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Dr. Burris, wife of former U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris, releases new book; wrote book out of faith to ease pain of wrongful media attacks

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 10 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

burris“All we could do was to stand”

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Dr. Berlean Miller Burris, the wife of former U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris, chronicled the daily stories written about her husband who was dogged by the media over allegations that he talked to the brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich about raising money while seeking then President-Elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate.

She turned that daily pain into an inspiring book entitled, “Just Stand: God’s Faithfulness Never Fails.”

Just three-days before Blagojevich was sentenced to 14-years in prison, Dr. Burris held a book-signing ceremony at Josephine’s Hardtimes Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., Chicago, Illinois. “When Roland was appointed to the Senate, we went through such trials at that time and all we could do was to stand because our backs were against the wall,” she said.

“The reason why we could stand was because of God’s faithfulness to us and ultimately he was vindicated and clearly we could see his faithfulness.”

When asked how did she cope with the screaming almost daily headlines denouncing her husband, Dr. Burris said, “ I just started journaling and I would pray about it. Roland had assured me that he had done absolutely nothing wrong, but we could not convince the press of that and we did not have any ink.”

Saying she had no intentions of writing a book, Dr. Burris said she simply recorded her thoughts and accounts every day as a way of coping with the pressures they were enduring.

“At the end of the experience, I had journal all of this information and I realized how faithful God had been to us and said I have to tell my story.”

Dr. Burris said they ran out of money because of the bad press. “That was something he had to contend with. People will stick with you when you’re riding high, but if they think something is going differently, they disappear.

“They sent everything to a Republican state’s attorney in southern Illinois and told him to find out all of the bad stuff. He looked at everything and determined that there was absolutely nothing there but that was never printed in the headlines,” she said. “That was clearly God’s faithfulness.”

The youngest of 13 children from Itta Bena, Mississippi, Dr. Burris said Blacks could not attend school to become a registered nurse but they could become a practical nurse. “They were not very kind to us in terms of becoming a registered nurse.”

Her parents sent her to Provident Hospital to become a registered nurse and while there; she met Roland Burris from southern Illinois. Former Senator Burris said he was working part-time in the Pharmacy.

“I told my boss, who was a pharmacist who was dating a nurse who happens to be her (Berlean’s work sister) and I told my boss I wanted to meet some of those pretty nurses and they set it up to meet Berlean. I went over to the dormitory and she came downstairs.

“We went into the lounge. I stood and said, ‘Why do you want to meet me. She said, ‘I didn’t want to meet you. You wanted to meet me’ and she got up and walked out. I had to try and do a little patching up so the next day I came back and met her the next day and we got off to a better start and the rest is history. We started dating,” he said. The couple has been married 50-years on December 23, 2011.

Burris, who was the first African American to be elected for a statewide office when he won the Illinois Comptroller seat in 1978. He went on to win the race for the Illinois Attorney General in 1990. served as Illinois Attorney General until 1995.

But, his problems began after Blagojevich, who Wednesday was sentenced to 14-years in federal prison, appointed him to replace then President-Elect Barack Obama.

Burris came under fire by the media and some political foes who claim he perjured himself when he testified before an Illinois House of Representative committee on whether he allegedly tried to negotiate on the price for Obama’s Senate seat—a charge he adamantly denied.

After several investigations, it was a Republican Sangamon County State’s Attorney who cleared his name. Burris had done nothing wrong.

But, the almost daily screeching headlines were traumatizing to Burris and his wife who kept a journal she turned into a book.

Burris said being a political wife is not easy. He spoke about the false allegations leveled against him. “I also did a lot of praying,” he said. “People were praying for us so there is power in prayer.”

Referring to the media reports, Burris said, “These people took misinformation that was printed in those newspapers and they tried to put me in jail. They tried to get me for perjury. No way in the world” was he guilty of that, he said.

When the smoke cleared, Sen. Burris said, “When the truth came out from the Republican state’s attorney in Sangamon County, the media didn’t say anything. They didn’t say that Roland Burris had not done anything wrong. They said we were still under investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee but they were doing absolutely nothing because there was nothing there.

“They created a great deal of consternation for my political career because I wanted to run for at least a term in the U.S. Senate but then they created all this debt for me and created such an atmosphere to pay off the debt let alone $10 million or $15 million to run for the office,” the senator said.

