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Archive for September 8th, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson to speak at opening of temporary Gandhi exhibit at Lincoln Presidential Museum October 8

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 The “Great Soul” and the Great Emancipator             
       
Springfield, IL – Two of world history’s most well known and respected leaders will come together when a Mahatma Gandhi exhibit opens during a special reception the evening of Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.  The exhibit may be viewed daily through November 10 by anyone paying regular Museum admission.
 
The exhibit will include Mahatma Gandhi photographs and period media coverage, and is being presented in cooperation with the India Association of Greater Springfield.  It is part of the Presidential Museum’s efforts to commemorate the great achievements of visionary leaders across the world that contribute to our understanding of Lincoln’s legacy.  Gandhi was the great ideological leader of India during India’s struggle for independence from Great Britain, and dedicated his life to the struggle for freedom and civil rights of the oppressed castes in the Indian society.  Gandhi’s inspiring and world-changing life has many parallels to the Lincoln legacy that is celebrated at the Museum.
 
Gandhi’s grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi, will make remarks and sign copies of his books during the October 8 opening reception, and tickets at $25 each may be reserved by calling (217) 558-8934.  The buffet reception will feature Indian cuisine and a silent auction with proceeds to help conserve key items in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum’s collections.
 
 A special “teacher talks” session with Rajmohan Gandhi, open to any educator free of charge, will be held from 5 to 5:45 p.m. October 8 in the adjacent Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.  Interested educators should call (217) 558-8934 to make reservations.
Rajmohan Gandhi is a research professor at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; a former parliamentarian in India; and the author of the award-winning biography Gandhi.  His latest book, A Tale of Two Revolts:  India’s Mutiny & The American Civil War, compares the 1857 Revolt in India and the American Civil War – seemingly fought for very different reasons, occurring at opposite ends of the globe in the middle of the nineteenth century.  But they were both fought in a world still dominated by Great Britain and the battle cry in both conflicts was freedom.  Rajmohan Gandhi reconstructs events from the point of view of William Howard Russell – an Irishman who was also perhaps the world’s first war correspondent – and uncovers significant connections between the histories of the United States, Britain and India. The result is a tale of two revolts, three countries and one century.
 
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was the foremost political and ideological leader of India during that nation’s independence movement.  He pioneered the use of non-violent civil disobedience to fight tyranny and injustice, and inspired movements using this philosophy for civil rights and freedom across the world.  Gandhi is often referred to as “Mahatma,” or “Great Soul” in Hindi, and is also known in India as “Bapu,” or “father.”  His October 2 birthday is a national holiday in India and is observed worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence. 
 
For more information about programs or exhibits at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit www.presidentlincoln.org.
 

Seventh Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit to mobilize prostate cancer survivors, medical, industry, political and community leaders

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 Summit takes Place September 22- 23 at U.S. Capitol and Washington Convention Center


 

Congressman Gregory Meeks (left) with PHEN President, Thomas Farrington

 

Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — The Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. (PHEN) announced today that it will host its “Seventh Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit” in Washington, DC from September 22- 23, 2011, at the U.S. Capitol and Washington Convention Center, respectively. The Summit is FREE and open to the public.

This year’s theme is “Saving Lives: Strategies for Eliminating the African American Prostate Cancer Disparity.” The Summit will kick-off on Sept. 22 at the U. S. Capitol and continue on Sept. 23 at the Washington Convention Center, where Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY) will host the event as an official part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference.

“In the seven years that we have held this Summit, PHEN has made incredible progress,” said Thomas A. Farrington, president & founder, PHEN. “We have succeeded in mobilizing a national coalition of prostate cancer survivors, medical, industry, political and community leaders, who are all working towards eliminating the African American prostate cancer disparity.”

More than 30 speakers and presenters are slated to appear at this year’s Summit, who will assess various efforts to help eliminate the African American prostate cancer disparity – the largest racial disparity for any type of major cancer, as well as map strategies for new activities in the fight against prostate cancer.

Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr. of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, and Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, will take part in this year’s outreach strategy discussions. PHEN works annually with hundreds of Black churches across the nation, as part of its Rally Against Prostate Cancer (RAP Cancer) activities. Many of these churches host their own outreach sessions, Father’s Day activities and health and wellness programs. They also tune into PHEN’s monthly webcastss, which isare broadcast from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. All of these Rally activities are aimed at reaching communities at the grassroots level, to help educate and support Blacks, who are most disproportionately impacted by prostate cancer.

“We will present some exciting plans for building increased community outreach with our Rally partners, and therefore encourage our church partners and others who want to join in, to send representatives. We are looking forward to broadening our community outreach by working with fraternities, lodges and other organizations,” said Farrington.

PHEN addresses most aspects of prostate health educational needs, including awareness, early detection screening, treatment options, clinical trials participation, and survivorship issues. The 2011 Summit program will cover these critical areas, as PHEN teaches that knowledge is the best defense against prostate cancer.

