SAM'S INTRO: I was wondering who might begin our Black History Month "Ancestor" series, when he walked in...and THIS Chicago-based brother, I knew very well. He had the bespectacled, very intelligent appearance of a college professor, full of knowledge to share with anyone, especially young people of color, and it was obvious that he placed a high premium on education! The down-to-earth attitude of this community activist and civil servant relaxed me immediately...and thus we began our interview:
"I was born on September 22, 1950 in Chicago's Altgeld Gardens
Mr. Phillip Jackson, longtime Chicago activist and founder of The Black Star Project, passed on November 4. Mr. Jackson dedicated his life to fighting for justice and improving the quality of life for others. He was a true model of what is possible with hard work, perseverance and dedication to a humane cause.
A visitation service will be held on Friday, November 16 at A.A. Rayner & Sons Funeral Home, 318 E. 71st St., between the hours of 4 pm and 8 pm. Burial will be private. A memorial service will be held at Rainbow PUSH, 930 E. 50th St., on Tuesday, November 20 at 11 am.
Phillip Jackson dedicated his life to providing opportunities and improving the quality of life for others. His life was a true testament to what is possible with hard work, perseverance and dedication to a cause. After a battle with cancer, Mr. Jackson moved into the ancestral realm on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm. surrounded by family and friends at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. He is survived by four sisters and a host of family and friends.
Phillip Jackson was born into and resided in public housing in Chicago. Mr. Jackson attended 11 Chicago public schools with varying levels of success. He graduated from Roosevelt University with honors with a degree in Philosophy and studied education at National College of Education.
Chicago - After the recent Starbucks incident involving the arrest of two Black men in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, most Black people had one of two responses: either boycott Starbucks or open our own coffee shops.
National Eat at a Black Coffee Shop Day combines the best of these ideas. On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, tens of thousands of Starbucks customers will try a new coffee experience at a Black-owned coffee shop.
Black coffee houses, coffee shops and tea houses, under the umbrella of The Black Star Project, have formed a federation to flex their collective and connective muscle in the competitive coffee marketplace. They are working together to get out the word that their coffees are just as good, or better, than Starbucks.