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TOP NEWS: U. of C. Receives $50 Million Estate Donation: The University of Chicago has received a $50 million gift from businessman Arley D. Cathey, which will go toward financial aid, research, international programming and mentorship to first-generation and lower-income students. Cathey, who died last year at the age of 93, is an alumnus of the university. In 2012, he made a $17 million donation to the school, which re-named a reading room, residential house, and dining hall after his father, Arley D. Cathey, Sr. This recent donation is the largest estate gift in the U. of C.’s history.

“Arley bequest emphasizes the importance of UChicago’s transformative education and the University’s unwavering commitment to ensuring access for talented students worldwide,” U. of C. President Paul Alivisatos. Cathey graduated in 1950 with a bachelor of philosophy degree. He made his fortune with a butane gas company and later move into retail, real estate, and investing. Cathey, a frequent presence on campus during the last decade of his life, was particularly well-known for his collection of bow ties, which the U. of C. said will be added to its special collections. – Content Curated By MG Media

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C. Dwayne West

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Having Biases & Prejudices

These Works of Words are a proclamation to somewhat who I am and some of what I believe. Remember, this is my reality, not anyone else. I’m not trying to force my belief on the many people who read the news service with clarity and understanding. I try to script Works of Words that are clear and concise, for all who wanna have additional insight into how they also aspire to live and conduct themselves as His servants.

First, I wanna let you know about a book that I just received and it’s reinforcing what I’ve come to understand. This book has helped to transform portions of my already overloaded huge brain and prophetic thoughts. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen is amazingly powerful, as it tries to examine the thoughts of man and how men evolve to either become great or ‘worthless,’ based on their ideas. It was first published in the early 1900s and it’s been republished a dozen times. I recommend it!

As far as I can remember, I’ve never been a dude with biases and/or prejudice. Now, don’t mistake my admission with not being super angry at the White race for their ongoing role or excuse or denial of slavery. Each time I see a slave movie or film that shows Black men or boys being hung or murder for breathing or racist comments and actions against people of color, I feel some kinda way! Today, I’m mature enough to not direct my thoughts towards White (individuals). It’s like disliking the racist institution of law enforcement without disliking (individual) officers.

I only have disdain for people who show me that they have a problem with my Blackness. And that’s the institution of racism and bigotry within a larger spectrum of White America regardless of the profession or industry. And it’s not just color but it’s also behavior. I denounce ignorance and foolishness even within my own race of people. But my idea of ignorance and foolishness is centered around people who cause harm to others’ bodies, spirits, or minds. An example for me to immediately point to is the actions of the flamboyant Billy Porter.

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I’ve seen him on TV or other media outlets and have always laughed at his antics. But I never gave thought to his outta the box behavior. Why? Because he ain’t hurting anyone. He’s in the game of life to win and winning he’s doing. Good for him! I learned more about his lifestyle and upbringing after watching 60 Minutes, in which they profiled Porter. How entertaining and ingenious he is. He had a dream and worked hard and long to capture his crown. I salute him and other racial and lifestyle groups like gays and lesbians who believe what they believe and feel. I applaud their desire to live free and open.

I know my heart is pure, even if I don’t agree with the direction of this country, I understand that change is inevitable. Therefore, I’ve figured out how to contribute to change instead of being swept up in it! Having Biases and Prejudices is not in my DNA. I hope! Over the weekend, I was driving the avenues, and as I approached a stop sign, to my left was a (White woman) stepping off the curb. As I was starting to take off, I stopped to let her cross. But to my right was a lady in a full wrap, I assume she was of Arabian descent.

First, I didn’t see her. So as I began to take off, she screamed to alert me of her presence. I suddenly stopped. She looked at me and said, “You don’t respect my type!” I shrugged my shoulders and said ‘sorry!’ As a Man Thinketh immediately popped up in my head. I felt angry at myself because I know that was not my unconscious or conscious intent. But for a minute, I had to ask myself, was I not thinking like a man–having pure and clean thoughts of my treatment of (all) people. Here is what I know for sure:

I only have biases against people who attempt to stop my progress and growth. Those are the folks with whom I find fault. Not because of skin color, religion, sexual choices, or unusual actions. As I drove off from the stop sign, I knew that it was not my intention to be judgmental of this Arabian woman. So I continued on with my happy day, thinking like a man! Until the next edition… I Write to Differ

Seek the TRUTH, Know the TRUTH, Speak the TRUTH!

(Carl D. West is the CEO/Publisher of MG Media and managing editor of TBTNews, a daily digital media platform. He’s also the Chairman of the Board of the Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI). Carl is the founder of the Leadership Initiative, an organization that trains young Black boys ages 14 – 18 to focus on Leadership, Critical Thinking & Entrepreneurial Skills. C0-founded VOTE 2 Live!)

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TBTNEWS ALERTS

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot provided an update regarding the implementation of the employee COVID-19 vaccine policy. In August the City of Chicago announced that all city employees must be fully vaccinated by October 15, ensuring city staff and their workplaces are safe from the spread of COVID-19.

“The end of this pandemic is within our reach if we continue to get vaccinated and encourage those who haven’t yet received their shots about the safety and efficacy of this lifesaving vaccine,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “It is crucial to the health and safety of every resident that we continue our equitable, targeted efforts to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 across our city and especially within our City departments and agencies. That is why we are providing a testing option for employees until December 31.”

“The overwhelming majority of hospitalizations and deaths we see from COVID-19 are among the unvaccinated. This vaccine is safe and it works,” said CDPH Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D. “Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect not only yourself but those around you from COVID-19. I applaud this responsible, common-sense requirement to keep the City’s employees and those they work with safe.” Employees who fail to report their vaccination status by October 151, will be placed in a non-disciplinary, no pay status.

