Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Trails of Muhammad Ali Documentary; Hear Dr. Bernard Lafayetteat St. Sabina

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Trails of Muhammad Ali
Hear Dr. Bernard Lafayette
Black Education - Just the Facts
The Murder of Jordan Davis--Is Your Child Next?
Black Parents Cannot Protect Their Children from America's Racism
10 Things All Young Black Men Should Know
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Join Salim Muwakkil
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The State Farm Black Heritage Film Series
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Show Begins 7:00 Promptly
Discussion After Show
The Kerasotes ICON Theaters
150 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, Illinois
Free Parking
Hear Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Noted Civil Rights Leader and Co-Founder of SNCC

Lafayette, 73, co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960. He currently is a senior scholar at Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Lafayette also directed the Alabama Voter Registration Project in 1962, and was appointed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the national program administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
A young Bernard Lafayette puttin' in the work!
The African American Speakers Series
Friday, February 21, 2014
7:30 pm - Free
The Ark of Saint Sabina
1210 West 78th Place
Chicago, Illinois
A must read and must have book to understand the education of Black students in America
Public education is under attack today from those who do not believe with John Adams that "opportunities and advantages of education" should be available "in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people." Adams specified that the provision of the "opportunities and advantages of education" is a public duty, not a source of private profit, and that those opportunities and advantages should be available to everyone, not only to the privileged, and everywhere, not just in wealthy suburbs. This resource book includes demographic and educational data for each group for the nation as a whole and for each state.
Sample Information from Minority Students and Public Education on comparing USA, Illinois and Chicago.
Male students in Chicago in 2010/11 graduated at lower rate than each group's state and national averages from high schools.
Jurisdiction Male Graduation Rates 2010/2011
Black White
USA 53% 77%
Illinois 48% 80%
Chicago 45% 69%
Percentages of Male Black and Male White, Non-Latino, Students at or Above Proficient in Reading, Grade 8, 2011
Jurisdiction Percent at or Above Proficient
Black White GAP
USA 10% 35% 25 points
Illinois 11% 38% 27 points
Chicago 9% 36% 27 points

Percentages of Male Black and Male White, Non-Latino, Students at or Above Proficient in Math, Grade 8, 2011
Jurisdiction Percent at or Above Proficient
Black White GAP
USA 12% 45% 33 points
Illinois 10% 46% 36 points
Chicago 9% 49% 40 points

