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$100 million plan to educate Black America

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Leveraging the power of social media through Facebook and Twitter, Educate Black America is an important Internet site for opportunity and prosperity. Everyone with access to a computer can be included by liking and sharing Educate Black America on Facebook, following Educate Black America on Twitter, by joining the ABC Club from the Educate Black America web site at www.am-blk-coll.com, and emailing them at mindsandmoney@usa.net.

Supporters linked to the Educate Black America Network can now receive immediate notification of scholarship awards and availability, as well as employment and intern opportunities. Their mission is to strengthen Black America by raising the bar on educational attainment on all levels, provide a significant new source of funding for scholarships and provide a foundation for individual and collective economic prosperity. The Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the web site provide full details.

Their success will depend on supporters using their online purchases from the Educate Black America Shopping site, www.am-blk-coll.com, to generate millions of dollars in scholarships for Black Higher Education. Leveraging the economic power of Black spending overcame racial discrimination in the South in the 50s. That same determination and focus plus the support of other can revolutionize and strengthen the ability of deserving students to achieve their educational dreams. These scholarship funds come from the money people spend while contributions to the United Negro College fund and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund come from charitable donations. Educate Black America funds are a new source of education funding separate and independent of these two fine philanthropic organizations.

Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, noted human and civil rights advocate, said, as national spokesperson for Educate Black America, that, “Educating Black America is something we must do, can do, and should do.” Since 1988, Educate Black America (formerly known as America’s Black Collegians) has generated millions of dollars in financial support of Black Higher Education.

If everybody does their part and their share, the TRILLION DOLLARS spent by consumers and businesses in Black America and other supporters of Black Higher Education can generate a $100 Million fund. The funds will be available to underwrite scholarships that include K-12, college, post secondary trade and career, distance learning, as well as management and professional studies.

“The goal will be met if a penny out of every $100 spent can be leveraged through the Educate Black America initiative”, according to Alvin J. Lee, founder and former Fortune 500 executive. “With a user base that includes over 10 million households, more than 750,000 businesses, and 50 million people, the $100 million annual goal is achievable when people take action and leverage their buying power through the Educate Black America Shopping site.”

To begin 2014, Educate Black America has created a $100,000 Challenge Award grant to be awarded in January based on online purchases between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

To make that happen people need to:

1. Join the Educate Black America Network through Facebook, Twitter, email or ABC Club
2. Shop from the Educate Black America Shopping page
3. Spread the word to all friends, family, and associates

“It’s all about the money and how it flows. When shoppers buy directly from retailers, the stores can maximize their profits as opposed to revenue sharing through partner marketing programs such as Educate Black America. In both cases, shoppers receive the same products, services, and prices. Educate Black America shoppers can choose from top American retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Macy’s, Walmart, Advance Auto and many more. Educate Black America Shopping has products and services for you, your house, your car, your family, your pets and your business.” For travel spending, Enterprise Car Rental, Expedia and Hotwire are part of EBA Travel. Full details are on the web site under EBA Travel.

For 2014, the program has been expanded with Appleseed offering an opportunity for people to participate and share in the scholarship awards and expansion of Educate Black America across the country. Appleseed is an exciting and innovative self-help development program that makes it possible for people, businesses, organizations, and nonprofits to earn cash and scholarship awards. ABC Ventures will be hiring marketing coordinators in local markets across the country to promote and support Educate Black America.

$100 Million in scholarships and hundreds of jobs in marketing and promotion are there and the stage has been set. The next step is up to everybody who feels education is the path to opportunity and prosperity.

About ABC Ventures
ABC Ventures, a Baltimore, MD corporate development group, is the management company for America’s Black Colleges Fund, Inc. The company, staffed by former Fortune 500 executives and managers, specializes in cause marketing initiatives that build corporate bottom line results and generate significant financial support of important social causes.

Photo Caption: Former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm at the National Press Club

NAACP Calls for DOJ Investigation into the Misconduct of the Miami Gardens Police Department

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MIAMI, FL – Yesterday, the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches and its Miami-Dade County Branch asked Attorney General Eric Holder to direct the Justice Department to act promptly to review the systemic pattern and practice of intimidation by officers of the Miami Gardens Police Department against African American residents in this community.

Many Miami Gardens residents have faced and continue to face harassment and misconduct carried out by the Miami Gardens Police Department. The police have made hundreds of apprehensions of innocent employees and customers of convenience stores for “trespassing.” This supposed “zero tolerance” initiative by the department has left the Miami Gardens community shaken and uncertain of whether the police are willing to protect them from actual criminals.

