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Chicago Teachers Union Will March to Saturday Labor Rally – Will Make a Few Stops on the Way

Posted by Admin On February - 24 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Rally, march to workers’ rights mobilization: TODAY, 11 AM
Federal Plaza, Adams and Dearborn, Chicago

  • Feeder march to noon state-wide labor rights rally at Daley Plaza via Citadel, JPMorgan Chase, CPS Board of Education.

CTU, allies will march to labor rally – and make a few stops on the way

Student drum-line will lead parents, teachers, allies on feeder march that targets predatory financial outfits, calls out racist school policies – and demands support for workers’ rights.

CHICAGO, IL With the Supreme Court poised to hear arguments in the Janus case, union workers from across the state are rallying for labor rights today. The CTU is joining that mobilization with a drum-line – and making a few stops on the way.

The CTU kicks off our rally and feeder march at 11 am today at Federal Plaza at Dearborn and Adams with a student drum-line. From there, we’ll make stops at some of the city’s biggest facilitators of school privatization and attacks on workers. Stops include:

  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, one of CPS’ biggest lenders;
  • Hedge fund Citadel, run by billionaire school privatizer Ken Griffin, one of Mayor Emanuel’s biggest donors;
  • The Chicago Board of Education, a rubber stamp for a mayor who has closed dozens of schools, shortchanged special education students and fomented disruption and neglect in neighborhood public schools that educate Chicago’s overwhelmingly low-income Black and Brown students.

Speakers and marchers will include students and union teachers from Hope, Robeson and other Englewood schools targeted for closure; Elisabeth Greer, the local school council chair of NTA – also slated for closure by Emanuel in a takeover bid by wealthy south Loop interests; Amisha Patel, executive director of the Grassroots Collaborative; Tony Johnson, president of Cook County Colleges Teachers Union Local 1600; and allies, including members of GEM – the Grassroots Education Movement.

The goal of the action is to connect the dots between Emanuel’s racist school closings, predatory lending that undercuts the solvency of public agencies like CPS; and the pivotal role that hedge funds and big finance play in promoting – and bankrolling – attacks on working people and their unions, including the Janus case.

Saturday’s feeder march and rally – part of a nationwide day of action – come just days before the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case initiated by right-wing billionaire Governor Bruce Rauner that’s designed to intensify a rigged system that undercuts working people’s freedom to organize and sustain strong unions. Some of the nation’s wealthiest dark money think tanks, right-wing foundations and conservative mega-donors are bankrolling Janus and parallel initiatives, part of their sustained assault on workers’ rights, labor unions and living wage work.

Karen Boykin-Towns Elected Vice Chair of NAACP National Board

Posted by Admin On February - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
boykintowns2018BALTIMORE — The NAACP elected Karen Boykin-Towns as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at its annual board meeting on February 17 in New York. She replaces former board Vice-Chair Derrick Johnson, who was named NAACP President and CEO last October.“Karen Boykin-Towns is an amazing talent that the NAACP is honored to have as its Board Vice-Chair,” said Leon W. Russell, NAACP Board Chairman. “She brings a level of accomplishment in the public and private sector, breaking glass ceilings and serving as a model for women of color everywhere,” added Russell.An NAACP life member, Mrs. Boykin-Towns was the Chair of the Board’s National Health Committee and President Emeritus of the Brooklyn, NY Branch.Currently Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Pfizer Innovative Health, her career spans 20 years and she served as the company’s first Chief Diversity Officer. In that role, she was instrumental in implementing a global strategy that resulted in Pfizer being recognized as a leader in including diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage in its operations in over 100 countries. In 2016, she was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the “Top Influential Women in Corporate America.”

Prior to joining Pfizer, Mrs. Boykin-Towns’ served as Deputy Director of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference. She also served as Legislative Director and later Chief of Staff for Senator David Paterson—Paterson went on to become the 55th Governor of the State of New York.

Mrs. Boykin-Towns holds a MBA degree from Baruch College/Zicklin School of Business of the City University of New York (CUNY) as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent where she graduated with honors.

