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Old African American city celebrates history

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Hobson City celebrates town’s history and Founders Weekend


Hobson City, AL (BlackNews.com) – Alabama State Department of Tourism and Travel program declared 2010 as the Year of Alabama Small Towns and Downtowns across the State of Alabama to identify their heritage and plan events to commemorate that heritage. Governor Bob Riley has encouraged cities to stage homecoming events and invite people to come back home to celebrate their town. A historic marker written by a local person will be unveiled.

The Town of Hobson City will celebrate the Town’s History during the weekend the city traditionally recognizes the founding of the city. Hobson City was established on August 16, 1899 and is the oldest incorporated African American City in the State of Alabama and the third oldest incorporated African American city in the United States in.

The area now known as Hobson City was first known as Mooree Quarter, and was a part of Oxford, Alabama until the late 1890’s. At that time Blacks were permitted to vote in city and county elections. Their vote usually was a controlling factor during elections; they soon became isolated from the City of Oxford.

One of the early settlers of the community gave the following account of how Moorees quarters were cut from Oxford:

Once a Black man was elected Justice of the Peace in Oxford, this caused some confusion. One mayor in his campaign promised if he were elected he would stop Blacks from participating in city elections. After his election, he went to the State Capitol and had the corporate boundaries of Oxford redrawn, leaving the black settlement (now Hobson City) in the county. This isolated settlement remained under the county system of government for approximately three years.

On July 20, 1899 approximately 125 Blacks, dwelling in the Mooree Quarters area decided that it was time to take matters into their own hands. Their self-respect and determination lead to the filling of a petition with the Calhoun County Probate Judge, E. F. Cook, to become a separate and district municipality on July 20, 1899. After proper legal proceedings, the Town became incorporated August 16, 1899.

The commemoration of the city’s history will focus on preserving the heritage of Hobson City. Hobson City is a Place that matters, and deserves to be saved. It has been home to thousands of people over the past 111 years. According to the 2000 Census, 866 people call Hobson City home.

The Black Heritage Council (BHC) began working with the Town of Hobson City in 2008 to develop some strategies for revitalizing the area using the historic assets as a foundation. The Black Heritage Council was formed in 1984 by the Alabama Historical Commission; it is the only statewide organization that promotes the preservation and awareness of African American historic places, associated artifacts and culture.

The BHC helped the town and various citizen groups get the historical C.E. Hanna School (Calhoun County Training School) listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and the Hobson City Memorial Garden’s included in the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register, the first cemetery in Calhoun Country to be included in the list.

Additionally, the BHC nominated the town to the state’s annual list of places in peril. In 2009, in observance of National Historic Preservation Month, the Alabama Historic Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation named Hobson City as one of the 10 places in perils in Alabama. The BHC nomination resulted in the town gaining national and international recognition for its significance as the oldest African American incorporated municipality in Alabama. More than 113 national print and electronic media outlets covered the story as well as the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) out of Canada. CNN featured the town as part of its July 24, 2009 newscast.

The recognition attracted the attention of a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects who continues to consult with the city and has established a partnership with the city and Auburn University School of Architect, Design and Construction and Tuskegee University Department of Architecture.

Hobson City, has not benefited from the much talked about Stimulus money; things for Hobson City remains the same. The town has been without a police department since 2007. A new library has not opened due to a lack of revenue.

The city’s goal is to attract 1000 people to participate in the First Annual Hobson City Heritage Run/Walk A-Thon. Proceeds from this event will help fund the police department, public library, and preservation projects. There is a $10.00 registration fee.

They are encouraging individuals, families, cities, businesses, churches, organizations, fraternities, sororities, and everyone to participate. They are encouraging communities where students lived who attended Calhoun County Training School to form groups and participate in this historic walk. This includes: Thankful, Central City, Cobb Town, Chocolocco, White Plains, Dearmanville, Ohatchee, Brutonville, Weaver, Jacksonville, Bynum, Eastaboga, Sweet Rock, Rocky Hollow, Rock Quarry (now annexed to Hobson City, and any city or community whose name was omitted.