“The Miami Gardens Police Department must be prevented from implementing their Zero Tolerance Zone Initiative. We are requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene immediately to protect the rights of the residents of Miami Gardens,” stated Adora Obi Nweze, president of the NAACP Florida State Conference and the Miami Dade Branch.

Public records contain 27 video recordings from one store owner, Alex Saleh, who also filed a complaint with the internal affairs commander, Gary Smith. These recordings show police regularly questioning, frisking, and arresting people who not only have permission to be on the property, but also have not committed any crimes. This video archive documents what may be the most pervasive, most invasive, and most unjustified pattern of police harassment in the nation.

Absent federal oversight and intervention, the NAACP has no confidence that the Miami Gardens Police Department or other city officials will willingly conduct a complete and impartial investigation. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, the Florida State Conference NAACP has called upon Eric Holder to deploy personnel to Miami Gardens immediately to uncover all of the facts, determine whether federal laws have been violated, prosecute those responsible, and ensure that new procedures are implemented to prevent recurrences.

Lt. Gov. Simon pushes for remedial education reform at Education Commission of the States meeting

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DENVER – In an effort to improve college and career readiness in Illinois, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon on Tuesday participated in an Education Commission of the States (ECS) national steering committee meeting in Denver, Colorado, that reviewed state-level remedial education reporting standards and discussed the creation of national remediation standards.

The steering committee is charged with reviewing the results of a nationwide analysis of remedial education reporting policies, providing feedback on the data and recommending a uniform way to calculate remedial enrollment and completion. Currently, reporting metrics vary widely between states and even schools within states.

“Too many students in Illinois spend too much time and money on remedial courses in higher education,” Simon said. “But to fully understand and address those needs, we need to move toward consistent standards on participation and success. I am excited to engage leaders from across the country on how to effectively reform remediation education and achieve the Illinois college completion goal.”

Almost 60 percent of students entering the nation’s community colleges require some form of remediation in math, reading or English, according to an ECS report. Only about 15 percent of these students continue on to college-level work in one year, potentially leaving millions of adults without the means of attaining a livable wage. The study recommended better use of data and increased accountability to better serve students in need of remedial education.

In Illinois, 21 percent of students enrolled in community colleges took at least one remedial course in fiscal year 2012, and some campuses report up to 90 percent of students enroll in at least one remedial course. Recognizing that remedial math skills are the biggest academic barrier to college completion, Simon led efforts to launch the state’s first middle school and high school math curriculum this year.

The ECS remedial education steering committee is comprised of approximately 25 participants that will include education committee chairs, state higher education executive officers, chief state school officers, and national policy experts. Funded by Lumina Foundation, the meeting is being co-chaired by Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester, and Idaho Senate Education Committee Chair John Goedde.

Simon serves as the state’s point person on education reform. In this capacity, Simon is working to increase the proportion of working-age adults with college degrees or certificates to 60 percent by 2025.

“A Lesson from Nelson Mandela for Wells Fargo”

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A Lesson from Larger-Than-Life South African President Nelson Mandela that should guide Wells Fargo’s Value System

By Tammie Lang Campbell

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Let’s respect ourselves and demand it from others. Former South African President Mandela taught us about respect, honor and courage. When he was imprisoned for 27 years because of his fight against the apartheid government for racial inequality, he refused to allow his oppressors to take away his personal dignity and his right to be referred to and treated as a human being. Mr. Mandela would not allow the cruel realities of apartheid define him or his people as second-class, unworthy and unfit creatures. While incarcerated, he silently protested against degrading and demeaning names. He would only answer when he was referred to by his name, “Mr. Mandela or Mandela.” This great warrior for justice serves as a symbol for the fight against racial discrimination.

Mr. Mandela shaped the future of the world and continued the course for human dignity. As we mourn his death, we must remember and carry on his legacy by fighting for dignity and equality for all. Our duty to him and other great freedom fighters is to honor ourselves and others by not idly sitting while a fellow citizen is being persecuted.

That’s why when John Singletary of South Carolina recently sent me an SOS email requesting my help in exposing Wells Fargo’s South Carolina branch president along with another employee for using the n-word, I was moved to help him and his wife, Carla, share the brutal truth of how this evil and vulgar racial slur is used to dehumanized based on the hue of one’s skin.

