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First time for CTU float in six years!... Chicago Teachers Union to have float in Bud Billiken Day parade August 14

For the first time since 2003, the Chicago Teachers Union will have a float and participate in a big way in the annual Bud Billiken Day Parade on Chicago's South Side. The 2010 parade will take place on August 14, 2010 and will go down King Drive from 39th St. to Washington Park, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade usually draws more than one million people along the line of march, which stretches more than two miles at some points. The Bud Billiken Parade is often ignored by Chicago's corporate media because almost all the people watching the parade along the line of March are among the people who constutute the majority of Chicago Public Schools students.

Above, the Julian High School marching band was one of more than a dozen Chicago public schools bands that took part in the August 12, 2006, Bud Billiken Parade down Chicago's King Drive. The parade is the annual "back to school" kickoff. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt. The decision that the Chicago Teachers Union would begin participating in Bud Billiken again came almost immediately after the CORE slate, headed by former King High School chemistry teacher Karen Lewis, won the runoff election on June 11, 2010. Although the CTU had had a major presence in Bud Billiken in the early years of the 21st Century, during the years Marilyn Stewart and the United Progressive Caucus ran the union (August 2004 through June 2010), the union stopped participating in the massive parade, which is the city's annual "back to school" event.

Even though the Chicago Teachers Union did not participate in Bud Billiken in a major way between 2004 and 2009, other unions used the parade to bring a message against school closings and cutbacks to the parade route. Above, SEIU Local 73 mobilized against the schools closings and cutbacks in special education funding in August 2006, with union members on the union float holding signs proclaiming "Stop School Closings!" and "No Cuts in Special Education!" Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.The 2010 CTU float will be at 39th St. for the beginning of the parade. As of August 8, the CTU had not announced precisely where on 39th St. those who wished to begin with the float should be, and the floats and bands participating in the parade stretch for more than a mile along 39th St. and north of 39 St. along King Drive prior to the beginning of the parade. When more information becomes available, it will probably be posted on the CTU Website at www.ctunet.com.

Traditionally, people have joined the float along the parade route. The union will also be hosting a picnic for union members in Washington Park (behind Dyett High School) at the end of the parade route.

In a message to all Chicago Teachers Union members, the CTU said:

Dear CTU members and all friends of public education, Join the CTU at the Bud Billiken Parade

Each school year we inspire our students to reach for the sky. Bud Billiken Day is our chance to honor their talents. Let's celebrate our special day in the neighborhood.

Bud Billiken Day Parade and CTU-Sponsored Picnic, Saturday, August 14th, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. and starts at 39th and King Drive and ends at 55th and Ellsworth. The CTU is sponsoring a picnic behind Dyett High School (555 E. 51st St). We will provide food, but feel free to bring your own to share.

At the time of the August 2006, Bud Billiken Parade, incumbent Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (above during the August 12, 2006 parade) worked the crowd walking down the sidelines of the parade while supporters manned a float in the street. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.Shuttle buses will be available in the White Castle parking lot, located at 35th and King Drive, from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

We will have a float this year and leaflets to pass as we walk; we will also be handing out bags of schools supplies to kids. Please join us! Questions? contact: norine gutekanst@ctulocal1.com or rositachatonda@ctulocal1.com

A similar message from the CTU message went out to CORE members on the CORE ListServe and through other channels.

Historically, the Bud Billiken Parade has been a major venue for politicians to be visible to the public from Chicago's South Side, once dubbed the "Black Metropolis" by Roosevelt University Sociologist St. Clair Drake. In recent years, every major Illinois and Chicago politician has joined in the parade, at times with droll results. During the 2006 parade, when he was running for re-election as Governor, Rod Blaogjevich had a presence in the parade and worked the crowd by walking along the sidelines shaking hands as well. The only Chicago politician who almost always avoids the parade is Mayor Richard M. Daley, in the opinion of many because he doesn't want to risk being booed along the parade route.

During the years he served in the Illinois State Senate and then in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama made sure to participate in the Bud Billiken Parade. Above, Obama greeted a well wisher during the August 12, 2006, parade, two years before he began to work seriously to get the Democratic Party nomination for the Presidency of the United States. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt.In the early years of the 21st Century, Barack Obama, first as an Illinois State Senator and then as U.S. Senator, participated in the parade. Obama has not been in Bud Billiken since being elected President of the United States of America. 



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August 10, 2010 at 8:30 PM

By: john whitfield

A Little History (Bud Billiken Parade)

1896 - Mrs. Joyner, who was born the granddaughter of a slave and slave master in Virginia in 1896, went on to become an inventor, innovator in cosmetology, executive for a national chain of beauty colleges, chairman of Chicago Defender Charities and "matriarch of the ...Mrs. Joyner, who was born the granddaughter of a slave and slave master in Virginia in 1896, went on to become an inventor, innovator in cosmetology, executive for a national chain of beauty colleges, chairman of Chicago Defender Charities and "matriarch of the Bud Billiken Parade." "Dr. Majorie Joyner will be missed by everyone who cared about the children of Chicago," said US Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.). "She was a role model, she was a pioneer, she was a strong ...

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1923 - The Bud Billiken Club was a club for black youths in Chicago founded by the Chicago Defender founder Robert Sengstacke Abbott and its editor, Lucius Harper, in 1923. The name "Bud Billiken" is a pseudonym that Harper selected for the organization, using ...The Bud Billiken Club was a club for black youths in Chicago founded by the Chicago Defender founder Robert Sengstacke Abbott and its editor, Lucius Harper, in 1923. The name "Bud Billiken" is a pseudonym that Harper selected for the organization, using his own nickname "Bud"; the word "Billiken" was believed to be in reference to a character in Chinese mythology who was the protector of children. Famous early members included Lionel Hampton and Nat "King" Cole. [1].