Scheduled events includes: Thursday, August 12, 2010 Fashion Show; Friday, August 13th, Display, Preservation and Revitalization Forum, Story Telling and Tour of City, Mayor’s Heritage Ball; Saturday, August 14th, Hobson City’s First Annual Heritage Run/Walk-A Thon, parade, unveiling of historic marker, dedication of park (Hobson City Community and Economic Development Corporation); Sunday, August 15th, community wide worship service, old C. E. Hanna/ James Dunn Gym.

Volunteers are needed to help with all events. For more information, please call the Town of Hobson City at 256-831-4940.

Abraham Lincoln Centre does its part to stop violence with Community Day picnic

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 Chicago IL – The Abraham Lincoln Centre (ALC), located in the heart of the Bronzeville community since 1905, hosted a free barbecue for community residents on Saturday, August 7th at Mandrake Park East on 39th & Cottage Grove Avenue.

 During this Community Day Picnic, the ALC announced many new initiatives that the organization is implementing to engage children and youth in positive community activities. The community picnic could not come at a better time given the increased youth violence throughout Chicago.

“We are mourning the recent loss of one of our teenagers,” says Zirl Smith, ALC President & CEO, referring to the tragic slaying of Jamonie Richards who participated in programs and activities at the Centre.  “His untimely death is just another tragic reminder that we as a community must be more aggressive in reaching our youth.”  The Abraham Lincoln Centre is well known as a sanctuary for children and teens throughout Chicago’s South-Side, offering mentoring, learning and development programs, and structured recreational activities.    

More than 100,000 Chicago area children ages 5-19 reported to have been the victim of serious physical assault; and more than 200,000 reported to have witnessed serious violence.  The ALC Community Center building, located at 3858 S. Cottage Grove, provides a safe haven for area youth to complete homework assignments in the study room; play basketball or other sports in the full size gymnasium; attend music, drama and dance classes; access the full-service computer lab; participate in the academic and social development workshops; and relax in the game and recreational rooms.  ALC gives youth many options to build and develop their natural potential in order to succeed in life. 

The Centre launched a comprehensive mentoring program for teens ages 13-17 addressing the issues specific to today’s inner city youth.  The program includes structured meetings with teens; guest speakers on a wide range of topics including managing through aggression, overcoming society’s obstacles, being a positive role model for the next generation, and more.  “The advice and guidance I’ve received from both my teen mentors and the Centre’s counselors have helped me tremendously in taking control of my destiny,” says Shaquitta Smith, 16 years-old.  “And I’m anxious to provide that same guidance to someone else.”   

“Grooming our youth to be responsible leaders, not just in the future, but right now; and providing them with the skills and resources necessary for creating a brighter tomorrow for themselves and our neighborhoods, are the key messages in bringing residents together for a Community Day Picnic,” states Zirl Smith.  

Founded in 1905 as a settlement house, the Abraham Lincoln Centre’s mission is to provide the tools necessary for community members to lead healthy productive lives in order for future generations to become the best that they can be. Today, ALC serves over 7,000 children and families a year at 13 program sites throughout Chicago’s south side.  A few of ALC’s flagship programs include helping at-risk children and youth gain the education and skills necessary to succeed in life, supportive housing and social services for people with disabilities, and support programs such as life skills initiatives for seniors and families.

FraserNet commits $350 million to help black students build their personal network

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George C. Fraser, founder of FraserNet

Cleveland, OH (BlackNews.com) — George C. Fraser, Founder and Chairman of FraserNet, Inc. and the PowerNetworking Conference makes nearly a $350 million dollar commitment to help Black students build their personal support network of relationships. The program is entitled, TheYESNet: The Youth Empowered to Succeed Network.

