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Citizen Week of Feb. 13, 2019
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At age 100, Timuel Black, a historian and civil rights activist, who is also a retired City Colleges of Chicago teacher, organized protest marches for Dr. Martin L. King Jr. when he would visit Chicago during the 1960s. Photo by Wendell Hutson
CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST DEDICATES HIS LIFE TO COMMUNITY SERVICE
These days Timuel Black, a historian and civil rights activist, can walk without a cane, travels around town alone and still remembers his childhood days growing up on Chicagoâ€™s South Side. PAGE 2
3rd Annual Gala Highlights the Impact of Black Entrepreneurs in Chicago
FILM REVIEW: An Acceptable Loss PAGE 8
Exhibit Honoring Frederick Douglass Extended
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NEWS briefly EDUCATION
EIGHTEEN STUDENTS FROM KENWOOD ACADEMY INTRODUCED TO CAREERS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and Loyola University Chicago Chapters of PRSSA(Public Relations Student Society of America) recently partnered with Dream On Educationto introduce 18 students from Kenwood Academy to careers in public relations. Dream On Education is a nonprofit organization that provides the best and brightest 6-8th graders in low-income communities with results-driven enrichment services such as scholastic development, mentoring, career exposure, and cultural exposure. PRSSA is made up of more than 10,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus Chapters in the United States, Argentina, Colombia and Peru. The organization is headquartered in New York City, and led by a National Committee of PRSSA and PRSA members. PRSSA has a rich history of support from its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), which offers professional development, networking opportunities and news. “At Columbia’s PRSSA Chapter, students are determined to do more than head to class and study. They want to make a difference and be a part of something bigger than just the college itself,” says Kallie Kouvelis PRSSA Chapter President. “I am so humbled to be able to show the students from Kenwood Academy even more opportunities out there that they might not have known existed before and I am so grateful to be a part of this experience!”
UNDERWOOD INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT AMERICANS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, BAN ‘JUNK’ INSURANCE PLANS Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) recently introduced legislation with Representatives Kathy Castor (FL-14), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44), Steven Horsford (NV-4), and Gwen Moore (WI-4) that would help protect Americans with pre-existing conditions by overturning an Administration rule that expands limited duration insurance, commonly known as “junk plans.” In August, the Administration finalized a rule that expanded short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans that do not have to offer patient protections like coverage for pre-existing conditions or essential health benefits like maternity care, prescription drugs, and hospitalization that the Affordable Care Act requires. “A pre-existing condition shouldn’t be some kind of scarlet letter Americans have to wear around their neck as they try to get the quality, affordable healthcare everyone deserves,” Congresswoman Underwood said. “I’m one of the 300,000 people in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District who have a pre-existing condition, so this is personal: no insurer should ever have the option to discriminate against us.” Underwood is on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions subcommittee of the Education and Labor Committee.
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DUCKWORTH RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S 2019 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS On Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, President Donald Trump delivered his 2019 State of the Union Address. In response, U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) responded by saying, “ Tonight, we saw the same reckless rhetoric that has been a signature of Donald Trump’s presidency.” Instead of bringing people together after the, “ridiculous and unnecessary government shutdown, the President played on America’s internal divisions and employed his usual xenophobic attacks on immigrants,” Duckworth said. “Instead of proposing ethics reforms to clean up Washington, he asked Congress and law enforcement to stop investigating misconduct in his administration – and he missed a critical opportunity to present credible, thoughtful solutions to some of the serious challenges facing our country like our crumbling infrastructure and rising health care costs,” she added.
Civil rights activist dedicates his life to community service Continued from page 1 BY WENDELL HUTSON Contributing Writer
These days Timuel Black, a historian and civil rights activist, can walk without a cane, travels around town alone and still remembers his childhood days growing up on Chicago’s South Side. That’s not bad for a man who turned 100-years-old on Dec. 7. The retired City Colleges of Chicago teacher recently sat down with the Citizen to reflect on where the black community has been, where it is headed and how he helped change black history in Chicago. “Housing segregation still exists in Chicago. More unity is needed in the black community,” said Black. “Nowadays, there’s a unique class-separation, but back when I was growing up there was no class-separation among blacks. We all looked alike and we all lived in the same neighborhoods.” He said during his generation, black kids lived at home with both parents. “There were mostly two-parent households back then but today that is less than 35 percent,” contends Black. “The community has disconnected itself from helping families and now we have a bunch of single mothers raising children with no help from the community.” One thing Black said that bothers him is to see so many young people not planning for the future. “The reason you see so many young people shooting each other is because they do not believe there is a future for them and they just don’t care about their actions,” added Black. “That’s why you don’t see more young people voting and getting involved with their community.” He added that if you ask a young person what do they look for when shopping they would probably say they look for the best they can find at the cheapest price. “And I would tell them that is exactly how slave traders shopped when they went to Africa looking to buy slaves,” said Black. “Sometimes it’s not about getting the cheapest price for something because in life you have to be willing to pay more to get more and that means making sacrifices.” According to Black, technology has taken away many jobs blacks once held, so blue collar jobs are in less demand. “We [blacks] were brought here as cheap labor but today, economically, we are no longer needed,” said Black. “According to their [whites] standards, we cost more than we bring in. So why should they need us? To find the answer to this question I suggest everyone should read the book Who Needs A Negro by Sidney M. Willhelm.” Black said he tried improving life for blacks by getting politically involved and
Sitting in his South Side home Timuel Black, a historian and civil rights activist, proudly holds a personalized license plate and letter of proclamation given to him in 2016 by Secretary of State Jesse White for his lifetime of community service. Photo by Wendell Hutson
helping blacks like the late Harold Washington get elected as Chicago’s first black mayor in 1983. Black also campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2007 and organized protest marches for Dr. Martin L. King Jr. during the 1960s when he visited Chicago. In a letter to Black last December celebrating his 100th birthday Obama said, “Tim’s lifetime of service is a testament to just how powerful it is to wield love stronger than hate. Because he devoted his gifts of community organizing, young people across Chicago can dream a little bigger and they can aim a little higher, and for that, we owe Tim a profound debt of gratitude.” However, as much as Black admires Obama, he said he is not fond of President Donald Trump. “He is dangerous. Trump has threatened our allies and non-allies like North Korea and that makes it dangerous for everyone in America,” said Black. “His behavior reminds me of Hitler, a man who separated people based on class and race.” The former social worker and teacher for Chicago Public Schools graduated from DuSable High School in Bronzeville. Among his classmates were singer Nat King Cole and John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines. But prior to attending DuSable he attended Wendell Phillips High School, also in Bronzeville. “A lot of people may not know that DuSable High School was originally built as an extension to Wendell Phillips due to overcrowding,” explained Black. “They [whites] decided that rather than have these Negroes move into the ‘white schools’ they would instead build another building.”
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CPS officials could not confirm if DuSable was originally built as an extension to Wendell Phillips or as a new school entirely. Phillips was built in 1904 and was the first public high school in Chicago whose students were predominately black even though Phillips himself was a white abolitionist and attorney. The War World II Army veteran attended Roosevelt University in 1949, and after graduating in 1952, Black attended the University of Chicago and earned a master’s degree in social science. By 1954, he was student teaching at DuSable High School, but officially began his teaching career at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Indiana. He also taught history and anthropology at Olive-Harvey College. Prior to marrying his wife Zenobia 37 years ago, Black was married twice before and had two children by his first wife, a daughter and a son. Black said while his 70-year-old daughter is still alive, his son passed away years ago. Zenobia said the one thing people might not know about her husband is that he loves to eat Chitlins (also known as chitterlings.) “The first meal he ever cooked for me when we dated was chitlins. I came over to his place and he asked me what would I like to eat and I said chitlins,” recalled Zenobia, 69. “Without missing a beat he goes to the freezer and pulls out a container of chitlins. Then he went into the refrigerator and got spaghetti, coleslaw and corn muffins. That was our first dinner together and the rest is history.” Everyday Black said he looks forward to waking up. “I like the sunrise because it brings a new day.”
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Five of Six African American Mayoral Candidates Share Their Priorities For Day One In Office BY KATHERINE NEWMAN
s one of the first candidates to throw her hat into the ring and the first openly LGBTQ candidate to make the ballot in Chicago, Lori Lightfoot is regarded as an experienced reform expert and has worked at the city and federal level to make government more accountable and accessible. As mayor, she has said that she will work to create opportunities for every Chicagoan, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, economic status, or neighborhood.
Mayoral Candidate Lori Lightfoot Photo Credit: Lightfoot For Chicago
CITIZEN: What is your number one priority and if elected, what will be your first action upon taking office? LIGHTFOOT: Making sure that we have a plan to keep people safe. Public safety is a huge priority for me. It’s kind of the overarching issue to, I think, every other substantive challenge that we have in the city and fundamentally, if people don’t feel safe, they are not going to stay and if people don’t feel safe, businesses aren’t going to invest. If there is no safety in neighborhoods then we are not going to be able to make the kind of investments that we need to really kickstart a lot of economic and other activity in the neighborhoods so public safety is, to me, the number one issue. For more information visit www.lightfootforchicago.com.
fter a public endorsement by Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, Amara Enyia’s mayoral campaign was quickly catapulted into the spotlight. After getting her start as a journalist, Enyia earned a Masters degree in education, a law degree where she focused on international and environmental law, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy. As a consultant for education organizations and community groups, she helps design community-centered education plans and she created Thanks for Paying Your Taxes, an animated series that simplifies public finance topics to help residents understand how their tax dollars are being used. She believes in helping residents and community groups understand the numbers so they can advocate for their own interests.
CITIZEN: What is your number one priority and if elected, what will be your first action upon taking office? ENYIA: I’ve been pretty insistent that because of the nature of the issues and the nature of the challenges that we face in the city we cannot do just one thing. We don’t even have the luxury of being able to say ‘this is the one thing that I would focus on.’ I think there are a number of things that need to happen across departments. I talk a lot about really changing the philosophy of many of the city’s departments as it relates to economic development and making sure we have more balanced development and investment in neighborhoods and that deals specifically with the Department of Planning and Development. We have to get a handle on our economic issues. When we talk about budget and revenues, I plan to make sure that we are moving down the path of financial sovereignty which for me means establishing a public bank for the city. In education there are structural things that we have to do that go beyond just day one. For example, addressing the student-based budgeting model which needs to be changed, establishing not just a chief equity officer but a department or an office of equity that is fully staffed so that they can address a lot of what we have seen in terms of inequitable allocation of resources in CPS and the inequitable spread of programmatic offerings in CPS. There are so many issues tied to equity in CPS that it needs an entire office. A lot of times folks want to talk about the one thing that they would do and I just don’t think that we have a luxury of focusing on one thing, I think we need to be firing on all cylinders and the biggest areas for me are the economy, education, and public safety and violence prevention. For more information visit www.amaraenyia. com.
rior to beginning his second mayoral campaign in Chicago, Willie Wilson had already made a name for himself as a successful businessman. He is also an author, Grammy-award winning gospel singer. He calls himself a humanitarian and has assisted in passing economic fairness and bail reform laws to help the people of Chicago. He and his wife donate hundreds of thousands of dollars every year and Wilson said that he believes inclusion is the key and that together is the way.
Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson Photo Credit: Willie Wilson For Mayor
Mayoral Candidate Amara Enyia Photo Credit: Amara Enyia of Mayor
CITIZEN: What is your number one priority and if elected, what will be your first action
upon taking office? WILSON: Following the election, my first order of business will be to make it clear to City Council that all tax dollars, both local and federal, will be re-distributed to the citizens of Chicago, in all 77 communities and on a fair and equitable basis. Thereafter, by law, expenditures around the city must be balanced. For more information visit www.williewilsonformayor.com.
or the last 12 years, La Shawn Ford has served as State Representative for the Eighth District of Illinois. Within his role as a Representative, he serves as Chair of Restorative Justice, Chair of Financial Institutions, Chair of Small Business Empowerment and Workforce Development, and on the Appropriations Committees for Elementary & Secondary Education and Human Services. With the support and encouragement of his west side constituents, Ford decided to run for Mayor of Chicago.
communities about our vision for the city. If we can do that I think that is going to start us off on the right track of healing the city. We have to make sure that we meet with all of those families that have lost people to street violence because they have ideas about what we should be doing to help their families. There is a lot of work to be done in the city of Chicago For more information visit www.fordforchicago.com.
urrently serving her third term as the Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle is a well-known name in Chicago politics. Preckwinkle served as Alderman of the Fourth Ward for 20 years and says that she is a lifelong advocate for equity and equality. Through her work as County Board President, she has successfully expanded access to healthcare for 350,000 people, brought increased fairness to the criminal justice system, spearheaded a new economic development strategy, and expanded employment opportunities for the people of Cook County.
Mayoral Candidate La Shawn Ford Photo Credit: Ford For Chicago
CITIZEN: What is your number one priority and if elected, what will be your first action upon taking office? FORD: Immediately we have to make sure that we have a healing process where we bring people to City Hall to say that City Hall is open to the people of Chicago, we have to make sure that we bring people back to government. We want to send a strong message that this administration, the Ford administration, is going to be powered by people. We want to immediately have a Town Hall to let people know our vision. We can’t wait to share our vision and take in ideas from the people to move the city forward and we know that there are some pressing issues that need input from the community. We have to figure out how we are going to have a better Chicago Police Department, better Chicago Public Schools, and how we are going to deal with our pensions. We have to make sure that people on parts of the south and west sides are going to let us know what we should be doing to develop and make the cities economy more inclusive. It’s a lot of work to be done but the most important thing is to send a message that the Mayor of the City of Chicago will not tolerate racism or discrimination in any form and to lead the city down that path. If the city is speaking that it will send a message to the private businesses and it sends a message to
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Mayoral Candidate Toni Preckwinkle Photo Credit: Chicago Citizen Newspaper
CITIZEN: What is your number one priority and if elected, what will be your first action upon taking office? PRECKWINKLE: I am a teacher by profession, I spent ten years in the classroom and there are three things that I always talk about in terms of my vision for Chicago. One is strengthening our neighborhood public schools, the other is building up communities that have been challenged and need revitalization, and the third is trying to make our city safer. I would begin with public schools. We have to have great public schools in all of our communities and where we are now is that you can pretty much tell the success and performance levels of a school by the zip code that it’s in just as you can predict life expectancies on the basis of zip codes. If we are going to have a great city and if we are going to have a world-class city we have to have good neighborhood public schools. I would work with the school district, with the board of education, and with CPS staff and leadership to try and be sure that we strengthen the schools in all of our neighborhoods and particularly those schools that are under-resourced. For more information visit www.toniforchicago.com.
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3rd Annual Gala Highlights the Impact of Black Entrepreneurs in Chicago Three years ago, the WDB LEGACY Awards was created to celebrate Black entrepreneurship, which is often unrecognized and overlooked. After two successful events, where 500-600 businesses were engaged each year, the 3rd Annual WDB L.E.G.A.C.Y Awards is well positioned to reach a larger audience and amplify the message that black business matters and the communities they serve are committed to supporting them. The event takes place on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 6pm-10pm at Malcolm X College located at 1900 W. Jackson, Chicago, Illinois. The overall mission of the gala is to bring 600 start-up and seasoned business owners together for the exchange of new ideas and strategic networking. Statistics show that the average dollar stays in the White community for 17 days, 20 days in the Jewish community but only 6 hours in the Black community. These staggering rates show the importance of having more Black businesses represented in the community, as their existence is crucial to building the American ecosystem. Seven business owners and community leaders will be honored for building L.E.G.A.C.Y which represents Leadership, Education, Growth, Advocacy,
The WDB LEGACY Awards was created to celebrate Black entrepreneurship. In addition to the awards, emerging youth entrepreneurs, age 25 and younger, have the opportunity to win a prize valued at $5,000 – including a cash prize coupled with professional consulting and marketing services – to support their business dreams and sustained success.
Community and Youth. Awardees were announced on February 6th. Remy Martin returns, this year as a Major Sponsor, making the gala their official Black History Month celebration. Supporting sponsors include Insurance Exchange and White, Wilson and Associates. Production partners include HSMPR, MCO Designs, and NCAW – National Council of African Women. “Small businesses are the #1 job creators in the country, so as Black entrepreneurship grows, so does our impact,” says Keeana Barber, founder and chief executive officer of WDB
Marketing. “Our mission with the L.E.G.A.C.Y Awards is to create a platform where our network of 3,000 business owners can be exposed to one another and connect for new opportunities. I see the growth in Black entrepreneurs within our community. Our goal is to shine a light on all that is hopeful about Chicago.” In addition to the awards, emerging youth entrepreneurs, age 25 and younger, have the opportunity to win a prize valued at $5,000 – including a cash prize coupled with professional consulting and marketing services – to support their
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business dreams and sustained success. The top 3 finalist will pitch live during the ceremony and be chosen by the audience, “Shark Tank” style. Over the past 12 years, WDB Marketing has worked with over 3,000 Black owned businesses throughout the nation, witnessing firsthand the enormous impact Black businesses are having in their communities. From job creation, to leadership, to generating hope - small businesses are integral to the growth of the community. The L.E.G.A.C.Y Awards brings together every important aspect of businesses, the small mom and pops, the local non-for-profits and the larger emerging enterprises for a night of celebration, networking and advancement. Early Bird Tickets are available now at www.LegacyAwardsGala.com. Early Bird General Admission Tickets are $40 and Early Bird VIP Tickets are $50. Members and supporters of the entrepreneurship movement are encouraged to join the conversation by using hashtags #BuildALegacy #LegacyAwards2019. Esteemed honorees of The L.E.G.A.C.Y Awards 2016 included Kurt Summers - City Treasure of Chicago, Emile Cambry, Jr. - Blue 1647,
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Influencer agencies, life coaches, artificial intelligence-driven healthcare and drone-related businesses: these are among the hottest emerging industries for startup entrepreneurs in 2019, according to data released by global creative platform 99designs. 99designs identified the following four themes as the fastest-growing and strongest newcomers of 2019 based on an analysis of design projects completed on the site at the end of 2018 compared to the previous five years: Intelligence (AI) Healthcare: Up 48% compared to 5 years ago, significant advances in AI technology along with the demand for access to convenient medical care are driving this sector's growth. Personal Coaching: Experiencing a 47% increase in the past five years, life coaching is an industry well and truly on the rise, covering everything from financial and career guidance to health, wellness and relationships. The idea of personal coaching has established itself as an effective and accepted tool for self-development, driven by increased methods of mobile and remote communication. Influencer Agencies: Influencer agencies made five times as many requests for design work on 99designs last year than they did in 2013 — a whopping increase of 320% — and
there was a particularly sharp increase between 2016 and 2018 when their numbers grew 79%. This growth is a result of the continued rise of Instagram along with metrics proving the effectiveness of this channel for marketers, which in turn creates more demand for agencies connecting businesses with influencers. Drones & Drone-related Businesses - With just a few dozen design requests five years ago, the drone industry has seen 680% growth since 2013 and continues to skyrocket, driven by tech advancements making drones more accessible. As the technology moves into the mainstream, industry growth is supported by the expansion into related areas such as drone reporting and drone tech analysis. "Given the popularity of 99designs among small businesses and entrepreneurs across the world, looking at the types of companies getting logos and design work from year to year is a fun way to spot what's hot and what looks to be dying down," said 99designs COO Pamela Webber. "While last year saw a notable boom in cryptocurrency, VR and cannabis — industries that are still requesting lots of creative work on the platform today — the obvious newcomers on the rise in 2019 involve bot doctors, Instagram celebrities and droneadjacent services."
