Leaders stress the need for action at the MLK dinner in Schaumburg

“Dr. King’s dream is dead,” said Pastor Clyde Brooks of Arlington Heights, chair of the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human Relations.

Brooks made the remark Saturday to a crowd of about 600 people at the commission’s 52. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dinner and concert in Schaumburg.

He stressed that King’s dream of achieving justice and freedom to vote is still a struggle today and urged the crowd to wake up and act.

Brooks said King did not blame hate groups or anti-rights activists, but rather people, “who say nice things, but when they see evil and hear evil, they choose not to say anything and keep quiet. Because evil can not exist, unless good people allow it. “

Elected officials, including several northwestern suburban mayors along with business, community and faith leaders, were among the participants.

Cook County Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said the civil rights movement depended on an entire generation of leaders, “whose persistence and dedication helped bring about change that people thought was not possible.”

“It is important to remember that even though African Americans were the overwhelming majority of the civil rights movement, we were blessed with the help and support of people of every description, especially those of different faiths,” she said. “Tackling the challenges that lie ahead, such as ensuring the security of our society, rebuilding our economy, moving beyond the pandemic, supporting the next generation requires us to remain united.”

The highlight of the evening was a performance by the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. The five-time Grammy Award-winning artists have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and have performed at the World’s Fair, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the White House and throughout the United States and Europe.

The state of the Muslims

The Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR-Chicago, will host a panel discussion on the plight of Muslims in the Chicago area and the suburbs during its 18th annual banquet on Saturday, November 20th.



The American rep.  Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, spoke with members of the Sikh coalition at the Sikh Satsang in Indianapolis last April.  Carson is scheduled to attend a panel discussion Saturday on the condition of Muslims in the Chicago area.

The American rep. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, spoke with members of the Sikh coalition at the Sikh Satsang in Indianapolis last April. Carson is scheduled to attend a panel discussion Saturday on the condition of Muslims in the Chicago area.
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Guest speakers are the American rep. André Carson of Indiana’s 7th District, one of only four Muslim Americans ever elected to Congress, and Dalia Mogahed, research director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. I will moderate the discussion.

Carson, a Democrat, was elected to represent his hometown of Indianapolis in 2008. He is the longest-serving Muslim American in Congress – two others are the Democratic reps. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib from Michigan.


Dalia Mogahed, pictured here during a 2016 TED speech titled "What it's like to be a Muslim in America," will talk about the state of Muslims during CAIR-Chicago's virtual banquet on Saturday.

Dalia Mogahed, pictured here during a 2016 TED talk entitled “What it’s like to be a Muslim in America,” will talk about the state of Muslims during CAIR-Chicago’s virtual banquet on Saturday.

“Muslims have always been part of the American fabric, starting with African Americans,” said CAIR-Chicago CEO Ahmed Rehab. “Since we started our work at CAIR-Chicago 18 years ago in a world after 9/11, we’ve seen a lot of growth with remarkable representation in public office, media, entertainment, arts, sports, healthcare and education. Today, “Muslim voices are represented in all areas of public life, and although Islamophobia remains a challenge, this tangible representation has helped demythologize Islam and Muslims.”

CAIR-Chicago’s virtual gala begins at 18.30 For a livestream, visit cairchicago.org/live.

Critical race theory

The League of Women Voters in Arlington Heights and the surrounding areas will host a virtual discussion on critical race theory in December.

Audra Wilson, president and CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, will be the featured speaker. Wilson previously served as executive director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, which has nearly 4,000 members and more than 40 branches across the country.

Wilson promoted the league’s advocacy in matters of racialism and voting rights. In October 2019, she was named Chair of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues by Cook County Board Chairman Toni Preckwinkle.

“She’s going to pack all this anxiety beyond critical race theory,” said Heidi Graham, president of the League of Women Voters of Arlington Heights. “There’s just so much we are not being taught.”

College equity

Harper College and Elgin Community College are among 150 community colleges eligible for the $ 1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.

The award, presented every two years by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, honors colleges with outstanding achievements in five critical areas: teaching and learning, certification and graduation, transfer and undergraduate achievement, workforce success and justice for colored students and students from low backgrounds income.

Harper and the ECC are among 10 eligible institutions in Illinois and the only two Chicago-area colleges to make the list of nominees for the honor.

“Being selected as one of the 150 Top Institutions eligible for the Aspen Award demonstrates Harper College’s commitment to closing stock gaps, promoting social and economic mobility, and maintaining a student-centered culture that prepares students for success in their efforts, “Harper President Avis Proctor said. “We are honored to be in competition for this very prestigious recognition with many of the country’s best community colleges.”

Harper was also eligible for the 2017 Aspen Prize.

Aspen will narrow the field by 150 to 10 finalists next summer and hand out the award winner in the spring of 2023.

Black high schools

BestColleges.com has launched a new resource with information, tips and advice for current and future students wishing to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

HBCUs were established to educate black students in the United States, but are available to all students. They offer education and mentoring opportunities with a goal of uplifting black communities.

There are more than 100 HBCUs nationwide, making up 3% of accredited colleges and universities in the United States. They enroll about 300,000 students each year, 76% of whom are black.

According to the United Negro College Fund, HBCUs educated about 10% of black students nationwide and awarded about 17% of bachelor’s degrees earned by black students in 2014. Black enrollment at HBCUs increased by 15% from 1976 to 2019, according to the National Center for Education statistics.

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