This year’s Induction Ceremony Honors Exemplary Black Men in the Chicagoland Community at the Tinley Park Convention Center on June 17, 2022.
Each year, the Chicago Defender takes extraordinary pride in recognizing African American men in our community who inspire others through excellence, vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and a commitment to empowerment in multiple ways. We are proud of the accomplishments of these men who are doing amazing things across broad spectrums of society.
On this 15th anniversary year and with over 700 past Men of Excellence recipients, we are honored to continue to salute men of valor who are not only doing remarkable work in their careers: but, equally, as important, they’re making a difference in their communities. Men of Excellence continuously set the example and raise the bar.” – Dyanna Knight Lewis, Publisher-Chicago Defender.
The Men of Excellence awards honor admirable men and creates a strong network of like-minded men in the Chicagoland area. This year’s honorees include:
“This year’s honorees continue to break stereotypes about who Black men are and what they do. They show the world that the negative images and narratives that often describe Black men are false. These men are powerhouses in our communities, and we are proud to honor them” – Danielle Sanders, Managing Editor-Chicago Defender.
This year the Chicago Defender will also honor previous Men of Excellence honorees with special distinctions. Les Coney and Leon Walker will receive the Vanguard Award. Secretary of State, Jesse White, Jr. will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Keynote Speaker, Emanuel “Chris” Welch will receive the Man of the Year Award.
The Men of Excellence Red Carpet Awards Presentation Reception will take place on Friday, June 17, 2022, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477 at 6 pm. ComEd, as presenting sponsor, and Samantha Thomas, WVON Radio Host as emcee.
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About the Chicago Defender
The Chicago Defender is a multi-media content provider of news and information. The Chicago Defender offers marketing solution services, strategic partnerships, and custom events that cover the African American Market. Our platform equips us to leverage audience influence to reach, connect, and impact Black Community with culturally relevant content, not often serviced by mainstream media.
Founded in 1905, The Chicago Defender celebrated its 116th Anniversary in 2021, and was recognized nationally as the second most widely read and best African American Newspaper by Nielson and Essence Survey 2014. In July 2019, the Chicago Defender transitioned from a printed newspaper into a digitally focused, high traffic, content platform dedicated to online editorial, premiere events, sponsored advertising, custom publishing, and archival merchandising. We distribute relevant and engaging news and information via multiple platforms daily.
Leaders and readers nationwide look to the Chicago Defender to stay informed about issues that impact their lives. As the voice of the community for more than eleven decades, we take extraordinary pride in having access to the grassroots community connections and established relationships with influencers and opinion leaders. We stay abreast of the pulse of the neighborhoods. Our readers trust us. They trust The Chicago Defender will portray the news authentically.