Funeral Services Set For Beauty Turner, Legendary Housing Activist, Associate Editor Of The South Street Journal Newspaper
Funeral services for Ms. Beauty Turner will be held Friday December 26, 2008, 9 am to 10 am (wake), and 10 am to 12 pm (services), at the Greater Harvest Baptist Church 5141 South State Street, Chicago Illinois.
The repast will be at The Swift Manson 4500 S. Michigan Ave. 0A An activist and writer in Chicago, Ms. Turner was compared to the civil rights leader Ida B. Wells as an outspoken activist addressing public housing, police issues and social justice overall died at 51, of an aneurysm on December 14 at Rush Medical Center.
“A writer and a fighter” as she described herself had lived in the once notorious Robert Taylor Homes development that lead her to be one of the first writers of South Street Journal newspaper in 1993, and expanded here writings for many community newspapers including Residents Journal, an investigative newspaper of public housing residents where she served for 6 years associate editor. She later became an associate editor for South Street Journal in 2006.
With the many projects and programs she addressed, she also was the creator and organizer of the Ghetto Bus Tour, where she took scholars, students and suburbanites to different public housing complexes with her co-tour guide Ron Carter, publisher and editor of South Street Journal. Ms. Turner suffering of an aneurysm — which was an unexpected illness to family and friends — fell into a coma and never recovered. In carrying on Ms. Turners’ work her nephew Marvin ‘Thunder’ and owner of the Ghetto Gallery/Demo Kings said donation and checks can be made to Beauty Turner’s Poor People’s Millennium Movement, 148 West 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60628.
For information call 773-544-7911.
Statement from Mark S. Allen, Associate Editor, The South Street Journal Newspaper, on the untimely death of Beauty Turner, housing activist, personal friend, and another Associate Editor of The South Street Journal Newspaper
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the untimely death of Beauty Turner, one who I knew as a friend, activist, and co worker. She was an absolute joy to know personally as friend, in the streets as a community activist, and I learned a great deal from working with her professionally as Associate Editor’s at The South Street Journal and our New Black Independent Media Coalition and effort we started along with another founding member, Morgan Carter, who also just passed away. This is certainly a period of sadness in learning of her death, but I must seek to the tremendous joys and memories we all shared in our dedication to serving the least of God’s people in our poor communities. I had known Beauty as a community activist through my years at The Chicago Urban League and Rainbow/PUSH always there fighting on behalf of public housing residents, and as a journalist, I had the opportunity along with the late Morgan Carter to interview Beauty on our popular TV show “Omnibus Roundtable” seen on Chicago Cable Access TV. And then, I was excited when s he accepted the invitation of Ron Carter, Editor and Publisher of The South Street Journal Newspaper as an Associate Editor, and she would always greet you with that warm “Hi Love.” With her and Ron Carter we truly boasted that at The South Street Journal, that we were not just journalists who reported the news, we were also committed to remaining activists who also made and created the news. Beauty of course leaves a tremendous legacy as a friend, activist, and colleague. In addition to remembering the legacy of people like the late Artensia Randolph, legendary Chicago Public Housing leader, and activists like the late Marion Stamps, that true public housing activists like Beauty Turner should also be remembered as one who was a true champion for the poor. Her last effort, The Ghetto Tours was indeed of reflection of Beauty’s legacy building on behalf of Chicago’s poor constituency”.
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