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Editor of new Malcolm X Biography to speak at Elmhurst College

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The story behind Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

 

Wendy Wolf, editor of the revealing new biography of the African-American leader and activist, will speak at Elmhurst College on February 7

 

Elmhurst, IL —Last spring, scholar Manning Marable was poised to release his life’s work: a monumental biography of Malcolm X. Marable, a longtime professor of African-American history at Columbia University, died of pneumonia just days before the book was published.

As Marable’s editor at Viking Books, Wendy Wolf helped him whittle down 20 years of meticulously gathered material into Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, a biography that has been hailed as “revealing and prodigiously researched,” and one of the 10 best books of 2011. It also has stirred controversy and praise for shedding new light on the life and times of Malcolm X.

Wolf will talk about both Malcolm X and Manning Marable on Tuesday, February 7, when she presents Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, the Martin Luther King Jr. lecture at Elmhurst College.

Marable devoted much of his career to uncovering provocative new details about the life of the iconic black leader and activist. The book draws from Malcolm X’s letters and diaries; surveillance conducted by the FBI and New York City Police Department; and interviews with his contemporaries, including Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan.

Capturing Marable’s years of research in a single book was a daunting task for Marable and Wolf, associate publisher and editorial director of nonfiction at Viking, where she also has been an editor since 1994.

“With a life there is a decision of how much to say and how much not to say,” Wolf said in a recent National Public Radio interview. “How much do you chronologically put into the book? How many days do you recount? How many days do you miss?”

At Elmhurst College, Wolf will discuss what links Malcolm X and Marable, “two men who came from such disparate worlds—the one a man of the streets propelled for most of his life by anger, the other a warm and generous scholar—and how one life gives insights into the other.”

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention will begin at 4:00 p.m. on February 7 in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, www.elmhurst.edu/campusmap. The lecture is free and the public is invited.

Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College’s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400 full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 22 undergraduate academic departments and nine graduate degree programs.

Dr. King’s daughter: “Exchange your Piece for His Peace’

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 King says her father was a “peacemaker”

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Following in her father’s footsteps, Elder Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., came to Saint Sabina with a strong message of nonviolence “ Exchange your piece for His peace.”

King, an ordained minister and a lawyer, said it was more than 30-years ago when she spoke at Saint Sabina. It was after her first public speaking at the age of 17 when she spoke on behalf of her mother at the United Nations. “This is an interesting reconnection,” she said noting she has come to Saint Sabina several times since her first visit.

“This place has been near and dear to my heart. I thank Father Mike for trusting me with his pulpit.” Pfleger told the church, “I am a priest today because of what Dr. King and what he deposited in m life in 1966” when he watched his neighbors throwing rocks at the civil rights leader. Pfleger admired him for his courage and his calmness in the midst of his storm.

Elder King, author of “Hard Questions, Heart Answers,” who later held a book-signing ceremony, also acknowledged Senator Jacqueline Collins, the members of the Nation of Islam and Ondelee Perteet who in September of 2009 at the age of 14 had plans of attending Orr Academy but instead was shot at a party leaving him paralyzed. He was there with his mother, Detreena Perteet. Father Pfleger presented them with a “Blue Heart Award.”

King said to Ondelee Perteet, “I honor you. Thank you for being a vessel of consciousness and a reminder of what we must do to rid this society of violence and evil and wickedness.”

Saying she has long known that her life does not belong to her, Elder King said she is on assignment from the Kingdom of God. She said it is an honor to be at Saint Sabina and to be a long-time friend of Father Michael L. Pfleger. “He is a rare breed…,” she told the congregation.

“This man is the truth, and he has never waivered and he has always been consistent. He is certainly in line with the spirit of Christ and with the legacy of our father, Martin Luther King, Jr. I honor him not just as my friend but also my brother.

“He has stood with me in some of my most difficult seasons of life, and it’s one thing to be a friend… I honor him for true friendship. There are very few people that I can say are my friends. He has been there for me through thick and thin,” she said.

In pulling from the very soul of her father, King quoted Dr. King who often said, “When evil men plot, good men must plan.
“When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glory of love.”

Asked by Pfleger to focus her message on a call to nonviolence, Elder King preached her sermon from the New King’s Version Chapters Matthew 5:9, (Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.), John 14:27 (Peace, I leave with you. My peace I give to you not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.) and Romans 8:19 (For the honest expectation of the creature, eagerly awaits for the revealing of the sons of God.)”

Focusing on a call of nonviolence, King referred to piece (guns) versus the peace of God and the need to, “Exchange your piece for His peace.”

Breaking it down, Elder King spelled the word piece “in another sense we usually want to give somebody a piece of our mind. Two of the most dangerous weapons in the world happen to be our tongue and weapons we call guns, knives and other things. Those are our piece, but if we are going to have true peace in the world, peace,” she said spelling peace, “and non-violence is going to be our way, then we have to exchange, give up, trade-in, your piece for His peace,” she said referring to Jesus Christ.

But, Elder King said it’s difficult to do that though if you do not have an understanding that true peace really comes by being at peace with the ultimate peacemaker. You have to first have peace with God before you can even begin to be a peacemaker. You can’t give something that you do not have; so if you don’t have peace with God who is the ultimate peacemaker, then it’s going to be impossible for you to be a vessel for peace.”

King said “Peace is the gift of God, and there is no true peace until you have made peace with God. You can’t manufacture peace. You can’t work it up. You can’t will it into existence. You can’t fake it. You can’t purchase it. You can’t buy it on sale at Walmart’s. You can’t buy it on the stock market. You can’t put it on a layaway and get it later. You cannot buy peace. You cannot get peace from anywhere but from the peacemaker.”

