Chicago Black Congressman Loses Grandson to Violence
More than 650 people have died this year in a wave of unprecedented violence in Chicago. And on Friday evening, Nov. 19, the family of one long-serving Democrat from Chicago, Danny K. Davis, felt firsthand the pain of senseless loss already experienced by hundreds of others.
Davis’s grandson, 15-year-old Jovan Wilson, died Friday after two other teens, a male and a female, forced their way into his Southside home, argued and shot him. Police say Jovan knew the two intruders and that the argument apparently stemmed over a pair of shoes.
Davis, a member of Congress for over two decades, described his grandson’s death as “a manifestation of the tremendous urban crisis” Chicago is facing, adding that the teen should never have had access to a gun. The Chicago Police Department have been advocating for months for legislators to impose more severe penalties for those in possession of guns, including youth, and saying “there’s no sense of accountability or fear of the criminal justice system when it comes to these guns.”
Obama Opponent, Dr. Cornel West, Returns to Harvard
Dr. Cornel West, a provocative Black scholar who left Harvard University 14 years ago and whose heated critiques of President Barack Obama earned him the wrath of many Blacks and those on the left, has been invited back to the university to teach.
West, 63, became the first Black to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton in 1980 and has remained politically active throughout his career including a recent stint as an advisor for Bernie Sanders on the Democratic platform committee. He will hold a joint appointment at the Harvard Divinity School and the department of African and African-American studies as a professor of the practice of public philosophy – a title reserved for those who have made outstanding contributions in their professional field. Longtime colleague Henry Louis Gates, Jr., also at Harvard, said he and others had hoped to bring West back for some time, referring to West as “one of the most brilliant scholars working in the Academy.”
Trump Seeks Apology as ‘Hamilton’ Cast Challenges Pence
The cast of the hit play “Hamilton” publicly confronted future VP Mike Pence on Saturday, Nov. 19, appealing to him and Donald Trump, from the stage, to “uphold our American values” and “work on behalf of all of us.”
The incident has sparked intense debate over American principles like free speech, respect and the ability to challenge authority. President-elect Trump took to Twitter demanding an apology, framing the cast’s appeal as a violation of “a safe and special place” – a phrase normally used by the left and campus protestors.
Trump’s two Saturday posts to Twitter have reportedly stunned cast members and, based on comments now swirling on social media, caused many Americans to worry about Trump’s tolerance for dissenting voices. Pence, who was leaving the play when the statement was read, has not made a public statement. However, he did stay to hear the entire appeal.
’Giving Tuesday’ Urges, Celebrates Philanthropic Efforts
Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year. It’s held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and kicks off the charitable season when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. In addition, #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations worldwide for one purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
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