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To Know the Truth

Many of us have heard, "know the truth and the truth will set you free." (New Testament, John 8:32) Most U.S. schoolchildren are taught about the arrival of the first Europeans to this land and their first meeting with the native peoples who inhabited this land. At TiBA, it is our hope that as you study history and as your children and grandchildren learn about this country, that we will begin to talk about history in its fuller context. Is it un-American or unpatriotic to want a more complete history of the history of this land? Will you be one who is unafraid to speak up for a more complete history of what happened in this country? To love someone is to also see their faults, yet still love them. To love this country is to recognize its wrongs of hurt and harm upon the native peoples of this land and others, yet still love this country. We, at TiBA, love this country yet we want to learn, study, know and share the truth; and maybe one day we can all be set free from the damage that has been done. Do you want to know and share the truth?

Honoring All Life
As we approach Indigenous Peoples Day on Mon., Oct. 12, we remember the lands of the native peoples of this land. In Illinois, we honor the Miami, Winnebago, Fox and Sacs (Sauk), Illinois, Kickapoo, and Pottawatomie tribes. Joseph Standing Bear Schranz (photo to the left) of the Ojibwe Nation and the founder of Midwest SOARRING Foundation shares the importance of honoring all things and all life.

Why Didn't I Know That?

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Sally Holst (2/16/1955 - 9/1/2020). Sally was the Producer of The Long Shadow and a long-time friend of Frances Causey, the Director. You may recall Sally sharing her story of growing up in Meridian, MS in The Long Shadow. 

During every TiBA newsletter, we attempt to share knowledge and promote engagement to remove inequities resulting from historical racism. This month, we are excited to announce TiBA's Social Justice Equity Audit (SJEA). Through SJEA, TiBA will partner and train our Volunteer Leaders and other stakeholders to access publicly available data and reports, look at trends, and then help these community stakeholders have Critical Conversations with their local school administrators. Additional information about SJEA will be available in the coming months. If you are interested in volunteering your time to have Critical Conversations with education leaders in your community, please email us at 

Indigenous Peoples: Learn About and Support This Work

To learn more about what the Midwest SOARRING Foundation is doing to honor all life and how you can help in this vital work, click here. If you are interested in attending a virtual Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, click here to register. Please use this map, insert your address, and understand which Indigenous People once lived on and controlled the land on which you live. If you would like to create a land acknowledgment, click here for guidance.

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The TiBA Board of Directors is:
Pres. Sharon Hatchett, Esq., Vice-Pres. Xcylur Stoakley, Treas. Tom Denio, Bruce Bondy, Amania Drane, Dr. Raquel Farmer-Hinton, Van Gilmer, Julie Shelton, Esq., & Mae Smith.

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Chicago, IL 60641 

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