The Continued Relevance of Grassroots Activists and Advocates

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By Shari Runner Today, many of the issues facing our African American community would sound familiar to veterans of the Civil Rights Movement:  rampant racial profiling; disproportional unemployment and incarceration rates; separate and unequal school funding; discriminatory sentencing; and rising rates of violence against minorities. Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act was issued, we’ve made some progress; however, the …


Diversity and Inclusion Today—Shifting into My own Legacy in Business

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By Tyronne Stoudemire The evolution of time has afforded us to do things differently in regards to diversity and inclusion in business. We’ve come so far, yet have so far to go. In the city of Chicago, a minority majority town, the demographics are shifting. We are very multicultural—and have always been since our inception— but we still lack the …

Building Chicago’s Legacy Around Diversity
By Jim Kolar, PwC’s Greater Chicago Market Managing Partner

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  Not a single day passes that we don’t see another Chicago news broadcast or headline about tragedy and another life taken too soon. It’s happening here, around the country and all across the world. There’s no dispute that we’ve all in some way been affected by race-related violence happening in our community. Over the past year, my thinking has …


100 Years in the Making: Social Impact Through Leadership

By Professor George Wu

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The Chicago Urban League’s theme during its centennial year is “Building on Our Legacy.” That theme perfectly reflects the long and continued relationship between the League and The University of Chicago. Robert E. Park, a renowned sociologist at the University of Chicago, was the first president of the Chicago Urban League 100 years ago. Today, a century later in 2016, …


The Foundations of a Firm Legacy

By Toni Cornelius

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On a scorching July day in the “Red Summer” of 1919, 17-year-old Eugene Williams jumped into Lake Michigan for a cooling swim. The African American boy made the fatal error of swimming past the unofficial segregated beach ” barrier” at 29th Street – and was stoned to death by a group of white men on the beach. The outrage at …

The Chicago Urban League Commemorates 100 Years

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CHICAGO, IL (July 14, 2016) – The Chicago Urban League today begins a year-long commemoration of its 100th anniversary. To honor the milestone, the organization is kicking the Centennial year off with a free community cookout in Washington Park on July 23rd from Noon-3:00 p.m., and a call for individuals to collectively pledge 100,000 volunteer hours across the community throughout …

Golden Fellowship Dinner/Centennial Edition

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On Saturday, November 19, 2016, nearly 1,700 of the region’s most notable corporate, civic and elected leaders gathered at the beautiful Hilton Chicago for the Chicago Urban League’s Golden Fellowship Dinner – Centennial Edition. Honoring the League’s century of service to Chicago’s African American community, this year’s dinner featured a special concert performance by the legendary Diana Ross, awarded the …

SUMMIT Luncheon Centennial Edition

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On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the Chicago Urban League presentrf its annual SUMMIT Luncheon – Centennial Edition at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue from 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.  Featuring Mellody Hobson (President, Ariel Investments) “In Conversation” with Connie Lindsey (Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion, Northern Trust), the luncheon shined a spotlight …

Forum on Race, Equity and Privilege

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Socioeconomic inequities persist in Chicago and are compromising our shared future. All of us are part of this community, and all of us can contribute to the solution. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to cultivate common ground and map out the change we so urgently need.  To receive more information about this event, please email