History Left
History Right

Dorothy Tillman

Dorothy Tillman

Saturday 6am – 8am


Mother, Civil Rights Activist, Author, Radio Host, Dorothy Wright Tillman is driven by a passion to improve the plight of African Americans. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Tillman joined the civil rights movement at age sixteen and was christened “The Movement Baby”. As a trainee and a field staff organizer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), she fought for rights and political consciousness. She marched with Dr. King and was one of the first SCLC organizers to cross the Edmund-Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on the infamous Bloody Sunday, a turning point in the battle to ensure the right to vote for African American citizens. While in Chicago with Dr. King in 1965 to fight for the open housing plight, she met and married musician Jimmy Lee Tillman, with whom she has five children.


Tillman and her husband moved to San Francisco soon after they married. She brought the spirit of the civil rights movement with her, successfully mobilizing residents in her public housing community in a battle against the city for public transportation to their neighborhood, which she believed had been nonexistent based on racism and disrespect for the poor.


Upon moving back to Chicago, Tillman enrolled her children in a public school and organized an army of concerned parents to wage a new war, this time fighting for quality education. She eventually founded the Parent Equalizers of Chicago, which has been organized in more than 300 schools, setting the groundwork for school reform in Chicago . The momentum created by several successful grassroots campaigns Tillman help organize, led to the election of Chicago ’s first African American mayor, Harold Washington.


In 1985, Tillman became the first woman to serve as alderman of Chicago’s Third Ward and the only female elected official in the United States who worked on Dr. King’s staff. As a major political figure in Chicago, Tillman’s community-building activities, including the creation of the Chicago Blues District, has led to the revitalization of Bronzeville. Her commitment continues with projects related to issues of waning inner-city education, housing and family needs, preserving Black culture and civil rights. Tillman has also been an extremely influential player in the movement for slave reparations, authoring the Slave Era Disclosure Ordinance in 2000 that has been introduced and duplicated in several governing bodies internationally.


She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her local, national and global activism and has been featured in various books and television features.

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Lets Get to Work
Theresa Dear

Lets Get to Work<br/>Theresa Dear


Theresa Dear is a business and social entrepreneur, activist, author and minister. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HR4NON-PROFITS, a national human resources consulting firm. She is also the founder and visionary of the Incubator Project. The Incubator Project is the philanthropic arm of HR4NON-PROFITS, which provides pro bono services to nonprofits.
Theresa is a recognized pioneer and champion for employee-based innovations. While Vice President of Worldwide Human Resources at SPSS Inc. (an IBM company), she received national recognition by Working Woman’s Magazine for positioning the business as one of the best “100 Companies to Work for in America.”
Theresa is the author of Inadequate, Unprepared But Ready (God-Centered Leadership Lessons) and Inconceivable Seasons (Lessons of Faith and Favor for Women). Theresa credits her dedication to civil rights by the influential leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her advocacy was ignited and shaped by her work on Harold Washington’s congressional campaign.
Theresa speaks around the country in churches, corporations and conferences on Civil Rights Challenges in the Workplace, Leadership Best Practices, Transformational Leadership and Cultural Competencies. She also speaks on topics related to women in leadership, diversity and inclusion and the changing civil rights landscape of the country.
As creator and radio host of “Let’s Get to Work” on WVON 1690 AM on Saturday mornings, she equips, enables and encourages people to secure, retain and advance in employment and entrepreneurship.

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The People’s Show
Mark J. Wallace

The People’s Show <br/> Mark J. Wallace


Tuesday 6PM – 9PM
Saturday 11AM – 12PM


Mark hales from Miami, Florida where he was born raised and Educated with post graduate degrees from Nova University Mark is committed to being a voice for and with the people. Mr. Wallace believes that it is important to educate the public on the issues that matter and challenge the public official to serve with character, courage and conscious.