She said while some people make try to look into a crystal balls and look for peace and others smoke dope to seek a state of peace, pop pills or drink alcohol, but she said “the bottom line is there is no peace without peace with God.

“Peace is the by-product of the right relationship with God. My peace I give to you not which the world provides us to sedate us, to try to quiet and silence some things in our heads and drug us up with pills to make us settle down. That is not the kind of peace that will be needed to bring peace to this world.

“If you want peace, I believe, you got to have a born again relationship with Jesus Christ who is the ultimate peacemaker. You have to come to the cross and be washed in the blood of the lamb and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and allow His holy spirit who is the presence of his peace to come into your heart and come into your life and to lead your life,” she said. King said her father, “the Apostle of nonviolence was only successful was because he had peace with God. There is nothing else that we really can ascribe to why he was such a great man of God.”

King said her father was an “awesome orator” and had all of the “pedigree that we can imagine” including the Nobel Peace Prize and that he was a livid reader and the master of English and a Baptist minister. “What made Dr. King so powerfully relevant is because he understood he could not change the world through any of those things.”

King said on January 27, 1956 “a call came to my mother and father’s home and at the time my sister, Yolanda, who is now deceased, was about a couple of months old.  “The caller said, ‘Dr. King, if you don’t get out of town in three-days, we are going to blow up your home and kill your baby and your wife.’

“That was the most troubling and disturbing call that my father had ever received, and he hung that phone up,” she stated. “I imagine with a bit of trepidation. He went into the kitchen, according to his testimony, and he began to warm him a cup of coffee, and when he got that cup of coffee, he began to reflect back over his life and his upbringing.

“He began to think about all of the philosophical thinkers in our world and all the theologians who he had been exposed to and the things that they had taught and shared. He tried to draw upon that to find his peace, but he could not find it,” King said.

“He then thought about his father, big robust man about 140-miles away from him in Atlanta, Georgia, thinking about how his father was not afraid to confront systems and how his father often times provided a block and a shield for him as a little boy growing up, but even as he thought about his earthly daddy he could not find any peace from that disturbing phone call. He went on to think about his lovely and beautiful and devoted wife, my mother, Coretta Scott King, and his beautiful newborn baby girl, Yolanda….

“He was trying to find a little bit of peace and comfort in knowing that God had blessed him with a wonderful family.” She said not even those thoughts gave her father peace.

King said her father said he had been trying to do the right thing and stand up for righteousness but concluded he was at the end of his powers.

Interjecting her own thoughts, Elder King said, “I believe the reason why the world is in the shape that it is, the conflicts that exist in our nation and on our streets and in our world is because there is a people, a body, sons of God who have het to surrender their lives totally and completely to the will and the purpose and the mission of God our Father. Any man who come after me he must deny himself, herself take up his cross and follow me.”

But, King said times are different today. “We have this cute kind of religion today. Sometimes it gets so focused on getting stuff and things in our world that we don’t know we’ve been sent here on a mission to sacrifice for God’s kingdom to come into this world. Sometimes you might have to lose some things…give up some things…sometimes you have to be persecuted for righteousness sake.

‘Until you get to the place where you can say ‘I am at the end of my powers,’ then you’re still in control and God is not in control and the peace of God that passes all understanding cannot rule your hearts and minds until Christ Jesus comes,” she said.

“So, he said her father stated: “I’m at the end.” “Suddenly, Christ came, kind of like the time Jesus Baptized and came out of the water, the time when Jesus was on the Mountain of Transfiguration. A voice began to sound forth saying, ‘Martin Luther King Jr. stand up for justice. Stand up for freedom. Stand up for righteousness and lo I will be with you until the end,’ and suddenly he said as if a weight was thrown off of his shoulders.”

The day after the bombing, Elder King’s mother’s father came to take her to his house to wait “until things cool down,” but she said her mother said, “Dad, I gotta stay here with Martin. Most women would have rolled up their net” and say, “You need to get me out of there. I didn’t sign up for this….”

Elder King said three nights later her parents home was bombed and that her mother and Yolanda were inside at the time. Referring on the caller who voted to blow up their home, Elder King, said, “They made real on their promise.

“You need to understand sometimes that when you are on an assignment for the Kingdom of God, even when you pray and seek the Lord and ask Him for His direction, it’s not going to all be peaches and cream. You will come against resistance, but you have to be prepared and ready from the inside out. It doesn’t happen from the outside in,” she explained.

“You can look…dress the part, but at the end of the day if you don’t have that quiet, still small voice and presence of the holy spirit stabilizing you on the inside, you will crack and you will break and under the pressure, under the tension and under the conflict and instead of being a peacemaker, you’ll be just maybe a peacekeeper, but they made good on that.”

Elder King said her father was not in the house at the time their enemies blew up their home. “My mother had an amazing calm about her. She was a unique woman. Most sisters would have lost their minds at that moment, run scared….”

King said her mother was in her nightclothes at the time of the bombing but also had a woman from the church with her given the threats. After the bombing, Elder King said her mother went out on the porch and by that time her father arrived “there were all kinds of brothers out there with all kinds of weapons, ready to handle their business, angry, upset.”

“Instead of doing what is typical in the flesh…want to take some action with your piece, it was Dr. King’s peace that spoke to those people gathered a good portion of them men with weapons—p-i-e-c-e and he said, ‘go home and. put your piece down because we’re going to fight this with His peace.

She said while her mother and sister could have lost their lives, her father told the angry and well-armed crowd, “We’re going to fight this with Christian love and from that day forward there was a movement that was surrounded by and was driven by nonviolence,” said King. She said the first test was the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott.

