Empyrean

Hello there my friends!  What’s happening with you?  I am well.  Actually, I was just thinking about the word for this month– empyrean, which is pronounced em-peer-re-en.  Those who follow the show on YouTube know that since last December, I’ve been challenging myself and viewers/listeners to learn a new word each month.  Empyrean is the new word for June.

Empyrean means relating to heaven or the sky.  While out and about earlier today, I looked up and decided to bask in the brilliance and beauty of the sun and the pretty blue sky.  I thought about the entire universe and its endless space.  I thought about heaven and how impossible it is to even fathom its vastness.  I thought about how empyrean represents the possibilities of mankind.  “The sky is the limit”.  You’ve heard that before, right?  OR, symbolically, how we can “call Heaven to earth”?  Meaning all of your God given ideas, talents, wants, needs, desires are possible.      

Friends, I don’t know about you but going forward, my thinking will be empyrean—heavenly, limitless.  Join me and as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

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Marilyn

DuSable Drive Update

My friends, how are you doing?  Enjoying the summer-like weather?  This week, I thought that I would share the updates on the journey to renaming outer Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive.  Read this press release from earlier this month.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

Mayor’s $30m dollar proposal for DuSable Project pleasant surprise to

  BHM Coalition Chairman but must be in addition to DuSable Drive

(CHICAGO- June 1st, 2021)

After one year of the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition launched to correct the wrongs to Chicago’s Founding Father, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Coalition Chairman, Mr. Ephraim Martin reiterated during a meeting with BHM members and supporters that despite the deferral by Mayor Lightfoot and two Aldermen last Wednesday, May 26th, BHM- DuSable Project are on a winning track with no plans to look back.

We can declare partial victory, because of the BHM Coalition campaign, the Mayor is proposing $30 million dollars to build the major Monument; start the process of building DuSable Park that was authorized 34 years ago by the first Black Mayor of Chicago, the late Harold Washington; and develop a DuSable Riverwalk among other honors.  However, the proposal must also include the renaming of Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive as first priority next month.

The Mayor, while announcing her proposed $30 million dollar plan, said they, (meaning the Black Heroes Matter Coalition and/or Alderman David Moore), “want Lake Shore Drive or nothing.”  To set the record straight, what Mr. Martin recently told the Mayor’s Administration is that “We have already compromised.  Alderman Moore and Alderwoman Sophia King, the sponsors for the delayed ordinance, have long changed the order to make the renaming for the Outer LSD only.  We told the Mayor’s Administration that we want outer Lake Shore Drive and everything else that we have been requesting for DuSable since last May of 2020.”

As an enhancement to DuSable Drive which the BHM expect will be voted on and confirmed by June 23rd, the BHM welcomes the funds the Mayor has offered.  However, we need to see the proposal in writing and with a timeline from start to finish on all the projects.

The main objectives of BHM continue to be renaming the Outer Lake Shore Drive (LSD) as Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive, a full city Holiday, and a minimum of 25-foot Monument for DuSable.  Also, to further end systemic racism including police brutality as well as to bring change to the U.S. Postal Zip Code System.

Again, the three demands outlined in our July 4th, 2020 protest, rally, and march from DuSable Bridge at 401 N. Michigan Avenue to the Grant Park Petrillo Music Shell came with deadlines.  The people want and need to see the progress.  The interruptions by the Mayor’s administration over the last six months has slowed the progress on renaming LSD as DuSable Drive.  If the Mayor will allow the June 23rd vote, we can see real progress with the renaming of LSD as DuSable Drive.

On April 29th, the Transportation and Ways Committee unanimously voted for the renaming of LSD as DuSable Drive but the full city council vote was blocked by the Mayor and two Aldermen, Brian Hopkins and Ariel Reboyras from the 2nd and 30th Wards. “We are asking the Mayor to adhere to the will of the people and the Transportation and Ways Committee.  Let the full city council members, who were elected by the people, exercise their responsibility to vote on Alderman Moore’s and Alderwoman King’s ordinance to rename LSD to DuSable Drive.”, BHM Chairman, Martin said.

