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Over 100 African American Clergy Head to the U.S. Supreme Court to Pray for Supreme Justice

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Washington, DC – Today, over one hundred African American Clergy from around the nation will gather at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as representation to pray for the U.S. Supreme Court justice selection process. Eminent Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously described his fellow judges as “nine scorpions in a bottle.”


However, with the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia that number has been reduced to eight. When Republicans began proclaiming that President Obama should not appoint the late justice’s successor.


President Obama countered that he would perform his constitutional duty and nominate a successor to Scalia, adding, “Your job doesn’t stop until you are voted out or until your term expires.” With continued political fighting and bickering faith leaders, after gearing up for a national voter registration campaign will head to the U.S. Supreme Court to pray for President Obama and his constitutional power to nominate a justice that has the professional merit and ideological attitude that represents people of races, gender and faith.

Rev. Jamal Bryant, Pastor of Empowerment Temple Church, located in Baltimore, Maryland leads the ‘Praying for Supreme Justice’ rally at the steps U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20543.
The ‘Praying For Supreme Justice’ rally will be held today, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, from 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m.


All are invited to attend.


Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant: Minister of the New Millennium
Dr. Bryant is a pastor with a global mission. With more than 10,000 members at Empowerment Temple, located in Baltimore, Maryland, his mission is to “empower people spiritually, develop them educationally, expose them culturally, activate them politically, and strengthen them economically.” This new millennium minister is also an impassioned social activist, community developer, and cultural philanthropist. Pastor Jamal Bryant has lead social justice campaigns for Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.

#WhatWeDoMatters: YADP Evaluation Report

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From: Malik S. Nevels, J.D.

Executive Director, ILAACP

I am excited to announce the release of our 2014-2015 Youth Asset Development Project Evaluation Report. This report represents the impact of our Youth Asset Development Project (YADP) on the lives of 117 at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 18 residing in Chicago’s Englewood, Auburn Gresham, Greater Grand Crossing, South Shore, and Roseland communities.

As the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) prepares to celebrate our ten year anniversary, this report demonstrates another way we are building safe, healthy and resilient African American children, families, and communities.

The ILAACP 2014-2015 Youth Asset Development Project Evaluation Report analyzes data gathered through surveys and focus groups from youth participating in the YADP. Youth were recruited and enrolled by our Delivery Partners: Teamwork Englewood, Target Area Development Corporation and South Shore Drill Team. Participants attended 12-week sessions that included an amalgamation of three evidenced-based approaches to reducing violent behavior including Conflict Resolution Training (Think First Curriculum), Mentoring (Achieving Success) and Restorative Justice Practices (Peacekeeping Circles).

Based on evaluation findings, the majority of YADP participants reported significant increases concerning their confidence in their ability to deal with conflict, including an increase in ability to self-calm, and increase in confidence concerning talking out disagreements, and an increase in their perceived ability to walk away from violence. YADP participants also reported positive increases in their perception of school, ability to persist into college, and interact in professional environments. Survey findings suggest an enhancing of interpersonal relationships and increased optimism concerning future circumstances.

The success of YADP is due, in large part, to the collaborative effort of concerned county and non-profit agencies committed to implementing innovative solutions to the wanton violence that unfairly plagues too many of our Chicago area neighborhoods. To that end, and on behalf of youth that participated in YADP, we want to thank the Cook County Justice Advisory Council, the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Teamwork Englewood, Target Area Development Corporation, South Shore Drill Team, and SGA Youth & Family Services.
Please read and share our 2014-2015 Youth Asset Development Project Evaluation Report using the hashtag #WhatWeDoMatters!

If you have any questions, or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Isaac McCoy, Special Initiatives Director, at 312.850.4444 ext. 227 or imccoy@ilaacp.org.

