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When Speaking Of God’s Miracles: A Personal Account Through the Eyes of a Devout Christian and Missionary

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Author Juanita Bratcher Pens New Book: “Mine Eyes Have Seen God’s Miracles”, A Personal  Account Through the Eyes of her Mother Who Outlined “Miracle After Miracle” That God Showed  Her In Her Quest To Become A Christian

By Juanita Bratcher

Author, Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine

Last week, after finishing my seventh book, “Mine Eyes Have Seen God’s Miracles,” I took a deep breath, looked across the room at a family member and said, “This is no ordinary book; this book is very special. Right now, God is smiling on me, and I feel good and am smiling, too. I’ve fulfilled my mother’s wishes to share with the world her personal experiences with God as a devout Christian and missionary.”

Indeed it is a special book!  A book that was written by my mother, Tommie Sean Forte, a variety of in depth content and an introduction by Author Juanita Bratcher, and introductions by Rev. Hiram Crawford, Sr., Israel Methodist Community Church (now deceased) and Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President, Probation Challenge.

This “precious” book was discovered by me and my three siblings after mom’s death in 1995. It was buried amongst so many other paper items we came upon while cleaning out the house she had resided in for more than 50 years, and a house we resided in as young children.

None of us (her four children) knew that mom was in the process of writing a book. But she made note in her book that for several years her conscience kept bothering her to write about her Christian experience with God. “And I knew within myself, that if I didn’t put it in writing during my lifetime, and my life was over in this world, my noble experience with God would die along with me.”

Forte further stated: “…There was that realization within me that every Christian should give testimonies of their experiences with the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.”

In the book, she points out several miracles God showed her, stating that she saw miracle after miracle…and deep within her heart and soul, she knew those miracles were real.

Bratcher dealt with the emotions of losing a mother (most of it in poetry) describing the day of her mom’s death (November 24, 1995) as being “by far the saddest and darkest day of my life. Not only did I lose a mother, I lost my best friend and biggest cheerleader. ”

Forte was brought up in a Christian home which she was proud of, she noted, adding that her greatest joy was the day Jesus came into her life.

She was a devout Christian, a true missionary in every sense of the word, spreading the word of God to thousands of others – sinners and Christians alike.  God was second to none in her life,

Tommie Sean Forte at the time of her death was Mother of the Church, a member of the Eastern Star, a member of the church Senior Choir, and served on several church committees and boards during her more than 40-year tenure with the church.

A Brief Outline of Some Chapters in the Book:

In My Sorrow, I Searched For God

If There Were A God, I Had To Find Him

God Showed Me Signs Of His Greatness

Some Of God’s Children Are Falling By The Wayside

A Christian That’s “Shouting Happy”

A Child Christian With Heavy Burdens

Forte gave in depth details about miracles that God showed her and talked about angels who came into her room and healed her when she was very ill and could not turn herself over or get out of bed.

For information on how to obtain the book, requests can be made to 773.375.8127, or juanitabratcher@yahoo.com or copylinemagazine@yahoo.com.

About Juanita Bratcher

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 39 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.

Black History is American History: Remembering Chicago’s Harold Washington

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

Black history is and will always be American history – and the work we do every day honors and builds upon the work of those who have toiled, fought and even died so that our nation can realize “truth, liberty and justice for all.”

While February is a time when our nation collectively recognizes the rich contributions of trail-blazing African Americans to our land and our way of life, it is my hope that the spotlight on Black history during this month will continue to shine year-round and become more deeply integrated into what is taught as the history of America.  The role of Blacks in America as leaders, educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, entertainers, elected officials, game-changers and beyond has left – and continues to leave – an indelible imprint on our national culture and our national story.

Each week during this month, I will dedicate my newsletter opening to a different history-maker – one of many who cleared a path for us to follow.  This week, I’m highlighting Harold Washington, the first African American mayor of Chicago, who proclaimed, “Chicago is one city.  We shall work as one people for our common good and our common goals.”

