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Pembroke black farmers to tell their story at PUSH today

January 3, 2020




January 3, 2020


Pembroke black farmers to tell their story at PUSH today

Rev. Jackson met with youth to prep them for a job


Chicago, IL -- Today, Saturday, January 4, 2020, Pembroke black farmers will be at the live, weekly Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast being held at the historic Parkway Ballroom, 4555 S. King Drive at 10 a.m. to tell their story about the many needs they have and how they have survived so far in a community without a natural gas line.



Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Bishop Tavis and Shareef, met with scores of black farmers in Pembroke Friday, January 3rd, where he learned of their plight. They will be at the broadcast to tell their story about Pembroke they call a “hidden, secret gem.”


Back in Chicago, Mark Goeden, construction Vice President, Related Midwest, a friend of Omar Shareef, president and founder of the African American Contractors Association, met with one of the four youth Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. bailed out of the Cook County Jail on Christmas along with his brother and a friend late Friday night at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St. late Friday, January 3rd.



Goeden had a serious talk with the Dionte Johnson, 19, his brother, Kewon Griffin, 17, and their friend, Anthony Rogers, 18, who are trying to turn their lives around. Johnson was one of the four Rev. Jackson bailed out of jail on Christmas day. Absent was Aaron Kinzer, 22, who had to work.


In talking to the youth in Rev. Jackson’s office, Goeden told them what corporate America expects from them, how to behave including what to wear to fit what employers are expecting. 


He gave himself as an example. There was a time when Goeden use to wear his hair long. He was really cool, or so he thought, until he got a job offer in Hawaii. Goeden cut his hair, put on a suit and was hired as an engineer. “I fit what they were looking for,” he told the youth, and that is what you too must do.”


Still, as a white man who took the job of a Hawaiian, he wasn’t accepted there not until one Hawaiian family befriended him. After that, Goeden gained the respect of the Hawaiians because they learned of his sincerity and character. It was a lifetime experience he shared with the youth.


After talking to the them, Goeden said, “I think it (his talk to the youth) is a path of opportunity in that we can utilize our connections in the construction industry to help these young men connect and have a path to a real career and opportunity in an industry we have the privilege to work in.”


Caption: Posing for pictures with Bishop Grant, Rev. Jackson and Goeden were Dionte Johnson, 19, Anthony Rogers, 18, Kewon Griffin, 17, brother of Johnson who held Rev. Jackson’s new book, “Keeping Hope Alive.”


Absent was Aaron Kinzer, 22, who had to work Friday. All three will be at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition today, Saturday, January 4, 2020, 10 a.m. at the Parkway Ballroom, 4555 S. King Drive.



Media Contacts:
Chinta Strausberg
Alanna Ford


Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.