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Topinka: Court has ruled, paycheck processing to begin

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Comptroller instructs staff to process payments for lawmakers

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka made the following statement Thursday in response to the Court’s ruling to restore compensation for lawmakers:

“In light of today’s Court ruling, I have instructed my staff to begin processing salary payments for Illinois lawmakers. I have consistently said action was required by the General Assembly or the Court to authorize restoration of those payments. That has now occurred, and the Comptroller’s Office will comply. Processing of paychecks for August, September and October begins today.”

Editor’s Note:

In July 2013, Governor Pat Quinn in his line-item veto withheld legislators’ salaries ($13.8 million) from the state budget until legislators take action to overhaul the government worker pension system crisis. Subsequently, Quinn was sued by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, calling the governor’s action unconstitutional, and asking the judge to order that paychecks be issued.

Poverty Rate Holding Steady, But Fewer Children Uninsured

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Poverty Rate Holding Steady, But Fewer Children Uninsured

New America Media
By Anna Challet

While poverty remains at historically high levels, the percentage of people in the United States – especially children – who lack health insurance is declining, according to new data released by the Census Bureau.

“The big changes are in health insurance,” said David S. Johnson, the chief of the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division of the Census Bureau, in a teleconference last week presenting the agency’s most recent findings on poverty and health insurance. He said that the drop in the number of people who are uninsured is the “most significant change” from 2011 to 2012.

Johnson attributed the change to an increase in coverage by public health insurance programs, including both Medicaid and Medicare. Nearly one in three people in the United States now relies on government programs for coverage. The rate has increased every year for the past six years.

The poverty rate remains 15 percent nationally, or over 46 million people – the same number as in 2011, and up from 37 million in 2007 (the year before the recession began). For children, the rate is higher, at 21.8 percent. African American and Latino children fare the worst, with poverty rates of 37.9 and 33.8 percent, respectively.

People living in poverty are defined as those whose household income is below the federal poverty level; in 2012, the FPL was just over $23,000 a year for a family of four.

“The child poverty rate in our country is still so painfully high. One in five children is living in poverty,” says Dinah Wiley, a senior research fellow at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families. “The good news is that more children have health insurance in 2012 than in 2011.”

The rate of children who are uninsured fell from 9.4 percent in 2011 to 8.9 percent in 2012, which represents about 400,000 children gaining insurance.

For children living in poverty, the rate of those who are uninsured is 12.9 percent, as opposed to 7.7 percent for those living above the poverty level.

The percentage of the general population that lacks health insurance dropped for the second consecutive year, from 15.7 percent to 15.4 percent, or from 48.6 million people to 48 million people.

Wiley says “it’s a shame” that many of the remaining uninsured children nationwide are actually eligible for public programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

A study released last week, conducted by the Urban Institute for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that as of 2011, 4 million children were eligible for public health insurance programs but not enrolled.

While that number represents a decline from nearly 5 million, which occurred between 2008 and 2011, over a third of the remaining 4 million who are eligible but not enrolled live in just three states – California, Texas, and Florida.

Wiley says that states with high numbers of uninsured children need to “put out the welcome mat” in terms of their public health insurance programs, and that “outreach and simplification of the enrollment process” are the main strategies for doing so.

Additionally, she says that one of the most important measures states can take to increase the rate of children and families who are insured is to accept the federal dollars being offered to expand Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act. Texas and Florida have both rejected Medicaid expansion.

Kelly Hardy, Director of Health Policy at Children Now in California, attributes the decrease in the rate of uninsured children to greater efforts within the context of the Affordable Care Act to enroll and retain children in coverage.

Hardy points out that in California, when the transition of children out of the Healthy Families Program (California’s CHIP, which is being eliminated) and into the Medi-Cal program is complete at the end of this year, nearly one in two children in the state will be enrolled in Medi-Cal.

She agrees with Wiley that there’s more work to be done in closing the coverage gap for kids. She notes, as Wiley does, that children are more likely to be insured if their parents are insured, and is optimistic because more adults will be required to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“I’m hopeful that as we reach October 1 [the start of open enrollment] and January 1 [when coverage under the ACA begins], there will be even more positive buzz around health care and that more parents will be enrolled, which means more children will be enrolled,” she says.