Harold Washington Biography

Harold Washington was born on April 15, 1922, in Chicago, Illinois. Washington got his start in politics in the Illinois House of Representatives, where he represented the state’s 26th District from 1965 to 1976. He went on to serve in the Illinois Senate from 1977 to 1980, and then became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1981-83), representing Illinois’ 1st District. In 1983, Washington became the first African-American mayor of Chicago. He was elected to a second term in 1987. Washington died while in office, on November 25, 1987, in Chicago.

Early Life and Education
Born on April 15, 1922, Harold Washington was Chicago’s first African-American mayor. He grew up in the city he spent his career trying to help—Chicago. His father was a police officer and a lawyer and his mother was a singer. Washington attended the city’s public schools, but he left high school before earning his diploma. In the early 1940s, he went into the military to serve during World War II.
After the war, Washington received a G.E.D. and headed off to college. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University in 1949. Continuing his studies, Washington enrolled in law school at Northwestern University. He was the only black man in his class and completed his law degree in 1952.

Illinois Politician
In 1965, Washington won election to the Illinois House of Representatives. He served the city’s 26th District for roughly a decade, supporting legislation to advance equality. Washington also sought to make the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. a statement holiday. Not one tow the party line, he sometimes went against the wishes of his state’s Democratic leadership.
During his time in the legislature, Washington ran into one serious legal problem. He was convicted of tax evasion for not filling tax returns for several years. For his crime, Washington spent 36 days in jail in 1972. He became a state senator in 1977. Three years later, Washington moved on to national politics. He won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Groundbreaking Mayor
Washington faced a difficult battle in his effort to become mayor. While he clinched the Democratic nomination away from incumbent mayor Jane Byrne, he had to deal with some questionable campaign tactics by his white Republican opponent Bernard Epton. Epton used a slogan—”Before It’s Too Late”—that many read to be call for voters to prevent the first black American from getting the city’s top job. Other racially oriented attacks were also orchestrated by Epton’s supporters. On April 12, 1983, Washington made history when he won more than 50 percent of the vote to become Chicago’s new mayor.

The struggle wasn’t over once he won the post, however. In what is now known as the “council wars,” Washington had wrangle with a block of city alderman who seemed to oppose him at nearly every turn. Still he managed to increase the number of contracts awarded to minority-owned businesses and made city government more transparent to the public. Washington, known as being a man of the people, invited his constituents to voice their opinions regarding the city’s budget.

In 1987, Washington won re-election. This time around he had a sizable block of alderman behind him to help him advance his plans for the city. Unfortunately, Washington died of a heart attack not long into his second term. He collapsed at his desk in City Hall on November 25, 1987, and was declared dead at a nearby hospital that afternoon. Washington’s beloved city honored him in many ways after his passing, including renaming Loop College after him. The Harold Washington Library Center is another place that bears his name.

Harold Washington. (2015). The Biography.com website. Retrieved Feb 03, 2015, from http://www.biography.com/people/harold-washington-9524806.

Fact Sheet: The 2015 National Security Strategy

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Fact Sheet: The 2015 National Security Strategy

Today, the United States is stronger and better positioned to seize the opportunities of a still new century and safeguard our interests against the risks of an insecure world.  The President’s new National Security Strategy provides a vision and strategy for advancing the nation’s interests, universal values, and a rules-based international order through strong and sustainable American leadership.  The strategy sets out the principles and priorities that describe how America will lead the world toward greater peace and a new prosperity.

  • We will lead with purpose, guided by our enduring national interests and values and committed to advancing a balanced portfolio of priorities worthy of a great power.
  • We will lead with strength, harnessing a resurgent economy, increased energy security, an unrivaled military, and the talent and diversity of the American people.
  • We will lead by example, upholding our values at home and our obligations abroad.
  • We will lead with capable partners, mobilizing collective action and building partner capacity to address global challenges.
  • We will lead with all instruments of U.S. power, leveraging our strategic advantages in diplomacy, development, defense, intelligence, science and technology, and more.
  • We will lead with a long-term perspective, influencing the trajectory of major shifts in the security landscape today in order to secure our national interests in the future.

