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Wednesday, April 23, 2008 08:50 am

The revolution will be internalized

And it takes place this weekend

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Joshua Foster was honored last week by Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn.
PHOTO BY R.L. NAVE

What could have possibly changed the man’s life and made it better? Was it a hug? Was it playing catch? Was it picking up a guitar or picking up a paintbrush? These are not the questions most people would ask about someone who’d shot them in the chest. Joshua Foster isn’t most people, however. In 2006 Foster, now 33, was shot during a robbery at a west-side currency exchange by a man named Gregory Hullum, who’d been in trouble with the police his entire life. Raised by a single mother, Foster believes that his life might have just as easily turned out the same as Hullum’s. While attending a school musical after the shooting at Harvard Park Elementary School, where his son is enrolled, Foster says he decided to do something [see Dusty Rhodes, “Saving the world, one note at a time,” Feb. 21].  “It all started with an idea — to help children realize they have a chance to be great,” he said.
Foster formed an organization called The Revolution’s You and began planning a festival and concert to raise money for Harvard Park. After months of planning, Foster’s idea has come to fruition. The Revolution Music and Art Festival will be held 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Harvard Park. More than 60 musicians and artists are slated to participate. State Rep. Raymond Poe and The Pizza Machine will serve the grub. More complete information can be found at www.myspace.com/therevolutionsyou. At a ceremony last week, volunteers from The Revolution’s You presented Harvard Park students with guitars, bongo drums, trumpets, and other donated musical instruments, which the group started collecting earlier this year. At the same event, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn recognized Foster with the Illinois Hometown Hero award. “Sometimes if you hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth and win the game, you’re called a hero the next day. Sometimes outrageous celebrities or rock stars are called role models. I don’t really feel that’s always the case,” Quinn said. It’s people like Foster, an employee of Central Management Services, who are the “real role models,” Quinn added. Kerry Purcell, Harvard Park’s principal, agreed: “Children of today need difference makers in their lives —- and you are that kind of a difference-maker,” she told Foster.
Contact R.L. Nave at rnave@illinoistimes.com
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