to<br />

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field, the park district said <strong>in</strong> a<br />

statement, add<strong>in</strong>g that the park<br />

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(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued from page 1)<br />

The City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> held month-long celebration <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong><br />

History Month with a myriad <strong>of</strong> events <strong>in</strong><br />

neighborhoods across the city for residents to<br />

gather, learn and reflect on the accomplishments,<br />

history, culture and contributions <strong>of</strong><br />

black Americans <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> and throughout our<br />

nation’s history.<br />

“From our city's found<strong>in</strong>g by Jean Baptiste<br />

Po<strong>in</strong>t du Sable to today, black history has been<br />

<strong>in</strong>separable from <strong>Chicago</strong>’s history. The last<strong>in</strong>g<br />

contributions <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>'s African American<br />

community have def<strong>in</strong>ed its past and cont<strong>in</strong>ue to<br />

shape <strong>Chicago</strong>'s future,” said Mayor Rahm<br />

Emanuel.<br />

Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), the great<br />

Carter G.<br />

Woodson:<br />

Who was the<br />

'Father <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong><br />

History' and how<br />

did he change attitudes<br />

to race <strong>in</strong><br />

America?<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

African American scholar commonly regarded<br />

as "the Father <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> History". grew up <strong>in</strong><br />

rural New Canton, Virg<strong>in</strong>ia, <strong>in</strong> the aftermath <strong>of</strong><br />

the American Civil War, the son <strong>of</strong> freed slaves<br />

James and Eliza Riddle Woodson.<br />

James Woodson, a Union veteran, relocated<br />

his young family to Hunt<strong>in</strong>gton, West Virg<strong>in</strong>ia,<br />

so that his son could attend a new high school<br />

for black students then under construction,<br />

hop<strong>in</strong>g to give Carter the best possible<br />

chance <strong>of</strong> achiev<strong>in</strong>g the education he and his<br />

wife had been denied.<br />

The f<strong>in</strong>ancial realities <strong>of</strong> their situation however<br />

meant that Carter frequently had to miss<br />

school to help out on the family farm. Undeterred,<br />

the young student taught himself the<br />

fundamentals <strong>of</strong> English, maths and science and<br />

became accomplished <strong>in</strong> those subjects by the<br />

age <strong>of</strong> 17. He was forced to beg<strong>in</strong> work <strong>in</strong> the<br />

coal m<strong>in</strong>es <strong>of</strong> Fayette County at this po<strong>in</strong>t, temporarily<br />

frustrat<strong>in</strong>g what had been astonish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

academic progress.<br />

In 1895, aged 20, he was able to resume his<br />

studies at Douglass High School <strong>in</strong> Hunt<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

and received his diploma <strong>in</strong> under two years. After three<br />

years <strong>of</strong> teach<strong>in</strong>g, he returned to Douglass as pr<strong>in</strong>cipal before<br />

relocat<strong>in</strong>g to the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es between 1903 and 1907 to serve as<br />

a school supervisor.<br />

Woodson's ongo<strong>in</strong>g quest for self-improvement through<br />

study saw him earn a Bachelor <strong>of</strong> Literature degree from Berea<br />

College, Kentucky, receive honours from the University <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> and complete a history PhD at Harvard <strong>in</strong> 1912, <strong>in</strong>dicat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a truly voracious appetite for learn<strong>in</strong>g. He was only the<br />

second African American to w<strong>in</strong> a doctorate, follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the<br />

formidable footsteps <strong>of</strong> W.E.B. DuBois.<br />

It was while serv<strong>in</strong>g as Dean <strong>of</strong> Arts and Sciences at Howard<br />

University <strong>in</strong> Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, DC, <strong>in</strong> 1915 that Woodson and his<br />

colleague Alexander L. Jackson published The Education <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Negro Prior to 1861, a pivotal work address<strong>in</strong>g African American<br />

history, a subject he felt had been badly neglected and<br />

crudely misrepresented by white academia.<br />

Woodson would write over a dozen more books on<br />

black subjects over the course <strong>of</strong> his<br />

career as he began to turn his thoughts<br />

away from simply research<strong>in</strong>g US history<br />

himself to rais<strong>in</strong>g awareness and<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g it accessible to others.<br />

His next venture was found<strong>in</strong>g the Association<br />

for the Study <strong>of</strong> African American<br />

Life and History, <strong>in</strong>spired by his time<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>, a collective whose goal was<br />

to formalise the education <strong>of</strong> adults and<br />

young children on their nation's past. The<br />

association duly produced a periodical to<br />

support their work, The <strong>Journal</strong> <strong>of</strong> Negro<br />

History. Woodson hoped such public<br />

outreach projects - as opposed to studies<br />

undertaken with<strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>sular, cloistered<br />

world <strong>of</strong> universities - held the key to<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g about more enlightened relations<br />

between black and white citizens.<br />

Woodson believed that racism could be<br />

overcome and was "merely the logical<br />

result <strong>of</strong> tradition, the <strong>in</strong>evitable outcome<br />

<strong>of</strong> thorough <strong>in</strong>struction to the effect<br />

that the Negro has never contributed<br />

anyth<strong>in</strong>g to the progress <strong>of</strong> mank<strong>in</strong>d."<br />

In 1926, he was <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Negro History Week <strong>in</strong> Wash<strong>in</strong>gton,<br />

DC, the forerunner to <strong>Black</strong> History<br />

Month. Intended to co<strong>in</strong>cide with the<br />

birthdays <strong>of</strong> abolitionist Frederick<br />

Douglass and President Abraham L<strong>in</strong>coln,<br />

the celebration promoted the organised<br />

study <strong>of</strong> African America,<br />

which Woodson felt had been<br />

"overlooked, ignored and even suppressed<br />

by writers <strong>of</strong> history textbooks<br />

and the teachers who use them".<br />

Students at Kent State University, Ohio,<br />

would pick up his baton when they<br />

founded the first <strong>Black</strong> History Month<br />

on 1 <strong>February</strong> 1970, with President Gerald<br />

Ford recogniz<strong>in</strong>g their project nationwide<br />

six years later.<br />

Woodson cont<strong>in</strong>ued to promote black<br />

American scholarship throughout his<br />

career as an educator, writ<strong>in</strong>g a widelyread<br />

regular column for Negro World, a<br />

weekly publication founded by Jamaican<br />

activist Marcus Garvey.<br />

Carter G. Woodson died <strong>of</strong> a heart attack<br />

<strong>in</strong> Wash<strong>in</strong>gton <strong>in</strong> 1950, aged 74.<br />

His proud example set the stage for the<br />

heroes <strong>of</strong> the Civil Rights Movement<br />

and he is rightly remembered to this day<br />

as a remarkable man and a true pioneer.<br />

His <strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to racial prejudice and the<br />

political mach<strong>in</strong>ery <strong>of</strong> oppression, <strong>in</strong>cidentally,<br />

are as timely today as they ever<br />

were:<br />

"If you can control a man’s th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

you don’t have to worry about his actions.<br />

Letters to the Editor<br />

Dear Editor;<br />

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman /<br />

woman collects a salary while <strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice and<br />

receives no pay when they're out <strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice.<br />

2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates<br />

<strong>in</strong> Social Security.<br />

All funds <strong>in</strong> the Congressional retirement<br />

fund move to the Social Security system<br />

immediately. All future funds flow <strong>in</strong>to the<br />

Social Security system, and Congress participates<br />

with the American people. It may not<br />

be used for any other purpose.<br />

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement<br />

plan, just as all Americans do.<br />

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a<br />

pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the<br />

lower <strong>of</strong> CPI or 3%.<br />

5. Congress loses their current health care<br />

system and participates <strong>in</strong> the same health<br />

care system as the American people.<br />

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws<br />

they impose on the American people.<br />

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women<br />

are void effective 3/1/17.<br />

The American people did not make this contract<br />

with Congressmen/women.<br />

Congress made all these contracts for themselves.<br />

Serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Congress is an honor, not a<br />

career. The Found<strong>in</strong>g Fathers envisioned<br />

citizen legislators, so ours should serve their<br />

term(s), then go home and go back to work.<br />

If each person contacts a m<strong>in</strong>imum <strong>of</strong> twenty<br />

people, then it will only take three days for<br />

most people <strong>in</strong> the U.S. to receive the message.<br />

It's time!<br />


Term limits:<br />

Chang<strong>in</strong>g the culture back to public service, not personal<br />

ga<strong>in</strong>, forc<strong>in</strong>g the lifetime politicians to f<strong>in</strong>d new<br />

jobs<br />

Dear Editor<br />

Over the past two years, the people <strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois,<br />