We will advance the security of the United States, its citizens, and U.S. allies and partners by:

  • Maintaining a national defense that is the best trained, equipped, and led force in the world while honoring our promises to service members, veterans, and their families.
  • Working with Congress to end the draconian cuts imposed by sequestration that threaten the effectiveness of our military and other instruments of power.
  • Reinforcing our homeland security to keep the American people safe from terrorist attacks and natural hazards while strengthening our national resilience.
  • Transitioning to a sustainable global security posture that combines our decisive capabilities with local partners and keeps pressure on al-Qa’ida, ISIL, and their affiliates.
  • Striving for a world without nuclear weapons and ensuring nuclear materials do not fall into the hands of irresponsible states and violent non-state actors.
  • Developing a global capacity to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to biological threats like Ebola through the Global Health Security Agenda.
  • Confronting the urgent crisis of climate change, including through national emissions reductions, international diplomacy, and our commitment to the Green Climate Fund.

We will advance a strong, innovative, and growing U.S. economy in an open international economic system that promotes opportunity and prosperity by:

  • Strengthening American energy security and increasing global access to reliable and affordable energy to bolster economic growth and development worldwide.
  • Opening markets for U.S. goods, services, and investment and leveling the playing field for American workers and businesses to boost our economic competitiveness.
  • Advancing a trade agenda – including the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – that creates good American jobs and shared prosperity.
  • Leading efforts to reduce extreme poverty, food insecurity, and preventable deaths with initiatives such as Feed the Future and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
  • Proving new sustainable development models like the President’s Power Africa Initiative.

We will advance respect for universal values at home and around the world by:

  • Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard by living our values at home even as we do what is necessary to keep our people safe and our allies secure.
  • Promoting and defending democracy, human rights, and equality while supporting countries such as Tunisia and Burma that are transitioning from authoritarianism.
  • Empowering future leaders of government, business, and civil society around the world, including through the President’s young leaders initiatives.
  • Leading the way in confronting the corruption by promoting adherence to standards of accountable and transparent governance.
  • Leading the international community to prevent and respond to human rights abuses and mass atrocities as well as gender-based violence and discrimination against LGBT persons.

We will advance an international order that promotes peace, security, and oppor­tunity through stronger cooperation to meet global challenges by:

  • Working with partners to reinforce and update the rules of the road, norms, and institutions that are foundational to peace, prosperity, and human dignity in the 21st century.
  • Strengthening and growing our global alliances and partnerships, forging diverse coalitions, and leading at the United Nations and other multilateral organizations.
  • Rebalancing to Asia and the Pacific through increased diplomacy, stronger alliances and partnerships, expanded trade and investment, and a diverse security posture.
  • Strengthening our enduring commitment to a free and peaceful Europe by countering aggression and modernizing the NATO alliance to meet emerging threats.
  • Pursuing a stable Middle East and North Africa by countering terrorism, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and reducing the underlying sources of conflict.
  • Building upon the success of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit by investing in Africa’s economic, agricultural, health, governance, and security capacity.
  • Promoting a prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere by expanding integration and leveraging a new opening to Cuba to expand our engagement.

Source: whitehouse.gov

State of Illinois Qualifies Additional Medical Cannabis Dispensary Applicants

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) announced the qualification of two additional applicants seeking to register as medical cannabis dispensing organizations in the City of Chicago.

After a review of the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Application of Curative Health, the Division selected the application as qualified in District 41, and after a review of the Medical Cannabis Dispensary Application of Custom Strains, the Division selected the application as qualified in District 48 in connection with the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act 410 ILCS 130 and the selection process established in the Administrative Rules 68 IAC 1290.

