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VALENCIA HARDY

Valencia Hardy grew up on the Near North Side and currently resides in Bronzeville. She received her initial training in community organizing in a series of leadership classes at the Lugenia Burns Hope Center led by Barack Obama. She has been active for more than a decade with Housing Bronzeville, helping to lead its fight for affordable homes on 500 city-owned vacant lots in her community.

Valencia is a board member of the Institute for Community Empowerment, a group that consults with Housing Bronzeville.

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KENNETH WILLIAMS

Kenneth has been a Bronzeville resident since age seven. His first home was at 4418 S. Drexel Blvd where as a young man he experienced the riots that resulted from the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A graduate of King High School, Kenneth’s greatest move was to a townhouse in Madden Park (New Town). There he realized he wanted more for his family and became active in 2004 in the fight for affordable home ownership in Bronzeville.

Fourteen years later, the fight continues and Kenneth is still at the forefront, striving to bring affordable home ownership to the community he loves so much.

Tanger Fielder

 Tanger Fielder grew up in the North Lawndale community and attended school in Bronzeville. She received her initial training in community organizing in a series of leadership classes at the Lugenia Burns Hope Center led by Barack Obama. She has been active for more than a decade with Housing Bronzeville, helping to lead its fight for affordable homes on 500 city-owned vacant lots in her community.

Tanger is a board member of the Lugenia Burns Hope Center.