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February 13, 2010

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More Changes Are Coming P.1

Celebrating Black Achievements P.1

Choosing a Charitable Organization P.2

The Preacher’s Corner (New) P.2

Motivating African-American Secondary School Children P.3

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More Changes Are Coming By Patrick A. Sellers, An Illinois Correspondent for The Populace Now

On this date in 1818, Absalom Jones, activist and leader in the Black Pioneer period, died in Philadelphia, PA On this date in 1970 Joseph L. Searles ,III began training as a floor partner with Newberg, Loeb, and Co. Searles was the first Black on the New York stock exchange. On this date in 1923 The Renaissance, the first Black pro basketball team, was organized.

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Hello readers, I would like to take this opportunity to announce a couple of changes to our publication that will be taking place in the upcoming months. These changes will provide our publication with a new look as well as a broader scope for our content.

The new layout will reflect a more modern look along with easier reading article titles. With regard to our content (without giving away too much information) our aim is to become more inclusive by providing different perspectives from different people. These changes are instrumental to the success and continued growth of The Populace Now. Readers will

always be able to count on hard hitting articles delivered to them in user-friendly format, available in print and online. In our continuous efforts to provide you with a high quality product, we are always striving for new ways to improve our publication, all the while focusing on you.

Celebrating Black Achievements Is Celebrating Black History By Bobbie Collins, An Illinois Correspondent for The Populace Now "...and a good time was had by all." And so it was for attendees of the Black History Month KickKick-off Celebration in Freeport, IL on the campus of Highland Community College. A possible seventy-five folks gathered for something of an unveiling on January 30, 2010. And I know that wherever you are, my fellow Americans, you are probably celebrating Black History month in your own way. Programs and services and the like are taking place this month in schools,

churches, social community centers and so on. A former native son, Mr. George Triplett, returned to reveal something very special that he'd been working on for close to three years. After much investment of time and personal finance, invitations were sent out to honorees who had made history in the city and in various places in the world. The accomplishments of musicians, athletes, educators and more were spoken of during the KickKickoff. All honorees were born in Freeport, IL. You may have heard of some: Preston Pearson, former Dallas Cowboy;

Robert Johnson, Founder of Black Entertainment Television; Gerald McClellan (made a personal appearance with the help of his sister Lisa), former Middleweight Champion of the World; Carl Cain, basketball Olympics participant. Even the widow (Mrs. Lily Davis) of former Harlem Globe Trotter & Entrepreneur McKinley "Deacon" Davis honored us with her presence, reminiscing about her famous husband. It was an overwhelming afternoon.

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Choosing a Charitable Organization By Buffy Griffin, A North Carolina Correspondent for The Populace Now Shortly after any need or tragedy arises, organizations begin to gear up and provide available resources to both rescue and assist accordingly. Subsequently, those out for self-gain began their plans to selfishly defraud and steal from those that are already in desperate need. Compassionate people naturally have a heart for giving and helping when and where it is needed. However, greedy people also help (themselves) when and where they find or create opportunity. Sadly, not only do they not care that they

are taking from those less fortunate but the fact is that some of them actually work within the charitable organizations. Because of this, those in need continue to lack and both the compassionate giver and the intended recipient, have been cheated. We’ve all heard the horror stories and many have thought, “Why bother to help when the money isn’t going to those in need?” Some even go as far as refusing to help and try to persuade others to do nothing as well. While some of the resources are unfortunately misused and misdirected to say the least, certainly not all is lost. Take the time to do some research on the organizations and the

progress taking place and you’ll see just how much your contribution is still needed and can help. When researching, keep in mind that not all organizations are non-profit. Yet all organizations require funding to remain useful and effective. Always ask how the money is distributed, which includes the percentage that goes to keeping the organization running and the portion that actually goes to your cause. Better yet, you can take the initiative and start your own organization, providing aide to those you feel need it most or that you feel more compassionate toward.

