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NAACP: Deeply Disappointed that the Department of Justice Decided Not to File Charges Against Darren Wilson for the Death of Michael Brown

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NAACP statement on DOJ Report Findings and Darren Wilson decision

Baltimore, MD – Yesterday, the United States Department of Justice announced it will not file civil rights charges against Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. This announcement came on the heels of the United States Department of Justice releasing a report concluding that the Ferguson Police Department has been engaged in a pattern and practice of discriminatory enforcement during traffic stops and arrests involving African Americans. In light of these announcements, the NAACP released the following statement:

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

We are deeply disappointed that the Department of Justice decided not to file charges against Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.   The Department of Justice’s findings confirms what we have been seeing in Ferguson and across the country for decades: an overaggressive policing culture that is far too commonplace in communities of color. But these findings will only lead to significant change in the criminal justice system if we hold law enforcement accountable for their actions.  Now the NAACP and the entire world looks to the Ferguson Police Department to see what measures it will undertake to eliminate racial profiling and ensure a fairer criminal justice system that protects all its residents. The NAACP will continue to double down for justice, advocating for federal legislation and other systemic reforms to fix our country’s broken, ineffective and unjust system of policing until racial profiling is eliminated once and for all.”

Fake U.S. Grant Scams on the Rise, Cautions Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Individuals from around the country are reporting that they are receiving calls stating they are winners of a U.S. Grant. A number of these recipients have fallen victim to this fake grant scam including some from Chicago and northern Illinois. The Better Business Bureau advises that no one from the Federal Government will ever call with an offer of free grant money.

“Unfortunately, not enough people know the facts and instead believe they are the lucky winners of unearned cash,” says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The Federal Government does not give grants to individuals to spend on vacations or to pay outstanding debts, as these recent grant offers claim.”

The scam appears to have originated in India and Pakistan. Scammers purchase consumer information from companies that run payday loan affiliate websites. These companies usually have no idea they are dealing with scammers. Instead, they are lead to believe the scammers can offer some of their loan applicant’s financial assistance.

Armed with these lists and consumer information, the scammers make the calls. The scammers tell the victims they are a representative of the U.S. Government and they are calling to award them a federal grant, generally from $7,000 to $9,000. The reasons given for awarding the grant vary; it can be because they have no criminal background, have never filed bankruptcy or just do their taxes on time. They tell their victims this “free” money can be used for any “good” purpose but cannot be used for gambling, purchasing alcohol or partying.

To begin the process, the consumers are asked how they’d like to receive their money. They can have it deposited into their checking accounts, applied to a credit or debit card or receive it via wire transfer. However, in order to have access to their money, they must pay a “processing fee” or “general legal fee activation.”

If the consumer takes the bait and pays the fee, they are asked for more money to cover costs for insurance or other charges; some victims report losing several hundred dollars to these scammers.

In addition to losing their money, the victims also place themselves at greater risk for identity theft.

To avoid becoming a victim of this scam, the BBB recommends:

  • Don’t give out your bank account information to anyone you don’t know. Scammers pressure people to divulge their bank account information so that they can steal the money in the account. Always keep your account information confidential. Don’t share it unless you are familiar with the company and know why the information is necessary.
  • Don’t pay any money for a “free” government grant. If you have to pay money to claim a “free” government grant, it isn’t really free. A real government agency won’t ask you to pay a processing fee for a grant that you have already been awarded or pay for a list of grant-making institutions. The names of agencies and foundations that award grants are available for free at any public library or on the Internet. The official access point for all federal grant-making agencies is www.grants.gov.
  • Look-alikes aren’t the real thing. Just because the caller says he’s from the “Federal Grants Administration” doesn’t mean that he is. There is no such government agency.
  • Phone numbers can deceive. Some con artists use Internet technology to disguise their area code in caller ID systems. Although it may appear like they’re calling from Washington, DC, they could be calling from anywhere in the world.
  • Take control of the calls you receive. If you want to reduce the number of telemarketing calls you receive, place your telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry. To register online, visit donotcall.gov. To register by phone, call 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236) from the phone number you wish to register.

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Funeral Services Set for Dr. Webb ‘Mr. Buy Black’ Evans Who Died at the Age of 101

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At 101, Dr. Webb ‘Mr. Buy Black’ Evans has passed

Funeral services set for Saturday

By Chinta Strausberg

At 101, Dr. Webb Evans, known as “Mr. Buy Black,” passed on Monday, February 23, 2015, at 5 p.m. at Mercy Hospital ending decades of teaching African Americans the importance of supporting black-owned businesses.