Under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, the State of Illinois requires medical cannabis dispensing organizations to be registered with the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to acquire medical cannabis from a registered cultivation center for the purpose of dispensing cannabis, paraphernalia, or related supplies and educational materials to registered qualifying patients.

Dispensary District 41 is located in Jefferson Township, while District 48 is located in West Township.

Recent Data Breaches Affect Both Consumers and Children

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CHICAGO, IL -Tens of millions of Americans could be victims of the latest corporate data breach, this one at Anthem Insurance. Unknown hackers apparently stole personal identifying information (PII) from current and former Anthem customers, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other information that can be used for identity theft.

Anthem has set up a separate website with information on the breach, but Better Business Bureau recommends that consumers always go to a company’s main website first and follow links from there. Scammers often take advantage of data breaches and subsequent confusion to set up spoof websites and send phishing emails.

It is also important to monitor potential data breaches for a child. Child identify theft is much easier for the criminal since most parents never consider identity theft a threat to their children. According to FTC, 500,000 children under 18 are victimized by identity thieves each year.

Your child’s identity has been stolen if:

* Suspicious mail is received, like pre-approved credit cards and other financial offers normally sent to adults, in their own name.

* You attempt to open a financial account for them but it already exists or the application is denied because of a poor credit history.

* A credit report already exists in their name. They may have been targeted already since only an application for credit, a credit account, or a public record starts the compilation of a consumer credit file.

Even if you have not seen these signs, as your child gets close to the age of 16, it’s a good idea to check on his or her credit report. That way, there will be time to correct it before your child applies for a job, a loan for tuition or a car, or needs to rent an apartment or house.

Being proactive and regularly monitoring your child/children’s credit reports and/or personal information for the existence of a credit file allows your child to enter adulthood with a clean credit slate.

BBB offers the following suggestions for consumers concerned that their PII has been stolen (also available at bbb.org/breach):

1. Do not take a “wait and see” approach as you may have done with breaches involving credit card data. You must act quickly. Breaches involving Social Security numbers have the potential to be far more detrimental to victims, and the damage can be difficult to repair.

2. Consider taking a preemptive strike by freezing your credit reports. This will not impact existing credit cards and financial accounts, but will create a roadblock for thieves seeking to create fraudulent accounts using your personal information.

3. At a minimum, if you know your Social Security number has been compromised, place a fraud alert on your credit reports. While less effective than a freeze, this will provide an extra layer of protection. Click here to learn more about security freezes and fraud alerts.

4. Take advantage of the free credit monitoring services Anthem will be offering to breach victims. While this is not a preventative measure, this will alert you to new accounts or inquiries using your Social Security number so that you can act quickly to repair the damage.

5. Vigilance is key. Regularly check your credit reports at annualcreditreport.com for unauthorized charges or other signs of fraud. (NOTE: This is the only free credit report option authorized by the Federal Trade Commission.)

6. For more information and complete step-by-step guidance on repairing the damage caused by identity theft, visit the FTC’s identity theft resources.

7. Expect that scammers will take advantage of this data breach to send out phishing emails and other messages that appear to be from Anthem, a credit bureau or other legitimate companies. Do not click on links from any email, text or social media messages about this or any other data breach.

For all businesses that collect customer information:

* Make sure you protect your customers’ data. If a data breach can happen to a major corporation with significant data security measures in place, it can happen to any business.

* Check out BBB’s updated online guide Data Security – Made Simpler for free information on how to create a data security plan.

For more information, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Attorney General Holder Delivers Remarks at the NAACP Image Awards

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Attorney General Eric Holder made the remarks after receiving the NAACP Chairman’s Award at the 46th NAACP Image Awards.

PASADENA, CALIF – Thank you, Chairman [Roslyn] Brock, for this wonderful award – and thank you all for putting me in such great company tonight.  I am honored and humbled to be included among this year’s award recipients, and I want to thank and congratulate my fellow awardees on the outstanding examples they have set.  You are inspirations to us all – and credits to this distinguished organization.

