Edward Palmer - "The World is Watching"

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Edward Palmer

Edward Palmer discusses The World is Watching. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: Part historical, part reflective essays and interviews, The World Is Watching is a riveting and imperative autobiographical collection of international struggle, world travel and conversations, and remarkable and unfiltered interactions across languages, cultures and continents. Edited by award-winning public administrator and former journalist David Robinson, former Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer, and former chair of the Chicago Sister City Committee (under Harold Washington and Eugene Sawyer administrations) Edward “Buzz” Palmer, the latest book from Third World Press Foundation sheds light on “one of the un-discussed problems in the national and international Black world is our ignorance of foreign affairs,” says award-winning poet, professor, architect of the Black Arts Movement, and Third World Press Foundation founder and publisher Haki Madhubuti. The book contains invaluable information on international studies from contributors, who are both practitioners and theoreticians, recounted through essays and interviews of men and women with workable answers that have been refined over the years as a result of decades of grassroots, governmental, corporate, university, NGO (non-government organization), and other real-world experiences. World leaders from such countries as Germany, United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Africa, India and Singapore to the United States share how Black America’s fight against oppression has garnered world recognition and respect.

About Edward Palmer: Globalist, civic activist and organizer Edward L. "Buzz" Palmer was born on May 13, 1936, in Chicago and grew up in Chicago's Englewood community. In the 1960s, Palmer joined the Chicago Police Department and founded the African American Patrolman's League. Motivated by his experiences during his youth and during his career with the Chicago Police Department, Palmer became active in the community and developed an expertise in international urban affairs. His interest in academics helped him become a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Government and Public Affairs.  Before joining the CPD, Palmer was in the Air Force Intelligence, stationed in Germany. Palmer served as Chairman of Chicago's Sister Cities Committee under Mayor Harold Washington. He and his wife, former state of Illinois Senator Alice Palmer, have been committed to stimulating African American involvement in and awareness of foreign policy issues. Palmer served as chairman of the Senate Advisory Committee on South Africa and acts as a confidante to Prime Minister Michael Manly of Jamaica; Glyn Ford, Member of European Parlimentary (MEP) for the UK; and Harlem Desirs, MEP for France. In these capacities, he advises policy makers on the issues surrounding urban instability. He was a member of the International Board of United Townships in Paris; was President of the Black Press Institute; the Director of the People's Program, and was the Founder and Executive Director of Comprand, Inc.


About Alice Palmer: Alice J. Palmer was born on June 20, 1939, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The daughter of Erskine and Mary Ward Roberts, Palmer graduated from high school at age sixteen and enrolled at Indiana University. After an extended leave of absence, Palmer returned to Indiana University to earn her Bachelors degree with the help of four jobs and a scholarship. After graduating in 1965, Palmer found a teaching position in Indianapolis, Indiana, but soon moved to Chicago to work at Crane Junior College, later called Malcolm X College. She received her Masters degree from Roosevelt University and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, where she co-authored two books and tutored in the Black House. Palmer remained at Northwestern University to serve as Associate Dean and Director of African American Student Affairs for the next five years. Palmer served as the National Voter Education Director for a national citizen action organization before becoming the founding director of the Metro YMCA Youth and Government Program in 1986. She also served as Executive Director of Chicago Cities in Schools. On June 6, 1991, Palmer replaced Richard Newhouse in the Illinois Senate, where she served until 1996. While in office, Palmer served on the Appropriations II Committee, among many others. Palmer was replaced by Barack Obama in the state senate. In 1996, Palmer was hired by the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Associate Professor in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Palmer also was co-chair of the Chicago Free South Africa Movement as well as a board member of the Illinois State Universities Retirement System and Access Living and on the National Policy Council of AARP.

About David B. Robinson: In his first career, Mr. Robinson was a noted journalist at the Detroit News, United Press International (UPI), the Agenda magazine, and The Black Press Review. After the historic election of the late Mayor Harold Washington, Robinson was recruited by the legendary Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Economic Development, Rob Meir, to help explore innovative community workforce and micro-business development systems. His groundbreaking work in community-based recycling resulted in an appointment as the city’s first Recycling Coordinator, where he pioneered state-of-the-art municipal recycling, environmental and solid waste management systems nationwide. After serving under four mayors, Robinson co-founded SpherePR group, a full-service public affairs and communications firm in Chicago where he guided scores of political, corporate, and industrial media and public outreach campaigns. During his years at Sphere, Robinson worked closely with the People Programme to help link African-American journalists, educators, elected officials, and policy experts to international affairs. Years later, he returned to his community development roots, teaming with the late Henry L. English as the Communications Director/Sr. Program Officer of the Black United Fund of Illinois. While there, Robinson played a leading role in designing and implementing numerous initiatives including the Safe Passage School Safety program now in use citywide by the Chicago Public School system; the Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program which prepared community members for careers in the construction trades; several social entrepreneur business models; and a service and outreach-driven violence abatement program that top brass from the Chicago Police credited with reducing violent crime in the target area by 33 percent. Robinson now applies his political and communications savvy to help Manufacturing Renaissance reach its ambitious program expansion and partnership development goals. Manufacturing Renaissance uses an internationally acclaimed, advanced skills training program to help high school students and adult learners earn industry recognized certifications, allowing them to immediately enter the workforce and earn an average salary of $70,000 including benefits. The organization, with Robinson’s strategic guidance, aims to create public and media demand to urge for dramatically increased investment in linking the public educational infrastructure with 21st Century manufacturing, which will lead to improved economic conditions in communities of need, reduce violence, and help local manufacturers remain globally competitive. Mr. Robinson is a proud Morehouse College man. He is also a certified TV studio producer and he hosted talk radio shows on public affairs in Philadelphia and Chicago. He edited Black and White Works: The First 50 Years, a history of the Groove Phi Groove social fellowship by Walter M. Perkins. Robinson is also a frequent public speaker having recently presented at Morehouse College, the City of Birmingham, Alabama, and Dominican University in Chicago. Robinson tries to stay in shape practicing martial arts, golfing, and coaching little league baseball. He enjoys collecting and selling vintage vinyl albums, he is a film buff and he collects die-cast miniatures and sports trading cards. He also writes children’s stories, film scripts, and short stories. Robinson has received numerous awards and accolades including the 2004 Pennsylvania Governor’s excellence award, the 2011 Passing the Torch Award, and the 2012 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Award.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637