Visitation service for Dr. Evans will be held on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Leak Funeral Home, 7838 South and Cottage Grove, with the pre-past services being held Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Cathedral Baptist Church, 4821 So. Wabash Avenue, at 9:30 a.m.  The funeral begins at 11 a.m.

Born on Thursday, November 20, 1913 in Greensboro, Alabama to a family of nine, Dr. Evans’ parents, Mamie and Simpson Evans, were sharecroppers, according to his sister, Bernice Lynch.

But, when Evans’ family moved to Mississippi, Lynch said her brother’s first job was working at a funeral home driving an ambulance.

She said Evans moved to Chicago in 1938. He was married to Cora Evans who passed in the 1990’s. He never remarried.

But it was in Chicago more than 52-years ago that Dr. Evans began making   his signature mark. That is when he launched his “Buy Black” movement.

Evans, who was also a poet, author and speechwriter, opened a grocery store, Evans Food Mart, in 1949 located at 9 W. 31st St. In 1953.   He re-located to 515 E. 46th St.  in the Bronzeville community. It was the perfect setting to promote his “Buy Black” campaign. Evans operated his store for 25-years, but he decided to take his “Buy Black” movement citywide.

As the founder and president of the United American Progress Association, Dr. Evans handed over the gavel to Minister Rahim Chesed Aton, the board chairman who was like a son to Webb, on November 10, 2012. You could still see Evans driving his “Buy Black” decorated car until he was 100-years old,

“I have been groomed to carry on the vision of Dr. Evans,” said Aton who is also a professional gospel musician.  “I am humbled” at being chosen to have the mantle passed on to him. Aton vowed to carry on Evans’ legacy and mission of teaching African Americans to “Do For Self,” and to always “Buy Black” first.

Almost until the day he died, Dr. Webb would be seen at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Saturday forums and other meetings throughout the community. He would always be passing out his “Buy Black” literature.

Dr. Webb’s commitment to civil rights began a long time ago when he began marching with A. Phillip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington D.C. back in 1963. He marched with the late activist Lu Palmer, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., activist Eddie Read and others.

Evans is the author of “How Blacks Can Get Off the Economic Bottom,” and “The Other Way.”  He was working on a third book at the time of his death, according to Aton.

Gov. Frank G. Clement made Dr. Evans Honorary Citizen of the Great Volunteer State of Tennessee, and he was listed in ‘Who’s Who in Black America.’ He traveled to Israel where he studied the lifestyle of blacks. Dr. Evans has met with officials from the United Nations and was chosen to be the Ambassador for Peace by the Interreligious and International for World Peace Organization.

Dr. Evans was honored with a Life Time Achievement Award from WVON radio, and he always believed that ‘the race who creates jobs will always have more jobs than those who only look for jobs.”

‘Mr. Buy Black’ will always be remembered for his teaching, ‘As often as you can, put your black dollar in another black hand.’

Dr. Evans leaves to mourn a sister, Bernice Lynch, a brother, Willie Evans, and a host of friends and family.

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.

Selma Is Now

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From: Cornell William Brooks
President and CEO, NAACP

Fifty years ago this week, hundreds of courageous men and women were bludgeoned and bloodied by Alabama state troopers as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. They were marching from Selma to Montgomery to secure the basic, constitutional right to vote. Their actions catalyzed a national movement that ultimately led to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965.

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It’s 2015, but voting rights continue to be in peril for rural, older, college-enrolled, disabled, and black and brown voters. Those who live in states with a documented history of voter suppression now face new laws aimed at keeping our most vulnerable populations away from the polls.

Today, thousands of civil rights leaders and activists are gathering in Selma to kick off a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma-to-Montgomery March.

And while we commemorate the anniversary of this great march, we must also remember that our rights are still not secured—Selma is now.

Let’s show the nation we will not stand by as our rights are threatened. Share this message on Facebook today.

On Saturday, exactly 50 years after “Bloody Sunday,” President Barack Obama will make a special address to honor the lives lost, the courage displayed, and the revolutionary results of this day in our history.

His speech and our advocacy work will send a message to lawmakers who are looking to keep us away from the polls, away from our most fundamental right: that we are watching, we are fighting, and we aren’t backing down. Not in 1965, not in 2015.

Thank you for standing strong,

Cornell William Brooks
President and CEO

My Brother’s Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President

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On February 27, 2014, President Barack Obama launched “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) and issued a powerful call to action to close opportunity gaps still faced by too many young people, and often by boys and young men of color in particular. The President’s announcement encouraged candid dialogues around the country and a greater sense of responsibility among community leaders, and young people themselves to put all youth in a position to thrive, regardless of their race, gender, or socioeconomic status. Over the course of the past year, efforts have advanced along three areas of focus based on the goals laid out in the MBK Presidential Memorandum: state and local engagement, private sector action – independent nonprofit, philanthropic and corporate action; and Public Policy review and reform. The report being released today provides an update on all three approaches over the course of a year since the MBK launch. You can find the full report HERE.

