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March 20, 2014

Dear Friends of Hallie Q. Brown Community Center,

Project Superhero Conferred Sullivan Ballou Award

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Nnamdi Okoronkwo and Jonathan Palmer received the Sullivan Ballou Award for their volunteer work on Project Superhero in a small ceremony in North Minneapolis last Thursday. Project Superhero is an initiative that utilizes superheroes and comic books as a way to engage at risk you and steer them towards positive paths, and promote literacy and civic engagement to all youth.

The Sullivan Ballou Fund gives $1000 awards to celebrate and affirm people acting from the heart. Recipients provide compassion, services, or advocacy to their local communities, the poor, homeless, children, victims of violence and mistreatment or the disabled. Some give of themselves to those around them through their art, their music, their words, or their presence. The Fund seeks to recognize and honor those individuals in keeping with the spirit of Sullivan Ballou, a soldier who died in the Civil War leaving behind a 
letter to his wife that perfectly expresses both the kind of soulful commitment to others and the pure joy of being alive that reflect our highest nature.

Read about the selection of Okoronkwo and Palmer at the
Sullivan Ballou website by clicking here. Read the press release from the award by clicking here. For more information on Project Superhero, visit the website here.

The March Campaign Is On!

The March Campaign is here! 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 by signing up a team for the March Campaign by visiting the
Hallie's Heroes website.  Then join us on April 12 for HungerCon, our capstone to 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, we'll have the results of the March Campaign.

So
join us and Be a Hero, in the Fight against H.U.N.G.E.R.

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.

The theme has been chosen of the Roaring Twenties!

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.

We look forward to seeing you around the New Hallie Q.

Respectfully,


Jonathan Palmer
Executive Director

P.S.  I welcome your input and questions at
jpalmer@hallieqbrown.org.  In addition, Hallie Q. Brown is a 501©3 tax-exempt organization.  Your contribution is tax deductible and very much appreciated in these challenging economic times.  Thank you.

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