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Archive for October 22nd, 2014

“Juanita’s Perspectives”: African Americans Must Turnout in Numbers for the 2014 Midterm Elections

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on “Juanita’s Perspectives”: African Americans Must Turnout in Numbers for the 2014 Midterm Elections

By Juanita Bratcher

Author, Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine

 

There is strength in numbers and the whole idea should be that of defeating elected officials who want to take voting rights away, women rights away, try to derail immigration reform, against equal pay and in opposition to a  minimum wage increase, and whose extremist, incendiary voices seek to divide this country. They should not have the privilege of holding public office.

 

I’ve always advocated the importance of voting and of turning out at the polls on Election Day to participate in our democratic process. I am very familiar, as with others, the challenges and struggles that our black forefathers encountered in trying to get the right to vote in this country. It wasn’t an easy task, and many of those on the battle lines bled and died to get that right. And now we see Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislatures in several states across the country trying to take that right away under the disguise of voter fraud, which is absolute BS. It’s more about voter suppression than cleaning up voter fraud. According to many reports, voter fraud would barely make it to 1 on the Richter Scale, yet it is being used as a tool to take voters’ rights away through Voter ID laws, specifically from African Americans, other minority Americans, the old and young; those who would probably vote for Democrats. And they’re getting some assistance from the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of these Voter ID laws were passed after the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby County vs. Holder that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965, overturning key components.

As a Journalist now for more than 38 years, I have written innumerable articles pertaining to voters and the voting process – the good and the bad. I wrote a yet unreleased book on “Lest We Never Forget: The Power of the Ballot”, which traces the history of Blacks’ efforts in trying to get the right to vote.

Just recently, a Georgia official was sued by a coalition of civil rights organizations. The coalition sued the Georgia Secretary of State’s office over a backlog of 40,000 voter registration forms. They claim that the people who signed up names have yet to appear on the voter rolls.

It reminded me of excerpts from my book, “Lest We Never Forget: The Power of the Ballot” that was similar to what the Georgia official is accused of:

“During voter registration drives in Alabama, when Blacks showed up at the registrar’s office to register, registrars would conduct slowdown days to frustrate or delay their efforts, but registration was at high peak on days that Whites registered to vote,” the book pointed out.

“The tests were very difficult, and administered by unsympathetic Whites, some of which couldn’t pass the test themselves. And while some registrars assisted Whites in filling out lengthy and difficult application forms, they did not extend that same courtesy to Blacks. In some places, the application form for Blacks was a different color from that of Whites. Forms from Whites were processed; forms from Blacks were not.

“After getting the right to vote, Blacks still faced many other obstacles, including literacy tests and poll taxes. In some states, they were required to read and interpret complicated sections of the Constitution. It was a practice in South Carolina. Blacks had to interpret the Constitution before they were allowed to vote, and many of them could not read or write. And if one cannot read or write, how can one be able to interpret anything?”

On Fox News “Fox and Friends” last month, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck proposed passing a test in order to be allowed to vote. Was that for scare? A fear tactic? Can she pass a voting test if presented to her? Many times it is not what should be done but that fairness prevails in the overall process. Although I am totally against tests in order to vote, if such a thing happens just make sure everyone has to pass a test and not by a selection process of who does and who doesn’t.

There’s power in the ballot and power in the people who use it:

Voting is a privilege

Voting gives people a choice

Voting gives power to the people who use it

Voting is political power

It is of utmost importance that African-Americans understand the meaning of political power, political empowerment, and at the same time, keep a vigilant eye on what is happening politically in our country. It is also important that we always exercise our right to vote at the polls on Election Day and let our voices be heard through the ballot box.

That said, I urge all to go out and vote, without hesitation; not only during this midterm election but in all elections.

