ACF Black ERG Hosts BHM Event with Congressman Bobby Rush
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Black / African American
"Last Tuesday, in my role as the founder and inaugural chair of ACF’s African American and Black Employee Resource Group (AAB ERG), I was incredibly honored to host our keynote event featuring Congressman Bobby Rush. This was our final Black History Month 2022 event, and it was attended by nearly 300 ACF staff. Over the course of one year, we’ve curated several quality events and hosted incredible speakers for observances like Juneteenth, Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Day, and Black Love Day. We’ve also hosted thought-provoking discussions around mental health, implicit bias through an equity lens, and intersectionality. I look forward to leading the AAB ERG to new heights!
Under this year’s Black History Month theme of Black Health and Wellness, we asked Congressman Rush to speak because he has always sought to address social determinants of health to advance equity for underserved communities. Congressman Rush served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, he joined the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, and he helped found the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party where he stood up several initiatives including the Free Breakfast Program for school age children and a medical clinic that pioneered mass screening for sickle cell anemia. Rush later became a Minister, Alderman, and ultimately a Congressman who served 15 terms before deciding to retire from civil service.
Although Congressman Rush is serving his last term in Congress, he is an activist at heart, and will never stop fighting against injustices. He is looking forward to focusing on his ministry during his “return-ment” and finding bold and innovative ways to continue serving his community and the world at-large.
“I Love the life I live and live the life I love. I am wired to work on behalf of the underdog, and I find tremendous meaning in my life because it is lived for others.”
-Congressman Bobby L. Rush, February 22, 2022, A Career Dedicated to Equity in Health and Human Services
#blackhistorymonth2022 #blackhistorymonth #blackexcellence"
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