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2003: JRF Celebrity Weekend – Friday

June 24, 2008

friday_main.jpg2003 – To tip-off the Annual Jalen Rose Foundation Celebrity Weekend,
Jalen hosted an empowerment seminar in the auditorium of Chicago’s
prestigious Harold Washington Library for nearly 400 local teenagers on
Friday, August 15. A line-up of notable speakers addressed the students
on a wide variety of topics including education, teen violence, careers
and cultural diversity.

Teenagers from Center for New Horizons, Greater Open Door M.B. Church,
Illinois Special Olympics, Salvation Army, South Shore High School,
Austin High School, Julian High School, McCormick Boys & Girls
Club, New City YMCA, West Lawndale CeaseFire and Girls Sports World
were in attendance.

Guest speakers included Kevin Coval (Def Poetry Jam), Arne Duncan (CEO,
Chicago Public Schools), Howard McGee (WGCI-FM), Norman Richardson Kerr
(Director, CeaseFire), Nicole Cabell-Pope (WVON-AM & Mahogany Blue,
Inc.) and Michael Scott (Board President, Chicago Public Schools). The
local R&B group STRONG also entertained the crowd with a special
performance featuring some of their new songs that will appear on their
next album. A VERY SPECIAL THANKS to WGCI’s Lisa E. for hosting the

Photos By: Omara Fonseca