“Peace with God is essential if we’re going to bring peace into our streets,” she said. “It takes an individual who has come to an end of themselves to be that kind of weapon, that kind of vessel.” Referring to Romans 8:19 that “there is awaiting for the reveal of these peacemakers, sons of God.”

“I hate to say it…, but the world we live in today will not change until the people of God get in line, give up your piece, your prerogative, your desire and surrender to His peace, His prerogative and His desire. Nothing else will change and transform lives.”

King said in 1950 and 1960 “they didn’t just change conditions…,” she said people’s lives were changed and transformed by the power of nonviolence. “It is not irrelevant today. If nonviolence were irrelevant and didn’t work, then Jesus Christ is irrelevant and won’t work, but the last time I checked over 2,000 years ago there was a movement started by Jesus Christ and that movement has been going on through the generations. Unfortunately some people have taken advantage of that movement and caused great harm and damage to our world in the name of Christianity.

“If we’re going to move forward into the future and see a world that is changed and transform and lives changed and transform like they were in the 1950’s and 1960’s, then we may have to remove the banner of Christianity and begin to understand that we are really sons of God and citizens of the kingdom of God. There is a distinction,” she said.

“There are certain rights and privileges you have in the kingdom of God, righteousness, peace and joy, peace and the Holy Ghost…that’s the kingdom of God. The problem right now is that we as the body of Christ are conflicted because we have not yet made the transition from being just parts of churches to being vessels and sons of God and citizens of the kingdom.

“It’s good to gather in our houses of worship all around this nation, but at the end of the day, I think God is grieved when we just gather in these settings and nothing takes place to move out into the streets and the highways, the byways and the crevices and in the cracks to bring about change and transformation in peoples lives.

“Jesus was a transformer and he was a revolutionary transformer. He was an ultimate peacemaker.” She asked the church not to confuse peacemaking with peacekeepers. “In too many instances when we’re talking about peace, we’re talking about peace keepers. We’re talking about trying to do something to temporarily quiet things down. We’re talking about ensuring about trying to get people to just cool out for a period of time, but I don’t know about you but at some point my cooling off is going to wear out and I will be right back to where I was to give you my piece.

“It’s got to be a little bit more than just keeping the peace,” she said. “Keeping the peace many times is indicative of people who don’t want any trouble. They don’t want to get down and dirty with a situation. They want to be cute and proper, clean, cool…you know the Rodney King thing ‘can’t we all get along,’ but if you are a peacemaker you have to go through a process of confronting some ugly things. Dr. King was a peacemaker.

“Nonviolence is in the tradition of peacemaking. It means you are not afraid to go into a war zone. You’re not afraid to go in a zone of conflict and violence. You’re not afraid to confront some ugly things and some dangerous and difficult things. It means you don’t buy into the notion that I can’t snitch on nobody.

“When you can’t snitch on nobody, you’re just a peacekeeper, but a peacemaker has to speak up, has to stand up, has to say something, can’t be quiet and is willing to lay down their life for the cause. That’s a peacemaker. That’s not a peacekeeper,” Elder King explained.

She said a peacemaker is a person is not afraid of controversy or of challenges. “To be a true authentic, real what you call Christian (that) I call son of God and a citizen of the Kingdom of God, then you can’t be afraid to stand up, to speak up, to risk your life to go into some dark and dirty and difficult and hard places and be willing to risk the loss of some things. Our young people deserve it. The next generation is waiting for some people of God who’re willing to pay the cost of discipleship because it’s a discipline. Nonviolence is a discipline,” King said.

To critics who claim that her father was weak, she asked, “Does it take more courage to carry a gun, or does it take more courage to stand up in the midst of a dangerous situation, stand flat-footed straight looking them in the eye without a weapon and declare thus sayeth the Lord. You tell me which takes a little bit more courage?

“Nonviolence is a way for courageous people, people who are willing to set aside their egos, their want too’s, their desires and they are willing to take up the cross of Christ and make the sacrifice and step out on faith and belief that God’s got your back, your front and your sides, your crevices and your cracks because the reality is that evil knows how to handle its match.”

Referring to the Interrupters, a non-violent anti-violence group, Elder King said, “They’ll tell you a gang member knows how to deal with the mentality of a similar kind of gang member in violence. You know, an eye-for-an-eye, a tooth-for-a-tooth. Everybody blind and everybody toothless.

“We might have some moments of quiet, but that’s only temporary,” she said. “They’ve been trying to kill Dr. King over and over again and he’s dead and yet his influence continues to loom large not just in America but around the world.” She said a comic book was translated into Arabic in Egypt. The book talked about the civil disobedience used by the Montgomery protesters under the leadership of her father. “That comic book helped to influence those who stood up in Egypt…nonviolently.

“You got your piece once they take care of it and take care of you, that’s it. Your influence is over, but if you’re stuck in the spirit of Christ and under the banner of nonviolence which is a courageous way of life, you’re message, you’re mission will continue to live from generation to generation….

“They can’t do nothing with Dr. King because he was a vessel of the most high God and he stood in the truth of the word of God, and he was a peacemaker like his big brother, Jesus, was a peacemaker. Peacemakers have to go through some stuff,” she said.

Like making a car, Elder King said there is a process in peacemaking one must go through but in the end there will be transformation because you’ll come out like a butterfly. “That is what happened to those in the 1950’s and 1960’s,” she said admitting there were ugly moments; violence and sometimes people were killed. “It means you will refuse to inflict physical violence yourself. You refuse to inflict emotional violence…, but at the end of the day there are less casualties with a non-violent warrior than it is with a violent warrior and our world today needs that. The only people who have the legitimate authority to do that are those who have been licensed, ordained and commissioned by Christ himself. He’s already said it. He said it to his disciples, ‘blessed are the peacemakers.’

