Blair Holt Peace Alliance
"AS WE GO WITH GOD, WE MUST REMAIN VISIBLE, VIGILANT
and VOCAL against ALL ACTS of VIOLENCE"
BHMF HEADLINE NEWS
Cook County's Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban is Challenged
Wilson et al v. Cook County et al. This was a case challenging the constitutionality of the Cook County, Illinois ordinance called the Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban.
Ronald Holt- Product Chicago public schools, BA degree in Speech/Communication from Eastern Illinois University; Member of social and vanguard fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma and Iota Beta Sigma Honorary Broadcasting fraternity; 18-year veteran Chicago police officer, assigned to the superintendent’s CAPS Project Office; Ronald’s 16-year-old son, Blair Holt, was the 20th innocent victim killed by gang gunfire May 10, 2007, which moved him to more community/social/political/educational activism, and advocating for more gun-control and anti-youth/gang violence from Chicago to Springfield and Washington DC; Mentor/Motivational student speaker with Black Star Project since 2004; Former elected parent representative local school council Julian high school 2006-2008; Volunteer member Education Committee NAACP Southside branch; president and cofounder of parents group who have lost a child to gun violence, PURPOSE OVER PAIN, www.purposeoverpain.org and take-action-free-to-join website, www.commomsensesaveslives.org; currently working towards masters degree in criminal/social/justice; 1 of 6 recipients of CHICAGO Magazine’s “Chicagoans of the Year 2009” (Chicago MAGAZINE January 2010 edition).
Annette Nance - Holt mother of BLAIR HOLT & chair-woman of BLAIR HOLT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION; Product of Chicago public schools; MS degree from Chicago State University; Member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority; 19-year-veteran Chicago Fire Department currently at rank of captain; Member of “Who’s Who of Chicago” as one of first three African-American women of Chicago promoted to rank of Lieutenant in the history of the Chicago Fire Department; President of Chicago chapter of Illinois Black Firefighters Association; Teaches Fire and Safety Management classes at various colleges and universities around the country; Co-founder and board member of parents group PURPOSE OVER PAIN; Advocate for stricter gun laws, gun-control and anti-youth/gang violence.
Elgin Holt president of the Blair Holt Memorial Foundation and uncle of Blair Holt; product of the Chicago Public School system; Graduate of Roosevelt University with Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA), Chicago State University with Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice & BA of Liberal Arts Degree, Member of the following organizations and associations: Phi Beta Sigma College Fraternity, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Fraternity, Lambda Alpha Epsilon American Criminal Justice Fraternity: Member of The Faith Community of St Sabina and Rainbow/Push: Elgin is a 25-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department where he is assigned a a Supervsing Sergeant of Gang and Tactical Teams.
Camiella Williams youth/social justice and political education liaison for BLAIR HOLT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION-Camiella Williams is a product of Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic School; Currently studying to receive a degree in criminology at Prairie State College and is active on campus with BSU ( Black Student Union) Political Science Club, and MIG Model Illinois Government Stimulation in Springfield IL; January 24, 2004 at the age of 15 years old Camiella lost her first friend out of 15 to violence; Camiella turned her rage and anger into an advocacy to increase the peace in our streets among her peers.
Christine Goggins youth/social/political and education FOR THE BLAIR HOLT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION; is an advocate against gun violence in 2007 immediately after one on my best friends, Blair Holt, was shot the day after my 17th birthday, May 10, 2007. I contacted the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and soon created and became the president of Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Youth Corps. I graduated with honors from Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy and I am now currently a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago, majoring in Psychology through the premed track and minoring in criminal justice. My concentration of education was shifted from emergency medicine after Blair's death and now I want to be on the proactive side as a Forensic Psychiatrist.
Lori Brown-Thompson Board Member of the Blair Holt Memorial Foundation and aunt of Blair Holt; Product of the Chicago Public School System, attended Wendell Smith Elementary School and George Henry Corliss High School. Graduated from Colorado Technical University with a BA in Business Administration; Graduate of Colorado Technical University with a MBA in Business with Health Care Management; Active member of the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) since 2001.
Taylor Holt is first cousin of BLAIR HOLT; youth/social/political and education liaison of BLAIR HOLT MEMORIAL FOUNDATION; Senior at Marist high school; Accepted at Howard University, Wash. DC, DePaul University-Chicago, Columbia College-Chicago and Clark-Atlanta University-Georgia; Taylor will major in radio-television broadcast journalism; Selected as youth-reporter for the New York based media outlet DCTV to cover youth violence in Chicago documentary filmed during summer of 2009. She is a member of the Faith Community of St Sabina where she serves as a team leader in the adult ministry
In life there are some people that sit back and there are some people that make things happen. In the case of Veronica R. Martin she hit the ground running. A woman of ambition, she split her time between her major in finance, and as a volunteer tutor for elementary kids in Normal, IL. During her two years at Illinois State University not only did she come away with her Bachelor’s in finance, but a new found passion for working with youth. Shortly after college, Veronica was employed as a Market Service Analyst at Motorola. Now with capital, Veronica started investing in rental homes. In February 2006, AT&T offered Veronica a better position as a Utility Analyst. Remembering that new found passion, Veronica began working towards her Master’s degree in School Counseling and Guidance at Lewis University. Looking forward to a new career that helps youth go through a rapid maturation it became apparent that Veronica found her true calling. The grim reality of violence hit home for Veronica when her cousin, Blair Holt, was fatally shot by another youth. With a loss so overwhelming Veronica remained steadfast with her dedication to help rid the streets of tyranny between inner city youth. The proud mother of 2, a three year old son and an eleven month old daughter she is determined to do her part to make this world a safer place for them.
Marcellus Keller and Cousin Blair Holt grew up with one another as babies, kids and teenagers. Marcellus Keller is the oldest child to Lisa Brown (Blair Holts Aunt). Marcellus attended Wendell Smith Elementary School and later attended Kenwood Academy where Marcellus graduated with honors. Marcellus Keller is now a student at Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville. Marcellus initial career thoughts were to become a “Doctor” in which Marcellus changed his major to Criminal Justice. Marcellus decided to change his major to “Criminal Justice” after the lost of his cousin Blair Holt. After graduating with his BA Marcellus plans to get his Masters Degree in Computer Science or Computer Technology. Marcellus career goals are to be a Chicago Police officer or work for the FBI in hopes of being part of his Uncles Ronald and Elgin Holt regime to try and create a non violent and peaceful atmosphere within the Chicago land communities.
"TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE"