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CHICAGO, IL – Probation Challenge will present “An African American History Celebration with Solutions’, Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 11:00 am, at Josephine Cooking, formerly called Captain Hard Times, 436 East 79th Street in Chicago. There will be a plea for the hearts of youth.

A much respected voice among youth and elders in the community, Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and president of the Probation Challenge organization, for more than 35-plus-years labored with the youth of Chicago, County of Cook and State of Illinois. The program emanated from the courtroom of the late Justice R. Eugene Pincham.

After 4-years of successful educational training from a courtroom in the criminal courts building, at the suggestion of the late Mayor Harold Washington who admired the program, Bailey moved the program to Olive-Harvey College campus. The program remained there for over 27-years without a hint of scandal. The program was “illegally” evicted after the death of Judge Pincham who mentored Bailey. The program is also under the ‘Illinois State Statue’ entitled ‘The Probation Challenge Act’. Probation Challenge is the first court mandated program of its kind in the country where clients are forced to help themselves through mandated education – school or jail!

During Bailey’s years of educating youth and returning them back into society as meaningful and productive persons, he earned the respect of thousands and has taught clients to hear and adhere to sound judgment! After the program was closed, youth scattered throughout the city causing havoc and brought about a high rate of recidivism.

Bailey, in noting the high ‘avoidable crime rate’ and acquainted with the ‘orchestrated drug influence’ in the community, decided to become vocal once again to those many youth that will listen and adhere to ‘sound and rational judgment.’  Bailey is not fearful of intimidation by his un-conventional moves – and is convinced that “God can move by His spirit regarding matters of peace if based on truth.” Bailey will take to the International Media Stage, which will be taped on February 12th and will later air on The PCC Internet Broadcast Network.

Said Bailey, “It is not for the love of money that I’m involved with the hearts and souls of youth, but on a spiritual mission that I’m compelled to accomplish.”

Without fanfare, Rev. Bailey served 23-years of his career with Probation Challenge under City Colleges of Chicago, without compensation. Bailey never ceased in his leadership, but has proved that love covers a multitude of false.

Bailey refuses to not give his best to the world in spiritual mentoring. He also reluctantly admits to using his retirement funds to keep the program afloat… and to demonstrate to youth the power of love.

Participants in the February 12th event are: Chinta Strausberg, Juanita Bratcher, John Davis, Geri Patterson, Maureen ‘Moe’ Forte’, Former Mayor Joe DuPar, Howard Saffold,  Randolph Stone, Josephine Wade, Eddie Thomas, Hubert C. Jackson, Marvin Forbish, Rev. A.J. Bailey, Jr., Marshall Thompson, Mitty Collier, Claudette Henderson, Rev. John Wesley Moore and Clarence McMillan. There will be prayers for troubled youth and for the United States.

Also, supporting Judges of Probation Challenge – Justice William Cousins, Jr., Judge Mary Maxwell Thomas and Federal Judge Blanche Manning are expected to participate.  Other Judges along with respected community leaders are also slated to attend.

‘The public is encouraged to attend. There is no cost for this event’

Please Note: The Media, (Print and Electronic) Industry is asked to participate in this serious effort to curb crime, drugs and violence! “This matter has been too long a prevalent issue in our City of Chicago, County of Cook and The State of Illinois” – Rev. Harold E. Bailey.

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