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Exhibit Honoring Frederick Douglass Extended American Writers Museum recently announced its special exhibit Frederick Douglass AGITATOR has been extended through May 31, 2019 due to the popularity of the exhibit and the continued relevance of Douglass’s words and activism. Frederick Douglass-themed tours will also be offered twice daily throughout the month of February. In addition, for the remainder of the school year, the Museum’s youth education program Write In will subsidize the cost of bus transportation for students from qualifying schools. Adding to the experience, each 6th – 12th grade student who visits the Museum will receive a complimentary copy of Frederick Douglass’ 1854 memoir Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, on behalf of Allstate’s generous sponsorship. The Write In program gives middle and high school students, in predominantly low income schools, an opportunity to experience American literature through immersive, multimedia exhibits. The 90-minute field trip program encourages students to explore their creativity and boosts their confidence when it comes to reading and writing. Students from more than 75 Chicago Public Schools have visited American Writers Museum through the Write In program. Educators, parents, and students interested in learning more about Write In and whether their school qualifies for free admission and bus transportation, may contact 312-374-8790 or email@example.com. Frederick Douglass AGITATOR features Douglass’ personal artifacts including his inkwell and eyeglasses, excerpts from his speeches and writings, and an original copy of The Reason Why pamphlet he and Ida B. Wells distributed to protest African-American exclusion from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The exhibit focuses on Douglass’s wide-ranging activism and explores the persuasiveness techniques of his writing, all the while reminding visitors of the power of literacy. “In his 1845 memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, he described learning to read as his ‘pathway
from slavery to freedom’,” says American Writers Museum president Carey Cranston. “Frederick Douglass escaped slavery to become one of the most eloquent voices of abolitionism and his words remain a touchstone for anyone fighting inequality or pushing America to fulfill its promise of ensuring equality for all.” During Black History Month, the Museum’s fun and engaging Storytellers will guide visitors on 20-minute Frederick Douglass-themed tours through the Museum. On these tours, visitors will learn how Douglass’s writing affected the nation, and why his words continue to be relevant today. Along the way, they’ll explore the abolitionists who came before Douglass and the impact they had on him, as well as the writers who were influenced by Douglass and how their writing carried his activism forward. Guided tours take place every day at 12:30pm and 3:30pm throughout the month of February. An upcoming program offered in conjunction with Frederick Douglass AGITATOR is a lecture with Tom Chaffin, author of Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Frederick Douglass AGITATOR opened June 2018 in the Roberta Rubin Writer’s Room and is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company (Lead Sponsor), Wintrust (Partner Sponsor), and several generous individuals. Artifacts have been graciously loaned by Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, an American Writers Museum Author Home Affiliate. About American Writers Museum American Writers Museum is the first museum solely devoted to celebrating American writers and their works. Opened to the public in 2017, its mission is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, and our daily lives. Several permanent exhibits, interactive displays, and specially curated installations offer visitors of all ages a one-of-a-kind experience. Past installations include Laura
Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page which highlighted how Ms. Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series shaped American understanding of the time period and The Beat Journey: Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” featuring the display of the original scroll manuscript. Located in the historic former International Harvester Building at 180 N. Michigan Ave, American Writers Museum sits among the Chicago Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago Theatre District, and several cultural and artistic icons. American Writers Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open seven days a week. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and free for children ages 12 and under. Visit AmericanWritersMuseum.org or call 312374-8790 for more information.
American Writers Museum recently announced its special exhibit Frederick Douglass AGITATOR has been extended through May 31, 2019. “Frederick Douglass (pictured) escaped slavery to become one of the most eloquent voices of abolitionism and his words remain a touchstone for anyone fighting inequality or pushing America to fulfill its promise of ensuring equality for all,” says American Writers Museum president Carey Cranston.
