ABC 7 Chicago presents: Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race

CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7 Chicago, Chicago's Number One station for news, presented the fifth installment in a series of virtual town halls, DO YOU HEAR ME? A DISCUSSION ABOUT RACE, Thursday, July 2 at 2 PM on abc7chicago.com. The hour-long town hall was moderated by ABC 7 Eyewitness News' Hosea Sanders.

Some of the most cherished festivals and events in the Chicago area are going to be missed this summer because of the pandemic. During this town hall, Hosea Sanders talked to event founders about how these cancellations are impacting local Black business owners who are eager to participate each year. They also shared the history of the festivals, their importance to Black families in the community, how they are being reimagined and which ones will be available in a virtual format.

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ABC 7 Facebook followers were invited to submit questions in advance for possible consideration.

Panelists included:
  • Alan King, Chosen Few Picnic & Festival

  • Eric Williams, Silver Room Block Party

  • Patrick Saingbey Woodtor, African Festival of the Arts

  • Darcell Norwood-Baugh, co-founder of Naperville Soulfest


  • The virtual town hall was also exclusively streamed live on ABC 7's Facebook Live, YouTube, ABC 7's app, and ABC 7's connected TV apps on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV and Roku.

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    PREVIOUS TOWN HALLS:

    Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 4, 2020

    Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 11, 2020

    Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 18, 2020

    Do You Hear Me? A Discussion about Race on June 25, 2020

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