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 38 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

 

Shropshire University Adds Online Graduate Degree in Multicultural Relations, Among Others

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Shropshire University Adds Online Graduate Degree in Multicultural Relations, Among Others


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — With the demand for quality affordable education increasing, Shropshire University, a new online university, adds 5 Graduate Programs to its more than 120 courses. Applications open in late October, 2014.

Founded by Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire, former Dean at University of California Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University and strategic advisor to over 350 colleges including Harvard and Georgetown, Shropshire opened the all-online University with the goal of higher education being accessible to all students.

Tuition includes installment plans which require no student loans, professional mentors and academic advisors who are committed to the success of every student. Shropshire University’s curriculum is taught by highly-qualified professors with extensive academic and professional backgrounds in the respective concentrations they teach. Its a must that we create a productive transition from learning in the classroom to practical career advancement, explains Shropshire.

BA programs include: Nursing, Criminal Justice, Global Business Management, Psychology, Health Administration, Multicultural Relations, Information Technology, English and Creative Writing, Educational Leadership, and Philosophy and Critical Analysis. MA Programs include: Business Management, Criminal Justice, Psychology, International Studies and Multicultural Relations.

For more information, candidates are encouraged to visit www.shropshire.university or send an e-mail to inquiry@shropshire.university,

Photo Caption: Information Session at Shropshire University


Preckwinkle Appoints New Leadership for Bureau of Administration, Justice Advisory Council

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Preckwinkle Appoints New Leadership for Bureau of Administration, Justice Advisory Council

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced the appointment of Martha A. Martinez as Chief Administrative Officer and Lanetta Haynes Turner as Executive Director of the Justice Advisory Council.  Both Martinez and Turner are well equipped for the tasks they are assuming, with years of relevant experience, Preckwinkle said.

“In filling these two positions, I wanted people who could step in and immediately deliver results,” Preckwinkle said. “County residents can be assured that both Martha and Lanetta are well prepared for their new tasks and are committed to pursuing our priorities of an efficient, effective government that responds to and meets the needs of our citizens.”

Martha A. Martinez has worked for Cook County in various capacities since 1986. She started as a training coordinator in the Human Resources Department, where she also served as disability affairs coordinator. In 1992, she moved to the Chief Administrative Office, becoming First Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer in 1998. In 2008 she was appointed Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, also serving a stint as Acting Chief Administrative Officer from December 2012 to August 2013. In the latter role, she expanded the duties of the Bureau of Administration by creating a Records Management Division and oversaw the launch of the County’s Shared Fleet program.

Martinez, a Lincolnwood resident, is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. She is President Preckwinkle’s representative on the following boards: Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago, the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA), and the Cook County Local Records Commission, which she chairs.

The Chief Administrative Office, with a budget of approximately $56 million, coordinates the activities of and oversees a number of County departments and support functions including: Adoption and Child Custody Advocacy, Animal and Rabies Control, Child Support Compliance Enforcement, Environmental Control, Medical Examiner’s office, Transportation and Highways, Industrial Engineering, Law Library, Printing and Graphics Services, Salvage and Veterans Affairs, along with Fleet Management and Records Management.

Martinez has been serving as Acting Chief Administrative Officer since former CAO Carl Byrd left the County earlier this month to pursue other opportunities. Her appointment is subject to approval by the Cook County Board of Commissioners at the November Board Meeting.

Lanetta Haynes Turner, a Chicago resident, joins the Justice Advisory Council (JAC) after two years as the first executive director of Cook County Justice for Children, a nonprofit organization that advocates for systemic reforms within the Juvenile Court and Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC).

From 2007 to 2012, Turner was Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County, which advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children in the foster care system. From 2005-2007 she was a staff attorney at Lifespan Center for Legal Services, representing indigent battered women in domestic matters before the courts, and from 2003-2005 was an Assistant Corporation Council for the City of Chicago.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Loyola University School of Law. She has served as co-chair of the County’s Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Advisory Board and on various juvenile justice-related organizations.

