Welcome to the State of Black Chicago Congress

THE MISSION of the State of Black Chicago Congress (SBCC) is to mobilize the community of African descent, in order to develop a plan of action that ameliorates conditions such as the crime and violence, inequitable distribution of educational resources and opportunities, joblessness, slow business development and opportunities, disappearing black media, inadequate youth engagement and leadership development, poor health, and the public’s concern over the involvement of the Black Church.

Ed Gardner Lupe Fiasco
Brenetta Howell Barrett, Rev. Willie Barrow, Dr. Timuel Black, Justice William Cousins, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Dr. Christopher Reed


Steering Committee :: Dr. Michael Toney

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Dr. Toney is the Assistant vice Provost for Academic and Enrollment Services and former Executive Director of the Urban Health Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has chaired numerous campus committees, including the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Blacks (CCSB). He is the former President of the Illinois Council for College Attendance (ICCA) and the co-chair of the Education Committee of the Westside Consortium. He has been affiliated with the University of Illinois system both in Chicago and Urbana for over 25 years, in various roles including; Director of Admissions and Assistant Dean of Students. Dr. Toney has served as Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at National Louis University, and Executive Director of Enrollment Management at Governor State University.

A passionate advocate for education, he is credited with having recruited thousands of youth and adults to college. Dr. Toney has worked as an educational consultant and taught on all educational levels from Junior high school to the university level. He is the immediate past chairperson for the Illinois Committee for Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE), and the Co-Project Director for the Illinois African American and Latino Higher Educational Alliance (IALHEA); a collaborative effort focusing on access and equity for traditionally underrepresented students. IALHEA recently produced a historical video documentary that chronicles the history of African Americans and Latinos in Higher Education in Illinois, entitled “Storming the Gates.”

Dr. Toney is a recipient of numerous grants and awards and was the PI and former Project Director for the Illinois Comprehensive Educational Pipeline Initiative (ICEPI), a HECA grant focusing on guiding underserved youth through the elementary and secondary and post-secondary educational pipeline. He also has provided leadership to the Illinois Youth Center-Joliet correctional center Bridge Program and the Salem Baptist Church Educational Programs. Dr. Toney is the author of several articles and an upcoming book detailing the history of the Urban Health Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a world traveler and has visited throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America.

A native of Chicago’s West side, Dr. Toney earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, his master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and his doctorate in education administration from Roosevelt University. He has certifications as teacher (Type 09), school guidance counselor (Type 73), general administrative (Type 75), superintendent endorsement and Educational Management certification from Harvard University.