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.
 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Marilyn

Pray For Jazzy!

Hello everyone.  I hope that you all are experiencing a wonderful week. Overall, I’m good.  However, I received some disturbing news earlier this week about Jazzy. Who is Jazz?

 

Jazz was a special guest on my radio show 10 years ago.  She and her sister Jojo performed at my 4th annual Christmas Charity Event that was later renamed “The Christmas Celebration Broadcast”.  They didn’t want anything for the performance.  They simply wanted to help increase donations to help the less fortunate.  The father, Marvin, produced the song, made sure they arrived on time, and even assisted me with some behind the scenes production at the venue.  It was Marvin who told me the hurtful news about Jazz being brutally attacked at a club in Quincy, Illinois near where she attends college.

Here’s the link to the performance.  I’ll talk more about what happened to Jazz during my show later in the week.  https://youtu.be/B8WXijP-5tA.

In the meantime, please pray for her complete recovery as well as strength for her family.  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 will be the 16th Anniversary show!!!  Set for Saturday, April 10th, 2021 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.

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Marilyn

Strengthen Your Strength (Part 4)

Peace everyone.  What’s happening with you?  Are you feeling stronger? Well, we all should be!  However, before we go off chanting “If it is to be.  It is up to me!”, we must remember to first and foremost be grounded spiritually.  A solid spiritual foundation alone, will provide us with all the confidence or “Godfidence” that we need to continue “strengthen your strength”.

And so, as I close out this blog series, I simply want to remind you of the reason you must “strengthen your strength”.  We live in a world system that trains people to look for and point out weaknesses in others.  Now, I’d like to think that its so that we can be given an opportunity to become better, more well-rounded people OR to simply learn something different.  However, be careful because some people focus on your weaknesses to dismiss your strengths for their own selfish purposes that range from you being a threat to them to them just wanting to disqualify you or block you from receiving economic, professional, and/or social advancements and rewards.

You all, you must not allow this to happen to you.  As I said last week, know thyself and continue to build on your strengths– whatever they may be.  Listen, I just left a store where a young man was set up in the parking lot with a small sound system; and he beautifully played his violin.  His wife and little girl were with him. Also, there was a big sign by their car that basically read, “I’ve lost my job and I need extra help to continue to take care of my family.  If you enjoy my musical performance, please make a financial donation”.  I do not know what kind of work he did but it should have involved playing the violin because he played it masterfully!  Perhaps, he played the violin in a symphony orchestra???  If so, then his current situation is clearly circumstantial.

Regardless, this man is now forced to become more self-reliant and he is supplementing the family income by using his musical talent in a very public space.  He undoubtedly knows that playing the violin is a strength that he has; otherwise, I do not believe that he would have put his family through that experience.  As I sat in my car and listened to his performance, I observed at least 6-8 people drop money in his bucket before I got out to add my donation.  I am more than certain that by the time he packed up to head home, he would have received hundreds of dollars in donations.

Stay focused, my friends.  Whether it’s to counter an effort to keep you down or a real honest situational circumstance as described above, continue to “strengthen your strength”.  Stand strong spiritually, physically, and professionally.  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.  Oh, and have a wonderful Good Friday and Happy Resurrection Sunday a/k/a Easter Sunday! In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

The next broadcast will be the 16th Anniversary show!!!  Set for Saturday, April 10th, 2021 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

Strengthen Your Strength (Part 3)

Hello everyone.  How is your world and point of view growing?  I certainly hope that you all have become more “open minded” in the past week and continue to expand beyond your immediate world.  Today’s blog will focus on one last tip that will help you “strengthen your strength” by becoming more self-reliant.

Now, I use the term self-reliant loosely.  I know that first and foremost, it is imperative that we trust in our Heavenly Father, the creator, God.  It is also important to have a mentor, mentors, or someone in our lives that we can reach out to for guidance, advice, and support.  Nevertheless, we must learn to be more self-reliant.   

If you viewed the show this week, you know that the guest (Tonya Lewis Taylor) recently authored a book entitled, Be You, Not Her.  The book basically takes the reader on a journey of self-discovery and the gist of it is for us to learn and know thyself.  I believe that once that is accomplished whether male or female, young or old, professional or worker; we can become more self-reliant.   We will be more introspective and determined to make our dreams come true.  We will rely on our own power to reach our goals. 

And that, my friends, is owning your strength.  Strengthening your strength. This undoubtedly adds value to our existence; our community; and our world.  So, light it up!  And in the process, 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 show will be up this Saturday, March 27th, 2021 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

Strengthen Your Strength (Part 2)

Hey there, my friends.  Have you been spreading your wings this past week?  I have..  I have also been expanding my point of view.

