Each year, the Chicago Defender takes great pride in recognizing African-American men in our community who inspire others through excellence, vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and a vast commitment to empowerment in multiple ways.  We are proud of the achievements of our men in Chicago and beyond who are doing many wonderful things across broad spectrums of society.

In 2024 the 17th year, we will induct a new class of honorees who are champions of economic empowerment and diversity, backbone of religious and educational organizations, and driving forces in politics and community service into the exclusive society of professional men who have previously received the distinction of Men of Excellence.

Please nominate men who you believe deserve this award based on the nominating criteria listed below.

Nomination criteria:

  • African American executive, business leader, community leader, influencer, accomplished professional
  • Proven success within his profession or industry
  • Positive role model whose contributions encourage others
  • Active in community service or organizational involvement


Are you ready to engage your brand with Chicago’s largest community of professional and influential men and their network? Opportunities to promote and advertise your business, amplify your message, and engage thousands of metro Chicagoans are now available. Receive more information on how you can become an official sponsor of the 2023 Men of Excellence Ceremony by calling Dyanna Knight Lewis at 312-225-3766.