Democrats and Republicans alike, have demanded<br />

reform. In 2014 the entrenched politicians<br />

hold<strong>in</strong>g power <strong>in</strong> Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield ignored those<br />

demands. They used the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois court system to<br />

stop proposals for term limits and fair maps that<br />

could have led to the reforms the people want.<br />

Term limits and fair maps would give the<br />

people <strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois more control over our broken<br />

political system.<br />

But the politicians hold<strong>in</strong>g power said no.<br />

Last week they said no aga<strong>in</strong>. A lower court<br />

threw out this year's Fair Maps proposal that has<br />

the support <strong>of</strong> nearly 600,000 Ill<strong>in</strong>ois citizens,<br />

support from both Democrats and Republicans.<br />

We cannot let this stand. The only way to<br />

overcome entrenched political power is for the<br />

people <strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois to never give up, to keep push<strong>in</strong>g<br />

forward for reform. That's why we're here<br />

today.<br />

Term limits is an issue I believe <strong>in</strong> deeply.<br />

And so do the people <strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois. Term limits is<br />

supported by<br />

80% <strong>of</strong> the people I talk to, and it seems like<br />

80% <strong>of</strong> the politicians are opposed. Our people<br />

want term limits now more than ever, and that's<br />

why I'm so committed to cont<strong>in</strong>ue the fight to<br />

make it happen.<br />

You know, I've been Governor <strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois for a<br />

year and a half now. We've gotten some important<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs done. But I'm as frustrated as everyone<br />

else that we haven't been able to tackle the<br />

biggest challenges fac<strong>in</strong>g our state. These past<br />

18 months have been a humbl<strong>in</strong>g experience -<br />

I've learned just how entrenched the politicians<br />

hold<strong>in</strong>g power are. They don't want to change.<br />

They are focused on their own power, rather than<br />

empower<strong>in</strong>g people. But I have also learned that<br />

you want me to keep work<strong>in</strong>g to fix our broken<br />

political system. That is just what I plan to do.<br />

But I need your help to get it done.<br />

As I've travelled the state, I've learned the<br />

most from talk<strong>in</strong>g to people, not politicians. I've<br />

talked to people <strong>in</strong> factory break rooms, <strong>in</strong> c<strong>of</strong>fee<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued on page 9)

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Commentary:<br />

By: Lionel B. Nixon<br />

"I Don’t Hate The<br />

Player.<br />

I Hate the<br />

Game!"<br />

A political analysis <strong>of</strong> politics<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2017 Barack Obama<br />

<strong>of</strong> whom most <strong>of</strong> us for the most<br />

part all have liked has been back<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and endors<strong>in</strong>g Rahm Emmanuel<br />

<strong>of</strong> whom is just the water carrier for some<br />

much bigger players. In this scenario former Daley<br />

operatives like David Axelrod and others <strong>of</strong> whom I<br />

won't name here are to be found all over the place <strong>in</strong><br />

this political equation I'm just describ<strong>in</strong>g here.<br />

Many voters don't like what the mayor is do<strong>in</strong>g but<br />

don't want to go aga<strong>in</strong>st Obama's endorsement and<br />

therefore simply take themselves out <strong>of</strong> the game<br />

totally by not vot<strong>in</strong>g which reduces the voter turnout.<br />

The overwhelm<strong>in</strong>g majority <strong>of</strong> voters <strong>in</strong> the mayoral,<br />

and <strong>in</strong> a recent state representative and Aldermanic<br />

election with Obama selectively mak<strong>in</strong>g endorsements<br />

allows a very small number <strong>of</strong> mustered up by<br />

the well-oiled and f<strong>in</strong>anced New Democratic Mach<strong>in</strong>e<br />

to outnumber a very smaller number who vote<br />

<strong>in</strong> opposition. In the old days you didn't have such a<br />

powerfully charismatic figure like Barack to come <strong>in</strong><br />

at the call<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the New Democratic Mach<strong>in</strong>e and<br />

endorse their candidate. Back <strong>in</strong> the day we just went<br />

toe-to-toe and head to head <strong>in</strong> the streets dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

course <strong>of</strong> a political campaign and on Election Day.<br />

What is <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g about all <strong>of</strong> this is that there is a<br />

completely new city that has been built <strong>in</strong> the South<br />

Loop with thousands <strong>of</strong> resident newcomers many <strong>of</strong><br />

foreign orig<strong>in</strong> and Whites from the southwest side<br />

like 12th Ward and others who were able to sell their<br />

houses to Lat<strong>in</strong>os <strong>in</strong>stead <strong>of</strong> hav<strong>in</strong>g them demolished<br />

for code violations with accelerated demolition which<br />

has happened to many black homeowners.<br />

Is gigantic development around McCormick Place<br />

and the old Mercy Hospital site along with the proposed<br />

Barack Obama Presidential Library and the<br />

Tiger Woods Golf Course all tak<strong>in</strong>g place <strong>in</strong> close<br />

proximity to the south lakefront.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to the prelim<strong>in</strong>ary 2015 United States<br />

Census Bureau data there are only 871,000 <strong>Black</strong><br />

people left <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> and probably as <strong>of</strong> now <strong>2018</strong><br />

there is less. Now some people are look<strong>in</strong>g at me like<br />

I'm crazy; a person who gave his heart and soul every<br />

s<strong>in</strong>gle day dur<strong>in</strong>g both Obama's election campaign to<br />

become President who now is say<strong>in</strong>g ""I don't like his<br />

support <strong>of</strong> Rahm Emmanuel." But I don't th<strong>in</strong>k that<br />

he even had a choice <strong>in</strong> the matter. For the record I<br />

am far from crazy just very <strong>in</strong>formed. I do the research<br />

and a <strong>Chicago</strong> Native Son on behalf <strong>of</strong> the<br />

city that I was born and raised <strong>in</strong> and its people, I'd<br />

rather lose on the right side <strong>of</strong> History than w<strong>in</strong> on<br />

the wrong side.<br />

Now don't get it twisted. Barack Obama is a<br />

man I have a great deal <strong>of</strong> respect for many <strong>of</strong> the<br />

good th<strong>in</strong>gs that he was able get done while he was<br />

President.<br />

I don't hate the player.<br />

I hate the game!<br />

In the upcom<strong>in</strong>g issue <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong><br />

<strong>Journal</strong> candidates seek<strong>in</strong>g our endorsement<br />

should answer the follow<strong>in</strong>g questions.<br />

Supporters are welcome to comment<br />

for them as well for publication. However,<br />

no endorsement without candidate<br />

response.<br />

<strong>2018</strong> Candidates Questioner<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> is a diverse city with a rich<br />

history we thrive to represent the city as a<br />

whole. Although African American <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

is still at the core <strong>of</strong> what we cover,<br />

1. What Is One Capacity <strong>of</strong> You Makes You the<br />

Most Qualified Candidate for This Elected Office?<br />



2. Do you agree with Governor Candidate Chris Kennedy that there has<br />

been Strategic mov<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> African Americans <strong>in</strong> the City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> to<br />

any extend? If so example, if not can you expla<strong>in</strong> the disenfranchisement<br />

<strong>of</strong> African Americans <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>?<br />

3. Would you support legislation <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Black</strong> Wall <strong>Street</strong> platform as <strong>in</strong><br />

HB bill 27 [October 14, 2009] SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 432?<br />

4. A How Would You Describe Your Own Work<strong>in</strong>g Style with the Political<br />

Party you represent and with the opposite Party?<br />

4. B What is the difference between a Conservative and Liberal?<br />

5. If Any What one item does you agree with President Donald Trump<br />

agenda and what one do you disagree on?<br />

6. If (Re) Elected, What Is the First Th<strong>in</strong>g You Would NOT Tackle <strong>in</strong><br />

This Office?<br />

7. What is the logic <strong>of</strong> a candidate use <strong>of</strong> the theme ‘represent<strong>in</strong>g the middle'<br />

class oppose to the lower or upper <strong>in</strong>come persons/family?<br />

8. Are you <strong>in</strong> favor <strong>of</strong> Parity based on geographical racial area <strong>in</strong> contract<br />

procurement and how would you address parity?<br />

9. Are you <strong>in</strong> favor <strong>of</strong> Term Limits or not for which <strong>of</strong>fice?<br />

Letters to the Editor<br />

10. Do you believe that the Obama Foundation<br />

should present a signed Community Benefit Agreement?<br />

Thank you for tak<strong>in</strong>g the time to respond.<br />

Ron Carter, Publisher and Editor and<br />

the Endorsement Committee <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued from page 8)<br />

shops, <strong>in</strong> milk<strong>in</strong>g barns, <strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice build<strong>in</strong>gs and<br />

at kitchen tables. After you spend enough time<br />

<strong>in</strong> Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield, it's <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g to talk with people<br />

fac<strong>in</strong>g real challenges every day and see<strong>in</strong>g<br />

how hard they work to get ahead. It makes me<br />

want to work that much harder for all the people<br />

<strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois.<br />

Our people want action on the challenges we<br />

face. People want us to fix the broken system<br />

that has put our state deep <strong>in</strong> the hole. But <strong>in</strong><br />

Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield, too many career politicians hold<strong>in</strong>g<br />

power have been happy to kick the can down<br />

the road and do noth<strong>in</strong>g about our biggest problems.<br />

That is how we ended up with a $100 billion<br />

unfunded pension liability. Even with our massive<br />

tax bills, our government spends a dollarthirty<br />

for every dollar it takes <strong>in</strong>. It simply defies<br />

common sense. The people I talk to every<br />

day balance their budgets, and they expect us to<br />

balance the State's. To do that, we need new<br />

people with their new ideas <strong>in</strong> Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield.<br />

