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National Black Church Initiative locates nearly 60,000 complaints against BB&T Bank among African Americans in the Southeast

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Black Church: Stop doing business at BB&T; Black religious broadcasters joins boycott
Phase 1 has ended. Phase Two begins in 30 days

(From The National Black Church Initiative)

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Church Initiative, a coalition of 34,000 churches representing 15.7 million African American churchgoers, located 32,587 complaints against BB&T Bank throughout the Southeast United States. The findings, both surprising and shocking, are part of the first phase of a seven year boycott against BB&T Bank. The complaints alleged unethical behavior, unnecessary fees, online banking trickery, bad loans, rude personnel, and overall uneasiness concerning white personnel towards black customers. We plan to aggregate these findings and file them online over the next two months so the public can appreciate the breadth and scope of why NBCI has taken this extraordinary effort. We also plan to speak with state regulators in Georgia, Virginia, Florida, and throughout the southeast to publicize the findings.

Rev. Sheldon Williams, President of the National Black Religious Broadcasters declares “we are very much ready to work with Rev. Evans and the National Black Church Initiative on this important community social justice project. I have been training our religious broadcasters

throughout the Southeast how they can enhance and intensify this boycott. We are ready when Rev. Evans gives the go-ahead to employ out 10,000 broadcasters in this endeavor”.

This represents the first phase of our Boycott against BB&T Bank. Phase two begins in 30 days which will substantially increase our online presence in order to educate and persuade the public not to do business with BB&T Bank. As a result of the 57,000 complaints, we have collected over 750,000 emails and created new software to send out information to these online contacts. With the power of ten friends for each contact we will have online presence of 7 million followers. We plan to concentrate in the footprint of the bank. In addition, we will establish a new tactical approach yet to be revealed that will galvanize the public concerning the negative banking approach that BB&T Bank has systematically applied to African Americans throughout the region.

The Rev Anthony Evans, President of NBCI, says “BB&T Bank’s leadership thought that we had gone away and that this campaign had fizzled. But just the opposite is true. We have been quietly gathering the necessary information so that we can create a systematic retribution against the bank’s treatment of African Americans. Our upcoming tactic will truly galvanize not only the 750,000 emails that we have collected, but ten times that size. We are ready to implement Phase 2 and it will come with a big moral bang.”

DISCLAIMER: The poll conducted to arrive at these statistics is as a result of 20 years of experience from NBCI staff members in polling church members. We do not claim that this was a rigid scientific poll that covers and constitutes acceptable industry standards in polling. However, we are confident that the statistics we have arrived at in-house reflects the feelings of African American religious congregants who may or may not be a part of NBCI.

About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

The U.S. Military led the way to ending segregation in America as African Americans fought in integrated units during Korean War

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By Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Washington

