Author Archives: RHA

17 Feb
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Black History Month – Fair Housing Act of 1968

President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act in 1968. The Civil Rights Act signed into law in April 1968–popularly known as the Fair Housing Act–prohibited discrimination concerning the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin ...

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17 Feb
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Black History Month – Charles Box

Charles Box, a native Rockfordian and former Mayor, was born February 24, 1951, to Horace and Adeller Blake Box. In 1947, his family migrated from Arkansas to Rockford, Illinois. Charles stated, “When I was born, we lived in a place ...

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15 Feb
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Black History Month – Lonnie Johnson

Lonnie George Johnson, most famous for inventing the Super Soaker water gun, was born on October 6, 1949, in Mobile, Alabama. His father worked as a truck driver and his homemaker mother occasionally worked service jobs. His parents also picked ...

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15 Feb
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New Mix: “Promoting YOU” Workshop

“Promoting YOU” is a ten week mentoring workshop hosted by “New Mix” and facilitated by Zandie Shields, owner of ZENT, LLC.  Her major recent component of promotions stems from the work done with the ZENT brand and its projects. “Promoting ...

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13 Feb
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Black History Month – Ernest “Ernie” Banks

Ernest “Ernie” Banks was the first African American baseball player for the Chicago (Illinois) Cubs and the first African American manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). Banks earned the nickname “Mr. Cub” while playing shortstop and first base from 1953-1971 ...

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10 Feb
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New Mix: “Promoting YOU” Workshop

  “Promoting YOU” is a ten week mentoring workshop hosted by “New Mix” and facilitated by Zandie Shields, owner of ZENT, LLC.  Her major recent component of promotions stems from the work done with the ZENT brand and its projects. ...

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08 Feb
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Black History Month – Booker Washington Community Center

The Booker Washington Community Center has served as a place where community members can participate in cultural and recreational programs. It was founded in 1916 as a community center to serve black soldiers from Camp Grant during World War I. ...

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08 Feb
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Black History Month – The Voting Rights Act of 1965

By 1965 concerted efforts to break the grip of state disfranchisement had been under way for some time, but had achieved only modest success overall and in some areas had proved almost entirely ineffectual. The murder of voting-rights activists in ...

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06 Feb
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Black History Month – Lewis Lemon

Rockford’s rich Black History began in 1834 when a young 22 year old slave by the name of Lewis Lemon, made the journey from what is now Galena Illinois to what is now Rockford Illinois via the Rock River with ...

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03 Feb
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Rockford Housing Authority announces the 2018 “What Home Means to Me” poster contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2017 Rockford, IL Rockford Housing Authority announces the 2018 “What Home Means to Me” poster contest We all know that everyone defines the word “Home” differently, and our youth are no exception, often bringing an ...

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