Today, the Chicago Urban League begins is starting a year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The organization is honoring the milestone by hosting a series of initiatives, beginning with a free community cookout in Washington Park July 23 from Noon-3:00 p.m. RSVP by sending an email to by Wednesday, July 20th at 5 p.m.

“In the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was enacted, African Americans still struggle with the same core issues: employment, education, housing, income stability,” Chicago Urban League president and CEO Shari Runner said in  a statement. “The League has consistently demonstrated that we are a movement that incites change and is committed to working with community members and partners across the city to address the root causes of inequality, apply best practices and improve the future for our youth, our communities and the entire city of Chicago.”

The Urban League is also calling for individuals to collectively pledge 100,000 volunteer hours across the community throughout the year, according to a release. Other events include a Thought Leadership Breakfast Aug 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., which is invite-only and will discuss the complex socioeconomic issues detailed in the League’s research report, The Impact of Racial Residential Segregation on Residence, Housing and Transportation.

On November 19, the organization will host a Golden Fellowship Dinner/Centennial Edition. Nearly 1,700 of the region’s most notable corporate, civic and elected leaders will gather at the beautiful Hilton Chicago for the Chicago, says a release.

You can find a complete list of events and more information on the Chicago Urban League’s Centennial here.

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