The Network’s goal is to provide one million Black students (ages 17-25) with free and easy access to critical contacts and other networking products and services over the next 5 years. A student membership is valued at $349 each, but will be underwritten by FraserNet, and provided free of charge to students 17-25 years old. TheYESNet memberships will enhance student’s development at an earlier stage in life, and help them advance beyond just a college education or additional training. It’s structured to help students to not only excel in their education, but to also build the key relationships/network they will need to succeed at work, home and in the community.

Students will get a jump on their success by accessing FraserNet’s network of 51,000 top Black professionals, business owners and community leaders. A network Fraser built over the last 25 years.

“One good contact in our network, plus the total membership experience could be priceless for students as they move forward in life,” says George Fraser. Student members will benefit free of charge from FraserNet’s products/services to include:

* Access and connectivity to FraserNet’s “state of the art” mobile and texting platform

* Blog to post questions regarding networking, building wealth, career and business development for “real time” experts to answer

* Access to a web-based SuccessGuide Worldwide directory, listing over 10,000 top Black professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders

* Weekly PowerNetworking Minute e-zine and texting with tips, facts and ideas on how to succeed

* Quarterly PowerTalk SkypeConference featuring “A” list experts who will instruct students on building wealth, their career or entrepreneurship

* Admittance to the annual national PowerNetworking Conference for the first 500 students with a 3.5 GPA (value $695 each)

* Bestselling Success Runs in Our Race audio book download (the Bible on building effective relationships and how to properly network)
“Our students have untapped and unharnessed potential waiting to be unleashed and may not be where they want to be regarding their network of key contacts. In addition, most students are not sure of how to get access to key contacts to answer their questions and give them guidance and motivation. By participating in the TheYESNet Student Membership Network free of charge, the answers are right there in our network. If we’re not helping them and giving back, then what in the world are we doing? We must be willing to share our success and to help others succeed,” Fraser says.

“We plan to seek corporate support and partner with mentoring groups (i.e. 100 Black Men, National Cares Mentoring Movement, etc.), community service organizations, churches and colleges to provide free memberships as value added benefits to the students within their influence,” says Fraser.

“Student members will have access to Black America’s best networking tools and resources. They’ll be able to gain key contacts and new opportunities early on and be part of a community of people helping people and adding value to each other’s lives. The most potent combination in the 21st Century for Black children will be education/skills and building productive and meaningful relationships. As part of the FraserNet core values students will also be encouraged to reach down and lift up those who are younger and less fortunate,” says Fraser.

“We need as many positive young people as possible joining to offset the negative image often portrayed of Black youth in the mainstream media. Together we can all help to make a change,” says Dr. Fraser. To sign up, students ages 17-25 simply need to go to www.frasernet.com or on your mobile phone go to www.frasernet.mobi and click on “TheYESNet” and fill out a short form to become an official member and receive free benefits.
About FraserNet
FraserNet, Inc. is a 23 year old, Cleveland based communications company focused on networking, training, economic and business development in Black America. It produces public events, social media, publications, authored books and articles to facilitate its vision, mission, goals and objectives. It is membership based and supported. Currently 51,000 Black professionals, business owners and community leaders and 40 corporate partners support the products and services and variety of community based activities produced each year by FraserNet, Inc.

Upscale magazine named George C. Fraser one of the “Top 50 Power Brokers in Black America”. Black Enterprise magazine called him “Black America’s #1 Networker” and featured him on a cover issue. Personal Growth “guru” Stephen Covey called Dr. Fraser “a masterful teacher”. Television host and journalist, Tavis Smiley called him a “visionary with the rare combination of leadership and management skills.” Fraser has been featured on the cover of nine national magazines, is a member of 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters from Jarvis Christian College in 1999.