Online registration for the Summit and the Program agenda are available at www.RAPCancer.org.
About PHEN:
PHEN is a non profit 501©3 organization, founded in 2003 with a primary mission to increase prostate health education and awareness among African American men, who have the highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States. PHEN’s mission also includes efforts to increase the overall support and resources in the fight against prostate cancer that will eventually lead to a cure for the benefit of all men. PHEN utilizes a national network of prostate cancer survivors who volunteer to help implement its initiatives within churches and other venues. Visit www.RAPCancer.org for more information.

Jakes' latest book addresses post-traumatic stress

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The Crossing Tells the Story of How PTSD Impacts the Lives of Two Texas Students Who Witness the Murder of Their Teacher in a School Bus Shooting

 

 

Dallas, TX The Department of Veteran Affairs reports that approximately 800,000 soldiers are suffering the affects of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).* But the problem extends well beyond the military and is now impacting the lives of more than 5 million** Americans-many who have witnessed brutal situations in places we expect to be safe. After decades working in church ministry, Serita Jakes, wife of Bishop T.D. Jakes, has witnessed first hand how traumatic situations can result in the mental anxiety that can lead to PTSD. Jakes tackles this issue in her first fiction novel, The Crossing (Waterbrook Press), which is scheduled to be released Sept. 6, 2011.

  

PTSD is an emotional illness classified as an anxiety disorder and for many years was primarily associated with soldiers returning from war. But mothers, fathers and children are now experiencing how traumatic situations such as abuse, natural disasters and murder can lead to the destruction of families. In The Crossing, Jakes explores how relying on faith can help families to heal.    

  

The Crossing tells the story of two Texas high school students who witness the murder of their teacher in a school bus shooting. Ten years later, their lives remain stuck on that day-a situation that carries added tension because the murder remains unsolved. Claudia Campbell had been a happy student and popular high school cheerleader. But the shooting continues to haunt her. Claudia’s husband is an assistant district attorney who re-opens the cold case hoping to find the murderer and help his wife recover. Meanwhile, Casio Hightower, the school’s star quarterback who had dreams of becoming a professional athlete but was wounded in the gunfire, lives each day with the frustration of knowing that his life could have been much different.

  

The Crossing tackles how victims of trauma can turn to violence, alcoholism and overspending to deal with their pain and unresolved emotional conflicts. To shape her story and characters Jakes relied on her experience ministering to thousands of people dealing with the similar buried pain.

“My hope is that readers will see the strength in the characters and it will encourage those suffering from PTSD to seek help and work through their own unresolved conflicts,” said Jakes.        

 Book Details:

 

The Crossing 

By Serita Jakes
ISBN # 9781400073030 (paperback)
Pages: 320
Suggested retail price: $14.99
Info: www.tdjakes.org/thecrossing
Release date: Sept. 6, 2011   

    

 

About Serita Jakes

 

Serita Jakesis the author of The Princess Within: Restoring the Soul of a Woman (2002); Beside Every Good Man: Loving Myself While Standing by Him (2004); and co-author Speak to Women with her husband Bishop T.D. Jakes. Serita Jakeshas been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband throughout their entire marriage of nearly 30 years. In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, Mrs. Jakes is executive director of the WoMan-To-Woman Ministries of The Potters House of Dallas where her husband is senior pastor.

 

About TDJ Enterprises

 

Bishop T.D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as the senior pastor of the 30,000-member church The Potter’s House located in Dallas.  Under the T.D.J. Enterprises umbrella, a for-profit organization, are film, music, best-selling books and other products helping disseminate a faith-based message to a wide audience. Visit TDJakes.com for more information.

State Street transformed into pedestrian playground at first-ever open streets on State Street

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On Saturday, October 1, seven blocks on State Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for activities such as yoga, dance classes, a skate park and an Imagination Playground for kids

 

Chicago, IL — At Open Streets on State Street, Chicagoans are invited to enjoy the ultimate good day as historic State Street opens for pedestrians to play, walk, bike and enjoy healthy recreation for a full five hours in the heart of the Loop. Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA), in partnership with Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), will transform a seven-block stretch of State Street, from Lake to Van Buren, into the ultimate urban playground for all ages, Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The first-ever Open Streets on State Street will create a safe public space in a car-free setting where communities can connect, families and friends can exercise and play, and businesses can engage with the public. Open Streets, presented by the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, is modeled after similar car-free events held in cities around the world from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, to Bogota, Colombia, which holds its iconic “Ciclovia” event every Sunday of the year.

