Black History Month is a moment to celebrate and elevate those who've made innumerable contributions to the continued advancement of Black Americans.
Within the Chicago Cubs organization, we can point directly to numerous icons and trailblazers who broke barriers and paved the way for future generations of Black American ballplayers to succeed in the major leagues. Among them are Cubs legends Buck O'Neil and Ernie Banks.
Today, and every day, we celebrate those heroes and give our respect.
Nikko Washington is a Chicago native raised in Hyde Park who excels in a variety of media, including paint, graphic design and screen printing. He's known for creating expressive figures that speak beyond the canvas and has earned a solid reputation in Chicago's music scene designing album covers for a wide rang of hip-hop artists including Vic Mensa and Noname. Washington currently serves as the artistic director Chicago hip-hop collective, Savemoney.
To learn more about Nikko Washington, visit www.nikkowashington.com.
The Bloc is a Chicago-based nonprofit that uses the sport of boxing to provide resources and opportunities to Chicago's youth. The organization contributes to the momentum of improving Chicago's future by attracting youth least likely to join the mentoring and tutoring programs through boxing. Youth who come to The Bloc to box, ultimately learn how to fight for their own success.
To learn more about The Bloc, visit www.theblocchicago.org.