Your financial contribution allows us to sustain and expand the difference we make. By supporting our mission, you are standing up for the unequivocal right to economic access and opportunity. Join us as we seek to engage the next generation of Chicago’s leaders and prove that a stronger African American community is a better Chicago!

    • Ensuring access to quality education that prepares individuals to become lifelong learners and to be competitive and successful in the global economy.
    • Preparing individuals for work at all levels in an ever-changing economy, developing engaged citizens, and building strong families. 
    • Supporting community based investment and growth through facilitating entrepreneurship,business development, and home and realestate ownership. 
    • Advocating for policies and programs that ensure equal participation by African Americans in the economic and social mainstream.

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Save the Date
Committed to remaining a community leader in educational, economic and social empowerment for African-Americans, the Chicago Urban League it set to host the 51st Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner on November 10th 2012 at the Chicago Hilton. 

This year’s gala, themed We Are One, Connected, Committed for Chicago, will galvanize the city’s top business, civic, religious and political leaders who support the Chicago Urban League’s efforts to build strong stable communities and feature a show stopping performance from Grammy® Award winning entertainer Gladys Knight.

Best known as mother and attorney Clair Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, Phylicia Rashad will accept the Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Award.

Throughout her prolific and award-winning career, Rashad has set a standard of acting that is rooted in grace, dignity and humanity, resulting in groundbreaking performances that have deeply touched audiences. In 2003, she won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, becoming the first black woman to win the coveted honor for a dramatic lead role.

Along with Rashad, Rev. Willie T. Barrow, one of the nation's consummate community organizers and respected Civil Rights leaders, will also be presented with the Edwin C. “Bill” Berry Civil Rights Award. The award is named for Bill Berry, who led the Chicago Urban League from 1956-1969 and was a key leader in the civil rights movement in Chicago.  Both Rashad and Barrow are being presented with the honor for making a mark on the nation through their hard work, perseverance and creativity.

Established in 1961 by a multiracial group of local leaders led by then Chicago Urban League chief Edwin C. "Bill" Berry, the Golden Fellowship Dinner remains one of the city’s most diverse and well-attended fundraisers. Co-chairs of the dinner are Ellen Costello and Michael Judge; Joe and Claire Gregoire; Sam and Dona Scott; and Charles and Lisa Tribbett.   

The evening will be hosted by Chicago funnyman Damon Williams.  Williams' talent has been featured on television and radio including appearances on BET, Comedy Central, HBO and the Tom Joyner Morning Show.  

The gala host committee is led by Ralph Hughes of Macy’s and Joe Moore of Shell Oil.

Proceeds from the Golden Fellowship Dinner provide financial support for the programs, collaboration and advocacy work of the Chicago Urban League with key focus areas that include: education, human capital development, workforce development, entrepreneurship and housing.

To purchase your ticket today, click HERE.  


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