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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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01 Feb
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Black History Month – Shirley Chisholm

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, an advocate for the rights of people of color and for women’s rights, became in November 1968 the first black woman elected to the United States Congress.  Four years later she became the first black ...

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31 Jan
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Black History Month – Carter G. Woodson

As the Country continues to diversify with groups of many different ancestries, cultures, and beliefs, it is imperative to celebrate the histories that make up the collective account of our nation. The Human condition in many dimensions is part of ...

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30 Jan
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Black History Month- Litesa Wallace

Dr. Litesa Wallace was born on the Southside of Chicago and raised in the south suburb of Country Club Hills. Her parents, a law enforcement agent and postal worker were both union workers and she attended Western Illinois University, becoming ...

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30 Jan
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Black History Month- Victory Bell

Victory Bell was born on March 7, 1934, in Durant, Mississippi. His parents were Bea Bell and Gladys Thompson. Victory said, “I came from a sharecropping background. I had a sense of what I desired and didn’t have, but I ...

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18 Jan
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Second Acts for Strong Communities, RHA/Bridge Rockford Alliance one of ten national pilot sites

Second Acts for Strong Communities – RHA and Bridge Rockford Alliance join other Second Acts communities (10 nationally) with Generations United, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and Encore.org in a quarterly convening. The goal of the convening is to ...

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16 Jan
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The Rockford Housing Authority Proclamation: the National Day of Racial Healing Initiative

January 17, 2017 “It is a proven assertion that we are all descendants of one human ancestry endowed by our creator with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The W.K. Kellogg Foundation-led Truth, Racial Healing ...

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