People <strong>in</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess are successful by mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs happen. In politics, career politicians<br />

don't have to make anyth<strong>in</strong>g happen to get reelected.<br />

If they play their cards right, they've<br />

got a lifetime job. We've got politicians <strong>in</strong><br />

Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield who've been there for twenty,<br />

thirty, forty years! And look what's happened to<br />

our state <strong>in</strong> that time.<br />

It's time for change. Two years ago, 600,000<br />

thousand people <strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois signed<br />

petitions call<strong>in</strong>g for term limits on<br />

elected <strong>of</strong>ficials. The politicians<br />

long <strong>in</strong> power ignored the petitions.<br />

They won't even debate the issue.<br />

That's crazy!<br />

We desperately need new faces<br />

and new ideas <strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois politics.<br />

We need to make serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> government<br />

more about public service, and<br />

less about power and a government<br />

pension. That should be obvious!<br />

We need it <strong>in</strong> the Republican<br />

Party, <strong>in</strong> the Democratic Party, and<br />

throughout the political spectrum.<br />

New faces need to believe they have<br />

an even chance <strong>of</strong> w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a truly<br />

democratic election.<br />

Look at the numbers:<br />

This year over 88% <strong>of</strong> candidates<br />

for our legislature faced no opposition<br />

<strong>in</strong> their primary.<br />

Even more amaz<strong>in</strong>g, two-thirds have no opposition<br />

<strong>in</strong> the general election. That's not democracy.<br />

That's a rigged system.<br />

The system has given so many advantages to<br />

<strong>in</strong>cumbents <strong>in</strong> the legislature that it's very hard<br />

to vote them out -- even if they're not do<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

good job.<br />

That's just wrong.<br />

But we can change that. And we must change<br />

that.<br />

That's why I'm call<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

the General Assembly to<br />

vote on a term limits<br />

constitutional amendment<br />

when members<br />

return for the fall veto<br />

session.<br />

It's certa<strong>in</strong>ly true that<br />

gett<strong>in</strong>g term limits won't<br />

fix every problem we<br />

face. We've still got to<br />

wipe out corruption,<br />

conflicts <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>terest, and<br />

repair our broken pension<br />

system. We've got to<br />

balance our budget without<br />

balanc<strong>in</strong>g it on the<br />

backs <strong>of</strong> the most needy.<br />

We've got to get our<br />

property taxes mov<strong>in</strong>g<br />

down, not up. All <strong>of</strong> this<br />

will help create the environment<br />

we need to attract good jobs back to<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois.<br />

We can overcome our challenges. We can do<br />

it together. First, we've got to fix Ill<strong>in</strong>ois' broken<br />

political system. And when we fix the system,<br />

we can take on any challenge Ill<strong>in</strong>ois<br />

faces.<br />

Term limits will go a long way toward fix<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the system by chang<strong>in</strong>g the culture back to<br />

public service, not personal ga<strong>in</strong>, by forc<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

lifetime politicians to f<strong>in</strong>d new jobs, and by<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g new faces and new ideas to Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield.<br />

All <strong>of</strong> the changes we need won't happen<br />

right away. This will take time. But now we'll<br />

be mov<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the right direction.<br />

Instead <strong>of</strong> gridlock and <strong>in</strong>action, we'll be<br />

mov<strong>in</strong>g forward.<br />

And every day we'll get closer to the future<br />

we, our kids and our grandkids deserve. Ill<strong>in</strong>ois<br />

can be the economic eng<strong>in</strong>e <strong>of</strong> the Midwest<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>. We can be a magnet for the best companies<br />

from all over the world and the best jobs,<br />

just as it used to be. From our rich farmland to<br />

busy factory floors to tech start-ups, Ill<strong>in</strong>ois<br />

will be go<strong>in</strong>g and grow<strong>in</strong>g aga<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Now, cynics will say this is an impossible<br />

dream to get term limits voted on by this legislature.<br />

But that dream can become a reality if<br />

the people <strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois demand it.<br />

And we are not stopp<strong>in</strong>g with term limits.<br />

We'll keep press<strong>in</strong>g every day to lower our<br />

property taxes, to protect all our taxpayers, to<br />

protect and grow our jobs, and to ensure every<br />

child has a chance at a great education. We can<br />

do this – if we work together for the reforms<br />

our state needs.<br />

We're fac<strong>in</strong>g tough challenges, but we can<br />

meet those challenges if we work together for<br />

reform. One step at a time. Start<strong>in</strong>g right now.<br />

It starts with term limits.<br />

Thank you. Governor Bruce Rauner

10 <strong>February</strong> <strong>28</strong> - March 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />

Jo<strong>in</strong>s the Ancestors<br />

Lerone Bennett, Jr.<br />

19<strong>28</strong> to <strong>2018</strong><br />

Writer and social historian Lerone<br />

Bennett, Jr. served as the executive<br />

editor <strong>of</strong> Ebony for almost forty<br />

years. His written work deftly explores<br />

the history <strong>of</strong> race relations <strong>in</strong><br />

the United States as well as the current<br />

environment <strong>in</strong> which African<br />

Americans strive for equality. Bennett<br />

was born on October 17, 19<strong>28</strong>,<br />

<strong>in</strong> Clarksdale, Mississippi, to Lerone<br />

and Alma (Reed) Bennett. When<br />

Bennett was young, his family<br />

moved to Jackson, Mississippi, and it<br />

was here, while attend<strong>in</strong>g Jackson's<br />

public schools, that Bennett's <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

<strong>in</strong> journalism was <strong>in</strong>itiated.<br />

Bennett attended Morehouse College, earn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a B.A. <strong>in</strong> 1949. He has always considered Morehouse<br />

as the center <strong>of</strong> his academic development.<br />

After graduat<strong>in</strong>g, Bennett formally entered<br />

the world <strong>of</strong> journalism as a reporter for the now<br />

defunct Atlanta Daily World. He became the<br />

city editor for the magaz<strong>in</strong>e and worked there<br />

until 1953, when he began his work as an associate<br />

editor at Jet magaz<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>, Ill<strong>in</strong>ois. In<br />

1954, Bennett became an associate editor<br />

at Ebony and he was promoted to senior editor<br />

<strong>of</strong> the magaz<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> 1958. S<strong>in</strong>ce then, his comprehensive<br />

articles have become one <strong>of</strong> the magaz<strong>in</strong>e's<br />

literary hallmarks.<br />

A series <strong>of</strong> articles orig<strong>in</strong>ally published<br />

<strong>in</strong> Ebony resulted <strong>in</strong> Bennett's first book, a sem<strong>in</strong>al<br />

piece <strong>of</strong> work, Before the Mayflower: A<br />

History <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> America, 1619-1962. The<br />

book, with its comprehensive exam<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>of</strong> the<br />

history <strong>of</strong> African Americans <strong>in</strong> the United<br />

States, gave Bennett the reputation <strong>of</strong> a firstclass<br />

popular historian. In his eight subsequent<br />

books, Bennett has cont<strong>in</strong>ued to document the<br />

historical forces shap<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>Black</strong> experience <strong>in</strong><br />

the United States. His other works <strong>in</strong>clude: What<br />

Manner <strong>of</strong> Man?, Pioneers In Protest and The<br />

Shap<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> America.<br />

Bennett has received numerous awards such<br />

as the Literature Award <strong>of</strong> the Academy <strong>of</strong> Arts<br />

and Letters, Book <strong>of</strong> the Year Award from Capital<br />

Press Club and the Patron Sa<strong>in</strong>ts Award from<br />

the Society <strong>of</strong> Midland Authors. He has served<br />

as advisor and consultant to several national<br />

organizations and commissions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders.<br />

Bennett's articles, short stories and poems<br />

have been translated <strong>in</strong>to five languages.<br />

Culver’s opens up at Lake Meadows shopp<strong>in</strong>g Center on 35th and K<strong>in</strong>g Drive, the<br />

ever-expand<strong>in</strong>g franchise now number nearly 650 <strong>in</strong> 24 states. It signature items<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude their ButterBurger. The restaurant owner is Guy Hollis, center <strong>of</strong> photo<br />

wav<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued from page 2)<br />

person is engag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> illegal drug activity<br />

or has a substance use disorder; others require<br />

a specific screen<strong>in</strong>g process. The<br />

states <strong>in</strong>clude: Ill<strong>in</strong>ois have proposals to<br />

drug test those applicants who have been<br />

convicted <strong>of</strong> drug-related <strong>of</strong>fenses.<br />

The federal rules permit drug test<strong>in</strong>g as<br />

part <strong>of</strong> the Temporary Assistance for<br />

Needy Families block grant. In recent<br />

years, nearly all states have proposed some<br />

form <strong>of</strong> drug test<strong>in</strong>g or screen<strong>in</strong>g for applicants.<br />


Harper Opposes<br />

School Clos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

Englewood<br />

State Representative Sonya Harper (D-<br />

6th) released the follow<strong>in</strong>g statement after<br />

CPS announced the proposal to close all <strong>of</strong><br />

the public high schools <strong>in</strong> West Englewood<br />

and Englewood this school year, <strong>in</strong> June <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>2018</strong>.<br />