“This is a call for peacemakers. This ain’t for peacekeepers. This ain’t for wimpy, sissified, weak, scary, intimidated folks. This is for folks who are not afraid to stand up when it is not popular, who are not afraid to speak up even though people may try to shut you down. These are for people who don’t care what they say about you because you know who you are in the Lord. This is not for people who run away from conflict, controversy and persecution,” King bellowed. “Our children need us to put our lives on the line, to put our reputations on the line….

“Daddy said true peace is not merely the absence of tension, it’s the presence of justice. Until there is justice, we’re not going to have peace…. People have to treated justly. Conditions have to be right. We have to deal with the wealth disparities in our nation today.”

She said in 1965 when her father came to Chicago to do a frontal attack on the economic system of America. That is where it all began, right here in Chicago and of course in 1968 he did not get to fulfill his mission of a Poor Peoples Campaign to frontally address poverty in America which has gotten worse today than it was in daddy’s time. We have not address the issue of economic justice and disparities in American and a lot of conflict, division, confusion and chaos are happening in the name of economics injustice not just in this nation but in this world.

“No matter what we try to do in America, you cannot have peace without justice. People have to be treated justly economically,” she told a cheering audience. “If we are going to be peacemakers, we cannot occupy with violence. We have to occupy with nonviolence. If we’re going to be peacemakers, we got to ensure that we have pure motives in what we’re doing because if we don’t that spirit will be admitted in the atmosphere and the evil forces will destroy us.

“If we are going to have nonviolence and peacemaking and economic equality in America and across the world, then the body of Christ is going to have to rise up, stand up in its place of authority and begin to occupy certain areas. Many of you have strategic positions and jobs in this nation and shame on you if you’re quiet in a time that you need to be speaking up. Shame on you if you don’t begin to pull back the curtain on the economic injustices that continue to happen. Shame on you if you don’t expose the stuff that needs to be exposed. This is exposure time because God is about to establish his government order in the earth. He’s sick and tired of his children being mistreated, misaligned, persecuted and not having the opportunity to enjoy the true promise land blessing.”

She said God wants everyone to be prosperous but she said, “There is a process for us to be prosperous. We’re going to have to get down and dirty in this whole situation as the sons of God.” She said as an offspring “the ones who have the DNA blood of Jesus Christ flowing in our lives. We’ve got to get in this situation because in 1950 and 1960 that was not a Civil Rights movement.”

She gave as an example the book of Acts, the first church and how the Pagans “identified us as Christians. Christ never called us that and now they are defining (the 1950’s and 1960’s) as a Civil Rights movement.

As his daughter, I do not know a prophet of God who led this movement. That says something to me…. If you had a person like that leading that movement, it suggests to me that was a move of the Holy Spirit. That was a spiritual movement. That was a moral movement. It was not a Civil Rights movement. It impacted Civil Rights.

“If you understand that, you will understand that you are where you are in today’s society because you’re supposed to be impacting and influencing in those areas. God placed you strategically on certain mountains to influence for His kingdom and Dr. King just used his ministry and began to influence and impact Civil Rights and Human Rights,” King said of her father. “That was God. That kind of change, only God….”

She gave as an example the day her parent’s home was bomb and when her father arrived and he asked the men to lay down their weapons and go home she said that was God because they were ready for some retaliatory action. King asked them to lay down their weapons and follow him in peaceful battle.

 “A man ain’t just going to do that in his flesh and not because just one man stands up and says go home and put your piece up because we’re going to fight this with the peace of God. We’re going to fight this with Christian Love. There was another spirit in operation during that time period that caused people to do things out of the natural ordinary and do things in the super ordinary,” Elder King said.

“No matter how long we try to occupy the streets of America, until the people of God with the spirit of God get in the middle become the head and not the tail in this situation, we’ll keep occupying and nothing is going to come and change and transform because it takes a spirit of the living God to confront the evil and the wicked practices of those that will continue to exploit us wrongly in the economic arena,” she stated.

“We are not dealing with people who are just making bad decisions. There is a system behind all of this.” Saying some of her friends call her a conspiritist, King added, “that’s fine…. When you understand that you have dual citizenship, I can converse with them in the natural…but then I have go into my citizenship status in the kingdom and really look at this and recognize there are evil and wicked forces behind the scenes who have been working for generations through the spirit of Satan himself through systems and it goes higher up….

“It’s going to take people operating in the spirit of Christ to bring down and reorder the priorities of this world so that people are no longer exploited and mistreated and put in situations and predicaments where they feel that they have to even hurt other people to be able to have dignity and worth and value income and lifestyle themselves.

“Violence is only the voice of the unheard, and we’ve created a system that has locked too many people out. We’ve got to come together, band together, people of God. We’ve got to be willing to go into the center of this storm and this crisis because it’s about to pop,” she warned.

King said on April 3, 1968 just a day before her father was assassinated, Dr. King called her grandmother, Alberta King. She said her father was scheduled to preach Sunday, April 7, 1968 at Ebenezer Baptist Church. “Usually, he would call her to give her the title to his sermon. That week he had been inspired to preach a sermon with a title ‘America May Go to Hell.’ He was on to something,” she said.

“A white man by the name of James Earl Ray didn’t kill Dr. King. It was part of that same system we’re fighting today…. Don’t believe that hype. What kill Dr. King? Not who kill Dr. King. It’s the same thing that’s killing our sons and daughters in the streets right now, but where are the nonviolence warrior peacemakers who’re willing not to attack people but injustice and issues and expose the truth and not be afraid and understand one of the principles that unearned suffering is redemptive. If you don’t believe me, ask Barack Obama if unearned suffering that went forth in the 1950’s and 1960’s was not redemptive for him to be in the position that he is in today as the president of the U.S. It was because some people who did not deserve to go through the suffering and the pain and sacrifice paid a price for him to be in that place. Unearned suffering is redemptive. It may not come in your lifetime, but it’s not about us, baby, it’s about the next generation.

