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Halleluyer!!! –The Chicago Defender receives the coveted Legacy Award at the United Negro College Fund’s 12th Annual Black & White Ball on June 9 at The Fairmont Hotel, and slated to pick up the distinguished 2012 Harold H. Hines Jr. Benefactor&rs


Halleluyer!!! –The Chicago Defender receives the coveted Legacy Award at the United Negro College Fund’s 12th Annual Black & White Ball on June 9 at The Fairmont Hotel, and slated to pick up the distinguished 2012 Harold H. Hines Jr. Benefactor’s Award is American Airlines for its ongoing commitment to UNCF. Gala chair is Mark Furlong, president and CEO, BMO Harris Bank, the presenting sponsor. Top-notch entertainment will come from none other than Dennis Edwards & The Temptations, says Jann Honoree, regional development director.





Proceeds from the anniversary gala will support UNCF’s college scholarships. Now, to get the upper hand on advance reservations, ticket, table and sponsorship info of the “strictly black tie” event, call UNCF, (312) 845-2200, or contact priscilla.stratten@uncf.org. Please remember: a mind is a terrible thing to waste.






Legal-Law Confab – Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ, keynotes the National Bar Association’s Law & Religion Section’s 2012 Conference, Faith Law & Politics, April 27-28, at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel. Workshops topics: Voter Education & Election Protection; Race, Religion and Reparations; Foreclosing on Houses of Worship; First Amendment Fundamentals; and Immigration & The Sanctuary Movement.





NBA, the nation’s oldest association of African American attorneys, is headed by Darryl Parks, a lead attorney for the family of Travon Martin. The conference is open to all, not just lawyers and clergy. For more info or to register online, go to http://www.nationalbar.org or contact Atty. Consuelo R. Miller, (773) 324-7500. Rev. William Bennett Esq. is conference chair.






Honor Athletes – Two world-class athletes, Leahseneth “Lacey” O’Neal, famed Olympic hurdler (1964 and 1972) and Dr. Robert A. Saddler, a youth track and field supporter and former teacher, principal and deputy superintendent in the Chicago Public School System, received their “just due” when Friends of Track and Field hosted its Fifth Annual East Lake Windy City Track & Field Banquet at the Parkway Ballroom. The event was presented to inspire some 200 teen athletes from Chicago high schools, including Dunbar, De LaSalle, Robeson, Harlan, DuSable and Simeon. The banquet preceded the Windy City Track Meet at Hansom Stadium.





O’Neal, a pioneer among noted female athletes who helped lead the passing of Title IX (a 1972 amendment that helped extend equal opportunities to women in sports) is also known for coining the word, “girlcott,” when she said Black female athletes would not be a part of the proposed boycott of the 1968 Olympics. She has a BS.Ed from the U. of Hawaii and a M.A. from the U. of Florida where she was the first Women’s Athletics coach.





During Saddler’s teen years, he ran track for the Wabash YMCA, was team captain for Wilson Jr. College and won the Illinois Junior College Conference championship half mile. He attended Loyola U. where he was captain of the track team and is a member of Loyola’s Track Hall of Fame and its Athletic Hall of Fame. After college he joined the University of Chicago Track Club and nearly qualified for the 1960 Olympic Trials at 800 meters. In the 1992-93 school year, he was offered the position of general superintendent of Chicago Public Schools but declined the position.





Elzie Higginbottom, president, East Lake Management (experts in property management, real estate development and construction) and Dr. Conrad Worrill, executive director of the Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois U., are co-founders of the Friends of Track & Field. In his youth, Higginbottom was ranked seventh fastest in world; both he and Worrill competed in track in high school.






Celebrating Education – Anthony (“Tony”) K. Anderson, vice chair and Midwest managing partner of Ernst & Young, receives the first-ever A Disciplined Life award from Perspectives Charter Schools on May 9 at the 15th Annual Benefit at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel. Co-chairs: Eric Johnson, president/CEO, Baldwin Richardson Foods; Joe Perillo, president/CEO, Perillo Auto Group; and Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, executive vice president, University of Chicago Medical Center.





Themed Transforming Public Education, the benefit includes a reception, dinner, student presentations, live auction and raffling of a 2012 BMW328ii. Only 300 chances are available at $300 each; winner need not be present. Fox News’ Robin Robinson emcees. For raffle tickets, table sponsorships and individual $250 benefit tickets call (312) 604-2104 or visit http://www.pcsedu.org/benefit. Ninety-three percent of the schools’ 2011 graduates enrolled in college.





Senate Citations – Congrats to Illinois’ State Senator Jaqueline Y. Collins (16th) who has received the coveted Blue Bow Award from Children’s Home & Aid, an organization that facilitates adoptions and provides services to troubled families and abused children. Sen. Collins was cited for her leadership in Englewood and surrounding communities where child abuse and neglect are some of the highest in Chicago And congrats also to Illinois’ State Senator Kwame Y. Raoul (13th). He’s joined the Chicago office of the law firm of Quarles & Brady as a partner in its Labor & Employment Group. In 2004 Raoul was appointed to fill the vacancy of U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.






Newsy Names – Designer Sharon Boucher hosts a Trunk Show this weekend in her hip and trendy studio loft at 2150 S. Canalport, #4B, (773) 574-9321; Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. She specializes in high-end blouses and tailored skirts, pants and dresses for the professional fashionista. And check out her new men’s wear line Hats off to Tom Finch on being named a 2012 Carole Robertson Center for Learning’s “Friend” for his commitment to the Center. Awardees show their dedication over time with volunteer, in-kind and monetary support. The award was presented at the Annual Celebration & Fundraising Event at Carnivale, honoring and celebrating corporate and community partners who help the Center create stepping stones for change for youth and families served. For more about the Center and other ways to get involved, click Contact Us on the website, http://www.crcl.net, or call (312) 243-7300 Congrats to Milton E. Moses, major domo of Community Insurance Center, one of the oldest/largest African American-owned independent insurance agencies in the country, on celebrating his golden-year anniversary Happy b’day to Leah Stewart McGregory, Randle Wje (a.k.a. Wilma Jean Emanuel Randle), LaVerne A. Smith-Bell,






Mid-Week Jazz – Richard Steele emcees Thursday’s Fundraiser Festival at Room 43, co-starring some of our town’s top names in the jazz arena: Joan Callaso, Dee Alexander, Ari Brown, Tammy McCann, Miguel De La Cerna, Frieda Lee, Maggie Brown, Ernie Adams and lots more. All $20 donations are tax deductible. Showtime: 6-10 p.m.







Smart Week – Several events this week, April 21-28 – Money Smart Week — in Chicago and Springfield sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White are helping consumers learn to manage money wisely. More than 500 free classes, seminars and activities are promoting financial education. On Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Securities Dept. host the annual free Financial Regulators Fair in the Thompson Building Lobby, 100 W. Randolph. State and Federal agencies dealing with financial matters will have staff on hand to provide info and answer queries. For more and a calendar of events visit http://www.moneysmart.org.





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