In service,
Malik S. Nevels, J.D.
Executive Director

Black Organization Partners With White House/ Department of Education

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City Year announces partnership with Department of Education and White House

Joins My Brothers Keeper Success Mentors Initiative to Address Chronic Absenteeism 


City Year joins My Brother’s Keeper Success Mentors Initiative to address chronic absenteeism. 3,000 City Year AmeriCorps members currently support nearly 200,000 students in 292 of America’s highest need schools.

Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) – Representing 3,000 AmeriCorps members who currently support nearly 200,000 students in 292 of our countrys highest need schools, City Year today announced its partnership in the My Brothers Keeper (MBK) Success Mentors Initiative which is aimed at reducing chronic absenteeism and improving outcomes for young people, particularly in high need communities.


The MBK Success Mentors Initiative is a partnership of the United States Education Department, the White House, The Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University, the Corporation for National and Community Service, MENTOR, Attendance Works, United Way, the Ad Council, Mott Foundation, Diplomas Now and City Year. The Initiative seeks to promote school-based mentorship as a solution to chronic absenteeism, which is defined as missing at least 10% of school per year, or the equivalent of a month of school.


We are proud to be part of this groundbreaking effort to ensure that all students are engaged in school and ready to learn, said Jim Balfanz, City Year President. Our AmeriCorps members show up for students every day, partnering with teachers so that all students can meet their potential.

Chronic absenteeism is an early warning sign for students that are likely to drop out of high school a devastating outcome for young people and communities. City Years data driven approach is designed to ensure that students at risk of falling off-track and not making it to graduation have additional academic and social-emotional supports, anchored in a productive relationship with a caring near peer mentor. City Year AmeriCorps members currently are in school every day to help students feel empowered and committed to their academic goals, celebrate successes and provide research-based academic and behavioral supports to help students. City Years efforts have been found to help improve a number of critical metrics including reducing chronic absenteeism and helping schools improve performance on state standardized tests.

Reducing chronic absenteeism is one of my top priorities. We are mobilizing our partners to help us get our students in school, on time, for the entire day, said Chris Maher, Interim Superintendent of Providence Public Schools. As a national leader in this work, City Year has been a critical partner in this effort.”

The White House and the Department of Education are bringing more resources and attention to a critical national issue. We are grateful to be part of this innovative partnership that recognizes the unique role that national service can play in helping students and schools succeed,” said City Year CEO and Co-Founder Michael Brown.
City Year partners with schools in 27 cities nationwide, including in nine of the ten cities participating in the My Brothers Keeper Success Mentors Initiative (Boston, Columbus, Denver, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, San Antonio and Seattle).

City Year is dedicated to helping students and schools succeed. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide high-impact student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A recent third party study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to 2-3 times more likely to improve on Math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts, and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.

Learn more at http://info.cityyear.org/CY_Interest_Form_div.html

Follow City Year on Social Media:
Facebook – www.Facebook.com/cityyear
Twitter – www.Twitter.com/cityyear.

South Shore Chamber is Hosting “Business Builders”

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South Shore Chamber is hosting “Business Builders”. A twelve week cohort designed to teach entrepreneurs and small business owners the necessary skills needed to start and grow a business. The classes will include Writing a Business Plan, Access to Capital, Market Strategies, Accounting Practicies and much more. Join them for their free informational session on March 1st at 10:00am. For more infomation please call Teyonda Wertz @ 773-955-9508.

Ending Mass Incarceration in the United States

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Northwestern researcher details how red states are spearheading prison reforms

  • Republican-dominated states leading prison reform movement
  • Schoenfeld studies how and why states implement change
  • Texas and Georgia pushed forward with own unmandated efforts
  • ‘Mass incarceration is essentially a big government program’


EVANSTON, IL – Long known as the world’s biggest jailer, the United States is experimenting with prison reform.

California’s prison downsizing experiment is the nation’s largest. But Republican states are the ones leading the way, according to Northwestern University professor Heather Schoenfeld, who is investigating why states are seeking reform and how these efforts might help the U.S. reverse mass incarceration.