State and Local Engagement: The MBK Community Challenge
Since late September 2014, nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives across 43 states and the District of Columbia have accepted the MBK Community Challenge in partnership with more than 2,000 individual community-based allies. These “MBK Communities” are working with leading experts in youth and community development to design and implement cradle-to-college-and-career action plans. Within six months of accepting the Challenge, MBK Communities commit to review local public policy, host action summits, and start implementing their locally tailored action plans to address opportunity gaps. MBK Communities are provided with technical assistance to develop, implement and track plans of action from both federal agencies and independent organizations with related expertise.

Challenge acceptors (full list) include:

  • The nation’s five largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia.
  • Small cities and towns, including Prichard, AL, Berea, OH, Carlisle, PA, Holly Hill, SC, and Ranson, WV.
  • Cities with some of the highest African American populations, including Detroit, Birmingham and Washington, DC.
  • Cities with some of the highest Hispanic populations, including San Francisco, Dallas, Miami and Phoenix.
  • Seventeen Tribal Nations, including the Cherokee, Cheyenne River, Hoonah and Navajo tribal nations.
Private-Sector Action: Business, Philanthropy and Nonprofit Action
Foundations, businesses, and social enterprises have responded to the President’s call to action by taking steps to ensure that communities have the support they need and by providing funding and advice for aligned national initiatives. More than $300 million in grants and in-kind resources have been independently committed already to advance the mission of MBK, including  investments in safe and effective schools, mentoring programs, juvenile justice reforms, and school redesign. For example, the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) is coordinating the leaders of 63 of the largest urban school systems in the country in a pledge to change life outcomes by better serving students at every stage of their education; Prudential announced a commitment of $13 million to support technical assistance for MBK Communities as well as impact investments for innovative for-profit and nonprofit social purpose enterprises that eliminate barriers to financial and social mobility; and on Christmas Day 2014, the NBA launched a public service announcement and campaign in partnership with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to recruit 25,000 new mentors over the next five years.
Policy: The Federal Response

The MBK Task Force, an interagency working group of representatives of over ten agencies across the Federal government,  has encouraged and tracked implementation of the recommendations outlined in the initial 90-day report issued in May. Those efforts have led to greater focus on federal investments that support evidence-based interventions. For example, grant programs, like the Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative and the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe, harness federal resources to create clearer pathways to success by helping youth build both work and life skills. Public-private partnerships like Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps, School Turnaround AmeriCorps and 21st Century Conservation Service Corps are working with the Corporation for National and Community Service to engage underserved youth in service that has the potential to transform their lives and the communities they serve. Similarly, the Departments of Education and Justice issued Correctional Education guidance to help to ensure that incarcerated youth have the full protection of existing laws and benefits. The federal government has also advanced its efforts to track quality data for boys and young men of color and their peers.

Through MBK, this Administration will continue to improve transparency and accountability to address persistent opportunity gaps at every level and improve outcomes for all young people to ensure they have the opportunity to succeed.

You can find the full report HEREhttp://go.wh.gov/mADKdo

Source: whitehouse.gov.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries

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The Office of the State Fire Marshal Reminds Residents to Change Their Smoke Alarm Batteries as Clocks are Set Forward This Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As a biannual initiative to keep Illinois families safe, the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) reminds the public to change their smoke alarm batteries as clocks are set forward one hour this Sunday, March 8th, 2015.  Daylight savings is the perfect time to ensure your smoke alarms are working properly.  Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year in an effort to prevent injuries and deaths in case of a fire emergency.

“Changing your smoke alarm batteries can save a life,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis. “Safety begins at home. Take a moment as you set your clocks one hour forward Saturday night to make sure your smoke alarm is functioning properly.”

On Sunday, March 8th, residents will set their clocks one hour forward from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. CST.  On Saturday evening adults should to replace smoke alarm batteries. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to teach children how to identify the sound of a smoke alarm and practice a home escape plan.

Last year in Illinois, more than 3,596 structure fires were reported.  Smoke alarms alerted occupants in more than 2,220 of those structure fires, about 62% of the incidents.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 366,600 home structure fires from 2007-2011.  On average, seven people died each day in U.S. home fires.  Three out of five home fire deaths result from homes with no smoke alarms present or where smoke alarms were installed but did not operate.

