MIL-OSI USA: Congresswoman Ramirez Celebrates Black History Month by Honoring Prominent Leaders in IL

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Delia Ramirez – Illinois (3rd District)

Washington, DC – Today, in celebration of Black History Month, Congresswoman Delia C. Ramirez (IL-03) took to the House Floor to recognize five trailblazers Black leaders in Illinois who are pursuing meaningful work to promote racial justice, advance equality, and champion progressive causes on behalf of the communities of Illinois’ Third Congressional District and beyond.

The Honorees selected have broken glass ceilings and revolutionized leadership roles, becoming the “firsts” in many aspects and impacting millions of Illinoisans. The commended leaders included:

  • Yasmeen Bankole, the first and only Nigerian-American elected official in Illinois, serving as the Village Trustee of Hanover Park, a founding member of Black Women Who Lead, and Regional Director with the Office of U.S. Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin.
  • Vice Chair Michael Childress, the first-ever Black member and current Vice-Chair of the DuPage County Board; President of the DuPage Branch of the NAACP.
  • Dara Munson, CEO of Chicago Child Care Center, Vice-Chair of the International Women’s Forum, and a founding member of the Early Childhood Education CEO Roundtable.
  • House Speaker Emanuel Chris Welch, the first-ever Black Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, whose leadership has secured the biggest Democratic Super-Majority of 78 seats in the State of Illinois since the 1980 cutback amendment.
  • President Toni Preckwinkle, the first Black woman elected to serve as Cook County Board President, a leader for housing and health care receiving her first-ever Congressional Commendation in her public service career of 33+ years.

“In celebration of Black History Month, I proudly highlight five influential leaders who have significantly impacted Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. These leaders collectively exemplify dedicated service, fostering positive change and progress in the region,” said Congresswoman Ramirez. “Illinois is proud of Ms. Bankole, Vice Chair Childress, Ms. Munson, Speaker Welch, President Preckwinkle, and many other Black leaders across the state who are enacting positive change each and every day.”

Full remarks video available HERE.