A few weeks ago, the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington was commemorated in cities and towns across the United States with an emphasis on the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and his call for an integrated nation and a tearing down of the walls of segregation. But unknown to many African Americans is that fifteen years before the March on Washington, President Harry S. Truman had signed Executive Order 9981 which directed an end to the official policy of segregation in the military.
The Presidential order did not change the reality of race relations in the military overnight, but the invasion of the Republic of Korea on June 25, 1950 by North Korean forces seeking to unify the Korean peninsula under communist rule, set the stage for our nation’s first integrated fighting force. When the Korean War began, there were 100,000 African Americans in the military with most of them serving in segregated units. When the Korean War Armistice was signed in July 1953, there were over 600,000 African Americans serving their country in integrated units.
In three years of vicious fighting in Korea, African Americans repeatedly demonstrated their bravery in combat. They fought to keep the Republic of Korea free and democratic even though they were denied the ability to vote and other rights in the United States.   They fought because it was the right thing to do and it was their duty.
Jesse Brown, an Ohio State graduate, was the nation’s first African American Navy fighter pilot. He ultimately became the first African American aviator to be killed in action in the War in December 1950. Ensign Brown’s wingman, Lieutenant Thomas Hudner, crashed his aircraft to conduct a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to rescue Brown. Hudner did not see a downed African American pilot.   He saw a fellow American and risked his life to save him. For his heroic actions, Lieutenant Hudner received the Medal of Honor and Brown was posthumously honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Daniel Chappie James flew fighter planes in WWII and Korea and was one of many Air Force pilots in the Korean War who were Tuskegee Airmen. James went on to provide inspiration to me and some of my friends as we considered a career in the military when he became the first African American Four Star General in the military. The Marine Corps began integrating early in the Korean War and African American Marines fought gallantly at the battle of Pusan, one of the first major battles of the War. The Army disbanded the 24th Infantry Regiment (Buffalo Soldiers) and other all African American units during the War and successfully integrated its troops. Integration of the military during the Korean War changed the Armed Forces forever and set the tone for segregation to be eliminated from all aspects of American society.
When fighting ended in Korea, there were more African American military officers than ever before and expanded opportunities for minorities to be promoted. Korean War Veterans used GI benefits and the experience they gained while serving to earn college degrees, buy homes, secure jobs with corporations and the federal government, and become community leaders. Many veterans, and particularly Korean War veterans, made significant contributions in the struggle for equality and integration.
Roy Innis and James Meredith are both Korean War veterans. Innis served in the Army from 1950 to 1952 and became the leader of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). James Meredith served in the Air Force from 1951 to 1960 and was the first African American admitted to the University of Mississippi in 1962. He later led the 1966 “March Against Fear” from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi.
Medgar Evers was a WWII Army veteran and fought in the Battle of Normandy. After the War he earned his college degree and became a civil rights activist. Evers was assassinated in 1963 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Floyd McKissick was also a WWII Army veteran and served in the European Theater. After the War, he graduated from Morehouse College and later became the first African American student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Law School. In 1966, McKissick became the leader of CORE.
Two African American members of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Conyers and Charles Rangel, are Korean War veterans. Conyers has been a Congressman for almost 50 years representing a district in Detroit and serves on the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Congressman Rangel, a native New Yorker, is known as a “Champion for Justice”. He received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his actions at the Battle of Kunu-Ri while fighting in Korea and he continues to fight for freedom and justice even today.
The U.S. military, and specifically our nation’s involvement in the Korean War, was the beginning of the end of institutionalized segregation in America and helped create an environment that led to President Johnson signing legislation and the Supreme Court rendering decisions that called for the fair and equal treatment of all citizens.
As we continue to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Armistice that ended fighting in Korea, we should remember that African American service members helped to save that nation from communist oppression and opened doors for all African Americans in the United States Americans through their service and sacrifice.
Prepared by:
Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Washington
Deputy Director, Department of Defense
60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee

Republican Tom Cross announces run for Illinois treasurer, says campaign to change Illinois and move it in a new direction

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Cross’ announcement follows:

Fellow Illinoisans,

Moments ago, with my family at my side, we launched a campaign to change Illinois and move it in a new direction with three simple goals: balance the budget, reform state spending and protect taxpayers.

Our campaign for Treasurer begins today, and I need your help right now. Join our team by clicking here.

My friends, the challenges we face are real.  The decisions our elected officials make are important.  And for better or worse, citizens are directly impacted by the outcomes.

That’s why I’ve decided to announce that I will seek the office of Illinois State Treasurer.

Join Tom Cross

I want to move Illinois in a new direction by serving as good steward of the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars and ensuring they are invested carefully and judiciously.

Join our team by clicking here and help jumpstart our effort with a $3 donation.
For too long, Illinois politicians have repeatedly failed to solve the state’s biggest problems and as a result, we face record high-taxes, skyrocketing debt and the nation’s worst budget deficit.  These repeated failures are making life tougher and tougher for every family and it’s time we take a new direction.

The simple truth is that the right decisions for Illinois families are not being made in Springfield.

I’m running for treasurer because I want to restore trust, protect taxpayers and make a real, serious difference in the lives of our state’s citizens.

