Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Two McCormick Foundation Program Officers Selected for Leadership Development

Two McCormick Foundation Program Officers were recently selected for prestigious leadership development programs in Chicago.

The Veterans Program's Manny Johnson was selected for the Chicago Urban League's IMPACT Leadership Development Program for 2017-2018. IMPACT selects a cohort of around 30 African American professionals with a demonstrated track record of civic leadership.

The intensive program partners with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business to provide instruction in business ethics, negotiations, decision-making and interpersonal dynamics.

The Crain's Leadership Academy selected Courtney Hresja of the Foundation's Education Program. The Academy is a nomination-based program that offers personal development, professional growth, leadership exposure and civic outreach for advancing professionals.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tracing America's Painful Past Can Offer Lessons for the Future

On Saturday night, staff from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will be attending the DuSable Museum of African American History’s “Night of 100 Stars,” a benefit highlighting the amazing achievements of notable individuals, including artist and musician Chancelor “Chance the Rapper” Bennett, former World Food Program executive director Ertharin Cousin, and Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. and former president of the Chicago History Museum.

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Lonnie Bunch also had a piece in today’s New York Times about a recent incident at the National Museum in whcih someone placed a noose near one of the museum’s exhibits. This follows instances of nooses being left elsewhere on the National Mall in recent weeks, and in other places around the country as signs of racial hate and intimidation.

Bunch offers a powerful view into the continuing story of racism and bigotry in this country, as well as our uneven progress to fulfill our nation’s ideals. He writes about his work to curate the history of African American struggles in a deeply personal way. “Anger and sadness are always parts of this work, but I never let them dominate it. Instead, I use them to help me connect with the people who have suffered and continue to suffer immeasurable pain and injustice, while clinging to their humanity and their vision of a better country.”

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Whether it’s the experience at the National Museum or a visit to Chicago’s own DuSable exhibits, the lessons found within their archives, and in our shared lives, are of critical importance for each of us to reflect on and learn from.

Read Bunch’s entire article here:

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