He is also the author of three critically acclaimed books: Success Runs In Our Race: The Complete Guide to Effective Networking in the African American Community (William Morrow, 1994); Race For Success: The Ten Best Business Opportunities For Blacks In America (HarperCollins, 1998); and CLICK: Ten Truths for Building Extraordinary Relationships (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Fundraiser charged in thefts from Tuition Assistance Program

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The coordinator of a fundraising program at a Catholic school in the Portage Park community has been charged with stealing funds that were supposed to be used to help lower tuition costs for underprivileged children, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Yolanda Kozicz, 41, of Chicago, has been charged with Theft from a School for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 in funds from a tuition reduction incentive program at St. Pascal’s School. Kozicz had served as coordinator of the school’s program for seven years. Under the program, the school purchases gift cards from various establishments at reduced rates and then re-sells the cards to raise funds to help lower tuition for underprivileged students.

According to prosecutors, when Kozicz took over the program in 2001, there was nearly $25,000 in cash and an inventory of $20,000 in gift certificates on hand. In this position she was solely responsible for ordering gift cards, conducting sales, maintaining inventory and depositing the proceeds of sales.

School board members began to notice that she failed to provide financial reports regarding her activities and there was a reduction in the profits the program was generating. Their suspicions grew when she began to be late in delivering the gift cards and began to require buyers to place their orders several weeks in advance.

Kozicz was eventually forced out as the coordinator of the TRIP program early 2008. A joint investigation was launched with State’s Attorney’s Office and the Archdiocese of Chicago found that the program now had $4,326.82 in cash and only $30 in gift cards. A further review of records revealed that numerous purchases of gift cards had been made but there were significant discrepancies in the funds coming in that the sales should have produced.

The investigation revealed that the defendant’s thefts cost the school $51,942.49 which would have been used to offset tuition costs for underprivileged children.

A warrant was issued for her arrest and she was taken into custody when she arrived at her job in the northern suburbs August 4th. She posted bond at the police station and her next court date is August 10th for a preliminary hearing at the criminal courthouse at 26th & California.

New Executive Director for The Active Transportation Alliance

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The Active Transportation Alliance, Chicagoland’s advocate for better biking, walking and transit, announced that Ron Burke has been named its new Executive Director starting Aug. 17.

Burke, who joins the organization with an expertise in environmental policy, has been at the forefront of sustainable and active transportation for years. He most recently worked as the Midwest Office Director at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Prior to his work there, Burke served as the Associate Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Burke is only the third executive director in Active Trans’ 25-year history.

“We are delighted to welcome Ron to the organization, especially in light of the momentum behind active transportation in Chicagoland,” said Active Trans Board of Directors President Jane Healy. “He has been an advocate for our work for years. Through his work at the American Lung Association in the 1990s, Ron led the effort to direct federal funding to local bicycle and pedestrian projects. He will help grow Active Trans to be an even stronger advocate for bicycling, walking and transit in Chicagoland.”

Burke brings with him vast knowledge of policy development and implementation. His most recent work at the Union of Concerned Scientists included coordinating and implementing policy in the Midwest on climate and energy, clean energy and sustainable agriculture. His time at the Illinois EPA included work on the state’s global warming initiative, and he supervised the areas of policy, outreach, community relations, pollution prevention and small business assistance.

Burke earned a master’s degree in Technology and Human Affairs with an emphasis in Environmental Policy from Washington University and carried out his undergraduate work in life sciences at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and Bradley University.

Burke is a long-time supporter of the Active Trans mission, and his lifestyle reflects this. “Biking, walking and transit have been an integral part of my life for years,” Burke said. “I am excited to work for an organization that has been so instrumental in making those choices possible.”

Active Trans, the country’s largest transportation advocacy non-profit organization, has worked to improve biking, walking and transit options for 25 years. The organization has more than 5,000 members and has been behind major strides like Bikes on Metra, legislation that requires drivers to stop for pedestrians, and statewide policies that provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on all new state road projects.

Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the organization also produces large-scale events like the MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive and the Boulevard Lakefront Tour.

Burke is an avid runner and outdoors enthusiast. He lives in Oak Park with his two daughters and wife, Pamela Brookstein.