Since its founding more than a century ago, the NAACP has stood at the forefront of the struggle for human rights.  For the past six years – almost to the day – I have had the tremendous honor of leading a Department of Justice devoted to carrying on the progress, and preserving the legacy, with which today’s leaders have been entrusted.

From reforming our criminal justice system, to our efforts to combat hate crimes, to the work we’ve done to ensure equality for our fellow LGBT citizens, to our efforts to ensure the most sacred of American rights – the right  to vote – I am proud of the work done by the men and women of this Department of Justice.  But we must never grow complacent.  And we cannot and must not be satisfied – until “justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

That’s why we gather tonight not merely to reflect on our progress, but to rededicate ourselves to the work that remains.  To call on our nation to aim still higher, to become even better, and to reject the forces of hate and division in favor of the “beloved community” we have so long envisioned, and worked so hard to create.

As we do so, I want you to know that – although I will soon leave the Justice Department – I will never leave this work.

Going forward, I will continue to walk proudly alongside you, to continue the march toward social justice for all Americans, and to help build that brighter future – and more just society – that every American deserves.

I thank you all, once again, for this tremendous honor, for your strong leadership, and for your support over the years.

And I look forward to all that we’ll achieve together in the days ahead.

Illinois State Board of Education Announces Feb. 11 Board Meeting in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education will convene for a regular business meeting on Feb. 11 at the ISBE offices in Springfield.

All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972.

Chairman James Meeks may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session.

State Board of Education Meeting

Feb. 11, 2015

Location:  Illinois State Board of Education, 100 N. First St., Springfield

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at:  www.isbe.net

10 a.m.

I.        Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.    Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.      Swearing-In of Board Members

III.     Public Participation

IV.    Chairman to Appoint Nominating Committee for Board Officers

V.      Resolutions & Recognition

A. Gery J. Chico

VI.    Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

A. *Approval of Minutes

1. Plenary Minutes: January 21, 2015

B. *Rules for Initial Review

1. Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial

Reporting, and Auditing) Provides an accounting code for the federal

Race to the Top Preschool Development Grant Program, needed for

recipients to prepare applications and report on the use of the funds

2. Part 120 (Pupil Transportation Reimbursement) Responds to P.A. 98-1057, effective January 1, 2015, that allows for reimbursement of transportation costs of parents of students in City of Chicago School District 299 under certain circumstances.

3. Part 151 (School Construction Program) Responds to P.A. 98-710,

effective July 16, 2014, that adds special education cooperatives as

eligible applicants for school maintenance grants under the School

Construction Program.

4. Part 365 (Children’s Low-cost Laptop Programs) Part will be repealed

statutory authority for the program no longer exists.

5. Part 525 (Intermediate Services) Responds to several pieces of legislation enacted since 2009 that re-focused the work of the advisory boards, eliminated the suburban Cook County Regional Office of education and its advisory board, and transferred responsibility

of the delivery of intermediate services to the suburban Intermediate Service Centers.

6. Part 525 (Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Services) Part will be repealed and replaced with new Part 525 (see item 5 above).

7. Part 560 (Parental Participation Pilot Project) Part will be repealed since statutory authority for the program no longer exits.

C. *Rules for Adoption

1. Part 100 (Requirements for Accounting, Budgeting, Financial

Reporting, and Auditing) (EMERGENCY) Provides an accounting code for

the federal Race to the Top Preschool Development Grant Program,

needed for recipients to prepare applications and report on the use of

the funds.

