Don't get me wrong, although I have not written about Englewood, there has been an awful lot said and reported about my beloved neighborhood...So much so, I think it may be time to enlist MTV or Bravo and get our own reality show!!
It could be the "Real World of Englewood" or "Made in Englewood"...You get my drift...That way you would see the whole side of Englewood from the people who live here vs. outsider who come do a story then head back to Highland Park or some other burbs...I think a reality show will be perfect because I don't think people would believe some of the things I witness here...The Good, the Bad or the Ugly!
For example, there was a horrible article about Englewood that of course made the front page of the Tribune a few weeks ago...I think the subtitle of the article read, "Housing crisis was final nail in the coffin of once-promising recovery"....This article sent another ray of hopelessness amongst residents who live here....What's ironic about this piece is the fact that RAGE met these reporters and gave them a wide range of stories filled with POSITIVITY...During their "research" of the neighborhood the reporters attended one of RAGE Economic Development meetings....
|Beautiful garden at 55th & Marshfield courtesy of A. Butler|
|Photo Courtesy of Tribune|
|Perry Mansion Cultural Center Courtesy of A. Butler|
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|RAGE Father's Day Event Courtesy of Rashanah Baldwin|
- RAGE members are team teaching a youth web/writing summer program for After School Matters
- Taught a writing class for youth at Safety Network and publish a newsletter
- Participated in the 100 Black Positive Men program at Wentworth Elementary School
- Serves on the Black Star Community PTA, whom recently met with Jean Claude Brizard, CEO of CPS to discuss tactics for parental engagement
- Serves on the Englewood Community Action Council of CPS to develop a strategic educational plan for the neighborhood
- Presented to 25 young black males of the Adler/Teamwork African American Male Initiative summer program
- Partnered with Black Wall Street to support a youth summer program that are developing young leaders how to be community activists
- Assisted with the Online Townhall Meeting at KKC with Mayor Rahm Emanuel
- Serves as advisory council member of the Englewood Neighborhood Recovery Initiative
- Serve as partners with the Englewood Back to School Parade scheduled for August 27th
- Donated funds to assist in the development of a primary school in Ghana, Africa
- Working on a comprehensive plan for economic stability in Greater Englewood