Mercy Home proudly participated in the 90th Annual Bud Billiken Parade this summer. In what hopes to be a yearly tradition, youth and coworkers represented our Home while marching in the renowned South Side spectacle, the largest African-American parade in the United States.
Marching behind Mercy Home’s familiar green banner, girls and coworkers from Walgreen Home smiled and waved at the crowds along Martin Luther King Drive in Bronzeville.
“It was a great cultural experience for the girls,” said Brittany Terrell, Director of Education Resources at the boys home. “The girls were able to see very famous Chicago dance teams perform, which they were thrilled about. The girls were happy to represent Mercy Home, as the crowd was excited to see our banner in the lineup!”
The parade is the brainchild of the late Robert S. Abbott, “the father of black journalism” and founder of the Chicago Defender, the legendary newspaper for African-Americans which served as a cultural beacon during the Great Migration as it spread news of northern jobs and opportunity to the south.