Chicago, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Chicago Urban League gears up this week to host the National Urban League Conference at the McCormick Place Convention Center. The conference is held from Wednesday, July 29th through Saturday, August 1st. This is the first time the conference is being held in Chicago in over 30 years.
The National Urban League Conference offers powerful resources for those seeking solutions, ideas, and a greater understanding to take back their communities.
These resources include seminars, plenary sessions, workshops, and special events with over 100 speakers and experts including CNN special correspondent Soledad O’Brien; author and radio host Dr. Michael Dyson; ABC Good Morning America Co-host, Robin Roberts; and Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Plenary session panelists include Dr. Bill Cosby; Earvin “Magic” Johnson; Rev. Al Sharpton; and Cheryl Jackson, Chicago Urban League President & CEO. The sessions will address the issues facing the African American communities in education, business, and social justice. Topics will include entrepreneurialism, education, and rebuilding our communities. New this year is a discussion on how to take advantage of opportunities with the emerging green economy.
Among guest speakers invited to appear are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
A career fair will include workshops on career development and one-on-one career counseling for job seekers.
The conference will highlight African American vendors from the Chicago land area, entertainment, and an abundance of technological, governmental, and commercial resources.
The conference will also honor influential leaders in the African American community and Legend Awards for their exceptional work including Tyra Banks; Alexis Herman; U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and former State Senator Emil Jones Sr.
The National Urban League was established 99 years ago with the mission to enable African Americans to secure economic self reliance, parity, power and civil rights. The National Urban League was originally named the Committee on Urban Conditions Among Negroes, and established on September 29th, 1910 in New York City.
For 92 years the Chicago Urban League has been a leader in promoting sustainable change in the African American community through education, advocacy, research, and civic engagement in the Chicago land area.
For more information about the National Urban League Conference visit www.changeyoucansee.com.