Active Trans’ previous executive director, Rob Sadowsky, relocated to Portland, Ore. in June to serve as the executive director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 5,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Seduction and slander, Christmas in Illinois, traveling salesmen, poetic Lincoln, and Civil War

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12th Annual Conference on Illinois History September 30 – October 1 in Springfield
Springfield, IL – Topics as diverse as seduction and slander, Christmas in Illinois, traveling salesmen, the poetic Lincoln, and the Civil War await participants at the 12th Annual Conference on Illinois History scheduled for Thursday and Friday, September 30 and October 1 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield.
Registration and fee information is available at www.presidentlincoln.org.  The conference is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. 
Sessions being offered on Thursday, September 30 include:  Seduction and Slander in Illinois Legal History; Debating National Identity; Navigating and Mining Illinois’ Oral History Landscape; Illinois Supreme Court History; 20th Century Political History; Illinois Education; Illinois’ Traveling Salesmen; Planetariums, Zoos and Aquariums; Illinois Stories from the Battlefield and Home Front; Mormon History; The Material Culture of Early Illinois; Using Primary Sources to Teach the Civil War; Commemoration and Benevolence in the Civil War Era; Fish in History; Legal History; Family History; and Making Research Fun.  The September 30 luncheon speaker will be Timothy Pauketat, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who will talk about his latest book, Cahokia:  Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi.  The September 30 evening banquet will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Kammen, Professor of American History and Culture, Emeritus, at Cornell University  He will address topics from his most recent book, Visual Shock:  A History of Art Controversies in American Culture (2006).        
Friday, October 1 will feature more sessions, including:  Reconstructing Italian-American History in Illinois; History from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Reform Movements in Illinois; Historic Preservation; Perspectives of the Pullman Strike; The Poetic Lincoln; The Illinois Coal Industry; Women; Settlement Patterns; Presidential Candidates from Illinois, 1950 – 2000; Illinois and the Coming of the Civil War; Illinois Art History; Public Spaces; African American History; Using Graveyards as a Teaching Tool; Business and Industry; The Slavery Debate; Illinois Stories; and Biography and Collective Biography.  The October 1 luncheon speaker will be Cynthia Grant Bowman, the Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence at Cornell Law School, who will talk about her new book, Dawn Clark Netsch:  A Political Life (2010).
The Conference on Illinois History welcomes more than 350 people each year who appreciate opportunities to share their interest in the history of Illinois.  The more than 30 sessions include scholarly papers, panel discussions, and workshops.  Exhibitors both days include university press publishers, new and used book dealers, and the Illinois State Archives.  Teachers with a desire to bring new perspectives and teaching techniques into their classrooms can take advantage of the teacher workshops offered both days, and the conference is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education for Continuing Professional Development Units.
Call (217) 558-8892 or visit www.presidentlincoln.org for more information on the Conference on Illinois History.

Goodman Theatre’s 5th Biennial Latino Theatre Festival is an unprecedented success

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Five weeks of international cultural exchange featured two critically-acclaimed productions by Cuba’s Teatro Buendia during its U.S. Debut

Chicago, IL –  Four countries, fourteen companies, twenty productions and programs, thirty-seven days, 342 artists and the U.S. debut of Cuba’s Teatro Buendía defined the 5th Biennial Latino Theatre Festival, and marked an unprecedented success for Goodman Theatre. Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez curated the ambitious Festival that appeared June 19 – July 25 for an audience of more than 50,000 on both of the Goodman’s stages: the 856-seat Albert and the 400-seat flexible Owen, as well as the Jay Pritzker Pavilion and Chase Promenade in Millennium Park. Highlights of this year’s Festival included the U.S. debut of Cuba’s acclaimed Teatro Buendía—hailed as “highly arresting” (Chicago Tribune), “astonishingly vivid” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “deeply inspiring” (Time Out Chicago); the centerpiece production of The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarías, directed by Godinez and featuring screen stars Malaya Rivera Drew and Tony Plana; a weekend of bold new works in collaboration with New York’s Lark Play Development Center and featuring five of Chicago’s leading storefront theaters, and partnerships with the Latino Music Festival, Grant Park Music Festival, Millennium Park and Mexico 2010 presented by the Consulate General of Mexico.