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The Urban Business
Round Table

The Urban Business<br/>Round Table


Wednesday at 8:30am, Thursday at 6:05pm, and Saturday at 9:30am

The Urban Business Roundtable (UBR) promotes engaging dialogue and debate about the impact of business and economic trends on the African-American community. UBR offers segments that inspire and inform entrepreneurs on business trends and opportunities. The program also explores insights from financial experts, business leadership, political leadership, and academia. UBR has formed an all-star line-up to create a hub for entrepreneurs that helps them navigate, survive, and thrive in the current economy.


The Urban Business Roundtable (UBR) promotes engaging dialogue and debate about the impact of business and economic trends on the African-American community. UBR offers segments that inspire and inform entrepreneurs on business trends and opportunities. The program also explores insights from financial experts, business leadership, political leadership, and academia. UBR has formed an all-star line-up to create a hub for entrepreneurs that helps them navigate, survive, and thrive in the current economy.

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Pepper Miller Host Pepper Miller founded The Hunter-Miller Group (HMG), a leading edge market research and strategic planning firm.  Since 1985, HMG has been using real vs. invented insights to help large corporations understand Black America so that they can have loyal customers and a positive impact on their bottom line.  Some of these corporate clients include: Allstate, AARP, Chicago History Museum, General Mills, GlaxoSmithKline, Ford Motor Company, Kraft, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Procter and Gamble, Toyota and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Khoa X. Ho Khoa X. Ho manages Ariel’s Investor Services Team—a group of licensed professionals dedicated to providing mutual fund shareholders with exceptional customer service. Additionally, he is an Ariel spokesperson for financial literacy, frequently speaking in the community about “Investing 101″ to educate the public on the fundamentals of mutual fund investing. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Khoa worked at Goldman Sachs as an account analyst and in the Marketing Department at The University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He is a board member of Vital Bridges, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving those impacted by HIV and AIDS. He earned a BA in biology from the University of Chicago.
Charisse Jones Charisse Jones is a veteran reporter and national correspondent for USA Today. She was previously a staff writer for The New York Times, and part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Los Angeles Times. She has been a contributor to National Public Radio and Essence magazine, and a guest on  “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show, C-Span’s “Washington Journal,”  and other national programs. She is also the co-author of “Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America,” (HarperCollins) winner of the 2004 American Book Award.
Dr. Farrah Gray Business mogul and best-selling author, Dr. Farrah Gray, was named as one of the most influential Black men in America by the National Urban League’s Urban Influence magazine and as an entrepreneurial icon by Ebony magazine. Raised in the impoverished South Side of Chicago, Dr. Gray defied the odds and became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. At the age of 21, he received an honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters from. Allen University. He was also the youngest individual in history to have an office on Wall Street. In his rise from poverty to national and international prominence as a preeminent power speaker, Dr. Gray has inspired millions around the world.
Renita D. Young Renita D. Young is a lead contributor for the Urban Business Roundtable who brings a variety of experience including international business news coverage, production, business development, public relations and social media. After graduating with a BA in Communication and English from DePaul University in 2007, Young’s enthusiasm to learn more about the media industry and perfect her craft led her to attend Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for graduate school. While at Medill, Young worked as a correspondent for the Chicago Journal, UPI.com and FOX News 2 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She reported on the 2008 Presidential primaries in Chicago, the 2008 Presidential election in Washington, D.C., then the 2009 Presidential Inauguration while on assignment in Kenya. Young has also worked as a business reporter for Nairobi-based K24TV, Kenya’s first locally-headquartered 24-hour news network.
Professor Rashid Carter Professor Rashid Carter, a Chicago native, studied business economics at the University of Illinois at Champaign. After graduating from the U of I in 1997, Carter earned a full fellowship to attend Washington University in St. Louis to earn his Ph.D. in Economics. Carter’s research focuses on African-American financial institutions and their role in promoting community development. Carter is currently a professor with the City Colleges of Chicago. He teaches macroeconomics, microeconomics, and social science at Olive-Harvey College.
Professor Derrick Collins Professor Derrick Collins serves as the Interim Dean for the College of Business at Chicago State University. Previously, Mr. Collins was Assistant Clinical Professor of Finance at Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management where he teaches the courses Venture Capital and Private Equity Investing, and Entrepreneurial Finance. . Collins also extends his private equity experience into business practice by serving as a General Partner of the business advisory firm, Hickory Trestle, and private equity advisory firm, Magna Saxum Advisors. Collins has lectured extensively on the topic of venture capital and investing in entrepreneurial companies, including presentations at the Credit Suisse International Business School, the National Football League’s Player Development Program, the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s Advanced Management Education Program, the Chicago Urban League’s NextOne Program, the Wall Street Journal’s Black Entrepreneurship in America Conference, and guest appearances on Chicago’s WGN-TV Minority Business Report.
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The Social Justice Hour
Attorney Ernest B. Fenton