Mrs. Boykin-Towns is married to Darryl C. Towns and they reside in Brooklyn, NY with their two daughters Jasmine and Trinity.

Read more about Mrs. Boykin-Towns here.

Black Women’s Empowerment Network Launching in Houston

Posted by Admin On February - 23 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


Dimples & Diamonds Black Women's Empowerment Network

Savannah, GA (BlackNews.com) — Dimples & Diamonds will be hosting “The Queen’s Table: Houston Edition” on March 10, 2018 to launch its newest chapter. “We are definitely excited to finally spread the sparkle of sisterhood, unity, faith and love in the Bayou City!,” says founder, Katamara Summerville.

Wanting to fill a personal void of not having an outlet of positive women to surround herself with, Katamara Summerville decided to host a small meet up in February of 2016 to bring together like-minded women in her hometown. A little over a dozen women answered the call and traveled from both far and near to attend. Off the success of that event, came the inspiration to host a pajama party. “The Ultimate Sleepover” was a girl’s night of fun where the invited women participated in activities to release and let their hair down. The pictures from this event circulated on social media and the rest is history.

What started out as a “Waiting to Exhale” moment at an Airbnb in Savannah Georgia, has become one of the fastest growing women’s empowerment networks in the US. Dimples and Diamonds is now a global empowerment network of women who stand bold in faith while in pursuit of purpose. With chapters in Savannah GA, Atlanta GA, Jacksonville FL, Charlotte NC, Baltimore MD and the newest chapter launching in Houston TX, Dimples & Diamonds hosts curated brunches, workshops, and retreats to help women overcome obstacles in motivate them on their journey into purpose.

They don’t just host events but experiences where women can network with other positive and ambitious women from diverse backgrounds. At these events, they have created a safe space for women to grow while sharing their goals and challenges. Attendees leave refreshed, renewed, recharged, and equipped with the tools necessary to reach their full potential.

With successful and sold out stops across the East Coast, Dimples & Diamonds is headed out west to host “The Queen’s Table: Houston” which will be held on March 10, 2018 at 5:00pm in the opulent 51fifteen Cuisine and Cocktails located inside the Saks Fifth Avenue Galleria. As one of D&D’s signature events, “The Queen’ Table” (previously hosted in both Savannah and Charlotte) is an evening of royalty where the women in attendance release hindrances and are crowned for purpose.

For more information, check out the organization via our website at www.dimplesndiamonds.org as well as their social media fan page at www.facebook.com/dimplesndiamonds/.

For more information about this topic, please contact Katamara Summerville at 912-320-8864 or email at dimplesndiamonds@gmail.com.

To My Brilliant Black Daughters, Nobody Can Take Away Your History

Posted by Admin On February - 19 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
OpEd By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson
ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson
To my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters:

I have so many hopes and dreams for you, that if I tried to say them all, they would run longer than the entire Harry Potter series!

My hopes for you, my two beautiful Black girls, are so simple and yet also entirely grandiose. My dreams for you, beautiful Black girls, are that you are free to be whoever you want to be.

If you only get one lesson from me, your mother, let it be this: Your history didn’t start with slavery, and White people’s history didn’t start in the United States of America.

As your Black parents, your father and I are teaching you our viewpoint. Our Black culture begins with the beginning of humans.

In fact, the first humans lived in Africa. The first civilizations were in Africa. Our Christianity began in Africa. Africa is our homeland and everything about Africa should bring you pride. Wear your African-ness, your Blackness with pride!

Your history, the history of the continent of civilization in Africa, starts in modern day Sudan, around 6000 B.C. In fact, the first “empire” of two great nations happened between modern-day Egypt and modern-day Sudan. We will be sure you know those modern names are European names. We will teach you their deep-rooted African names: KMT and Meroe.

We are teaching you the history of Ancient Kemet, Meroe and Nubia.

You will learn of the African civilizations, the use of iron and tools in Africa, the resource riches of the African continent and the complicated, fascinating history of over 10,000 years of human civilization. Africa had kings and queens and warriors, slaves, artists, scientists, mathematicians, farmers, sailors, inventors and musicians. You come from a beautifully talented Black culture.