The following information provides additional tips for smoke alarm installation and maintenance:

  • According to the Illinois Smoke Detector Act, smoke alarms should be installed within 15 feet of all sleeping areas, with at least one on each floor including the basement.
  • For residents that have hard-wired smoke alarms, there must be a battery backup in case of a power outage.
  • For hearing impaired family members, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights with sound and/or a bed vibrating alarm.
  • Read the manufacturer’s directions before installing your smoke detectors.
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least six inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed 4 to 6 inches away from the ceiling.
  • Don’t install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
  • Never paint smoke alarms.  Paint, stickers, or other decorations could interfere with the alarm’s ability to sound.

For more information about fire safety and prevention, contact your local fire department or visit:  www.sfm.illinois.gov

Great Granddaughter of Booker T. Washington Keeps His Legacy Alive

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Great Granddaughter of Booker T. Washington rises up to create positive change!

Sara Washington O'Neal Rush

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — In addition to Women’s History Month this year, 2015 marks 150 years since the end of chattel slavery in America, and 100 years since the death of Booker T. Washington – former slave turned famous educator, and founder of Tuskegee University.

In commemoration of each of these significant events in American history, Sarah Washington O’Neal Rush, great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, continues on a mission to incite hope and create positive change among women, college students, urban youth, educators, counselors, and social workers, with her latest book Rising Up From the Blood: A Legacy Reclaimed, A Bridge Forward.

“Every time someone tells me that my story of falling and failing, and rising and achieving, empowered them to rise, achieve, and heal, thats when I know that I am not living in vain,” Rush says.

Rising Up From the Blood is an incredible tell-all, true story, that sheds light on how one remarkable woman, the last born of the great-grandchildren of Booker T. Washington, experienced growing up near poverty, and “at-risk” in Oakland, California. Yet, she was able to rise above her circumstancesbut not until she learned how her great-grandfather was able to rise above slavery to become the most influential Black leader of his time.

The courage of his mother, Jane, who was born a slave, and the earnestness of Sarah’s mother, Agnes Louise Washington, reinforce the lessons woven throughout this book. Now, armed with wisdom and personal experience, this author, speaker, and educator, continues on a mission to empower others to rise up from their blood, tell their own story, and reclaim their own legacy.

The book was written with Yvonne Rose, and has a forward by Tony Rose, NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literature, and publisher of Amber Books.

Rising Up From the Blood: A Legacy Reclaimed, A Bridge Forward is available now at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and autographed copies are available at www.Extraordinarylegacy.net
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” — Booker T. Washington

Photo Caption: Sarah Washington ONeal Rush – author, speaker, educator, and great-granddaughter of Booker T. Washington

International Working Women’s Day Chicago Rally!

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Join FURIE Chicago for a rally at the Haymarket Memorial followed by a march to Union Park.

CHICAGO, IL – This Sunday, March 8th, Chicago organizers with the Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation (FURIE) are hosting a rally and march to reclaim the revolutionary history of Women’s Day. The group, their supporters, and Chicagoand from all walks of life will rally at 3:30 PM at Chicago’s Haymarket Memorial, 175 N. Desplaines, before marching to Union Park, located at Ashland and Lake streets.

“Without women, there can be no revolution!” says Brit Schulte, an organizer of Sunday’s march. “Chicagoans are marching on International International Working Women’s Day to show that women are the driving force behind social change.”

In 1910, at the Second International Conference of Working Women, German revolutionary Clara Zetkin brought forward the question of organizing an International Working Women’s Day. The conference decided that every year, in every country, they should celebrate on the same day a “Women’s Day” under the slogan “The vote for women will unite our strength in the struggle for socialism.” The March 8th holiday became a day to mobilize working class women against capitalism.

In March of 1917 (late February in the old Russian Calendar) Russian women workers lead a mass strike for bread and peace that began the revolution, the first and only example we have when the working class successfully came to power.

Facebook Event (200+ RSVPs): https://www.facebook.com/events/325241611014579/

Organized by:

FURIE – Feminist Uprising to Resist Inequality and Exploitation

Co-sponsoring Organizations:

Chicago IWW

Chicago Socialists – ISO

Chicago Socialist Party

American Party of Labor

UIC United Faculty Local 6456

UIC Graduate Employees Organization

County Board President Preckwinkle: Snuffing Out Illegal Cigarettes Means More Revenue for County

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Beneath floorboards, concealed by hidden compartments, behind false walls accessed by garage door openers, Cook County Department of Revenue (DOR) investigators have seen it all when it comes to hiding illegal cigarettes. Through determined enforcement efforts, DOR is now bringing in record-high revenue for the County while combatting the sophisticated and slippery tobacco black market.

