CHICAGO – State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus (ILBC) participated in the Business Exchange Forum at the Exchange Ceremony: Restoring the Royalty on Thursday, connecting continental African and Diaspora leaders to forge stronger bonds among people of African descent. 

“The Exchange Ceremony was a great opportunity for the Black Caucus and I to meet with other important African-American leaders and find ways to uplift the Black community through economic ties,” Ammons said. “Our caucus’ mission doesn’t end with the Illinois state border. There will always be critical outreach and conversation to ensure all people of African descent can connect with their identity and move our global community forward.” 

From Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June 24, The Exchange Ceremony continued the work of African leaders as they connected with Diaspora communities, celebrating shared cultures and those who have demonstrated particular commitment to creating union among those with African ancestry. Ammons and the Black Caucus spoke at the DuSable Black History Museum in Chicago on Thursday to discuss how financial networking can dismantle the social and institutional barriers between African people. 

“Healing the generational trauma inflicted by slavery means connecting continental Africans and their worldwide, diasporic family in overlapping ways, especially through trade and commerce,” Ammons said. “I feel so honored to have shared how we are bridging the gap not only in our neighborhoods but across the world. I look forward to creating stronger bonds between the global African community and my district.” 

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