As your mother, I have told you repeatedly that you are already free to be whoever you want to be. But as you approach adolescence and spend more time in schools than you do with your parents, you may begin to doubt that I told you the truth.

See, the books that you will read and the lessons you learn, will not validate your potential exactly as you are, beautiful, brilliant Black girls, from a legacy of beautiful, brilliant Black women.

YOU MUST LEARN THEIR HISTORY.  
BUT YOU CAN TAKE A BROADER PERSPECTIVE.

In formal school education, you will be exposed to a different viewpoint. Most school curricula in the United States are completely uninterested in young, brilliant Black girls like you learning about your culture, discovering multiple viewpoints or forming your own opinions.

In school, you will likely be inundated with stories of Europe: Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, the Medieval Period, Dark Ages, Industrial Revolution and the British Empire. Then you will be told all about the greatness of the United States of America that comes from the rich history of Europe.

You will be forced to memorize, learn and admire the brilliance and beauty of Europe and White people.

This is something I cannot protect you from. You must learn their history. But remember, more than facts are at stake. In those classrooms, you are seeing only their viewpoint. You can take a broader perspective.

OUR BLACKNESS IS BEAUTIFUL, BRILLIANT AND RESILIENT

The United States of America was founded in 1776. On July 4, 2018, the U.S. will be 243 years old. Europeans landed in the Americas in 1492 and have been interacting with indigenous land of the First Americans, for almost 550 years.

Understand this, my beautiful, brilliant Black daughters. Your history is over 10,000 years old. The enslavement of Black people by White people, is at best, only 550 years of your history.

That is a mere 5.5 percent of your totality. Sure, the enslavement of Black people by White people, and our subsequent struggles to become totally free, are important to know and learn. But they are a very, very small part of who you really are and who you, and we, as Black people, can be.

What makes you, and other beautiful, brilliant, Black children, different from many White children, is you know that their history isn’t just fact-it is a viewpoint. And, that you, as a Black American, as a Black African, have completely different interpretations of history, of heroes, of scholars and who is “important.”

As your parent, I wish you were free, my beautiful, brilliant Black children to speak openly, honestly and without fear about who you are and your Black history. But it is not always safe for you to do that.

Talking about Ancient Egypt being African can get you in trouble. Having a name that “sounds Black” can lose you a job. In fact, much of life will be devoted to protecting yourself from White people’s false views about who Black people are and what they have and can do.

But I promise you, with all that I am, I will tell you the truth. Just as my mother told me the truth. Your ancestors who came to the Americas 500 years ago not only survived attempted physical and cultural genocide, they kept our Black African story, culture and beauty alive.

Remember 550 years is nothing compared to over 10,000 years. Our last 550 years is not our whole story.

In fact, it is just a tiny piece of the story. No matter what White people think, or try to tell you about who you are as a Black person, we have a very different perspective.

As your parent, I swear on the lives of all our ancestors over our 10,000-year history, I will never let you forget how beautiful and brilliant you are, my Black daughters. Nor will I let you forget our beautiful, brilliant Black culture.

You are part of a beautiful, brilliant, Black people that has a history and presence throughout the world. 500 years? Ha! You are in but a minute of your 10,000-year story. Our Black is brilliant, beautiful and most importantly, resilient.

This piece originally appeared on EducationPost.org.

ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson is the mother of two free-spirited, strong-willed girls and has a husband who should be appointed a saint for co-existing in the madness that is their life. She writes on politics, education, current events and social justice.

State Seeks Nominations for Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

Posted by Admin On February - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Winners honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL– The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Serve Illinois) is accepting nominations for the ninth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize individual volunteers and fprofit businesses and highlight the importance of community service in Illinois.

“Each year, millions of Illinoisans take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Scott McFarland, Executive Director of Serve Illinois. “These volunteers are helping keep children safe, keeping our environment pristine, helping people find jobs, and so much more. They improve and save lives each and every day, and with these awards, we recognize the best of Illinois.”