In the March issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Schoenfeld argues that while California was implementing its reforms, states with “far more conservative credentials,” like Texas and Georgia, were pushing forward with their own unmandated efforts—perhaps even aided by the rise of the Tea Party and its mistrust of big government.

“Mass incarceration is essentially a big government program,” said Schoenfeld, a faculty associate at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research and assistant professor of legal studies and human development and social policy.

These Republican-dominated states have set reforms into motion that aim to save money by sending less people to prison and investing in rehabilitative programs to reduce recidivism. In an earlier era, these efforts might have been derided as “soft on crime.”

Schoenfeld, a leading scholar on criminal punishment systems, has been researching how some states are responding to the issue and the take-home lessons for other states that are not.

“The question I’m interested in is, ‘How are states making these policy decisions now?’” Schoenfeld said.


Beach Boys, Temptations to Bring Fun, Fun, Fun to Aurora’s Riveredge Park, Friday, August 5

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Beach Boys (left) and The Temptations. Click 
AURORA, IL – Chicago’s #1 surf and soul summer concert event is The Beach Boys and The Temptations, live Friday, August 5 at  7 p.m. at Aurora’s RiverEdge Park.
There’s no better way to celebrate summer than experiencing the band that literally created the beach rock sound live. And there’s no better place to do it than on the banks of the Fox River at beautiful RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, directly across from Metra’s Aurora Transportation Center.
Online ticket sales start today at RiverEdgeAurora.com. Tickets are only $30 through May 31, and $45 after.
Phone and in-person sales start March 15. Call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666, or stop by in-person at RiverEdge’s satellite box office, the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
Calling The Beach Boys “legends” is an understatement. Their multi-layered harmonies, unmistakable 1960s surf rock sound and laid-back style launched them into worldwide fame, while simultaneously shaping the future of pop music forever.

Fifty years, 100 million albums sold and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later, The Beach Boys are the top-selling American band of all time. With musical masterpieces like “Surfin’ USA,” Pet Sounds and “Kokomo,” it’s no surprise The Beach Boys took home the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Grammy.

RiverEdge fans like their surf with a side of soul, so joining The Beach Boys are the smooth, soulful, funky Temptations.
Known for their Motown smash hits “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” The Temptations, with the help of writer/producer Smokey Robinson, embody the heart and soul of Motor City USA. Not only are their Grammy-winning voices golden, but their slick dance moves and classic charm led The Temptations to become the cultural icons they still are today.
From Chicago, RiverEdge is easily accessible via Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) line. Paid public parking is available in the Metra Lot across the street from RiverEdge, with additional private lots surrounding the Park and in downtown Aurora.
Concessions at RiverEdge boasts a diverse menu and bar featuring domestic and craft beers, wine, sodas, bottled water and more, plus festival food tent vendors selling everything from hot dogs to funnel cakes.
New this year: outside food is now welcome in the Park. Only soft collapsible coolers no larger than 12″ W x 12″ T x 12″ L are allowed. All soft collapsible coolers, as well as any other personal items you bring, must fit under your chair and must be stored there once the concert begins. No outside beverages are allowed in, with the exception of 2 sealed bottles of unflavored water per person. All coolers are subject to inspection. One cooler allowed per patron.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. This event is general admission only. Guests are encouraged to bring folding and bag chairs. Scheduled events take place rain or shine, unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public.


Concertgoers are advised to follow RiverEdge Park on Facebook and Twitter for all concert updates, or call the RiverEdge Park Weather Line, 630.723.2480, to check status if inclement weather is pending.



About The Beach Boys



Wouldn't it Be Nice to see The Beach Boys August 5th at RiverEdge Park
“Wouldn’t it Be Nice” to see The Beach Boys August 5th at RiverEdge Park?


After 50 years of making music, Mike Love and The Beach Boys have a varied catalog of hits and a diverse group of fans. Few, if any, acts can match the band’s concert presence, spirit and performance. They were center-stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. On one day alone – July 4, 1985 – they played to nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.


