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Fireside Chat with SAGE Development Authority General Manager Joseph McNeil Jr.

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, SAGE Development Authority General Manager Joseph McNeil Jr. participated in a live interview via Zoom with Helene D. Gayle CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations.

The Trust works with donors, nonprofits, community leaders and residents to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that improve the quality of life for the residents of the Chicago region. Gayle led a 45-minute conversation with McNeil followed by a question-and-answer session for a private audience of civic leaders and the Trust’s partners to discuss his efforts to help create economic prosperity for the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

During the talk, McNeil reflected on his personal identity as both Black and Native/Indigenous as well as on the activism of his father, Joseph McNeil, one of the Black men known as the Greensboro Four who sat down at a segregated lunch counter in 1960 in North Carolina and started a nationwide sit-in movement.

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