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Juneteenth Commemoration

June 19, 2021
12:00 to 2 p.m.
Online via Zoom Webinar

On Saturday, June 19, the Chicago Urban League will welcome the 2021-22 cohort of its recently relaunched nextONE program, an accelerated MBA-level training initiative designed to help Black small business owners grow their enterprises. The League chose to launch the new class on Juneteenth, a day when many Black Americans celebrate the end of slavery in the United States, as a nod to a key goal of nextONE: advancing economic equity through business ownership.

The nextONE Juneteenth Commemoration will be open to the public via Zoom Webinar. It will consist of two components:

  • A Panel Discussion with nextONE alumni:
    • MODERATOR:Jeanne Sparrow, Host, Saturday Morning Wake Up Show, V103


      Jimmy Akintonde, President & CEO, Ujamaa Construction

      Amy S. Hilliard, Founder & Principal, The Hilliard Group and The ComfortCake Company

      Kamau Murray, Founder & CEO, XS Tennis Foundation

  • A Featured Conversation with Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book On Juneteenth.

Attendees via Zoom will have the opportunity to pose questions to Annette Gordon-Reed.