The JAC is charged with the coordination and implementation of President Preckwinkle’s criminal and juvenile justice reform efforts and public safety policy development. The specific goals of the JAC include working collaboratively with the County’s public safety stakeholders to reduce the populations of non-violent offenders in the County Jail and JTDC while preserving public safety, reducing recidivism, and promoting fair and equitable access to justice.

Turner is scheduled to begin with Justice Advisory Council in early November. Former Justice Advisory Council Executive Director Juliana Stratton left her position in early October.

‘Souls to the Polls’ Made a Big Hit in Chicago

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on ‘Souls to the Polls’ Made a Big Hit in Chicago

By Chinta Strausberg

With the General Election just two-weeks away, a diverse, interfaith coalition of more than 600 people made a big splash Monday as they flooded the halls of the Chicago Board of Election where they took advantage of the first day of early voting.

A number of elected and community activists spoke at the Chicago Temple, 77 West Washington, including U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Rep. Christian Mitchell,  Mike Frerichs, who is running for state treasurer, several ministers, like Pastor Walter Turner and Pastor Tyrone Crider and long-time West Side activists Lillian Drummond, a member of the South Austin Coalition Community Council.

Organizer Jaquie Algee, vice president of the SEIU HealthCare, and Lance Gough, executive director of the Chicago Board of Election, were among the greeters. While watching hundreds of early voters come down the escalator, Gough said, “I think this is great. I encourage people for an early vote.

“Early voting is a great way because your records are there,” he said. “They are ont he computer. People can look them and get you in and not. If you are not registered, you can register at the early voting sites at the same time. It’s perfect. There is no excuse not to register and not to vote in the city of Chicago,” said Gough.

Speaking at the rally, Algee said, “’We are excited about launching ‘Souls to the Polls’ today in Chicago and throughout the suburbs” that included busloads early voting in Matteson, Markham and South Holland. She was part of the coalition workingt o raise the minimum wage by calling on people to vote early including on this issue that is a referendum on the ballot. The coalition is fighting to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour up from $8.25 an hour.

One of the hundreds of early voters was wheelchair-bound Valeria Sammons, 92, said she will be out of town on November 4th and that early voting is important. She will be 94-years-old next month.

Bob Vondrasek, executive director of the South Austin Coalition, said, “It’s a great idea to try to get people out, and it is extremely important. You have al ot of things that affect low-income people. If we have a new governor, I think certain things would be cut back like the utility program, the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PI.P.P.) that Gov. Quinn signed at our office where people had to pay six percent of their monthly income. We could lose it,” he warned.

Drummond, a 93-year-old activist, spoke at the rally saying, “People have a right to votef or any party they choose, and I respect that, but what has any one of those billionaire Republicans ever done for any of our senior citizens, people with disabilities, low income and young families with small children and babies? Nothing,she bellowed.

“It’s a shame that some people will sell their souls for a little money,” Drummond said. “What about the rest of us who will suffer because of a few greedy people? I have a problem with that. Neither one of the billionaire Republican candidates, Jim Oberweis or Bruce Rauner has ever done anything to help us nor now they have not said what they will do to help if they become a senator or governor. They have said they will cut our social programs. Think about that.”

Emerging from the Chicago Temple carrying a sign calling for a vote on the minimum wage, was Pastor Marvin Hunter, Grace Memorial Baptist Church, who said, “This election is important because we stand to lose so much in terms of social services that had already been voted on passed and gained like the voting laws put in place by civil rights leaders of the pass. They are all seemed to becoming under attack.”

Curtiss DeYoung, executive director of the Community Renewal Society, said it is important to get the minimum wage issue passed. “It’s not enough to get voters registered. We have to get them to the polls, and I think the faith community has the unique ability to move people.” He said early voting makes it easier todo that. “It is turn out that determines who wins.

To prove his point, DeYoung pointed to former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney he said, “Mitt Romney thought he had won the presidency, but by the end of the night Barack Obama had won the election. The Obama political machine had the ability to turn people out. That made a huge difference.” He said early voting works.