“This is more than an attack on the education<br />

for our most vulnerable children <strong>in</strong><br />

the city, it is a direct attack<br />

on the livelihood <strong>of</strong> our<br />

black communities across<br />

the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>. Four<br />

high school clos<strong>in</strong>g at one<br />

time will only add to the<br />

<strong>in</strong>stability <strong>of</strong> a community<br />

that is already struggl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with the highest rates <strong>of</strong><br />

unemployment, crime, food<br />

<strong>in</strong>security and a lack <strong>of</strong><br />

hous<strong>in</strong>g for families.<br />

"In Englewood and West Englewood we<br />

have already experienced six elementary<br />

school clos<strong>in</strong>gs at once which took a devastat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

toll on residents and now those build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

are just sitt<strong>in</strong>g empty.<br />

Harper District <strong>in</strong>cludes all or portions <strong>of</strong><br />

Armour Square, Bridgeport, <strong>Chicago</strong> Lawn,<br />

Englewood, Gage Park, Back <strong>of</strong> the Yards,<br />

Canaryville, New City, West Englewood,<br />

and Marquette Park.<br />

Momentum Across the<br />

South to End Money Bail<br />

for <strong>Black</strong> Woman<br />

Last year, Southerners on New Ground<br />

(SONG) -- the region's largest queer liberation<br />

group -- <strong>in</strong>itiated their <strong>Black</strong> Mama's Bail Out<br />

campaign to raise money to free poor <strong>Black</strong><br />

women from jail while await<strong>in</strong>g trial and to<br />

draw attention to what it calls "the immoral<br />

system" <strong>of</strong> cash bail that affects people <strong>of</strong> color<br />

disproportionately. Centered around Mother's<br />

Day, the campaign sought to honor the contributions<br />

that <strong>Black</strong> women make to the community<br />

and recognize the harm <strong>in</strong>flicted when<br />

they're separated from their loved ones.

Christ<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Houston<br />

is a native <strong>Chicago</strong>an, who went on to become<br />

a staff writer on the Punky Brewster<br />

TV series and, <strong>in</strong> 1985, her play, Two<br />

Twenty-Seven was adapted to television<br />

and became NBC’s hit television series<br />

227. She won several awards for her playwrit<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

which lead her to Los Angeles<br />

where she wrote a teleplay for the TV series<br />

The Jeffersons.<br />

CSJ loves <strong>in</strong>terview<strong>in</strong>g folks<br />

from <strong>Chicago</strong>. We’re sure that<br />

your Parker High School classmates<br />

are still excited about your<br />

success. Did any <strong>of</strong> this take your<br />

by surprise? Did you even imag<strong>in</strong>e<br />

the success <strong>of</strong> Two Twenty-<br />

Seven, as your worked on the<br />

play, while still a student at Kennedy-K<strong>in</strong>g<br />

College?<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: I wrote the play Two<br />

Twenty-Seven on a challenge by my<br />

fellow classmates. They were go<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to attend a spr<strong>in</strong>g conference, represent<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Kennedy-K<strong>in</strong>g College<br />

(KKC), that was be<strong>in</strong>g held at a<br />

university <strong>in</strong> Texas. Hav<strong>in</strong>g won<br />

awards <strong>in</strong> every theater category<br />

except playwrit<strong>in</strong>g, they were desperate to w<strong>in</strong><br />

that award.<br />

CSJ: What was your major?<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: When asked what my major was,<br />

I lied and told them <strong>Journal</strong>ism. After all, I was<br />

a 42-year-old wife and<br />

mother <strong>of</strong> three teenage<br />

boys and couldn’t br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

myself to the po<strong>in</strong>t <strong>of</strong><br />

tell<strong>in</strong>g them I was there<br />

because <strong>of</strong> my secret<br />

ambition to acquire the<br />

lead role <strong>in</strong> a theater production.<br />

At that time,<br />

KKC had a reputation for<br />

hav<strong>in</strong>g the best theater<br />

program <strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois.<br />

CSJ: So how did Play<br />

writ<strong>in</strong>g come <strong>in</strong>?<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: After several<br />

days <strong>of</strong> be<strong>in</strong>g pressured,<br />

I decided to accept<br />

the challenge, th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the play wouldn’t w<strong>in</strong><br />

anyway s<strong>in</strong>ce I had no<br />

idea how to write a play,<br />

despite all the English<br />

and writ<strong>in</strong>g classes I had<br />

taken. To my surprise, the play took first place<br />

<strong>in</strong> the contest. I titled the play, Two Twenty-<br />

Seven, my address grow<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>. Several<br />

months later, the play was entered (by the<br />

college) <strong>in</strong>to the Norman Lear and the Lorra<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Hansberry playwrit<strong>in</strong>g contests, where it won<br />

first place <strong>in</strong> the Norman Lear and second place<br />

<strong>in</strong> the Lorra<strong>in</strong>e Hansberry. The committee<br />

agreed that Two Twenty-Seven really should get<br />

first place <strong>in</strong> the<br />

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The Writer from <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

Lorra<strong>in</strong>e Hansberry, too, but decided that s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

the contests were sponsored by the American<br />

College Festival, another student should be<br />

encouraged. That same year, I graduated, receiv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

an AA <strong>in</strong> Theater Technology and was<br />

<strong>of</strong>f to Hollywood.<br />

CSJ: As you well know, opportunities to<br />

work <strong>in</strong> the enterta<strong>in</strong>ment<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry is grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

phenomenally <strong>in</strong><br />

Chi-Town, so your latest<br />

book is <strong>in</strong>deed very<br />

timely. Tell us a little bit<br />

about The Screenwriter’s<br />

Guidebook:<br />

Inspir<strong>in</strong>g Lessons for<br />

Film and Television<br />

Writers.<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: After several<br />

years <strong>of</strong> writ<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

various television shows<br />

produced by Norman<br />

Lear and f<strong>in</strong>ally see<strong>in</strong>g<br />

my play become NBC’s<br />

hit series titled 227, I<br />

returned to <strong>Chicago</strong> to<br />

care for my ail<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mother. I soon realized it would be a while<br />

before I could return to LA and cont<strong>in</strong>ue<br />

launch<strong>in</strong>g a career writ<strong>in</strong>g for television.<br />

After eight years, my mother made her transition<br />

and I prepared to return to Hollywood, only<br />

to learn that my husband <strong>of</strong> 35 years had dementia.<br />

While car<strong>in</strong>g for him, I returned to<br />

school, enroll<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>Chicago</strong> State University<br />

and <strong>in</strong> 2006, at the age <strong>of</strong> 70, I received<br />

a BA <strong>in</strong> Communications. Two years<br />

later, I was asked to teach Writ<strong>in</strong>g For<br />

Television and collaborated with Dr.<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e List to pen The Screenwriter’s<br />

Guidebook: Inspir<strong>in</strong>g Lessons for Film<br />

and Television Writers.<br />

CSJ: Be<strong>in</strong>g a successful writer, would you<br />

share with us, what we should say to our<br />

young people regard<strong>in</strong>g the importance <strong>of</strong><br />

read<strong>in</strong>g and how it affects their success <strong>in</strong><br />

TV and movies?<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: Despite its popularity and the fact<br />

that many people th<strong>in</strong>k math is the most important<br />

subject, I can’t recall engag<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> any other<br />

field <strong>of</strong> learn<strong>in</strong>g without the ability to read and<br />

write. It has been proven; when the ability to<br />

communicate through speech is almost impossible,<br />

writ<strong>in</strong>g serves as a viable alternative.<br />

CSJ: Can you give us a little <strong>in</strong>side scoop on<br />

what it is like to be a staff writer for a TV<br />

series?<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: The job <strong>of</strong> a staff writer is viewed<br />

as OBJ (on the job tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g) that can lead to the<br />

top position, executive producer or showrunner.<br />

The showrunner is responsible for hir<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

oversee<strong>in</strong>g every aspect <strong>of</strong> produc<strong>in</strong>g a weekly<br />

television series. The staff writer assists <strong>in</strong> the<br />

revisions <strong>of</strong> every page <strong>of</strong> every script written<br />

by the collective writers <strong>of</strong> the show. Although<br />

rare dur<strong>in</strong>g the first season <strong>of</strong> tenure, the staff<br />

writer may also pitch an idea and after acceptance,<br />

write and receive credit for that episode.<br />

CSJ: You’re work<strong>in</strong>g on a screenplay based<br />

on your first novel, Laugh<strong>in</strong>g Through The<br />

Tears. Would you tell us a little bit about the<br />

book?<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: After graduat<strong>in</strong>g from <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

State, I documented my experiences car<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

my husband who had been diagnosed with dementia.<br />

Laugh<strong>in</strong>g Through The Tears is a culm<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

<strong>of</strong> my personal experiences. It was<br />

published <strong>in</strong> 2013. AARP sponsored a book<br />

sign<strong>in</strong>g and purchased 350 books and gave<br />

them away to all who attended the sign<strong>in</strong>g. I am<br />

now work<strong>in</strong>g on a television pilot based on the<br />

book.<br />

CSJ: “It isn’t over ‘til it’s over.”<br />

Those are your words. Share the<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>g with our readers.<br />

