Hello everyone! I don’t know about you but I’ve had a pretty busy week. And that is a good thing. So, I would like to share an update on the Black Heroes Matter Coalition’s quest to have the leaders of the city of Chicago properly honor it’s founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable. Here’s the latest press release…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Black Heroes Matter Coalition Accepts Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s
Proposed DuSable Drive Compromise, but must be voted on this Friday, June 25th, 2021
(CHICAGO- June 24th, 2021) The Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition Chairman, Mr. Ephraim Martin announced during a Press Conference today that key coalition members and supporters have revisited the DuSable Drive Compromise that was proposed earlier this week by Mayor Lightfoot and her administration. The outcome is a positive one. One that will honor Chicago’s founding Father in a profound way.
“The BHM Coalition’s, position for a compromise is if the mayor would allow the vote this Friday (June 25th), we will accept the proposed adjustment to rename the Lake Shore Drive roadway as ‘The Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Lake Shore Drive, only if the voting can be done this Friday, June 25th, 2021, Mr. Martin stressed. While the proposal was only a verbal one, he ensured other Black Heroes Matter (BHM) Coalition members that Alderpersons David Moore and Sophia King (the sponsors of the ordinance) are working to make it ready for a vote during the City Council meeting this Friday. Also, during the press conference, BHM Coalition’s Political Chairperson, Justice Shelvin L.M. Hall, talked about the art of compromise and how significant it is to recognize when it is a good thing to do. Earlier in the week, the BHM Coalition leaders were caught off guard with the midnight hour compromise and believe that it is now time for the people to see the progress.
In the past year, BHM leaders, members and supporters have been working endlessly to affect a positive outcome for DuSable by attending City Council Committee meetings and other events; making phone calls; distributing important information and updates; etc. Some of those include, Tremell Williams, Youth/Entertainment Chairman; Elsie Hernandez, Education Chairperson; Valerie Hill and Marilyn May, Communications Chair and Co-Chair; Joel Stanford, Minister Eric Sexton, Pastor Eric Taylor, Minister Betty Kellum, Olivier Kamanzi, Yolaine Dauphin, Claire Moreau, and Blaq Ice who opened and closed today’s press conference with remarkable poems entitled “Black Heroes Matter” and “Get Your Knee off Our Neck”.
They all concurred that they would continue in that work until DuSable is properly honored by the City of Chicago. BHM Chairman, Martin said that he is grateful for the work of his team and concluded with “We now call on all Council members to be united to make this a unanimous vote to honor Chicago’s founding Father, Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the man who journeyed from the Caribbean country of Haiti to start this great city that we all now enjoy.”
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 http://www.Blackheroesmatter.org.
For more information: 877/973-4423 or Email: Bheroesmatter@gmail.org.
Friends, have a wonderful rest of the week. 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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