Over the last four years, DOR, working with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, has tripled its number of inspections, and nearly doubled the number of citations issued. DOR increased its number of inspections from 4,690 in 2013 to 7,858 in 2014. This 60 percent jump led to 1,548 citations being issued and $6.3 million in fines being assessed in 2014, a $2.3 million increase from 2013. Overall, the County collected $133.2 million in cigarette tax revenue (gross) in 2014.

“We are leveling the playing field, increasing public safety and collecting revenue owed to the County,” Preckwinkle said. “The National Association of Counties awarded our Department of Revenue the 2014 Achievement Award for their tobacco tax enforcement system and compliance efforts. We are becoming a national model for best practices in this area.”

A tobacco sniffing dog program piloted in 2014 resulted in 57 inspections and 72 citations issued over nine days. 3,506 packs were confiscated with fines totaling more than a quarter of a million dollars. These highly-trained dogs can detect the odor of tobacco and alert their handler where tobacco is concealed. Cook County Department of Revenue expects to deploy a full time canine and handler this summer to combat the sale of illegal/unstamped/untaxed cigarettes and tobacco products.

From the City of Chicago to the Village of Norridge, the Department of Revenue is also greatly increasing its partnerships with local law enforcement agencies. A recent tip from the Norridge Police Department yielded 1,638 packs of unstamped cigarettes hidden in a wall resulting in fines totaling $53,000.

Preckwinkle is also asking residents to report retailers who are in possession of illegal cigarettes. Citizens may receive up to $1,000 rewards if they report violations of the Cook County Tobacco Ordinance to the Department of Revenue leading to unlawful tobacco confiscation and a fine being paid. To report a tip please visit https://apps.cookcountyil.gov/dor/.

DOR is developing a mobile application to increase tips from the public, while increasing field surveillance, internet intelligence gathering and tracking activities to further clamp down on the illegal tobacco industry in the coming year.

Dr. Gail C. Christopher Receives Distinguished Terrance Keenan Leadership Award from Grantmakers in Health

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AUSTIN, Texas. -Dr. Gail C. Christopher, vice president for policy and senior advisor for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), today was awarded the esteemed Grantmakers in Health’s (GIH) Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy during their annual conference.

“Gail is a courageous, dedicated and effective leader who has already contributed much not only to the field of philanthropy, but to the larger social justice community,” said Kathy Ko Chin, president and CEO of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, who nominated Christopher for the award.

One of Christopher’s most significant contributions to philanthropy has been her vision for America Healing, a $75 million effort to foster racial healing, dismantle structural inequalities, overcome unconscious bias and create equitable opportunities for all children in education, health and well-being and economic security.

Christopher joined the Kellogg Foundation in 2007 as vice president for program strategy, and held responsibilities for direction and leadership of the racial equity; food, health and well-being; community and civic engagement; and leadership portfolios. Her expertise and experience with developing initiatives to address the social determinants of health led to the development of several key portfolios at the foundation, including improving healthy birth outcomes.

“The Terrance Keenan Award is a wonderful honor recognizing Gail’s leadership of some key initiatives at the Kellogg Foundation. She brought a wealth of health equity and social justice expertise, research and experience to the Kellogg Foundation and to our grantees,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “Her life’s work has embraced undoing the injustices of conscious and unconscious racism, and structural inequities that impede the overall health and well-being of children and families of color.”

Previously, Christopher served as vice president at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and led their Health Policy Institute, a multi-year initiative created to engage racial and ethnic minorities in health policy discussions. While there she was also instrumental in the development of the policy recommendations with the Dellums Commission to address health disparities faced by young men of color across the nation. She also served as the director of the Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Christopher currently authors a Huffington Post column, in addition to the more than 250 articles, presentations and publications she’s penned throughout her career. She has been interviewed by national print and broadcast media outlets, and acknowledged with numerous awards, including those from the Congressional Black Caucus, Society of Public Health Education and the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs.

She holds a doctor of naprapathy degree from the Chicago National College of Naprapathy in Illinois. She is president of the Board of Directors of the Trust for America’s Health.

In 2003, Dr. Gloria R. Smith, a former vice president for health at WKKF received this prestigious award from GIH.

As a founder of GIH, Terrance Keenan was known for his leadership, innovation and compassion, with a career of more than 50 years in philanthropy. The Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy was established in 1993, to honor his significant contributions to the field and inspire other grantmakers in the pursuit of excellence.

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. To learn more, visit www.wkkf.org or follow WKKF on Twitter at @wk_kellogg_fdn.

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