Let’s convene, recognize, and be inspired by black culture, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
Juneteenth commemorates the date of the complete freeing of slaves took place, two years after the issued Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863. Recent events now give a new meaning to such a significant day in history.
This event is all-inclusive and will feature various speakers and a musical act. This year’s event will focus on the importance of this day and a conversation about bringing the Chicago community together to practice active allyship and taking actions that create a more equitable and inclusive community.
Welcome + fireside chat
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
This chat will discuss Z. Scott Esq.’s Equity Working Group for Black Student Access and Success in Illinois Education Action Plan. This action plan helps to raise awareness about the equity gaps that persist for Black students at all stages of the education path and through to employment in Illinois and how the Equity Working Group plans to address them.
Additionally, Betsy and Z. Scott will discuss the need behind creating this report, how key stakeholders can work together to knock down barriers and address policies deeply rooted in racism as well as how these efforts will aid in generating career and entrepreneurial opportunities for post-secondary graduates.
Betsy Ziegler, CEO of 1871
Z. Scott Esq., President, Chicago State University
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
We will select audience volunteers to turn on their cameras and share experiences they’ve witnessed or been meet with barriers in education/workplace, how they believe allyship can be formed and implemented within the workplace and what actions can be taken to create a more equitable and inclusive community.
619 ERG spotlight
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
1871’s 619 ERG group Chair will share the mission and vision for 1871’s 619 Group and a deep dive into the four pillars of an Employee Resource Group.
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM
Share the history behind freedom songs and how they were used by the black community to communicate and unify the black community.
Bill Brickey, Old Town School of Music
3:50 PM – 4:00 PM
Lisa Laws, COO of 1871
619 is our internal ERG
Named in honor of Juneteenth, 619 is an internal employee resource group (ERG) founded by a committee of Black 1871 team members with the goal of equity, inclusivity, and allyship across all levels of the 1871 team, our members, partners, and the larger tech world