“I am overwhelmed by the response to this year’s Latino Theatre Festival,” said Resident Artistic Associate and Festival Curator Henry Godinez. “It was an honor and a privilege to host such extraordinary artists from around the world for five weeks of performance and cultural exchange. This year’s Festival represented a major artistic achievement, a creative exchange with Cuba, which proved that great art can and should transcend geographic borders and political differences, and foster mutual understanding and respect. 

Adds Goodman Theatre Executive Director Roche Schulfer, “The enthusiasm and support with which the artistry of the Festival was met has been extraordinary. We are grateful for the support of our audiences as well as the corporate, foundation and individual sponsors, trustees, subscribers and single ticket buyers—each of whom contributed to and shares in our success.”

The line-up for the 2010 Latino Theatre Festival—inspired by the centennial of the Mexican Revolution and bicentennial of Mexico’s independence—included performances by some of the world’s leading Latino theater artists and companies. The Festival began with Karen Zacarías’ The Sins of Sor Juana, directed by Godinez (June 19 – July 25, in the Albert Theatre), about the legendary Mexican poet Juana Inés de la Cruz. Next, and in its U.S. debut, Cuba’s Teatro Buendía presented two plays—La Visita de la Vieja Dama (July 8 – 11) and Charenton (July 15 – 18)—in the Owen Theatre. The festival culminated in a weekend (July 23 – 25) of new works from the Lark Play Development Center’s U.S./Mexico Word Exchange, helmed by Chicago artists from 16th Street Theater, Teatro Luna, Aguijón Theater Company, Teatro Urbano and Teatro Vista. Also included were collaborations with Grant Park Music Festival (Memory of Fire, July 7), Millennium Park (the family-friendly Sarruga: Insects, July 16 – 18), and one-night-only presentations from Teatro Vista (El Nogalar, July 17); Albany Park Theater Project (Feast, July 20); and Aguijón (Las Soldaderas, July 21). Two works from the Latino Music Festival and one from Collaboraction enjoyed encore performances—The Leader, composed by Gustavo Leone; The Tenth Muse, by Elbio Rodríguez Barilari and Para Carmen by Sandra Delgado—together in one evening (July 22).

The Latino Theatre Festival, a biennial event at the Goodman since its inception in 2003, has introduced more than 160,000 Chicagoans to prominent Latino theater companies around the globe. Under the direction of Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez, the Latino Festival is a multi-week event that transforms the Goodman into a hub of international artistic exchange.

Productions by local, national and international theater artists, plus a variety of events including workshops, master classes, panel discussions and post-show live music by local bands, define the experience. Teatro Buendía and Sarruga join the expanding list of international Latino theater companies that have performed at the Goodman since 2003: Compañia Marta Carrasco (Spain); Comediants (Spain); Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes (Mexico); and Pia Fraus (Brazil). Last season, Compania Triptal (Brazil)’s Sea Plays were a memorable addition to the Goodman’s 2009 Global Exploration of Eugene O’Neill, an international festival and celebration of the father of the American drama. National artists of note have come to the Goodman from New York (Universes’ Blue Sweat; Adrianna Sevan’s Taking Flight) and Los Angeles (Luiz Alfaro’s The Book of Titus and Other Latino Bible Stories; Culture Clash’s AmeriCCa). Local participants have included works from Aguijón Theater Company, Albany Park Theater Project, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Luna Negra, Teatro Luna and Teatro Vista.