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U.S. Bank Black History Month Honorees Plant the Seeds of Possibility Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater Recognized for Leadership U.S. Bank proudly celebrates Black History Month by recognizing four of their key community partners across the country who are planting the seeds of possibility: Jackie Taylor, founder and CEO of Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago; Dr. Belinda Allen, executive director of West Angeles Community Development Corporation in Los Angeles; Dr. Eve M. Hall, president of the Milwaukee Urban League; and Linda Harris, senior vice president of the Urban League of Metro St. Louis. Through economic empowerment, education, affordable housing, and the arts, these women harness their organizations’ resources and talent to, in no small way, change the lives of the people they serve. “Celebrating Black History Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate the leaders in our communities who we partner with to make a tangible difference,” says Greg Cunningham, vice president, diversity and inclusion for U.S. Bank. “Through Community Possible, we’re proud to support the communities where we live, work and play – and these nonprofit organizations who make life better for all our neighbors.” Jackie Taylor founded the Black Ensemble Theater with a mission to eradicate racism and its damaging
effects on society through theater arts, including programs that perpetuate African American history, reach a cross-cultural audience and serve disenfranchised communities. Through the nonprofit’s educational outreach programs, she and her teams are on a mission to eradicate racism.” “Our young people have to learn that they are worthy,” says Jackie Taylor, founder and CEO of Black Ensemble Theater “In order to be
effective you have to create positive change, you have to impact, you have to motivate – and that’s what we’re doing in the schools through our educational outreach programs. We’re transforming the environment through the arts.” Taylor’s programs instill positivity, productivity and positive conflict resolution skills, helping young people get out of the “circle of self-destruction” perpetuated by racism.
“I hope my legacy lies in the fact that I built a company with the mission to eradicate racism, accomplishing our mission through education, through the performing arts, through theater, through music, through utilizing the total cultural environment,” says Taylor. “And that many, many years from now the company that I built is still surviving, is still going – way past my lifetime. And that’s maybe when
my great-great-great-grandson or -granddaughter will look around and say, well, now there’s no need for this company. We don’t have racism. We don’t even understand what it’s about - it doesn’t exist.” U.S. Bank proudly celebrates Black History Month, and those who are planting the seeds of possibility, alongside the community. Learn more at usbank.com/blackhistorymonth.
National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porters Museum In Collaboration with the Chicago Federation of Labor Presents The 2019 Gentle Warrior Awards Gala Fundraiser The National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum (NAPRPP) in collaboration with the Chicago Federation of Labor, Presents the 2019 A. Philip Randolph “Gentle Warrior Awards.” The gala and fundraiser will be held at Chicago’s historic Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive on Sunday, on February 24. From 5 to 9 p.m. The “Gentle Warrior Award” pays tribute to A. Philip Randolph, Founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first Black Labor Union in America to be chartered under the American Federation of Labor. Randolph was one of America’s foremost labor and civil rights leaders, who became known as the “Gentle Warrior.” In 2000, in his honor, the NAPRPP Museum created the Gentle Warrior Awards Gala to recognize individuals who exhibit a similar commitment, focus and, tenacity that Randolph displayed. The 2019 Gentle Warrior Award Honorees include:
l Juliana Stratton, who is the first Black woman elected lieutenant governor of Illinois. l Jessie White, veteran Secretary of State, who has held and effectively run the office longer than any other. l Robert Reiter, President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, the third largest central labor council of the national AFL-CIO. Reiter previously served two terms as Secretary-Treasurer of the CFL from July 2010 to May 2018. This year’s, the Gala Fundraising event will also celebrate two important milestones: The museum’s 24th anniversary of celebrating Black Labor History and the 82nd anniversary of the signing of the first collective bargaining agreement between an African American labor union (the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters) and a major U.S. corporation, the Pullman Company. Museum founder Dr. Lyn Hughes states, “2019 represents a year of change for the museum. It is the first time in our 24-year
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history that we have a new multigenerational and multiracial board of directors. The world is changing, and we want to do all that we can to ensure the museum stays relevant. The key is to blend diversity of thought into our leadership team, and the new board of directors will ensure we continue building on this foundation.” The 24-year-old NAPRPP Museum, is Chicago’s first National Park, the Pullman National Monument was designated a National Park by President Barack Obama in February of 2015. The museum has three distinctions: (1) It is the only one in the nation that bears the name of A. Philip Randolph and the Pullman Porters (2) It is the only African American site in the Pullman National Monument. (3) and it is the only museum of its kind worldwide that exclusively interprets the Pullman Porters’ component of African American history. For tickets and more information about the event visit our website at www.2019GentleWarriorAwards.com.
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FILM REVIEW: An Acceptable Loss BY DWIGHT BROWN NNPA Newswire Film Critic
Nothing about An Acceptable Lossscreams, “Pay $12 bucks for me at the theater because I’m worth it.” This isn’t an artistic breakthrough (Roma). It doesn’t expand the thriller genre (A Quiet Place). The drama on view is never deep (Leave No Trace). The ensemble performances won’t win prestigious awards (The Favourite). The screenplay by writer/ director Joe Chappelle (TV’s Chicago Fire, CSI: Miami, The Wire) pulls in some topical political themes, adds touches of suspense and revenge, but the storyline never amounts to anything extraordinary—and neither does the direction. Under the intense scrutiny of a theatrical film critique, the movie flounders. But looked at through the perspective of a smaller screen, its general intrigue will make it a better experience on-demand, streamed or on cable TV. Controversial ex-U.S. security advisor Elizabeth “Libby” Lamm (Tika Sumpter, Southside, Ride Along, Sparkle) becomes a visiting professor on a liberal college campus. Under her guidance, and at the insistence of the aggressive VPOTUS Rachel Burke (Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween) and chief of staff Adrian (Jeff Hephner, Interstellar), a bomb was dropped during a war against terror and
CONTROVERSIAL EXU.S. SECURITY ADVISOR ELIZABETH “LIBBY” LAMM (TIKA SUMPTER, SOUTHSIDE, RIDE ALONG, SPARKLE) BECOMES A VISITING PROFESSOR ON A LIBERAL COLLEGE CAMPUS. UNDER HER GUIDANCE, AND AT THE INSISTENCE OF THE AGGRESSIVE VPOTUS RACHEL BURKE (JAMIE LEE CURTIS, HALLOWEEN) AND CHIEF OF STAFF ADRIAN (JEFF HEPHNER, INTERSTELLAR), A BOMB WAS DROPPED DURING A WAR AGAINST TERROR AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES WERE LOST. thousands of lives were lost. Libby is shunned by faculty members, abhorred by some in her class, but still, at least on the outside she remains poised and at peace with her actions. One student, Martin (Ben Tavassoli, Overlord), stalks and spies on her. Why? Libby is off the grid, writing her explosive memoirs in longhand in a series of composition books and not using a cell phone. Who is she trying to evade? Is someone else tracking her? Joe Chappelle models the Libby character on former Secretaries of Defense Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld, architects of the Viet Nam and Iraq wars respectively. In hindsight, the former admitted to his blunder.
