Today the Chicago Fire joins the nation in recognizing the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
As part of the Club's celebrations this year, the Fire on Saturday at Soldier Field handed out limited-edition Juneteenth-themed prints commissioned from TGi Movement founder and activist Devonta Boston, a southwest side Chicago native. Boston has led community organizing for over a decade and is passionate about increasing pathways and opportunities for youth in Black and Brown communities to follow their passion.
Below Boston writes his inspiration for the piece:
I have made it my mission to bring awareness to and dismantle Dream Deserts. The older we get, the more we forget our dreams, the less support we get for our dreams, and the fewer opportunities we get for our dreams. Remember when you were asked in 2nd grade what you wanted to be when you grew up? Where are you now?
As a young black entrepreneur who has begun to pave the way to show that you can “make it in the hood," I firmly believe if you don’t know it exists; you won't strive for it. We have to invest in dreams. We have to invest in our youth. Free Your Dream, Free The Community.