The Social Justice Hour<br/>Attorney Ernest B. Fenton

Saturday 12pm to 1pm


The Social Justice Hour is a talk radio show, a unifying force empowering disenfranchised and marginalized populations by providing a media lens through which the broader community can understand diversity and social justice issues in our world and perceive the struggles, plight, and fight for access to exclusive social and political structures for stewards, servant leaders, and change agents of America. The Social Justice Hour is an independent and progressive radio show broadcasting news, music, and information programming for the Chicagoland area. The Social Justice Hour provides a space for the representation of progressive voices, while creating a platform for the prevalent issues and dynamic perspectives of groups largely ignored, underrepresented, marginalized, and denigrated by mainstream commercial and non-commercial media. The Social Justice Hour is hosted by Attorney Ernest B. Fenton.


Attorney Ernest B. Fenton is a seasoned attorney and business leader. He is the Managing Attorney of the Law Office of Ernest B. Fenton (thestopforeclosureattorney.com) which focuses solely on real estate matters, corporate governance, and estate planning. Attorney Fenton firm has represented clients in a variety of legal matters including: residential and commercial transactions, due diligence, acquisitions, marketing analysis, leasing proposals, landlord tenant, contract drafting and pre-litigation disputes, business formation, planning, negotiation, and business litigation. Attorney Fenton is a graduate of Harvard Law School where he concentrated his studies on banking regulation and corporate transactions. Additionally, Attorney Fenton is an honor graduate of Chicago State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

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The GreenPreneur Radio Show
Michael T. Thomas

The GreenPreneur Radio Show<br/>Michael T. Thomas

Saturday 5pm – 6pm

Michael T. Thomas has distinguished himself as the “GREENEST” talk show host who brings a wealth of knowledge on local, and global “Green” initiatives to WVON’s vast listening audience. A native Chicagoan and Community Organizer, Michael has been very active in Chicago’s Environmental Movement and is a blog contributor to www.mygreenmag.org. He has traveled extensively to Asia and South American countries in an effort to track the current and most promising trends in clean and alternative energy.

Thomas continues to challenge the need for American’s to be more eco-conscious to all this emerging markets has to offer to people regardless of race, gender, class or beliefs.

The Native Chicagoan’s charismatic charm brought him to WVON after a one time meeting with the station’s management. He attended Chicago State University majoring in International Business with a goal to encourage the pulse of our great nation to create value while saving OUR environment, encouraging clean air and water for all of humanity.

Thomas specializes educating business; governments; entrepreneurs; and consumers in making the grand energy transition for the 21st century. He is a sought after motivational speaker for children; and is heavily involved in clean city renewal projects though out the world.

  • Sustainable “Smart Green” Housing: To increase affordable low income housing ownership within urban communities
  • “GREEN” Job Creation: To increase the awareness of economic self-sufficiency
  • Clean Technology Catalyst: To reduce the economic impact of rising energy cost
  • Sustainable Agriculture: To create a viable means to satisfy human nutrient needs via water conservation and highest and best use of land resources

We believe that, through community awareness, we can create a Sustainable World for each other and for the future.

Together we can make a Difference!

The GreenPreneur Radio Show

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