CHICAGO: TBT News: Celebrating Women’s History Month / Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Nomination / Khari Humphries Steps Up / Corey Brooks Stays / John Rogers’ Chat

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Black Churches 4 Digital Equity: Long before the pandemic highlighted and expanded the gulf in internet access between served and unserved or underserved communities, churches diligently worked to identify the need to connect members of their communities to the internet and sought to provide that connection. For instance, churches have long provided educational opportunities for adults, and with the advent of the digital era, they quickly realized that computers were necessary to serve this goal. Indeed, churches were among the vanguard in establishing community-directed computer labs for parishioners and members of the public.

They are also now needed to ensure racial and ethnic communities are connected to the internet and have integrated it into their daily lives. Black Churches 4 Digital Equity builds a movement of Black church leaders advocating for digital equity and how their communities can get connected with the Affordable Connectivity Program, Emergency Connectivity Fund, and low-cost internet options. To learn more, join us for the Black Churches Leading Digital Equity Conversations panel on Monday, March 14 at 7-8 p.m. via Facebook Live. Please register here: https://forms.gle/4gCTUNXwriieVFZF9. – Content Curated By Blacks In Technology Foundation

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ELC Applauds Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent global membership organization for Black current and former CEOs, senior executives and board members of Fortune 1000 and equivalent companies, top-tier entrepreneurs, and global thought leaders applauds this historic nomination of the first Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Black women have earned their right to be represented on the highest court in the United States. We respect the Biden-Harris Administration’s recognition that potential nominees of the highest qualifications, character, and experience include a previously untapped pool of highly educated and talented nominees: Black women.

“The Executive Leadership Council applauds the historic appointment of Judge Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. She is an extremely qualified jurist whose legal career, personal background and unflagging commitment to our Constitution and the principles of equality and fairness will bring critical insight and perspective to our nation’s highest court,” says Lloyd W. Brown, II, Chair of the Board of Directors at the Executive Leadership Council.

The nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson can be likened to the nomination of Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first Black man nominated to the Supreme Court in 1967, almost 55 years ago. The nomination of a Black woman to the high court represents progress for America and especially Black women in the legal profession. Supreme Court decisions impact the life and liberty of nearly 300 million Americans, yet only two Black justices have ever served on the court.

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According to a recent report by the American Bar Association, Black attorneys make up 4.7% of all attorneys, which is much lower than the 14% percent of Americans who identify as Black. This number demonstrates the very disparate representation of Black Americans in the legal profession. The appointment of Judge Brown Jackson, who formerly served on the bipartisan US Sentencing Commission, at this time, is necessary and significant.

“On behalf of the ELC’s nearly 800 members who represent Black excellence at the highest levels of business, we commend Judge Jackson’s appointment to the Supreme Court. Her pioneering accomplishments build on the rich legacy of Black women throughout history who shattered barriers in order to make our society more just. Research has consistently shown that diversity drives high-performing teams, and we look forward to Judge Jackson’s contributions to our highest court,” says Michael C. Hyter, President & CEO of the Executive Leadership Council.

With this nomination, President Joe Biden kept his promise to correct long-standing shortcomings regarding the makeup of the Supreme Court of the United States and bring the nation closer to keeping the promise of justice for all. The Executive Leadership Council opens channels of opportunity for the development of Black executives to positively impact business and our communities. For more information, contact Eden Godbee at egodbee@elcinfo.com or 202-222-5890 or Sonia Diaz or sonia@zaidpr.com or visit www.elcinfo.com. – Content Curated By Trice Edney Communications

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Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced that Khari (Matthew) Humphries will join the administration as Senior Director of Youth Policy in the Mayor’s Office of Education and Human Services. Khari brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in community relations and non-for-profit work to serve youth. The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Education and Human Services is to enable lifelong learning, health, and a commitment to equitable outcomes.

“Our young people deserve dedicated, experienced, and forward-thinking leaders who will fulfill their needs and help develop innovative programs for their socioemotional and academic enrichment,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “With more than two decades of experience in fields related to this work, Khari has proven that he possesses this leadership and will ensure children and at-risk youth have access to the resources they need to thrive. I am thrilled to formally welcome Khari to the team and am confident that he will continue the fight to create a better Chicago for our kids.”

