Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BUFI has designated 2012 Embers “The Year of the Man


Black United Fund of Illinois to Salute Young Leaders at its Embers Event
Thursday event salutes elite leaders in business, education, government and entrepreneurship

(CHICAGO)  -- Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI) will be celebrating the emerging generation of African American leaders at a special reception on Thursday, July 19 at their offices.  BUFI has designated 2012 “The Year of the Man, and as a precursor to their annual Living Legacy/Passing the Torch event in September, they have selected eight emerging  leaders who are making a difference in the fields of government, education, business, media and community service. They have been dubbed “The Embers” because of the power of the ember to rekindle and spread leadership within the community.  This follows BUFI’s recognition of female leadership in 2011 with the recognition of “The Flames”.  

The 2012 Embers are Robert ‘Scoop’ Jackson, sports journalist and ESPN 2 contributor; Dr. Garrard McClendon, Emmy Award winning talk show host; Kendall Moore, host of the Kendall Moore Show on WVON and notedAIDS activist; Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Executive Director of the Schomburg Center for Black Research and Culture in New York; Cliff Rome,award winning chef, entrepreneur and owner of the Parkway Ballroom; Kurt Summers, chief-of-staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; Sharif Walker, regional director After School Matters and Carl West, columnist and founder of TruthBTold News Service. 

Thursday’s reception will feature a panel discussion on leadership moderated by Zondra Hughes of Rolling Out Magazine, who was recognized last year as a female leader -  Flame - by BUFI.  Joining her will be John Moultrie, restaurateur, entrepreneur and founder of iRock Jazz. Frank Pete, noted spoken word artist will also perform and the event will be followed by an after set at Norman’s Bistro.  Please call  773- 324-0494 for more information.   
What:             Reception hosted by Black United Fund of Illinois celebrating “The Embers”
When:            Thursday, July 19
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Where:           Black United Fund of Illinois Center
                        1750 East 71st St.
                         Chicago, IL 60649

Who:                      Robert ‘Scoop’ Jackson, sports journalist and ESPN 2
                 Dr. Garrard McClendon, Emmy Award winning talk show host
 Kendall Moore, host of the Kendall Moore Show on WVON and noted AIDS activist
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Executive Director of the Schomburg Center for Black Research and Culture in New York
Cliff Rome, award winning chef, entrepreneur and owner of the Parkway Ballroom;
Kurt Summers, chief-of-staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
                Sharif Walker, regional director After School Matters
Carl West, columnist and founder of TruthBTold News Service
Zondra Hughes, Rolling Out Magazine
Dr. Henry English, CEO Black United Fund of Illinois
Frank Pete, Spoken Word Artist
John Moultrie, Founder of iRock Jazz, restaurateur

  
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