Christ<strong>in</strong>e: It is a well-known cliché<br />

that I believe <strong>in</strong>. Your purpose here on<br />

this planet has not been fulfilled until<br />

you take your last breath, hence, “It<br />

isn’t over ‘til it’s over.”<br />

<br />

Interviewer<br />

Ms. Sonja Cassandra Perdue<br />



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e’re digg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to the<br />

first quarter <strong>of</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

& the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois <strong>Black</strong> Chamber<br />

<strong>of</strong> Commerce is <strong>in</strong> full sw<strong>in</strong>g &<br />

maximiz<strong>in</strong>g our relevancy! The<br />

landscape <strong>of</strong> pro-<strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

advocacy <strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois has<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g &we welcome all <strong>of</strong><br />

the potential agents <strong>of</strong> change<br />

to the play<strong>in</strong>g field. We trust<br />

that discern<strong>in</strong>g pr<strong>of</strong>essionals<br />

recognize the genu<strong>in</strong>e article &<br />

will cont<strong>in</strong>ue to trust us to<br />

strengthen the <strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess community &<br />

move their agenda’s <strong>in</strong> realtime.<br />

We’re proud to be regarded as the archetype<br />

for state structured chambers & here’s<br />

how we’re go<strong>in</strong>g beyond the rhetoric to move<br />

the pro-<strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess agenda:<br />

Leadership from our Bank<strong>in</strong>g & F<strong>in</strong>anc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Industry Group recently hosted a summit<br />

with Executive Directors & leadership from<br />

major bank<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stitutions as well as microlenders,<br />

the Federal Reserve & the FDIC to<br />

lay the groundwork for a more enhanced<br />

pathway for <strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>esses to access capital.<br />

In that session, we shared & received<br />

some critical data that clearly po<strong>in</strong>ts to “lack<br />

<strong>of</strong> capacity” as the true bane <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Black</strong><br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess community & <strong>Black</strong> communities <strong>in</strong><br />

general. The vast majority <strong>of</strong> the 145k <strong>Black</strong><br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois don’t have the capacity to<br />

employ more than 1 or 2 employees! Put that<br />

<strong>in</strong>to perspective as pundits celebrate the<br />

“record low unemployment rate” for <strong>Black</strong>s<br />

& may turn <strong>in</strong>to a farewell toast. Unfortunately<br />

& as usual, the numbers are alarm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

but it’s critical that we understand what this<br />

really means for the future <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> communities.<br />

Advocacy is job #1 for the ILBCC & this<br />

is a big year for Ill<strong>in</strong>ois politics, as the gubernatorial<br />

race heats up culm<strong>in</strong>ates this November.<br />

It’s critical that we understand<br />

where that candidates & our align or <strong>in</strong>tersect.<br />

This year’s annual Lobby Day <strong>in</strong> April<br />

promises to be a prime day for affirm<strong>in</strong>g our<br />

agenda with all <strong>of</strong> our legislative counterparts.<br />

We typically br<strong>in</strong>g a couple hundred<br />

supporters, but this year we plan to br<strong>in</strong>g 300<br />

or more strong, sharp <strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>esses &<br />

entrepreneurs along with us to the Capitol <strong>in</strong><br />

Spr<strong>in</strong>gfield. Afterwards, we’ll share <strong>in</strong> great<br />

food & even greater network<strong>in</strong>g at our reception<br />

gala.<br />

Our Bank<strong>in</strong>g & F<strong>in</strong>anc<strong>in</strong>g team is mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

realtime impact & so are the rest <strong>of</strong> the Industry<br />

Groups. The newly formed Sports &<br />

Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment group, chaired by acclaimed<br />

film, television, and stage actor Harry Lennix<br />

(The <strong>Black</strong>list, The Five Heartbeats, 24), is<br />

Mr. Larry D. Ivory<br />

Founder, President/CEO<br />

“The Chamber Report”,<br />

quickly position<strong>in</strong>g to become<br />

a major force <strong>in</strong> their space.<br />

Our Healthcare Group is busy<br />

lay<strong>in</strong>g out the rich tapestry <strong>of</strong><br />

opportunities <strong>in</strong> that space &<br />

all <strong>of</strong> our <strong>in</strong>dustry groups are<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e tun<strong>in</strong>g their cross poll<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

platforms to heighten cont<strong>in</strong>uity<br />

& deliver unparalleled<br />

service to our base & constituency.<br />

We cont<strong>in</strong>ue to strengthen our<br />

affiliate chambers throughout<br />

the state with “top down”<br />

agenda & grassroots <strong>in</strong>itiative energy. We’re<br />

consistently engag<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>form<strong>in</strong>g & educat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

our base on all <strong>of</strong> the relevant aspects <strong>of</strong><br />

the pro <strong>Black</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess agenda. Academic<br />

<strong>in</strong>itiatives such as the “Move to the Center”<br />

campaign, the “Crystalliz<strong>in</strong>g Our Agenda”<br />

lecture series & our community accountability<br />

programm<strong>in</strong>g help to further adjust the<br />

frame <strong>of</strong> reference and our “Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Afterhours”<br />

<strong>of</strong>fer powerful network<strong>in</strong>g with premier<br />

firms & <strong>in</strong>dividuals with every session<br />

so we look forward gett<strong>in</strong>g you & your bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

connected to those opportunities. We<br />

don’t stop there though.<br />

The Chamber’s partnership with the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois<br />

Tollway is stronger than ever with the<br />

newly established Technical Assistance<br />

Program (TAP) kick<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong>f <strong>in</strong> Rockford last<br />

fall & we cont<strong>in</strong>ue to impact <strong>Chicago</strong> &<br />

Waukegan. The purpose <strong>of</strong> the program is to<br />

assist m<strong>in</strong>ority owned road build<strong>in</strong>g companies<br />

and vertical construction contractors <strong>in</strong><br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g Tollway Bid ready. We help them<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> to bid and w<strong>in</strong> Tollway work and successfully<br />

navigate Tollway projects from bid<br />

to completion. If you’re <strong>in</strong> either <strong>of</strong> those<br />

locations, don’t hesitate to utilize our service<br />

& take advantage <strong>of</strong> the opportunities. We<br />

also have great corporate partners, like<br />

Ameren-Cilco, Ill<strong>in</strong>ois American Water &<br />

many others who are serious about diversity<br />

& deliberate about <strong>in</strong>clusion so it’s our pleasure<br />

to get you connected.<br />

That’s only the tip <strong>of</strong> the iceberg cutt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through the surface. As we dive deeper, we<br />

can see that civic leaders are beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

pitch state economic development <strong>of</strong>ficials<br />

on designat<strong>in</strong>g tracts <strong>of</strong> their communities as<br />

Opportunity Zones. A little-noticed section<br />

<strong>in</strong> the $1.5 trillion tax cut that President<br />

Trump signed <strong>in</strong>to law late last month is<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g attention from venture capitalists,<br />

state government <strong>of</strong>ficials and mayors across<br />

America. The provision, on Page 130 <strong>of</strong> the<br />

tax overhaul, is an attempt to grapple with a<br />

gap<strong>in</strong>g hole <strong>in</strong> the recovery from the Great<br />

Recession and the fact that, <strong>in</strong> huge swaths <strong>of</strong><br />

the country, the economic recovery has yet to<br />

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arrive.<br />

The law creates “Opportunity Zones,”<br />

which will use tax <strong>in</strong>centives to draw longterm<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestment to parts <strong>of</strong> America that<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to struggle with high poverty and<br />

sluggish job and bus<strong>in</strong>ess growth. The provision<br />

is the first new substantial federal attempt<br />

to aid those communities <strong>in</strong> more than<br />

a decade. If the zones succeed, they could<br />

help revitalize neighborhoods and towns that<br />

are starved for <strong>in</strong>vestment.<br />

In regard to net neutrality, it’s widely accepted<br />

that the <strong>in</strong>ternet must be free and<br />

open, that all data and traffic must be treated<br />

equally, and that <strong>in</strong>ternet companies shouldn’t<br />

be able to censor or unfairly restrict what<br />

we do onl<strong>in</strong>e. While the FCC’s order changes<br />

how these pr<strong>in</strong>ciples will be enforced, it’s<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g clear that the <strong>in</strong>ternet will rema<strong>in</strong><br />

free and open and not become the dystopian<br />

Wild West some advocates have claimed.<br />

The ILBCC recognizes that a free and<br />

open <strong>in</strong>ternet is vital for small bus<strong>in</strong>esses,<br />

and is not threatened by the FCC plan to<br />

modernize broadband regulation. At its core,<br />

the FCC action simply restores the same pro<strong>in</strong>vestment,<br />

pro-<strong>in</strong>novation policies that governed<br />

the <strong>in</strong>ternet <strong>in</strong> its early years, when<br />

revolutionary services like eBay, Facebook,<br />

and Google first got <strong>of</strong>f the ground. Critics<br />

Actor Harry Lennix Chairs<br />

IlBCC Sports and<br />

Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment committee<br />

On October 4 , 2017, the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois <strong>Black</strong> Chamber <strong>of</strong><br />