Asked if he is bitter, Burris said, “I’m not bitter, no. It was just a learning experience. I chalk it all up to God directing me and setting the foundation to which way I was supposed to go. That was not for me other than to get the appointment. I had an opportunity to serve in the U.S. Senate. That is what I really cherish and will never forget,” he said.

The couple, who belong to Saint John Church Baptist, said faith has sustained them through their political storm. The song, “Just Stand,” sums up how the Burris’ got through the media bashing and false accusations.

“If the mind keeps thinking you’ve had enough but the heart keeps telling you don’t give up who are we to be questioning, wondering what is what? Don’t give up, through it all, just stand up” and that is exactly what the Burris’ did…”Just Stand” and let God work his miracles.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Photo Caption by Chinta Strausberg: Dr. Bearlean Miller Burris and former U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris.

Original copy of Amendment that ended slavery to be returned to Presidential Museum following free restoration work by Chicago conservator

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Chicago, IL – It officially freed the slaves, and now it’s being returned free of charge in better condition. 

A fully signed copy of the Congressional resolution for a 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the official act that abolished slavery in the United States, has been carefully restored free of charge by a Chicago conservator and will soon be on its way back to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield for a public display starting February 1, 2012.

Russ Maki, President of Graphic Conservation Company of Chicago, one of the largest paper conservators in the United States , was approached by ALPLM curators in early 2011 to assess the condition of Illinois ’ copy, which bears Abraham Lincoln’s original signature and those of 143 members of Congress who had voted for the Amendment.  After examining the wrinkled and somewhat faded 20 by 16 inch vellum document, Maki offered to conserve it on a pro bono basis.  Lincoln and the others had signed this and the other commemorative copies on February 1, 1865 after the House passed the resolution the night before. 

“When we examined the condition of the almost 150-year-old document, it was clear that conservation services were necessary.  We also understood that in this unique case, financial resources were scarce,” said Maki.  “Given the importance of the document and the obvious need for conservation services, we felt compelled to perform the treatment.  We are honored to have provided conservation services on such a significant document from our nation’s history.”

“The fact that this important handwritten document was drafted on vellum and signed with iron-gall inks meant that the planar distortions, or wrinkles, had to be eliminated,” added Maki.  “This gentle flattening served to preserve the bond between the inks and the vellum, and greatly enhanced the legibility of the document.”

There was no legal reason for the 13th Amendment copies to be created, but the signers wanted to capture the historic change permanently in ink for friends in either chamber of Congress.  When the vote passed, joyful Congressmen had “wept like children,” and women in the observer’s gallery “rose in their seats and waved their handkerchiefs,” according to the Congressional Globe.  The next morning, the Washington Daily Morning Chronicle vowed that the signers’ names would go into history with those who signed the Declaration of Independence.

There are 15 remaining original copies of the 13th Amendment resolution signed by Lincoln .  Only eight of these also include the congressional signatures, including Illinois ’ copy.  The State of Illinois purchased their copy in June 1941, and it has since been part of the ALPLM’s Lincoln Collection.  It had rarely been displayed because of its fragile condition.

“This is fantastic holiday news, a gift to the people of Illinois during the Civil War Sesquicentennial from a skilled craftsman and business owner, concerning the most permanent and momentous political effort of Lincoln’s presidency,” said ALPLM Lincoln Curator James Cornelius.  “The document now looks fabulous, and everything is again flat, legible, and radiant.”

Two of the principal architects of the 13th Amendment were U.S. Senator Lyman Trumbull from Alton , Illinois , who suggested the final wording, and President Lincoln.  Under the U.S. Constitution, any such resolution from Congress has to be approved by three-quarters of the state legislatures.  The Illinois General Assembly was proud to be the first to ratify the 13th Amendment, within minutes of the passage of the House resolution in Washington , since they were following its progress by telegraph from the Old State Capitol in Springfield .

Sadly, President Lincoln did not live to see the amendment officially enacted, though there was little doubt that the states would agree.  When Georgia ‘s newly reorganized state government ratified it on Dec. 9, 1865 the Amendment cleared the final hurdle.

The newly conserved document will be displayed in the Presidential Museum’s Treasures Gallery beginning on its 147th anniversary date, February 1, 2012. 