If employees are fully vaccinated by October 15, they will receive one personal day to use before June 30, 2022. Represented sworn employees of the Chicago Police Department will not receive the additional Personal Day. Employees who are not fully vaccinated by October 15, including employees who have received an approved medical or religious exemption, must undergo regular COVID-19 testing on a twice-weekly basis, with tests separated by 3-4 days. This testing option will be available through December 31. Thereafter, employees must be fully vaccinated unless they have received an approved medical or religious exemption.

While CPD is required to report vaccination status or be a part of the regular bi-weekly testing, the City of Chicago continues to bargain in good faith with the Fraternal Order of Police and the Policemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association to reach a fair and workable policy that will keep our first responders safe. To learn more, visit Chicago.gov/COVIDvax or call 312-746-4835. – Content Curated By MG Media

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IDPH Expand School COVID Testing

To help increase capacity and facilitate faster access to COVID-19 testing in schools across the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has partnered with the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Midwest COVID-19 Testing Coordination Center (MCC) to provide testing to all public and private schools that are now seeking to establish a testing program.

This partnership will add testing capacity, expedite the testing onboarding process, and tap into additional federal funding under the HHS Operation Expanded Testing program. The Biden Administration’s MCC covers 16 states and is managed by Battelle, a Columbus, Ohio-based non-profit research and development company. SHIELD Illinois now has testing agreements with more than 400 school entities — more than 300 public school districts and more than 100 private schools. Those public districts represent more than 1,700 schools and more than 1 million public school students and staff outside of Chicago.

“I am delighted to see this level of interest for establishing testing as a layer of protection in our schools as we fight COVID-19 on all fronts,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of IDPH. “Even as we work continuously to administer vaccines to more people, we are supporting schools and improve their testing programs.” For more information, contact melaney.arnold@illinois.gov. – Content Curated By MG Media

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TBTNEWS RELEASE

HBCU Funding Falls From $45 Billion to $2 Billion Under Biden’s Spending Plan: President Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending bill was set to provide $45 billion to HBCUs and additional minority-serving institutions (MSIs). But due to Democratic infighting, the newest version of the bill only allocates $2 billion to HBCUs.

In addition, HBCUs are at risk of not being directly funded as the government is considering changing the funding into a competitive grant. “The number is just significantly lower than what we had hoped for,” said Fort Valley State University’s President, Paul Jones, to Inside HigherEd. “Along with the minority-serving institutions and the Hispanic-serving institutions, it’s really sort of lumping us all into this one sector when we all have tremendous needs.” Despite HBCUs receiving millions in donations this past year from multiple companies and billionaires, such as Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife Mackenzie Scott, some of the colleges have sued the states they reside in due to underfunding.

Earlier this year, the state of Maryland settled a discrimination lawsuit launched by Coppin State University, Bowie State University, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2006. The settlement was reportedly $577 million. The president of Philander Smith College in Arkansas said the school was able to survive the pandemic due to the federal relief money it received. However, he claimed the money proposed in Biden’s original plan would have had a positive, long-term effect. – Content Curated By Newsweek

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TBTNEWS REPORT

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Dr. TIMUEL BLACK

Dr. TIM BLACK: A Chicago Treasure

Timuel Black, Jr. was born in Birmingham, AL. It was December 7, 1918. The beloved and legendary Civil Rights activist, historian, and storyteller have had a long, rich life journey. At age 103, he has entered hospice care in his home on the Southside. Mr. Black was at many historic junctures: Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge helped to liberate Buchenwald, led voter registration initiatives, stood on picket lines with teachers, supported Black student leaders in Chicago, and worked with organized labor. Now, our community must stand with one of our esteemed elders.

Tim has been working for all of us for his whole life, fighting the good fight to create a better world. Let us join together and show how much we care. Please give generously. Wife Zenobia Black appreciates all your well wishes, and whatever you can contribute. “We don’t know how much time Tim has with us, but we want him to be as comfortable and with as much dignity as possible. We owe him that,” stated one supporter and family friend. All of the funds raised here will help provide adequate nursing care and all necessary expenses in the coming period. Fiercely independent, Zenobia has finally agreed to accept our loving support.

Timuel Black served as the Chicago chair of the historic 1963 March on Washington. He helped organize the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE). Black served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded four battle stars and a Croix de Guerre (the highest military honor accorded by France to non-citizens). Returning to Chicago, he enrolled at Roosevelt University where he received his bachelor’s degree and later earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. In 2008 he received an honorary doctoral degree from his alma mater, Roosevelt University.

In 2013, the City of Chicago honored Black with the inaugural Chicago Champion of Freedom Award. During the gala celebration of his 100th birthday on December 9, 2018, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor Medal by the French Consul General of Chicago. He has authored two of a three-book series chronicling the “great migration” and the history of Chicago from the 1920s to the present. His memoir, Sacred Ground, was published in 2019 by Northwestern University Press.

Black ran for public office several times and spent his life furthering the cause of social justice. He is a pioneer in the independent black political movement and assisted, advised, and supported political leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Harold Washington, and former U. S. President Barack Obama. His life’s contributions and African American history are being preserved for others to experience. In January of 2012, the Timuel D. Black Jr. Archive was officially inaugurated and opened to researchers, which is housed in the Vivian Harsh Collection at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library in Chicago.

Additionally, Tim was the inaugural honoree of the Illinois Black Hall of Fame (IBHOF), and the University of Chicago’s Civic Knowledge Project has established The Timuel D. Black Community Solidarity Scholar in his name. For more information, contact Wynona Redmond at Wynona@wyn-win.com or Thelma A. Walker at Thelma@wyn-win.com. – Content Curated By MG Media

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