Commerce publicly announced the formation <strong>of</strong> a<br />

newly developed Sports and Enterta<strong>in</strong>ment Committee.<br />

The Committee was formulated to create an avenue<br />

by which celebrities and those close to the enterta<strong>in</strong>ment<br />

and sports <strong>in</strong>dustry could help promote the<br />

message <strong>of</strong> the chamber, while simultaneously utiliz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the chamber’s network to grow their own personal<br />

projects and promote their brands.<br />

The board currently consist <strong>of</strong> Chair Harry Lennix,<br />

actor NBC’s blacklist, co-chair, Chama St. Louis,<br />

public relations specialist, J. Alexander Mart<strong>in</strong>, c<strong>of</strong>ounder<br />

<strong>of</strong> FUBU and creator <strong>of</strong> AFashionM<strong>in</strong>d, the<br />

Voice Competitor, Tony-Boyd Cannon and s<strong>in</strong>ger,<br />

Acot Bryce Wilson have both been <strong>in</strong>vited to be apart <strong>of</strong> this committee.<br />

Cont<strong>in</strong>ue on page 13<br />

From the <strong>Street</strong>s<br />

to the Suites<br />

The<br />

Federation <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>Black</strong><br />

Organizations<br />

A Federation that has over 50<br />

members, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g; but not<br />

limited to; Allied American<br />

Workers Laborers International<br />

Union.<br />

Found<strong>in</strong>g members ( Pictured l<br />

to r), President Tom Harris;<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois <strong>Black</strong> Chamber <strong>of</strong><br />

Commerce, President, Larry<br />

Ivory; Regional Vice President,<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois <strong>Black</strong> Chamber<br />

<strong>of</strong> Commerce, V<strong>in</strong>cent Gilbert.<br />

This Team defeated,<br />

AFL- CIO Legislation that<br />

would have harmed <strong>Black</strong><br />

Construction Workers, and<br />

<strong>Black</strong> Construction Contractors<br />

.<br />

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<strong>Chicago</strong> has seen several bank clos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

the last decade. Three <strong>Black</strong> owned bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions have closed s<strong>in</strong>ce 2007, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Seaway Bank (2017); Highland Community<br />

Bank (2015); and Covenant Bank (2013).<br />

Twenty years ago the <strong>Chicago</strong> had ten<br />

black owned banks. There’s a say<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

goes, ‘you won’t miss the well ‘til the water<br />

runs dry.’ That say<strong>in</strong>g still r<strong>in</strong>gs true with the<br />

clos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Seaway Bank and Trust. For five<br />

decades, it was one <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>'s two rema<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

African-American-owned banks.<br />

Other local black-owned banks—Covenant<br />

Bank on the West Side and Highland Community<br />

Bank on the South Side, for example—<br />

have failed to plug capital holes and failed.<br />

With $101 million <strong>in</strong> assets, Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Service<br />

Federal Sav<strong>in</strong>gs & Loan founded <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong> 1934 to serve communities that have historically<br />

been underserved by traditional f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions. It has struggled to stay<br />

afloat, and was fortunate to f<strong>in</strong>d a rescuer.<br />

The failure <strong>of</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Service would have left<br />

the African American community with no<br />

black owned f<strong>in</strong>ancial <strong>in</strong>stitution due to the<br />

clos<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> Seaway Bank.<br />

Longtime CEO Norman Williams, who first<br />

was <strong>in</strong>troduced to the elder Nduom <strong>in</strong> 2013 as<br />

he was search<strong>in</strong>g for new bank <strong>in</strong>vestors, has<br />

retired from Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Service. The CEO now is<br />

Robert Klamp, a veteran <strong>Chicago</strong>-area community<br />

banker who's run lenders focus<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

m<strong>in</strong>ority neighborhoods like International<br />

Bank <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> and Pan American Bank.<br />

As Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Service, trac<strong>in</strong>g its Bronzeville<br />

roots to the Great Migration, Earlier this year<br />

the f<strong>in</strong>ancial <strong>in</strong>stitution completed a sale to a<br />

Ghanaian-American family. It has been saved<br />

from failure with a $9 million equity <strong>in</strong>fusion<br />

that will keep it under black ownership.<br />

ISF has made mortgages and small-bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

loans for decades founded <strong>in</strong> 1934 by 13<br />

Bronzeville bus<strong>in</strong>ess leaders who saw the<br />

need for a bank to provide credit to African-<br />

American migrants from the South.<br />

The new owners are members <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Nduom family whose patriarch, Paa Kwesi<br />

Nduom, 63, was one <strong>of</strong> the first African-<br />

American partners <strong>of</strong> Deloitte & Touche,<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Milwaukee, before relocat<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

Ghana <strong>in</strong> West Africa <strong>in</strong> the 1990s. There he<br />

<strong>in</strong>vested <strong>in</strong> hotels and other enterprises, eventually<br />

turn<strong>in</strong>g the family's disparate hold<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>in</strong>to Groupe Nduom.<br />

Groupe Nduom employs more than 3,000 <strong>in</strong><br />

Africa, Europe and North America and has<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestments <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>dustries <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>ancial<br />

services, media and enterta<strong>in</strong>ment, sports and<br />

real estate.<br />

His sons, P.W. Chiefy Nduom, manag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the family's <strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>in</strong> Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Service.<br />

Their father is the bank's chairman.<br />

“We th<strong>in</strong>k (keep<strong>in</strong>g ISF black-owned) is a<br />

“The Chamber<br />

Report”,<br />

BOP members, Dr. Murphy, with Greg Brown president <strong>of</strong><br />

Southside Community Federal Credit Union, Ro Davis and<br />

Rev<strong>in</strong> Fellows have committed to be<strong>in</strong>g a major strategic<br />

partner to strengthen SSCFCU<br />

critical po<strong>in</strong>t,” said Chiefy Nduom, 34, who<br />

serves as vice president and general counsel <strong>of</strong><br />

Groupe Nduom. “We all know race matters <strong>in</strong><br />

America. It's not a colorbl<strong>in</strong>d society. Everyone<br />

is impacted by race <strong>in</strong> one way or another.”<br />

“A concerted effort must be undertaken to<br />

improve the environment for all banks, but<br />

specific steps must be taken to help African-<br />

American Banks. We must look at successful<br />

banks to f<strong>in</strong>d what works.<br />

The Nduom brothers say no big changes are<br />

expected for 12 to 18 months as they look to<br />

cure the lend<strong>in</strong>g ills cited by the regulatory<br />

order.<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Service Federal<br />

Sav<strong>in</strong>gs & Loan, outgo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

CEO Norman Williams,<br />

left, with new<br />

chairman Paa Kwesi<br />

Nduom.<br />

Treasurer Summers announced<br />

a $20 million<br />

deposit <strong>in</strong>to ISF.<br />

Contribution to <strong>Black</strong> History s<strong>in</strong>ce 1933<br />

The brothers hope soon to upgrade the<br />

bank's technology to allow for more mobile<br />

bank<strong>in</strong>g and make the <strong>in</strong>stitution more attractive<br />

to younger customers.<br />

Seaway was a f<strong>in</strong>ancial oasis, a proud historical<br />

bank<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stitution that the south side<br />

community supported. Recently, its operations<br />

permanently shut down.<br />

Seaway was <strong>in</strong>itially taken over by the Ill<strong>in</strong>ois<br />

Department <strong>of</strong> F<strong>in</strong>ancial and Pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

Regulation Division <strong>of</strong> Bank<strong>in</strong>g and the<br />

FDIC, the bank’s 10 branches were <strong>of</strong>ficially<br />

owned by the State Bank <strong>of</strong> Texas.<br />

The Federal Deposit <strong>of</strong> Insurer Corporation<br />

(FDIC), noted that <strong>in</strong> September 2016, Seaway<br />

Bank had more than $301 million <strong>in</strong> total<br />

deposits and more than $341 million <strong>in</strong> total<br />

assets. Seaway opened <strong>in</strong> 1965 and it was the<br />

largest <strong>Black</strong>-owned bank <strong>in</strong> the U.S. Accord<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to an ABC news report, it was the last<br />

<strong>Black</strong>-owned bank <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>.<br />

President <strong>of</strong> State Bank <strong>of</strong> Texas, Sushil<br />

Patel, confirmed ownership <strong>of</strong> Seaway Bank.<br />

He said, “This is our third acquisition, so our<br />

team is experienced <strong>in</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g closely with<br />

customers through their transition. Plus, one<br />

<strong>of</strong> our earlier acquisitions was <strong>in</strong> the <strong>Chicago</strong><br />

market, so we already have a presence here.<br />

As a m<strong>in</strong>ority and family-owned bank, we<br />

have similar roots as Seaway. We look forward<br />

to a prosperous future.”<br />

City Treasurer Kirk Summers announced<br />

a $20 million deposit <strong>in</strong>to ISF, Treasurer<br />

Summers made this announcement at ISF’s<br />

ma<strong>in</strong> <strong>of</strong>fice K<strong>in</strong>g Drive and 47th <strong>Street</strong>, just<br />

blocks from where Treasurer Summers was<br />

raised. He was jo<strong>in</strong>ed by community leaders,<br />

small bus<strong>in</strong>ess owners, and elected <strong>of</strong>ficials,<br />

i n c l u d i n g C o n g r e s s m a n B o b b y<br />

Rush, Alderman Roderick Sawyer, and Alderman<br />

Pat Dowell.<br />

In his remarks, Treasurer Summers underscored<br />

the importance <strong>of</strong> keep<strong>in</strong>g local dollars<br />

<strong>in</strong> local communities, driv<strong>in</strong>g a positive cycle<br />

