TONIKA JOHNSON

Social Justice Artist/Photographer

TONIKA JOHNSON

Making Good: Delivering on the Promise of Equity

To celebrate the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (CLCCR) 50th Anniversary Gala on Oct. 24, CLCCR commissioned Tonika Johnson to make portraits of the selected 25 Chicagoans joined in the ongoing battle for equal rights in the city, from board members to community organizers to teachers. The portraits were displayed at their gala and titled the "Making Good: Delivering on the Promise of Equity," exhibition. Click to view some portraits of the Chicagoans featured.

Elisabeth Greer is a professor at Harold Washington College and the named plaintiff in Greer v. Board of Education, in which attorneys with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee helped to successfully stop the racially biased closure of National Teachers Academy elementary school.

Naomi Davis is the founder and Executive Director of Blacks in Green (BIG). She works with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights on equitable community development.

Victor Adams, Jr. was represented by attorneys with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights after his housing application was summarily denied due to a criminal conviction that was over 20 years old.

Christian Diaz is a Lead Housing Organizer with Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a plaintiff organization represented by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee in a lawsuit to reform property tax assessments in Cook County.

Marty Castro is the Interim President and CEO of Casa Central who served as Chair of the Illinois Human Rights Commission and as Chair of the United States Civil Rights Commission.

Asiaha Butler is the founder and director of Resident Association of Greater Englewood (RAGE). Her community development work receives legal assistance from Chicago Lawyers’ Committee.

Quinn Rallins is Director of the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative for the Illinois Lieutenant Governor’s Office and serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

Sabrina West is a Senior Paralegal at Kirkland & Ellis LLP who has helped coordinate the Election Protection program for voters in Illinois and Indiana with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee.

Asif Bhatti is a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company and a pro bono volunteer for Chicago Lawyers’ Committee. He joined the Young Leaders’ Network in 2018.

Niketa Brar is the founding executive director of Chicago United for Equity (CUE), a plaintiff for Greer v. Board of Education in which attorneys with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee helped to successfully stop the racially biased closure of National Teachers Academy elementary school.

Jack Block is a Distinguished Lecturer in Residence at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law. Over a period of three decades he served on the Board of Directors for Chicago Lawyers’ Committee, including as Board Chair.

Amalia NietoGomez is Executive Director for Alliance of the Southeast (ASE). Her work to secure a community benefits agreement is supported by Chicago Lawyers’ Committee.

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