Expo celebrates its 20th year with record consumer attendance
27, 2014) The Black Women's Expo presented by State Farm will celebrate
its 20th Anniversary with a stellar line-up of speakers, entertainers
and seminars March 28-March 30 at McCormick Place in Chicago. More than
30,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day exposition that has
a mission of enlightening, educating and empowering women and girls of
all ages. For the 19th year, State Farm is the Title Sponsor for the
Expo, which is the No. 1 national destination event for African-American
women in the Midwest. This is Walgreens third year as the Expo's
ABC's Good Morning America star co-host Robin Roberts will present
keynote remarks at 12 noon on Saturday, March 29, on the Main Stage.
Roberts has been a great inspiration to millions of women and girls of
all cultures who watched as she personified strength and dignity as she
battled major illnesses in recent years.
"We are delighted to have Robin Roberts join us for our 20th Anniversary
celebration," says Merry Green, president and CEO of MGPG Events and
creator of the Expo. "Robin's participation speaks to the strength she
has demonstrated on a personal level and it speaks to the strong
partnership that the Expo and WLS/ABC have forged over the years.
"With the theme ‘Celebrate Strength,' we salute the millions of strong
African-American women who often are the backbone of our communities and
in our homes," says Green. "As we have done for the past 20 years, the
2014 Expo will put emphasis on the strength, opportunities, challenges
and aspirations of Black women. That is and always has been our
On Friday, March 28, the first day of the Black Women's Expo, Erica
Campbell of the celebrated gospel duo Mary Mary will join V103 radio
host Doug Banks as he broadcasts his nationally syndicated radio show
live from the Expo. Campbell, whose debut solo CD Help is scheduled for
release on March 25, will perform Friday on the Expo's Main Stage.
Also participating in the Expo will be comedienne Kym Whitley, actor Laz
Alonso, and popular authors Dennis Kimbro, Zane, and Steven James Dixon.
In addition, TV One journalist Roland Martin, actress LisaRaye McCoy and
long-time social activist Dick Gregory will speak during the event. The
Rev. Al Sharpton, activist and host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, will
speak during the Phenomenal Woman Awards Gala that will kick off the
Expo on Thursday evening, March 27. Gospel star Smokie Norful will
perform at the gala.
On Friday, which is Teen Expo Day, teen singer Yemi Marie will present
her Anti-Bullying, Anti-Violence Campaign, during which she encourages
teens to make the right decisions and stay away from negative behavior.
Yemi also will perform songs from her new CD on the Main Stage. Atlantic
Records teen artist Trevor Jackson also will perform on Friday.
During the three-day event, the Expo will feature national experts in
various fields who will address topics that are especially important to
African-American women, including business ownership, female-male
relationships, financial literacy, career advancement, travel, and
health, wellness and beauty. New to the Expo this year will be an
International Pavilion that will feature vendors from Brazil, Africa,
Haiti and the Caribbean. The Belzian American Dancers will perform
throughout the exhibition hall on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to State Farm and Walgreens, corporate sponsors for the Expo
include the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Illinois
Department of Public Health.
For 20 years, the Black Women's Expo has been an ideal venue for large
corporations and small to mid-sized businesses to reach African-American
consumers, which are more than 42 million strong with an annual buying
power of nearly one trillion dollars.
The Black Women's Expo, presented by State Farm, is a consumer
exposition designed to enlighten, educate and entertain. This premier
event for African-American women and their families annually draws more
than 30,000 attendees from across the Midwest. Highlights of the expo
include live entertainment and educational forums on health and
wellness, financial literacy, careers, business ownership, relationships
and children and family concerns.
For more information, visit
www.theblackwomensexpo.com, follow us on Facebook at
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