Serve Illinois will present individual awards to one youth (18 years and younger), one adult (19-54-years-old), and one senior (55 years and older) in each of Serve Illinois’ five volunteer network regions across the state (Northeast, Northwest, East Central, West Central, and Southern). Serve Illinois will present National Service Awards to one AmeriCorps member, one Senior Corps member, and one for-profit business in each of the five service regions.

Nominations are due to Serve Illinois by February 16, 2018. Please visit www.serve.illinois.gov for nomination forms and more information. Serve Illinois will host a ceremony on April 18, 2018 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield to honor recipients.

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40 member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state. The Commission is accomplishing this mission through the support of local community-based efforts to enhance volunteer opportunities and the administration of Illinois’ AmeriCorps program. For more information on Serve Illinois, or to find one of more than 2,500 volunteer opportunities in the state, please visit www.serve.illinois.gov.

Jo Cattell Named 2017/2018 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow at Goodman Theatre

Posted by Admin On February - 14 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Former Michael Maggio Fellow Vanessa Stalling directs the Chicago Premiere of the Wolves, now appearing through March 11

 

(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre announces Jo Cattell as the recipient of the 2017/2018 Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship, an honor reserved for early-career Chicago-based directors. Cattell will gain complete access to the artistic process at the Goodman, including the opportunity to assist on a Goodman production—from early research and design through the casting and rehearsal process to the opening. The annual fellowship was established in 2002 to honor the memory and artistry of Goodman Associate Artistic Director Michael Maggio (1951 – 2000) who directed a total of 22 productions at the Goodman and more than 60 productions around the country.

“Exposure is part of an artist’s process, so it is thrilling to be gifted a year submerged in the expertise of the Goodman’s creative and production team(s), and I eagerly anticipate the many ways in which my work will be, consequently lifted,” said Cattell. “My artistry is taking me on adventures exploring different theatrical forms and how that impacts both the space we share and storytelling. Now, more than ever, it is imperative for us to create space for people to come together and share experience.”

 

Cattell is currently creating An Epic Tale of Scale for Chicago Children’s Theatre, with Goodman Artistic Associate Henry Wishcamper, for a performance later this year. She is part of the LightPoets (along with dandypunk and Darin Basile), whose immersive theater show, HEARTCORPS: Riders of the Storyboard, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently in development for a full production. Recent credits include associate director on Shakespeare in Love (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Tumbao (Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 1700 Theatre) and Don Chipotle: Origin, a pilot webisode. Cattell has worked with numerous theater and television companies, including the BBC, Sky Television, Cirque du Soleil, Chicago the musical (West End, Korean/Japanese tour), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West End), Stomp Out Loud (Las Vegas), Pentabus Theatre, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Route 66, Origin Theatre, Leviathan Lab and Culture Project. Cattell was awarded the 3Arts Award for her work as a theatermaker in 2016.

Former Michael Maggio Directing Fellow Vanessa Stalling (2015/2016) launches the 2018 Owen Theatre season with the Chicago premiere of Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. Hailed as a smart, hilarious, delightful meditation on society, sex and soccer” (The Village Voice), the play features a 10-member all-female, all-Chicago cast and follows a suburban soccer girls team as they navigate life’s big questions and wage their own tiny battles. The Wolves appears through March 11, 2018 in Goodman Theatre’s 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre. Tickets ($10 – $47; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/TheWolves by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 N. Dearborn).

Previous Maggio Fellows also include: Jess McLeod (2016/2017), Marti Lyons (2014/2015), Erica Weiss (2013/2014), Jimmy McDermott (2012/2013), Anna Bahow (2011/2012), Joanie Schultz (2009/2010), Anthony Moseley (2007/2008), Dado (2006/2007), Ann Filmer (2005/2006), Mignon McPherson-Nance (2003/2004) and Lynn Ann Bernatowicz (2002/2003).

 

 

Unsung Heroes – a New Exhibition Opening March 3 at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield

Posted by Admin On February - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Anna Heistad.  Minnie Vautrin. Thomas Jones.  Three ordinary people who did extraordinary things in service of their fellow man, each of whom history has largely forgotten. These “unsung heroes” will be profiled in a new exhibition set to open at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield on Saturday, March 3.

