Chicago’s 90th Annual Bud Billiken parade was a huge hit in August 2019, and AT&T was proud to be a part of it again this year.  As part of the Believe Chicago® initiative, AT&T employee volunteers handed out AT&T premium items including backpacks, as the parade’s focus is getting students ready to go back to school.


The Bud Billiken Parade is the oldest and largest African American parade in the United States.


AT&T Illinois President Eileen Mitchell represented the company at a kickoff breakfast that included other dignitaries, including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Governor J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.


“I believe that each of us has a responsibility to strengthen the transformative legacy together, by ensuring educational equity for Chicago’s schoolchildren regardless of zip code and the school they go to,” Mayor Lightfoot said.