Fighting for their dignity, respect and home, John and his wife, Carla Singletary, filed suit against Wells Fargo for illegally foreclosing on their home five years ago. During their investigation of Wells Fargo’s high percent of foreclosures on properties owned by African Americans and Latinos, they discovered that one of Wells Fargo’s South Carolina branch presidents and another executive had used the n-word. Upon further investigation, they learned that Mr. John G. Stumpf, Chairman, President and CEO, Wells Fargo & Company does not have any blacks on his executive team, which can be defined as structural racism. This has become the method to ensure subordination by race. It also makes one’s fight for racial justice long and excruciating.

Although a federal judge rejected Wells Fargo & Company’s bid to dismiss a U.S. government lawsuit accusing the nation’s largest mortgage lender, Wells Fargo, of fraud; the judicial system was not so favorable toward the Singletarys’ case, which was dismissed under a summary judgment.

One of the main lessons that Mr. Mandela taught us is that the battle for racial justice continues until we dismantle discrimination piece by piece, institution by institution. I can personally attest to this long battle for racial equality. In fact, John contacted me for help because of my 23 year anti-n-word fight that includes burying the racial slur ni**er in Pearland, Texas on CNN and being recently recognized for my anti-n-word initiative by Missouri City, Texas Mayor Allen Owen, retired senior vice president and Texas government liaison for Wells Fargo Bank of Texas. The most ironic thing about John contacting me along with Mayor Owen, is that he wasn’t aware that Mayor Owen bestowed this honor upon me because I had a come to Jesus talk with him about his insensitive racial remarks.

In honor of the great deeds that Mr. Mandela bestowed upon all, I’m appealing to you, Mr. John G. Stumpf, Chairman, President and CEO, Wells Fargo & Company. Please do not ignore our plea/prayer for justice for the Singletarys. Although it may be difficult for you to relate to the struggles of this black couple because you have no black executives on your team, I besiege you to close your eyes, become color blind and see them as the human beings they are.

Then, prayerfully you can advance by treating the Singletarys with the upmost respect and fairness in accordance with Wells Fargo’s value statement below.

Our priorities are how we bring our vision and values to life in today’s environment. By making progress in these areas, and being faithful to our vision and values, we can continue to earn the trust of our customers, help them succeed financially and be known as one of the world’s best companies.

Our values should guide every conversation we have, every decision we make, and every interaction we have among our team members and with our customers. Our values should anchor every product and service we provide and every channel we operate. If we can’t link what we do to one of our values, we should ask ourselves why we’re doing it. It’s that simple.” — Excerpts from Wells Fargo’s value statement

Mr. Stumpf, please know that we, Singletary and his family, concerned citizens and I, stand firm on President Mandela’s philosophy – “any man or institution that tries to rob me of my dignity will lose.” You cannot continue to profit from the minority community while robbing them of their American Dream. Every exposure of your unfair and discriminatory practices serves as the mean to dismantle your structural racism.

Tammie Lang Campbell is the founder/executive director of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation and a former branch president of NAACP. She has been working for 23 years to spread the word that ni**er is not in any person’s DNA. For more details, visit www.honeybrownhope.org

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not of CopyLine Magazine

Prosecutors secure 10-year sentence in Domestic Battery Case

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Man Attacked Victim Twice After Being Mistakenly Released from Cook County Jail

A domestic violence offender who was mistakenly released from Cook County Jail and then went on to attack the same victim on two separate occasions during his release from custody pled guilty to all charges today and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the Office of Cook County Anita Alvarez.

Steven Derkits, 31, of the 4400 block of South Talman in Chicago, pled guilty to Aggravated Battery and Attempted Murder and received a total sentence of 10 years.

According to prosecutors, Derkits and the victim had a prior dating relationship and lived together for more than three years when the first attack occurred July 9.  Derkits was charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer after becoming combative with police during his arrest. Derkits was jailed in connection with this attack and Cook County prosecutors increased those charges to felony offenses after the victim testified against Derkits in a preliminary hearing.  Derkits was then erroneously released July 30.  Almost immediately, he called the victim multiple times on her cell phone and made contact with her.

In the Aug. 17 attack, prosecutors said the victim was alone with Derkits in her apartment when he became violently upset with the victim because he believed she was cheating on him.  He then punched her in the face multiple times with his closed fists and took a lighted cigarette and burned the victim on her face and neck area in at least four different locations. The defendant then threatened to kill the victim and began choking her until she lost consciousness.  The victim suffered numerous injuries from the attack including a black eye, multiple cigarette burns and broken blood vessels in her left eye.

