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Josephine Wade taken to hospital

By Chinta Strausberg


Hundreds of prominent African Americans attended the “African American Trailblazers” awards ceremony late Monday night at Hardtimes Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, 436 E. 79th St., where scores of blacks were honored for their outstanding work in the field of Civil Rights and business.

Serving as Masters of Ceremony were Professor Robert Starks, ABC 7 Chicago’s political editor Charles Thomas and Fox 32’s Kori Chambers. WVON’s Cliff Kelley received the “2013 Pervis Spann Trailblazer’s” award. Ebbie Veal read the bios of the awardees.

During the ceremony, former Ald. Shirley Coleman, who is now a minister, announced that Josephine Wade, the co-owner of the restaurant, was taken to the hospital. With Thomas’ hand on his shoulder, Rev. Paul Jakes prayed for Mrs. Wade’s speedy recovery.

Chambers presented Thomas with the 2013 Vernon Jarrett Award. Thomas told of the awesome sense of responsibility he felt when Jarrett died; in fact, he was present when Jarrett took his last breath. CBS’ Harry Porterfield was also honored.

Among others honored were: Victor Love, the son of Josephine Wade, former Senator Roland W. Burris, Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-7th), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-1st) whose award was accepted by James Teague; Father Michael L. Pfleger,  Chief Apostle William McCoy, 2nd Congressional District candidate Joyce Washington, Dr. Guy Bibbs; Spencer Leak, Jr. representing the Leak Funeral Home, The Rayner Family representing A.A. Rayner Funeral Home, Judge Leroy Kendall Martin; Ald. Howard Brookins (his father former Senator Howard Brookins, who owns the Brookins Funeral Home, accepted the award);Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president, Probation Challenge & the PCC Network;  construction giant Paul King, former Cook County Comm. Robert Shaw; William Phillips, owner of the Quality Car Wash, Pierre Walker, owner of Turkey Burger Grill; Guy Bibbs, III, owner of Turkey Time Restaurant, Kublai Toure, executive director of Amer’I’Can, Willie Dunmoore, owner of the Dunmoore Auto Sales, hotels and restaurants; Kham Beard, one of the first black retail shoe store chains who was represented by his children; Timothy and Everett Rand, owners of the Midway Wholesale Liquor Distributing and Bottling Co.; Al Perkins, a contractor and former insurance giant; Rev. Dr. William H. Samuels former board member of Operation PUSH; Walter Hines, president of Cambridge Manor Housing Development , John Collins who received the 2013 Office Max Trailblazer Award; Herbert Hedgeman, a construction giant among others.

In honor of “Women’s Month,” Mrs. Wade is planning a similar celebration for historical women.

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.

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