D. *Contracts & Grants Over $1 Million

1. Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Emergency

Management Agency for the Delivery of Services Under the federal

Grants to States for Emergency Management Program

2. Equipment, Maintenance, Support, and Services Invitation for Bids

3. Request for Sealed Proposals for ISBE Data Warehouse

4. Statewide System of Support Fiscal Agent Grant

E. *Spring 2014 Waiver Report

F. Marquardt SD 15: Request for modification of School Code (105 ILCS

5/14C-2) and Modification of ISBE Rule (23 Ill. Adm. Code 228.30)

End of Consent Agenda

VII. Closed Session

VIII. Election of Board Officers

IX.   Discussion Items

A. District Oversight – Monthly Update (Superintendent Koch)

B. Legislative Update pp. 175-176

C. Other Items for Discussion

X.    Announcements & Reports

A. Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

B. Chairman’s Report

1. Appointment of Committee Chairpersons

a. Finance and Audit Committee

b. Education Policy Planning Committee

C. Member Reports

XI.   Information Items

1.  ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at http://isbe.net/board/fiscal_admin_rep.htm

XII. Personnel Action (as needed)

XIII. Adjourn

Black History Month: Movie Fans Have a Chance to Watch Pre-1960s African-American Classic Movies

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Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) – In honor of Black History Month, Trend Entertainment introduces the “Race Films DVD Set”. The “Race Films DVD Set” features 75 classic African-American movies and 45 short race films, which were produced before the 1960s. Films made for an all-black audience with majority or all-black casts in the United States between 1915 and 1960 are referred to as race films or race movies.

During the first half of the 20th century, African-Americans were not typically granted sincere roles in mainstream Hollywood movies. In mainstream Hollywood movies, black actors and actresses were only given demeaning and stereotypical supporting roles. Race movies gave black actors and actresses a chance to play serious and respected characters and to show off their talents. Race movies provided Black people with images of the African-American experience that were absent from Hollywood films.

In the South, to comply with segregation, race movies were screened at designated black theaters. Though northern cities were not formally segregated, race movies were generally shown in theaters in black neighborhoods. While it was extraordinarily rare for race movies to be shown to white audiences, white theaters often reserved special time-slots for black movie goers. This resulted in race movies often being screened as matinees and midnight shows. During the height of their popularity, race films were shown in as many as 1,100 theaters around the country.

Race movies are of great interest for their historical significance. Watching the race movies one will get a glimpse of black life in the United States from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Among the movie titles in the “Race Films DVD Set” are: Within Our Gates (1920), Symbol of the Unconquered (1920), Body and Soul (1925), The Scar of Shame (1927), Eleven PM (1928), Borderline (1929), The Exile (1931), The Black King (1932), Veiled Aristocrats (1932), Harlem is Heaven (1932), Ten Minutes To Live (1932), The Girl from Chicago (1932), Emperor Jones (1933), Louisiana (1934), Murder in Harlem (1935), Sanders of the River (1935), Song of Freedom (1936), Jerico (1937), Underworld (1937), Dark Manhattan (1937), The Big Fella (1937), Spirit of Youth (1937), God’s Step-Children (1937), Swing (1938), The Duke is Tops (1938), Two-Gun Man from Harlem (1938), Way Down South (1939), Paradise in Harlem (1939), Straight to Heaven (1939), Lying Lips (1939), Double Deal (1939), Keep Punching (1939), Midnight Shadow (1939), Moon Over Harlem (1939), Harlem Rides The Range (1939), Bronze Buckaroo (1939), The Devil’s Daughter (1939), Gang War (1940), Broken Strings (1940), Sunday Sinners (1940), Proud Valley (1940), Mystery in Swing (1940), Son of Ingagi (1940), Lucky Ghost (1941), Mistaken Identity (1941), The Blood of Jesus (1941), Murder With Music (1941), Murder on Lenox Avenue (1941), The Negro Soldier (1943), Where’s my Man Tonight (1943), Of One Blood (1944), Go Down Death (1944), The Big Timers (1945), Beware (1946), Beale Street Mama (1946), Tall Tan and Terrific (1946), The Girl in Room 20 (1946), Dirty Gertie from Harlem (1946), Juke Joint (1947), Look Out Sister (1947), Sepia Cinderella (1947), Junction 88 (1947), Boy What a Girl (1947), Reet Petite and Gone (1947), Boardinghouse Blues (1948), No Time for Romance (1948), Miracle in Harlem (1948), The Quiet One (1948), Souls of Sin (1949), Native Son (1951), Magic Garden (1952), Burlesque in Harlem (1954), plus many more noteworthy race movies.

