Thursday, July 16, 2015

Join The Black Star Project at the Taste of WVON; So You Want To BeAn Athlete? - Here's How!; Brother Taki Raton Joins Ancestors; SenatorsLightford and Collins Promote Pathway to Apprenticeship

Taste of WVON
So You Want To Be An Athlete?
Brother Taki Raton Joins Ancestors
Pathways to Apprenticeships
Bring the Million Father March to Your City
Join Father Pfleger for PEACE
Sunday University
The Black Star Project and
the Black Star Community PTA
at the Taste of WVON

Saturday, July 18, 2015, 10:00 am to dusk,
87th and Ingleside/Dauphin, Chicago, IL
Helping Young Black Men Make Smart
Decisions About Becoming an Athlete
All across America in too many households' sports and entertainment have been too much the focus of too many of our children. Many of them have unrealistic dreams of becoming professional athletes. Rather than seeing, hearing and watching the rags-to-riches stories where underprivileged athletes reach the Promised Land by way of their talents. The undeniable stories are of the many who never make it, which, resonates deeper in the fabric of America than most want to admit.

In this book, I hope to impart some real experiences, exercises and a blue print that can help you reach your full potential but also information that will help you accept the fact that athletics are not the only path there is for a worthwhile and wonderful life. You can become greater than you ever imagined even if you do not make it as a professional athlete you can make it as a professional person! Please share with your contacts and support this movement to create a generation of Professionals!!!
For information on how to get your copy (s) of the book, send me an email @ Thank you for your support.
Brother Taki Raton, a Black Nationalist and Revolutionary Educator, Joins the Ancestors!
Taki S. Raton,
a molder of young minds

By James E. Causey
July 10, 2015
Brother Taki Raton.
Taki S. Raton believed in bucking the status quo, especially when it constantly failed people of color.
When Milwaukee Public Schools struggled to educate African-American children, producing a 50% graduation rate, Raton didn't just complain, he decided to start his own charter school - Blyden Delany Academy - which operated under Milwaukee's choice program for 10 years. The school's emphasis was on youths learning and appreciating their African roots.
Raton - a black nationalist - was an educator who believed in self-reliance. He felt that no matter how poor or disadvantaged black people were, if they worked together and pooled their resources they could overcome any obstacle through an Afrocentric approach.
Raton, 68, died Tuesday morning at St. Luke's Medical Center from a heart condition.
His death leaves a void in the black community.
Raton, a former MPS teacher, was often critical of the educational system that he said failed children of color, with half of black boys failing to graduate on time from MPS. He believed in a bold approach to teaching black children with an all-black staff and all-black school board. His K-8 grade school, which was at N. 24th St. and W. McKinley Ave., had a successful run but closed in 2008 due to financial deficiencies and a lack of support from the black community.
Raton felt the community was satisfied with a failing status quo.
Raton's school stressed that self-respect, self-esteem, civility and responsible citizenship always begins "in house" within one's family and within one's community.
Raton moved to Milwaukee from Chicago about 25 years ago for a teaching job. He quickly felt that Milwaukee was a city where he could do a lot of work and change the conscience of people, his son, Kiari Raton, told me.
"He was strong into his roots for as long as I can remember. He felt that the more people were educated on their history, the more that they could do to help themselves," Kiari said.
Click Here to Read Full Story
State Senators Kimberly Lightford, Jacqueline Collins and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Invite those Interested to the

Monday, July 20, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Dawson Technical Institute, 3901 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Please call 708.343.7444 or 773.224.2830 for more information.
Ask Your Schools, Your Faith Institutions, Your Governments to Join the 2015 Million Father March
Click Here to Register for the 2015 Million Father March
Click Here to Learn More about the Million Father March or call 773.285.9600.
Not Friday, July 17, 2015
Join The Black Star Project in Support of Father Michael Pfleger for a Peace Walk on Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 pm, Meeting at St. Sabina Church, 1210 West 78th Place,
Chicago, Illinois

Join Us and Wear Orange for Peace In Chicago and PEACE In The Hood
Please call 773.285.9600 to join us.
20th Anniversary
Million Man March 2015
Questions: What if Black people could choose their own teachers and their own heroes? What if Black people could focus on finance and institution-building rather than sports and entertainment? What if Black people taught their children about their history and culture rather than the distractions and diversions of our society? Then you would have:
The Sunday University
Learn about Historical Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Recreation of
Black Wall Street in Chicago, Illinois
with Professor Mark Allen
on Sunday, July 19, 2015
Mark Allen - Professor from the Streets to the Suites
Learn about the Best Arguments in Support of Reparations: Internal Reparations and External Reparations with Professor Kamm Howard of N'COBRA on Sunday, July 26, 2015
Kamm Howard - Professor of African-Centered Thinking, Logic and Action
Learn about Banking, Personal Finance and Young People, date to be determined
Otis Monroe - Professor of Banking Theory
All classes of
The Sunday University
will take place on
2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
after church, mosque or temple
The Black Star Project
3509 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois

From the first days of their freedom, freed slaves demanded formal education. Legislation passed in 1829 had made it a crime to teach
Georgia slaves to read, and legislation and white attitudes discouraged literacy within small free black communities.

Yet when schools for freed people opened in early 1865, they were crowded to overflowing. Within a year of black freedom, at least 8,000 former slaves were attending schools in Georgia; eight years later, black schools struggled to contain nearly 20,000 students.

In 1870 the state of Georgia made its first effort to create public schools and found that, in the black community at least, the rudiments of such a system were already in place. In America, Black people taking control of their education is not a new thing. But we must remember it, again.

Please call 773.285.9600 to RSVP, for more information or to create a Sunday University in your city.
Liberated Minds Black
Homeschool & Education Expo
Queen Taese - Homeschool Parent/Educator Executive Committee Director for The Liberated Minds Expo
Hotep Family,
Much love and strength to you and your families! I am honored to be in the position to assist in the organization of The 2015 Liberated Minds Expo. Creating a sacred space for the cultivation of our Afrikan children & families is critical because this is an incredible opportunity for us homeschoolers, parents, & educators to study, embrace, and implement powerful SOLUTIONS!
I take this very seriously and with a high level of integrity. NO MORE KILLING OUR SONS & DAUGHTERS through the myriad of mediums that have been created to destroy our culture and mere existence. We are taking full control of our destiny!
As we forge into our 4th year with some amazing accomplishments under our belt, we are diligently working to provide the mandatory education and resources for Afrikans by Afrikans! I welcome you to STEP INTO YOUR TRUE POWER! Try it on. I am sure it will fit you well.
Infinite Love & Prosperity to you all!
ABIBIFAHODIE! (Afrikan Liberation),
Queen Taese
Click Here to Learn More About the 4th Annual Liberated Minds Black Homeschool & Education Expo.
Quote of the Day
From The Black Star Learning Center
As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course."
--Martin Luther King Jr.,
civil rights activist
(Quote shared by Stanley Jendresak)

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