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The latter never took responsibility for a bogus war over weapons of mass destruction that didn’t exist. Chappelle starts with an engrossing premise with far-reaching political implications. As a TV series director, his instincts are solid. As a theatrical filmmaker he’s unable to pan out his style and intuition onto a broader canvass. The tech crew doesn’t help his cause. Production design (Daniel B. Clancy), sets (Jamers Hartnett), costumes (Susan Kaufmann) and cinematography (Petra Korner) make what’s on view look like a B-movie. Nothing visually stands out. Nothing is memorable. The narrative weaves in and out, including a love affair, an allegiance between two antagonists and an assassination attempt. Those crafty devices are thwarted by a very surprisingly shallow performance by
Jamie Lee Curtis, which makes all the scenes between Rachel and Libby seem hollow. Adrian’s feeble relationship with Libby would have been better left for a Cinemax late night movie; hard to believe they are really doing the do. Flubs in basic logic add more imperfections: Libby buys a safe to protect her manuscripts and puts it in her bedroom. In broad view! Anyone can see it. Wouldn’t a really smart former government official find a hiding place? As Libby is hounded by adversaries, your interest gets piqued just enough over 102 minutes to carry you to the very clever ending. It’s also helpful that Martin’s motivation isn’t clear until far along into the film, which further sustains your curiosity. Sumpter is quite beautiful and the camera loves her face. Unfortunately, the script doesn’t give her a wide
range of deep emotions to play, so her slight paranoia and tepid defiance towards those who plot against her never takes the viewer to a place of extreme fear or anger. Ben Tavassoli, as Martin, has the benefit of being an enigma. You stick with his stealth character until he is ready to reveal his motives. Alex Weisman as Martin’s confused and suspicious roommate is perfectly animated. Clarke Peters (The Wire, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri) is only in a few scenes as Libby’s dad, but is great. If you see An Acceptable Lossin a movie theater, you might regret the money you spent on a ticket. Watch it on TV or a mobile device and you may stay totally absorbed. Visit NNPA News Wire Film Critic Dwight Brown at DwightBrownInk. comand BlackPressUSA.com.
Raven Theatre Announces 2019-20 Season Raven Theatre recently announced its 2019-20 Season, kicking off this fall with the Chicago premiere of Rachel Bonds’ drama SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle and featuring music and lyrics by The Bengsons. This warm, delicate play with music is an honest look at the hard work of holding a family together and re-connecting with what we’ve left behind. Also this fall, Katori Hall’s drama HOODOO LOVE makes its return to Chicago on Raven’s intimate West Stage. Wardell Julius Clark directs this spellbinding, blues-filled tale about the danger of our desires. The season continues next winter with a revival of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece A DOLL’S HOUSE in a vibrant and progressive new adaptation making its Chicago premiere. Directed by Lauren Shouse, the new work features translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and adaptation by AnneCharlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt. Raven’s 2019-20 Season concludes next summer with the world premiere of Mat Smart’s stark, passionate drama EDEN PRAIRIE, 1971 featuring Curtis Edward Jackson (The Gentleman Caller). Henry Wishcamper directs this new play which confidently questions our notions of bravery and responsibility. Raven Theatre is located at 6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville) in Chicago's Edgwater neighborhood. A variety of 2019-20 Season subscription packages are on sale at www.raventheatre.com or by calling (773) 338-2177.
Raven Theatre’s 2019-20 Season: Oct. 3 – Nov. 17, 2019 SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON – Chicago Premiere! By Rachel Bonds Music and Lyrics by The Bengsons Directed by Artistic Director Cody Estle In the misty heat of a small southern town, two sisters have come home to handle a crisis. Twins Joey and Ray have just taken their first steps into adulthood while their newly divorced father, Tom, has been suspended from his job. But deep, honest communication doesn’t come easy. Seemingly stuck between the future and the past, this family of musicians sings what they can’t bring themselves to say.
Feb. 6 – March 22, 2020 A DOLL’S HOUSE – Chicago Premiere! By Henrik Ibsen Translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey Adaptation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey and Kirsten Brandt Directed by Lauren Shouse Nora, a spirited young housewife, is a radical thinker trapped in the patriarchal world of 1870s Norway. Life with her husband, Torvald, is comfortable, if uninteresting. But when an old acquaintance reappears, threatening to bring Nora’s secrets to light, everything changes. As her marriage, her relationships, and her world crumble, she begins to speak her mind and question what she really wants for herself.
Oct. 31 – Dec. 15, 2019 HOODOO LOVE By Katori Hall Directed by Wardell Julius Clark After escaping the cotton fields of Mississippi, a young woman named Toulou arrives in depression-era Memphis with dreams of becoming a blues singer. Almost immediately, she falls in love with a rambling musician named Ace of Spades while her bornagain brother, Jib, is hot on her heels. Desperate to claim Ace’s love for herself, Toulou lays a hex on him with the help of a Hoodoo practitioner, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.
May 7 – June 21, 2020 EDEN PRAIRIE, 1971 – World Premiere! By Mat Smart Directed by Henry Wishcamper Featuring Curtis Edward Jackson On the same night Apollo 15 lands on the moon, draftdodger Pete steals home to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, after a 300 mile walk from Canada. He risks arrest, but has an important message to deliver to an old friend. In a moment of national and interpersonal tension that mirrors our own, Pete must defend his choices and grapple with the sacrifices he’s made.
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Citizen On The Move GERALD PAULING HITS THE CAMAPIGN TRAIL A Pep Rally was held at the home of candidate Gerald Pauling with family and friends as he prepares his campaign for school board member of School District 233, Homewood- Flossmoor. Each room was decorated in red and white complete with HF H.S. paraphernalia. The 1985 grad of HF is running for reelection with a will to serve. The Pauling family getting ready to hit the campaign trail: William Pauling; Gerald Pauling ; Eugenia Pauling; Winston Pauling. Photo by: Clete Bordeaux "Picture Me Working".