In the second attack on Aug. 20, prosecutors said Derkits attacked the victim on a public street near the corner of 47th Street and Sacramento Avenue on the South Side.  Prosecutors said Derkits again punched the victim several times in the face with a closed fist and then fled the area on foot.  Later that day Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officers responded to the victim’s apartment and took Derkits back into custody.

Derkits pled guilty before Judge Joseph Kazmierski during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Mikki Miller for her work on this case.

State Hosts 32nd Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging

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Department on Aging hosts a delegation from China to address global aging

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will host the Governor’s Conference on Aging, on December 11, 12 and 13, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown, 540 N. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago. Each year, IDoA hosts the conference which is considered the department’s largest statewide meeting of professionals who work in the field, as well as the most comprehensive training event for providers, who serve older adults. At this 32nd annual conference Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., will welcome a special delegation from the People’s Republic of China, who will participate in a panel discussion about global aging. Members of the Chinese delegation will discuss challenges facing its elderly population which is estimated to be more than 200 million adults age 60 and older; delegates will also learn about how Illinois structures its delivery of quality services in light of an ever-increasing demand. The panel discussion is set for Wednesday, December 11 during the morning intensives which begin at 9:00 a.m.

Conference highlights:

December 11

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – *conference intensives

*including a panel discussion with members from a Chinese delegation who will shed light the how the most populous republic on earth is handling its aging population and what it can learn not only from our nation but Illinois in particular.

1:00 p.m. – Opening General Session:

Keynote Speaker: John Michael Hall senior director of Medicaid Policy & Planning, of the

National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD)

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – conference intensives

December 12

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – concurrent sessions

December 13

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – concurrent sessions

12:15 p.m. – IDoA hosts awards luncheon to recognize advocates for their outstanding service to older adults.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chief of Cardiology to receive Prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award

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CHICAGO, IL – Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Chief of Cardiology, Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, is being honored with the prestigious Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA).  Dr. Yancy received his Eagle Scout award, the highest rank for Boy Scouts, in 1974 from Troop 391 of the Istrouma Area Council in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Along with his best high school friend, Dr. Yancy was one of the first African-American Eagle Scouts in Baton Rouge.

“I am deeply touched by this acknowledgment as a Distinguished Eagle Scout,” Yancy said. “Scouting was one of the glory periods in my life. I owe a lot to Scouting – who can forget, “leave a campsite better than you found it”; that has quietly become one of my life mantras- always leave a situation better than you found it. Still works.”

In addition to serving as Chief of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Yancy is a past president of the American Heart Association and has made significant contributions to the medical community through his research in heart failure, hypertension, heart transplantation, prevention, quality of care and health care disparities.

Jac A. Charlier, NESA Chicago Chairman said “Dr. Yancy’s achievements serve as an example to our communities’ youth of what can be achieved in life when they start with a strong foundation like Scouting.  Eagle Scouts are encouraged to live out the values they learned in Scouting so they can soar to new heights of service to others and community.”

Dr. Yancy’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award will be presented at the annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner hosted by NESA Chicago on Tuesday, January 7, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Feinberg Pavilion.   Each year, NESA Chicago hosts this dinner to celebrate and recognize the newest class of Eagle Scouts from the Chicago Area Council.  Adult Eagle Scouts and other supporters sponsor the new class of Eagles to attend.  Sponsorships start at $100 and can be purchased at www.NESAChicago.org/ESRD or by calling the council service center at 312-421-8800 ext. 263.

The last Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Chicago Area Council was presented to the late Steve Fossett, who received the award in 1998.

The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was implemented in 1969.  Since then, less than 2000 have been awarded out of the two million men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank.  The award recognizes individuals who, after receiving their Eagle Award at least 25 prior, have distinguished themselves in their career and have shared their talents with their communities on a voluntary basis.  Other notable persons who have received the award are: President Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Steven Spielberg and astronaut Neil Armstrong.

NESA Chicago, Chicago’s chapter of the National Eagle Scout Association, is a group of men in the Chicagoland area that achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as youth.  NESA Chicago’s goal is to promote camaraderie and networking among its members while also supporting Scouts and Scouting through NESA sponsored events and mentoring opportunities.  All Eagle Scouts are welcome to join.  To learn more, visit www.NESAChicago.org.

