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Romney wins big in Illinois GOP primary

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Romney wins big in Illinois GOP primary

 Jackson and Duckworth trample opponents


By Juanita Bratcher


Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won an “extraordinary” victory in the Illinois GOP primary Tuesday, way ahead of his closest challenger Rick Santorum, and leaving Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul in single digits.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Romney garnered 428, 434 votes, 47%; Santorum, 321,079, 35%; Paul, 85, 464, 9%; and Gingrich, 72,942, 8%.

Romney, speaking to supporters at the Renaissance Hotel Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, thanked the people of Illinois for their overwhelming support.

“Thank you Illinois, what a night,” Romney declared to fans after his huge win in the Illinois GOP primary. Tonight we thank the people of Illinois for their vote and for this extraordinary victory.”

Pushing his “Economic Freedom” agenda – trying to make a drawback on his 25 years in business, Romney took an obvious pot shot at President Barack Obama when saying, “You can’t learn that teaching Constitutional law at the University of Chicago. You can’t even learn that as a community organizer.”

Yet, Romney during his campaign, for the most part, has talked about what the Obama Administration hasn’t done or failed to do, never discussing any “real issues” – his agenda for the country and what he will do, if elected president.

Secondly, President Obama has made inroads in bringing back an unstable economy without any help from Washington Republicans, and the fact still remains that a Republican Administration was in office when the economy was driven into the ditch.

On another note, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson made a resounding victory in Tuesday’s Primary Election rolling over his opponent Debbie Halvorson, a former state senator and one-term Congressman. Halvorson was booted out of the Congress in 2010. Jackson got 55,118 votes, 71.2% and Halvorson, 22, 336, 28.8 percent.

Said Jackson to his supporters: “This victory may be the most meaningful of all of them.”

Tammy Duckworth trounced opponent Raja Krishnamoorthi in the 8th Congressional District race and will face Republican Congressman Joe Walsh in the General Election. Duckworth garnered 16,830 votes, 66.6%, to Krishnamoorthi’s 8,438, 33.4%.

Other winners in Tuesday’s election were Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown. Brown defeated challenger Ricardo Munoz.

State Rep. Monique Davis (27th Legislative District), 10,329 to challenger’s Preston Brown, 3,634; State Senators Mattie Hunter (District 3); Kwame Raoul (13th), Emil Jones (14th), Jacqueline Collins (16), and Donne Trotter (17th), all uncontested.

State Representatives Mary Flowers (District 31), Marlow Colvin (33), and Elgie Sims (34), were all winners and all uncontested.

Illinois GOP Chairman congratulates GOP Primary winners; urges unity for November

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Illinois GOP Chairman congratulates GOP Primary winners; urges unity for November

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady issued the following statement regarding the Illinois Republican Primary:


“In just one week, our four Republican Presidential candidates have brought more investment to Illinois than Barack Obama and Pat Quinn have in three years. Thank you to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for believing that Illinois is not just a rubber stamp for the Democratic Party. 


“Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney and all of the other victorious local Republican candidates on hard-fought victories today.


“Like most Illinois Republicans, I was thrilled to see a GOP Presidential Primary where all of our candidates were engaged with Illinois voters.


“Although we are still awaiting final results, early and absentee balloting indicates that more Republican ballots were cast than Democratic ballots statewide outside the City of Chicago for the first time in many years. This shows that many independent voters are fed up with the reckless fiscal policies of national and state Democrats that have devastated Illinois taxpayers and business owners and they want real change – now.


“Now that we’ve had a spirited debate within our party, I urge all Illinois Republicans to unite behind all of our nominees for the November General Election. All of us as Republicans have much more in common with each other than we do with Illinois Democrats like Barack Obama, Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan and John Cullerton.”


Senator Durbin, Congressman Davis, and IL Senators Hunter and Raoul Recognized for Racial Justice Reform Efforts

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Senator Durbin, Congressman Davis, and IL Senators Hunter and Raoul Recognized for Racial Justice Reform Efforts

statelegisbutton(Chicago, IL) – The Illinois Association for Criminal Justice bestowed awards to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman
Danny K. Davis and Illinois State Senators Mattie Hunter and Kwame Raoul
today for legislative leadership in criminal justice policy.

The association recognized Senator Durbin for authoring the Fair
Sentencing Act, which was signed into law in 2010 and reduces the
sentencing disparity in the mandatory penalties for possession of crack versus powder cocaine.

