May 15, 2013

Occupy The Streets of Chicago with Peace; All Cities in Midwest Participate in Mass Black Male Graduation; "Ain't Misbehavin'"; Help for the "Unbanked"; Sharp Drop In Black Male Medical School Students

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Making Progress; Moving Forward!
Occupy The Streets of Chicago with Peace!
Mass Black Male Graduation
Sharp Drop in Black Male Medical School Enrollment
Save Our Sons from Dropping Out
The "Unbanked" Find Support
Children's Products Contain Toxic Chemicals
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Occupy The Streets of Chicago
Father Michael Pfleger 
and the 
Faith Community of Saint Sabina
Friday, June 21, 2013
7:00 pm - 500 free t-shirts at 6:00 pm
78th Place and Throop (1250 west)
Chicago, Illinois
We invite people throughout Chicago to stand up and declare their commitment to occupy our streets this summer to bring about Peace!
Call St. Sabina at 773.483.4300
Call The Black Star Project at 773.285.9600
2013 Black Male High School Graduates from Detroit, Flint, Milwaukee, Madison, Gary, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Davenport, Cleveland, Dayton and other mid-western cities are invited to join 1,000 Illinois High School Graduates at the Mass Black Male High School Graduation and Transition to Manhood Ceremony 2013.
Illinois - On June 29, 2013, 1,000 young Black men will graduate from the high schools of Chicago and Illinois into life as young, positive Black men who will build their communities, their cities, their country and their race. This event is sponsored by Chicago State University and The Black Star Project.
Young Black male high school graduates of 2013 are invited to participate in the Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood Ceremony 2013 at Chicago State University between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 29, 2013.  Each graduate will receive 3 tickets for parents, teachers and friends and will: 
  • compete for jobs, internships and apprenticeships (only a few)
  • open bank accounts
  • sign up for military service
  • connect to mentors
  • create/begin a life plan 
  • register for Chicago State University or get information about other college opportunities 
Superintendents, principals, teachers, counselors, parents, family members and friends should call 773.285.9600 to sign up young Black men for the Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood Ceremony 2013.
Young men should bring transcripts, FASFA's, ACT scores and resumes to help begin life after high school. Young men are asked to wear their cap and gown from their home high school.  
For more information or to register a young Black man for this once in a lifetime opportunity, please call 773.285.9600.
Phillip Jackson
Executive Director
The Black Star Project  
This idea was inspired by Dr. Willie Myles in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Sharp drop in black male enrollment in medical schools
With 32 million Black Americans in U.S., Black males entering medical school fewer than 32 year ago

May 07,  2013
WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Fewer Black males were enrolled in the first year of medical schools last year than 32 years ago, a trend that, if left uncorrected, could hamper efforts to provide quality health care to underserved communities, according to a top officer in the American Association of Medical Colleges.
Marc Nivet, chief diversity officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, made that startling disclosure at the recent Howard University Symposium on Unites States Healthcare.
"We don't have the luxury of waiting 10 years 15 years 20 years to intervene in effective ways to insure that we have the talent necessary to come to our institutions," Nivet said. "If we don't effectively intervene in this pipeline and hold our institutions and ourselves accountable for finding the talent that we know exists than we have failed those 32 million people soon to be enfranchised and we have failed ourselves."
According to a diversity study by the Association of American Medical Colleges, Black women account for nearly two-thirds of the students entering the first year of medical school.
"This positive trend for racial and ethnic minority women is not mirrored in their male counterparts: Black or African American males are applying to, being accepted to, and matriculating into medical school in diminishing numbers, which speaks to the increasing need for medical schools to institute plans and initiatives aimed at strengthening the pipeline,"  the report stated.
Without access to pipeline programs, Black enrollment at medical schools may continue to decline. In 2011, Blacks accounted for 7.3 percent of medical school applicants, compared to 54.6 percent for Whites. Despite comprising 5.6 percent of the U.S. population, Asians accounted for 20.4 percent of medical school applicants that year.
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Save Our Sons: A Call to Action

Associate Professor of Education, Langston University 
11/12/2012 4:06 pm
Matthew Lynch
Education is the cornerstone of success. Those who are educated have more opportunity, tend to make better choices, and will go on to teach their children to do likewise. Those who are educated tend to give back to their community more than they take from it. With that being said, what can we surmise by what is happening in high schools around the nation, and especially in places like the Rochester Public School District? A lot!
The Problem 
We have a serious problem in this country and it is one that is not getting nearly the amount of attention that it deserves. The problem is the number of black males who are, and who are not, graduating from high school around the nation. The statistics are startling and in my opinion, a major call for action. It is imperative that people become aware of what is going on so that we can use the information to do something about it, before it's too late.
The Solution
We need to create more intensive reading and math programs, to help set them up for academic success as they move through the grades, it is important that schools not be so quick to push out these black male students. Many are pushed out, or sent to special schools, simply because they fit a demographic and people expect them to behave a certain way, without actually giving them a chance. This is not an exhaustive list of solutions, but it's a start.
Finally, because the problem in Rochester* and around America of our black males not graduating from high school does impact all of us, it's up to all of us to come up with solutions. You now know the facts, and you know what's at stake. What do you propose is the solution to this problem; one that will ensure that black males will see higher graduation rates, as well as the benefits that come along with it?
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* - Rochester, N.Y. has a 9% Black male graduation rate according to this report from the Schott Foundation for Public Education
On May 17, 2013, 
The "Unbanked" Will Find Support with 
National Black Wall Street Chicago
to Connect with Banks.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
4655 South King Drive 
Chicago, Illinois
How to escape education's death valley?
Sir Ken Robinson, educator/author
Sir Ken Robinson
Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.  
Sir Ken Questions and Quotes
  • Why don't we get the best out of people? 
  • We've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. 
  • Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. 
  • We are educating people out of their creativity.
  • People talk about education and never talk about learning.
  • Education is a human system. 
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. 
Click Here to See and Listen to "How to escape education's death valley?"
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Drowning prevention:  
Teaching black children to swim
(70% of Black children cannot swim)
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By Rachel Leigh
June 21, 2011
But for the Gentrys' sister, Yolanda, being in this water world comes with reservations. "I know African American kids around pools don't mix. The kids usually don't know how to swim."
Studies support what Yolanda is saying -- that nearly 70% of black children do not know how to swim. That's the highest for any ethnic group.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the fatal drowning rate of African American children is three times that of white children.
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on summer learning  
By Gary Huggins, Special to CNN
June 21, 2012
Summer learning exercise.
Summer break is a treasured American tradition that arose from the need for children to work on farms during the warm-weather months. But while summer is a special time of year, it's turning into a missed opportunity, at a huge cost.
It seems that for many, summer vacation has now come to equal not just a break from school, but a break from any kind of learning. Summer means freedom for schoolchildren to do absolutely nothing, for three long months.
But we collectively pay a steep bill for our prolonged break from learning. Research shows students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. Most students lose two months' worth of math skills each summer, and low-income children lose another two to three months in reading, putting them chronically behind their better-off peers. That's an incredible waste of the resources we pour into the school year.

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