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In the Tuesday Morning Bronzecomm Newsletter:
Noted Commentator George Curry looks at Affirmative Action Polls
It's happening in San Franscisco - can it happen here?
Lecturer Hari Jones looks at Black Soldiers and the Union Army 
International Festival of Life begins Thursday at Union Park
FREE Jazz at noon on Fridays in Hyde Park
Popular Black History Month Tour readies for Senegal, West Africa 
New Poll says Blacks outvoted Whites in 2012
Historic Bronzeville Church demolished
Mass Graduation Big Success; Youth hear tough, clear messages

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1.  From: George Curry Media, LLC <>
     Subject:  Affirmative Action Polls Show Deep Racial Gulf 

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Affirmative Action Polls Show Deep Racial Gulf


curry By George E. Curry

NNPA Columnist


In the months leading up to this week's Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action in college admissions. However, a poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute showed that 68 percent of Americans favor the principles behind affirmative action.


How do Americans really feel about affirmative action? The short answer is that it depends on how the question is asked.


The ABC/Washington Post question, asked June 5-9, was posed this way: "Overall, do you support or oppose allowing universities to consider applicants' race as a factor in deciding which students to admit?"


Of those responding, 76 percent opposed, 22 percent voiced support and 2 percent were undecided.


Public Religion Research Institute, which conducted a poll May 15-19, phrased its question differently: "In order to make up for past discrimination, do you favor or oppose programs which make special efforts to help blacks and other minorities get ahead?"


More than two-thirds of the respondents - 68 percent - favored such efforts, 24 percent opposed, 6 percent were unsure and 2 percent provided other replies.


Note the wording of the questions. The ABC/Washington Post question provided no context for evaluating affirmative action admissions, only whether respondents support or oppose using race as a factor. On the other hand, the Public Religion Research Institute approach placed the issue within the context of "past discrimination" and using "special efforts" to help people of color get ahead.


An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, conducted May 30-June 2, showed Americans evenly divided on the issue.

Respondents were asked to choose between two statements: A) Affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against minorities, and are a good idea as long as there are no rigid quotas and B) Affirmative action programs have gone too far in favoring minorities, and should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against whites.


In that poll, 45 percent of the respondents said affirmative action programs are still needed to counteract the effects of discrimination against people of color. But the same margin - 45 percent - said they feel the programs have gone too far and should be ended because they unfairly discriminate against Whites.


A closer examination of the numbers show a deep racial divide. For example, 71 percent of African Americans strongly believe affirmative action programs are still needed, compared to only 20 percent of Whites and 39 percent of Hispanics. Another 11 percent of Blacks feel affirmative action should continue, but did not feel as strongly about it. Among Hispanics, 29 percent were in that category and 14 percent of Whites.


When supporters - strong and not as strong - are added together, 82 percent of African Americans want to retain affirmative action, compared to 68 percent of Hispanics and 34 percent of Whites.


When you add the two categories of those wanting to abolish affirmative action, a majority of Whites - 56 percent - support such a move, compared to 7 percent of African Americans and 24 percent of Hispanics.


A CNN/ORC poll, conducted June 11-13, asked the question: Do you approve or disapprove of affirmative action programs at college and law schools that give racial preferences to minority applicants?


The reference to "racial preferences" is a loaded term unlikely to elicit a favorable response. In this case, 68 percent of respondents said they disapprove of affirmative action as it was defined, 29 percent approved and 3 percent expressed no opinion.


Affirmative action should be viewed in light of overall racial attitudes in America.


As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, people of color and Whites have closely aligned views on whether Dr. King's dream of equality has been fulfilled.


In the CNN/ORC poll conducted Jan. 14-15, respondents were asked: "Martin Luther King gave his famous 'I Have a Dream Speech' at a civil rights march in Washington in 1963. In your view, do you think the U.S. has fulfilled the vision King outlined in that speech, or don't you think so?"

