Category Archives: Blog

25 Feb
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Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman

Bessie Coleman is a name we do not hear too often, she was the first African American to gain an international permit to fly. Elizabeth Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas on January 26th, 1892 as the 10th child of ...

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22 Feb
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Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols was born on December 28th1932, as Grace Nichols in Robbins Illinois. She was discovered by Duke Ellington, a notorious composer and pianist, at the age of 15 and began her career as a singer and got to tour ...

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22 Feb
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Earnest “Ernie” Banks

Earnest “Ernie” Banks Ernie Banks was the first African American baseball player for the Chicago Cubs and the first African American manager in Major League Baseball. Banks played short stop and first base from 1953-1971 for the cubs. Ernest Banks ...

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22 Feb
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Estelle Elmore Black

Estelle Black was born in Rockford IL, on January 20th, 1932. Estelle’s parents, Thomas and Esther Elmore migrated for New Orleans, Louisiana, married in Rockford in 1922 and had two children; Estelle and Thomas Jr. While growing up, Estelle lived ...

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21 Feb
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Lewis Lemon: Once a Slave, Forever a Founder

The Start of a Local Hero This Black History Month the message is about celebrating important black figures and their moments in history, today we talk about one of the founders of Rockford Illinois; Lewis Lemon. Born a slave in ...

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01 Feb
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February 2019 – Black History Month

FEBRUARY 2019 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH The official theme of Black History Month 2019, “Black Migrations”. The month-long event celebrates important black figures and moments in history. Originally created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, he chose the second week ...

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21 Jan
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THE POVERTY CONNECTION

JANUARY 2019 IS NATIONAL POVERTY AWARENESS MONTH “National Poverty Awareness Month represents an opportunity to connect people to the 40+ million Americans living in poverty and the 18 million living in persistent poverty.”   UNDERSTANDING POVERTY AS A DIRECT CORRELATION ...

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13 Nov
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Lead The Way Training

Today, The Rockford Housing Authority Board and staff members are completing the 2nd and last day of training for the HUD ‘Lead The Way Training.’  This preparation is an online self-paced interactive training to help the Public Housing Agency (PHA) ...

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09 Nov
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A Unique, Long-Term Approach to Sustainability

A UNIQUE, LONG-TERM APPROACH TO SUSTAINABILITY The vitality of our community depends on the health and welfare of our people. The Rockford Housing Authority strives to enhance the health, productivity, and quality of life of our residents, constituents, and staff ...

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05 Nov
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A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE

“Nobody Will Ever Deprive the American People of the Right to Vote Except the American People Themselves and the Only Way They Could do This is by Not Voting.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States “We the ...

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