The “Race Films DVD Set” sells for $99.00 and can be purchase by calling 800-857-2549 or visit: www.racefilmsdvdset.com

Photo Caption: Scene from the (1949 race movie Souls of Sin.

Closing the Black Youth/Elder Gap

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The Youth-Elder Struggle: Closing the Gap

By A. Akbar Muhammad

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Traveling in Africa recently I observed how America is viewed by African leaders and regular people on the street. They are aware of the current struggles between White police and Black youth in America. Article after article has pictures of the tug of war against an American White power structure that has used its police force as a standing army to crush and annihilate budding resistance leaders and assure that young Black people are branded as criminals.

February, 2015 marks 200 days since the brutal police murder of Michael Brown Jr. on a street in the St. Louis, MO suburb of Ferguson. The slaughter of the unarmed 18 yr old rocked America and impacted the world. In reaction young people filled the streets in outrage and rebellion that some erroneously portrayed as rioting. They were not looking to “loot” or destroy; they were protesting the continued senseless killings of fellow young people and Black men in particular by white law enforcement.

According to Dorian Johnson, who was accosted with Michael Brown on that fateful day, the events began with the police officer Darren Wilson belligerently saying ‘get the F—K on the side walk’ and things spiraled from there.

Black Youth fearless and intelligent

Black youth watched case after case of victims being killed and then criminalized afterward. The police make it appear the murder was justified by dismissing the victim as “just another street thug” who deserved what they got. The corporate media repeats the lie with very little investigation adding to a narrative that says Black life does not matter within the predominately White world of law enforcement.

The message from young people resisting in the streets is “we are sick and tired” of the oppression and murder of our peers and the police culture of cover-up. They created battle slogans like “We’re young and we’re strong and we will march all night long” and “Black Life Matters.” They caused “Hands up, Don’t Shoot,” coined by a veteran St. Louis activist, to go global.

They have found solidarity with youth in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe who are also rising against injustice in their countries. We are witnessing what the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan has described as “The Intensifying, Universal Cry for Justice” where the global masses of people are pushing for change.

They are intelligent and are being raised to levels of consciousness unprecedented in the history of our struggle in America. They are a fearless generation who want absolute change and are willing to do whatever is necessary to bring it about whether its demonstrations, blocking traffic, shutting down major economic centers and clearly declaring to the powers that be, no more business as usual.

Bridging Generational Gap in Struggle

The struggle is now with the elders. Some are suffering from battle fatigue and showing a type of ‘Rodney King’ approach of “can’t we all just get along.” Other elders want to be involved – not necessarily out in the streets every night – but offering guidance and the benefit of their experiences building a movement against an enemy who countered with repression and the elimination of Black leaders and voices of consciousness. The elders lived that road and understand the nuances of struggle and how people were worn out from fighting the oppression of white America day in and day out.

The battle against police brutality is nothing new and leaders who have gone before us always raised it as a core issue.

Answering movement critics in his infamous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in April, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, included the vicious police treatment of Alabama Blacks as a reason to unite and press forward.

“…When you have seen hate-filled policemen curse, kick, brutalize and even kill your black brothers and sisters with impunity…”

Earlier in 1961, the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad placed the demand for an “immediate end” to police brutality in Point No. 6 of “What the Muslims Want and What the Muslims Believe” Program on the back page of Muhammad Speaks and currently The Final Call Newspaper.

Mr. Muhammad states: “We want an immediate end to the police brutality and mob attacks against the so-called Negro throughout the United States. We believe that the Federal government should intercede to see that black men and women tried in white courts receive justice in accordance with the laws of the landor allow us to build a new nation for ourselves, dedicated to justice, freedom and liberty.”

The Black Panther Party addressed it in Point No. 7 of their 10 point Platform. “We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of Black people.”