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While Michael Dunn, killer Of Jordan Davis, was found guilty of some charges, he was not found guilty of murdering Jordan Davis!
Is Your Child Next?!!!
The Dred Scott Decision by the Supreme Court in 1857: Because they are slaves (or the descendants of slaves) they (Africans in America) have no rights as citizens under our constitution. The spirit of the Dred Scott Decision lives!
Words of Jordan's Mother, Ms. Lucia McBath, Before the Verdict to the United States Senate
Ms. Lucia McBath
"Some will tell you that the argument was about music, but I believe that it was about the availability of guns and the eagerness to hate. People like Mr. Dunn feel empowered to use their gun instead of their voice to reason with others. Now I face the very real possibility that my son's killer will walk free, hiding behind a statute that lets people claim a threat where there was none.
This law declares open season on anyone that we don't trust for reasons that don't even have to be true. In essence, it allows any armed citizen to "self-deputize" themselves and establish their own definition of law and order. It lets one and all define their own criteria for right and wrong and how justice will be carried out.
Jordan was named for a change in the tide, a decision to try harder and do better. He was my only child. He was raised with love and learning and a clear understanding of right and wrong. I have been without Jordan now since Thanksgiving weekend 2012, without him last Christmas and on his birthday in February.
I never got to take his prom picture or see him graduate from high school. I can tell you all about him-about his easy smile, his first girlfriend, and his plans to join the Marines. I can tell you how he loved his dad's gumbo. And, how they both rooted for the NY Giants. But you can never really know my boy.
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On the Killing of Jordan Davis
by Michael Dunn
The irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School.
Marchers in Jacksonville, Florida, protest the verdict against Michael Dunn. (Reuters)
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
February 15, 2014
I wish I had something more to say about the fact that Michael Dunn was not convicted for killing a black boy. Except I said it after George Zimmerman was not convicted of killing a black boy. Except the parents of black boys already know this. Except the parents of black boys have long said this, and they have been answered with mockery.
Jordan Davis had a mother and a father. It did not save him. Trayvon Martin had a mother and a father. They could not save him. My son has a father and mother. We cannot protect him from our country, which is our aegis and our assailant. We cannot protect our children because racism in America is not merely a belief system but a heritage, and the inability of black parents to protect their children is an ancient tradition.
Henry "Box" Brown, whose family was destroyed and whose children were trafficked, knew:
I stationed myself by the side of the road, along which the slaves, amounting to three hundred and fifty, were to pass. The purchaser of my wife was a Methodist minister, who was about starting for North Carolina. Pretty soon five wagon-loads of little children passed, and looking at the foremost one, what should I see but a little child, pointing its tiny hand towards me, exclaiming, "There's my father; I knew he would come and bid me good-bye..."
I insist that the irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School.
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The Black Star Project's
10 Things All Young
Black Men Should Know
Trayvon Martin, right, with a baby boy.
1) Know that you are a young Black man in America and that means you are different than other Americans. While you can still realize your dreams, you might have to take a different path. You will have to be more careful, more thoughtful and more aware than others to survive in America.
2) Value education, learning and reading. The more and better you can read for understanding, the freer and more powerful you will become.
3) Work hard. Many times, it is not what you know that makes you successful, but instead consistency, persistence, effort and dedication. Be sure to just "show up".
4) Respect women and girls. They hold up half the sky in our communities. Together we can accomplish great things in our families and communities.
5) Believe in something higher than yourself. Whether its religious, spiritual or philosophical, connect with and explore the larger universe and eternity.
6) Emulate strong, positive, intelligent Black men. Use them as your mentors and role models.
7) Be a leader! Exhibit courage, wisdom, vision and good decision-making skills to help your community improve. You are a natural leader. Others will follow your positive and righteous actions.
8) Respect and work with other young Black men to accomplish great things for your community. Teams of young Black men can accomplish what individuals cannot.
9) Study your history and culture. You are not alone, ever.
10) Choose positive peers, associates and friends. Those relationships will help determine your path in life.
For Black Male Achievement Week - February 2014
The Black Star Project Supports
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If you know of another organization doing as much or more than The Black Star Project to educate Black students and develop Black families, you should support that organization financially as we go into the new year. If you do not know of another organization doing this work, please support The Black Star Project.
Dear Friend of Progress:
This is a great time to invest in the success of Black students, and all students, in American schools. Our victories in 2013 included many efforts to build families, develop communities, educate students, create jobs, reduce mass incarceration and mentor young Black men. In order for us to continue to grow and to be effective, we need your support now more than ever. Your investment in our work can be deducted from your income taxes to the fullest extent allowable by law.
Some of our accomplishments in 2013 include:
  • Organizing 1 million men in more than 630 cities across America to take their children back to school on the first day with our Million Father March 2013.
  • Managing 22 free Saturday University sites throughout Chicagoland that improved the reading and math skills of more than 350 students.
  • Providing mentoring, motivation, inspiration and guidance to more than 13,000 Chicago-area students through our classroom-based Student Motivation Mentoring Program.
  • Hosting the first Mass Black Male Graduation Ceremony for several hundred graduating Black males from high schools across the Midwest featuring Thomas N. Todd and Lupe Fiasco as keynote speakers.
  • Hosting the Young Black Men of Honor College Fair for more than 1,000 college bound students featuring 50 of the top colleges in the country.
  • Hosting our Fourth Annual Daddy/Daughter Valentines Day Dance for 50 fathers and their daughters between 4 and 14 years old.
  • Hosting 3 Take A Young Black Man to Worship Day at about 200 churches, mosques, temples and synagogues around the country.
With your support we can accomplish much more. Please become a member of The Black Star Project today and help us continue our nation-leading work in the area of creating better students, better parents, better families and better communities!
Phillip Jackson
Executive Director
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive, Suite 2B
Chicago, Illinois 60653

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