Chicago Civil Rights Movement: Who Stood With Dr. King When It Was Neither Popular Nor Politically Correct?
One of them was Arthur M. Brazier, a key activist in the Northern Civil Rights Movement
History is best qualified to reward the researcher because it provides the springs and motives of human activity.
One of the biggest tragedies of life is to not be aware of what was before you were. It is history that is most rewarding because you get a chance to see the realm of human possibility.
That’s why we were excited to receive a message from Andrea L. Zopp, the current president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, about Edwin C. “Bill” Berry and Bishop Arthur M. Brazier—two giants in the civil rights movement here in Chicago.
“The Civil Rights Movement took root in Chicago thanks to the fearless leadership of men, women and youth who refused to accept the status quo and stood united for change. Through negotiation, litigation and demonstration, these brave individuals helped change Chicago and the nation.
"Among those great leaders were Chicago Urban League executive director Edwin C. “Bill” Berry and Bishop Arthur M. Brazier.
“Bishop Brazier and Bill Berry were part of a strategic alliance of diverse business, civic and faith leaders that welcomed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Chicago and inspired hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans to raise their voices against the forces of segregation that denied people of their basic human dignity and educational and economic opportunities.
“Today the Chicago Urban League, along with faith partners like Apostolic Church of God and community partners like the Network of Woodlawn continue the great legacy of working for equality and empowerment. We stand on the shoulders of transformative leaders like Bishop Brazier and Bill Berry and are often reminded of their many sacrifices and contributions to the Civil Rights Movement,” said Zopp.
Watch this powerful clip about this important turning point in the history of Black Chicago. For more information about Bishop Arthur M. Brazier visit www.brazierfoundation.org.
Leading CPS Real Men donate time to serve with youth
CHICAGO--Thursday, February 6 for the kick-off of the Jewel Taste of Black History showcase of black-owned food vendors, the gourmet Real Men Cook Sweet Potato Pound Cake Mix®, will be among those featured. Leading culinary professional, Chef/Culinary Instructor, David Fuller, will lead a few of his winning culinary students in an orientation to the grocery food business as an extension of the CVAC program, Thursday from 3-7 pm at the Jewel store at 87West 87th Street at the Dan Ryan Expressway.
Guests will taste samples for guests prepared by the students using the Real Men Cook Sweet Potato Pound Cake Mix, which is sold in Jewel Stores. Real Men Cook president, Rael Jackson states, “This is a long-time association with CVCA and the students there, looking to consider careers in the industry. What they learn working with our product, is that there are black-owned brands and food-related events that provide community value and support, and expect their excellence. The exposure is invaluable.”
Sunday February 23rd, Chef David Blackmon, Program Director-Culinary Arts & Hospitality at Chicago Public Schools will beshowcased, sampling some of his specialty items prepared from the Real Men Cook Sweet Potato Pound Cake Mix.
Fuller and Blackmon serve on the advisory committee of Real Men Charities, INc. and have volunteered for the Real Men Cook Father's Day events since their days as students and young professionals.