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 will gather 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 will feature a special concert performance by an iconic entertainer. You won’t want …

SUMMIT Luncheon Centennial Edition

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On May 23rd, 2016, the Chicago Urban League will present  its annual SUMMIT Luncheon. The widely anticipated event attracts more than 600 business leaders, community stakeholders and policy makers. To receive more information about this event, please email Shari Runner’s 2016 SUMMIT  Luncheon Speech Visual Retrospective – 100 Years of Art & Advocacy May 2017. To receive more information about this event, …

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

Thought Leadership Breakfast Series

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The Thought Leadership Breakfast Series provides well-rounded and thought-provoking conversations about complex socioeconomic issues impacting the African American community and the city of Chicago as a whole. The discussions will be held throughout the Centennial year, by invitation-only, for a select community of community members and thought leaders. If you are interested in receiving information about the invitation only events, …

CUL Centennial Kick Off Cookout with location

Centennial Kickoff Cookout Party in the Park

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Join us for a time of commemoration and fun! On Saturday, July 23 from Noon-3:00 pm, we will be having our Centennial Community Kick-off Cookout offering free hotdogs, hamburgers and door-prizes while they last; along with KidsZone activities, Seniors Lounge, music, and more! Please RSVP by sending an email to by Wednesday, July 20th at 5 p.m. CT