Preacher’s Corner By Jerry "J.J." Fletcher, Fletcher Pastor of New Vision Fellowship, A Florida Correspondent for The Populace Now Now Faith How many of you have heard the scripture, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen?" (Heb. 11:1) Over the last few months, God has been dealing with me on the little things in life, the things we ignore or take for granted and overlook as just another word. I'm thinking of faith that can move mountains; faith that can raise the dead; faith that can perform miracles. Biblical faith. We all love to profess our faith. But what kind of faith is it? Have you ever heard someone say something like, "I will pray that God will deliver you or heal you?" or "I hope things turn out well for you?" Or maybe you have heard, "Yes. I remember when I was young and God brought me out." There is nothing wrong with saying these things, if you mean them. But beware of diluted or "fluffy" faith. Let's look at the scripture again and I

will show you what God revealed to me today. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen." unseen We all know this simply means things just have not yet materialized. But you must believe in the power of the Almighty and claim it as though it has already happened. That's NOW faith. Here's the revelation: NOW faith is not faith that says, "I'll pray that God will work it out. NOW faith says, "In the name of Jesus, it is DONE!" NOW faith has already claimed the victory in every trial and situation. This is not tomorrow's faith or yesterday's faith. This is NOW faith. We need a revival of NOW faith in the body of Christ. NOW faith leaves no room for doubt. NOW faith leaves no room for fear. NOW faith is the substance that sustains this walk we call Christianity. NOW faith is what will carry the Gospel even to those that have chosen NOT to hear His Word. I recently had a conversation with someone about my health. They informed me that some folks they know suggested that I put a little more trust in the Doctor

and that I was a fool for stepping out on faith. They said that God can still work it out. It just takes time. NOW faith says otherwise. NOW faith says that by His stripes I am ALREADY healed. God shows NOW faith to us every day. Jesus showed NOW faith to us on the cross when he died for a sinful world (things things unseen). NOW faith is the substance that breathes new life into an old, decaying spiritual walk. NOW faith saves marriages, builds bridges and (dare I say), kills the stronghold of dogma in churches that builds denominational walls, which divide the body of Christ. Come into the fullness of the glory of God. Open up your heart and mind to the gems in His Word that we have allowed to remain hidden. Be the best you can be for Him. Don't keep praying for FUTURE blessings, deliverance, and healings. But I won't hate on you if don't adopt a NOW faith perspective. Because I have just gotten a double dose of NOW faith for myself! Pastor Fletcher is married to Lindsey and is the father of three young children.


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Motivating AfricanAfrican-American Secondary School Children By Harry Taylor, B.S. History and MSE, Adult Ed. An Illinois Correspondent, for The Populace Now It is necessary for educators to motivate students. Psychologists define motivation as "an internal process that activates, guides, and maintains behavior over time." It is difficult however, for teachers to motivate students whose backgrounds are different from their own. In the year 2000, the U.S. Department of Education reported that "students of color comprised nearly 40 percent of the nation's school age population, but the overwhelming majority of teachers are white." My interest is in motivating African-American students and helping them to achieve their education goals. Most parents would say that they want their children to do well in school and get good grades. Parents also want their children to have friends and to participate in after school activities. Add to this that most teens are encouraged not only to learn academics but also to develop a social life or to find a job. You can see there are a myriad of activities that compete with academics for a teen's time and interest. It is no different for African-American students. And the majority of their parents report that their children like school, despite the racism encountered there. So why is the educational system failing African-American students? Why is there a persistent achievement gap between AfricanAmerican students and white students? Could it be motivation or the lack thereof? Educators site many reasons for the lack of motivation among A-A students. Among them: low socioeconomic

