Our Chicago: Voices of the Community town hall recognizes impact of Black fraternities

Moderated by ABC7's Hosea Sanders
CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC 7, Chicago's Number One station for news, presented a virtual town hall recognizing the significant impact of Black Fraternities on society and their role in fostering impressive leaders who not only seek success for themselves and their families, but contribute to the betterment of their community. ABC 7's Host/Special Assignment Reporter, Hosea Sanders, moderated this hour-long event available on abc7chicago.com Thursday, February 18 at 2:00 PM.

Black fraternities, often referred to as "The Divine Nine," have contributed numerous prominent leaders in Chicago and around the country. Many of these fraternity members enjoy great professional success, give back to the community, inspire future leaders and maintain their collegiate brotherhoods throughout their lives.

Hosea Sanders, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, is representative of the outstanding men emanating from the Black Greek system. Hosea explored the genesis of Black fraternities, how they have evolved over the years and why they can claim so many impressive success stories. He'll take a close look at the civic and political leaders, educators and scientists, sports and entertainment figures who have been shaped by their experience in Black fraternities. Hosea also looked at what Chicago Black Fraternity members are doing to support racial and social justice as well as their efforts helping out during the pandemic and encouraging men and women in the community to get vaccinated.

Guest panelists confirmed to date:
- Rufus Williams, Jr., Loop Wealth
- Dr. Dennis Deer, Cook County Commissioner
- Dr. Derek J. Robinson, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois
- Cedric W. Jones, Noxubee Chicago Consulting
- Darrell A. Williams, Loop Capital Markets

The virtual town hall was 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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