That starts with balancing the budget.

State law requires we have a balanced budget, yet the gimmicks legislators and Governor’s have used over the past decade have resulted in the nation’s worst budget deficit and over $7 billion in unpaid bills.

It’s not fair to taxpayers and it has to stop.

On day one, I will let the legislature and Governor know that I will use all the powers available to me under the Constitution, including legal action, to enforce the state’s balanced budget requirement.

Taxpayers deserve no less.

Our goal must be to make Illinois a better place for all of us.

I hope you will join with me to make that goal a reality.

Thank you,

Tom Cross
Republican for Treasurer

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation celebrates African-American leaders in fine arts

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Film Director Antoine Fuqua, Artist Carrie Mae Weems among Honorees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc (CBCF) and the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses yesterday recognized the contributions of two icons in the arts,  during the 17th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This fundraising event for scholarships in the performing and visual arts kicked off the 43rd Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center scheduled for  Sept. 18-21.

This year’s honorees are film director and producer Antoine Fuqua, visual artist Carrie Mae Weems and author Tananarive Due.

Best known for the highly successful police drama, Training Day, Mr. Fuqua’s diverse body of work includes Brooklyn’s Finest with Richard Gere and Don Cheadle; Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg, and Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis. Most recently, he directed the box-office hit Olympus Has Fallen.


Mr. Fuqua produces and directs projects under the banner of his production company, Fuqua Films and is currently in production on The Equalizer with Denzel Washington for Columbia Pictures.


Artist Carrie Mae Weems uses photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and most recently, video to tell the story of human life. Known for her documentary photographic series including: Family Pictures and Stories (1978-1984); Ain’t Jokin’ (1987-1988); Colored People (1989-1990); and the Kitchen Table series (1990), Ms. Meems explores themes including family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems.


Tananarive Due is an author, screenwriter and producer. She is currently the Cosby Chair in the Humanities at Spelman College and teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Ms. Due is an American Book and NAACP Image and Kindred Award recipient who’s authored twelve novels and a civil rights memoir. She is a leading voice in black speculative fiction, the author of the African Immortals series that began with 1997’s My Soul to Keep.

In addition, 20 undergraduate students studying performing and visual arts will be recognized as scholarship recipients. More than 250 performing and visual arts students applied for CBCF’s national scholarship program in 2013.

“Mr. Fuqua is one of the few African Americans in Hollywood leading his own production company while Ms. Weems and Ms. Due are independent artists, versed in a variety of mediums, whose works have been admired by millions in worldwide,” said Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. “These groundbreaking artists, trailblazers in their own rights, perfectly embody the theme of this year’s ALC, It Starts With You, and we are pleased to recognize and celebrate their valuable contributions to African-American culture.”

This year’s ALC theme, “It Starts With You,” is a call to action urging individuals to champion much-needed change in public policy. The conference features the Exhibit Showcase, which offers educational, health and business-related opportunities for ALC attendees and an outreach project with Thrive DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people facing the dire consequences of economic upheaval, including homelessness and housing instability. The premier ALC event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner fundraiser, supports the Foundation’s educational programs, scholarships and research initiatives. The conference includes a prayer breakfast that features gospel recording artists, including Marvin Sapp, who will deliver the morning message.

Registration: http://cbcfinc.org/registration-2013.html

Media registration: http://www.cbcfinc.org/alc2013-registration.html

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IDOT and Transportation Partners Launch National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois

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Statewide “Seat-Check Saturday”

Events Will Help Ensure Safe Travel for Children

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois Head Start Association and AAA joined efforts today to launch the 2013 National Child Passenger Safety Week in Illinois. The annual campaign brings attention to properly securing all children in appropriate car seats, booster seats or standard seat belts.

The week concludes with National Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 21, when certified child passenger safety technicians will provide free advice and hands-on child safety seat inspections at 88 events across Illinois. This year’s campaign focuses on safety awareness, education and service especially to Head Start children and families. More than 52,800 children participated in Illinois Head Start during the 2011-2012 program year.