IACJ awarded Congressman Davis for sponsoring the Second Chance Act, which provides federal seed grants for programs that assist individuals released from prison to successfully reenter society

Senators Hunter and Raoul also received the group’s recognition for state legislative drug crime reform efforts in Springfield. Hunter successfully sponsored the Illinois Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission law that addresses racial disparities in justice system’s response to drug crimes.

Raoul won approval for Illinois Crime Reduction Act, a measure that invests in community-based solutions to non-violent, drug-related crime.

“At the heart of our mission, our goals are to advance criminal justice reforms that guarantee equality for all under the law, create safer communities, and reduce the financial burden of expensive and unnecessary incarceration on taxpayers,” said IACJ President Diane
Williams. “Congressman Davis and Senators Durbin, Hunter and Raoul embody those goals.”

“Our mission is to ensure that services and public policies are in place that will reduce crime and restore individuals to stability and productivity in their communities,” said Pamela Rodriguez, president of TASC (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), a founding
organizational member of IACJ. “We’re here today because it’s vital to recognize legislative leaders when they take courageous stands in matters of fiscal responsibility and social justice. We care about these issues, we understand the impact of public policy in our communities,
and we’re paying attention to what happens in Springfield and Washington.”

Sponsored by IACJ, the event was held at the Safer Foundation, which provides services education, employment, and support services for people with criminal records. Founded in 2010, the mission of the Illinois Association for Criminal Justice (IACJ) is to ensure quality, comprehensive and coordinated services for people with criminal histories through the education of the public, advocacy, and community capacity building. For more information,
please visit: www.illinoiscriminaljustice.org.

Photo Caption:  Illinois Association for Criminal Justice recognizes legislators for national and state leadership in addressing racial disproportionality in the justice system. Left to right:  Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul; IACJ Chair Diane Williams; Clarisol Duque on behalf of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin; Congressman Danny Davis; Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter; IACJ Vice-Chair Pamela Rodriguez. Photo Courtesy of David Ormsby.

Leaders come together to forge plans for revitalization

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Leaders come together to forge plans for revitalization

Leadership Institute Tackles Abandonment of Properties


CAMBRIDGE, MA – With foreclosures and job loss impacting cities once considered stable as well as those confronting long-term decline, state and local officials from ten communities in Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana gathered in Boston last week to learn and share ideas about effective strategies to address the vacant properties these economic challenges have left in their wake. On March 13th at Harvard University, the Center for Community Progress, the nation’s preeminent organization committed to preventing abandonment and supporting the adaptive reuse of vacant buildings and land, launched its second Leadership Institute. While each community and state is unique, all share a common concern with vacant properties and their parallel challenges – including many that stem from the recession and foreclosure crisis.

Community Progress President Dan Kildee, the former Genesee County, Michigan treasurer who pioneered one of the nation’s first land banks, led the group through an intense three-day curriculum that touched upon key techniques for prevention, control and adaptive reuse of vacant buildings and land, including tax and foreclosure reform, the land bank concept, code enforcement and land re-use planning. In addition, Community Progress staff and experts focused on issues of policy change and strategies for building public support for problem property and land reform efforts.

For the nine participating cities, the Harvard sessions are only a beginning – to be followed up with visits to each community by a team of experts assembled by Community Progress, who will work with local and state governments and advocates in applying the insights gleaned at the Leadership Institute to their local communities and regions.

“These participants have been chosen for the tremendous confidence we have in their ability to champion effective, efficient systems that foster strong communities,” says Amy Hovey, Community Progress’ Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Capacity Building. “At the same time, as gratifying as it is to see change come to one community, the Leadership Institute takes our work to another level entirely. By launching our reform efforts at this kind of scale, we address the problem with a systemic approach that our experience has shown can make a real difference. We can’t afford to wait for things to happen in one city at a time. This kind of cohesive engagement is the best way to tackle the challenges facing so many American cities today – comprehensively, with the tactical support and expertise cities need to make real, sustainable improvements.”

Besides state officials from Illinois, Indiana and Louisiana, participating cities include Chicago, Aurora, Carpentersville and Elgin, along with officials from Illinois’ Kane and Cook Counties; Indianapolis, New Albany and South Bend, Indiana, plus officials from Marion County; and the Louisiana cities of Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans.

The initial seminars began on the Harvard Law School campus on Tuesday, March 13 and continued through Friday, March 16.