Anna Heistad was a nurse and settlement worker in early 19th century Chicago who rose before dawn during the Spanish flu pandemic to work with the ill.  Minnie Vautrin was a missionary worker in China who sheltered thousands of women and children during the Nanking Massacre of 1937-1938. Thomas Jones was a Navy medic who tended to his comrades’ wounds in the heat of battle and continued serving veterans after his return.  All three saved countless lives, and none of them did it for any kind of reward or glory.

The Unsung Heroes exhibition will document their fascinating stories of sacrifice and heroism through photographs and personal objects, many which have never been displayed publicly.

“These are amazing stories of incredible heroism, and we wanted to highlight the individuals whose selflessness and courage can be an inspiration to us all,” said Erika Holst, the Illinois State Museum’s curator of decorative arts.

The exhibition will be in the Illinois State Museum’s East Gallery (second floor) from March 3 through June 10.

The Illinois State Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m.  The Museum is located at 502 S. Spring Street in Springfield.

Additional information:

The Illinois State Museum is seeking photo submissions of other Illinois “unsung heroes” who will be recognized in a Facebook gallery.  The submission period for photos continues until March 3.

Photo submission requirements are as follows:

• High-quality photo of an Illinois “unsung hero.”  This could be a serviceman or woman, firefighter, community advocate, volunteer – anyone who you consider a hero for their service
• Hero’s name
• Hero’s Illinois hometown
• Submitter’s name
• Hero’s story in a few paragraphs (what makes this person a hero?)

Collection dates: through March 2, 2018
Send photos to erika.holst@illinois.gov

Please do not send any original photos. WE CANNOT RETURN HARD COPIES SUBMITTED FOR THIS PROJECT. By submitting a photo, you are giving the Illinois State Museum permission to display and share your photo online and with the media.  If in doubt, please check with the “hero” you are submitting to make sure they will be comfortable with the recognition.

4th Annual Black on Black Crime Solutions Panel Lands in Miami

Posted by Admin On June - 8 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Black on Black Crime Solutions Panel

Consists of Urban League T. Willard Fair, Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos Martinez, and Others-
Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) –  “Empowermentorship – The Power of Mentorship” is the theme for the 4th Annual Black On Black Crime Solutions Panel. The Broward County based organization has moved its momentum to Miami-Dade College/North on June 10, 2017 from 11am to 2pm. Courage To Believe International is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization lead by a team of mentors best known for their C2B Chess Club & Mentoring Program. As an at-risk youth mentoring group they were able to spread their wings south with an interesting group of panelist from both counties. They’ll be highlighting a few of South Florida’s most influential mentoring programs, including those that focus mainly on Caribbean youth, specifically Haitian teenagers.

Every year, there are 6,000 to 9,000 violent black on black cases since 1980. This isn’t to make light of the fact that there are hundreds per year of police brutality cases against the African American community. Records show that gun violence in Miami-Dade had killed six children and 88 teenagers in the last three years. In 2016, Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office reported 80 out of the 94 gun homicide victims, who were ages 18 and under, were black males.

Hence, the first Annual Black On Black Crime Solutions Panel was given birth three years ago by King Kevin Dorival, mentor and author of the inspirational autobiography and stage play, Courage To Believe. Why? Something tangible needed to be done on the grassroots level. “I have over fifteen family and friends incarcerated. They’re all young black men with children they can’t raise while serving 15 years to life sentences in prison, and all of their cases have one common dominator – GUNS! Black males are playing checkers while the criminal justice system is playing chess. I wish that we could get a sponsor and more financial support from our people to keep our event going for as long as it takes to change the political culture and the ongoing economic deprivation that’s destroying our community,” says Mr. Dorival.

Television host James Pierre, will be hosting the event – the panelist: President of Concerned of African Women Carolyn “Kiani” Nesbitt, Public Defender, Carlos Martinez, Urban League of Greater Miami President and CEO T. Willard Fair, Mayor of Opa-Locka Taylor and a surprise guest!