“Every child in Illinois depends on their parents or guardians for their safety,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “IDOT works diligently each day to further improve our effective child passenger program by providing parents and caregivers with the most current information on car seat safety. Our most important job is to help ensure our loved ones travel safely on state roadways.”

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children through age 13. Based on national crash data averages, nearly two children under 13 were killed and 338 were injured across the nation every day while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups and vans in 2011. In Illinois, an all-time high of 93.7 percent of citizens wear seat belts and 90.5 percent of children are traveling in car seats. However, IDOT data shows that only three of every five of those car seats are being used correctly.

“Since one of the leading causes of death and injury for children is automobile crashes, parents should make sure that their children are being transported safely and properly,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. “Too many child safety seats are improperly installed. This year’s National Child Passenger Safety Week is a good time to encourage parents and caregivers to set up a child safety seat fitting to give parents the peace of mind that their children are properly secured.”

“The Illinois Head Start Association is proud to partner with the Illinois Department of Transportation in an effort to keep our children safe through properly installed car seats,” said Lauri Morrison-Frichtl, Executive Director of the Association. “While we have had a long standing partnership with IDOT, this statewide campaign ensures that our children and their families buckle up and travel safely on our roads.”

“Seat Check Saturday serves as an excellent time to remind families across Illinois to have your car seats checked by a certified car seat technician,” said Brad Roeber, Regional President of AAA Chicago. “Too often we see children not buckled up properly; so a quick stop through one of these numerous seat check events should be in all families’ plans for Saturday, September 21.”

According to manufacturer instructions, parents and grandparents are encouraged to follow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s car seat recommendation to keep children in their specific restraint types for as long as possible. For maximum safety, a parent or caregiver should have the car seat installation inspected by a certified child passenger safety technician to ensure their children are in the right seats for their age and size. Additional guidelines are as follows:

Rear-facing seats must remain in the back seat, from birth of child to the height and weight limit of the seat; recommended up to 2 years old, but at a minimum age of 12 months, and 20 pounds.

Forward-facing seats must be placed in the back seat after the child has reached the height or weight limit of the rear-facing seat, to about age 4 and 40-65 pounds.

Booster seats should be placed in the back seat on children age 4 to at least age 8.

Seat belts are for children age 8 or older, and taller than 4-foot-9.

In addition, all children age 13 or younger should ride in the back seat. Seat belt use is required by Illinois law in all automobile seating positions.

For more information on child passenger safety and on statewide seat checks taking place Sept. 21, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.

Why You Should Be Using LinkedIn

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SoapBox Rants

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al

Want a more productive way to spend your time social networking? Try LinkedIn. There is no better way to make a connection with people that share your interests professionally. Not only is it a good way to find prospective employment, it is also a good way to locate staff. People are sharing vitas/resumes, portfolios, updates, blogs, etc. They even have endorsements for areas of expertise from LinkedIn members that have worked with them or know their work professionally.

If you’d prefer not to share your profile image with the public, you have the option to turn your image off to people you are not linked up with.

LinkedIn is a good way to share what you are doing with users so keep your status updates fresh, and keep people engaged with your information. There are also discussion groups where you can open dialogue on topics and issues of interest or you can jump into an ongoing discussion posted by someone else. Since LinkedIn members are posting professionally, there is less of a chance of trolls or bullies jumping into conversations. Most will try to be on their best behavior because it is quite possible a prospective or a current employer is monitoring their activity.

Mentor or Speaker, you never know who might be on the lookout for someone with your expertise for a speaking engagement or you are chosen to be the online Guru to mentor those looking to do the type of work you do. This is a great place for students to make contacts to help guide them through their career journey. It is also a great place for students to reach out for internships.

