9th Annual Chicago African Summit a Success
We are proud to announce that United African Organization successfully hosted its ninth Annual Chicago African Summit & Community Resource Fair on May 30th 2015 at 10 West 35th Street. Despite the rainy weather, lively African immigrants and Chicago natives attended the event, which featured a Resource Fair where information about a variety of services and social programs was made available. Among the many resource fair participants there was the Illinois Eye institute, who performed on-the-spot screenings and vision tests, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, Metropolitan Family Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Chicago, and Urban Partnership Bank.
The summit also presented a line-up of panels that featured speakers from socially involved institutions delivering informative and motivational speeches ranging from the State of Illinois’ finances, immigration, mental health, housing rights, and social movements such as Black Lives Matter.
The crucial topic that led this year’s summit was the State budget crisis. Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center of Tax and Accountability, spoke passionately at length about tax and State budget intricacies and urged people to become mindful about how the economic aspect of State politics directly affects the lives of low income families. Executive Director of United African Organization, Alie Kabba, also addressed the impending ramifications that may result from the termination of State funding for social and immigration services.
Another panel included the founder of The Way Family Life Center, Rev. Dawnn Pirani Brumfield, who spoke about the stigmatization of mental illness in the African American community. She advised the audience to always seek professional help should they suspect a friend or family member is suffering from a mental illness. Other panels focused on the legalities around housing rights, the spreading of awareness on the subject of human trafficking, and the current social movement against police brutality in America.
The Annual Chicago Summit is an extremely informative and enjoyable event. After the panel discussions attendees socialized and enjoyed a hearty meal. United African Organization is greatly appreciative of all who were in attendance and is looking forward to next year’s summit.
Written by Ignatius Masabe