1929 1929 - century, Saturday's Bud Billiken Parade will be missing... The Defender sponsors Bud Billiken, the country's largest African-American parade, which is held...majorette squads. The Bud Billiken parade originated in 1929... US Fed News Service, Including ...Sengstacke's spirit lingers around Bud Billiken Parade Saturday's Bud Billiken Parade will be missing... The Defender sponsors Bud Billiken, the country's largest African-American parade, which is held...majorette squads. The Bud Billiken parade originated in 1929... From Pride and hope will be on the march Saturday - Chicago Defender | … - Related Aug 11, 1929 - Since it first took to South Side streets on Aug. 11, 1929, the Bud Billiken Parade has celebrated children and education by marking the impending end of summer and start of the new school year. Chicago Defender founder Robert Abbott and his editor, Lucius ...Since it first took to South Side streets on Aug. 11, 1929, the Bud Billiken Parade has celebrated children and education by marking the impending end of summer and start of the new school year. Chicago Defender founder Robert Abbott and his editor, Lucius Harper, conceived the parade and Bull Billiken, a fictional character from Chinese folklore who was a guardian of youth, to celebrate the newsboys who helped distribute the paper.

From Bud Billiken Parade steps into 80th year -

1953 Aug 9, 1953 - Bud Billiken Parade|. _. Boy Scout units marching on S. Michigan av. yesterday in the Bud Billiken day parade. 3,000 March. A crowd estimated by south park police at 175000 yesterday witnessed the 24th annual Bud Billiken parade which began at 39th st. and Michigan ...

1968 Aug 11, 1968 - Band plays on Chicago float entered in Bud Billiken day parade. BY DONNA GILL. A parade on the south side yesterday would have made Bud Billiken proud. About 300,O0O spectators watched 25000 marchers par- ticipate in the parade that moved from 39th street down Martin Luther King ...

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1982 Aug 15, 1982 - FOR 58 YEAROLD Rebecca Milford the Bud Billiken Day Parade Saturday was more than a day of watching an endless stream of floats bands dancers and politicians It was an opportunity for her to watch eight of her grandchildren live through a day of constant excitement.

From Bud Billiken Day Parade a real treat for grandma -

1992 Aug 8, 1992 - At 10 am Saturday, the Bud Billiken Parade will step off from 39th Street and Martin Luther King Drive. The parade will go south on King Drive past the reviewing stand at 52nd Street and Ellsworth Drive in Washington Park. At the end of the parade, a picnic will be held in Washington ...

2006 Aug 13, 2006 - ... ... residents who just wanted to have a good time flocked to the Bronzeville neighborhood Saturday for the 77th annual Bud Billiken Parade. ... "I think people need to know our history and how black firefighters were treated back then," said 5th District Fire Chief Cortez Holland. ...

2008 Aug 6, 2008 - The first Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic was held August 11 1929 The parade route ran from 31st and Michigan Boulevard to Washington Park In the mid30s the city rerouted the parade to South Parkway because its Michigan route tied up traffic as it went east into Washington Park Around ...

From Bud Billiken Parade history: How it all got started - Related web pages

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August 15, 2010 at 2:18 AM

By: Sauganash Teacher

Bud Billiken

Maybe some of us do not want our dues money spent on participating in this.

August 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM

By: southwest side teacher

response to Sauganash Teacher

I support the union's decision to participate in the parade. If you're a parent and listen to SunTimes (Rossi) or Fox or Tribune, CPS teachers are displyed as overpaid, incompetent, barely-literate, ineffective, etc. I could go on. If its said enough it will be believed. The parade displays our unique community and civic role and displays a sense of pride. We are a part of the community! Let the community see the CTU as separate from CPS and Daley. The Northside parent group that's advocating for the TIF money sees the REAL issue--Daley's Machine and the havoc its greed has wrecked upon the citizens! And believe you me, Daley has seen their ire and he is scared of that kind of rebellion! So lets spend CTU money on events like this that show the CTU in a positive light.

I'm so proud of our new CTU leadership right now. President Lewis and V. President Sharkey, keep up the positive media blitz (I saw the CTU flyer on the South Loop Whole Foods Bulletin Board. You're outthinking Huberman and Daley and you're winning.).

August 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM

By: Bob

marching

Dear Sauganash Teacher

There are a lot of things our dues money should not pay for. Supporting

The AFT and blindly contributing to politicians, like the Rev Meeks are a couple

Of examples. However gaining the support of the population by appearing in

parades is a legitimate expenditure of our money.

I hope the Bud Billiken parade is just the first. We must be visible everywhere

the CTU should become involved in every major event in this area.

That includes the Toys for Tots run in December. Anybody got a Chopper?

August 16, 2010 at 11:05 AM

By: Margaret Wilson

CTU spending

I agree with Bob. The CTU spends far too much endorsing candidates who then turn their backs on us like President Obama and Rev. Meeks. We need to earn the respect and support of the public and that can be done by exposure. CTU should participate in all of the parades possible. In the past, CTU even had a float in the Gay Pride Week Parade and that gave them a lot of exposure. The Bud Bulliken parade is a good start towards returning to past policies and a true democracy at the Union.

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