Prior to joining Mayor Lightfoot’s administration, Khari served as the Executive Director of School Age Strategies for Thrive Chicago, creating collaborative networks of people and data-accelerating innovation for Chicago’s youth. Khari also served as Senior Manager of Community Life for The Community Builders, Inc. in Bronzeville for nine years. He planned and executed programs to deepen community engagement and assist thousands of residents living in affordable housing with obtaining financial stability and gaining access to asset development, youth development, education, workforce development.

He has also served in director roles at both the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago and the Champaign Park District. Khari’s extensive background in youth development and youth programs informed the contributions that he made as a consultant to the Chicago Out-of-School Project, a citywide effort involving youth-serving City departments and community-based organizations.

“This is important work at a crucial time for the City. I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to serve Chicago in an effort to enhance the youth opportunity ecosystem by putting to work my years of service in affordable housing, youth development, collective impact, parks, and recreation,” said Khari Humpries. “I am the sum total of my experiences growing up in Chicago as a beneficiary of amazing youth programs, summer employment, caring adults, and neighborhoods that nurtured my development positively toward a pathway into adulthood, and this is why this post is so meaningful to me.”

Khari received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St. Xavier University and is a 2018 Fellow of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Civic Leadership Academy. He is a certified trainer through the National Training Institute of Community Youth Work for Advancing Youth Development (AYD), as well as a certified external assessor coach and youth methods trainer for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality, a trained Circle Keeper, and Racial Healing Practitioner. Khari is a proud father of two sons, and the husband of an educator. – Content Curated By MG Media

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JOB POSTING: The Chicago White Sox are looking for a Director of Digital Content to lead strategy, development and implementation of the organization’s digital video and digital content teams. Candidates should contact Scott Reifert at REIFERT@chisox.com. – Content Curated By MG Media

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is kicking off ‘HERstory’ – an initiative to celebrate and elevate Illinois and Illinois women-owned businesses. DCEO will host events with women trailblazers.

“During the month of March, and every day of the year, DCEO is focused on delivering resources that women-owned businesses need to grow and thrive,” said Acting Director of DCEOSylvia I. Garcia. “I’m proud to recognize the significant economic contributions that women entrepreneurs provide to Illinois’ economy, generating over $74 billion each year.” Illinois has 47,000 women-owned businesses that employ 411,000, in addition to 408,000 Illinois women who operate businesses without employees. Women business owners – especially women business owners of color – have historically faced challenges to starting a business, accessing capital, and other resources. HERstory is designed for women business owners through its Office of Minority Economic Empowerment (OMEE).

“Women’s HERstory Month is an important time for reflection, celebration, and action. As a woman founder and executive, I value deliberate programs to connect with amazing female leaders,” said Ashley S. H. Moy, President of Cast21. “It is important to give a platform for women to voice our challenges, celebrate our accomplishments, and encourage one another to keep fighting for an equitable future,” said Beverly Kim, Restaurateur.

“I’m honored to be a speaker on DCEO’s HERstory.” All events are free to attend. Find registration: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/Pages/WHM2022.aspx. – Content Curated By MG Media

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Black History 365: “I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up.” —Rosa Parks

Each year we lament that Black History Month is relegated to the shortest month of the year. It is the month where corporations parade their “diversity” initiative and create marketing campaigns that showcase Black employees, Black clients, and products to appeal to Black people. Much of that is led by white firms or employees. Oh, and that token Black team member to be fair.

It has gotten so that Black history is commodified and sold like a street vendor hot dog …extra emphasis on slavery trauma, real heavy on the “firsts to ever”, sweetened with the taste of celebrity exceptionalism. Yet, Black History is much more expansive and nuanced. It is the lineage, traditions, and innovation we brought with us to American shores in 1619. And yes, it is also the damaging epigenetic seeds sown by the savagery of chattel slavery.

Still, it is the deep abiding love and grace passed on from grandmothers through generations. It is infused with cultural flavor; and tastemakers in fashion, cuisine, music, literature, art. It is the sacred code of our tongue. It is in our care, both of the self and community. Ultimately it must be understood that Black History is not for sale! We must recall the walk of our ancestors and know that our very lives are Black history.

Every day we are responsible to live in such a way that builds upon our yesterday. Even while the media increasingly affixes on stories of our trauma and politicians position themselves by assigning a pathology to our behavior…and yes while the machine rages against factual Black history and critical race theory we must live boldly and unapologetically in our Blackness.