Graphic Conservation Company’s work generally consists of three main areas:  Works of fine art and collectibles; important family documents and corporate archives; and historically important documents.  The company, whose roots date to 1921, has been serving museums, historical societies and private clients by offering the highest quality full-service restoration and conservation of all works of art on paper.  This includes prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, photographs, wallpaper, blueprints, globes, books, historical documents and ephemera.  Situated in Chicago ’s South Loop , the company maintains a large state-of-the-art lab which provides the unique ability to treat oversize items such as antique advertisements, billboards and maps.

Graphic Conservation Company has been entrusted with rare and important pieces including Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal manuscripts.  Along with these valuable documents, the company is employed to preserve fine works of art by such artists as Picasso, Degas, Rembrandt, Warhol and Escher.  The company upholds the highest level of museum quality and excellence when performing conservation treatments for single items to large collections.  More information about Graphic Conservation Company may be found at www.graphicconservation.com.

For more information about the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, visit www.presidentlincoln.org. 

 

ETSB enhances 9-1-1 response capabilities with Smart911

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Smart911 is free for citizens and allows them to enter safety information online that is automatically displayed to 9-1-1 operators during an emergency
 
 
 
DuPage County, IL – The Du Page Emergency Telephone Service Board (Du Page ETSB) 9-1-1 announced the launch of Smart 911 for use in Du Page County.
 
Smart 911 allows citizens to enter information online that they want to have delivered automatically to the     9-1-1 dispatchers in the event any participant dials 9-1-1. The additional data provided is far more extensive than what is typically available to 9-1-1 dispatchers and helps to improve results when rendering aid to 9-1-1 callers.
 
Since that launch 16,000 citizens have registered to use this system.  Approximately 2000 9-1-1 calls have been received by DuPage Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in that time. 
 
The DuPage ETSB has worked with Rave Mobile Safety, the creator of the software, to develop special public safety campaigns for Fire Prevention Week and Halloween Safety.  In addition, Rave Mobile Safety has worked with special interests groups within Du Page County to assist with registrations for their target markets. 
 
“Smart 911 strengthens and expands our current 911 service by providing us with critical information about callers, while enhancing our ability to locate and communicate with them. This will help us provide more information to 9-1-1 call takers, as well as first responders before they arrive on the scene,” said DuPage ETSB Chairman Patrick O’Shea. “Knowing why a victim is unable to speak, providing EMS with information about medical conditions, being able to supply a photo of a lost child immediately, will help us to better serve our citizens and save lives.”
 
“We are excited to add Du Page County to the rapidly growing list of leading emergency communication centers across the nation that support Smart 911,” said Todd Piett, Chief Product Officer at Rave Mobile Safety.  “The Du Page ETSB team is exceptional, and we look forward to working with them.”
 
Smart 911 provides citizens with the ability to enter information that they want to make available to 9-1-1 call takers through a secure web site at www.Smart911.com.
 
Information can include children’s photos, medical conditions, home addresses of mobile phone callers, disabilities, senior citizen special needs or other rescue-related information. Smart 911 then delivers this information automatically with any 9-1-1 call to the call taker’s work station at participating Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs).
 
The service, which is free to citizens, enhances response and supports improved incident outcomes, by providing responders with critical additional information. It also supports citizen demand for the ability to easily provide and manage special needs data.   Participants can register cellular and smart phones as well as land line telephones. 
 
Pat O’Shea, Chairman of the ETSB  called upon the public to join him in implementing the new Smart911 service recently. “We strongly encourage those who live, work and visit Du Page County to register for this free service.  The information provided remains completely confidential and is only available to emergency responders during a 9-1-1 call. The information provided can help save lives.”  
 
 
This service is free to all citizens and is available nationally where ever Smart911 is in use.  The cost for this software is paid for using 9-1-1 surcharge revenue.  As a Charter 50 client, Du Page ETSB realizes a 50 percent savings annually or $140,000.00. 
 
About Du Page ETSB E911 Public Safety Answering Points [Communication Centers]
 
Du Page ETSB E911 has multiple Public Safety Answering Point [PSAPSs] locations to receive 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency calls within the county.  The 12 centers dispatch throughout DuPage county including:
 
Addison Consolidated Dispatch Center serving Addison and Bensenville Police Departments
Bloomingdale PSAP
Bloomingdale Fire Protection District PSAP
Downers Grove/Westmont PSAP serving Westmont and Downers Grove Police and Fire
Du Page Public Safety Communications [DU-COMM] serving 34 DuPage public safety agencies
Du Page Sheriff’s Office Wireless PSAP
Glendale Heights PSAP
Itasca PSAP
Oak Brook PSAP
Tri-State Fire Protection PSAP
Wood Dale PSAP
 
Du Page ETSB PSAPs handle over 900,000  9-1-1 calls for service each year.  Approximately 650,000 of these calls are from wireless devices.   
 