As I reflect, I have discovered that I have been doing this for decades now.  First in my public relations work and, certainly, as host and producer of my show.  While, I have not become the country or globetrotter that I aspire to be, through my work, I have in a sense, travelled the United States and the world via the phone or internet.  I have met and connected with people from all over! In the process, you all, I have managed to sharpen and maintain my “strength” through communicating and working with others from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.   

Friends, we should indeed spread our wings and, also, expand our frame of reference or view of the world and cultures within it.  Communicating with others who exist outside of our immediate circle of influence or community, allows us to understand people who come from a variety of backgrounds.  We become more “open minded” and less tolerant of ‘small mindedness” or “small thinking”.  As a fan of Shark Tank television show, I have, on occasion, heard Kevin O’Leary share his experience of living in other parts of the world as a child/teenager with his mother due to his stepfather’s various work relocations.  He talked about how those experiences sharpened his business acumen as well as his understanding and view of the world economy.  He also shared how he developed an appreciation for other people and cultures.  Developing an expanded worldview will give us the soft skills that we need to build on our strengths.  Listen, if you are not globe or country-trotting yet, use the internet and telephone to connect with others.

You all, let’s continue to light up the world with our presence.  Strengthen your strengths and stay safe.  Also, 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.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

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The next show will be up this Saturday, March 20th, 2021 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

Strengthen Your Strength (P1)

Happy Women’s History Month everyone!  In case you did not know, we get a whole month because We Rock!!!  Well, listen, this blog will be a bit brief but “meaty”. 

And, so, strength, is the topic with a focus on women (for Women’s History Month).  I believe I blogged about the different aspects of strength in the past.  You know, the ability to endure and to persevere in the physical, the mental, the spiritual—in our work, careers, businesses, relationships, etc.  Women have made great strides in the recent decades and we cannot afford to lose ground.  Others see our mirific strengths and because they feel threatened or inferior they will choose to focus on our weaknesses to hold us down or keep us back.  As a result ladies, you must not lose sight of your strengths.  You must continue to light up the world and maintain your confidence.  In this blog series, I’ll share some ways that you can maintain or hold on to your strength.   

First, spread your wings.  Yes, that’s right.  Expose yourself to a variety of experiences that will allow you to fine tune your strengths while you also explore other interests.  Now, to achieve this, you may have to create your own opportunities; and, thank God we live in a time and space where it is much easier to do that for ourselves.  Should you discover a professional or work related weakness and don’t have the budget to hire someone to handle that particular task or function for you, then take a little time to learn what you can so that you can perform in that particular role until someone else can be hired or brought on board to do it for you.  Also, if you find that you have weaknesses in your personal life, determine how important it is for you to make a change. Do you really enjoy dancing enough to want to perfect it? Will volunteering help make you a better person? Listen, experience is indeed the best teacher and seasoning for our professional and personal life.  Fly. Better yet. Soar!

Friends, as we spread our wings, let’s stay strong and safe.  Vaccine or not–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.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

(Side note:  Need a strong multivitamin at a good price?  Click here!) 

The next show will be up this Saturday, March 13th, 2021 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

Remembering Mama

Friends, I hope that this week has been your best ever!  March is here and for those of us who experience the Winter season, the promise of warmer weather and beautiful flowers is greatly anticipated!

Aaah, speaking of flowers, I am taking some time today to remember my mother.  As those of you who have been with the show and the blog for awhile know, my mother took flight 4 years ago today.   Norrisa Griffin Harris lived a victorious life!  With the strength of the Lord and in his Power, she battled through times in her life for herself, her children, and for those to come.  She so desperately tried to protect us.  And, when her mind was made up about something that was going to benefit her family, she didn’t let NO ONE discourage or stop her from making things happen!  If our Heavenly Father said it, then that settled it!

You all, my mother was not perfect.  She didn’t get parenting right every time.  However, like many other mothers, she did the best she could with what she had spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, intellectually, financially, and physically.  And, what our earthly Father couldn’t do, our Heavenly Father stepped in to fill the gap.

Yes, my mother was indeed a perennial flower.  She kept bouncing back.  Beautifully Blooming.  Year after year.  Norrisa Griffin Harris, I remember you today and always.  I see you, my mother, my flower, in the Heavenly Realm.  Beautifully Blooming.  Evermore. 

Friends, as my mother and father would say, take care of yourselves.  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.  Stay Safe.  Be well.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.  And, so it is.

(Side note:  Need a strong multivitamin at a good price?  Click here!) 

The next show will be up this Saturday, March 6th, 2021 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