Black History Month Events in Chicago 2015

Black history Events In #Chicago #MLTVchiThe one thing Black History Month is not is just for black people. Black History Month was brought about because of the lack of education for the masses regarding the contributions of black people to the foundation of this country and society at large.

This crusade is much more important than the anti- lynching movement, because there would be no lynching if it did not start in the schoolroom.

Carter G. Woodson, founder of Negro History Week

My greatest wish is that no matter your race you will find an event this month for you and your family to partake in that will ignite a hunger in you to learn more diversely and a fire in you to demand more diversity in all aspects of your life.

Here are some event suggestions for my current home city of Chicago. To find events in your area I encourage you to check with your local library, park district, university, museum and cultural center for starters. And of course there is always the all mighty Google.

 

SMILE On!

 

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A Selection of Chicago’s Black History Month Events For February 2015

 

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 3RD

 

Halftime Show Opening Celebration

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Student Center East, Illinois Room

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750 South Halsted

All are welcome to celebrate our theme together and get a glimpse of what Black History Month has to offer. Highlights include a basketball shoot out, NPHC stroll competition, Mojo’s Pen spoken word, nominations for BSU Heritage Ball, and a special performance by the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Team.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

Self Destruction — The Musical

6:30PM – 7:15PM
Whitney M. Young, Jr.
7901 S. King Drive
Chicago IL 60619
Phone: (312) 747-0039

This performance program presented by For Children, By Children (FCBC), blends drama, comedy, tragedy, dance and hip-hop to explore the reasons why some Americans engage in self-destructive behavior. This inspirational musical program is filled with energized dance numbers and dramatic scenes that are definitely enlightening and entertaining.

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4TH

African American History Makers

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Humboldt Park
1605 N. Troy Street
Chicago IL 60647
Phone: (312) 744-2244

Storytellers D. Kucha Brownlee and Baba Tony will highlight African American inventors and writers through entertaining and educational stories, accompanied by song and music.

 

Black History Book Club

4:30PM – 5:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Wednesday in February participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 10-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading the following books

Searching for Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl in America by Tonya Bolden

A few copies of each title will be reserved at the Kelly Branch for the book club participants. Please feel free to bring your own copy.

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5TH

 

Pre-School Story Time: Celebrating African American History

10:30AM – 11:30AM
Wrightwood-Ashburn
8530 S. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago IL 60652
Phone: (312) 747-2696

Our story time this week features some great picture books about African Americans who made a difference in our world. Come and listen to stories about some of the people who have helped shape history!

 

Film Screening: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

2:00PM – 4:00PM
Near North
310 W. Division Street
Chicago IL 60610
Phone: (312) 744-0991

Screening of the classic movie starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Katharine Houghton. When the daughter of well-to-do liberal parents plans to marry a black doctor, both families must sit down face to dace and examine each other’s level of tolerance.

 

American Negro Exposition – Opening

4:30-6:00p.m.
AACC Library, Room 200,
Addams Hall

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830 South Halsted

This event is the Opening Reception for the African-American Cultural Center’s latest exhibition, “American Negro Exhibition,” which focuses on the American Negro Exposition that took place in Chicago in 1940. Curated by our Graduate Assistant, Jacqueline Y. Smith, the American Negro Exhibition celebrates the diamond jubilee of African-American achievements from the abolition of slavery to 1940.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

Mojo’s Pen Poetry Slam

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Student Center East, Cardinal Room

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750 South Halsted

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

African American Film Screening

5:00PM – 7:30PM
Edgewater
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: (312) 742-1945
 
12 Years A Slave

In the antebellum United States, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michael Fassbender, this historic biopic was released in 2013. Runtime: 134 minutes. Rated: R.

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Walker
11071 S. Hoyne Avenue
Chicago IL 60643
Phone: (312) 747-1920

In celebration of African American History Month, the group will discuss The Lie by JoAnn Fastoff. For more information contact Tina Matera.

