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Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
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Rev. Livingston is Founder and President of Uplift, Inc., in Chicago.

He has served as the Illinois State Chairman of the National Action Network. He has also served as National Field Secretary and Chief of Field Operations for the RainbowPUSH Coalition. He has served as president/leader of various organizations including: The African-American Leadership Commission (Gamaliel Foundation); National Resolutions Board of the National Baptist Convention; Black United Methodist Pastors (BUMP); Westside Ministers Coalition of Chicago; The Westside Health Crisis Coalition; The Metropolitan Alliance of Congregations West (Gamaliel Foundation); He has also chaired several committees for the Illinois 7th Congressional District.

Rev. Livingston has spoken for various organizations, groups and events such as: The United States Congressional Health Summit Tri-Caucus; Harvard School of Public Health; The Tavis Smiley Foundation; NAACP; The Anti-Defamation League; The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; Chicago Urban League; The Broadcast Ministers Alliance of Chicago; various universities and other institutions.

Known as an electrifying speaker, writer, profound thinker and strategist - Rev. Livingston’s faith convictions shape his life and provide the impetus of his commitment to the socio-economic and overall spiritual uplift of the poor and disadvantaged.

Entries by Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Raising the Dead in Chicago

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 2:53 PM

I prayed with the family of 11-year-old Shemiya Adams who was killed by a stray bullet at a children's sleepover. I spoke at the funeral of Jasmine Curry -- a 24-year-old pregnant mother of five who was shot and killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. As I was...

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Roseland Deserves a First-class Hospital

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Roseland Community Hospital (RCH) saved my life on Dec. 7, 1972. I was ten years old playing 'Bob Luce Wrestling' with my BFF Mark Gadison. Roughhousing as boys do, Mark executed the superior 'Dick the Bruiser' wrestling move and down I went. I put my left hand down to break...

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The New 'Black Death': Why Are Black People Dying at Record Rates in Chicago?

(17) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 11:35 AM

They say that no man knows the number of his days and that death comes like a thief in the night. However, for the black men and women in Chicago, death can seem less like a faraway event and more like a day-to-day certainty.  

I recently attended a...

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Fasting From Violence -- Lent 2013

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:28 PM

506 murders in Chicago 2012. That's a Bloody Feast. Our city must fast from this violence.

Members of our Chicago faith community and beyond are coming together using the global platform of Lent:

Traditionally, Lent has served as a time for Christians throughout the ages...

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People Before Profit, Rahm!

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 10:42 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel never has to work another day in his life. It is well-known that the mayor is a millionaire many times over. Personally I don't begrudge him his success. New York Mayor Bloomberg is exponentially wealthier. The difference, however, between Emanuel and Bloomberg is significant. No one reaches...

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Chicago Rolls Back First Amendment Rights

(9) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 4:52 PM

Wednesday the City Council voted to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new protest ordinance. The controversial ordinance was greatly opposed by many Chicago residents as these new measures threaten to rob citizens of their civil liberties, most notably our right to free speech and our right to congregate peacefully....

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Peace Is Not an Option

(5) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 4:48 PM

The one-year anniversary of the Gabriel Giffords shooting is bittersweet. While Congresswoman Giffords' strong and spirited recovery is an inspiration and a lesson to us all, this anniversary is also a time to remember the six others who lost their lives, as well as a time to look seriously at...

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The Next Blagojevich...

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 4:02 PM

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison after being convicted on several corruption charges. Blagojevich is just one of many political figures who have been tried and found wanting in the state of Illinois. In 2007, former Illinois Governor George Ryan began serving a...

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Prisons Go Up... Schools Close Down

(14) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 2:13 PM

In the last 10 years, the Chicago Public School district has closed nearly 50 schools. Last week thousands of Chicago families were stunned to learn that more closings and 'turnaround' treatments are in store for their schools.

Some schools are outright closing (such as Julia C. Lathrop and Walter...

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It's Not a Code of Silence... It's a Code of Fear

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 3:57 PM

"Y'all gon' make me lose my mind up in here, up in here!" Those are the lyrics of rapper-almost-turned-preacher DMX. Lifted from his hit single 'Party Up', I find them quite fitting as we wade through this summer of blood in Chicago. The local headlines blare the shooting death of...

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28 Days of Peace in Chicago

(4) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 11:15 AM

August 28, 1955 - Emmett Till is murdered in Money, Mississippi.

August 28, 1963 - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gives his "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington D.C.

August 28, 2008 - Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Presidential nomination in Denver, Colorado.

This is another bloody summer...

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Is There Discrimination at the World Bank?

(32) Comments | Posted July 27, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Is there discrimination at the World Bank? I had no notion of this until my African colleagues made me aware. Reading over the information provided to me, I was shocked at the dreadfully low number of black employees and job candidates. Here's a statement by the World Bank's own 'Team...

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What I've Learned About Grief During the Holidays

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 12:30 PM

My parents died six months apart. Grief has become my new companion. When you've experienced major loss in your life good people try to comfort you with the assurance that grief is a process. The idea being that all processes have a beginning and an end. Don't misunderstand me, I'm...

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Derrion Albert, Renaissance 2010, Olympics 2016 and the Breakfast Club

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2009 | 5:57 PM

Wednesday morning Mayor Daley, School Superintendent Ron Huberman, Police Superintendent Jody Weis, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Father Michael Pfleger were in a members-only breakfast club meeting that came about because of black youth violence in Chicago. Wow!

When...

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Just A Thriller?

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 10:42 AM

The moment -- pop culture. Popular culture has shoved Obamaism, uprisings, wars, health care and gainful employment out of the public's consciousness and off the airwaves. Pop music. Popular music -- the poetic, lyrical and melodious spirit of pop culture. Pop culture is too readily critiqued as superficial and shallow....

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"Never Can Say Goodbye..."

(8) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 8:38 PM

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II Samuel 12:23
"But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."

These are the words of King David after the death of his infant...

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Obama vs. Khomeinism

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2009 | 2:10 PM

I was watching Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi on one of the cable news shows. Seeing him brought to mind Ted Koppel and Nightline; also his regal father, the Shah of Iran; and of course the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

Iranian blood money and snobbery maintain the prince's title -- but today's...

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Why Americans Ignore the Poor

(37) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 11:02 AM

On the front page of the June 15th edition of the Chicago Tribune are the words, "Hunger doesn't go on summer break." Of course this is referring to Chicago Public Schools being out for the summer. The article raises the question as to where will the 84% of Chicago Public...

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Health Care and Poverty - A Vicious Cycle

(25) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 8:21 PM

For the millions of American children who are living below the poverty line, escaping the cycle can seem impossible.

Statistics show that children from poor families are more likely to drop out of school before attaining their high school diplomas -- and that individuals without a high school diploma...

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