This free event takes place at Miami-Dade College/North Campus building 2000, room 2158, located at 11380 NW 27th Ave, Miami, FL 33167. Featured performances by the world-renowned Bush family’s B.G. Harmonies, a young African-American symphony group! There will be live entertainment, food, and a chance for the community to ask some of the most influential people of South Florida questions.

For more information on how you can support or volunteer, call 954-263-8223, or follow them on Instagram (@Courage2Believe) and Twitter (@Courage2Believe). Also, visit www.kevindorival.com.

Photo Caption: Panelists and performers at the 3rd annual #BlackOnBlackCrime Solutions Panel in July 2016

 

All-Star Political & Cultural Panel Debates State of Black America on TV One May 31

Posted by Admin On May - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
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From Marc Morial, President, National Urban League

The nation’s leading commentators challenge one another on topics such as job creation, voting rights, and criminal justice reform during the National Urban League’s first-ever national television special: “National Urban League Presents: State of Black America,” premiering May 31, 8pm ET, on TV One.

  • Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University professor and author;
  • Attorney Angela Rye is a frequent political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst;
  • Touré is an American writer, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality;
  • GOP consultant Paris Dennard is an NPR Political Analyst and CNN Political commentator;
  • Democratic political strategist Symone Sanders served as national press secretary for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders;
  • Journalist Jeff Johnson appears on BET and serves as a national communications consultant;
  • GOP strategist Angela Sailor served as director of the Republican National Committee’s Coalitions Department

Moderating the dynamic discussion is Roland Martin, managing editor of TV One’s NewsOne Now. Urban League Young Professionals and Guild chapters are hosting both live and virtual watch parties – check with your local Urban League affiliate for more information. Join the conversation on social media by following @NatUrbanLeague and @TVOneTV and sharing your thoughts using the hashtag #StateofBlackAmerica.

Maryland Author Stephen A. Tillett Warns Don’t Believe the Lies About “Race” That Continues to Undermine Our Country in New Book, “Stop Falling For The Okeydoke”

Posted by Admin On May - 30 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
 
 

Annapolis, MD – Stephen A. Tillett, Anne Arundel County NAACP Branch  President, political activist, and interfaith clergy leader, released his first book, Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of “Race” Continues to Undermine Our Country [iUniverse; May 25, 2017; 978-1-5320-1-9; $15.99; paperback] for sale at www.iUniverse.com.

 

As a new featured author, he will be at the BookExpo America 2017 from June 1-4, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Tillett believes we are living in a critical time in our nation’s history, a time where people of like interests must come together for their common good, lest we all be overrun by the “Corporate States of America.” The lie-the okeydoke of “race”-has kept people of common concern separated for far too long. Genetically, we are all 99.9% the same. We must begin to act like it.

As Dr. King once said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or (we will) perish together as fools.”

Advance Praises…

“You hit the nail right on the head!”- Bishop Felton Edwin May (Retired) of the United Methodist Church

“This book is a very personal and powerful examination of the “lie of race” that has served those in power well throughout our history and right up to the present day. [His book’s] approach dispels pervasive myths and untruths and illuminates the history, science and politics of this destructive ‘lie’.”- Myla Kabat-Zinn (daughter of Dr. Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States)

“I have known Stephen Tillett for many years, and he has been making big moves all his life. And now he is leading the way again with this incredible book! This book is leading edge thinking and it will have a big impact on America and the world!”- Dr. Willie Jolley, Bestselling author of A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback and Achieving Greatness with An Attitude of Excellence

Stephen A. Tillett is a native Washingtonian, who received a B.A. from the School of

Government and Public Administration at The American University; and earned a Masters of Divinity degree at the Howard University School of Divinity. Pastor Tillett was commissioned as a Chaplain in the Air National Guard in December 1996. He concluded his military career in a Special Duty Assignment at Arlington National Cemetery, where he served until his retirement on January 1, 2017. He is the Pastor of Asbury Broadneck UMC in Annapolis, MD, and the President of the Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP. He is the father of three children. He, and his wife, Dr. Sherita Gaskins-Tillett, and daughter reside in Maryland.

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