Last May, shortly following the gruesome police murder of George Floyd, Mr. Martin and his wife, the Hon. Shelvin L.M. Hall, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, now retired, formed the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition, as an assumed name corporation under MIF.  They started with more than 20 supporting organizations and has now grown to some 80 organizations and businesses.  All supporting organizations and businesses, along with GoFundMe donors and petition signers can be seen at www.Blackheroesmatter.org.

To support this effort, visit http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org or click the following links:  GoFundMe  https://gf.me/u/x99m75, Petition http://chng.it/DLhPnQDfnv. For more information:: 877/973-4423 or Email: Bheroesmatter@gmail.org.

Friends, be sure to sign the petition.  As always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The latest broadcast is posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Positive Possibilities

Happy June my friends!  How are you?  I pray that everything is good with you.  I am well and still reeling from my birthday accolades and the DuSable shenanigans from the City of Chicago.  Don’t know what I’m talking about?  Well, go check out last week’s blog!

So, as I spent some time reflecting this past week, the dominate theme and thoughts leaned towards possibilities and positivity.  Positive possibilities!  No matter your age, sex, color, religion, social or economic standing; the positive possibilities remain limitless.

You all, there should always be something positive for you to strive for in your life.  If you stay focused on the positive, do the work, and believe, the powerful forces in life will align to manifest the assured victory!  God would not have given you the idea or thought if it was not possible!  For with Him, ALL things are possible.

Friends, I don’t know about you all but I choose to focus on and strive for the positive possibilities that the Heavenly Father has presented to me.  So, again, stay with me as we continue to celebrate life, love, and family!  As always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The broadcasts are posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Delayed Victory

And so this will not be a part of my birthday celebrations this weekend but we still push on.  Read part of the BHM’s press release below for more.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Black Heroes Matter Coalition Continues the Push for DuSable Drive

(CHICAGO- May 26th, 2021)  Despite the political tactics used to delay the affirmative vote for DuSable Drive during Wednesday’s Chicago City Council meeting, Ephraim Martin and members of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition plan to continue to fight for the renaming of Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive.  The group will assemble to rally and protest on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at Noon in Grant Park near east Jackson Street between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive.

After enduring a nearly 4 hour long city council meeting on Wednesday, Mr. Martin, Chair of Black Heroes Matter along with the Entertainment/Youth Committee, Chair, Tremell Williams, and other members and supporters of the coalition, quickly discovered that its politics as usual in Chicago.  When the long-awaited Chicago ordinance number 02019-7918 was brought before the City Council by 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr., Chair of the Transportation Committee, 4th Ward Alderwoman Sophia King quickly called for a roll call vote but it was 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and 30th Ward Alderman Ariel Reboyras who Mayor Lori Lightfoot (the meeting’s Chairperson) recognized as they called for the ordinance to be deferred and published.  The Mayor then quickly rushed the approval through– further delaying the full City Council vote to rename Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive.  Mr. Martin said, “This was a blatant attempt to delay and prolong the approval of the ordinance because the Mayor knows that we have the votes.  Her gangster tactics must stop!”

Alderman David Moore (17th Ward) and 4th Ward Alderwoman Sophia King objected and attempted to call for the vote several times but to no avail.  Dismissing their appeals as disruptions, Mayor Lightfoot pushed the balance of the agenda forward and within 20 minutes called upon 7th Ward Alderman Gregory Mitchell to move to adjourn the meeting.  Later in the day, during her own press conference, Mayor Lightfoot responded to a question from media concerning the deferred DuSable ordinance by saying that she is all for doing something grand for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the city’s founder, but didn’t believe that simply changing the “iconic Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive” was it.

The Black Heroes Matter Coalition believes that the name change is necessary and will demonstrate the Mayor’s and City Leaders’ commitment to effectuate positive change in city government.  “This city has a long, deeply entrenched history of institutional racism and divisiveness; and today was a prime example of it.”, Mr. Martin said. 

The coalition will rally to protest the blocking of this historic vote on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at Noon on Jackson Street between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive.  There will also be African/Caribbean dancers, drummers, and more.

For more information, please email bheroesmatter@gmail.com or call 312/719-6181 or 815-593-1695.

