Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Operation Uplift Inc. President's Profile






W. NORTHICA HILLERY-STONE


Ms. Stone is a native of Maywood, IL and has been a Bellwood resident for the past 32 years. She is a graduate of Proviso East High School and attended DePaul University, Fisk University and holds a certificate in Community Law from John Marshall School of Law.

Northica is a long-time community activist; beginning as a charter member of Maywood’s first NAACP Youth Council. As much, she represented the area at one of the first “Marches on Washington” rallies in 1949; where she lobbied Senator Everett Dirksen for an Illinois Affirmative Action Law.

In Bellwood, she and her late husband George organized block clubs, were active in local Boy Scout Troop 123 and served as P.T.O parents. In 1968, George Co-founded Operation Uplift, Inc. a Not-for-Profit Social Service organization, it remains today and Ms. Stone serves as its President/CEO.

In 1995, Ms. Stone passion for Cultural History inspired her to establish in her husband’s memory; the West Town Museum of Cultural History located in Maywood. It is the first Public Museum in Proviso Township that preserves, exhibits, and interprets the multi-cultural pages of American History.

She has received many awards for her endeavors, including recognition from Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, The National Council of Negro Women, Dr. Dorothy Height, Congressman Dannny K. Davis, President John H. Stroger, Jr., Osco Jewel Corps. “Hidden Jewel of the Community,” and Who’s Who In American Executives.

She is a member of the historic Second Baptist Church and the mother of 2 sons. Her philosophy is one that she shares with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which states:
"If I can help somebody as I pass along.If I can cheer somebody with a word or song.If I can show somebody that he's traveling wrong.Then my living shall not be in vain"

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