Black History

VIDEO: Obama Presidential Center Gains Final Approval from Chicago City Council

THE CHICAGO CRUSADER — The ordinance passed today includes a master agreement, use agreement, and other agreements between the Foundation and the City, which together outline how the Foundation and the City will work together to ensure the Center is providing substantial public benefits. The Center will include Chicago’s first presidential museum, which will tell the story not just of President and Mrs. Obama but also of those who came before and the power of what ordinary people can do together. T […read more]

Screen capture from police video footage of the killing of Laquan McDonald by Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke
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A Crusader Investigation: They Knew but Said Nothing

CHICAGO CRUSADER — A Black teenager was dead and a Chicago police officer was being held responsible for shooting him 16 times. There was a video to prove it and also an FBI and state criminal investigation to find out why Officer Jason Van Dyke needed to shoot Laquan McDonald so many times on October 20, 2014. On April 13, 2015, six Black aldermen were among 18 aldermen given these facts at a City Hall meeting. Corporation Counsel Steve Patton wanted to quickly get approval of a $5 million settlement before the mother of a dead son took her story public with a wrongful death lawsuit. […read more]

Jason Van Dyke convicted of second-degree murder and all 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of police misconduct. (Photo by Nancy Stone/Pool/Chicago Tribune)
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GUILTY!

CHICAGO CRUSADER — Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder Friday, October 5, by a jury at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, ending decades of frustration in Chicago’s Black community and marking a significant turning point involving police misconduct in the police department’s notorious history. […read more]

Schuler Scholar Program staffers welcomed Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy Principal Shannae Jackson (center, b/w scarf) to their Lake Forest office on June 20, 2018 for a meeting about the launch of a new Schuler Scholar partnership at Brooks Academy during the 2018-19 academic year. Photo courtesy Schuler Scholar Program.
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New Scholars Program To Open Top College Doors

Chicago Crusader — Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, a CPS selective enrollment high school in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood, announced recently it will partner with the Schuler Scholar Program (schulerprogram.org), a Chicago-area non-profit dedicated to helping first generation, low income, and underrepresented students prepare to gain admission to and succeed at highly selective colleges. […read more]

FUNKADESI’S MULTICULTURAL MUSICAL style will be featured at the free Quantum Englewood South Side musical history event to be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Lindblom Academy Auditorium.
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‘Quantum Englewood’ looks back at 100 years of South Side music

CHICAGO CRUSADER — The Old Town School of Folk Music (Old Town School) proudly presents “Quantum Englewood: A Journey Through 100 Years of South Side Musical History.” This presentation, composed by Ernest Dawkins  and Rahul Sharma, is a massive World Premiere performance that features hundreds of Chicago musicians and vocalists on stage. This is a free event to be held at the Lindblom Academy Auditorium, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., on Saturday, September 15, at 8 p.m. […read more]

Roosevelt Myles
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Convicted on a lie

THE CHICAGO CRUSADER — Roosevelt Myles was convicted of first-degree murder after Morris testified in court that he killed Shaharian “Tony” Brandon during a robbery attempt in which Octavius Morris was present. Stuck in a revolving door of five public defenders, Myles didn’t have a chance to defend his freedom his attorneys say. […read more]