Chicago's "Neighborhood Heroes" Take A Bow During Black History Month

ComEd launches "The Power of One" campaign

Jan 30, 2014, 14:13 ET from ComEd

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Diane Latiker, a mother of eight and grandmother to 13, began her outreach by opening her home as a safe haven to kids on the block. Her compassion to help a few has created an award-winning non-profit organization, "Kids off the Block," dedicated to providing more than 1,500 young people positive alternatives to gangs, drugs, truancy, violence, and the juvenile justice system. Today she has a center that services nearly 50 young people each day for tutoring, counseling or activities such as sports, drama, dance and music.

In honor of Black History Month, ComEd launched its "Power of One" campaign to recognize unsung heroes, like Diane, who are making a difference in the community. The campaign profiles 28 inspiring Chicago-area "Neighborhood Heroes," and their unique stories of how they are powering lives.

"We are pleased to honor our heroes for their remarkable contributions to their neighborhoods and Chicago's rich African American heritage," said Kevin Brookins, senior vice president of strategy and administration, ComEd. "For more than 100 years, ComEd has been committed to serving the communities where our customers and employees live and work, and this campaign is an extension of this longstanding commitment."

"The Power of One" campaign includes videos profiling the neighborhood heroes. Beginning Feb. 1, all heroes will be profiled on ComEd's website, and its social media channels and Twitter (@ComEd). In addition, the heroes will be highlighted in a series of radio, out of home, print and digital advertisements.

ComEd also invites the general public to nominate someone to be the next featured neighborhood hero. Visit and click on the "Nominate" section for more information.

ComEd's "The Power of One" neighborhood heroes:




Anta Njie

West Chatham

Anta's Promise: Collect, Care and Share

Betty Price


Feed, Clothe, Help the Needy (FCHN) 

Brenda Palms Barber

North Lawndale

North Lawndale Employment Network

Carl D. West


TRUTH 4 Literacy After School Program

Charisma Cannon

South Shore


Charles Leeks

North Lawndale

Neighborhood Housing Services

Che "Rhymefest" Smith


Donda's House

Cheryl Johnson

Altgeld Gardens

People for Community Recovery

Cliff Rome


Rome's Joy Catering

David Peterson, Jr.


A. Phillip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum

Diane Latiker


Kids Off The Block

Elizabeth Gardner


The Woodlawn Community Summit

Ernest Dawkins


Englewood Jazz Festival

Felicia Houston

South Loop

Anointed Wives Ministry

Halleemah Nash

South Loop

Israel Idonije Foundation

J. Michael Carr, Jr.

South Shore

The Fathers for the Future Foundation

Jackie Taylor


Black Ensemble Theater

Kamau Murray

Washington Park

XS Tennis and Education Foundation

Kelly Fair


Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program

Kim Tyler


ENDURE Productions

Kimberley Rudd

Auburn Gresham

Shift to Fitness

Larry Roberts, Jr.

Glendale Heights

Larry's Barber College

Leonardo D. Gilbert


West Pullman Food Network

Mable Taplin

South Shore

Joanie Girl's Heart

Mark Harris


Englewood Film Festival

Naomi Davis


Blacks In Green (BIG)

Rev. Gregory Powell


New Faith Baptist International

Tina Harbin


Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.