Listen, you all, had this DuSable ordinance passed this week, it would have added much more excitement to my birthday celebrations!  However, knowing that it’s simply a delayed victory, I am still going to celebrate.  So, stay with me as I continue to celebrate life, love, and family!  Also, as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The broadcasts are posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

A May Flower…

Baby Marilyn (6 mos)

Friends, I warned you. *LoL* I’m just tripping on me for awhile and sharing a bit more with you all. Stay with me as I continue to celebrate life, love, and family! 

I pray that you have been experiencing a wonderful week!  Also, as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The broadcasts are posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Warning…

Friends, I thought I’d take a break from DuSable to issue a warning! 

As you know, not only is May my last name but it is also my birth month!  Yes!  Later this month I will be a year older.  However, I have already began mini-celebrations (in my own way) so if you see me out and about online or in-person “acting up” (in a good way), don’t judge me!  LoL!!!  I am simply excited to be enjoying yet another birthday; another year to be the best “me” that I can be; another year to love and be loved; another year to be a blessing to others; another year to change the world; another year to Worship and Praise my Heavenly Father!  Oh my goodness, warning you all!

I will also be celebrating and remembering my parents!  Over the years, they always acknowledged and helped me celebrate my birthday in big and small ways—Happy Birthday cards, calls, cake, cash, flowers, dinners, parties, and sometimes just quiet times together.  They did not miss a birthday and I truly miss them…Wallace and Norrisa.

And so, my friends, warning!  Don’t judge.  Just join me as I celebrate life, love, and family!  Also, as always, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The broadcasts are posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Black Heroes Matter- DuSable Journey

Friends welcome back the leadership of Black Heroes Matter as guest blogger this week. Below, they share more background information on their journey towards getting proper honor for Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable,

LSD To DuSable Drive Close to Reality- Justice For Chicago Black Founder.
An Historic 1st Round Win- DuSable Drive -Alderman David Moore/BHM victory!

Chicago City Council Transportation and Public Way Committee unanimously voted to rename the outer Lake Shore Drive (LSD) as DuSable Drive, to honor the Black man from the Caribbean who founded Chicago. The Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition with City Council ordinance sponsor Alderman David Moore kicked off the campaign one year ago after the murder of George Floyd calling for an end to Systemic Racism and for a City Holiday, a major Monument, and to rename Lake Shore Drive in honor of DuSable the city’s first settler.  On Thursday, April 29th, the Chicago City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way unanimously voted to rename Lake Shore Drive as Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive, and now the ordinance which is sponsored by Alderman David Moore and co-sponsored by Alderwoman Sophia King must go to the full City Council on May 26th for the final vote to make it official. 

It was the remarkable one year of non-stop campaigning by the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition founded by Chairman Ephraim Martin and powered by his Martin’s International Foundation (MIF) and Justice Shelvin L. M. Hall, Ret., of the Illinois Appellate Court, along with some 30 organizations now grown to over 80 organizations and businesses (see @ http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org), who would not let a week go by without addressing the various City Council Committees asking for DuSable’s justice and for an end to Systemic Racism that led us to this moment.  BHM wants the wrongs to DuSable, the Black man from the Caribbean country of Haiti, to be corrected with the renaming of Lake Shore Drive as DuSable Drive, a full City Holiday, and a major 25-foot Monument in Grant Park for the first settler in what is now known as Chicago. 

DUSABLE AND MIF: In 1995, Martin’s International took the African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL) to City Front Center (called DuSable’s Land by Ephraim), near Navy Pier to remember the Founder DuSable, but the late Alderman Burt Natarus called the peaceful Black attendees, “invaders” and declared he would not permit so many outsiders for the following year. It was at that point the founder of the DuSable Museum, the late Dr. Margaret Taylor-Burroughs invited the annual Festival to the DuSable Sunken Garden, where it has been for years. Mr. Martin has been dedicating some of its special events to DuSable for 25 years now. 