NATHAN LEGARDY KICKS OFF BID FOR BOARD MEMBER OF SCHOOL DIST. 233 Nate Legardy kicked off his campaign at the Red Star in Richton Park for School Board member of School District 233, Homewood Flossmoor. Complete with cheerleaders, pom poms and video broadcast .
JEROME BROWN MAKES BID FOR MAYOR OF PARK FOREST SOUTHLAND STUDENT GET ON THE SPOT OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND COLLEGE High School seniors from across the Chicagoland Area came to Southland College Preparatory School for a College Fair featuring on the spot acceptance to Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Davis was joined by Dr. Hogan, President of Tougaloo College. Pictured are: Dr. Blondean Davis, CEO Southland College Prep H.S.; Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, President Tougaloo College; Mayor Sheila Chalmers-Currin, Matteson, Illinois . Photo by CRED
Pictured above is Jermore Brown and his supporters at his bid for Mayor of Suburban Park Forest Fundraiser.
SOUTHLAND MAYORS AND ELECTED OFFICIAL CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH Southland Mayors and elected Official attend Victory Apostolic Church for Black History Month. joining the elected officials were Illiniois Appellate Judge Cynthia Cobbs.
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Fifth annual pancake breakfast benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s 'Get Behind the Vest' initiative 19th Ward Alderman Matthew O’Shea will host his fifth annual pancake breakfast benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s “Get Behind the Vest” initiative, on Sunday, February 24th, 2019, at St. John Fisher School, 10200 S. Washtenaw Ave., from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Admission is $5 per person or $25 for families. All money raised will be donated to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest initiative, which actively raises funds to replace bullet proof vests for Chicago Police officers. Ald. O’Shea began hosting the pancake breakfast in 2015, and together with school fundraisers throughout the Beverly, Mount Greenwood and Morgan Park community, has raised over $117,000 for the Get Behind the Vest initiative. The 2018 event was the largest event to date with over $37,000 donated from the pancake breakfast and school fundraisers.
In addition to the pancake breakfast, Ald. O’Shea will once again be working with local schools to organize “dress down days” and other student-based fundraisers to raise additional funds for bullet proof vests. “A number of officers from the Chicago Police Department were killed in the line of duty in the last year, and now more than ever, we need to do all that we can to make sure our officers are given the tools they need to return home to their families at the end of their shifts,” said Alderman O’Shea. “The 19th Ward is home to hundreds of active and retired Chicago Police officers, and we understand the danger these men and women of the Chicago Police Department face each day. Through the tremendous support of the community, schools, and local businesses such as Original Pancake House – Beverly and Kean Gas Station, we want to help in protecting
those who protect us.” Bullet proof vests need to be replaced every five years, at a cost to police officers of about five hundred dollars or more. Over the past five years, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation has replaced 8,000 outdated bullet proof vests currently in use by Chicago Police Officers. The organization now works to provide an additional five hundred vests per year to help ensure the safety of officers. To date, 44 Chicago Police officers’ lives have been saved by bullet proof vests. Last year, 149 officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide, with 52 of those lives being taken by gunfire. Ald. O’Shea sits on the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Advisory Board and the Chicago Police Chaplains Ministry Board of Directors. He represents the communities of Beverly Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood,
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The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Invites The Artistically Curious To Explore Historic Chicago Suburb The Frank Lloyd Wright Trust presents its 2019 Wright Plus Housewalk on May 18, inviting the artistically curious to explore a variety of architectural forms located in the historic Chicago suburb of Oak Park. The Wright Plus Housewalk offers the unique opportunity to tour stunning interiors of eight private residences - open to the public only on this tour. Wright-designed buildings on the walk include the William G. Fricke House (1901), a study in architectural geometry with distinctive wood banding and leaded glass windows; the William E. Martin House (1903), a stunning Prairie composition featuring original murals and a water garden; and the Francis J. Woolley House (1893), an example of his pre-Prairie style work, on the walk for the first time. Also making their Wright Plus debut are the John S. Van Bergen-designed George L. Smith House (1914) featuring original art glass windows throughout; the Ernest P. Waud House (1914), an open plan Tallmadge & Watson design with Prairie style furniture; and the Ashley B. Smith House (ca. 1925), a charming French Eclectic style home designed by Wright’s contemporary Robert E. Seyfarth. The walk also features two lavish Prairie-style homes, the Barrett C. Andrews House (Tallmadge & Watson, 1906), a blend of Prairie style and Arts & Crafts details, and the George D. Webb House (Henry K. Holsman, 1910), a grand country home featuring elegant woodwork and original light fixtures. In addition, visitors are invited to tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio where Wright experimented with space, light, materials, furnishings, and decorative
where thousands of first responders reside. The pancake breakfast is generously supported and co-hosted by the Original Pancake House - Beverly. All pancake batter, condiments and cooking supplies will be donated by the Harrigan Family, who have operated the Original Pancake House for more than fifty years. Additional sponsors include the 19th Ward Youth Foundation, Beverly Area Planning Association, Senator Bill Cunningham, State Representative Fran Hurley, Saint John Fisher Parish, and Officer Mullens Apple Sauce. For more information on Alderman Matt O’Shea’s Pancake Breakfast, benefiting the Get Behind the Vest initiative, please call 773.238.8766. For more information on the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s Get Behind the Vest initiative, please visit www. getbehindthevest.org.
