Biden To Deliver Commencement Speech At Morehouse College
Chicago Defender
by Black Information Network
13h ago
Photo: Getty Images President Joe Biden is set to deliver a commencement address at Morehouse College next month. On Monday (April 22), the White House confirmed that Biden will speak at Morehouse College’s commencement, which is scheduled for May 19 at 9 a.m., per 11Alive News. The decision to make Biden Morehouse’s commencement speaker has sparked faculty concern, NBC News reports. In an email reportedly sent by Kendrick Brown, Morehouse’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the university official said he received an inquiry from concerned faculty about Biden’s upcoming ..read more
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J. Pharoah Doss: Victim response to UN’s 30th commemoration of Rwanda genocide
Chicago Defender
by J. Pharoah Doss
21h ago
Day of Remembrance of Rwandan Genocide Victims (Adobe Stock Illustration)   The Rwandan genocide stunned the entire world in 1994. The Hutu majority systematically exterminated around 800,000 of the minority Tutsis in 100 days. Noam Schimmel, a Global Studies instructor at UC Berkeley, published an essay in 2022 titled What Caused the Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi?  Schimmel stated that the Belgian colonialists pursued a strategy of divide and conquer that sowed the seeds of hatred and resentment that yielded a Hutu supremacist regime. During a candlelight ceremony on April 12 ..read more
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United Negro College Fund and FM Omni-Channel Radio Station Partner To Hold First Radio-Thon, April 25
Chicago Defender
by Site Editor
21h ago
The United Negro College Fund was founded on April 25, 1944.  In celebration of the 80th anniversary this year, the First UNCF Omni-Channel Radio-Thon, a 24-hour event to raise money for college scholarships, will be held Thursday, April 25, at 5 a.m. CDT, through Friday, April 26, at 5 a.m. CDT, on the FM Omni-Channel Radio Station ™. The digital station is available for download via the Apple or Google store. Donations can be made via the link on the App. Also, donate at www.OmniChannelRadio.com or www.UNCF.org/Chicago. The entire day of FM Omni-Channel programming will be dedicated to ..read more
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City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin Launches New Comprehensive Financial Education Program
Chicago Defender
by Site Editor
21h ago
City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin recently announced that the City Treasurer’s Office has teamed up with Chase Bank, the Chicago Urban League, and TransUnion to create the Money Matters Institute (MMI), a new comprehensive financial education program kicking off on April 23.  MMI will offer Chicagoans of all ages and incomes with the money management skills and knowledge that will put them on a path to a brighter, more prosperous future. According to a recent study by Primerica, Inc., two-thirds of the middle-class report that they believe their education failed to prepare them to ma ..read more
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Legacy of Inequitable Housing Access: How a Black Family’s Story Echoes Today’s Fight
Chicago Defender
by Tacuma Roeback, Managing Editor
2d ago
A Chicago Defender article from 1946 that chronicles the Hemmons family becoming unhoused. This is Part Three of the Chicago Defender’s series Black and Unhoused: How Segregation Fueled a Homegrown Crisis, which is part of the “Healing Illinois” initiative.  The story of the Hemmons family is where racist policy, poverty and a lack of affordable housing options converge.  Carey Hemmons, his wife and 11 children were evicted from their South Side apartment in Chicago’s storied Black Belt nearly 80 years ago.  According to a 1946 Chicago Defender article, the Board of Health forc ..read more
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Chicago’s Enduring Legacy of the Black and Unhoused
Chicago Defender
by Nicole Jeanine Johnson
2d ago
This is Part Two of the Chicago Defender’s series Black and Unhoused: How Segregation Fueled a Homegrown Crisis, which is part of the “Healing Illinois” initiative.  Demetrius France, 55, is just 15 credits shy of earning his Associate’s degree.  “I started college in the early 1990s and studied electrical engineering and aviation at Florida Memorial University.”  When his heart led him to Chicago, he hoped to finish college, too. But life and a few challenges: marriage and separation, unemployment, and children delayed those goals. And now homelessness pushes that goal even fu ..read more
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Black and Unhoused: How Black Chicago’s Fight for Affordable Housing Echoes Through Generations
Chicago Defender
by Tacuma Roeback, Managing Editor
2d ago
This collage details how Black segregation from the past has fueled the homegrown crises of Black homelessness and affordable housing scarcity (Credit: Christa Carter-Williams). This is Part One of the Chicago Defender’s series Black and Unhoused: How Segregation Fueled a Homegrown Crisis, which is part of the “Healing Illinois” initiative.  Two of the greatest works of literature have documented Black people’s struggle to attain stable, affordable housing in Chicago. Poet Gwendolyn Brooks’ seminal poem “Kitchenette Building” chronicles how the dreams of its residents, products of the Gr ..read more
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‘He Can’t Walk’: Cop Tries to Pull Paralyzed Black Man Out Of Car In Video
Chicago Defender
by Black Information Network
2d ago
Photo: Getty Images A viral TikTok shows a California police officer attempting to pull a Black man from his vehicle despite being told that “he can’t walk.” TikTok user Shante Butler accused the Stockton Police Department of mistreatment of her son. Butler shared a video in February of her son’s encounter with a Stockton officer. In the now-viral video, a man appears to be sitting in the driver’s seat of his vehicle as a cop grabs his hand and attempts to pull him out. “He can’t walk!” a bystander said in the video. “Why do you keep touching him?” “He shouldn’t be driving if he can’t walk ..read more
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April 30 Student Loan Consolidation Deadline Could Relieve Thousands
Chicago Defender
by Word In Black
3d ago
Photo Credit: DNY59 from Getty Images Signature Black students owe an average of 188% more student loan debt than white students — and consolidation could lead to total cancellation. By Renata Sago This article was originally published on Word In Black. After decades of what it calls “historical failures in administering student loans,” the U.S. Department of Education is providing relief to college graduates navigating the volatile economy.  Borrowers with multiple federal student loans, such as Perkins Loans, Parent Plus Loans, and Federal Family Education Loans, have un ..read more
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The Clark Sisters to Headline 2024 Chicago Gospel Music Festival with Stellar Lineup
Chicago Defender
by Staff Report
3d ago
The Clark Sisters, The First Ladies of Gospel Music, will headline the 2024 Chicago Gospel Music Festival.  Mayor Brandon Johnson and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events recently announced that the three-time Grammy Award-winning quartet of Jacky Clark Chisholm, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Karen Clark Sheard will headline the festival, which kicks off Millennium Park’s milestone 20th Anniversary Season. The Chicago Gospel Fest, taking place on June 1 (4-9 p.m.) on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion stage, will also feature Chicago singer/son ..read more
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