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Brother Dr. Melvin L. Dukes Jr.’s transition to Chapter Invisible

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Brother Dr. Melvin L. Dukes Jr. Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter 2007 The Chicago (IL) Alumni 20 Friday, May 23, 2014 Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd., Chicago, IL 60653 Brother Dr. Melvin L. Dukes Jr.’s transition to Chapter Invisible Friday, May 23, 2014 Northeastern Illinois University –  Donn F. Bailey Hall Center for Inner City Studies 700 E. Oakwood Blvd. Chicago, IL 60653 (773) 268-7500 Get Directions Reception 5:00pm Celebration 6:00pm to 7:00pm Repast 7:00pm to 9:00pm Room 43 1043 E. 43rd St. Chicago, IL 60653 (773) 285-2222 Get Directions Kappa Alpha Psi Burial Ceremony Ceremony will be at 6:00 pm. Brothers are asked to arrive at 5:30 pm. Please wear your Kappa Blazer, black pants, or a dark suit and a red or crimson tie. Please inform Brother Huron Dukes if you plan to participate. Additional Information Cards and Flowers may be sent to: Brother Huron Dukes 1300 S. Troy Street Chicago, IL 60623 When & Where Friday, May 23, 2014, 6:00 PM NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY – DONN F. BAILEY HALLCENTER FOR INNER CITY STUDIES 700 E.. Oakwood Blvd. Chicago, IL 60653 Telephone: (773) 268-7500 Get Directions Copyright © 2014 Chicago Alumni (IL) Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., All rights reserved. unsubscribe from this list | update subscription...

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Saving ourselves: Training Black males for leadership

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The perils and plight of young Black men and obstacles to their success and very existence are not new stories. A January study showed almost half of Black males in America are arrested by age 23 and by age 18 about one-third of Black males had been arrested. Another recent study found racism, anti-Black male attitudes and stress experienced by Black men leads to shorter lives and more vulnerability to diseases that cut our time short on this earth. Brushes with and blows from the criminal justice system and psychological and emotional scars have an impact and are often the first steps down a road littered with the broken bodies, hearts and minds of young men and children and loved ones left in the wake of tragedy. The ages 18-23 are years that should be associated with college and opportunities that develop and shape youngsters into the men they will be. A Chicago-based program is doing just that on the South Side of the city, taking young men in high school and putting them on the path to college, expanded opportunity, leadership development—and manhood. “We want to give them tools to be able to successfully combat the barriers that may hinder them from succeeding academically,” said Rodney M. Gore, executive director of the Kappa Leadership Institute and the Kappa League, in a video describing the program and its mission. So alongside free ACT Prep classes, lessons in public speaking and live, positive Black men are lessons about responsibility, family, community, accountability, hard work, discipline, success—and giving back to those who will come behind you. The institute helps negate the stereotype that Black men don’t care about the future or their children and young Black men don’t want to do and be better. League volunteers and staff commit to mentoring young men who face often-bleak realities, but who are determined to change reality. One young man shared how his mother was his rock and his father comes and goes. A League alum shared how coming back to Chicago from college, he learned three or four friends from high school had been killed. The future of Black men and boys isn’t going to be charted by others; we need to do it for ourselves. The bond young men share with one another and older men who teach and train them can never be underestimated. It offers a vision for the future, wisdom to think about the consequences of actions, and a refuge when the world seems to be collapsing on you or out to get you. The program has had a 100 percent college participation rate since 2005 and links to scholarships, college tours, study abroad programs and includes basics like proper dress and proper conduct. Together these things promote a sense of pride, a common bond and a positive group identity. In a world where the Black male image is trashed daily and racial profiling comes with everything from walking to shopping, our young men need to be guided aright. No one can guide them better than men who have walked the path, seen the pitfalls and want to shepherd others through these danger zones. Leadership isn’t just a Forbes 500 job or a place on a corporate board; it is acting as an example and forging the way for...

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The #Countdown2Coverage is Underway!

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After a year-long effort to reach uninsured Illinois residents, and with only weeks left before the March 31st enrollment deadline, Be Covered Illinois has launched a Countdown to Coverage campaign. The campaign will raise awareness of the upcoming deadline and the importance of having health insurance, and to answer people’s questions about coverage options and the enrollment process. As a reminder, Be Covered launched another Thunderclap on social media that highlights the Countdown to Coverage campaign. If you haven’t already would you mind taking a minute to support this from your social media accounts? All you need to do is visit the Thunderclap page and support with your Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account. It’s easy and will take you less than a minute to support. Here’s the link: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/9448-countdown-to-coverage?locale=en Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is proud to partner with Be Covered, a grassroots organization dedicated to engage, educate, and enroll the uninsured. In addition to providing a bilingual website, informational materials, and a text campaign, Be Covered Illinois has also launched a bilingual consumer education hotline: 1- 888-809-2796. Consumers can call this toll-free number Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT for more information about requirements of the new federal health care law. To find out how the new healthcare law affects you, visit www.BeCoveredIllinois.org. ‘Like’ Be Covered on Facebook: www.facebook.com/becovered.org Follow Be Covered on Twitter:...

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Happy New Year from the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter

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Brothers All, Another year, another beginning. Time to put away the past and move forward into the future. Each New Year gives us another moment to begin anew and take steps to make positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others. As polemarch, I am enthusiastic about this upcoming year. With our new facility, the possibilities for our growth and success are endless which brings me much excitement. I challenge all of you this year to become more involved to move us forward and closer to our goals. Together, we can accomplish anything we set out to do! Working together for the common good is an essential part of the bond and one we should practice daily. Giving more of ourselves is a true blessing and doing so makes us better men. We ended our year last night with a spectacular event which will serve as the catalyst for much to come in 2014. I look forward to working with all of you to make Kappa Alpha Psi and the Chicago Alumni Chapter a premier presence throughout the Chicagoland community. Once again, on behalf of the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, I would like to say, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope you enjoyed your first day of the New Year, and let’s look forward to a prosperous and productive 2014! Yours in the Bond, Eric J. Lindsay,...

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LeRoy Martin – Transition to Chapter Invisible

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Brother LeRoy Martin’s transition to Chapter Invisible Brother Martin was a past member of Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter. Brother Martin was Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department from 1987-1992. Read the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times articles about Brother Martin’s life and career. Saturday, September 7, 2013 House of Hope 752 E. 114th Street Chicago, IL 60628 (773) 568-8350 Get Directions Kappa Alpha Psi Burial Ceremony 10:30 AM Kappa Brothers are asked to arrive by 10:00 AM. Attire: Kappa blazer and tie with black pants, or dark suit with red tie Funeral 11:00 AM Please inform Brother Alvin Paul, Welfare & Necrology Committee Chairman, if you plan to...

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