The best way to figure out how to use LinkedIn to your advantage is to start by creating an account, and find out how many people are there that you know, and catch up on what they are doing these days.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine

Kohl Children’s Museum writes another chapter with three reading-themed exhibits and activities opening October 1

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Life-Sized, Bilingual “Storyland” Exhibition and “Storywalk” to Open in Conjunction With a New Permanent Play Bookstore Exhibit

GLENVIEW, IL – This fall, Kohl Children’s Museum will present three new reading-focused exhibits specifically designed to encourage literacy for young children. The temporary exhibit “Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” allow kids to immerse themselves in a life-sized world of seven award-winning childhood favorites, while “Sheridan’s Books and Crannies,” a new permanent exhibit, will reinvent the Museum’s “Play Library.”  The third element, Storywalk, will be installed as part of the Museum’s two-acre outdoor Habitat Park.  The activity will combine literacy, physical activity and an engagement with nature as guests follow pages of the storybook “Leaves” by David Ezra Stein.

All three dynamic exhibits will encourage children to build literacy skills through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play that focuses on vocabulary, print motivation and awareness, narrative skills, letter knowledge and phonological awareness.

In addition, the Museum plans to participate in the national “Read for the Record” Day on October 3, in which schools, libraries, and other institutions nationwide will spotlight the importance of early literacy by collectively reading a single book, “Otis,” by Loren Long.

“With the arrival of these three engaging exhibits, we are highlighting our mission of fostering a love of learning in children, particularly through promoting literacy, one of the Museum’s key focal points,” said Sheridan Turner, President and CEO of Kohl Children’s Museum. “Studies consistently prove that reading with your children at very young ages helps develop vocabulary and grammar skills, a sense of story structure, even basic directional skills such as how English letters and words read from left to right. Quite simply, the more parents read with their children, the better they will do in school.”

“Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” will be on display at the Museum from October 1, 2013 – January 6, 2014. Created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the exhibit transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter; “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats; “Where’s Spot?” by Eric Hill; “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff; “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; “Abuela” by Arthur Dorros and “Tuesday” by David Wiesner – into three-dimensional and bilingual (English and Spanish) play and learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association: disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary and narrative skills and comprehension.

As part of the exhibit:

  • Families can immerse themselves in the world of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. Children explore Peter Rabbit’s world as they build vocabulary and narrative skills while searching for Peter’s lost belongings, harvesting vegetables and playing in Peter’s burrow.
  • Visitors will get a mouse-eye view of super-sized elements from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” such as a big glass of milk, as they are encouraged to create new and rhyming words by matching letter magnets to word trunks.
  • “The Snowy Day” welcomes visitors to Peter’s wintry world, where a young boy explores his neighborhood after a fresh snowfall. Children have opportunities to build print and sound awareness, as they build a snowperson, and explore wintry sounds and words.
  • Babies and young toddlers can experiment with busy wall interactives based on “Where’s Spot?” a well-known board books about the search for Spot the dog. Parents can get tips about cultivating pre-reading skills in very young children.
  • Young children explore the alphabet and letter and sound awareness while navigating three tropical islands featured in “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” Families will also enjoy creating rhythms with steel drums while playing along with the rhythm of the story.
  • Children can sharpen their narrative skills and vocabulary by delivering news from inside a television and searching for hidden frogs in “Tuesday,” a story about a town mysteriously visited by flying frogs.

“Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites” is presented by Target and has been generously locally sponsored by Wells Fargo.

“Sheridan’s Books and Crannies” will also open October 1, 2013 as a new permanent exhibit, reinventing the museum’s current “Play Library” exhibit as a pretend bookstore. This new and improved exhibit will feature an inviting reading loft, various comfy reading nooks where kids can snuggle up to read, and a regularly-changing array of children’s books and periodicals. The exhibit will also include a variety of activities to promote literacy. These interactive elements include learning writing motions (tracing basic shapes used in letters with their fingers in pre-set grooves), rhyming spinners (finding words and pictures that rhyme), magnetic sorting (collecting things that start with the same letters into bins with magnets), and a small performance space with a costume trunk and magnet walls so kids can create their own stories and then act them out.