The Center for Community Progress works to create vibrant communities and improve the overall economic and social wellbeing of cities and towns in America through the reuse of vacant, abandoned, and problem properties. We serve as the national resource for policy, information, capacity building, and training regarding the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned, and problem properties; we partner with federal, state, and local officials and non-profit organizations that work to reposition these properties; we collaborate with experts on research that contributes to the growing body of public policy on successful reuse; and we serve as the leading national advocacy organization on effective reuse strategies. To learn more, call 877-542-4842 x150 or visit www.communityprogress.net.

Cornel West endorses a new blog site targeting millennials: FWDnation.com

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Cornel West endorses a new blog site targeting millennials: FWDnation.com

FWDnation.com is the online content aggregator and blog for the millennial generation

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – The 2008 election season not only gave us our first African American president but also ignited the voice of the millennial generation. In order to keep the momentum going through youth engagement, beyond the historic hype of the 2008 election, the concept of FWD Nation (www.FWDnation.com), a fresh new website built to target the collegiate, the hipster, and the young professional, was born.

Today, co-founders Brandon A. Lucas and Jeremy James Berry announce the launch of FWD Nation, an online community aimed at those born in the 1980s and 1990s with the goal of “amping up” the voices of the fast-paced, text-messaging, word-abbreviating millennial generation. Both Lucas and Berry, employees of PBS broadcaster and New York Times bestselling author Tavis Smiley, felt driven to create an online portal for thought-provoking discussion after being exposed to some of the world’s most influential thought-leaders, including esteemed professor, philosopher, and activist Dr. Cornel West.

“My dear brother Brandon A. Lucas is one of the great prophetic voices of the millennial generation,” says Cornel West. “We are blessed to have the vision of FWD Nation from Brandon and my dear brother Jeremy Berry, here and around the world.”

FWD Nation is a multidimensional, multimedia portal where politics, entertainment, business, lifestyle, technology and pop culture meet and blend together; a hub for real-time stories for the real-life millennials pushing forward agendas, initiatives, and issues that matter most.

“Developing FWD Nation was a simple decision for us,” explains Lucas. “During the 2008 election, no other voice was more amplified than that of my generation. We’re excited to move forward by keeping this momentum going.”

The website will include diverse and relevant news stories analyzed by the 20-or-so official FWD Nation bloggers from across the country. As the 2012 primary race for the presidency nears, FWD Nation will lend its platform to the myriad of millennial voices that seek to not only rock the vote, but also inform the young adult’s impact at the voting booths.

“We live in a ‘FWD Nation’: the most multicultural, multiracial, multi-ethnic America ever,” insists Berry. “It is our belief that where old media fails to depict this reality, new media will prevail!”

To visit the new site, and for additional information, go to: www.FWDnation.com

The Institute of the Black World 21st Century commemorates the 4oth Anniversary of the 1972 National Black Political Convention

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on The Institute of the Black World 21st Century commemorates the 4oth Anniversary of the 1972 National Black Political Convention

 The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a research, policy and advocacy organization, will hold a national symposium, “It’s Nation Time”, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 National Black Political Convention held in Gary, Indiana.

IBW will screen “It’s Nation Time”, the official Documentary Film of the Gary Convention and Panel Discussion on the impact of the Gary Convention and its Relevance to Black Politics Today, Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Rayburn House Office Building, Capital Hill, Washington, D.C., from 12:00 Noon – 3:00 p.m.

During the event, they will also give a tribute to Congressman Donald Payne with the IBW Legacy Award to Honorable Richard G. Hatcher.

Verna Avery Brown, WPFW, Pacifica, Network, Washington, D.C., will serve as Moderator of the event.

U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee, is honorary host; Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century, is Convener; and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., special invited guest.

Panelists and participants are:  Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College for Women and Member, Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission; Bill Lucy, President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; Catalina Byrd, Hip Hop Activist, Hip Hop Caucus; George Curry, former Editor-in-Chief, National Newspaper Publishers Association and Emerge Magazine; Dr. E. Faye Williams, President, National Congress of Black Women; and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President, Hip hop Caucus.

“The 1972 National Black Political Convention was one of the most significant gatherings of African Americans in the history of this country. Some 10,000 Black people from all walks of life converged on Gary, Indiana to adopt a National Black Political Agenda and establish a process to hold candidates accountability to Black interests at the local, state and national level.  A new generation of activists, organizers and elected officials need to study the Gary Convention to assess its relevance and meaning for Black politics and the interests and aspirations of Black people today. This is the subject of the March 23rd National Symposium.” – Dr. Ron Daniels, President, Institute of the Black World 21st Century 

For Further Information, Email: info@ibw21.org or Call: 888.774.2921

To Register/Access Web Cast/Live Stream: visit www.ibw21.org

U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings is keynote speaker at Howard University’s Health Care Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings is keynote speaker at Howard University’s Health Care Symposium in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) will give the keynote address on disparities in U.S. healthcare at Howard University’s one-day Symposium focusing on disparities in U.S. health care, April 10, 2012.