Are Standardized Tests Culturally Bias?

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CHICAGO, IL – Could one reason explain the disparity in test scores? Cultural bias. Did Columbus really discover America? Did Abraham Lincoln really free the slaves? Was Hippocrates the father of medicine? Are there really 7 continents? What was Washington’s first name? What color are bananas? Why do we compare middle -income white students in affluent schools with low-income Black students in poverty schools? Why don’t we compare the best white students to Black students in high achieving schools or those being homeschooled?

Anyone involved in authentic, respectful education of African American children during the last 30 years can testify to Asa Hilliard’s brilliance. His regard for African-centered ways of examining and communicating about education was like the West African Sankofa: he saw in front and behind
simultaneously, deeply pursuing the best interests of African American families and children, and sharing his messages in books, articles and speeches. Asa: Honoring His Life and Work looks at what today’s generations need to do to carry forward his mission.
Co-Editors Itihari Toure and James Young-esteemed scholar-professors at universities in Atlanta have gathered the views of four other contributors from the fields of social work, social policy, theology and education: Chike Akua, Charlyne Harper Browne, Sarita Davis and Mark Lomax. Their chapters’ range and breadthgive readers a unique opportunity to delve into principles and practices by which Hilliard demonstrated scholarship and leadership.
Readers will find highly relevant topics, including: standardized testing; valuing a collective stance toward young children; supporting family life when approaching parents; and the fundamental, often overlooked psychology of esteeming African culture and history every single day. Co-editor Toure calls this “The Asafication of educational excellence [which] is a signal that some Africans take seriously our responsibility for intergenerational social transmission, for raising our own children, and for continuing to raise us as a people. We acknowledge the ancient African foundations of deep thought and deep spirituality from which our excellent practices sprang, and from which further development is possible.”
Scholars of education, social policy and theology will find a wealth of discussion points in this book, as will administrators, teachers, psychologists and social workers dedicated to the challenge of bridging gaps between idealism and reality. There are also those for whom Asa: Honoring His Life and Work might reinforce the idea that when we uplift all children’s futures, we make all families’ prospects doable.
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Interfaith Coalition calls on Alderman Fioretti to use TIF funds to install costly water meters

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Alderman vows to fund revenue venue to aid clergy

By Chinta Strausberg

In an effort to help Chicago religious leaders to abide by a city ordinance to install water meters in their houses of worship, Elder Kevin Anthony Ford Thursday called on Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) to see if the city will allow part of the $1.7 billion Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to be used to defray their costs.

Ford made the announcement during the weekly meeting of the Interfaith Coalition to Restore the Water Fee Exemption for Religious Institutions held at Saint Sabina Church where clergy are working with the city and the faith and community-based organizations for a restoration of water fee exemptions.

“We are asking Ald. Fioretti to explore opportunities or avenues to access TIF dollars to assist non-profits in the city of Chicago to help them with the installation of water meters and their vault issues,” said Ford explaining the cost range from $200 to thousands of dollars…$10,000 for some with more complicated installations with the abatement of asbestos,” said

“There could be a number of complications which is why we are asking the city of Chicago to assist with the identification of TIF dollars to help non-profits in the city that are under burdened already because of the financial straits that any of them find themselves in,” said Ford.

When contacted, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) said he is looking for a “global solution” in seeking funds that would help religious leaders defray the cost of installing meters as required by city ordinance.

Fioretti doesn’t think this administration would go along with using the TIF funds to help pay the cost of installing the meters for the ministers “even though they have given private institutions like DePaul $55 million,” said Fioretti.

“I will look at other avenues that we could approach because this has been going on for to long. Our non-for-profits, which have a halo effect” in its services are seriously impacted by these water bills religious leaders say will force them to cut back on providing social services. “We need to find ways to deal with this situation and find a solution,” said Fioretti.