The Beach Boys are beloved for their upbeat summertime surfer songs and artful pop creations of the early 1960s. Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”


The band appeared on countless worldwide TV shows throughout the years including The Ed Sullivan Show, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and The Tonight Show. Other television appearances include performances on Don Imus’ MSNBC show Imus In The Morning, TNT’s NBA All-Star Game, NBC’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, Good Morning America, Weekend Today and The O’Reilly Factor.

Mike Love continues his charity activities through Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives. Love and The Beach Boys’ recent efforts raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and made additional contributions to the disaster relief in Haiti. This fall, Love will publish an autobiography, “Good Vibration: My Life as a Beach Boy,” detailing his life, including the highs of creating hit songs and learning transcendental meditation to the lows.
In addition to founding Beach Boy Mike Love (lead vocals) and Beach Boy-vet Bruce Johnston (vocals/keyboards), Jeffrey Foskett (guitar/vocals), Brian Eichenburger(bass/vocals), Tim Bonhomme (keyboards/vocals), John Cowsill of The Cowsills (percussion /vocals) and Scott Totten (guitar/vocals) round out the band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks. For more information visit TheBeachBoys.com.
About The Temptations

We “Ain’t to Proud to Beg” for a lil’ coverage about
The Temptations performing live August 5 at RiverEdge Park
The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early 1960s. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the Things You Do” turned the guys into stars.
An avalanche of hits followed, many of which, “My Girl” for instance, attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”…the hits kept coming.
Beyond the fabulous singing, The Temptations became a staple of American style, smooth stepping, flawless presentations, flair, flash and class.  When the sixties and seventies turned political, The Temps got serious. Hits like “Runaway Child,” “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Psychedelic Shack” still smolder.
In the eighties and nineties, The Temps prevailed with smashes like the Otis Williams’ penned “Treat Her Like A Lady,” wowed with their appearance on Motown 25 in 1983, were the subject of a highly-rated NBC mini-series that chronicled the group’s history, for which an Emmy Award followed. Then came a series of acclaimed records, including For Lovers Only, Phoenix Rising, Ear Resistible, Awesome and Reflections.


The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. The current lineup consists of Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon and Bruce Williamson. For more, visit TheTemptations.xyz.


About RiverEdge Park

In only its fourth season, Chicago and Chicago’s western suburbs have a terrific summer destination in RiverEdge Park, a beautiful outdoor concert venue in downtown Aurora.
Anchored by the contemporary John C. Dunham performance pavilion, RiverEdge is a general admission park with a capacity of up to 8,500, boasting state-of-the-art acoustics and lighting, a warm community feel and a gorgeous view on the banks of the Fox River.
RiverEdge Park is managed and programmed by the Aurora Civic Center Authority (ACCA), which also oversees operations for Aurora’s historic Paramount Theatre.
For more information, visit RiverEdgeAurora.com or call the RiverEdge box office, 630.896.6666.

Gerald Roberts, Jr. Named Special Agent in Charge of the Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office

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FBI Director James B. Comey has named Gerald Roberts, Jr. as the special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division of the Washington Field Office. Mr. Roberts most recently served as the section chief of the Terrorist Financing Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., leading the FBI’s global efforts targeting terrorist financing.

Mr. Roberts joined the FBI in 1999. He began his career in the New York Division, where he worked as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and investigated international terrorism matters. Throughout his career, Mr. Roberts has held leadership positions in the International Operations Division, Counterterrorism Division, and the Baltimore Division. Mr. Roberts has also been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including the FBI Director’s Award and the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.

Mr. Roberts will assume this new role in the beginning of March.

Washington, D.C. February 29, 2016
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

Madigan Calls on Veterans Affairs to Restore Benefits to Veterans Defrauded by For-Profit Schools

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to immediately restore federal military educational benefits for student veterans who attended deceptive for-profit schools, including Corinthian Colleges Inc. which operated Everest College campuses in Illinois.

