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New Kemet Harambe Chapter

Greetings and Welcome to the magnificent city of Chicago! The New Kemet Harambe Chapter (NKHC) has proudly served our members and the community in the Greater Chicagoland area for the past 20 years with UNBROKEN Distinguished Excellence -- and we are still going strong.  


Our Programs

NKHC offers various programs and activities throughout the year.  The events align with our mission and are sponsored on-site, off-site and online for our members and constituents.



The New Kemet Harambe Chapter of Blacks In Government® sponsors an annual Patricia Loyd Handy Scholarship Essay Competition. These competitions are open to Chicago metropolitan area high school graduating seniors and college undergraduate students, as an opportunity to compete for a $500.00 scholarship.

Participants who meet the eligibility requirements need to submit all required documents in the application packet, which includes a completed application, a current official school transcript, a clear photocopy of a valid school ID, a letter of recommendation from a school official, and to prepare a 500-word-essay (not to exceed 2 pages) on the below topic: 


In spite of the recent world events and adjustments to our daily routines and lifestyles, do you agree that social interaction should be part of the schooling environment, why or why not, and what would you consider to be a realistic model – in person or virtual learning?


Oratorical Competition

The New Kemet Harambe hosts an annual Oratorical Competition for youth in the 9th -12th grade. The National Blacks In Government organization identifies a different topic each year. The New Kemet Harambe Chapter’s competition is open to youth registered in any Chicagoland public school. The Chapter’s competition is typically held in March or April. The winner of the chapter competition goes on to compete at the regional level with the chance to compete at the National level. Cash prizes are awarded. 



The Blacks In Government Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC) is an expansion of the Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC). The ISSC was expanded to promote science,  engineering, and technology (STEM) capabilities at the local and national level. The STEM-SC will also serve to advance the youth's social and economic wellbeing in the United States and internationally.


The competition project will give students a quality learning experience and challenge them to develop important STEM competencies. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the competition. Students must work with a subject matter expert (SME) as a mentor.



General Membership Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of each month onsite at the  Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building, 3rd floor, Chicago, IL, or in a virtual environment from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

If you are a current chapter member, you are welcome to visit our MEMBERS ONLY restricted area for member-specific information.


Community Outreach

  • WTTW Channel 11 Fundraising Telethon

  • Greater Chicago Food Depository

  • Ronald McDonald Charities

  • Toy/Clothing Donations to Chicago Children’s Hospitals

Black History Month

Our Chapter collaborates with the Chicago Federal Intergovernmental Agencies’ Special Emphasis Program Managers to commemorate Black History Month.

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Honorable Dr. Ethel Leonara Crisp, President

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Want to see us in action?

We are an active chapter that has been serving our constituents and the community since 2001.  Take a look at our gallery to see what we've been up to!