Town Hall Meeting ,A State of Emergency, Saturday at 3 PM BWExpo Chicago

Town Hall Meeting – “A State of Emergency” Saturday at 3 PM BWExpo Chicago


Black Women's Expo Town Hall Meeting, "State of Emergency" 2016
Black Women’s Expo Town Hall Meeting, “State of Emergency” 2016


by Kai EL’ Zabar

For 22 years, the Black Women’s Expo has continued to grow in Chicago, and is now the longest running exposition of its kind. Over 30,000 people, from 14 surrounding states, are expected to attend the expo during its three-day run at the McCormick Place Convention Center. Chicago’s  Black women will continue to converge upon the McCormick Place Saturday and Sunday April 9 & 10.

The BWE offers informative seminars and panel discussions presented by notable local and national speakers and lecturers, educational exhibits and corporate displays, and rousing entertainment. For art collectors and lovers artists of the greatest caliber are on site with their work on exhibition for sale. Historically, the standing-room only seminars have addressed such issues as health & wellness, racial equality, hair & beauty, travel, career advancement, business/entrepreneurship, the welfare of our children and much more. BWE’s seminars and workshops will be far-ranging and engaging, featuring topics that impact women’s daily lives.

Additionally, there will be a  must attend Town Hall Meeting – “A State of Emergency” examining the issues around police involved shootings and protecting our civil rights. The current circumstances surrounding the failed education system, employment opportunities disparity and the ever escalating violence in Black communities will be brought to light, examined by the panelists who will engage the audience in dialog.  The town Hall Meeting is sponsored By the  Chicago Defender and  WVON- AM with Chicago Urban League community.

This is your opportunity to participate in a community think tank, to discuss and engage in the process of  solution seeking with some of the cities’ significant leadership as well as your fellow community members .

On the panel are Cheryl Mainor,  an award winning publisher and the first female president and publisher of the 110 year old iconic Chicago Defender newspaper. she has worked in the the field of newspaper and magazine publishing for 23 years specializing in publications targeted to the African American  reader. As the first woman to hold her position, Mainor leads a professional team dedicated to ensuring that the legacy of the iconic brand  celebrating it’s 110th year  and fast approaching the 100th year  of the Great Migration instigated  by  Robert Sengstacke Abbott founding publisher of the Chicago Defender.

Melody Spann Cooper, Chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation, the parent company of WVON and WRLL Radio Stations in Chicago. As Chairman of Midway Broadcasting Corporation, she joined an elite list of America’s female broadcast owners after purchasing the company’s controlling interest in 1999. Midway Broadcasting properties include WVON 1690AM, the oldest Black-oriented radio station in Chicago. With its urban talk format, the station is lauded as a leading source of information and community empowerment.  In 2007, Spann Cooper spearheaded the corporation’s expansion with the development of WRLL 1450AM, Chicago’s Home for Hispanic Independent Broadcasters. WRLL is committed to preserving the authentic voice and culture of Chicago’s growing Latino target market.

Shari Runner,  President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.  She has been an active part of the city’s civic and cultural life.  Established in 1916, the Chicago Urban League works for economic, educational, and social progress for African Americans and promotes strong sustainable communities through advocacy, collaboration, and innovation.  Runner began her tenure with the Chicago Urban League in 2010 as Senior Vice President for Strategy and Community Development. In this role she oversaw operations in all programmatic areas, and worked with the president and CEO to increase financial support to the Urban League and to establish short and long term strategic objectives.  As CEO, Runner leads the strategic planning, development, programming and community outreach for the organization, one of the largest of the 95 affiliates of the National Urban League.

Kai EL’ Zabar, executive editor of the Chicago Defender will moderate the panel.  

The Panel discussion will begin promptly at 3 pm and will end at 5 pm. Please come to partake in stimulating dialog and seeking progressive solutions to assist in transforming the community into an  environment that builds institutions, leaders and contributors to society.

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