But, Fioretti isn’t the only one determined to help the religious leaders. “I met with Jorge Ramirez, the president of the Chicago Federation of Labor and Tom Villanova, head of the Chicago Building Trades who are reviewing this matter to determine if financial relief can be secured for non-profits that are suffering hardship due to the mandatory meter installation,” said Elder Ford. “I am deeply elated that they are reviewing this matter.”

Explaining, Ford said, “There is an estimated cost of $10,000 to install each meter. There are 140 meters to be installed; so this would be a substantial savings otherwise they would have to take these funds from the operating budgets causing severe deficits.”

While coalition negotiations continues, there have been some small but significant victories like that of Rev. C.J. Wright, Sr., pastor of the Christ Lutheran Church and School, whose water bill went down to $5,000 from $28,000.

“We are headed for success,” Ford told the coalition. “I am waiting to put the victory flag on top of this mountain and then we can move forward.” He is hoping that the interfaith coalition remains as a viable body on other social issues once they have successfully concluded the water exemption battle. “Don’t give up. Don’t give in.”

Jerry Rankins, the chaplain for the Coalition of Black Trade Unions and a business agent for the International Brotherhood Election Workers, Local 21, said, “When we heard about this, we found it to be essential to be a part of this because an attack on the face base is a direct affect on the people who attend” those houses of worship.

“It is unacceptable that the mayor or anyone else would conceive that it would be OK to try to earmark money taken away from the churches and other non-for-profit people who serve in our community for jobs. It’s inconceivable. We saw it as another component to divide us,” said Rankins. “We had to get involved to get at and make clear that there are more fundamental ways of meeting the needs of the people while at the same time holding these corporations accountable….”

Geneva Kennedy, with the Franciscan Outreach Association who is working with the Interfaith Coalition Water Conservation Committee, has been working with the city on the water application which she says have been approved and that they are waiting for them to be printed.

“We have a verbal agreement from the city that the net assets would exclude properties but that verbal agreement is supposed to come in the a written format in the application which is so important for us to see this document,” she stated.

One of the ministers fielding questions about the water issue was Pastor David Ballard, Sun Rise Full Gospel, 6159 So. Aberdeen, who has a hole in his church. He had a contractor come in to find the main water line. He is waiting for the city to release the meter. Ballard said the city says he owes about $4,000 as of 2013. “I want the city to let me know what I do to release my meter so my contractor can install it. What ever I need to pay, just let me know.”

The Coalition voted to approve Andrew Tucker, retired assistant commissioner for the Department of Water Management for 31-years, to find out the status of Pastor Ballard’s request as well as more than 5,000 religious leaders who have questions about the mandatory installation of meters or their exorbitant water bills.

Derrick Harris, a member of the Interfaith Coalition Water Conservation and the Technical Assistance Committees, voiced concern that there was not a clarification on how the churches and organizations that are experiencing financial hardships will be dealt with. He thought the comptroller is the one to mitigate these concerns.

“And, it was my understanding that any indebtedness that is owed before a meter can be installed, 25 percent had to be paid,” he said explaining his concerns were deferred to the Water Conservation Committee for further study.

Pastor Michael Eaddy, who heads the Peoples Church of the Harvest, made his position clear on the coalition and its efforts to secure a restoration of water fee exemptions for the churches. “I am in total support of all of the efforts of the Interfaith Coalition and highly esteem of the leadership of Elder Ford has provided this coalition and Jimmy M. Lago, former chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago.”

Before the meeting ended, Rev. Wright presented an appreciation award to Elder Lafayette McGary, pastor of the Reaching Out Ministries Church of God in Christ, 1950 So. St. Loomis, for being his church’s 122nd year anniversary guest speaker. “We have touched three different centuries…since 1891…,” said Wright.

In accepting the award, McGary said, “It caught me by surprised but this is what happens when you do the work of God.  I’m thankful,” he said. McGary spoke at Wright’s Church on September 15th on the topic entitled, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”

The next coalition meeting will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at the New Home Baptist Church, 4804 West Polk Street, headed by Pastor Mack McCollum.

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.

