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From felon to role model: Sheldon Smith helps fathers find success

25-year-old Sheldon Smith was headed down the wrong path. But once he had his daughter, he became a different man. Smith, who founded The Dovetail Project, is committed to not just his daughter, but to the success of young fathers of color. 

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Over Father’s Day Weekend, 27 shot in Chicago

At least two were killed and 25 others wounded in shootings across Chicago over Father’s Day weekend. The last homicide took place on the city’s west side just after midnight Sunday. 17-year-old Brandon Petreson was gunned down while standing with a group in the 3100 block of West Polk Street.

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Prep school holds ceremony for first graduating class

A Chicago high school celebrated its first graduating class on Monday when 119 students walked across the stage. Members of Johnson College Prep cheered as they took their first steps as high school graduates. The school is located on Chicago’s south side in the Englewood community. 

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Events

Event: ‘Now What?’ Politics, Culture and Social Media

The Illinois Humanities Council presents: “Now What?” – Politics, Culture and Social Media.  The event kicks off the second edition of the Now What? conversation series, and takes a look at the impact of Twitter on organizing. The Black Youth Project is a co-sponsor of the event.

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Hundreds of students march in Chicago for peace

Hundreds of students from Perspectives Charter School’s five campuses rallied near Chicago’s South Side for peace in their communities Thursday morning. The student-led “I am for Peace” march went from 22nd and State street to 36th Street and Wabash Avenue. 

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Event: Remembering Maya Angelou

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  On Wednesday May 28, the world lost an icon. Dr. Maya Angelou passed away peacefully in her sleep, and while millions continue to grieve her loss, some members of a spoken word collective are choosing to honor her memory.

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7-year-old boy saves child from being kidnapped

A 7-year-old Chicago boy saved a 10-year-old girl from being abducted on the city’s Southwest Side. 

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Mothers take crime scene, use it as ‘street lesson’ for sons

Thursday night, 14-year-old Kevin Diaz was gunned down while walking to the store near his home in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood. As he lie dead on the concrete, Christina Brown and her twin sister decided to take the tragedy, and use it to get through to their sons. 

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Organizers hope to celebrate Sun Ra’s birthday with 100 sax players

Organizers are looking to gather 100 saxophonists in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood to celebrate what would have been jazz composer Sun Ra’s 100th birthday. 

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20-year-old Chicago native accepted into Harvard Ph.D. program

Chicago resident Octavious Talbot spent most of his life in an overcrowded home on the city’s south side. But the 20-year-old’s life drastically changed when he was offered a scholarship to Morehouse College. Now, the graduate will be a full-time student at Harvard University come fall.

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