Du Page ETSB E911 and serves a resident population of over 1 million and a service delivery area of 333 square miles.  PSAP Communications Center personnel are committed to excellence in the delivery of those services while treating people with dignity and respect.
 

About Rave Mobile Safety

 

Rave Mobile Safety (www.ravemobilesafety.com) is a leading provider of software safety solutions. Rave designs, sells and supports a suite of safety applications including Smart911 for more effective 9-1-1 responses.
 
For Additional Information, please contact:
DuPage ETSB Chairman Patrick O’Shea at 630-234-4888
DuPage ETSB Executive Director Linda Zerwin 630-878-2509
 

"The Color of Justice" runs January 23 through January 27 at the Theatre at the Center's Theatre for Young Audiences

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Munster, IN –To kick off the celebration of Black History Month, Theatre at the Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences will present the Theatreworks USA production of The Color of Justice, a play inspired by events and people surrounding the civil rights case of Brown v. Board of Education.  This children’s show will provide audiences with a fictional tale of real life events which will help audiences remember just how far the United States has come since the 1950’s.  Recognized for bringing exciting, fun and educational productions, The Color of Justice will run January 23 through January 27 at 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana.

The Color of Justice is the tale of a courageous young girl and a great warrior for justice and the battle for equal rights.  It is the story of America in the 1950’s, a time of segregated restaurants and schools, separate restrooms and drinking fountains for “colored” and “whites”.  It was also a time when “separate but equal” was upheld by the United States Supreme Court. 

Eight year old Grace Carter does not understand why her “colored” school has to settle for hand-me-downs from “white” schools.  Most importantly, she and her family don’t want to be treated like a “special” group of people.  The Color of Justice is the tale of Grace Carter’s battle; a battle against bigots, against fearful friends and neighbors and a battle for her safety and her home.

The play The Color of Justice is a fictional account of one episode in the struggle of African Americans to obtain equal treatment under the law.  The Color of Justice is a drama and the names, characters, and incidents portrayed in the play are fictitious.  Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual events, is entirely coincidental.

The Color of Justice is by Cheryl L. Davis, a graduate of Columbia University Law School.  The show was originally directed by Ted Pappas, currently the Artistic and Executive Director of Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and the current incarnation is directed by Keith Lee Grant, Assistant Professor at City College, NYC, and performer in Broadway productions of Marie Christine and ShowBoat.  The incidental music score is by Jeffrey Lunden.  Scenic design is by James Noone and the costume design is by Martha Bromelmeier.  This 60 minute play is recommended for audiences 8 and up. Groups in attendance will have the opportunity to enter The Color of Justice essay contest and the chance to win a $25, $50 or $100 youth savings account.  This contest is sponsored by Peoples Bank of Munster, Indiana.

Founded in 1991, Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional, equity theater at its home, The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana.  Theatre at the Center is conveniently located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago. 

Group performances are January 23-27 at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Group ticket prices are $6.50 per student, adult tickets are $8.00. Groups of 100 or more student reservations are $5.50 per student. Individuals are welcome to attend the group performances. Individual ticket prices are $7.00 per student and $8.50 per adult. To purchase tickets call 219.836.3258. For more information on Theatre at the Center, visit www.TheatreAtTheCenter.com.

The 6th Annual Ford Black College Quiz Game Show hits the road, bringing HBCU's finest student intellectual athletes to Howard University campus for two days of fun and competition

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Washington, DC – On Wednesday, the 6th Annual Ford Black College Quiz Game Show brought together some of our nation’s brightest minds for two days of fun and competition on the illustrious campus of Washington D.C.’s Howard University. Hosted by actor Greg Alan Williams (Necessary Roughness and BET’s The Game), this “Jeopardy-style” televised competition left the confines of its home base in a Chicago studio to hit the road, offering a dozen gifted student players a chance to visit our nation’s capitol as well as compete for scholarship money and prizes. Also new this year is a partnership with The Ford Motor Company, an updated show format with music, new topics and each institution is represented by a single student competitor – in previous seasons, each school fielded a team made up of four or more players.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Ford to develop programming that supports education, encourages knowledge of African American history and highlights the wonderful work of our Historically Black Colleges and Universities to prepare our next generation of leaders,” said Don Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Central City Productions.