On Wednesday, May 27th, 2020, following the Memorial Day Police murder of George Floyd, Mr. Martin sent a letter to the Minnesota Governor and three days later received the Governor’s reply.  Feeling pushed to the edge by the police killing and systemic racism in America, Martin was determined to make a difference and kicked off the campaign for DuSable’s Justice and a seven-point plan to start down the road to help end systemic racism that included change in policing and the US Postal Zip code. Justice Hall and Martin created the name, “Black Heroes Matter” (BHM), and in days mobilized more than twenty organizations to form a BHM Coalition. Click the following link to see the organizations and more https://www.blackheroesmatter.org/  On July 4th, 2020, Alderman Moore joined the BHM rally and march, watch here https://youtu.be/fcobTsxPtn4.

The BHM street objective was for Columbus Drive or LSD, however, Martin was concerned about LSD knowing that it was rejected in 1993. Nevertheless, when Alderman Moore spoke and declared that he currently has a proposed ordinance for the LSD, the BHM agreed to work with Alderman Moore’s ordinance and to go full force to change the LSD to DuSable Drive.  After almost one year, Alderman Moore and the Black Heroes Matter Coalition have crossed the first hurdle with one to go.  The BHM is asking all Chicagoans and friends to call on all 50 Alderpersons to vote yes to rename LSD as DuSable Drive at the May 26th full Council meeting. 

Several of the BHM members, Justice Shelvin L.M. Hall, Tremell Williams, Marilyn May, Minister Eric Sexton gave public comments at the start of the April 29th, 2021 Transportation Committee meeting. Chairman, Ephraim Martin was an invited guest speaker for renaming the Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive. The following is what he had to say.

“Hon. Chairman, your committee is about to write history and to enter the record book as one of the biggest victories for Chicago and its people that will lay the foundation to say to the world, Chicago has put aside vanity, fears and has taken the lead to end Systemic Racism in this great city of ours, so Black, Brown, White, Yellow, and all races will live together as one in a city where there will be no more, Southside, Westside, Northside, Eastside, uptown or down-town. A city where our youth, will no longer be killing each other, but will be learning their past history, culture, and forming their beliefs.  They will know that over 240 years ago in 1779, this land we enjoy as Chicago was started by a Black man by the name of DuSable from the Caribbean country of Haiti. But because of the color of his skin he was denied his respect and credit, such as a Street, a Monument, and a City Holiday. Mr. Chairman, they will know that DuSable made his transition in 1818, and in 1830, when Chicago’s first boundaries were set, the first streets, were all named after White men: Washington, Jefferson, and yes, John Kinzie, who purchased DuSable’s property.  The tomorrow’s children will know, that in about 1919, activists were calling for full recognition for DuSable. That same year witnesses the violent, racist destruction of our Black Wall Street in Oklahoma; one of the few achievements that African Americans could be proud of.  Yes, they will know, that in 1927, 94 years ago, there was another chance to give DuSable the Street then known as Field Blvd, but the practice of racism stood its ground, and the Blvd was named in the honor of Leif Ericson, an explorer.  In 1946, Leif Ericson Drive was renamed Lake Shore Drive, now 74 years later a small minority are making the excuse to say LSD is too iconic to be renamed in Chicago’s rightful founder DuSable’s name. Of all the things we are requesting for DuSable; the primary one that will bring real change to Chicago, is the renaming of Lake Shore Drive as DuSable Drive, right now with a yes vote.”, Mr. Martin said.

Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall, Ret., Chair BHM Political Committee:
“Council members today it’s time to make a change.  It is time to rename Lake Shore Drive and finally give honor to the founder of the city of Chicago, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, a remarkable Black man from Haiti who made the mouth of the Chicago river at Lake Michigan his home, his prosperous trading business and the place where nations and races converged for good. The need for this committee to take a stand against the centuries of systemic and overt, past and current racism is no more apparent than now when only yesterday, one of the few treasures in DuSable’s name Dr. Margaret Burrough’s own, DuSable Museum, received threatening hate mail identifying our black and progressive heroes, Barack and Michelle Obama, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. Take a stand now against racism and for change, this is your chance, right here right now. The Sears Tower becomes the Willis Tower, White Sox Park becomes Guaranteed Rate Field, our beloved Marshall Fields becomes Macys, Leif Ericson becomes Lake Shore Drive; everything, must change.  Let us make this a change for the good.  Honor this great man now. Be on the right side of history and vote “yes” to create Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive.”. Justice Hall, told the Committee.
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Ms. Marilyn May, Host/Producer, Marilyn’s Café Society and BHM Communications Co-Chair in her comment, told the council.
As you know, my call this afternoon is to stress the importance of a YES vote to rename Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive today as well as during the next full council meeting in May.  I am certain by now you all understand that this is an historic moment for Chicago, for the country, and for the world.
As leaders of the City of Chicago, you all must not succumb to the opposition.  Keep in mind that the opposition mostly represents all the ugliness that continues to perpetuate systemic racism in this city and this country.   I read that Chicago is called the City of Big Shoulders because of Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” which
  highlighted the hard-working nature of this city during its busy, laborious early days. His poem also created an image of a strong city willing, ready, and able to take on any difficult or demanding task.  Leaders, the YES vote to rename LSD to DuSable Drive is the demanding, and for some–difficult task that sits before you all today.  Show the world that Chicago is not only a City that works but its also a city that demonstrates progressive growth and wisdom.  Say No to the ingrained hate and racist thinking of the past that has clearly done more harm than good–by voting Yes to DuSable, the city’s true founder. 
Imagine the impact that your Yes vote will have on young and even older black and brown people growing up and living in this city who are often treated more like unwanted visitors rather than the citizens that they are.  Envision leaders across the country taking note of this positive, historic Vote that you, the leaders of this great city will courageously take.  Be wise. Take the lead. 
 Take this huge step toward chipping away at systemic racism.  Vote Yes today and in May during the next full city council meeting.  Properly honor Chicago’s founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.  Rename LSD to DuSable Drive. 
Ms. May concluded.
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Tremell Williams of ELITEMIND Mgmt., and Entertainment/Youth Chair Committee of the BHM Coalition. 
Today is a great day simply because a year has passed of being consistent, persistent and being met with resistance. The vote to honor Chicago Founding Father Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable by renaming LSD to DuSable Drive will be called to the floor. We know that there are many who are in favor of the street name change and we are aware of those who oppose. However, change is inevitable and very necessary. We encourage all members of this Committee to vote YES to DuSable Drive. As a reminder this is 1 of 3 initiatives of the BHM coalition. I encourage all committee members to please get familiar with all 3 of our initiatives by visiting BlackHeroesMatter.org”, Mr. Williams said.
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Minister Eric Sexton
“As a Minister, a supporter of “Black Heroes Matter” and a life-long citizen of the City of Chicago. I have a simple message entitled “Doing What is Right”. Doing what is right should never be based on color, ethnic group or political party. It is sad that our cities and our nation finds itself in this place where right is not the first choice. Doing what is right should be the standard of our elected officials and what they should expect of themselves. As a minister of the Gospel, the Bible states: 1 Timothy 2:2-3 (NIV) “for kings (political leaders & representatives) and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” This passage helps us understand from God’s perspective that it is vitally important to pray, because political leaders and representatives make the laws and ordinances that shape the culture of cities and nation. So, we pray that they would make unbiased right decisions. Our goal as leaders and decision makers should be to set the standard of doing what is right, not what is politically safe. How can we expect from our constituents to do what is right if we ourselves do not model it for them. Even if we have constituents that are biased it still should be our position as leaders or decision makers to do what is right and educate our constituents to why this decision is the best. Maybe we can begin to correct many other things, so that what is right begins to be our standard of how we are guided. Biases can come from lack of knowledge or a unwillingness to foster compassion to others. I cannot imaging anyone that is unbiased and wants to do what is right and has been made aware that Jean Baptiste Point du Sable is regarded as the first permanent non-Indigenous settler of what would later become Chicago, Illinois, is recognized as the “Founder of Chicago”, that there is an organized campaign to have a stretch of road renamed on behalf of his accomplishments, that this unbiased person or persons would not see that as an honorable thing to do. It is without dispute from the history of Chicago and previous administrations that Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable founded the City of Chicago. I appeal to you lawmakers to reset the standard to doing what is right. Let us truly begin to give honor to this great man by voting to rename the Outer Lake Shore Dr. as “Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Dr. Because “It Is The Right Thing To Do…thank you “. Minster Sexton ended.
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Visit http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org to support our campaign and for more information. Log into Facebook to start sharing and connecting with your friends, family, and people you know. Special thanks to all the Black Heroes Matter Coalition members and supporting organizations and businesses. Please support the campaign with a contribution now at www.GoFundme.com and search DuSableChicago.