status, poor parenting skills, negative peer pressure, and lack of knowledge of A-A History. These all have students asking, "What good is it to acquire an education?" One of the most important issues when teaching or motivating students of color is convincing them that learning will enhance the quality of their lives. Parents are the most effective motivators of their children. Some parents of minority students need help to understand their role in encouraging their children to learn. Schools need to provide parents information on tracking practices, and the differences between honors and Advanced Placement classes, regular classroom placement, and remedial classes. Parents of A-A students also need to be helped in working with teachers to monitor and effectively enhance their children's academic progress. Teachers (and this is vital) should become aware that the cultural influence on parenting values and behavior is different in the AA-A community. The differences between the perceptions of teachers and those of A-A parents can only be addressed with honest communication that is based on mutual respect. For instance, A-A parents are more likely to utilize physical punishment and emotional withdrawal than other ethnic groups because of the high value that they place on obedience. It is clear that one of the most important factors in motivating A-A students is making parents part of the educational team. Without their help, motivating A-A students will at best be extremely challenging. Today, the classroom is one arena in which the traditional Eurocentric per-

spective is most obvious. Because negativity and hopelessness predominate in news reports and research regarding A-A and because most textbooks reflect a Eurocentric bias in most high school history classes, the students are likely to hear about slavery, Martin Luther King, Jr., and possibly Rosa Parks. Students are unlikely to learn, for example, that in spite of many obstacles including racism and oppression, nearly four hundred A-A men and women earned doctorates from the period spanning the late 1800's to World War II. And they're unlikely to be taught that one of the founders of Georgetown University was a half-black man who had earned a Ph.D., in Belgium before the Civil War. An unawareness of heritage effects self-pride and contributes to lack of direction. Many factors contribute to low achievement rates of a high percentage of A-A students. But the most important is racism. racism Until our nation's school systems and society as a whole develop ways to truly put all students on an even footing, there will be a disproportionate number of children of color left behind. Teachers must understand the effects their personal biases have when interacting with students. No one can deny that the problems of our nation's school districts concerning students of color are great. But they are not impossible, if we take the challenge one student at a time.


Widow of Mr. McKinley “Deacon” Davis

Freeport Community College Graduate and community icon

Former World Middleweight World Boxing Champion

First African American teacher in Freeport history

Former Eastside Recreation Director

Renowned African American Musician

Freeport African American Alderman

First Freeport African American Principal

African American Historian

First African American Fireman In Freeport’s history


Celebrating Black Achievements Is Celebrating Black History By Bobbie Collins, An Illinois Correspondent for The Populace Now (Continued from page 1.) Following a presentation of honorees and after hearing from some, we adjourned to the second floor atrium to enjoy framed photos and biographical information that George gathered during his quest. As people mingled and observed, tasty morsels (fit for royalty) were enjoyed by caterers Mr. and Mrs. Roy (Joy) Sellers of Freeport's Sellnoir food establishment (538 E. Stephenson Street). To record the day, CBS affiliate channel 23's cameraman was in place. The local paper sent a photographer and reporter. And Sellers Media Group (yes, your very own) videotaped the three and 1/2 hour unique event. Yours truly was the Mistress of Ceremonies and Mr. Sellers enjoyed a moment at the

microphone on behalf of Sellers Media Group and your newsletter, The Populace Now. These are Freeport Firsts that highlighted the day: Alderman, Albert Williams, 1953; R.N., Caroline Edison, 1954; Police Officer, Albert Lenoir, 1955; Basketball Olympian, Carl Cain, 1956; Male Teacher, Roosevelt Banks, 1958; State of Illinois Dept. of Public Aid Sec'y, Catherine Taylor (Banks), 1958; Female graduate of Freeport Community College, Geraldine Jones, 1966; Caseworker for Ill Dept. of Public Aid, became Lead caseworker, Sharon Taylor (Williams), 1974 Other notable Firsts who were honored on January 30:: Female Teacher, Arnetta Campbell (McGee); Principal Patricia Norman and finally, Gail Caruthers

(Motley) who became the first social worker for Jane Addams Mental Health. Time and space simply will not allow us to say so much more about each of these folks. In days to come, perhaps some would do us the honor of writing further details about their experiences and presenting them here in The Populace Now. We'd like to thank Marty Blake Photography for the great photos taken during the event and reproduced for this article. Our final thank you goes again to Mr. George Triplett for the perseverance necessary to put together the wonder photo/bio exhibit of the day-day--that --that is now on display at our Freeport Public Library-Library-thanks to Ms. Carol Dickerson, Director.

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