African American

This Week in Boomer History: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue … Nightly Newscast … Peanuts RIP

Posted on 02/9/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience On Feb. 10, 1989, Ron Brown becomes the first African American to head a major U.S. political party. Later named U.S. secretary of commerce — also the first African American to hold that post — Brown dies in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia. What’s the opposite of a love letter? On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a “fatwa” encouraging Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The …

T. Thomas Fortune: He Paved the Way for Civil Rights Organizers

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | Best Life | Comments

Your LifeW.E.B. Du Bois. Mary McLeod Bethune. Stokely Carmichael. Malcolm X. Martin Luther King Jr. These are names of civil rights leaders you’re likely to hear during Black History Month. But here’s one you may not: T. Thomas Fortune. You might say that Fortune was the forefather of civil rights organizers. In 1890, he founded the National Afro-American League, the precursor to a host of groups, including today’s powerful National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Fortune was born …

AARP Is Looking For A Few Good Men

Posted on 06/15/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

VolunteeringHappy Friday Everybody! Yesterday in between some really long  meetings I ( Jenn)  caught up with our Multicultural Outreach staffer Laurinda Dodgen to find out what she’s been up to lately…and why she’s looking for a few good men!  Laurinda  gets to do some really interesting work around Chicago reaching out to churches, building community kitchens, holding line dancing classes, and from time to time –  say the second Tuesday of each month – she gets to  hang out with about …