In the meantime, my friends, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.
 
The broadcasts are posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.
 
Live. Laugh. LOVE.
Marilyn

One Step Closer

What’s happening, my friends?  I truly hope that you are having a wonderful week.  Those of us who have been advocating for Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the Founding Father of the City of Chicago, are!  Why?  You ask.  Here’s the deal…


On this day, Thursday, April 29, 2021, the City of Chicago Transportation and Public Ways Committee voted YES to the ordinance that will rename the iconic Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive–specifically, the outer Lake Shore Drive north to Hollywood Blvd. and south past 67th Street.  Recall that this vote was delayed 10 days ago when allegedly some members of the Transportation Committee along with some City officials made political moves to block the vote.  As a result, Committee Chair and 21st Ward Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. called for the delay.  However, on today, after many clarifications, much discussion, and heated arguments, (2 hours worth), he, Alderman David Moore, and Alderman Patrick D. Thompson called for the passing of the ordinance; and the vote was unanimous.   Now the ordinance will go before the full City Council meeting that is set for Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. 

The ordinance was initially proposed in the fall of 2019 by the sponsor 17th Ward Alderman David Moore and co-sponsored by 4th Ward Alderwoman Sophia King.  The Black Heroes Matter Coalition joined in to support and requested additional actions for the city to take that would properly honor it’s founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable. 

Thank you to all who supported this effort.  Note, however, that the work is not done.  This ordinance must pass in the City Council meeting in May.  We now ask you to call for the City of Chicago to tell them to vote YES to rename outer Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive.  The actions…

  1. Call the city at 312/744-6800 early morning two days before Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 which is the full Council meeting to speak during public speaking session.  Leave a message and your phone number.
  2. Note, if you are selected to speak, someone will call you with instructions and a call-in time along with phone, meeting, and passcode numbers.  During the meeting, your name will be called and you will only have 3 minutes to comment so keep it short and sweet.
  3. *introduce yourself as a member, friend, OR supporter of BHM
  4. *state purpose for calling which is to for the YES vote to rename LSD to DuSable Drive.
  5. *if time permits, tell them why you believe it’s important to rename outer LSD to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive.  You may also remind them of the two other initiatives that are in the works– an official city holiday in his honor; and at least a 25ft monument centrally located in Grant Park.
  6. Call your Alderperson if you live in Chicago.  Click here for the list of phone numbers.
  7. During the month of May, call the Mayor’s office requesting that she call for the Full City Council YES vote on renaming outer Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable during the next meeting set for May 26th, 2021.  The phone numbers are 312/744-7415, 312/744-1515, or 312/744-3320.   

Again, thank you for your continued support.

Also, remember to go to https://www.blackheroesmatter.org to sign the petition; download the flyer to share via email, etc.; and donate!

In the meantime, my friends, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The broadcasts are posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

The Delay…

Hello Friends! This week I welcome the leadership of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition as guest blogger. Please read and support. Thank you.

MINUTES  FROM HONORING FATHER OF CHICAGO, DUSABLE, JUSTICE WAS AGAIN DELAYED…

Chicago, IL (April 19, 2021)

With minutes to the long-awaited historic vote in the Chicago Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way, to rename the iconic Lake Shore Drive as DuSable Drive, which would set Chicago on the road to end Systemic Racism, progress was interrupted and is delayed for another ten days. Committee Chairman Howard Brookins told the Council Committee and Alderman David Moore who is the main sponsor for the ordinance, and the Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition headed by Chairman Ephraim Martin,  who is President of Martin’s International, that the issue would be pushed back to April 29, 2021 at 1pm for a vote. 

“Today we call on Mayor Lightfoot and her Administration, not to interrupt the plan she promised to support correcting the wrongs to Chicago’s Founding Father, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the man from the Caribbean country of Haiti. We want the renaming of the iconic Lake Shore Drive as Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive, a City Holiday and a 25-foot Monument” Mr. Martin stated.