According to the poll, 51 percent of Whites in the U.S. believe Dr. King's vision has been fulfilled; 49 percent of non-Whites subscribe to that view. Unfortunately, the poll does not separate the Black responses.


In an Aug. 4-7, 2011 USA/Gallup Poll, 55 percent of Black respondents said they believe relations between Blacks and Whites will always be a problem, compared to 44 percent for Whites, with 2 percent unsure.


That same poll showed how differently Blacks and Whites view the proper role of government.


When asked about the role government should play in trying to improve the social and economic position of Blacks and other people of color, 59 percent of Blacks said the government should play a major role, 32 percent said a minor role, 8 percent said no role and 1 percent was unsure. Among Whites, only 19 percent said the government should play a major role, 50 percent said a minor role, 30 percent said no role and 1 percent was unsure.



George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA). He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at


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2.  From;  Raynard
     Subject:  Could it happen here?  

San Francisco's Unique Character Crumbling as Wealthy Techies Take Over

America's favorite city is being Googlized, stripped of artists, minorities, and the non-rich. 

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3.  From:  Upcoming Events at the DuSable 
     Subject:  Special Lecture:  Hari Jones talks about Lincoln
                      and the Blacks who served in the Union Army
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DuSable Museum Events  
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Call (773) 947-0600 x 238 for more information.
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4.  From: festoflife <>
     Subject: 2013 African Caribbean International Festival of Life 
   beginning Thursday in Union Park
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 5.  From: Melvyn Williams <>

EVERY FRIDAY NOON TIL 2PM (bring your folding chair)
July 5th -----Victor Garcia, trumpet 
Victor Garcia has been performing with his group, CALJE.  He has play with
artists such as Aretha Franklin,  Arturo Sandoval,  Nicholas Payton,
The Temptations and Tito Puente, Jr
July 12th-------Ernest Dawkins, saxophone
Ernest Dawkins is an American jazz saxophonist, principally active in free jazz and
 post-bop.  Also, joining Ernest is Bruce Henry, vocalist "possesses a three and one-half
octave range, a pure voice with versatility and depth that few can match" (CD Baby).
July 19th-----Maggie Brown, vocalist
"It's hard to separate Maggie Bron from her father, Oscar Brown, Jr.  
Daughter of the legendary lyricist performer. Maggie Brown is a tremendously talented
singer and performer using her gift to not only entertain, but educate as well.
July 26th ----Ari Brown, saxophone
Versatility has characterized the career of Ari Brown,  jazz tenor saxophonist
and pianist.  A Chicago-based reedman and occasional pianist who plays hard bop
and post-bop as convincingly as he plays avant-garde jazz. 

6.  From: Eleanor Chatman <>
     Subject:  Tour Senegal, West Africa for Black History Month


Faster. Smoother. Better.

Beginning May 19, 2013, the CTA will rebuild the tracks along the south Red Line, 

from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan-a project that will provide faster, more comfortable 

and more reliable service for Red Line riders.  

To get more information and to find alternative routes, please click on the image below

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     Subject: Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record:
                     US Supreme Court Repeales Voting Rights Act of 1965!

Blacks outvoted whites in 2012, the first time on record  
A new Census Bureau report shows a higher percentage of African-Americans than whites voted in a presidential election for the first time in history last year during the matchup between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
The report, released Wednesday, found that more than 66% of eligible blacks voted in the presidential contest. Only 64.1% of whites turned out to vote. 
This marks the first time since 1968 that blacks turned out at a higher rate the whites.
In addition to blacks turning out at a higher rate, the number of Asian and Hispanic voters grew from 2008 to 2012. Hispanics added 1.4 million people and Asians added over 500,000. Between 1996 and 2012, blacks, Asians and Hispanics all saw their percentage of the voting population increase.
"Over the last five presidential elections, the share of voters who were racial or ethnic minorities rose from just over one in six in 1996 to more than one in four in 2012," said Thom File, the report's author.
The highest turnout of blacks, in addition to the growing number of Hispanics and Asians, could also explain Obama's success in defeating Romney.
According to CNN exit polls, 93% of African-Americans, 71% of Hispanics and 73% of Asians supported Obama over Romney.