 

Merri Dee and Micah Materre Discuss “Merri Dee: Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness & Grace”

6:30PM – 8:00PM
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605
Phone: (312) 747-4300

Please note: the start-time of this program is 6:30 p.m.

Chicago Public Library’s African American Services Committee celebrates African American History Month with award-winning television and radio personality Merri Dee, in conversation with Micah Materre of WGN-TV, discussing Dee’s memoir, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness & Grace. A Chicago native, Dee is a trailblazer in both television and radio, and has served as a news anchor, talk-show host, disc jockey, a celebrated motivational and inspirational speaker, a fierce advocate for violence prevention and more.

The program will begin with the reading of a proclamation celebrating African American History Month, followed by a musical selection. Ms. Dee and Ms. Materre will take the stage at approximately 7 p.m. or shortly thereafter. The program will conclude at 8:00 p.m.

Books are available for purchase and the author will sign books prior to the program, in the lower level lobby. Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (385 max.) is first come, first served and doors will open at 5:00 p.m.

 

LECTURE “UNREASONABLE DOUBT: EMMETT TILL, TRAYVON MARTIN, MICHAEL BROWN AND THE PRESUMPTION OF BLACK GUILT”

6:30 – 8:00pm  
IBLA Auditorium
DuSable Museum Of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 947-0600

Christopher Benson is an associate professor of journalism and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also is a faculty affiliate in psychology. Benson, who earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Journalism at the University of Illinois and his J.D. at Georgetown University, has worked as a city hall reporter in Chicago for WBMX-FM, and as Features Editor and Washington Editor for Ebony magazine. He also has written for Chicago, Savoy, Jet, and The Crisis magazines, and has contributed to The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and Reader’s Digest. Benson is co-author with Mamie Till-Mobley of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, (Random House, October 2003), the account of the lynching of Mrs. Till-Mobley’s son, Emmett Till, and the winner of the 2003 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Special Recognition. Benson also was a co-writer and associate producer of the WTTW Channel 11 documentary “Paper Trail: 100 Years of the Chicago Defender,” and was honored with two of the documentary’s three regional Emmy Awards. Additionally, Benson has served as vice president and associate counsel of Johnson Publishing Company, where his responsibilities included start-up and U.S. management oversight of Ebony South Africa magazine. He also has worked as a promotional writer and as a speechwriter for Washington, D.C. politicians, including former Congressman Harold Washington. At Illinois, Professor Benson teaches media law, media ethics, diversity and magazine writing in Journalism, and has taught African American Studies courses on hate crimes and on race and the press. He currently blogs on justice and race for The Chicago Reporter, and on race and media for The Huffington Post.

 

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 6TH

 
Hoop It Up Basketball Classic
 
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Student Recreation Facility

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737 South Halsted

The African American Academic Network would like to invite you to attend our annual Hoop It Up Basketball Classic. The event is one of many activities that will take place during Black History Month in order to commemorate the achievements of African Americans. The game will provide an opportunity for UIC students, faculty, staff and alumni to participate in a friendly, yet competitive game of basketball while raising camaraderie amongst our student body. The event will be filled with live entertainment, complementary door prizes and a chance to win additional prizes. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to learn more about our department.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

AACM in Conversation

6:30pm – 8:30pm
DuSable Museum Of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 947-0600

Admission: FREE

Internationally renowned for unparalleled contributions to modern music, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM) has been an inspirational leader within the cultural community since 1965.

AACM in Conversation, features distinguished musicians and original members Kelan Phil Cochran and Muhal Richard Abrams moderated by Professor George E. Lewis (writer & composer, renaissances man).

Reserve tickets on Eventbrite

 

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7TH

 

UIC Black Alumni Achiever Awards Luncheon

 
11:00 a.m.
Student Center East, Room 302

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750 South Halsted

Celebrate the accomplishments of UIC alumni in the areas of Education, Business, Medicine, Law, the Arts, and Philanthropy. We will present scholarships to current UIC students with the funds raised by the Black Alumni Association.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

The Diabetes Epidemic in the African American Community

11:00AM – 1:30PM
Woodson Regional
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900

Dr. Nicole D. King discusses how stomach bacteria becomes imbalanced, methods of assessing stomach microorganisms, how stomach bacteria influences the risk of developing diabetes, and strategies to repair the imbalance.