Activist Wallace “Gator” Bradley was the first one in line to vote. “It is very important to vote,” he said. “When I see African Americans signs saying they should vote for Rauner as opposed to Quinn. With Quinn at least we have something. We may not have all that we want, but Rauner is letting you know that he is going to take what little got away from you.”

Marilyn Pagan-Banks, executive director of the A Just Harvest with North Side Power, said, “We have generations of people fight to make sure we have an access to vote, and I believe if we want change, we have to voice our change and vote our change. We can’t hold anybody accountable if we don’t help get anybody elected.If we want transformation, justice for our communities, then we have to make sure we have people in place making those decisions on our behalf who listen to the wishes of the people and we can’t do that if we don’t exercise our right to vote,” she said.

Don Bard, a teacher, said, “There is so much at stake like passage of the minimum wage. If someone is going to do away with minimum wage, you have to get out there and fight for that.”

Here is the list of the 51 early voting sites for Chicago: https://www.facebook.com/notes/chinta-strausberg/souls-to-the-polls-made-a-big-hit-in-chicago/10152459888460866http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_464.pdfand if you live in south suburban Cook, click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/notes/chinta-strausberg/souls-to-the-polls-made-a-big-hit-in-chicago/10152459888460866http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/earlyvoting/pages/earlyvotinglocations.aspx

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.

Illinois Receives $1.6 million Federal Grant to Address Underage Drinking

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Illinois Receives $1.6 million Federal Grant to Address Underage Drinking

Funding will help communities plan and deliver strategies to reduce underage drinking


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) was awarded $1.6 million in federal funding to address underage drinking among eighth to twelfth graders. The five year grant seeks to reduce past thirty-day alcohol use rates and negative consequences of underage drinking in nine communities across the state.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMHSA- CSAP) grant will support agencies and their multi-sector coalitions – which includes at minimum, representation from law enforcement, schools, and governmental officials – to deliver services in communities that have higher rates of underage drinking compared to the state average.  Community coalitions will be expected to conduct a strategic planning process to identify the risk factors that lead to underage drinking.  Grant funds will also support the implementation of evidence-based strategies known to be effective in reducing such risks.

IDHS will award funds to the following agencies for the first year of the five-year grant:

  • Bremen Youth Services, Tinley Park and Orland Park – $37,500
  • DeWitt County Human Resource Center, DeWitt County – $37,500
  • FHN Family Counseling Center, Jo Daviess County – $37,500
  • Human Service Center of Southern Metro-East, Randolph County – $37,500
  • Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Office of Education, Iroquois County – $37,500
  • Kenneth Young Center, Schaumburg, Palatine and Hoffman Estates – $37,500
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago – $75,000
  • Oak Park Township, Oak Park/River Forest – $37,500
  • Wells Center, Morgan County – $37,500

Underage drinking risks include impaired judgment, poor academic performance, serious injuries, death, and increased risk for physical and sexual assault. In 2010, underage drinking cost the State of Illinois $2.9 billion in legal costs, medical bills, and other expenses that went towards the aftermath of underage drinking.

Ghosts and Goblins May Not Be Real But Halloween Rip-offs Are, Reports Better Business Bureau

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Ghosts and Goblins May Not Be Real But Halloween Rip-offs Are, Reports Better Business Bureau

CHICAGO, IL - Experts, including the National Retail Federation, estimate that following Christmas, Halloween is the fastest-growing consumer holiday with projected spending this year to be more than $7 billion. That number is hard to ignore and scammers don’t. With that much money at stake the Better Business Bureau urges consumers to play it safe.

One major area of concern are pop-up retail stores both brick and mortar and online sites. Each year there are countless complaints from consumers who have visited the here today, gone tomorrow costumers online.

“There are many consumers who complain about late and non-existent deliveries, poor-quality costumes, inferior merchandise and people having difficulty being able to return items,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “You can avoid all of these things by researching companies with the BBB before making any purchases.”

