CHICAGO INDEPENDENT BULLETIN, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 PAGE 7

Black History Feature:

Acknowledging Our Ancestors...

© 2019 by Samuel Mills

"WHO AM I?"

SAM'S INTRO: I was wondering who might begin our Black History Month "Ancestor" series, when he walked in...and THIS Chicago-based brother, I knew very well. He had the bespectacled, very intelligent appearance of a college professor, full of knowledge to share with anyone, especially young people of color, and it was obvious that he placed a high premium on education! The down-to-earth attitude of this community activist and civil servant relaxed me immediately...and thus we began our interview:

"I was born on September 22, 1950 in Chicago's Altgeld Gardens

Chicago - After the recent Starbucks incident involving the arrest of two Black men in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, most Black people had one of two responses: either boycott Starbucks or open our own coffee shops.

National Eat at a Black Coffee Shop Day combines the best of these ideas. On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, tens of thousands of Starbucks customers will try a new coffee experience at a Black-owned coffee shop.

Black coffee houses, coffee shops and tea houses, under the umbrella of The Black Star Project, have formed a federation to flex their collective and connective muscle in the competitive coffee marketplace. They are working together to get out the word that their coffees are just as good, or better, than Starbucks.

By Phillip Jackson - The Black Star Project

Plan a "Pop-Up" Boycott of Starbucks in your city or community today!!! You should boycott Starbucks today because this is much bigger than a cup of coffee! This is so much bigger than using a washroom without making a purchase! This is so much bigger than Black men being arrested for sitting quietly in a Starbucks Cafe in Philadelphia!!!

This is about whether America is reverting back to a time of Jim Crow America when a Black person could not sit at a lunch counter or restaurant and be served.

The Black Star Project’s Hour of Power Leadership Lecture Series features speakers from the worlds of business, academia, government, technology, law, community development, workforce development, faith and other associated areas that contribute to the uplift and well-being of African American communities.

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