 

African American History Film Screening

2:00PM – 4:15PM
Edgewater
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: (312) 742-1945

In the antebellum United States, a free black man from upstate New York is abducted and sold into slavery. Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Michael Fassbender, this historical biopic was released in 2013. Runtime: 134 minutes. Rated R.

Our screening license prevents us from listing the film’s title in public; for more information, call the Edgewater Branch Library.

 

An African American Read-In

2:00PM – 4:00PM
Beverly
1962 W. 95th Street
Chicago IL 60643
Phone: (312) 747-9673

In celebration of African American History Month, the National Writers’ Union and the Beverly Branch invite the public to read excerpts from the books of their favorite African American authors.

 

Book Group Discusses The Other Wes Moore

3:00PM – 4:30PM
Rogers Park
6907 N. Clark Street
Chicago IL 60626
Phone: (312) 744-0156

In celebration of African American History Month, the group will discuss The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore. Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. This book tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

 

KINGS: The True History of Bronzeville Chicago’s Black Policy Kings!

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Culture Connection
400 W 71st St
Chicago, IL 60621

Presentation by Author Nathan Thompson- #CC360 Black History Month Series Week 1

 

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8TH 

 

History Speaks Lecture Series: John & Mary Jones and the Illinois Black Codes

 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST
Naper Settlement Meeting House
523 S. Webster St.
Naperville, IL 60540

This performance celebrates the life, times and accomplishments of John Jones, vice-president of the Freedmen’s Association, who was most influential in removing the Black Codes from Illinois law, and Mary Richardson Jones, his constant support. Find out about life in Illinois during the mid to late 1800’s for free people of color, the abolitionist movement and the courage and ingenuity of the Jones family. Kucha Brownlee is the co-founder and current president of The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers.

Website: http://napersettlement.org/index.aspx?nid=115
630.420.6010
Admission for this special presentation is $10 per person.

 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 9TH

 

African Jewelry Desiging

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Greater Grand Crossing
1000 E. 73rd Street
Chicago IL 60619
Phone: (312) 745-1608

This hands on workshop presented by artist and designer Bobbi White, allows attendees to create one-of-a-kind African jewelry designs from fabrics and recyclable items. Individuals will also learn how to re-create and repair jewelry.

 

 

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 10TH 

 

African American Storytelling for Children

10:30AM – 11:30AM
Woodson Regional
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900

Oba William King brings stories, poetry, and cultural songs to life through his interactive, dynamic presentation entitled “We Speak in Rhythm: Stories of Freedom.”

 

Black History Picture Book Club

5:30PM – 6:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Tuesday and Thursday of February, participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 4-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading these books:

Tuesday & Thursday February 10th & 12th – Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda M. Nelson and John Brown: His Fight for Freedom by John Hendrix

A few copies of each title will be reserved at the Kelly Branch for the book club participants. Please feel free to bring your own copy.

 

Black Roots: Tracing the Family Tree

6:00PM – 7:30PM
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605
Phone: (312) 747-4300

Genealogist and historian Tony Burroughs leads an inspirational discussion for anyone wanting to trace their family history. If you have not started researching your family tree or if you have been researching for years, you will learn easy, practical methods and resources that can help you.There will be a 30-minute question and answer period after the program, so come prepared!

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 11TH

 

African American Storytelling for Children

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Coleman
731 E. 63rd Street
Chicago IL 60637
Phone: (312) 747-7760

Oba William King brings stories, poetry, and cultural songs to life through his interactive, dynamic presentation entitled, “We Speak in Rhythm: Stories of Freedom.”

 

The Celebration of African American History

4:30PM – 5:30PM
Sherman Park
5440 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago IL 60609
Phone: (312) 747-0477

Celebrate and learn about African American History through interactive storytelling with educator and storyteller Linda L. Braggs. Enjoy stories of history, folk tales, fairy tales and fables that will warm the heart and soul.

