CIOGC has always invited prominent national figures to speak at this dinner. This year we are very pleased that an incredibly accomplished individual and a dynamic leader will be the keynote speaker: Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.He is currently the host of BET News. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College.
Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.
Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.
The CommUnity Dinner is historically well attended, and our targeted attendance goal for this year’s dinner is 1000 guests. This unique gathering will provide you an excellent opportunity to spotlight your masjid or business, to network and make new friends, and to enjoy a lively and enlightening evening with family and friends.
Our sponsorship packages offer several options for your business or masjid. Each is designed to provide positive visibility to your business or masjid. We encourage you to select the level of participation that best meets your needs. Deadline for sponsorship is Monday, September 16, 2019.
Be a part of CIOGC‘s biggest event of the year! Volunteer for our 25th Anniversary Dinner and get free tickets, dinner, and the pleasure of serving the Chicagoland Muslim community. Complete and submit the online form and we will get in touch!
For 27 years, CIOGC has been strengthening bonds with and among its member organizations and forging relationships with other faith based and civic advocacy groups. In greater Chicagoland, Muslims exceed 400,000 in number, reflecting the varied ethnic fabric of the worldwide Muslim community. This year we will continue to shine a light on the Top Muslim Achievers, demonstrating the richness and talent in the community.