“That is why daddy could say ‘I have a dream that my four little children would one day live in a nation where they would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the contents of their character. He was doing it for the next generation and we too as a people of God have to do it for the next generation. That is why when Joshua and Caleb led the people across the Jordan sea, they asked them to place stones there in remembrance for the next generation so that they would know how they got over the Jordan, so they know how we got from point A to point B, that the people had to go through some things. This ain’t automatic,” she said.

King thanked her mother for her brilliance saying especially when she told her “freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation. Next generation, it ain’t over. We still have to fight. We got to still struggle. We got to still sacrifice. Shame on us if we’re teaching our children that they don’t have to do that. Shame on us if we’re giving them things before we teach them the valuable lessons of delayed gratifications.

“It’s time out for all of this materialism,” said King. “There is nothing wrong with having nice stuff and things, but it can’t be our god. It can’t get us to the place that we can’t separate to do what we need to do to break up the battleground and the evil and the wicked places that are strangling the best of who we are of God’s creation.

“God does not like races separated, ethnicity separation, religions separated. At the end of the day, God is not going to call us by Christianity, by Islam, by Judaism, by Buddhism, by Hinduism by every other religion that exist on the face of the world. He’s going to look to see if have you represented my principles in the earth. Have you been a citizen of the kingdom of God who was loyal first to that and not to the world system?

“He does not care about all of this religious stuff,” she said. “All he cares about is that there is a surrender of God who is willing to move by his spirit to bring his kingdom into the earth so that ultimately Christ can come and set up his kingdom.

“The real issue is it is no accident. Jesus the ultimate peacemaker. Dr. King in line of all the prophets of old, peacemaker…. He was trying to bring heavenly peace.

“It is no accident that his name was King. It was no accident he birthed children because he was a model of what God is calling for now. The last child born of Coretta and Martin Luther King, Jr. it is no accident that my name is Bernice A. King. You just extract some of the words form my name and you get the statement ‘Be A King” because Jesus may be too far back for us to get that he sent an earthly vessel that wasn’t Jesus but who was like Jesus name King to show us how to be King’s.”

Referring to Revelations, Elder King said, “It says he is made of kings and priests. How do you think the kingdom is going to come? Who is Jesus King of King for? Who are those other Kings? We say it all the time in church, ‘He’s the king of king…. Well, who are those other kings?

“Those kings and those of us who understand that God created us to occupy to move in his dominion and authority under his spirit to be peacemakers. That’s you and me; so we have to start moving in our kingships because when kings show up, the rules change, but it’s only when we saturate that understanding and every aspect of our mind and let it fill our spirit…. How do you think Montgomery…Selma…Birmingham…all of the south was changed? It was because the vessel of King stepped into the territory and when he stepped in as a king the rules had to shift. When Barack Obama comes to any city, you have the authority typically on a red light, green light…, you have the right of way when your light is green” and the other cars have to stop.

But she said when President Obama, who is the king of this nation comes to town “and you get ready to come down a certain intersection… he has the right away regardless of what the laws may say on the books because the king of the nation has now stepped into the situation….

“When we show up in the streets of Chicago starting from this day forward, you show up as a king under the king of king with the authority to release His peace in the land and call everybody who is out of order to come into order, but if you don’t have yourself in order for the ultimate king, then you will not be able to be effective in this way,” King said.

She made an altar call where scores of people came up to the altar for prayer. In reflecting on the day her parents home was bombed, King praised her mother’s calmness and unwillingness to leave her husband’s side in the face of adversity.  “I know there are philosophical and religious differences about what women should be exposed to and all that kind of stuff. I don’t think Christ really cares because in Christ there is neither male nor female if it’s an assignment, but I do recognize that men got to be in order. When you all aren’t in order, we ain’t got no choice. We can’t wait on ya’ll. We got to account to God personally,” she said.

King said his friends tried to talk him into going to Atlanta until things cooled down. Her father told them, “The people need me. It would be the height of cowardice for me not to go back. He then looked at all of those men who helped raise him, develop him, shaped, him and told them, ‘I have come to the point of no return. Time and your walk with Christ where that kind decision has to be made. I can’t go back. I can’t do it like that anymore. I have signed on for something serious.’

“Really, that is where we’re supposed to be once we accept Christ,” she said. “We’re supposed to be at the place where I lay it all down and for the Christ I live. It’s not always physical. It’s the death of your ego. It’s the death sometimes of the lifestyle you like. It’s the death of your personal whims and whams. It’s a death of a lot of stuff; so don’t just expect it for physical death….Our loyalty has to be with Christ and His kingdom,” she said.

Referring to Mike Douglas’ interview with her father concerning the Vietnam War and his speaking out against the war and if he were afraid about falling out of favor with President Johnson, her father replied, “Well, that’s not important. What’s important is that I not fall out with truth and what my conscious tell me what is right and just. I’d rather remain in favor with these principles than to worry about falling out of favor with a man or person who may not understand why I stand up for what I stand up for.”

She asked, “Where is your loyalty” and added, “Your loyalty has to be the truth…has to be Christ and his kingdom. Your family does not come first. Christ comes first…. This call is for people who know they have come to the point of no return. People who are at the end of their power. People who are prepared to be loyal to the highest influencer in the world who is God and Christ and the Holy Spirit,” she said making an altar call.

She urged them to “stand in that authority and move in your kingship and begin to work to reclaim Chicago as the kingdom of God. This will be a beloved community city because today some people decide to make a decision to lay down their life and to be a warrior of the kingdom.”