Simon urges civic engagement while speaking at Wittenberg University Leadership Luncheon

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SPRINGFIELD, OHIO – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon returned to her alma mater, Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, on Wednesday to encourage civic involvement, promote Illinois and discuss the important role of women in government as the keynote speaker at the university’s second annual Women in Leadership Luncheon.

“Whether in Springfield, Illinois or Springfield, Ohio, we need more strong and smart female leaders to ensure all our voices are heard,” Simon said. “Women leaders broaden the debate and help advocate for people who may otherwise be forgotten.”

At the Women in Leadership Luncheon, Simon addressed a large crowd of leaders from across the campus, community and Ohio. Following the event, Simon visited an urban politics class, fielded questions, discussed Illinois government and her office’s duties.

As lieutenant governor, Simon has acted as the governor’s point person on education reform and is leading efforts to increase college completion, inspire ethical government, protect military bases from closure, improve services in rural areas, advocate for survivors of abuse and keep waterways clean and safe.

While at Wittenberg, Simon was an All-American high jumper as well as president of the Student Senate, the university’s student governing body. She was also the recipient of the prestigious M. Alice Geiger Award for outstanding contributions to the university community. Simon graduated summa cum laude and received a coveted NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1983.

The Women in Leadership Luncheon was held in the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning at 737 N. Fountain Ave. in Springfield, Ohio.

Secretary of State Jesse White Hosts “Preserving Their Memories”

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A Celebration of the Illinois Veterans’ History Project

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White hosted a ceremony in Springfield commemorating the success of the Illinois Veterans’ History Project. White initiated the project in 2005 to provide a permanent database of information from Illinois war veterans, their families and civilians to document their wartime experiences.

“Today, I am proud to acknowledge the more than 6,500 people who have submitted their stories to the project,” said White. “The Illinois Veterans’ History Project provides an eternal place to honor our country and our veterans, and serves as a reminder of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

White served as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, a member of the Illinois National Guard and a reservist. Last year, White recorded an oral history interview of his own memories to be added to the Veterans’ History Project, available on the project’s YoutTube channel.

The ceremony also recognized an ongoing partnership between the Veterans’ History Project, the Department of Illinois Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Illinois Court Reporters Association. The DAV arranged for numerous veterans to be interviewed. Volunteer court reporters transcribed the interviews.

“With the use of technology, my office has been able to share over 130 personal history videos via the Internet,” said White. “It is my hope that their contributions will live on and their experiences will not be forgotten.”

Approximately 90 vets and 6 court reporters attended the ceremony. White recognized Erica Borggren, director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Deborah Cohen-Rojas, Illinois Court Reporters Association and Eric Huckaby with the Department of Illinois DAV, for their members’ contributions to the success of the Veterans’ History Project.

Also taking part in the ceremony were members of the Macon County Honor Guard and the Glenwood High School Titan Fever Show Choir from Chatham.

For more information about the Illinois Veterans’ History Project, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/public/veteransproject.html. Interviews and written stories are stored in the Illinois Digital Archives at www.idaillinois.org. To view the oral history interviews, visit the Illinois Veterans’ History Project YouTube channel.

Keymáh makes history and Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Debut!

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – Actress T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh will join more than one hundred fellow HistoryMakers across the country for the fourth annual Back-to-School with the HistoryMakers.  On Friday, September 27, Principal Jeremy McDavis will welcome Keymáh and journalist / best selling author Sylvester Monroe to Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. The HistoryMakers’ theme again this year is ‘Commit.’ Participating students will be asked to commit to living their lives with positive purpose. In 2010, Keymáh participated in the HistoryMakers’ inaugural back-to-school program at Pearl Cohn High School in Nashville. In 2011, she spoke at her alma mater, St. Sabina Academy in Chicago, and last year at Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy during a trip to Atlanta for her induction into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

On Friday, October 4 at 10pm and Saturday, October 5 at 2pm, Keymáh will perform in Stage Aurora’s Darryl Reuben Hall’s Frat House, during the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. Based on the parable of the prodigal son and with soul music and soulful stepping, Frat House is the story of a Pastor’s son who joins a college fraternity against his father’s advice. Tony Award winner Melba Moore, and Broadway performer Darryl Reuben Hall will also star. Shows are on the main stage of The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive in Decatur, GA, 650-440-PLAY. Keymáh performed in Stage Aurora’s Jacksonville, FL productions of Black to My Roots and Miss Evers’ Boys. A regular at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem NC, which she Co-Chaired in 2011, Keymáh will be performing at the Atlanta festival for the first time. “I love Atlanta,” she says “and can’t wait to perform there again!”

