In the Frunchroom: Jahmal Cole

As we’ve mentioned, the Frunchroom’s 2nd anniversary will be a special two-night event: 730pm on April 26th and 27th at our usual home at Beverly Woods Restaurant.

We’ve started posting bios from our readers on the 26th and here’s our first reader for the 27th: Jahmal Cole.

Jahmal is a tireless volunteer and role model. An advocate for education reform in Chicago, he is passionate about improving schools and is a frequent speaker at colleges in the Chicagoland area. Jahmal is the author of The Torch of Decency: Rekindling the Spirit of Community Organizations, “Athletes & MC’s” and “50 Excuses: to not Follow your Dreams.”

Recognized for his contributions to the community, he is the recipient of many awards, including a 2012 Certificate of Appreciation from Governor Pat Quinn, 2012 Chicago Ideas Award Winner presented by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, 2013 Scion Motivate Winner presented by Toyota, 2013 John Lennon Song Writing Grand Prize Award Winner, 2013 Cook County Juvenile Detention Center Volunteer Award. 2016 Roberto Clemente Global Health Award, 2016 Chicago Urban League Innovator Award 2017 Outstanding Commitment to Community Service Award on behalf of State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and 2017 Mazda Drive for Good Competition Winner.

He was appointed as honorary chair of State of Black Chicago Steering Committee by Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court and named one of Huffington Post’s 15 Inspiring Chicagoans.

Most recently, he has successfully launched a groundbreaking social initiative entitled “My Block, My Hood, My City, where he takes teenagers from underserved Chicago communities on City Wide cexplorations.

A resident of Chatham, Jahmal will read a piece titled “The Hoodies Designed to Save Chicago.” See him on Night Two of The Frunchroom. RSVP at the links below.

Frunchroom – Night One
Frunchroom – Night Two

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