Madigan joined with attorneys general in California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington to send a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald, calling on the Department to restore these benefits for student veterans under the G.I. Bill and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program. In Illinois, Corinthian operated six Everest College campuses until it was forced to close by regulators in 2014.

The attorneys general said many student veterans enrolled in predatory and expensive for-profit schools such as Corinthian based on aggressive marketing tactics and deceptive advertising claims. These schools recruited students under the guise that a degree would qualify them for jobs in their chosen field. Ultimately, however, many students discovered that the schools lacked proper accreditation and as a result, their degrees or credit hours were worthless and not recognized by employers or other higher education institutions. Too often at that point, student veterans had already maxed out their educational benefits.

“Veterans earn educational benefits through their heroic service to our country,” Madigan said. “They should not return home and become targets of predatory, bogus colleges whose only interest in our veterans is to profit off them. It’s critical that our tax dollars allow student veterans to get a true education and the opportunities it provides.”

Madigan’s letter also urges the VA to provide student veterans with full and accurate information about the problems that may result if they use their veterans’ benefits at misleading, for-profit schools.

Madigan and the attorneys general also offered a number of recommendations to the VA in their joint letter, including:

• Exercising current federal statutory authority to provide relief to these veterans. In cases where the VA has authorized the use of benefits contrary to its own governing statutes and regulations, federal law (38 U.S.C. §503) provides the VA discretion to offer equitable relief that would give back to the veterans full eligibility and entitlement to their benefits that they have lost from the schools’ conduct. Restoring these benefits would allow the veterans to obtain an education that will help them advance their careers.

• Triggering Automatic Reviews. The VA should establish that a review to exercise this discretion will automatically take place in any of the following cases: (1) when the U.S. Department of Education, a state regulatory agency, or a state attorney general takes a regulatory or enforcement action against a school; (2) when a court enters a judgment against a school, or (3) upon application by a veteran or a group of veterans alleging that an education program or college has utilized advertising, sales, or enrollment practices which are erroneous, deceptive, or misleading.

• Taking Proactive Steps To Provide Full and Accurate Information. The VA should take proactive steps to guarantee that veterans will be furnished full and accurate information about their education options to prevent them from enrolling in schools that employ aggressive and misleading marketing practices.

• Increasing Cooperation. The VA should continue and increase its support of efforts of state regulatory agencies and attorneys general in protecting veterans from misconduct.

For more information on student veteran benefits or for-profit schools, Madigan encouraged consumers to contact her Student Loan Helpline, 1(800) 455-2456 (TTY: 1 (800) 964-3013). The Helpline is answered by trained staff who can assist students and student loan borrowers as they manage their higher education costs. Borrowers can also visit her website.



Attorney General Madigan is a national leader in investigating and enforcing violations of consumer protection laws in the higher education field. She has pursued litigation against national for-profit colleges for fraudulent marketing practices, and she is leading a multistate investigation into the student loan provider Sallie Mae (now Navient). Madigan has also taken action against an emerging scam that targets people struggling to repay their student loan debt. She has also testified before Congress about the role of states in protecting higher education students that included a call for stronger protections under federal law for student loan borrowers.

California Black Community Advocate Killed

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43-year-old beloved black community advocate gunned down in broad daylight in California

Ronnie Yusuf Senegal’s Last Walk for Justice 

Ronnie Yusuf Senegal

Helendale, CA (BlackNews.com) – In a year when the question of Black lives Matter and gun control are the topic of political debates, campaigns and coffee house discussions, a story of a life come full circle emerges. This story does not have a happy ending. On Jan. 12, 2016, the week of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday, Ronnie Yusuf Senegal, beloved community activist, legal consultant, small business owner, husband, and father was gunned down at the age of 43 in the small town of Helendale, California, by an X Security Patrol Officer of his community. Ronnie Senegal kissed his wife, left on a morning walk and stopped to catch up with friends at a local gas station.

What happened?

