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Archive for November 25th, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 25 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

There’s so much to be thankful for!

There’s so much to be grateful for!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, let us be cognizant, grateful and thankful for the blessings God has bestowed upon us.

In celebration of this annual holiday tradition, we give thanks; we’re prayerful, and filled with gratitude for God’s blessings. We’re thankful for a multitude of things and for various reasons.

Thanksgiving Day is a time of reflection, a time to come together with family and friends…and eat heartily.

According to reports, the first Thanksgiving Day was held for three days in 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts as a “thank you” Celebration for leaders of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe and their families in appreciation for teaching much needed survival skills in the New World. Other reports state that the first Thanksgiving occurred in 1619 in Virginia.

In a Proclamation (October 3, 1863), President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday to be held in November to unite the North and South after the war. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, we give God the glory!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Proclamation: By President Abraham Lincoln, October 3, 1863

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Dr. Margaret Burroughs: A Rich Legacy Defined by Commitment

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 25 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

By Juanita Bratcher

 

Dr. Margaret Burroughs, Founder and President Emeritus of the DuSable Museum of African American History, has died. She was 95 years old.

 Burroughs, an Artist, Writer, Educator and Poet, made a lifetime contribution to the Cultural Arts and leaves a great legacy in the annals of history. She was a visionary with a passion for the Arts, an inspiration to many – those who knew her up-close and those who watched her from a distance.

Burroughs was devoted to preserving African American history. And she did a yeoman’s job in her efforts to preserve that history.

“Every individual wants to leave a legacy; to be remembered for something positive they have done for their community,” she said in Ebony Magazine. “Long after I’m dead and gone, the [DuSable] museum will still be here.”

And indeed, the DuSable Museum is a laborious lifetime contribution Burroughs made to African Americans and the American Art culture. Burroughs built a strong institution through her dedicated commitment and focused devotion to a dream that turned into a historical legacy. She dreamed it! She lived it!

President Barack Obama in a statement on the passing of Dr. Burroughs said: “Michelle and I are saddened by the passing of Dr. Margaret Burroughs, who was widely admired for her contributions to American culture as an esteemed artist, historian, educator, and mentor.  In 1961, Dr. Burroughs founded the DuSable Museum of African-American History on the South Side of Chicago, which served as a beacon of culture and a resource worldwide for African-American history. She was also admired for her generosity and commitment to underserved communities through her children’s books, art workshops and community centers that both inspired and educated young people about African-American culture. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Burroughs’ family and loved ones. Her legacy will live on in Chicago and around the world.”

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin issued a statement stating that “Dr. Margaret Burroughs’ legacy can be found in the thousands who learned the lessons of art and history because of her dogged determination.”

Rev. Harold Bailey, Founder and President of Probation Challenge and the PCC Broadcast Network, said of Burroughs: “The love Dr. Margaret Burroughs had for people was beyond that of lip-service. She dedicated her life to serving others, especially those who could not help themselves. For many years, we traveled over Illinois’ highways together visiting prisons in areas we would not have done otherwise. Dr. ‘B’, as she was affectionately known to many, was dedicated to Probation Challenge and the PCC Broadcast Network, where she would often engage in dialogue with Queen Mother Helen Sinclair during filming of Sinclair’s truth broadcast. Dr. ‘B’ will forever remain in our hearts – for her spirit is pure and tells of truth and justice.”  

Johnny Acoff, a retired law enforcement officer, said he was saddened by Burroughs’s death. “Dr. Burroughs was like a family member,” he said. “I enjoyed her a great deal. She was so real; we did many things together.”

Acoff and his wife, Bonnie, Burroughs and the late Ramon Price, DuSable Museum’s Curator, started Underground Railroad Tours.

Focusing on the Underground Railroad Tours, Acoff said: “We (Burroughs and other founders) visited many historical landmarks. 

“She was community minded, a very concerned person,” said Acoff. “She believed in helping other people, especially young people. She tried to steer them in the right direction.”

“She was so energetic,” said Clarence McMillan, a local Artist and Video film maker who also attended The Art Institute of Chicago. McMillan’s art work embraces the covers of a variety of books, magazines and other materials. “She spent a lot of time visiting prisons and teaching inmates about the specifics of art. She was just amazing, an outright gem who didn’t mind giving of herself to others.”

Burroughs was born in St. Rosa, Louisiana, on November 1, 1915. Reportedly, she died in her sleep at her home in Chicago, IL, on November 21, 2010.

Burroughs, a graduate of Chicago Teachers College now known as Chicago State University, also earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Fine Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago. For 23 years, she was a teacher at DuSable High School in Chicago, and logged in another 10 years at Kennedy King College where she taught Humanities.

In 1961, Burroughs and her husband, Charles, co-founded the Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art now known as The DuSable Museum of African American History. Since that time, her contributions have been wide-range. She was respected not only for her efforts but for that which she accomplished. She had a way of making one think with her thought provoking words of wisdom, her art work and principles about life itself.

Commissioner Burroughs was also a member of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. She was appointed to the Board on May 9, 1986. Her current term was to expire on April 26, 2013.

The last time I saw Dr. Margaret Burroughs one-on-one was September 12, 2009 at Acoff’s annual event which she had attended for the last seven or eight years. She was gracious, giving me an Autographed copy of a small booklet titled: “Know Yourself.”   

 Burroughs leaves a great legacy, one of commitment and a wide-range of contributions to the cultural arts.

Secretary of State Offices closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted by Admin On November - 25 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 25th and 26th, 2010, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Driver service facilities that are normally open Monday through Friday will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, November 29th.

Tuesday through Saturday driver service facilities will reopen Saturday, November 27th during normal business hours.

Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s Web site, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to change an address, register to become an organ donor or renew license plate stickers if they have received a renewal form by mail.

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