Dining room prow, William E. Martin House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1903), Oak Park, IL, Credit: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Photographer: James Caulfield
arts, as well as Unity Temple, Wright’s greatest public building of his Prairie era. Ticket sales are now underway with ticket prices starting at $90 (until February 28), then increasing by $5 to $10 monthly on a tiered pricing schedule. Fast Passes are available for priority access to all ten sites. Trust members enjoy discounts and special privileges at the Housewalk. The Wright Plus ticket includes free basic admission through the end of 2019 to: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, newly-restored Robie House, The Rookery, and Unity Temple (self-guided tour). For more information, visit flwright.org/ wrightplus. ADDITIONAL OFFERINGS: May 16-19: Ultimate Plus Weekend Package The offerings include a Wright Night at Chicago’s renowned Rookery Building; a special excursion to Crab Tree Farm, Wright’s Glore House and Heurtley House; priority entry to the Wright Plus Housewalk; private luncheon at Oak Park’s historic Nineteenth Century Club; and gourmet dining at the newly restored Robie House.
May 19: Renewing Wright’s Vision: Restoring the Robie House Panel discussion about the recently completed restoration of Wright’s iconic Robie House in Hyde Park, followed by a cocktail reception. Panelists include Chicago’s cultural historian Tim Samuelson, preservation architect Gunny Harboe of Harboe Architects, and Karen Sweeney of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, moderated by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust curator David Bagnall. May 20: Wright on the Farm – Muirhead Farmhouse and Fabyan Villa Tour of Fabyan Villa, Colonel George and Nelle Fabyan’s residence remodeled by Wright in 1907, creating a focal point for the family’s expansive riverbank complex. The tour includes a stroll through the estate’s c. 1910 Japanese Garden, designed by famed landscape architect, Taro Otsuka. Lunch in Geneva, followed by a tour of Muirhead Farmhouse, Wright’s Usonian solution for a working farm and a growing family. An award-winning restoration won the site a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby Association, in affiliation with the All-American Soap Box Derby (AASBD), is hosting indoor races for boys and girls ages 7 – 20, on Feb. 16-17 and March 16-17. These racers are being held at the Tinley Park Plaza, 15915 South Harlem Avenue (three buildings down from Walt’s). Racers will be competing in gravity-powered soap box derby cars against each other in three separate divisions: stock ages 7 13, superstock ages 9 - 18 and masters ages 10 -20. Bring your own AASBD-approved car or borrow a car for the day. Please text/call Stan Iglehart 630-841-8832 to reserve a car. Racers need to be onsite by 8:00 a.m. to register. There is a $10 fee to race for new drivers and no charge to borrow a car. Spectators are welcome to stop by and watch the race for free between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Kids who are accompanied by a parent or guardian can stop by between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a free test run down the track (please text/call Stan Iglehart to prearrange 630-841-8832). “It’s so exciting when the Chicago Southland has great familyfriendly events for all to enjoy,” said Jim Garrett, president and chief executive officer for the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This is a great way to try soap box racing and see what the Greater Chicago Soap Box Derby Association is all about.” The All-American Soap Box Derby is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character by creating meaningful experiences through collaboration, fair and honest competition. Families get to spend quality time with their kids while building cars and competing in races in local communities or around the country. Racers learn STEM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) while having fun and making new friends. Soap Box Derby® racing is a sport that educates and inspires youth through fair and honest competition. For more information visit, http://www. soapboxderby.org/greater-chicago.aspx or contact Stan Iglehart at 630-841-8832 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination management and marketing organization for Chicago’s 63 south and southwest suburbs. The Chicago Southland CVB markets the Chicago Southland region as a destination for meetings, conventions, group tour, sports events and leisure. For more information, go to VisitChicagoSouthland.com.
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the gap between funds provided to the school through government appropriation and the actual cost of the educational opportunities the school provides to its students. This extraordinary school recently captured the attention of Ovation TV, a cable and digital channel that is dedicated to the arts. Ovation and local cable provider Spectrum acknowledged the school’s contributions to the community and innovative approach to arts education and skills development with a $10,000 award via its Stand for the Arts arts advocacy initiative. SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities’ success provides a great lesson for communities across the country looking to support the arts and encourage the creative development of their youth. __________________________________
Six Steps To Help Students Get Into, And Pay For, College (NAPSI)—Getting into college can seem complicated, even overwhelming—but help is available. To support students and families, the College Board—the creator of the SAT and Advanced Placement—has launched a first-of-its-kind national scholarship program that serves as a simple college planning guide for all students. It explains what to do and when to do it. These College Board Opportunity Scholarships lay out six simple steps that all students can take to get into college. Completing each step will earn a chance for a scholarship; completing all six will earn students a chance to win $40,000 for their college education. These six steps help students plan by making a good starter college list, help them prepare so they can take their best shot and help them pay for college: 1. Build a College List—Students get started by exploring colleges they’re interested in. 2. Practice for the SAT—Students use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to help them get ready for test day. 3. Improve SAT Scores—Students show how practice pays off by improving their SAT score. 4. Strengthen College Lists—Students make sure their college list is a mix of academic safety, fit and reach schools. 5. Complete the FAFSA—Students fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid. 6. Apply to Colleges—Students apply to the schools they want to attend.
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(NAPSI)—Art classes have slowly but steadily all but disappeared from public schools over the years. Lack of funding has been the culprit, but educators tend to agree that the arts play a crucial role in the academic and creative development of our children. One public school in Greenville, South Carolina is embracing a different model and provides a haven for young artists from across the state to discover, develop and hone their talents. The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities offers preprofessional training to its students in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music, and visual arts. As a public, residential high school serving juniors and seniors, it helps students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving nationally recognized academic education. The Governor’s School also serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations, and schools. The school is supported by its own foundation—The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Foundation—by raising revenues to bridge
A Big Difference One thing that makes these scholarships different from other programs is that they’re about how much students grow, not how high they score. They don’t require an essay or an application and don’t have a minimum GPA or SAT score requirement. Instead, the program rewards all students’ efforts and actions on their way to college. The more effort students put in and actions they complete, the more chances they have to earn a college scholarship. The College Board is investing $25 million over five years. A total of $5 million is available for each graduating class, beginning with the class of 2020. All students are invited. How To Sign Up Students can sign up at www.CB.org/Opportunity and go to BigFuture to create a starter list of six colleges in which they’re interested. Just by making that list, they earn a chance for a $500 scholarship. Then, they can take the next step toward earning a $40,000 scholarship by going to SATPractice.org to receive free, personalized practice on Khan Academy. __________________________________
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