The one-day Symposium will be held at Howard University’s Armour J. Blackburn Center, 2397 Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., April 10, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The event will be hosted by CNN Anchor Fredricka Whitfield.

Cummings (D-MD), a member of the 111th Congress and a leading advocate of President Obama’s Healthcare Reform, will deliver a key note address on Medical and Legal Issues Surrounding U.S. Health Care.

Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., Dean Emerita of theUniversity’s School of Communications, said, “We are all aware that health care continues to be one of the most discussed topics in America and in other global communities”.

 “While Congress wrestles with health care reform and the administration attempts to shape the policies for the coming years, the American people must continue to be a part of the discussion, and The Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communications and Technology will increase Howard University’s visibility as the center of leadership related to issues concerning multicultural groups as we help to influence the discourse.”

For more information, visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu. The telephone # is 202-806-5983

The Carnegie Corporation of New York funds the Howard University Initiative on Democracy, Markets, Communication and Technology. Created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911, the Carnegie Corporation mission is “to promote the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.” The Corporation’s funding is to assist Howard University to showcase its faculty and other experts to discuss the interdependence of democracy, markets, communication, and technology to immediate, complex issues that are of challenge to America and across the world.

Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference to convene in Cleveland, OH May 21-22

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference to convene in Cleveland, OH May 21-22

First-In-Nation Conference Addresses Underrepresented Innovators



CLEVELAND, OH – The nation’s first Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference (MBEC) will convene May 21-22 in Cleveland.  MBEC offers a unique platform for minority professionals, entrepreneurs, investors, students and industry leaders to engage, network, collaborate and exchange ideas.  


Minorities represent less than 5 percent (1) of the growing biomedical industry workforce, and a fraction of that number engages in entrepreneurial endeavors.  To address the issue of underrepresentation, and to increase minority competitiveness in the biomedical industry, The America21 Project, a minority innovation and competitiveness initiative, and BioEnterprise, a biomedical business accelerator, partnered to create MBEC.  The intent is to hold the conference annually.


Keynoting the conference is Dr. Frank Douglas, President of the Austen BioInnovation Institute and former Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Aventis.  A national steering committee of Hispanic and African-American leaders in the biomedical industry – including Guy Fish, Vice President Fletcher Spaght Ventures (Boston); Ron Foy, Managing Director Cambria Capital (San Francisco); and Marisa Trevino, Founder Latina Lista (Dallas) – guide the conference mission and direct the agenda.   A nationally-recognized speaker line-up – including Dr. William L. Daley, Vice President Business Development & Licensing, U.S. Medical Affairs, Sanofi (New Jersey); and Monica Sturgis, HR Business Partner, Boehringer-Ingelheim (Cleveland) – complete an inspired conference agenda.  


“Cleveland, with its rapidly growing biomedical industry and nationally recognized research, clinical and educational institutions, is the ideal location for the first-ever Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference,” said Baiju R. Shah, President and CEO of BioEnterprise and Co-Chair of MBEC.  “The entrepreneurial environment is one that embraces and provides an unparalleled support network to biomedical innovators.”    


The Minority Biomedical Entrepreneurship Conference tackles many challenges minorities face in the biomedical industry. Attendees will be offered mentoring opportunities with industry leaders and investors, entrepreneurship education, and practical advice on starting and growing a biomedical company. Entrepreneurs looking for funding are afforded the opportunity to present before a group of seasoned biomedical investors.


“The underrepresentation of African Americans and Latinos in the biomedical industry undermines national economic competitiveness,” said Johnathan Holifield, a co-founder of The America21 Project and co-chair of MBEC. “MBEC confronts the problem by bringing minority entrepreneurs together with industry veterans and investors for mentoring, networking and education.”

To view the complete conference agenda and register, visit http://www.minoritybiomedical.org. 


