December Breakfast Cancelled and a change in location
Due to the need to relocate the monthly Coalition Power Breakfast, the December 2019 Breakfast is formally cancelled .

Since its inaugural April 2, 2011 Power Breakfast (guest speaker: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle), continuously through the November 2, 2019 Power Breakfast, the Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) has held its monthly forum at BJ's Market at 8734 S. Stony Island .

BJ's came to represent a place where COAL, its members, friends, partners and the public gathered to examine issues and important areas of focus relevant to our membership, our larger community-of-interest, and the African American community as a whole.

While networking and building alliances, gaining knowledge and insights, sharing diverse perspectives, planning and strategizing, recognizing and illuminating the substantive work and accomplishments of the well known and lesser known, and challenging leaders at all levels towards holding them accountable to our community, we enjoyed the great food prepared by BJ's and the ambience of community and fellowship that was BJ's Market.
We will start 2020 and the January Breakfast's Judicial Candidates Meet and Greet at a different location, however, BJ's Market will forever be remembered as the place where COAL took strong steps forward towards its mission to improve the quality of life for black folk, using comfort food, real, substantive and straightforward dialogue, honest partnership building and a strong belief in us as a people, as the catalyst.

COAL Board of Directors

" The time to work seriously and collectively, to improve the state of our Community, is upon us...
Let's Get to Work.

John Meyer, Businessman and
Master Chef

Hank Meyer, Businessman and
newly elected Chairman of COAL
COAL extends a well earned and sincere thank you to the Meyer brothers, BJ's owners, who welcomed the COAL Power Breakfast to their facility,and treated our guests with courtesy and respect. COAL speaks for everyone when we state that you provided an excellent $$$$ buffet breakfast at a $ cost to all in attendance. John and Hank, " we couldn't have done it without you !".

Again, thank you.
What We Believe
The Coalition of African American Leaders believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people. COAL is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity. We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent. We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.