By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader It’s a known fact that in 1964, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the third Black leader to win the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Across the nation, the achievement by America’s most prominent Civil Rights leader has been mentioned in countless documents, school history...
By Louise Scott, Gary Crusader Rev. Charles Emery, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church is leading a group of Gary residents who are collecting donations to purchase bottled water that will be donated to the residents of Flint, Michigan. The city’s problems started two years ago when the state decided to save...
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will partner again this year with the Northwest Indiana Leadership Council to host the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast benefitting the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 will be held at the Genesis Convention Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. More than...
Governor Mike Pence recently signed two agenda bills in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse focused on supporting teachers and schools. The first, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 200, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse (R – Auburn), Sen. Luke Kenley (R – Noblesville), and Sen. Ryan Mishler (R – Bremen),...
To recognize his work to support family caregivers in Indiana, AARP has named Representative Charlie Brown (D-3) a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver.” These elected officials – a bipartisan group of state and governors from across the country – have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible...
On Thursday, January 21, 2016, Calumet Township Board President Darren Washington announced his candidacy to become the Democratic Nominee for Indiana State Senate in District 3. “I will support a legislative agenda that will equally promote economic growth in Hobart, Lake Station, Gary, Merrillville, Crown Point, and New Chicago. We...
By Erick Johnson, Gary Crusader For nearly a century, it stood on West 25th Avenue producing a distinguished crop of prominent alumni who built powerful careers in politics, business, music, sports and entertainment. Back then, it was Roosevelt High School. Today, the school is known as Roosevelt College and Career Academy....
State Senator Earline Rogers Earline Rogers announces retirement after 34 years in the State Legislature State Senator Earline Rogers is retiring after serving decades in public office. The Gary native said she has been in the state legislature longer than she had initially expected, having served her 34th year with eight...
Robert Battle Robert Battle, a councilman for East Chicago starts the new year in federal custody, awaiting trial this summer on drug and homicide charges. But he can still retain his public title and pay as 3rd District city councilman if someone can administer the oath of office to him in...

Gary flies high in 2015

MAYOR KAREN-FREEMAN Wilson on July 10 led a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the new runway at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The opening was one of several projects that highlight the city’s resurgence. (Photo by Erick Johnson) Airport runway, projects, highlights city’s comeback From start to finish, some of this year’s...