Friday, February 24, 2012

Ex-Antioch High School teacher pleads guilty in grade-tampering case - Chicago Sun-Times

Saying good-bye to Zalman King | Bleader

An Equity Analysis of President Obama’s 2013 Budget

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Last week we sent you some highlights from President Obama’s proposed 2013 budget.

Today, we invite you to delve deeper into how his budget promotes economic and social equity through programs and policies that will level the playing field, invest in America’s neighborhoods, and give all people a fair chance to succeed.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Supreme Court To Revisit Affirmative Action In University Of Texas Case

Only 4% of U.S. College Students Are Black Males; Honor Black Heritage by Fixing Schools; Where is the Bold, Black Education Initiative?; Make A Joyful Noise

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Report: Only 4 percent of college students are black males in U.S.
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Observer-Dispatch, Feb 17, 2012  


Next week, Thomas R. Proctor High School senior Julius Blackshear will visit several colleges during winter break.  By the end of the week, he will have a better idea of which college he might attend in the fall.


Blackshear's winter-break activity represents that of many high school seniors, but he's somewhat of an anomaly among black males, according to a study by the Washington, D.C.-based Council of the Great City Schools that found only 4 percent of college students are black males.



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By Mary Mitchell, 

Chicago Sun-Times  

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Because this is black history month, it is a good time to reflect on what is happening to public education.  There's really not much use in recalling how bad things used to be or debating why African Americans still celebrate black history month. 


But it is critical to figure out how to fix public schools.  To borrow a slogan from Phillip Jackson, the founder of the Black Star Project:  "Educate of Die."


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Latinos Launch Bold Education Initiative! Where Is the Bold, Black Education Initiative?


Chicago-The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) today announced the launch of its 2012 Student Leadership Series, the boldest initiative in the Latino community that will challenge over 40,000 students in 40 cities in 30 states to stay in school, improve their academic performance, graduate, and pursue post-secondary education or training.  Walmart, furthering their commitment to providing educational opportunities to diverse communities across the country, serves as the Title Sponsor of the Student Leadership Series.


Over 3,000 high school students, teachers and counselors, as well as recruiters representing vocational and technical schools, community colleges, and 4-year academic institutions are expected to attend the launch, which will feature former NASA astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez.



Campaign for Black Male Achievement Impact Index


This report provides a summary of the accomplishments of the Open Society Campaign for Black Male Achievement since its inception in 2008. It contains the rationale for developing the campaign, a breakdown of its grantmaking goals and strategies, various collaborations that have been created, and descriptions of grantees in each key strategy area. The result is a publication that targets a variety of networks including funding partners, with the hope of leveraging more money to the black male achievement field. 
Make A Joyful Noise 
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By Dr. Kathryn B. Kemp 

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Make a Joyful Noise!: A Brief History of Gospel Music Ministry in America is the story of the resiliency of an African American people who found their God-even in the midst of brutal oppression-and made music in praise and thanksgiving.


This book shows how music-gospel music in particular-has been a vehicle utilized over the years by people of African ancestry as a means of escape, an expression of joy, and source of peace. This music has helped us to hold onto our hopes and dreams despite slavery, Jim Crow laws, segregation, and racism and to instill in our children hope for a better world both here on and the world to come.



Use A Library Card to Free Black Men from Prison by Borrowing and Reading The New Jim Crow


 Join the movement to stop the American system of The New Jim Crow by checking a book out of your local library or by buying and reading a paperback copy of The New Jim Crow. All high school and college students must read this book! 


Much like a great explorer, Michelle Alexander has discovered another America-a bizarro world where prejudice and discrimination have replaced truth and justice. An America that is as intent on destroying young Black men as it is at proclaiming its passion for freedom and fairness. Even some of the most conscious and best-intentioned Americans can't see The New Jim Crow and their roles in supporting it.  Michelle Alexander holds a mirror up to America and reveals a monster!



Chicago Steam Offer Youth A Chance to
See Professional Basketball for Free


Black Star Fathers Club Members and Youth Program Participants can Get Free Sponsored Tickets to See Chicago's Newest Professional Basketball Team.  Call Bruce Walker at 773-285-9600 to reserve your tickets. 


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One of the best options for educating Black students in America -- Saturday University



Please call 773.285.9600 to learn how to start a Saturday University in your city.  We have 15 free Saturday Universities operating in and around Chicago.  Please call 773.285.9600 to register your child for free academic enhancement or for more information about Saturday University.



Belafonte - "What's missing is that rage."

It was both a walk down memory lane and a call to action when singer, actor, civil rights activist and international humanitarian Harry Belafonte spoke at St. Sabina Church.  Part of a Black History Month program that also brought Princeton Professor Cornel West to the South Side church on Sunday, Belafonte, espousing incendiary views on racism and capitalism for six decades, did not hold back during his presentation Friday night.



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