A sampling of the recreational programming being offered to the public, free of charge, at Open Streets on State Street includes: 

  • Mobile skate park: While most public places prohibit skateboarding, Open Streets encourages people of all ages and ability levels to take a lesson from Character Skateboards and the Chicago Youth Skateboarding Project and watch pros skate on this street course that includes ramps, a half pipe.
  • Imagination Playground: Children, ages 3 and older, can explore this award-winning, 500-square-foot movable playground that includes blocks, crates, carts, sand and water. This innovative playground encourages children and their families to pursue healthy, safe, and educational play.
  • Scavenger hunt: discover the “hidden gems” of State Street and learn about the Loop’s history and architecture through this urban scavenger hunt. Volunteers will be on hand to assist and award a range of prizes for winners.
  • Break dancing demos: Chicago’s most acclaimed break-dancing crew, Brickheadz, will showcase some spinning, hopping, and sliding on hands, heads, shoulders and elbows. The crew will also be available for lessons for aspiring B-boys and B-girls.
  • Yoga classes: CorePower instructors will be on hand to lead impromptu yoga classes.
  • Dunking booth: Settle the score the old-fashioned way: by sending someone splashing into 500 gallons of water.

“We are constantly looking for new and creative ways to draw people into the Loop through unique programming and partnerships,” stated CLA Executive Director Ty Tabing. “We are thrilled to partner with Active Trans on Open Streets, and look forward to hosting Chicagoans on one of Chicago’s most famous streets.”

Open Streets on State Street is the culminating celebration of the summer-long “GO DO GOOD” campaign, launched by Chicago Loop Alliance and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago in May. The campaign has become a city-wide movement inspiring the public to “do good” in tandem with artist Kay Rosen’s six-story GO DO GOOD mural on State Street, commissioned by CLA for Art Loop 2011. The public is encouraged to stop by United Way’s booth at Open Streets to learn about opportunities to do good in one’s community.

“Imagine State Street with joggers instead of taxi cabs and skaters instead of buses and an impromptu Yoga class instead of a traffic jam,” said Active Trans Open Streets Manager Julia Kim. “We’re encouraging people to ride bikes, take a stroll, and embrace the dramatic beauty of Chicago. Open Streets brings communities together to have fun and lead active lifestyles.”

There is no admission charge for Open Streets on State Street. In addition, Chicago Loop Alliance member businesses in the area will offer special discount offers in conjunction with the event. For more information, please visit OpenStreetsOnStateStreet.org or call (312) 782-9160.

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is a member-based business organization that represents Chicago’s most dynamic mixed-use district – the Loop – and advocates for the rapidly growing central business area. CLA is focused on promoting and uniting Loop businesses and organizations to support one another in creating a vibrant, flourishing Loop where people live, work and play. For more information visit www.chicagoloopalliance.com.

The Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans) is an advocate for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders in the Chicago region. Active Trans encourages transportation that promotes health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, please visit www.activetrans.org

The newest Illinois Center for Broadcasting (ICB) campus, located at State and Congress Streets, provides education on all aspects of broadcasting to a generation of broadcasters through an intensive, hands-on program instructed by the industry’s top professionals since 1986. ICB possess a unique mix of broadcasting leadership and experience, educational excellence and use of cutting edge technologies to continue to be at the forefront of broadcasting education. For more information about ICB, please visit http://www.beonair.com/chicago.

HBCUCONNECT.COM is now the world's largest outlet for HBCU products

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Strategic partnerships with giants of online collegiate retailing ensure HBCUConnect.com’s continued dominance as the leading portal for the HBCU Community

 

Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — Just in time for the return of the collegiate football season, HBCUConnect.com has launched the web’s largest online shopping destination for HBCU collegiate gear, accessories, souvenirs and gifts. The result of long negotiated partnerships among the online collegiate shopping leaders, HBCUConnect.com offers over 6,000 HBCU and Greek branded products in their one-stop online marketplace. From hoodies to hats, watches to T-shirts, shoppers can now find everything they need in a single place.

Accessible at www.HBCUConnect.com/marketplace, users can conveniently, safely and securely shop for themselves and their favorite students and alumni with direct shipping anywhere in the country or even overseas.

“We have really worked hard and put in a lot of effort to make this the premier shopping experience for our members.” said William Moss, CEO of HBCUConnect.com. “This is a continuation of our effort to remain not only the number one HBCU site on the internet, but to give our members and shoppers a complete, one-stop shopping experience at unbeatable prices.”

Due to several inquiries, HBCUConnect.com remains open to a limited number of partnerships with other vendors meeting their stringent quality and policy standards that have relevant, unique products they would like to market through the portal to the HBCU Community. All potential partnership inquiries should be directed to: www.HBCUConnect.com/contact
About HBCUConnect.com
Founded in 1999, HBCUConnect.com is the first and largest portal targeted towards the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) community. Encompassing a complete web portal, recruiting engine, social networking site, forums, blogs, news feeds and shopping, HBCUConnect.com serves the needs of HBCU aspirants, students, alumni, faculty and staff by providing a single destination and launching point for the entire diaspora. For general site information, visit www.HBCUConnect.com

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