Elder King urged this generation to “Be A King” and to do so not for themselves but like her father who paid the ultimate price do it for the next generation.

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.

Better Business Bureau's Ten New Year's Resolutions for a Consumer-Savvy 2012

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Chicago, IL – The New Year has arrived and it’s more important than ever to resolve to be a savvy consumer. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers ten New Year’s resolutions to fight scammers, prevent identity theft and save money in 2012.

 

“Being an informed consumer is ultimately about using money wisely and, in this tough economy, many families are quickly learning how important it is to squeeze as much value as possible out of a dollar,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Creating a budget, researching businesses before you buy and avoiding scams should be among everyone’s resolutions this year.”

 

The BBB recommends the following New Year’s resolutions to become a savvier consumer in 2012:

 

1. Look for the BBB Seal of Accreditation and always check a business out with BBB prior to making a purchase. Over 400,000 businesses bear the BBB Seal of Accreditation and meet our standards; you can find the Seal on Web sites and at business locations. The BBB doesn’t just report on Accredited businesses, you can locate trustworthy businesses by visiting www.bbb.org to view free BBB Business Reviews for over 4 million businesses across North America.

 

2. Read the fine print-especially for “free” trial offers. Many consumers complained to the BBB in 2011 after signing up for a “free” trial offer online that resulted in repeated charges to their credit or debit cards sometimes amounting to as much as hundreds of dollars every month. Read the terms and conditions of any “free” trial offer before handing over credit or debit card numbers.

 

3. Get everything in writing. Don’t just take a business’ word for it. Get every verbal agreement in writing to limit miscommunication and misunderstandings between your expectations and what the business delivers.

 

4. Beware of “job” offers to make easy money. Unemployment in the nation remains high and scammers are targeting the large pool of job hunters. Beware of any job offer, work-at-home scheme or business opportunity that promises big money for little work and no experience. Look up companies at www.bbb.org before you apply for any job.

 

5. Keep your computer safe. If you haven’t already, install anti-virus software onto your computer and don’t forget to regularly check for software and operating system updates and patches. Don’t open attachments or click on links in e-mails unless you can confirm the e-mail came from someone you trust.

 

6. Never wire money to someone you don’t know. Many scams require that the victim wire money back to the scammers. Tracking money sent via MoneyGram or Western Union is extremely difficult. Even more troubling for victims is that it’s nearly impossible to get your money back.

 

7. Fight identity theft. Shred paper documents that include sensitive financial data and dispose of computers, cell phones and digital data safely. Your BBB offers tips and checklists on what to shred, and hosts free shred events at www.bbb.org

 

8. Fight fake check fraud. Thanks to advances in printing technology, scammers have the ability to create very real-looking phony checks. Educate yourself on the common types of check fraud and be extremely wary of checks that come with claims that you’ve won the lottery, are eligible for a government grant or have landed a job as a secret shopper when you never applied.

 

9. Ask the BBB for help. File a complaint with your BBB if you have a disagreement with a business or have been ripped off by a scammer. Your complaint will become go on record and may help others in dealing with that company.

 

10. Create a budget and stick to it. If you’re a cash-strapped consumer, setting a budget can help you stay afloat in 2012. The BBB has additional advice on how to create a budget to help you get out of debt and stay out of debt at www.bbb.org   

 

 

For more consumer tips you can trust from your BBB, visit www.bbb.org  

 

"CSI New York" Actor Hill Harper launches publishing imprint

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Burbank, CA (BlackNews.com) — Actor Hill Harper has partnered with Scholastic teen author, Pamela Wells, to create a multicultural children-publishing imprint called Harper & Wells Books.

“I’ve been wanting to have my own multicultural children book publishing imprint for some time,” Hill Harper said. “My focus is on publishing books about black issues. I have always wanted a children book imprint that represents our voices. This is an extension of my belief that you manifest your own destiny in life.”

The first two titles from Harper & Wells Books are middle grade titles targeted at eight to twelve-year old readers.

The Wiley Boys by Hill Harper, is about three sports-obsessed adopted brothers who stumble across an advertisement that leads them to being junior agents at the Sports Bureau of Investigations. This book is available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online stores including the book’s web site at www.wileyboys.com

The second title, Willow Fedler’s Rules for Girls by Pamela Wells, is about a 12-year old young “Oprah” who shares advice and experiences as she shares stories about growing up. This book is available on the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook.

Because Harper & Wells Books have just signed a major distribution deal, readers should be on the lookout for more upcoming titles. The company plans to publish Black celebrity books for children, and in the future, will offer publishing opportunities for multicultural writers.
 

About Pamela Wells

Pamela Wells is best-known as the author of the best-selling The Heartbreakers series published by Scholastic. This teen series is about a teen girl, Alexia Bass, who creates a list of rules to help her friends with their dating lives. There are four books in the Scholastic series: The Heartbreakers published in December 2007, The Crushes published in December 2008, The Friends to be published in September 2012, and The Daters to be published in December 2012.

The Heartbreakers series is scheduled to become a movie in 2013 called “Hot Mess” featuring Disney actress Selena Gomez. Gomez, who is currently dating teen singer Justin Bieber, is in talks to play Alexia Bass in the film.

About Hill Harper

Hill Harper is the best-selling author of several adult non-fiction books that have been New York Times bestsellers, including Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure. He can currently be seen as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on “CSI: New York”.

Harper graduated from Brown University, and holds a J.D. From Harvard Law School. He attended law school with President Barack Obama.