Here are helpful shopping tips for the Halloween season:

  • Research the company. Many Halloween pop-up stores utilize short-term leases and set-up shop in vacant spaces for just a few weeks leading up to Halloween. Businesses may also change their name each year as a way of hiding a poor track record. To make sure the store is legitimate, check out a company’s BBB Business Review before making any purchase.
  • Inquire about customer satisfaction policies and know your rights. Determine a company’s refund and return policies before you buy. If online companies can’t offer concrete commitments on how they will handle any potential problems you may have with their products or services, reconsider doing business with them. Be sure you have a thorough understanding of everything involved before placing an order.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute. Plan ahead and take into account time needed to ship your costume or product, along with any time needed to return and re-order if something doesn’t fit as described or arrives damaged. If making a purchase in-store, try on all costumes and accessories to ensure you have carefully inspected each item before purchasing.
  • Shop safely. Pay by credit card whenever possible because if something goes wrong, you may be able to dispute the charge or cancel the transaction. If shopping online, check a site’s security settings and confirm that the web address begins with “https://.”

Online consumers need to be concerned about malicious Halloween websites and phishing emails. Only visit websites that are established and reputable, and always keep your anti-virus protection updated. Phishing emails are always dangerous as they are the most popular method used by identity thieves to steal personal and financial information.

For more tips, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Goodman Theatre Celebrates its Immediate Past 2013/2014 “Dream” Season of Diverse Artistry, Including Encore Engagements for Five Productions; Record Annual Fundraising and Sales; and Expanded Civic Engagement

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Goodman Theatre Celebrates its Immediate Past 2013/2014 “Dream” Season of Diverse Artistry, Including Encore Engagements for Five Productions; Record Annual Fundraising and Sales; and Expanded Civic Engagement

Ruth Ann Gillis named a Life Trustee, four new trustees appointed: Doug Brown/Exelon; Deidre Hogan/American Airlines; Carl Jenkins/BMO Harris; Cathy Kenworthy/Interactive Health

CHICAGO, IL -  At Goodman Theatre’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Women’s Board and Scenemakers Board, the theater’s leadership—Artistic Director Robert Falls and Executive Director Roche Schulfer—artists, staff and friends celebrated the successful conclusion of the theater’s 89th year. The nine-play 2013/2014 “DREAM” season included four works authored and five directed by women; three world premieres (two direct from the New Stages new play development program); two Goodman commissions; and a major large-scale musical revival of Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, directed by Rachel Rockwell. Attendance averaged 85% of capacity, with record sales for the 37th annual production of A Christmas Carol and the three productions in the 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre. Schulfer noted the 2013/2014 Season marked the fifth consecutive year—and the 24th of the past 28 years—of positive financial results with a record level of annual operating support.

Encore engagements were scheduled for five productions—three from the 2013/2014 Season and two from previous seasons, all with original casts intact. The highly acclaimed world premiere of Smokefall by Noah Haidle, directed by Anne Kauffman and featuring Chicago legend Mike Nussbaum, broke the record of individual tickets sold in the Owen; then, in only the third time in its history, the Goodman moved a play from the smaller theater to the larger theater for more people to experience the show (Smokefall opened the 2014/2015 Season in the 856-seat Albert, where it runs through October 26). Another critical and audience hit world premiere production, Luna Gale by Artistic Associate Rebecca Gilman, directed by Falls and featuring Chicago favorite Mary Beth Fisher, moves to Los Angeles’ Center Theatre Group, where it appears November 23 – December 21. The White Snake by Tony Award-winning Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman travels to China for the Wuzhen Theatre Festival, November 7-9, near Shanghai. In addition, Pedro Páramo, a 2013 collaboration with Cuba’s Teatro Buendía that featured Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez, appeared at the Encuentro Festival in Montréal, Québec (June 21-28) and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music announced an upcoming engagement of Falls’ towering 2012 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy (February 5 – March 15, 2015).

