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February 20, 2014
Dear Friends of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center,
Homespun Heroines Featured for African American History Month
As part of celebrating African American History, that is to say, History, we are presenting this month on our FaceBook Page excerpts from Hallie Q. Brown's book "Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction", published in 1926 and profiling 60 African American women that most people have not heard of, but who significantly contributed to our culture and society.
From her Foreword: "...It is our anxious desire to preserve for future reference an account of these women, their life and character and what they accomplished under the most trying and adverse circumstances,--some of whom passed scatheless through fires of tribulation, only to emerge the purer and stronger,--some who received their commission even at the furnace door, the one moment thinking their all was lost forever, the next in secure consciousness of the Everlasting Arms.
We lack a complete record of these self-sacrificing heroines, but such as we have been permitted to gather we present through this medium to the public, hoping that it may find as much pleasure in its perusal as the writer had in its making.
--HALLIE Q. BROWN.
Homewood Cottage, Wilberforce, Ohio. 1926"
Check out the profiles being posted our visit our "About Hallie Q. Brown" page which has a link to an online version of the book. I'm sure you will be as amazed as I was at these pioneering women.
Superheroes and Comic Books in African American History
Did you know that The Greatest once squared off against the Man of Steel? Did you know that a 1950s comic book, "Negro Romance", progressively featured mainstream African American ideal characters rather than stereotypes? Did you know the first comic of original material to be marketed to African Americans and featuring African American characters in lead heroic roles debuted in 1947 and was also the first comic book produced by African Americans?
Join us, February 26, 2014 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm for a look back in history at the unique role African Americans have had in comic books and the genre of superheroes. Click here for the flyer for the event.
Get Ready! It's Coming!
The March Campaign is almost upon us! And with it comes the return of Professor Poverty and another of his diabolical plans to stop Hallie's Heroes from raising awareness about H.U.N.G.E.R. and collecting food and monetary donations to help support the families we serve. And he's not alone either. He has all new partners in crime like the frigid, Polar Vortex, who uses his terrible frost powers to harm orange and other fruit crops to reduce the fruit available and drive up costs making them too expensive for families in need...
Hallie's Heroes certainly has their work cut out for them, and that's why we need you on the team! Join us on March 1, 2014 as we kick off the March Campaign with some fun games and activities for the kids like cape and masking making stations, Superhero Jeopardy and "Be A Hero" photo booth. Most importantly, you can pick up a Hallie's Heroes March Campaign Action Kit that will have everything you need to start a food drive or just collect donations at your home, school, organization or office.
One of the unique ways we raise money for the Food Shelf and the March Campaign is our Annual March Campaign Rummage Sale. Proceeds from the items sold go directly to benefit the Food Shelf and remaining items are provided to the Clothing Closet which distributes them free to families in need. So as your cleaning out your closet for spring or emptying your garage of the two extra bread machines or the spare end table which never quite matched the rest of the room, or other household items, consider donating them to Hallie Q. for the Rummage Sale. You'll be helping to support a good cause and receive a deduction receipt for your taxes.
Then join us back on Thursday, March 6th for the preview and on into the full sale from March 7th through March 10th. Click here for the flyer for the event and join us in March.
85 Years Ago...
As with the Civil Rights movement, community leaders and organizations were coming together in order to address the issues of the day and bring about change that would lead to lasting social impact. That impact, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, which connected community members to necessary resources and provided a gathering place and in fact a living repository of history for the African American community.
Do you remember 553 Aurora? Do the names Oatmeal Hill and Cornmeal Valley spark memories? When you hear the names Janabelle Taylor, Sylvia Carty and Dorothea Burns, can you not help but smile? If so, then you understand the necessity and role of Hallie Q. Brown.
To celebrate our 85th year, we are putting together a program to celebrate our history as was as launch our new program to help alumni connect back to the Center, relive the memories and get back in touch with old friends. We want you to be involved with your pictures, your stories and yourselves.
Watch our website for more information or sign up for our e-Newsletter to get the latest information and find out how you can be involved. Just click the link here to submit your email and get all the latest information straight to your inbox and remember those Hallie Days of yesteryear.
February 20th--Fare for All Express 4:00pm — 6:00pm Fare for All Express is an opportunity to purchase meat and produce 40% off of retail pricing. This event is open to the community and all are welcome to come.
March 1st--March Campaign Kick-off Event 12:00pm—2:00pm Be a Hero in the fight against hunger. Join us for an afternoon of fun making capes, masks and learning how you can be a Hero in the fight against hunger.
March 6th-Rummage Sale—Preview 3:00—6:00 Come and browse through our Annual March Campaign Rummage Sale. All proceeds benefit our Food Shelf.
March 7th--8th: Rummage Sale March 7th Rummage Sale hours are from 9:00—6:00 March 8th Rummage Sale hours are from 9:00—1:00
March 10th: Rummage Sale Closeout—Bag Sale All you can fit into a bag for $5.00, shop early to get the best remaining items. Hours are from 9:00-1:00.
We look forward to seeing you around the New Hallie Q.