The plan to delay the vote to April 29th was made following compelling comments from BHM Coalition members Ephraim Martin, Hon. Shelvin L. M. Hall, Ret. Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, Ms. Marilyn May, Communication Co-Chair, Tremell Williams – Youth and Entertainment Chair, Mr. Etzer Cantave- President of the DuSable Heritage Association, Ms. Yolaine Dauphin- Haitian American Lawyers Association.

MARTIN AND IRAWMA: Mr. Martin is also the producer for the world-renowned IRAWMA (International Reggae and World Music Awards) and is in full preparation for its 39th event originally to be televised worldwide from Jamaica on May 2nd. He was scheduled to be in Jamaica from April 25th, but has now officially changed plans, and has rescheduled the virtual IRAWMA broadcast to May 16th  from Jamaica, saying. “IRAWMA is my heart, but since we are pre-taping and going virtual, it is easier to change the Awards date, than not to be here in Chicago for this historic vote to put this city, said by many as the most racist city in America, on the road to end Systemic Racism in Chicago.

For almost 30 years, we have been dedicating our various events for Justice for this Black man from the Caribbean who founded this great city. Since the death of George Floyd, under the umbrella of Martin’s International,  we officially established the Black Heroes Matter Coalition with now more than eighty organizations and businesses and set our goal to change Chicago starting with the correction of the injustice to its founding father, DuSable, with a City Holiday, a 25-foot Monument, and to rename the most iconic street Lake Shore Drive as DuSable Drive.  We told the Mayor in our meeting we cannot stop, we will not stop until victory is accomplished”, Martin said.

We want to again ask the Mayor, City Council members  and those who are opposing, to go back 400 years and put themselves  into the lives of the Black people, who were brutally enslaved, treated less than a person, raped, hanged, castrated; and when they achieved great things, their credit in history would be granted to white men.

Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable escaped the tribulation and came here to Illinois. Shortly, thereafter, in  1779 he founded this great city we enjoy as Chicago; but  after 242 years, there is no Street, no Monument, and no Holiday for this founding Father who happens to be Black.

DuSable made his transition in 1818, and in 1830, Chicago’s first boundaries were set, for the first three streets, and they were all named after white men: Washington, Jefferson, and yes, the killer, John Kinzie, who purchased DuSable’s property; but the founder DuSable, was denied his place in history.

Today, there are hundreds of Chicago Streets in the names of men, but none for the founder who came from the Caribbean country of Haiti!

The atmosphere we are in today tells us to do the right thing, and if we should borrow a quote from Martin Luther King, “The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right”.

We know today that the vote was there to rename Lake Shore Drive as DuSable Drive. Let us change the Chicago narrative so the world will know and see that Chicago is ready to lead the way to put an end to Systemic Racism in America. Remember, as a people we are all one blood, regardless of our race.

Public Comments to Transportation Committee

“I am Justice Shelvin Louise Marie Hall, recently retired from the Illinois Appellate Court after 30 years of judicial service.  I am here today solely in my capacity as Chair of the Political committee of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition.

The children and people of Chicago and the world need this historical acknowledgement of DuSable to give them the rooted strength exhibited by DuSable, a large, handsome, man who was an inveterate explorer, diplomat, builder, miller, farmer, businessman. One man, able to successfully wend his way between the U.S. Patriots, British, French, and Indigenous people during the time of the American Revolution and still create the first and only prosperous, non-indigenous trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan as the Founder of present-day Chicago.

The time is now, the brave horticulturists are you, show the world Chicago’s strong roots by honoring our history, opening – up our origins and celebrating our culture by renaming outer LSD the alliterative, DuSable Drive.”

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Ms. Marilyn May, Host/Producer, Marilyn’s Café Society and BHM Communications Co-Chair in her comment, said, “ I just wanted to stop by today to encourage you all to vote to rename Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive today and the next full council meeting on Wednesday. 