Last seen as Dr. Blair Riley in BET’s top rated Let’s Stay Together, Keymáh recently signed with The Polygon Group Talent Agency (Karim Muhammad). The Burbank, California based company will represent Keymáh for Film and Television.

T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh is known worldwide as a series regular on Fox’s Emmy award-winning In Living Color, CBS’ hit, COSBY, and Disney’s That’s So Raven, and has received acclaim for her self-penned solo shows, Some of My Best Friends and Don’t Get Me Started, and her variety show, T’Keyah Live! She directed the world premiere of the stage production Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole and is the author of the popular coffee table book, Natural Woman / Natural Hair.

Free Concert Spotlights Black Composers

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The Music Institute of Chicago is offering free lunchtime concerts and conversation one Wednesday per month. Lunch is available for purchase from the Pret A Manger Kiosk, and free coffee will be served.

Soprano Rae-Myra Hilliard and pianist Louise Chan perform excerpts from “Seasons Change: Music Written by Black American Composers.” The program includes Nightsongs by H. Leslie Adams, Beyond the Rim of Day by Hale Smith, and Three Songs of Adieu by Norman Dello Joio.
Name of Presenter: Music Institute of Chicago
Performance: Free Faculty Lunchtime Concerts: Rae-Myra Hilliard, soprano, and Louise Chan, piano
Day/Date/Time: Wednesday, October 23, 12:15–1 p.m.
Location: Music Institute of Chicago Black Box Theater, 1702 Sherman Ave., Evanston
Admission: FREE
Information: musicinst.org or 847.905.1500

Practicing What We Preach: Our New Home on the Hill

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO of national Urban League

Hallmarks of any sustainable organization are its ability to evolve to meet the needs of changing times and to lead by example.

So, I am proud to make two announcements. First, the National Urban League Policy Institute has been officially renamed as the National Urban League Washington Bureau to more effectively capture the evolution of its work and its role in advancing the mission of the Urban League Movement.

Second, last week the Washington Bureau, led by Senior Vice President and Executive Director Chanelle Hardy and its talented team of experienced professionals, moved to its new home in the appropriately named Progression Place in the historic Shaw district in Washington, D.C. Shaw, like many parts of D.C., is undergoing a significant transformation led, in part, by the new Progression Place office building, restaurants and housing. We determined that it was critical to demonstrate our commitment to empowering the community by participating in its revitalization. Therefore, rather than perpetually leasing space, we decided to establish permanent roots in the community we serve.

For more than 50 years, the National Urban League has had a presence in our nation’s capital – building a direct relationship with the federal government and ensuring that the Urban League actively advocates for legislation on the issues and challenges most impacting urban communities. As our policy, advocacy and research arm, The Washington Bureau represents our 95 affiliates on Capitol Hill and before federal agencies and has made a tremendous impact on helping to facilitate economic empowerment and civil rights progress in our nation.

Together, the National Urban League, our Washington Bureau and the Urban League Movement stand poised to serve more and empower more as we continue our work as a “do-tank”  in Washington, D.C. and beyond – leading the discussions, crafting the policies and providing the direct services that help urban communities across America grow and thrive.

Boeing ranks No. 1 in NSBE Annual Employer Preference Survey

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Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) — For the second consecutive year, The Boeing Company tops the National Society of Black Engineers’ Annual Employer Preference (“NSBE 50”) Survey. As in previous years, collegiate members of NSBE reported the organizations where they would most like to work, and the information is compiled in the 2013 NSBE 50.

Although the NSBE 50 has been relatively stable since 2012, there were some notable changes this year. The Boeing Company maintained the No.1 spot, while Google pulled ahead of Apple to claim No. 2. The top 10 remained relatively unchanged: NASA moved up to 5, while GE fell from fifth to seventh place.