“Sheridan’s Books and Crannies” was underwritten by the Souder Family Foundation. W. Fritz Souder served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees for eleven years, including two years as chair from 2009 – 2011.  He also chaired the Museum’s Building Blocks for the Future capital campaign to build the Museum’s current facility in Glenview. Souder suggested the name of the new exhibit as a tribute to the years of dedication and effort of Sheridan Turner, who has served as the Museum’s President and CEO since 1999. Additional support for this exhibit was received through the Public Museum Capital Grants Program, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Illinois State Museum.

“Storywalk” will open by October 1, 2013 as a temporary exhibit in Habitat Park, the museum’s two-acre nature park on the museum’s campus. “Storywalk” will consist of 18 child-height stands placed throughout the park, each displaying two pages of “Leaves” by David Ezra Stein. The placement of the stands allows children and parents to progressively read a book as they meander through the garden walk, combining the focus of literacy, physical activity and engagement with nature in a fun and unconventional setting. “Storywalk” was developed in conjunction with the Glenview Park District and Glenview Public Library after the success of two previous “Storywalk” exhibits in Gallery Park in Glenview.

About Kohl Children’s Museum
In recognition for its outstanding exhibits and impact on Chicago land families, Kohl Children’s Museum was recently named one of the country’s Ten Best Children’s Museums by Parents Magazine. The Museum was ranked sixth out of more than 300 children’s museums nationwide and was the only Chicago area museum recognized.

Offering 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children age’s birth to 8, the Museum’s mission is to encourage young children to become effective learners through self-directed complex play. Kohl Children’s Museum is located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., in Glenview, Ill. at the corner of Patriot Blvd. and W. Lake Ave. in the newly redeveloped area known as The Glen. The Museum can be easily reached by public transportation, including Pace bus and Metra trains.

For more information, visit the Museum’s website at www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org or call (847) 832-6600. The Museum is open on Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Special members-only hours are from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Admission prices are $9.50 for children and adults and $8.50 for senior citizens. Children under 1 year old and members are free.

Jobs Rebuild America: The Entrepreneurship Engine

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President and CEO, National Urban League

Small businesses are critical to economic growth in the United States – and more specifically, to job creation.  They are the engine that keeps our economy going in times of both austerity and prosperity.  But they often need specialized training and resources to succeed.

In recognition of this, in 2009 the National Urban League joined forces with Goldman Sachs through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative under our common goal to empower and grow communities. This innovative public-private partnership focuses on city-by-city job creation, strategic growth, and economic stability for small business owners in the United States by providing best-in-class business and management education, access to capital  and business counseling support services.

This 5-year, $500 million initiative is now in 15 U.S. cities, and five of our Urban League Entrepreneurship Centers (Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, New Orleans and Philadelphia) are proud local partners who have recruited, counseled and mentored successful entrepreneurs looking to expand. To date, more than 1,400 businesses have participated in the program, and 242 loans totaling more than $47 million have been deployed.

As a member of the national advisory council, co-chaired by Lloyd C. Blankfein, Warren Buffett and Michael Porter, I have been involved with this effort from the beginning, helping with its national launch and have thus witnessed firsthand the difference this program has made in the lives of its graduates and their economic prosperity. Most notably, these small business owners are helping to create jobs and revitalize communities.

So, I am excited that due to high demand,  this program will offer a national (non-city specific) cohort beginning in January 2014.  Business owners who meet the following criteria may apply: (1) in operation for at least two years; (2) do not operate a business in a city where this program is currently offered; and (3) have a minimum of four employees and revenues of $150,000 – $4 million annually.

The application deadline for the 2014 national cohort is October 18th, 2013.  To apply or for additional eligibility criteria, click here.

Photo Caption: Marc Morial

Spiritual Warning: God says to “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority”

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge.org – The Truth Network

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.” Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

It has become increasingly difficult for those of us who are deemed as ‘little people’ or them, they and those folk to maintain a sense of dignity with the burden of pharaoh dictating daily pervasive evils in America.