About The America21 Project:


America21, the first and only national voice for accelerating the growth of African American and Latino American prosperity through increased innovation capacity and economic competitiveness, has partnered with innovation ecosystem leadership organizations to seed Inclusive Competitiveness in Northeast Ohio and is similarly partnering with other regional innovation-based economic development organizations in additional urban regions, including Portland OR and Pittsburgh, PA. To learn more about The America21 Project, visit www.blackinnovation.org.


About BioEnterprise:


BioEnterprise is a business formation, recruitment, and acceleration effort designed to support the growth of bioscience companies. Located in Cleveland, BioEnterprise provides management counsel and support services to health care companies.  


BioEnterprise partners are Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Summa Health System, and the BioInnovation Institute in Akron.  Additional technology partners include the NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland State University, NorTech, and BioOhio.  The initiative comprises the collective activities of BioEnterprise and its partners’ commercialization offices:  the Case Office of Technology Transfer, Cleveland Clinic Innovations, University Hospitals Case Medical Center – Center for Clinical Research and Summa Enterprise Group.  The combined efforts of these groups has created, recruited, and accelerated more than 100 companies in nine years.

For more information see www.bioenterprise.com.   


(1) Diversity in Academic Biomedicine: An Evaluation of Education and Career Outcomes with Implications for Policy, Donna K. Ginther, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Kansas, September 22, 2009.


St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Unites with National Pan-Hellenic Council to Fight Pediatric Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease

Posted by Admin On March - 21 - 2012 Comments Off on St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Unites with National Pan-Hellenic Council to Fight Pediatric Cancer, Sickle Cell Disease

NPHC taps its membership for 30-day fundraising challenge


MEMPHIS, TN – The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is uniting with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to rally its more than 1 million members through the Call to Service for St. Jude initiative. For the first time, the NPHC, composed of African-American international Greek letter sororities and fraternities, supports one mission – helping St. Jude treat the world’s sickest children with the best care.

“This partnership with the National Pan-Hellenic Council means that more communities will be aware of the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. The support of NPHC members will help ensure that St. Jude can continue its pioneering research and treatment and that no family will ever pay St. Jude for anything,” said Richard Shadyac, Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We look forward to cultivating this dynamic relationship with the NPHC as we work together to help realize a day when no child will die in the dawn of life.”

Four-year-old Kennedi is just one of the tens of thousands of children who benefit from the cutting-edge research and treatment at St. Jude. Last summer, her mother Chauntay, who is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and father Joseph, who is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity, were alarmed to learn that Kennedi suffered from acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, and was referred to St. Jude where she was placed on a two-and-a-half year treatment plan. Within two weeks, her cancer was in remission. Because of St. Jude, Kennedi lives a happy, healthy life. Her mother said, “Whenever she sees the St. Jude logo, she says ‘There’s my doctor!’ We trust the doctors here, and know Kennedi is at the best place possible.”

Relationships with organizations like the NPHC are more important than ever to St. Jude because no family pays St. Jude for anything and more than 75 percent of the hospital’s funding comes from the public.

“The National Pan-Hellenic Council is thrilled to collaborate and engage our national network of members in support of such a great cause,” said Cynthia Butler-McIntyre, chair of the NPHC Council of Presidents and National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “This Call to Service initiative not only helps raise funds, it also allows us to help spread the message that there is treatment for childhood cancer and other deadly diseases that affect our communities, like sickle cell and pediatric AIDS.”



National Pan-Hellenic Council Call to Service for St. Jude, www.st.jude.org/nphc, is a 30-day challenge where members, friends and family can register and support an organization’s individual fundraising goal for St. Jude. The top 10 fundraisers will receive a trip to Memphis, Tenn. to attend the National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Awards dinner in October and tour the hospital. The challenge will culminate on April 5 with the annual Radio Cares for St. Jude Kids radio event, led by Radio One, Inc., which has raised more than $14 million for St. Jude. 

When St. Jude opened its doors 50 years ago, it was the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South. African-American and white patients were treated in the same rooms; they dined together; and bathroom facilities were integrated. St. Jude was the first to develop a cure for sickle cell disease with a bone marrow transplant and has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell programs in the country, treating about 800 children a year. In addition, St. Jude shares these discoveries with doctors everywhere.

To support an NPHC organization and help ensure that all kids can have a lifetime of moments, visit www.stjude.org/nphc.


About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

About the National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) is a strategic alliance currently composed of Historically African-American international Greek letter Sororities and Fraternities. Participating organizations include: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. NPHC promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions. Our common interest is service to our communities and to all mankind.

For more information, contact: Aisha Rogers, ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 901-578-1565

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