“Boeing is honored to be named the top employer by NSBE members, and we see the recognition as a testament to the outstanding work our collective  team has done to engage with the organization,” said Jim Wigfall, Boeing’s Shared Services Group business support vice president and the NSBE executive sponsor for Boeing. “Having both the student and professional NSBE members identify Boeing as the company they aspire to work for shows how our company continues to inspire generations of engineers who see Boeing as a great place to work, and want to help shape the present and future of aerospace.”

“Boeing reigns supreme because of their very aggressive tactics of recruiting,” said Carl B. Mack, executive director of NSBE. “Boeing is changing the game because they bring an army to recruit and they offer jobs on the spot at the NSBE Annual Convention, which is held each year in March.”

“When people with diverse backgrounds and problem-solving approaches work together to tackle our technical challenges, we know we’ll get the best possible solutions. That’s why we at Boeing see a strong link between having a diverse, inclusive workforce and fortifying our stature as a global leader in technology and innovation,” said John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president of Engineering, Operations & Technology.

Mack added: “Google dethroning Apple is not a surprise, as we see changes in the consumer marketplace. And we now see that Google has enhanced its partnership with NSBE by joining our Board of Corporate Affiliates and hosting special events within our engineering community.”

Continuing the trend from 2012, government and military employers increased in popularity with engineering students. The U.S. Navy rose more than 15 spots, from 46 in 2012 to 29 this year, while the National Institutes of Health made an appearance in the NSBE 50 at No. 49, up from No. 76 in 2012.

For the first time, NSBE also asked its Professional members where they would most like to work, and the results of that survey were slightly different from the collegiate survey results. As expected, NSBE members’ opinions about employers change as they enter the world of full-time work and learn more about workplaces from their friends and coworkers.

The findings of the NSBE 50 have the potential to point employers to new recruiting and marketing directions. For a full listing as well as rankings by gender and region, please visit www.nsbe.org/nsbe50, or get a copy of the Fall issue of NSBE Magazine at www.nsbe.org.

During the registration process, NSBE members are asked to identify their top three prospective employers. Organizations listed as first choice are awarded three points, second choice organizations are awarded two points, and third choices are awarded one point. The points for each employer are tallied and ranked accordingly. The 50 organizations with the most points are included in the NSBE 50. NSBE 50 rankings were received from approximately 4,600 NSBE collegiate engineering members and more than 1,500 NSBE Professional members.

About NSBE
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with a membership of more than 30,000, is one of the nation’s largest student-governed organizations. NSBE was founded in 1975 and is the premier organization serving African Americans in engineering and technology. With more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of college and pre-college students and technical professionals. For more details, visit www.nsbe.org


1 The Boeing Company
2 Google
3 Apple
4 Exxon Mobil Corporation
6 Chevron Corporation
7 GE
8 Microsoft Corporation
9 Lockheed Martin Corporation
10 BP
11 Intel Corporation
12 Shell
13 BMW
14 IBM Corporation
15 Procter & Gamble
16 Disney
17 General Motors
18 U.S. Department of Defense
19 Central Intelligence Agency
20 Cisco Systems, Inc.
21 Johnson & Johnson
22 Sony
23 Schlumberger
24 AT&T
25 Turner Construction Company
26 The Dow Chemical Company
27 Northrop Grumman Corporation
28 Nike
29 United States Navy (+)
30 Caterpillar, Inc.
31 United States Army
32 Baker Hughes Incorporated
33 EA Games
34 Raytheon Company
35 Air Force Research Laboratory
36 Toyota
37 Accenture
38 Mercedes-Benz (+)
39 Federal Bureau of Investigation
40 3M (-)
41 Siemens (-)
42 Dell Inc.
43 Ford Motor Company
44 Bechtel Corporation
45 The Coca Cola Company (+)
46 CH2M Hill
47 ConocoPhillips Company
48 United Technologies Corporation
49 National Institutes of Health (+)
50 Boston Scientific Corporation

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