Our mission is to celebrate African-American culture while connecting the community to resources that promote education and empowerment. This mission is built on the rich legacy of the Chicago Defender Newspaper which served as a cultural beacon, chronicling the Black American pursuit of a life enriched by opportunity. The paper played an integral role in the Great Migration as it spread news of northern jobs and opportunity to the south.
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Our core values lie within the heart of the youth. With the parade timed at the close of summer, Bud Billiken® is widely lauded as the kick off to the school year. The celebration includes gifting children with back to school supplies and offering scholarships.
The Bud Billiken® Festival, launched after the parade, features organizations like Illinicare and the Obama Foundation that champion education, career development, job placement, health, and wellness.
Looking to the showmanship of the Chicago Defender Newsboys, who used song and dance to woo customers, Bud Billiken® provides a platform for youth to feature their unique talents. During the parade and in competition, the community is united to enjoy the show.