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Illinois launching recognition program for energy efficient ‘Green Ribbon’ schools

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State Board of Education accepting nominations from schools taking comprehensive approach to environmental education and management

 

Springfield, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has launched the first Illinois Green Ribbon Schools awards program, recognizing schools that are leading the way to promote sustainability and environmental education.  Illinois joins 32 other states participating in the pilot federal Green Ribbon Schools award program to commend the most green and healthy schools in the nation. ISBE will accept applications from schools that have integrated best practices in energy, water and waste management, healthy school environments and environmental education. The state may advance four schools to the national competition.

“We’re encouraged to see the federal government recognize the good work and collaboration of Illinois schools to protect the environment and be an example for students,” Governor Pat Quinn said. “The collaboration of our state agencies, in this case, the Illinois EPA, DNR, the State Board and others, is a key part of our overall strategy to continue expanding the role of sustainability in Illinois.”

Illinois is among 33 states, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education that will nominate schools to the U.S. Department of Education for the new award. Applications are due to ISBE by Feb. 12, 2012, and nominations should reflect the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools’ three pillars: reduced environmental impact, improved health and environmental literacy. Illinois nominees will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by March 22. The Department will announce winners in April.

“Environmentally efficient and healthy schools are critical to our state’s wellness and fiscal future,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “We encourage all schools in Illinois that have taken a comprehensive approach to environmental education and management to nominate schools to this recognition program and inspire a new generation of great thinkers to work toward greater sustainability.”

In addition to Illinois, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Education, the participating states are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“We are thrilled to participate in the Green Ribbon Schools award program as it promises to showcase schools that are doing their part to improve energy efficiency and create healthy environments for students and staff,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “This kind of recognition program not only serves to inspire other schools to move toward greater sustainability but helps prepare a generation of students to think environmentally and prepare for careers in the 21st century.”

Each state may submit up to four nominees from public or private schools serving any configuration of K-12 grades, to the U.S. Department of Education.  If a state nominates more than one public school, at least one must be a school with at least 40 percent of students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.

Applications for nominating Illinois schools can be found on the Illinois Green Ribbon Schools page at http://www.isbe.net/green_ribbon.  Illinois will announce its nominees in March. Following the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of winners in April 2012, there will be an award ceremony in Washington, D.C., in late May 2012.  The national ceremony will be followed by local ceremonies at each of the winning schools in fall 2012. For more information about the federal Green Ribbon Schools program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html.

Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, Amber Communications Group, Inc., selected to be a member of the 2012 43rd NAACP Image Awards Literary Sub-Committee for Instructional Literature

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, of Phoenix, AZ based, Amber Communications Group, Inc. The nation’s largest African American Book Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies, and Founder of ACGI’S African American Pavilion at BookExpo America has been asked to be a member of the 2012 43rd NAACP Image Awards’ Literary Sub-committee in the category of Instructional Literature..

Mr. Rose will join other notable individuals from the literary and entertainment fields on the sub-committee, including: Maya Angelou, NAACP Image Awardee, New York Times and Essence Magazine Best-selling Author, poet, educator, historian, and activist; Hill Harper, NAACP Image and Emmy Awardee, New York Times and Essence Magazine Best-selling Author, actor and advocate; Marie Brown, Marie Brown and Associates Literary Agency and Gladys Smiley Bell, Past President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and Library Director at Hampton University.

The 2011 42nd NAACP Image Awards Literary Sub-committee members also included: Victoria Rowell, NAACP Image and Emmy Awardee, New York Times Best-selling Author, actress and advocate and Victoria Christopher Murray, NAACP Presidents Award, Essence Magazine Best-Selling Author.

The Sub-committee will review, evaluate and vote on submitted literary projects for consideration in their assigned category and will conclude with the top five projects in each category, which will be announced as nominees at the 2012 43rd NAACP Image Awards’ Press Conference in Beverly Hills, CA, January 2012. The entire membership of the NAACP will then get a chance to vote for the winners, which will be announced during the live broadcast of the 43rd NAACP Image Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.

Tony Rose states, “I am honored to be a part of the 2012 43rd NAACP Image Awards. In 1909, the NAACP commenced what has become its historic legacy of fighting legal battles so that all Americans can enjoy the benefits of the United States of America.”

Having been recognized for his social beliefs and diligence to promote literacy to the African American and multi-cultural community, Mr. Rose has received numerous honors and awards since he founded ACGI in 1998, including: The Boston City Council “Official Resolution” for his success in the Music/Recording Industry and the Book Publishing Industry; The Harlem Book Fair “Phillis Wheatley Book Award” For Literary Work That Transcends Culture, Boundary and Perception; The Chicago Black Book Fair and Conference Independent Publisher/Press Award; The BlackBoard Bestseller’s African-American Publisher of the Year Award; The American Library Association “Reluctant Reader” Award and the 2009 top ten “Best African American Book” of the Year for compiling and editing African American History in the United States of America – An Anthlogy – From Africa to President Barack Obama. (Amber Books)

Tony Rose served as a Literary Sub-Committee Member in the Category of Non-Fiction Literature and Instructional Literature for the 2007 (38th), 2008 (39th), 2009 (40th), and 2011 (42nd) NAACP Image Awards (Show) and as the Executive Director of the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, the Nation’s Largest Book Publishing Trade Show from 2004-2010.

Mr. Rose also serves as a founding Director of the Harlem Book Fair National, The Harlem Book Fair-Roxbury/Boston, Mass and Founder of ACGI’S African American Pavilion at BookExpo America and his internationally acclaimed, best-selling title “Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years”, was a sub-committee “Outstanding Literature Work – Debut Author” Nominee, for the 2009 40th NAACP Image Awards.