An argument incited between Ronnie Senegal, the store owners Son, Tony Maida and Brandon Todd, an x employee of Allied Barton, a security company hired by Silver Lakes Homeowners Association to patrol the community. The argument was over what Ronnie felt was the ongoing corruption and cover up of the dangerous conditions of a basketball court that he and several community members fell and injured themselves on. The Homeowners Association manager reportedly pressured security officers to lie during recent depositions for fear of job loss.

A physical altercation occurred between Senegal and Brandon Todd that turned deadly. Brandon Todd, who has a felony in Texas, left the scene after the altercation and retrieved a gun He came back and shot Senegal over 5 times, killing him in cold blood. (Authorities are not sure how this felon was able to get the gun or how he was cleared to work for Allied Barton, one of the countrys top security companies).

Ronnies wife, Shirin, found him lying in a pool of blood as she screamed for help that took 25 minutes to arrive. Todd ran from the scene but was arrested the same day and is currently in custody at Adelanto Detention center awaiting trial for the murder of Senegal on 1.9 million bail. The San Bernardino District Attorneys office has told the family that if convicted Brandon Todd faces 50 years to life but the family is seeking the Capital Punishment for the premeditation.

An extraordinary man of integrity and compassion

Shirin comments, My husband was not an ordinary man; he was an EXTRAORDINARY man with heart and compassion. He took the shoes off his feet for people and made sure no one was without a meal. He was stripped from us by a coward and the corruption of Allied Barton and Silver Lakes Association especially its Manager Michael Bennett. He wanted more for the members of the small community and felt that our civil rights were being stripped away.

Ronnie and his wife Shirin walked together for justice hand in hand for almost 5 years. They fought for peoples rights and focused on housing rights for families living in substandard conditions in Los Angeles and San Bernardino County, CA. A day before he passed Ronnie Senegal was working on pushing attorneys to stop the illegal lockouts of families living across the street from what will be the New Inglewood NFL Stadium.

The couple launched a program, called Choices, to pull from Ronnies background, and Shirins business experience to help youth and x offenders head in the right direction by using the fundamentals of the game of chess to make better Choices. The couple co-authored four books together, one about Ronnies life, entitled 3 Strikes, The Fight for My Life in the LA Mens Central Jail.

The couples passion for feeding families and taking care of others can be seen in their love of Baking! Together they created Huni Bear Kobblers and donated proceeds from their family dessert company to FeedAmerica.org to help Feed it Forward Program! Their goal was to raise 1 million meals because Ronnie knew as a child what it was like not to have. They gathered their small town of Helendale, California together around the holidays with their Pay it Forward Group to ensure every family had a good holiday.

A legacy to never be forgotten

In a life taken too soon we can look back and see that Ronnie struggled as many young black men but he made a choice to change his life and turn the hand he was dealt. This is a life that is deserving of remembering. Ronnie Yusuf Senegal lived every day wanting to make a difference and to leave a legacy. He wanted to be remembered not for his life mistakes, but for his life of change, of passion, of dedication to his wife, friends and family of fighting for justice, of compassion for others, and most of all, his resurrection into society as a changed human being.
Ronnie Yusuf Senegal walked his last Walk for Justice but his legacy for Justice will continue to touch and uplift others for a lifetime. He will never be erased from the hearts and minds of those who knew him and those who are just getting to know his story will be touched by this amazing black man who lost his life to senseless gun Violence and to a coward that did not value life or honor.

Shirin comments, “My husband was an amazing man who saw the worst that life could offer but chose to see the best in others regardless of their past. He was a gentle giant who loved his family friends and was loyal and kind.
She adds, “Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite, a painting Shirins husband hung for her on the wall was one of the few things she took when she left their home. I do not know how to pick up the pieces of my shattered life. All I know is that my beautiful husbands death cannot be in vein.

For more details about the life and legacy of Ronnnie Yusuf Senegal, please visit www.ronniesenegal.com

Photo Caption: Ronnie Yusuf Senegal, Community Advocate, Legal Consultant & Business Owner

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