<strong>of</strong> economic development that leads to more<br />

jobs, more amenities, improved services, and<br />

better lives for ourselves and for our children.<br />

However, ISF is not the only <strong>Black</strong> operated<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ancial <strong>in</strong>stitution <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>. On 54th<br />

and Wentworth far north <strong>of</strong> the corner <strong>of</strong><br />

Wash<strong>in</strong>gton Plaza sit Southside Community<br />

Federal Credit Union (SSCFCU).<br />

SSCFCU) is a not-for-pr<strong>of</strong>it, Federally<br />

chartered, low-<strong>in</strong>come designated, community<br />

development credit union CDCU).<br />

SSCFCU serves a membership base <strong>of</strong><br />

2,000 with $3.5 million <strong>in</strong> assets after open<strong>in</strong>g<br />

its doors <strong>in</strong> November, 2003.<br />

SSCFCU was created to economically empower<br />

the community by provid<strong>in</strong>g an alternative<br />

to currency exchanges, payday/predatory<br />

lenders and banks that charge high fees. Greg<br />

Brown president <strong>of</strong> SSCFCU said, “When you<br />

jo<strong>in</strong> the credit union, you become am ember<br />

owner, not just a customer. Your account is an<br />

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<strong>Black</strong> Owned<br />

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With the immense success<br />

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r i d e - s h a r i n g t e c h n o l -<br />

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with<strong>in</strong> the past decade.<br />

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its claim <strong>in</strong> the marketplace.<br />

Moovn is a ridehail<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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founded by<br />

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<strong>in</strong> 7 U.S. cities<br />

(Wash<strong>in</strong>gton, DC, <strong>Chicago</strong>,<br />

IL, Boston, MA,<br />

Portland, OR, Seattle,<br />

WA, San Francisco,<br />

CA, New York, NY)<br />

and 1 city <strong>in</strong> Africa<br />

(Dar-Es-Salaam, TZ), with plans<br />

to rapidly expand <strong>in</strong> both Western<br />

and emerg<strong>in</strong>g markets.<br />

In a recent <strong>in</strong>terview with UrbanGeekz,<br />

Gabriel expla<strong>in</strong>s how<br />

he taught himself how to code, <strong>in</strong><br />

Derrick A. Riley, CEO<br />

order to launch the beta version <strong>of</strong><br />

his app. Say<strong>in</strong>g his beta launch<br />

was “amateurish at best,” he goes<br />

on to expla<strong>in</strong> how the platform<br />

transformed <strong>in</strong>to what it is today:<br />

“It wasn’t until we received<br />

<strong>in</strong>vestor back<strong>in</strong>g that I was able to<br />

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When asked what his biggest<br />

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bus<strong>in</strong>ess strategy. It’s also a market<br />

that hasn’t been explored by<br />

the big brands <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />

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The City will be partner<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

the Center for Economic Progress,<br />

Ladder Up and City Treasurer’s<br />

Office aga<strong>in</strong> this year to provide<br />

the free service for eligible residents.<br />

Tax Prep <strong>Chicago</strong> with the<br />

City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> are mark<strong>in</strong>g<br />

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tax season by rem<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g residents<br />

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helped over 20,000 families<br />

and <strong>in</strong>dividuals receive nearly $30<br />

million <strong>in</strong> tax refunds and credits.<br />

“The EITC program has a<br />

proven record <strong>of</strong> uplift<strong>in</strong>g people<br />

communities across the country<br />

and across our City. I am proud to<br />

partner with these organizations<br />

that are strengthen<strong>in</strong>g the outreach<br />

<strong>of</strong> these free resources to make<br />

them more accessible across the<br />

City <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> for its residents to<br />

access them,” said City Treasurer<br />

Kurt Summers. “We need to be<br />

<strong>in</strong>vest<strong>in</strong>g more <strong>in</strong> EITC resources<br />

because it helps work<strong>in</strong>g families<br />

here <strong>in</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong> with additional<br />

money to support their local<br />

n e i g h b o r h o o d e c o n o m y. ”<br />

EITC day is a nationwide effort to<br />

alert millions <strong>of</strong> low and moderate<br />

-<strong>in</strong>come workers who may be<br />

miss<strong>in</strong>g out on this significant tax<br />

credit. In 2017, 963,000 Ill<strong>in</strong>oisan<br />

workers received more than $2.4<br />

billion <strong>in</strong> EITC refunds.<br />

Volunteer tax preparers, certified<br />

through an Internal Revenue<br />

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with federal and state <strong>in</strong>come tax<br />

returns for the 2017 tax year and<br />

<strong>in</strong> many cases, can help with prior<br />

-year returns and amendments.<br />

Volunteers will also help taxpayers<br />

fil<strong>in</strong>g for or renew<strong>in</strong>g an Individual<br />

Taxpayer Identification<br />

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Taxpayers, who qualify for the<br />

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people you trust.<br />

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Citizen Homestead Exemption,<br />

Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze<br />

Exemption, and the Home Improvement<br />

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exemptions.aspx.<br />

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Two nonpr<strong>of</strong>it partners, the Center<br />

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each year to provide free preparation<br />

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(Cont<strong>in</strong>ued from page 1)<br />

DePaul University’s Blair<br />

Davis discusses<br />

Marvel’s latest movie<br />

CHICAGO — Part <strong>of</strong> the reason<br />

Marvel’s “<strong>Black</strong> Panther”<br />

has seen so much success is<br />

because it came along at the<br />

right time both culturally and<br />

politically, said Blair Davis, an<br />

associate pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> media<br />

and c<strong>in</strong>ema studies <strong>in</strong> DePaul<br />

University’s College <strong>of</strong> Communication.<br />

His latest book,<br />

“Comic Book Movies,” will be<br />

available April 19 through<br />

Rutgers University Press.<br />

Davis has spent his career research<strong>in</strong>g<br />

comic books, classic<br />

Hollywood c<strong>in</strong>ema, B-movies<br />

and African-American c<strong>in</strong>ema<br />

and has written three other<br />

books on film topics. In this Q&A, he<br />

expla<strong>in</strong>s what makes “<strong>Black</strong> Panther” a<br />

cultural phenomenon, how it’s different<br />

from other comic book movies and the<br />

promis<strong>in</strong>g future <strong>of</strong> the genre.<br />

Q: What makes “<strong>Black</strong> Panther” such<br />

a highly anticipated comic book movie?<br />

A Davis: Audiences are treat<strong>in</strong>g “<strong>Black</strong><br />

Panther” like an “event” movie for several<br />

reasons.<br />

Marvel used the character's first appearance<br />

<strong>in</strong> “Capta<strong>in</strong> America: Civil War” as a<br />

way <strong>of</strong> launch<strong>in</strong>g a sp<strong>in</strong>-<strong>of</strong>f film <strong>in</strong> a way<br />

that its previous films haven't. Marvel<br />

characters usually get their own films first,<br />

and then appear <strong>in</strong> the Avengers films.<br />

Marvel handled “<strong>Black</strong> Panther” much<br />

differently, us<strong>in</strong>g him as a central focus <strong>of</strong><br />

“Civil War,” which was itself an event<br />

Blair Davis, an<br />

associate pr<strong>of</strong>essor<br />

<strong>of</strong> media<br />

and c<strong>in</strong>ema<br />

studies <strong>in</strong><br />

DePaul University’s<br />

College <strong>of</strong><br />

Communication<br />

Director, Ryan Kyle Coogler and<br />

Aaron Cov<strong>in</strong>gton screenwriter<br />

film. This raised the bar for audiences<br />

much more for a “<strong>Black</strong> Panther” solo film<br />

than if they hadn't already come to know<br />

and love the character.<br />

This is also an “event” film because <strong>of</strong> its<br />

significance as a blockbuster superhero<br />

film with a predom<strong>in</strong>antly black cast and a<br />

black director. In our current cultural and<br />

political moment <strong>in</strong> which questions about<br />

diversity are at the forefront <strong>of</strong> discussions<br />

about race and the media, a big-budget<br />

film aimed at ma<strong>in</strong>stream audiences <strong>in</strong><br />

which black characters play a central role<br />

rather than just a support<strong>in</strong>g one is noteworthy.<br />

Add the fact that celebrities like Octavia<br />

Spencer bought up blocks <strong>of</strong> tickets to give<br />

away for free so that black children can see<br />

a hero on screen who looks more like them<br />

than a Norse god or blond super soldier<br />

does and you have a film that resonates<br />

much more strongly on a cultural level<br />

than the typical blockbuster. For example,<br />

on the night the film opened I did a panel<br />

as part <strong>of</strong> <strong>Black</strong> History Month about the<br />

history <strong>of</strong> black comics characters for the<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Bar Association, so “<strong>Black</strong> Panther”<br />

