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November 2017, the Chicago Urban League released a study entitled “Whitewashed: The African American Opioid Epidemic.” Both local newspapers — Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times — considered the findings worthy of print. Co-authored by Stephanie Schmitz Bechtelzer and Kathie Kane-Willis, the report shines new light on some very surprising statistics and facts. And while President Donald Trump…

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CHICAGO, Nov. 21, 2016 – On Saturday, Nov. 19, nearly 1,700 supporters of the Chicago Urban League gathered at the Chicago Urban League’s Golden Fellowship Dinner – Centennial Edition to commemorate the organization’s 100 years of service to the community. Hosted by comedian Damon Williams, the $600 per person lavish sold-out event raised a record-setting…

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In a decision that ignited protests throughout the nation, yesterday the grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri, refused to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown.  The Chicago Urban League issued the following statement in response to the injustice in Ferguson, Missouri. “Today’s grand jury decision to not…

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The Chicago Urban League has to be one of the most powerful African American organizations in America. Its CEO, Andrea L. Zopp, is a prime example of a progressive leader who knows the fundamentals to long-term success: coalescing social and business objectives. The National Urban League’s evolving mission is led by the noble and experienced CEO,…

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Please describe your leadership style as CEO. I like to lead by example. If a task requires physical labor, I want people to see that I’m willing to work just as hard as everybody else. What is your mission statement? To build healthier families and communities. What three skill sets are critical for the future…

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  Hip-Hop is once again doing something good in the ‘hood. This past Wednesday (April 9) hip-hop artist, actor and philanthropist, Common held a press conference to announce his foundation’s alliance with Donda’s House Inc., and the Chicago Urban league to create a jobs initiative program and music festival created specifically for the youth of…

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Jewish immigrant and Holocaust survivor Hank R. Schwab passed away on Thursday, March 28. The former member of the Chicago Urban League’s board of directors founded the Urban League’s Golden Fellowship Dinner. His personal collection of photographs includes historical figures like Martin Luther King, Whitney Young, Julian Bond, Joe Louis, and Dizzy Gillespie. He was once quoted…

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Don Thompson, McDonald’s COO and president, told of the rewards that the Mcdonald’s Corporation has reaped thanks to the combined integration of innovation, technology, and diversity, during his keynote address at the Chicago Urban League’s annual summit and luncheon held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on May 3. This year’s summit theme, Empowerment Through Innovation:…

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