Solidarity and tricks of the enemy

The struggle continues, but now with modern technology and communication platforms like FaceBook, Twitter and Live Stream where the word spreads instantly in real time. As a result, the struggle in Ferguson has taken on different dimensions involving a broader base of people.

But a tragedy of Ferguson was the enemy of our struggle telling young people and local people in St. Louis to reject solidarity and support from “outside” people participating, which is a tactical error. History informs us that it was outsiders during the civil rights struggle that brought worldwide attention to the cause. It was outsiders who spent their money, their lives and time in the struggle. A common complaint lodged at Dr. King as a national figure supporting local struggles for justice in different cities was that he was an outsider.

Recently one young brother stepped to Rev. Jesse Jackson at a St. Louis rally and challenged him about his motives and accused him of only being present for a photo-op – which I personally thought was disrespectful. In other cases some long-time leaders were booed by the crowds. However at the same time Elders must move away from being seen as apologists and appeasers, seeking acceptance from the former slave-masters.

No people will move forward disrespecting its elders and those who struggled for justice before them – it’s a universal principle. You should value elders and bring them into the conversation. Counsel with them and take what’s good from their words and use them in the modern context of the struggle you are engaged in.

Never show disregard for those who forged the way. They laid the foundation from a history of groping, searching, studying and working for the right way to bring about change that future generations won’t have to bear what they suffered. The Elders may not be on the frontlines, but they must be at the table sharing the lessons of struggle – the mistakes and successes – with the young soldiers. The Youth must study the historical legacy of our struggle and the price paid in blood, incarceration and exile of activists and leaders. The elders must encourage the young people demonstrating on the streets to maintain consistency even when the media coverage ends. Don’t play to the media; it is not the friend of those who struggle. If you noticed the media spotlights certain leaders and traditional organizations like the NAACP and the Urban League etc… But carefully omits identifying young grassroots leadership who are leading the charge across the country.

Young warriors it is you who will lead into the future and upcoming generations will look at you as their foundation. We all will eventually taste the evil accident of time which is death. As elders approach the road toward death and reflect on their contributions and legacy, young people in the movement must never be found posturing as though everything done before now was in vain.

There are serious issues plaguing the Black community that Elder/Youth collaboration can positively effect. If ever there was a time to fight for unity of purpose and bridging the generation gap in the movement, it is now. This is why we can’t stop; the elders as well as the youth have a role.

Don’t allow our mutual enemy to divide, destroy and stop us from using all of our power to work together until victory is ours. May Allah (God) bless us to achieve freedom and justice for the struggling masses of our people.

For questions and comments, A. Akbar Muhammad can be reached via email at aakbar314@yahoo.com or via his web site at www.AkbarsBooks.com

White Awards Over $15 Million in Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants

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Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White has awarded FY15 Illinois Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grants totaling $15.2 million to 635 public libraries serving almost 12 million patrons.

“I am extremely proud of the outstanding service Illinois’ public libraries provide to our communities,” White said. “Our libraries are the best and most reliable information resource available to citizens, and I am pleased to be able to provide these grants each year.”

Some of the valuable services public libraries provide include:

  • Free Internet access
  • Books, magazines, newspapers, CDs and DVDs
  • Audiobooks and e-books
  • Interlibrary loan service
  • Reference services such as homework assistance
  • Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and text messaging
  • After school and summer programming for children
  • Book clubs where patrons read and discuss books
  • Multicultural programming and translation services
  • Special programs and services for senior citizens such as tax return assistance and how to use computers and email
  • Space for voter registration and organ/tissue donor drives
  • Meeting rooms for important community events

Per Capita Grant funding is authorized under Illinois library law and helps ensure that public libraries have some of the resources they need for expenses such as materials, personnel, equipment, electronic access, telecommunications and technology. Equalization Aid Grants help qualifying public libraries with a low library tax base ensure a minimum level of funding for library services. Information concerning the grant programs can be found at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html.

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