Off stage, the Goodman reached more than 8,000 Chicago youth and lifelong learners through programs and outreach initiatives under Willa J. Taylor, Director of Education and Community Engagement. Two new groups were added to GeNarrations, a free storytelling workshop for nearly 100 adults aged 55+ that tripled in size since its inception in 2009. The Goodman also worked with formerly incarcerated women in Visible Voices—a project of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)—building a performance through a series of workshops with Taylor and teaching artists Bobby Biedrzycki and Vince Pagán. In addition, a partnership with Chicago Public Library yielded the inaugural lecture in the “Chuck Smith Lecture Series on Race, Theater and Culture.” In support of these efforts and more, four special events raised a combined $1.8 million, including: a Fall Benefit for Pullman Porter Blues by Cheryl L. West, directed by Smith; Fame, Fantasy, Food, Adventure Auction; Spring Gala, featuring Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth; and the Scenemakers’ Scene Soiree.

“Our ‘DREAM’ Season was a triumph,” said Board of Trustees Chair Joan Clifford. “Programming of this range, quality and diversity would not be possible without the enormous contributions of our artists—some of the most talented theater professionals in the country—and the generosity of our sponsors, funders, Chicago media, our loyal audiences and staff. I’d like to commend Bob Falls, whose bold artistic vision is truly unparalleled in Chicago, and congratulate Roche Schulfer, a shrewd producer and executive leader whose efforts have ensured the Goodman’s continued fiscal health over his 40-year tenure. Special thanks to Ruth Ann Gillis for her vision and leadership as Chair of the Board of Trustees during the past three remarkable seasons. We are proud to bestow upon her the highest honor a Trustee can receive—that of ‘Life Trustee’—and we will continue the charge as we begin our 2014/2015 90th Anniversary ‘Season to Celebrate’.”

Free Atlanta-Area Chess Training Event for At-Risk Youth to Promote Racial Unity in the Community

Posted by Admin On October - 22 - 2014 Comments Off on Free Atlanta-Area Chess Training Event for At-Risk Youth to Promote Racial Unity in the Community

Racial Unity Chess Training Event

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — Orrin Hudson, founder of the Atlanta-based Be Someone non-profit organization, will bring his life-sized chess board and special chess instructional skills to the Lithonia Stonecrest Library, Saturday, November 15, 10am – 1pm. The event is free and open to the public, and his purpose is to teach young people how to be better decision makers in the game of chess… and in the game of life. He will also encourage racial unity within the community.

Hudson has been using his unique K.A.S.H. formula (Knowledge, Attitude, Skills, and Habits) to make a difference in young lives for the past 15 years. Once an at-risk teen himself, Hudson turned his life around thanks to an instructor who used the game of chess to teach him critical life lessons. He is now on a mission to pay back and reach young people who may face risks of their own.

“I’ve learned that you have critical choices to make on the chess board. One wrong move and you lose,” he stresses. “But life is not a game. A wrong move there and you could be finished. My goal is to teach that lesson to as many young people as I can through this wonderful game.”

This could be the best time investment parents can make if they will bring their children to both learn a new skill and to watch as I incorporate key messages into the learning experience, he emphasizes.

Event Details:

What: Orrin Hudson’s “Get in the Game” Free Chess Training Event

Where: Lithonia Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038

When: Saturday, November 15th, 10am 1pm (FREE and open to the public)

Who: Orrin Hudson, a national chess champion, has trained thousands of adults and children throughout the U.S., India, and the Philippines. He has been featured on CNN, NBC, Good Morning America, the Tavis Smiley Show, and in People Magazine, and his award-winning program recently won a FBI Directors Community Leadership Award.
More about Hudson and his organization can be found at www.besomeone.org.

Photo Caption: Two young ones enjoy attending one of Orrin Hudson’s recent training events in Alabama.


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