Lupe Fiasco and Ed Gardner to serve as honorary chairs for State of Black Chicago Congress

May 14, 2013|By JoVona Taylor | RedEye

In efforts to tackle issues facing the African-American community, a group ranging from elected officials, business leaders and youth leaders will assemble at Chicago State University for the State of Black Chicago Congress on June 1.

Amongst the notable participating in the SBCC, Ed Gardner--founder of Soft Sheen Products--and Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco have been named honorary chairs for the event.

"The State of Black Chicago Congress will be a social think tank that all Chicagoans are invited to join," said Jahmal Cole, founder and author of Role Model Movement and youth ambassador for the SBCC steering committee.

The goal of the congress is to analyze and pose solutions in nine areas of concern: crime and violence; education access and resources; business development and opportunity; youth engagement and leadership development; joblessness; heath and wellness; black media, new media and technology; politics; and spirituality, religion, and the black church in the 21st Century.

Pastor Marshall Hatch of New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church said in light of current conditions relating to education reform, violence and economic development in the community, it is important for people to come together for the SBCC.

"Forty-five years ago, Dr. [Martin Luther] King asked, 'Where do we go from here?' This Congress will be historic, and we will need you, the voice of the community, and the work of the community to move our people forward," he said.

The congress is free to the public and will take place in the Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center at Chicago State at 7:30 a.m.  

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