Nevertheless, others outside of Blackness should also share in the conviction to amplify righteous Black stories. Everyone should be compelled to seek the truth; to supplant the ugly racial constructs that deny power and agency. This can be done through media representation, education, policy, and philanthropy. We all can make Black history. Everyday. In Blackness, La’Keisha. For more details, contact Girls Like Me Project, Inc. at info@girlslikemeproject.org.

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THIS IS BLACK HISTORY: At the end of Black History MonthAhmad “Eddie” Elkhatib, owner of A&S Beverages, hosted a special meet & greet and tasting with Toriano “Beans” Banks and Ralf “BossMan” Golden founders and owners of Disbelef Tequila from Memphis, TN. Disbelef Tequila is available at both A&S Beverage locations. Photo Credit: Tito Garcia. – Content Curated By With an Eye PR

Thanks Diana Palomar for inviting me to be apart of ABC 7’s Black History Month Luncheon program. Your news anchors and staff shared some very powerful stories which were amazing. Thanks Cheryl Burton, Hosea Sanders, Evelyn Holmes and others at ABC 7 during their 24th year highlighting Black Excellence. – Content Curated By Kidz Korna’s Delece Williams

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TBTNEWS COMMENTARY

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Pastor Brooks, Founder of New Beginnings Church and Founder & CEO of Project H.O.O.D.

When God Tells You to Stay Put

Special Correspondent: Corey B. Brooks

For the past 99 days, and 98 bitterly cold nights, I have been camped out on top of eight shipping containers on the south side of Chicago, at a location where our church hopes to build a new community center. My plan was to spend 100 nights up on the roof to raise funds for the center, while also raising awareness of the plague of violence in Chicago.

One hundred days up on a roof in Chicago’s winter, I figured, would be more than enough time to raise the $35 million for the project. But my timing, as is often the case, was not God’s timing. While fundraising is going well, and we have been blessed by the generosity of so many donors, we have not yet met our goal. For the past few weeks, I have sensed that God was telling me to stay up on the roof until the fundraising for the project was complete.

I knew it was God’s voice telling me to remain on the roof because it certainly wasn’t my heart’s desire. Temperatures have gotten down to minus 20 degrees with the wind chill, and I have been eagerly looking at my calendar, counting the days until I would come down from the roof. During my time up here, I have invited CEOs of major corporations, religious leaders, and politicians to spend a night camping out with me. Those who have camped out with me have seen first-hand why our community is in need of more resources and better programs for our youth.

The Woodlawn neighborhood on the south side of Chicago is known for its gun violence. In fact, during my time up on the roof, I have heard countless gunshots fired, with the near-constant sound of police sirens wailing in the background. This is a community where nearly 50 percent of the households make less than $25,000 per year. Poverty is rampant, as are feelings of hopelessness.

Hopelessness and fear are the primary emotions that compel young men in Chicago to join violent gangs. But a feeling of rootedness in a relationship with Jesus, a strong sense of self-worth, and ties to the community are the three best ways to prevent the growth of gangs and to help young men transition from being violent gang members to productive members of society. The pervasive hopelessness on the south side of Chicago is precisely why we feel called to create this center.

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Prominent Community Leaders Joined Corey Brooks on the Roof to Pray with Him Each Morning

God can transform even the most hopeless individuals – and in my 22 years serving as a pastor in this community, I have seen the life-changing transformations that only God could orchestrate. I have worked with former gang members to help them receive training to start a new career—and, even more importantly, a new life—with positions in the construction, lawn service industry, and restaurant industries. These are men who were desperate to be given a second chance. Through our church, New Beginnings, and the non-profit we run, Project H.O.O.D., we were able to provide that fresh start in life.

The vision for our future community center is simple. With an 85,000-square-foot center, we will be able to expand our programs and serve so many more individuals. Our plan is that this community center will become the center of our community, providing hope and a future to a forgotten neighborhood. We will offer the tools for children and adults to reach their God-given potential—whether through classes and jobs training or through self-improvement in our gym facilities. The space will also be used to hold community meetings and to distribute necessary care, food, and diapers to the community.

These are not handouts the way the government carelessly scatters resources; these items are all given in recognition that we can help one another, and we can lead our neighbors out of the vicious cycles of poverty and helplessness.

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