Members of the media gathered on 50th and Drexel to hear words of wisdom from Chicago's iconic historian Timuel Black as a parade of cars circled the block three times to pay tribute to a legend on his 102nd birthday. Photo by John L. Alexander.
The feisty leadership style of former Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis led to many supporters requesting that she throw her hat in the ring for Chicago Mayor and challenge Rahm Emanuel, who eventually announced he would not be running for reelection in 2019. Her tenure as CTU President spanned the years 2010 to 2014 was marked by major rallies protesting school closings, low pay and unfavorable conditions in the classroom. For nearly 20 years before becoming president of the Chicago Teachers Union, she was a high school chemistry teacher.
Renowned historian Timuel Black celebrates his 102nd birthday today, gathering with a few family and friends who expressed appreciation for a remarkable life. Born December 7, 1918 in Birmingham, AL, Timuel Black is an American historian, educator, author, civil rights activist and expert in African American history. He is author of several books, including Bridges of Memory: Chicago's First Wave of Black Migration, first published in 2003.
I had the honor and pleasure of walking Timuel Black, an historic icon, up the stairs to his home after a birthday tribute held at 50th and Drexel, in Chicago, in which television networks and members of the press gathered to hear his words of wisdom. Elected officials, friends and family came to pay tribute to a man who lived his life teaching history, recording history and making history. At the age of 102 years, he still has a sharp mind and a determined spirit, and the experience of being in his presence was profound.
What have 102 year old eyes seen during more than a century of life? Mr. Black is a World War II Veteran, a fighter in the cause of Civil Rights, an author and an educator who influenced many lives, and a man who continues to teach and inspire many who have become icons in their own right.
Rev. Jesse Jackson celebrated 79 years of life in October of this year, and I have had the privilege of capturing images of his work in organizing, inspiring, uplifting and serving the people across this nation and around the world. Through him I have walked with Kings and Queens from Africa, and interacted with dignitaries and celebrities from around the world.
Timuel Black is a treasure that is still among us, sharing wisdom. I feel honored and blessed to be able to capture these special moments in time and preserve them for future generations.
Photo Caption: Photojournalist John L. Alexander and historian Timuel Black, who turned 102 years old on December 7, 2020. Photo by Captain Kent Richmond
Coach Ernest Radcliffe's Chicago Southside Wolfpack Youth Football Team returned from the National Youth Football Championship Games in Florida, inspired to plan successful academic and athletic futures for themselves. Even though they did not win the championship. Team members, mostly 8th Graders, say they now have a clearer vision for achieving success in High School, then on to college, and a career that may include professional sports.
FLORIDA - The Chicago Wolfpack Youth Football Team heads home from the Youth Football Championship Games in Florida. Although they did not win the title, they are champions to all of us in Chicago.The bus is scheduled to arrive Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 6:00am, back at its starting point on 63rd and Stony Island at the Jackson Park Football Field. Spread the word! Spread the word1 Spread the word! The team deserves a hero's Welcome Home!
The Midwest Regional undefeated 2021 Champion Wolfpack Youth Football Team were in Florida at the National Championship keeping their academic schedule tight daily. Here they can be seen studying after practice and before games. Academics is also a team effort! Coach Ernest Radcliffe made sure the team members kept up with their studies while on the road.
After a winning football season, youth motivator and sports coach Ernest Radcliffe gathered his Southside Wolfpack team on the football field at 63rd and Stony Island Friday December 3, 2021 to board a Coach bus headed for Florida where the American Youth Football National Championship games will be held this weekend. Team members, aged 13 -14, took a few moments to throw a few balls while parents and supporters prepared to see them off. Coach Radcliffe's youth sports program includes baseball, basketball and cheerleaders.
Twenty four members of the Wolfpack Team will be a part of the National Championship efforts. The youth program created by Coach Ernest Radcliff includes a total of 140 youth aged 6 to 13, A committed coaching staff along with a strong parent support group has made this program possible. Coach Radcliffe labored tirelessly to raise the money for his team, finally locating financial supporters to cover the journey to Florida for the National Championship game. Over the years, he has seen many of his players graduate from high school and receive college scholarships.
A special long distance call from former President Barack Obama as the Wolfpack members prepared to board the bus provided a special moment of inspiration. The familiar voice, speaking into a phone held up to a microphone, called out, "Congratulations! I think I must be your official Mascot now." (President Obama came to the football field and saw the team play this summer). "You guys handle the business, I couldn't be prouder of the team and those outstanding young people but also the staff, and everything you do, Coach," President Obama said.