Carolyn Palmer Around Town – Chicago January 2020!

CP January

Happy new decade to my wonderful readers!I took a well needed vacation. I am back and would like to celebrate our children!


The Business and Career Institute of South Suburban College is sponsoring “Vision 2020 Sharpen Your Focus” as part of their Chicago Women’s Conference featuring keynote speaker Ericka Glorious Moore. The conference will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 7:30 am 1:00 pm. To reserve your spot, phone (708) 596-2000 ext 6055.

Robbins, Illinois and Mayor Tyrone Ward will host “Father’s & Men of Professional Basketball Players An Open Forum” on Feb. 15, 2020 from 12 noon to 3pm. The open forum will feature former NBA players who will speak on their climb to success and words of wisdom to children ages 10 plus.

The UNCF Chicago Inter Alumni Council presents “Denim & Diamonds and Old School Party” on Sat. Feb. 15 from 6pm-10pm featuring Jeremiah Frazier at Harrah’s Casino, Joliet, Illinois. For additional information contact (312) 845-2200 or


To the family of Daya Dimitra Locke 10-11-1942 – 12-29-2019, she was a retired Chicago Public Schools educator and former principal of Calumet High School.

Rhonda Turner Wilson Veal , 12/3/50 – 12/31/2019. Rhonda was a graduate of Harlan HS, Southern Illinois University (1971) and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Trinity Church. Condolences to her family , daughters Kia and Tatia and grandson Steven.

Ceola Davis Barnes recently launched the “Illinois Black Hall of Fame” . The concept is her brainchild and will soon become a reality. Richard Boykin, will serve as the Chairman. After the discussion the group celebrated her birthday and was entertained by Regina Rice with a tribute to “Diana Ross”. The event was hosted by the African –American Ladies Legacy Foundation in partnership with Sarah Ayres and the Arts Committee, Lambda Tau Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Photo by: Keith McDonald

Participating on the planning committee for the Illinois Black Hall of Fame were: Cliff Kelly, The Governor of Chicago and retired WVON Radio Host; The Honorable Richard Boykin, Chair of the Illinois Black Hall of Fame; Ceola Davis Barnes, Founder and Chairman of the IBHF; Calvin Jordan, Chairman Rich Township Democratic Organization.

Photo by: Keith McDonald

Celebrating the Children

Happy “16th” Birthday – Spencer Leak III

Celebrating the birthday of Spencer III are family members: Spencer Leak II. (Dad); Donna Simpson-Leak (Mom); Emma Leak (Sister); Birthday Guy, Spencer Leak III; Henrietta Leak (Grandmother) and Spencer Leak Sr. (Grandfather).

Global Girls is located in the heart of South shore and provides after school and summer programming for girls ages 5 to 14. The program offers teen co-ed and adult theatre programs. For more information check out

The Global Girls Ensemble take the stage for the finale.

Raymond Stanton, Board Member; Layette Ford, Board Chairman, Global Girls; Marvinetta Woodley-Penn, Founder and CEO Global Girls; MiCrystal Day, Former Student and Participant; Charles “Chuck” Gordon, business supporter.

Congratulations to author, Jermaine Lawrence Anderson celebrating the Launch of his new children’s book series, “ My Friend Carson.” The launch was held at the Chicago Children’s Theater.

Members of “My Friend Carson’s “ team: Kenyon, Khaleed Chandler, Julian Keith, Mya Wilson, Corey Carr, Charles Dunlap, Angela Crumpton, Chynna Hampton, Tina Anderson, Jermaine Lawrence Anderson, Jasmine Wideman and Randell Singleton Photo by: Algean Garner III

Author Jermaine Lawrence Anderson and NBC Channel 5 Reporter Regina Waldroup read and engaged audience with excerpts from Carson Cares. Photo by: Algean Garner II

The Chicago based Fernando Jones and his young people participating in a “Blues Camp”. The young musicians conducted training sessions and performed at “the Arts Garage”, Del Ray Beach, Florida. The performances were sponsored by C Ron Allen and Friends.

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