Now, I realize that there are some divisive and just plain old angry individuals who oppose this initiative but don’t let them affect you or your decision.  Keep in mind that they have been raised and conditioned to devalue black people.  City Leaders, you cannot and must not allow their negative beliefs and hate of black people influence your vote.  Show your wisdom.  Show your leadership.  Override this ingrained racist thinking by voting Yes.  Let the “I”s have it.  Say Amen to the renaming of Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive.  Go ahead, give a thumbs up; nod your head; raise your hand; wink your eye.  Whatever way you communicate– just make sure that its affirmative.  Again, you must move this city, country, and world forward. The ugliness is overwhelming!  In the past week, a one year old and 7 year old was shot & killed in Chicago. Mass shootings have happened across the country and cities are bracing for the racial unrest that may follow after the verdict of the Derek Chauvin Trial is announced.

Do something positive!  Vote Yes to ending racial injustice.  Vote Yes to honoring Chicago’s founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.  Vote Yes to rename LSD to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive.” Ms. May concluded.

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Mr. Etzer Cantave, President of the DuSable Heritage Association (DHA) said, “I am here to urge you to vote YES! This will be justice for DuSable. For too long, he has been denied full recognition. We have watched others, who only had a fleeting encounter with the land, being recognized with all manners of symbols–monuments, plaques, street names, parks; while Chicago’s first non-Indigenous settler, first administrator, first real estate developer, first entrepreneur is left to languish and beg for recognition. What a shame! It is time to memorialize DuSable’s contribution to the development of Chicago as a hub for global business, as a world top-tier city.”

“[…] Some say, “Why Lake Shore Drive?” to which I respond: “Why NOT Lake Shore Drive? […]

When it comes to DuSable,  we often hear the argument that things are too big or too costly. Nothing cheapens more the image and legacy of Chicago’s Founding Father than such utterances.

Members of the Committee, Justice has no price. Let’s make it right for Haitian-born Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable. Please vote “YES” to rename Lake Shore Drive Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive.”, Mr. Cantave told the Council.

Atty. Yolaine Dauphin member of the Haitian American Lawyers Association, one of the many organizations which support renaming Lake Shore Drive in honor of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable.  “I stand here, however, not as an attorney but as a representative of the many Haitian Americans and descendants of Haitian immigrants who call the City of Chicago home. … Renaming Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive will accomplish several goals:  first it will raise the profile of this Black Hero and confer appropriate recognition; second, it will demonstrate to the black and brown children growing up in Chicago that they matter and the contributions they will make to the city and to the world will be recognized and celebrated; and third, it will demonstrate to a Haitian American community that stretches from Evanston to the far south side of Chicago that the contributions of all immigrants are valued and celebrated.  I urge each and every member of the Transportation Committee to vote yes on the proposal.”

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BHM established a GoFundMe under “DuSableChicago”. Visit http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org to support our campaign and for more information.

That’s it everyone. We will push forward. Join us and in the meantime, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The next broadcast is already posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn

Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable

Greetings, my friends.  Did you know that Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable is the Founding Father of the City of Chicago?  Don’t believe me?  Just google it!

Released February 1987 Photo Credit:
U.S. Postal Museum

As a member of the Black Heroes Matter Coalition, along with the founder, the other members, and thousands of supporters, I ask that you support our call for the City of Chicago to properly honor DuSable in three ways.   

*Change the “Day of Observance” to an official City Holiday

*Fund and erect a 25ft monument in his honor

*Rename Lake Shore Drive to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Drive

We are currently working on curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, museums, and other institutions to utilize so that young people (specifically blacks) will know their greatness and realize their potential; various programming and special events centered around the proposed DuSable City Holiday; and more.  Also, we have “called” for a “Yes” vote this month to rename Lake Shore Drive to DuSable Drive!  Please support us!  Go to https://www.blackheroesmatter.org to sign the petition; download the flyer to share via email, etc.; and donate—this week/weekend!

In the meantime, my friends, stay safe and be well.  Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and wash your hands often.  In Jesus Name. Amen.  And, so it is.

The next broadcast is already posted on https://youtube.com/MarilynsCafeSociety.  Also, check out marilynscafesociety.com.  And, be sure to connect to my social media from there as well as “like”, “subscribe”, “share”, and “follow”.  Peace.

Live. Laugh. LOVE.

Marilyn