Goodman Theatre is grateful to the Latino Theatre Festival Sponsors. Principal support of Artistic Development and Diversity Initiatives is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Target is the Lead Corporate Sponsor for The Sins of Sor Juana and Lead Festival Diversity Night Sponsor; Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner for The Sins of Sor Juana; the National Endowment for the Arts is also a Sponsor Partner. Major Support of the Festival is provided by The Chicago Community Trust and The Boeing Company Charitable Trust. Other Festival Sponsors include Baker & McKenzie LLP, the Illinois Arts Council, Dominick’s, The Nielsen Company and State Farm Insurance. Hoy is the Print Media Sponsor, Univision is the Broadcast Media Sponsor, The Chicago Latino Network is the Digital Media Sponsor and Comcast is the Media Partner for the Latino Theatre Festival. Support for Sarruga: Insects is provided by the Institut Ramon Llull and The Tourist Office of Spain.

 About Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre has been internationally recognized for its artists, productions and programs since its founding in 1925. Celebrating 10 years in the North Loop Theatre District, Goodman Theatre is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago.  Named the nation’s “Best Regional Theatre” by Time magazine, Goodman Theatre has garnered hundreds of awards for artistic achievement and community engagement, including numerous Tony Awards and two Pulitzer Prizes.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Goodman Theatre’s priorities include new plays, re-imagined classic productions, culturally specific work and musical theater. Over the past 30 years, the Goodman has produced more than 100 world or American premieres. Robert Falls’ contemporary versions of Death of a Salesman, Long Day’s Journey into Night and King Lear have been celebrated nationally and internationally, along with his artistic collaboration with actor Brian Dennehy. Cultural diversity stands at the forefront of the Goodman’s mission; over the past two decades, one-third of Goodman productions have featured artists of color (including 21 world premieres), and the Goodman was the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle. Since 2003, the Latino Theatre Festival has been a biennial celebration of Latin theater companies from Chicago and around the globe. Over the past 20 years, the Goodman has produced 25 musical theater works, including 10 world premieres. Each year Goodman’s numerous education and community engagement programs, including the highly praised Student Subscription Series, serve several thousand Chicago Public High School students. In addition, for the past 33 years, the annual holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol has led to the creation of a new generation of theatergoers in Chicago. Goodman Theatre’s leadership includes its distinguished Artistic Collective members:  Brian Dennehy, Frank Galati, Henry Godinez, Steve Scott, Chuck Smith, Regina Taylor and Mary Zimmerman.  The chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox and Karen Pigott is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

For comprehensive content on Goodman Theatre’s 2010/2011 Season, including exclusive artist videos for each production, visit Goodman Theatre’s microsite, ExploreTheGoodman.org.

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Radebe, Fredericks to attend Beyond Sport Summit 2010

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 Former South African soccer captain Lucas Radebe and multi-Olympic medallist Frank Fredericks are the latest high-profile names to confirm their attendance at the Beyond Sport Summit 2010 in Chicago between September 29-30.

 The two globally-renowned athletes join a host of other high-profile names including Olympic legends Michael Johnson and Ian Thorpe; HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan ; and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke in participating in the Summit , a unique event designed to celebrate, promote and drive forward the use of sport as a tool for positive social change. 

After playing a significant role in the community engagement element of the first FIFA World Cup to be staged on African soil, Radebe will give a fascinating insight to the Summit attendees as to the true legacy that the event has left South Africa, while Fredericks will join grassroot programmes from around the world to share the latest developments of the International Olympic Committee’s social legacy program through his role as an Executive Board member.


Now in its second year, the annual Summit brings together those who use sport as a vehicle to create social impact and influencers from the world of business, government and federations whose attitudes and decisions can have substantial impact.


With over 750 individuals expected to take part the Summit, companies from across this spectrum of influence have already confirmed their attendance including Chicago Bulls; Cisco; HSBC; JP Morgan; LIVESTRONG; NFL; United Nations; U.S. Department of Education; Women’s Sports Foundation, and many more.


To view the full Summit schedule, list of speakers and participating companies and to find out details on how to attend the event, visit www.beyondsport.org.

Beyond Sport is partnered with Barclays Spaces for Sports, United Airlines, TIME International and UNICEF.

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