For more information, go to www.amberbooks.com / www.qualitypress.info / www.africanamericanpavilion.com or www.google.com and Google Search the following keywords: Tony Rose and Amber Communications Group, Inc. / Tony Rose and The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America / Tony Rose and Before the Legend: The Rise of New Kids On The Block and A Guy Named Maurice Starr, The Early Years / Tony Rose and Prince Charles and The City Beat Band / Tony Rose and Solid Platinum Records and Productions / Tony Rose@ facebook.

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Winter Bike to Work Day: Celebrate winter biking in Chicago on Jan. 20

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Don’t let the cold stop you on Winter Bike to Work Day

 

Get a free cup of coffee and meet others who turn their pedals all year long

Stop by the Daley Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Jan. 20 for the annual celebration of cyclists who don’t let low temperatures stop them from pedaling to work.

Warm up with Caribou coffee, tea and hot chocolate from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Daley Plaza, located at Washington Street and Dearborn Street.

The first 50 bike commuters who come by the event can choose from either a free rear bike light or a free balaclava. Get a free bike safety check from Get a Grip Cycles and enter a raffle for a folding bike.

Winter Bike to Work Day, organized by the Active Transportation Alliance, commemorates the coldest day in Chicago history–Jan. 20, 1985–when the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport was 27 degrees below zero.

Jan. 20 also marks the opening of registration for one of the best bicycle rides in the nation, MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive. Get a jump on your summer by signing up for this world-class bike ride, to be held on May 27.

The MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive allows cyclists to enjoy the city skyline and stellar views of Lake Michigan on the only day of the year when Lake Shore Drive is open to cyclists and closed to car traffic. Save $10 when you sign up for the event between Jan. 20 and Feb. 6. Sign up at www.bikethedrive.org.

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. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by nearly 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff.

For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Multi-Year grant awarded to support and grow parent advocacy in African American communities nationwide

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Columbus, OH (BlackNews.com) — With the intent of creating a movement for change that results in an improved and socially just quality of education for African American children with learning differences, the National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities (AACLD) was recently awarded a grant by the Oak Foundation to conduct advocacy trainings for African American parent leaders in 20 locations throughout the United States.

The categories of education for which African American children traditionally are referred have been a controversial issue since the 1960’s. While the number of children and youth nationwide receiving special education services during the 2009-2010 school year was approximately 6.5 million (13 percent of the public school enrollment), African American children account for more than one million of the students receiving special education services.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, African Americans make up approximately 16.6% of public school enrollment. Yet, information derived from the Data Accountability Center funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs shows that the representation of African Americans in the high incidence categories has continued to hover around 31% for Mental Retardation (recently renamed Intellectual Disability), 28% for Emotional Disturbance, and 21% for Specific Learning Disability.

The main objective of this Oak Foundation funded project, Empowering Parents for African American Student Achievement, is to fully develop the AACLD’s Parent Leadership Institute, increasing the number of individuals who (1) have demonstrated leadership ability and are committed to bettering the lives of children who are misunderstood, mislabeled, and underrepresented in the fight for educational rights and (2) are willing to train other parents to be effective advocates. Grant activities will include increasing access to tools and resources, educating communities about the culturally sensitive issues facing minority students with learning differences, and supporting parents in their efforts to achieve the desired educational outcomes for their children.

“We say we want parent involvement in our schools but we provide little opportunity to do more than attend a parent conference or provide food for a bake sale. At the same time, parents are often criticized for doing less than it seems they should,” said Nancy Tidwell, Founder & President of the AACLD. “Parents need information to help their children succeed in school. This project will start a movement of parents that are not solely dependent upon the school system for their children’s success but will allow them to discover how to work with schools in order to achieve academic success based on learning style.”

As part of this new initiative, the AACLD has partnered with CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder) to adapt their Parent-to-Parent training program for delivery in the African American community and the PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights), which serves as the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance provider to Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) throughout the country, to help develop an efficient and effective service delivery model.

As a result, 20 African American master teachers will gain the expertise and skill to prepare children for educational success, 900 African American parent leaders will receive the teacher training via face-to-face sessions, and another 240 African American parent leaders will receive the teacher training via online sessions. Accordingly, a united voice on issues relevant to the African American community will be shaped and the quality of education in this country is expected to improve through AACLD continued networking.

The National Medical Association (the largest organization representing African American physicians and their patients), the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center at Meharry Medical College, and the Association of Black Psychologists, along with other professionals in the field, have agreed to assist the AACLD in the development and delivery of a culturally sensitive training curriculum.

States initially targeted for conducting the trainings include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Specific locations have not yet been identified.

For more information, contact Nancy R. Tidwell, AACLD Founder & President, at (614) 237-6021 or ntidwell@aacld.org.

About AACLD

The AACLD (www.aacld.org) was organized on the Martin Luther King Holiday in 2000 to increase awareness in African American communities nationwide about learning differences and to promote parent advocacy. It links information and resources provided by an established network of individuals and organizations experienced in minority research and special education with parents, educators, and others responsible for providing an appropriate education for students, specifically African American, although any new programs and practices implemented to benefit one child will ultimately benefit all children.

About The Oak Foundation

The Oak Foundation (www.oakfnd.org) was formally established in 1998 in Geneva, Switzerland. Its resources are committed to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Since its establishment, the Oak Foundation has made over 2,100 grants to not-for-profit organizations across the globe. While its headquarters remain in Geneva, the Foundation has a presence in seven other countries, including Belize, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ethiopia, the UK, the US, and Zimbabwe.

Illinois Secretary of State Offices closed Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all Driver Services facilities and offices open Monday through Friday will be closed Monday, January 16th, 2012, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Driver Services facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will close on Saturday, January 14th, 2012.

All Driver Services facilities will reopen for regular business on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012.

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

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