June 25, 2013 the US Supreme Court

Repealed an essential part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965!

White America has legally put back discriminatory voting laws which are designed to suppress the number of voters turning out to vote during elections.  This holds true for African Americans  and other non-whites. In essence, a return to Jim Crow Laws and other Black Codes used to deny African Americans and other people of color equal access and equal opportunities to the American Dream of Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is plaguing our lives again.

***Connect the Dots:  We must ACT!  Join/Organize the March on Washington 8/24/13.
Contact Rev. Vickie Caldwell at  for more information

8.  From:  Raynard 
     Subject:  Tech Industry needs more study 
Closing The Tech Industry's Gender Gap Requires Better Data
by Catherine Bracy

The tech industry faces a dangerous problem - a lack of gender and ethnic diversity that, I think, will lead to increased economic inequality and fewer innovative ideas originating from the Bay Area, the region that produced Google, Tesla, Facebook and more.

The statistics are pretty depressing. Only 3 percent of venture-backed companies were led by all-female teams, while 89 percent were all male. Fewer than 1 percent of those founding teams were led by black founders.

Per capita income among blacks in Silicon Valley dropped by 18 percent between 2009 and 2011, while in the rest of the country income for blacks dropped by 4 percent. Income for whites and Asians went up in Silicon Valley over that same period even though it dropped in the rest of the country. (These numbers are from the published by Joint Venture Silicon Valley and The Silicon Valley Community Foundation.) 


9.  From: Raynard
     Subject: Vintage Black Beauty & History!!

Great collection of Vintage images.

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10.  From:  Raynard
       Subject:  Historic Bronzeville Church demolished
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Parishioners watch as demolition of historic Chicago church begins

About a dozen parishioners stood outside in the rain Wednesday 

and watched as crews with sledgehammers started tearing down 

the roof of St. James Catholic Church in Chicago.


Parishioners have been trying for months to save the historic 

Bronzeville church designed by architect Patrick Keely in 1875.


At one point during the demolition, the small group of parishioners 

and preservationists broke out in a chorus of "We Shall Overcome."


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11.  From: The Black Star Project, USA <>  
       Subject:  2013 Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood Ceremony  
Young black grads told they 
still have much work to do 

Graduates stand during the 2013 Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood Ceremony held at Chicago State University in Chicago, Ill., Saturday, June 29, 2013. The event, sponsored by the Black Star Project, recognized African-American males from around the city and suburbs for the achievement of graduating high school. | Guy Rhodes~For Sun-Times Media



June 29, 2013   


Dozens of young, black men who recently graduated from area high schools gathered Saturday to be honored for their achievement, but they also got a dose of reality from rapper Lupe Fiasco.


The local rapper began by saying, "Congratulations, you have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world. You have just spent the last . . . 12 years receiving one of the worst educations on earth. You are at least four, five steps behind people in other countries that are younger than you."


Organizers labeled the event a Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood ceremony. Distinguished "elders" joined in the ceremony - among them doctors, lawyers, businessmen and politicians. The rapper also pledged $100 for each of the 150 area graduates who attended the event, organizers said.


Fiasco, who never named a specific school system, urged the teens to stay off the streets. 


Phillip Jackson also pointed to the speech delivered by civil rights attorney Thomas N. Todd, who's known as "TNT" for his oratory skills.


"I don't care how smart your smartphone is, I don't care how great your technology is, I don't care what you have - You still cannot download freedom," Todd said to rousing cheers. "You must work to be free. Education has always made the difference for us."


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Click Here to See Outstanding Video Coverage of the Ceremony

Click Here to Read About History of Mass Black Male Graduation Ceremony



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