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Commissioner Announces Engagement

                Commissioner Keri Steele and Maze Jackson   Former Justice John Steele and his wife announced the engagement of their daughter, Commissioner Keri Steele of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to Maze Jackson. Steele was elected November 6, 2012 to her first term as a Commissioner. Steele is a Chemist, an Environmentalist ...

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Our Champions, Our Young Men:

Chicago Celebrates JRW Homecoming BY: CARLOS FREYTES, JR. The City of Chicago held a victory celebration for Jackie Robinson West, the Little League Team that defied the odds again and again, winning the American side of the Little League World Series playoffs.  Though they eventually fell to the impressive team from Seoul, South Korea, Jackie Robinson West will be remembered for its resilience against form ...

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Blacks Lead Social Justice Charge on Social Media

What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that began on social media. And when big things happen through social media, Black people usually lead the charge. Internet activism, also called “hashtag activism,” is an emerging side effect of the digital age, as ordinary people take to social media websites to organize and agitate ...

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Schools More Segregated Now than Three Decades Ago

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist As we approach May 17, the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education landmark decision outlawing “separate but equal” schools, several studies show that our schools are more segregated now than they were three decades ago. And there are no indications that things are likely to change for the better in the foreseeable future. A report by the Ec ...

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High School Students Spending Spring Break on The 16th Annual PUSH Excel College Tour

Saturday, April 12, 2014 marked the launching of the 16th Annual PUSH For Excellence HBCU Tour. Two busloads of promising high school students departed from the National Headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at 50th and Drexel in Chicago to begin an event filled tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities during the week of Spring Break.  Traveling with adult chaperones and staff members of PU ...

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Deportations for Minor Crimes: the Obama Administration’s ‘Shame’

by Tony Best Special to the NNPA from the New York Carib News “A crying shame and a painful truth” Those words helped to sum up the reaction of immigration advocates, civil libertarians, elected officials, foreign consular representatives and immigrants to a mind-numbing appraisal of the Obama administration’s immigration policy which has resulted in almost two million people being deported in five years to ...

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The 21st Annual Garfield Park Basketball Program

League Coach and Keynote Speaker Shawn Harrington, 38, an assistant boys basketball coach at Marshall Metro High School, told about his recent encounter with a crazed gunman that left him paralyzed while shielding his daughter. The 21st Annual Garfield Park Basketball Program will serve approximately 200 young people between the ages of 13-18 All leagues are free. The program provides youth and teenagers th ...

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My Sons Keeper

By Ron Busby, Sr. NNPA Columnist I must admit, being a single father of two Black boys isn’t easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights, to discussing college and career choices, I’ve learned that being a good father means more than just “being there.” Decisions are made, things happen, but despite the inevitable bumps in the road of parenthood, I am always proud to see ...

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‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Throws Black Students for a Loss

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist Last week, the Obama Administration declared war on 1 million underserved students pursuing higher education throughout the United States. While the president and first lady launched their campaign to make it easier for low-income minority students to access college, the Department of Education has launched an unprecedented assault on this same community through a new propo ...

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Michelle Clark HIgh School presents The 1st annual Black History Museum Project

The 1st annual Black History Museum project was the brainchild of Shilanda Hall, a Parent Advocate employee who works for the “Center for College Access and Success” formerly known as the Chicago Teachers’ Center of Northeastern Illinois University. Michele Clark’s counselor, Ms. Joyce Jordan and the program Manger of GEAR UP, Rhonda Thomas spearheaded the idea of showcasing the Michele Clark students’ tale ...

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