is be<strong>in</strong>g seen as a cultural milestone<br />

for a wide range <strong>of</strong> <strong>in</strong>stitutions.<br />

Q: How might this movie be different<br />

from other comic book movies that are<br />

set for <strong>2018</strong> or have come out <strong>in</strong> recent<br />

years?<br />

A Davis: Beyond the important cultural<br />

differences <strong>in</strong> how audiences are approach<strong>in</strong>g<br />

this film, one big difference is <strong>in</strong> the<br />

way that director Ryan Coogler was allowed<br />

to make the film. Marvel's films<br />

have had a fairly standard look and tone to<br />

them, on the whole. The producers call the<br />

shots and expect their directors to adhere<br />

to the Marvel “house style.” Coogler is a<br />

talented director who fought to make<br />

“<strong>Black</strong> Panther” his own film, rather than<br />

just the producers' film. Early word from<br />

audiences is that the film has much more<br />

depth and heart than other Marvel films,<br />

thanks to Coogler.<br />

Q: Do you th<strong>in</strong>k there is or could be a<br />

saturation po<strong>in</strong>t with comic book movies?<br />

A Davis: I actually do not th<strong>in</strong>k we're<br />

approach<strong>in</strong>g a saturation po<strong>in</strong>t for comic<br />

book movies yet. If anyth<strong>in</strong>g, th<strong>in</strong>gs will<br />

keep build<strong>in</strong>g further. It's like the western<br />

<strong>in</strong> the 1950s, it's full steam ahead right<br />

now. And with “Logan” earn<strong>in</strong>g an Oscar<br />

nom<strong>in</strong>ation for best adapted screenplay,<br />

there's a shift <strong>in</strong> the critical status <strong>of</strong> these<br />

films go<strong>in</strong>g on as well.<br />

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common goal and br<strong>in</strong>g positive<br />

changes to our city.”<br />

The branch was named for Dr.<br />

Carter G. Woodson, considered the<br />

father <strong>of</strong> African American historiography<br />

and founder <strong>of</strong> what has grown<br />

<strong>in</strong>to what is now widely celebrated as<br />

African American History Month.<br />

Woodson is home to the Vivian G.<br />

Harsh Research Collection, the largest<br />

African American history and literature<br />

collection <strong>in</strong> the Midwest. The<br />

Harsh Collection is a resource for<br />

researchers from around the country<br />

and the world. In tribute to Woodson<br />

and Harsh, the first <strong>Black</strong> librarian <strong>in</strong><br />

the <strong>Chicago</strong> Public Library system,<br />

film with digital images <strong>of</strong> Carter G.<br />

Woodson and Vivian Harsh were<br />

applied to glass on south and southeast<br />

elevations <strong>of</strong> the build<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“Libraries afford resourceful anchors<br />

<strong>in</strong> strong neighborhoods, provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

places for life-long learners to<br />

discover and explore,” said Alderman<br />

Carrie M. Aust<strong>in</strong>, 34th Ward.<br />

“Through the committed partnership<br />

between the city, CPL and our community,<br />

we have an opportunity to<br />

read, learn and develop at every level<br />

<strong>of</strong> life.”<br />

“Woodson Library provides our<br />

patrons with safe learn<strong>in</strong>g and gather<strong>in</strong>g<br />

spaces for the children and families<br />

<strong>of</strong> the entire south side community,”<br />

said Anthony A. Beale, 9th<br />

Ward. “Libraries serve as community<br />

anchors, and today we celebrate the<br />

new opportunities that will come from<br />

this vital <strong>in</strong>vestment.”<br />

The Harsh Collection conta<strong>in</strong>s a<br />

wealth <strong>of</strong> documentation <strong>of</strong> the <strong>Black</strong><br />

experience, focused on Ill<strong>in</strong>ois. Its<br />

hold<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong>clude 70,000 books, many<br />

<strong>of</strong> them rare; 500 periodical titles,<br />

current and retrospective; more than<br />

100 micr<strong>of</strong>ilm research collections,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g together the most significant<br />

primary source materials from other<br />

<strong>Black</strong> Studies research collections<br />

across the country. Among the most<br />

significant and unique materials at the<br />

Harsh Research Collection are its<br />

manuscript hold<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g The<br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois Writers Project / "Negro <strong>in</strong><br />

Ill<strong>in</strong>ois" Papers; orig<strong>in</strong>al manuscripts<br />

by Richard Wright, Langston Hughes<br />

and Arna Bontemps; and the Abbott-<br />

Sengstacke Family Papers, 1890-<br />

1997.<br />

New collections <strong>in</strong>clude Milton O.<br />

Davis Papers, AMF Midway Postal<br />

Retirement Organization Archives,<br />

Coalition to Save the South Shore<br />

Country Club Archives, People for<br />

Community Recovery Archives, and<br />

the Philip Sang Papers. Dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

closure, the Philip Sang Papers, manuscript<br />

materials and memorabilia on<br />

slavery and abolitionism, were completely<br />

digitized.<br />

“The reopen<strong>in</strong>g <strong>of</strong> the Carter G.<br />

Woodson library is testament to the<br />

power <strong>of</strong> faith based and civic organiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

designed to empower the local<br />

community,” said Monica Moss the<br />

wife <strong>of</strong> Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Pastor,<br />

Tr<strong>in</strong>ity United Church <strong>of</strong> Christ.<br />

“Tr<strong>in</strong>ity United Church <strong>of</strong> Christ and<br />

the Endeleo Institute for community<br />

development strategized with Wash<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

Heights residents to place the<br />

renovation <strong>of</strong> the Woodson library as<br />

a civic priority for the city <strong>of</strong> <strong>Chicago</strong>.<br />

This is community organiz<strong>in</strong>g, democracy<br />

and faith based commitment at<br />

work <strong>in</strong> the city <strong>of</strong> big shoulders<br />

called <strong>Chicago</strong>.”<br />

Woodson, <strong>in</strong> partnership with The<br />

Endeleo Institute <strong>of</strong> Tr<strong>in</strong>ity United<br />

Church <strong>of</strong> Christ, is also focused on<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a culture <strong>of</strong> health <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Wash<strong>in</strong>gton Heights community.<br />

Woodson will become the city's first<br />

Dementia-friendly library, provid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

culturally relevant programm<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

education around Alzheimer's disease<br />

and memory loss. Through grant fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

received from the Center for Community<br />

Health at Northwestern University,<br />

Endeleo expanded its bra<strong>in</strong><br />

health focus to lead a newly formed<br />

library health advisory board comprised<br />

<strong>of</strong> academics, researchers,<br />

health pr<strong>of</strong>essionals, clergy, and caregivers<br />

aimed to create awareness<br />

about Alzheimer’s disease, which<br />

adversely affects African-Americans<br />

2:1. This unique partnership meshes<br />

community development and health to<br />

foster a culture <strong>of</strong> health <strong>in</strong> Wash<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

Heights and surround<strong>in</strong>g communities.<br />

Woodson is one <strong>of</strong> three Comcastfunded<br />

Experience Labs <strong>in</strong> the CPL<br />

system. In October 2017, Mayor<br />

Emanuel and Comcast Senior Executive<br />

Vice President and Chief Diversity<br />

Officer David L. Cohen announced<br />

that Comcast’s $250,000<br />

Internet Essentials <strong>in</strong>vestment with the<br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> Public Library Foundation,<br />

br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g together three CPL programs<br />

<strong>in</strong>to unique Experience Labs powered<br />

by Internet Essentials. Current programm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes YOUmedia for<br />

teens, CyberNavigator digital skills<br />

tutor<strong>in</strong>g for adults, and Maker Lab<br />

workshops. Woodson will be the first<br />

CPL location outside <strong>of</strong> Harold Wash<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

to <strong>of</strong>fer patrons Maker Lab<br />

technology like 3D pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and advanced<br />

manufactur<strong>in</strong>g tools and programs.<br />

The additional Experience Lab<br />

locations will be Whitney M. Young<br />

Jr and Altgeld branches.

17 <strong>February</strong> <strong>28</strong> - March 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

<strong>Chicago</strong> <strong>Street</strong> <strong>Journal</strong><br />


6 pc Dark Brown Sectional<br />

2 pc Brown S<strong>of</strong>a 2 pc Grey S<strong>of</strong>a<br />


on sale also<br />

Includes: 1 Recl<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g S<strong>of</strong>a,<br />

1 Loveseat with Console and Cup Holders<br />

Includes: 1 Recl<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g S<strong>of</strong>a, 1 Loveseat<br />

with Console and Cup Holders<br />

For only<br />

Dresser, Mirror, Chest,<br />

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Dresser, Mirror, Chest,<br />

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Dresser, Mirror, Chest,<br />

Queen or full Headboard<br />

F<strong>in</strong>anc<strong>in</strong>g Available<br />

Easy Credit Terms<br />

Free Layaway<br />

Dresser, Mirror, Chest,<br />

Queen or full Headboard<br />

And many others!

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