In the world of politics, when the head is ill the entire body ails, as with the conditions in these Not-So-United-States. This country is bleeding and in need of a tunicate wrap in love, peace and with a tremendous spiritual pill consisting of Godliness!

Our president needs help from the people, and especially praying people! People of God should know that there is an escape from those desiring the detriment of the President, Blacks, Hispanics and those who are deemed poor! What then ought we to do? Well, it is stated in the scriptures that we should obey God rather than man! The prescription for this poison that has taken over the land is:

Please understand with wisdom: “Have confidence in your leader (President Obama) and submit to the elected desire of the people he was given authority, because he keep watch over you as the one who must give an account to God for his stewardship! Do this so that his work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.”

God has always provided an avenue of escape for people called by His name … and for those who have called upon Him for deliverance. It has been declared the God of deliverance. History has dictated that God’s people have always had an escape path charted for them, which would be an escape from all of their troubles. He is the same God yesterday as He is today.

My suggestion: Stop talking and start praying – go on those bended knees and give all the Powers-that-be to the great “I AM.”

This warfare in Washington is a bit much! There is nothing that man nor woman can do to convince the naysayers to do right … ah, but God has a way that is not likened unto man! We have tried all measures to be about the matters of truth, peace, and have sought to bring about constructive means. It’s strange that the rules that were set forth for justice and righteousness were set forth by those who now fight their own rules.

It’s going to take God to speak to the hearts of those who under the cloth of politics are truly – blatant racist! Watch God Move and Not Man!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is President of Probation Challenge.org – The Truth Network

For Radio – Television – Challenge Magazine go to: WWW.ProbationChallenge.org

Contact: mrheb@aol.com

Written for Copyline Magazine.

Sing a Song of Yellowstone: Powerful new poetry book showcases scenery & beauty of Yellowstone National Park

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Written by Otium Hone, the compelling new book of poetic verse transports readers to Yellowstone itself and captures the legendary powerful emotions that many find hard to describe. Evoking bold memories for those who have been there and providing a vivid insight for those who have not, ‘Sing a Song of Yellowstone’ depicts all that is great about America’s favorite National Park.

Straddling Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, Yellowstone National Park has made millions stand still due to its power and awe-inspiring beauty. However, while many will never get to visit Yellowstone, a compelling new book of poetry and watercolor images can transport them to the heart of the National Park on a whim.

‘Sing a Song of Yellowstone’ is the work of Otium Hone. Based on the Romantic poetry of yesteryear, Hone’s work is resonating with readers around the world.

Synopsis:

The pristine landscape of Yellowstone National Park has left generations of visitors from all over the world filled with wonder.

In a captivating new poem, Otium Hone delivers a breathtaking perspective that reminds us all how beautiful our world is.

As the author explains, his work is based heavily on emotion and heartfelt passion.

“Yellowstone National Park evokes certain feelings in people that are hard to describe,” says Hone. “This book harnesses those feelings, puts them into words, and then gives them back to the people.”

Critics praise the author for the diligent attempts he has taken to capture all that is great about the area. However, for Hone, it’s a vital opportunity to give readers something new.

“It’s quite rare for poetry and imagery to be exclusively based on and inspired by a National Park. My book will make readers feel as if they are actually there; something every poet hopes to achieve with their writing,” he adds.

With the book’s popularity expected to rapidly increase, interested readers are urged to purchase their copies as soon as possible.

‘Sing a Song of Yellowstone’, published by CreateSpace, is available now: http://amzn.to/1eioaP4.

For more information, visit the author’s official website: http://www.otiumhone.com.

About the Author:

Otium Hone was born in California and grew up in New England.  While traveling the world he managed to acquire a few college degrees, but has done very little with them since.  His writing is informed by the books he’s read over the years, and by his travels throughout America, England, and other parts of Europe.  He currently lives under a rock.

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