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HONORING DR. KING'S MEMORY: Will Chicago's corporate media continue depicting Black History Month through frauds like Marva Collins while ignoring leaders of labor struggles from Charlie Hayes, Jacqueline Vaughn and Adie Wyatt to Karen Lewis

If Martin Luther King Jr. day is here, can Black History Month be far behind? The question is relevant now, because for the past decade or more, the revisionists in the history departments of Chicago's corporate media have ignored most of the history of Black Chicago in order to promote a silly corporate version of reality, featuring, exclusively, Black capitalists and so-called "entrepreneurs" while ignoring the men and women who organized for the betterment of working and middle class Chicago, the leaders of Chicago's labor unions. Although we doubt that under Sam Zell the Chicago Tribune will end its reign of deception in this regard (and the Chicago Sun-Times long ago became a five-minute read — except for the Sports pages), there is always a chance that Chicago teachers will simply ignore the lies and take up the challenge of having their own students research and write the truth — that it was unions, often organized and led by Black men and women — that built the power of the working class (i.e., the middle class) in Chicago. And it is now the attempt by corporate Chicago to destroy those unions (first in the private sector, now in the public sector) that is also destroying the power of the working class. One of the frightening things about a generation brought up to Twitter and Twat is that people who believe they can find all the history they need by Googling can't find anything about Jackie Vaughn and these other powerful leaders because their stories have simply been whited and corporated out of the history (books?). We'll see in a few weeks, when February begins and the city's newspapers and other corporate media present their corporatized version of "Black History" without the unions for a "Black History Month" without the majority of black people, who are, and always have been, working class...



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January 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM

By: JS Whitfield

Precious Lord

"Precious Lord" was the favorite gospel son g of the Reverd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On page 74, of Harold, the People's Mayor; it states that when Washington was a freshmanin the House, that his committeeman and alderman Ralph Metcalf, along with mayor Richard J. Daley, conspired to get Reverend King to leave the city.

But Harold objected vociferously when it was expected of the Chicago delegation to go by machine rules and vote for a ban on picketing on Public Streets, saying it would be a violation of civil liberties, and was an attempt to eliminate street demonstrations such as those organized around the actgivities of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago, in the 1960s.

Though Harold's the political umbilical cord tied to the old Daley machine kept him from voting against it, Harold took one of his famous walk outsto get lost before the roll was called.

Needless to say J. Edgar Hoover had much eminity toward Martin Luther King.

Harold said later of King's birthday: "for black people and other people of good will, Dr. King's Holiday is a holy day. West side state's senator Earlean Collins even protested the p[ropriety of the legislature being in session on the birthday of Dr. King, pointing out, that it does not convene on Columbus Day, Washington's birthday, or on Jewish holidays.

To get people to register to vote, Father George Clements, pastor of Holy Angels church

proclaimed: " I don't want any child attending classes at Holy Angels school, whose parents are no registered to vote, and that one must present their registrations cards. Clements added: "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died for people to have the right to register and vote. I am not going to let those deaths be in vain.

Jesse Jackson made the following remark to the steering committee of the Harold Washington for mayor campaign: "It was the fervor of the people that allowed Martin Luther King Jr. to overthrow the southern military occupation forces without a standiong army.

Another disciple of Dr. King was Dorothy Tillman who stated: "Dr. King taught me in the movement that white folks have always worked overtime in dividing Black people for their own welfare and with no regards for ours." Remember the Vrdolyak 29 who were prepaqred to villify the mayor at the drop of a microphone. Occupying the mayor's suite was "fast Eddie's" obsession for 1987.

Vrdolyak understood that to wrest the mayor's chair from Washington in 1987, he must split the Black vote and court thecity's two swing blocs: the Hispanics and the white independents on the near North side.

Well Chicago Teachers Union, do we want the first African American female, or the first Hispanic mayor in Former state senator, and current city clerk, Miguel Del Valle? Or are we beyond thinking like that?

For the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sorry Chico and Emmanuel.

For our hero Dr. King:

MY SWEET LORD

George Harrison

My sweet lord

Hm, my lord

Hm, my lord

I really want to see you

Really want to be with you

Really want to see you lord

But it takes so long, my lord

My sweet lord

Hm, my lord

Hm, my lord

I really want to know you

Really want to go with you

Really want to show you lord

That it won't take long, my lord (hallelujah)

My sweet lord (hallelujah)

Hm, my lord (hallelujah)

My sweet lord (hallelujah)

I really want to see you

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Really want to see you, lord

Really want to see you, lord

But it takes so long, my lord (hallelujah)

My sweet lord (hallelujah)

Hm, my lord (hallelujah)

My, my, my lord (hallelujah)

I really want to know you (hallelujah)

Really want to go with you (hallelujah)

Really want to show you lord (aaah)

That it won't take long, my lord (hallelujah)

Hmm (hallelujah)

My sweet lord (hallelujah)

My, my, lord (hallelujah)

Hm, my lord (hare krishna)

My, my, my lord (hare krishna)

Oh hm, my sweet lord (krishna, krishna)

Oh-uuh-uh (hare hare)

Now, I really want to see you (hare rama)

Really want to be with you (hare rama)

Really want to see you lord (aaah)

But it takes so long, my lord (hallelujah)

Hm, my lord (hallelujah)

My, my, my lord (hare krishna)

My sweet lord (hare krishna)

My sweet lord (krishna krishna)

My lord (hare hare)

Hm, hm (Gurur Brahma)

Hm, hm (Gurur Vishnu)

Hm, hm (Gurur Devo)

Hm, hm (Maheshwara)

My sweet lord (Gurur Sakshaat)

My sweet lord (Parabrahma)

My, my, my lord (Tasmayi Shree)

My, my, my, my lord (Guruve Namah)

My sweet lord (Hare Rama)

(hare krishna)

My sweet lord (hare krishna)

My sweet lord (krishna krishna)

My lord (hare hare)

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