Chicago Area Council, Boy Scouts of America serves thousands of youth across the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs through traditional Scouting programs, Learning for Life and Exploring. The principle purpose of all Chicago Area Council programs are to instill positive values and prepare youth for life. To learn more, visit www.chicagobsa.org.

Renée Fleming – “The People’s Diva” – to be honored at Merit School of Music’s 35th Anniversary Gala, May 8, 2014 at the Palmer House

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CHICAGO, IL - Internationally-recognized soprano Renée Fleming – recent recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s first-ever Creative Consultant, and known as “the people’s diva” – will be the special honoree at Merit School of Music’s 35th Anniversary Gala, May 8, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago.

Tickets are $500. All proceeds benefit Merit School of Music and its mission to give children – especially children living in economically disadvantaged communities – the opportunity to grow through music. To reserve tickets, call Merit School of Music, 312. 267.4461.

“Merit School of Music is thrilled to salute four-time Grammy winner Renée Fleming for her outstanding leadership in supporting accessible, high-quality arts education in Chicago and nationwide,” said civic leader and Merit School of Music Life Trustee Judith A. Istock, who is co-chairing Merit’s Gala with fellow Life Trustee Richard L. Thomas, Chairman (Retired), First Chicago NBD Corp. “Not only is she one of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, Renée is making an incredibly significant contribution in Chicago – partnering with Merit to mentor our most talented music students, and helping train our next generation of  opera and musical theater stars.”

Since 2011, Fleming has spearheaded a collaboration between Lyric Opera of Chicago, where she is also a member of the Board and a Vice President, and Merit School of Music which has significantly expanded Merit’s vocal music curriculum. Due to Fleming’s efforts, 36 students in Merit’s Solo Voice Program, along with 332 other Merit students in the Tuition-free Conservatory, now have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Lyric Opera offerings, including attending performances, rehearsals, career days and pre-curtain presentations. Fleming also conducts periodic master classes at Merit and works with voice students, listening to their singing and offering advice and encouragement.

In addition to presenting Fleming with Merit’s Alice S. Pfaelzer Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, guests at Merit’s 35th Anniversary Gala will share in the success stories and be treated to live performances by Merit’s students and ensembles.

JPMorgan Chase also will be recognized with a 2014 Corporate Leadership Award for its continued work with Merit School of Music over the past 35 years.  Rounding out this special evening are a cocktail reception with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres, a delicious sit-down dinner, and the chance to dance late into the evening at an After Party hosted by the Merit Alumni Committee featuring live music performed by the Merit Honors Jazz Ensemble.

For more information about Merit’s 35th Anniversary Gala, contact Merit Director of Development Rita McLennon, 312.267.4461 or rmclennon@meritmusic.org, or visit meritmusic.org/support-merit.

About Merit School of Music

Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2013-2014, Merit School of Music is nationally recognized for providing accessible, high-quality music education to nearly 5,000 Chicago-area students.

Merit School of Music is devoted to giving children-especially children living in economically disadvantaged communities-the opportunity to grow through music. As part of Merit’s commitment to providing access to a high quality music education, substantial financial support is provided to young musicians through program subsidies, need-based tuition relief, low-cost instrument rental, and music supplies so that motivated students can participate in every program regardless of their economic circumstance.  The goal is to ensure that children, regardless of their family income, have access to high quality music education and all of its benefits in developing personally as well as musically.

To learn more about Merit’s music education programs, visit meritmusic.org or call 312.786.9428.

Photo Caption: Renée Fleming

Nelson Mandela and other strong black leaders called into eternity

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Where will blacks now stand with so few strong leaders left for warfare?

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Network

Our beloved Nelson Mandela, has been called into eternity to join ranks with other powerful black leaders who fought for matters of justice for all mankind!

Mr. Mandela, along with others diligent blacks, gave of their lives fighting for equal justice… on a not so level playing field. These precious black souls during the course of their lives were shouted down by those feeble minds who believed civil rights leaders were evil and evil-processed persons who didn’t know how to spell their names! History has always dictated that the then naysayer, now hypocritically cry hosanna regarding deceased heroes! This is deemed as an act of total disrespect!