The competition included 12 students, accompanied by their coaches, from across our nation attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). This year’s participants are:

Allen Nicholas, Alcorn State University, Alcorn State, MS
Rose Ndeto, Benedict College, Columbia, SC
Peter Hughes, Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA
Victor Bradley, Fisk University, Nashville, TN
Sherelle Stephens, Florida Memorial University, Miami Gardens, FL
Aaron Coleman, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
Gavette Richardson, Howard University, Washington, DC
Joseph A. Franklin, Kentucky State University, Frankfort, KY
Mario Johnson, Southern University-Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
Gabriel Smith, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL
Krysta Beck, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
Latyra Stinson, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH

The festivities began on Wednesday, November 30 with a special VIP Reception at Howard University for the student contestants, coaches, university administrative staff and special invited guests, hosted by actor/producer Mel Jackson (BET’s Reed Between The Lines, Soul Food, Deliver Us From Eva) and radio personality Taylor Thomas (WHUR/The Steve Harvey Morning Show).

On Thursday, over four competitive rounds of play in front of a live audience, the field was narrowed to four finalists, from which a grand prize winner emerged – and won not only bragging rights, but a cash prize of $5,000 for the winner and for their school. Second and third place finalists received $2,750 and $1,500 respectively; with $750 going to the student placing 4th. In addition, Apple iPad 2’s were raffled to lucky audience members, as well as awarded to the student contestant with the most correct answers who did not place among the top four finalists. Viewers will have to tune-in to find out who took home top honors when the show airs in syndication in various markets around the country from January 14, 2012 – February 26, 2012.

The game show taping has wrapped, but there’s still a way for viewers at home to get involved and win cash prizes. From now until December 15, 2011, the Ford Black College Quiz invites HBCU alums and students to submit a 1 – 2 minute video to creatively answer the questions: “What advice would you give a freshman entering college?” for alumni and “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” for students. To participate, go to: www.blackcollegequiz.com for official details, prize info and instructions on uploading your video.

For local airdate information, please visit www.blackcollegequiz.com where the most recent list of airdates will be posted as they become available. Viewers can also consult local TV listings to get programming info for their area. To connect with the Ford Black College Quiz on social media platforms, follow us on Twitter @BlkCollegeQuiz, and ‘like’ us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ BlackCollegeQuiz.
About Central City Productions
With 40 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, Central City Productions (CCP) is a leader in African-American – targeted television. CCP is a full service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all of its programs.

Some of Central City’s most popular past and present programs include The Stellar Gospel Music Awards; Trumpet Awards; Black College Quiz; Hispanic College Quiz; Black Enterprise Business Report; Our World with Black Enterprise; the KnowYour Heritage Game Show; the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Festival in celebration of Mother’s Day; The Making Of Black Mayors; The March On Washington Remembered; Best of the Stellars; Stellar Awards Tribute to the Holidays; Bud Billiken Back-to-School Parade; Celebrate the Soul of American Music; Family Night; Living the Dream; the NAACP ACT-SO Awards; the Minority Business Report; Roads to Success; Martin: The Emancipator; Taste of the Holidays; The Kwanzaa Awards; and Black History Makers.

On the web: www.blackcollegequiz.com

Photo Caption: 2012 Ford Black College Quiz Show Host, GregAlan Williams (center) with contestants PHOTO CAPTION (L-R): 2012 Ford Black College Quiz Show Host, GregAlan Williams (center) with contestants (l-r): Sherelle Stephens/Florida Memorial University; Peter Hughes/Cheyney University; Krysta Beck/Virginia State University; Joseph A. Franklin/Kentucky State University (Photo credit: Roy Lewis/Courtesy of The FrontPage Firm)

Free MLK Concert w/Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God

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The Music Institute of Chicago honors the extraordinary legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. at its eighth annual celebration of the legendary civic leader, featuring the renowned Brotherhood Chorale of the Apostolic Church of God.

The 180-member male choral group, led by conductor Brian C. Rice, will again perform an electrifying program of repertoire offering traditional and contemporary gospel and jazz arrangements.

The event will be held Sunday, January 15, at 5 p.m., at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston. Admission is free. All contributions that evening will benefit the William Warfield Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Music Institute of Chicago, which annually offers need-based financial assistance for minority students.

For more information, e-mail: musicinst.org or telephone, 847.905.1500 ext. 108

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