For 101 years the Chicago Urban League has been a beacon for African Americans in Chicago, on November 4th over 1600 people attended their annual Golden Fellowship Dinner to celebrate the league’s continued efforts in empowering African Americans across the city. At the VIP Reception I spoke to a few people who expressed their excitement to be a part of the dinner. Also, in attendance was Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner.
At the dinner the night was filled with inspirational speeches from board members like Chicago Urban League President Shari Runner who encouraged all “to stay woke” in these times of adversity. Awardee Atty. James D. Montgomery Sr, spoke on the importance of supporting black-owned business to strengthen our communities. Also awarded was well known Sen. Emil Jones Jr. with the Lester H. McKeever Jr. Individual Service Award. The night was finished with a titillating performance from Kenny “ Babyface” Edmonds as he sang his hit songs throughout his illustrious career.
It was a great honor to attend my first Chicago Urban League annual dinner. I left feeling encouraged and wanting to spread this awareness to all my family and friends. I agree with Shari Runner we do have to stay woke especially in Chicago as we struggle with increased violence and negative media attention. I inspire one day to be able to contribute to organizations who are dedicated to the continued advancement of African Americans.