Let us put matters into proper prospective: I hasten to point out that blacks were torn from the arms of the African motherland, where there they had great riches, built great pyramids, and had no less than brilliant minds. Blacks never invited themselves to come to the United States, but were beaten and ‘sold out’ by other blacks. However, it is remarkable to say that the then biological-genes for brilliance is still in the DNA, but lay dormant by reason of induced drugs and the misleading of youth by way of a planned faulty educational process!

Thank you Mr. Nelson Mandela, for the strength you displayed, for it was a great lesson to all of us in this generation and those yet to come. You’ve given understanding to the faint and power to the powerless. The gentle spirit was before the foundation of the world selected and ordained for a purpose.

I respectfully encourage blacks everywhere to look at this gentleman Nelson Mandela’s history as an example of truth and righteousness. Men, stand and take your rightful place as a warrior for justice. In doing so, let us return to our first love which is God, and in doing this we can recapture the hearts and souls of our lost yesterdays. The African American community still has a chance to swell its bowel to accommodate love, care and more understanding as to one another. And, with a heart of compassion…take back our youth by force from the arms of crime and drugs, and return them back into the clutches of their DNA which is laying dormant there… merely resting! Wake up people and build a new nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.  Mandela did it – and so can we!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President of Probation Challenge and The PCC Network

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Fireflies: Bold new book by Acclaimed Illustrator, Alberta Hutchinson, stunningly illustrates 253 Poems by Rabindranath Tagore

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Since 1877, the poems and short stories of Rabindranath Tagore have enriched the minds and souls of millions. Bringing his celebrated one-sentence poems to a modern audience, Alberta Hutchinson is delighted to announce a new fully-illustrated collection of all 253 verses

Gilbertsville, New York – Among many of his accolades, Rabindranath Tagore is perhaps best known as the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. With an abundance of poems, novels, short stories, dramas, paintings, drawings, and music to his name – Tagore has become synonymous with philosophical, political and spiritual elevation.

Celebrating 253 of his empowering one-sentence Fireflies poems, Alberta Hutchinson’s new book adds further allure to Tagore’s work by providing bold illustrations for each.

“This ‘Fireflies’ collection of Tagore’s inspired words is a treasure of the sweetest, most lofty jewels of experiencing life that one could ever find in one small book. What is different in this volume of his poetry is that the whole book is fully illustrated for the first time. It absolutely has to be seen to be experienced! No verbal description can get you anywhere near this book!!” says Hutchinson.

Continuing, “This is definitely a picture book of a detailed, highly elaborate nature that was years in the making. Each tiny poem is nestled underneath an instant intuitional vision caught and illustrated by the artist, and each whole unit of ‘word-picture’ is framed by an elaborate individual border to embrace that particular energy in a visual music to match Tagore’s verbal music!!”

The book, with a foreword by Professor of Philosophy and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Ashok Kumar Malhotra, is available in both black-and-white and color versions.

To date, reviews for the collection have been overwhelmingly positive.

“This book speaks directly to the soul. Its poems are concise yet beautifully eloquent. When I read them, I am re-awakened to an inner knowing of beauty and love and creative spirit. I am also reminded of the timelessness and constancy of truth. ‘Fireflies’ is a book to return to again and again,” says Jeauty, reviewing the book on Amazon.

Another reader, John, was equally as impressed. He comments, “Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. The poems flow together very cohesively. Tagore covers many different subjects. He speaks of innocence, nature, power, bigotry, freedom, death, and love. In short, Tagore writes about life.”

As a book that has to be seen to be believed, Hutchinson’s work is poised to be in high demand.

‘Fireflies’, published by Illume Writers & Artists, is available now: http://amzn.to/GVwTbR

About the Author:

Rabindranath Tagore is perhaps the most significant writer, poet and composer in the history of India. Fireflies is one of Tagore’s lesser known works, a collection of short poems, which has never before been fully illustrated.

About the Illustrator :

A prolific artist, poet and author, Alberta Hutchinson has created thousands of works including coloring books, illustrated books, a mandala series, design books, ornaments, portraits, quilts and fabrics, and has designed and built a meditation pagoda, “Lotus House.” Hutchinson’s design books include the popular Mystical Mandala Coloring Book, published by Dover Publications. Her other recent books include the novel, Step by Step (2011), an illustrated children’s book, The Orphan and the Christmas Tree (2011), an illustrated book of her own poems, Songs of Symmetry (2012) , and three coloring books for all ages from her Sacred Design Series (2014) .

Together, the Tagore-Hutchinson illustrated Fireflies is a monumental work.

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