 

Black History Book Club

4:30PM – 5:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Wednesday in February participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 10-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading the following books

Wednesday February 11th – Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case by Chris Crowe

 

The Growth of Chicago’s Black Communities

6:30PM – 7:30PM
Wrightwood-Ashburn
8530 S. Kedzie Avenue
Chicago IL 60652
Phone: (312) 747-2696

This program explores the history of the South Side communities through the development and growth of Chicago’s black populations, from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to current.

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 12TH 

 

Black History Picture Book Club

5:30PM – 6:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Tuesday and Thursday of February, participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 4-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading these books:

Thursday February 12th – Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda M. Nelson and John Brown: His Fight for Freedom by John Hendrix

A few copies of each title will be reserved at the Kelly Branch for the book club participants. Please feel free to bring your own copy.

 

Black Student Union at UIC presents Heritage Ball 

7:00p.m.-10:00p.m.
SCE Illinois Room

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750 South Halsted
 
An event recognizing UIC’s black student leaders. 2015 Theme: Black Excellence

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

AACC Brown Bag: The Iconography of Contagion

12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.
African American Cultural Center Library
200 Addams Hall

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830 South Halsted

A multimedia presentation that explores the historic relationship between public health and visual culture through the online exhibition “Iconography of Contagion” and the WPA era public health posters.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 14TH

 

Author Event: Lowell “RaceMan” Thompson

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Bezazian
1226 W. Ainslie Street
Chicago IL 60640
Phone: (312) 744-0019

Author and former advertising executive Lowell “RaceMan” Thompson discusses his book RaceMan Answers: America’s Toughest Questions on Race, Inequality & More.

 

African Jewelry Designing

3:00PM – 4:00PM
Legler
115 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago IL 60624
Phone: (312) 746-7730

This hands on workshop presented by artist and designer Bobbi White, allows attendees to create one-of-a-kind African jewelry designs from fabrics and recyclable items. Individuals will also learn how to re-create and repair jewelry.

 

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 17TH 

 

Black History Picture Book Club

5:30PM – 6:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Tuesday and Thursday of February, participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 4-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading these books:

Tuesday & Thursday February 17th & 19th – Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Myers

A few copies of each title will be reserved at the Kelly Branch for the book club participants. Please feel free to bring your own copy.

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

6:00PM – 7:00PM
West Chicago Avenue
4856 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60651
Phone: (312) 743-0260

In celebration of African American History Month, the group will discuss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. For more information contact Ernestine Maggette.

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 18TH

 

CHANCE Program Breakfast

8:00a.m.
Jane Addams Hull House Dining

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800 South Halsted

RSVP may be required. Contact the CHANCE program for more information at 312-355-5025

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

Teen Book Discussion

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Coleman
731 E. 63rd Street
Chicago IL 60637
Phone: (312) 747-7760

Teens are invited to join us for a discussion of Native Son by Richard Wright.

 

African American History Month Story/Craft Program for Kids

4:00PM – 4:45PM
Woodson Regional
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900

It’s African American History Month! Join us for a special story time with stories, music and a craft from several African countries and cultures.

 

Textile Art of Western Africa

4:00PM – 5:00PM
Greater Grand Crossing
1000 E. 73rd Street
Chicago IL 60619
Phone: (312) 745-1608

Explore West African techniques and symbols through textiles and masks, then use West African adinkra symbols and plant dyes to decorate a small throw pillow to take home.

 

The Celebration of African American History

4:30PM – 5:30PM
King
3436 S. King Drive
Chicago IL 60616
Phone: (312) 747-7543

Celebrate and learn about African American History through interactive storytelling with educator and storyteller Linda L. Braggs. Enjoy stories of history, folk tales, fairy tales and fables that will warm the heart and soul.

 

Black History Book Club

4:30PM – 5:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Wednesday in February participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 10-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading the following books

Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell

 

African-American History Month Storycraft

4:30PM – 5:30PM
Sherman Park
5440 S. Racine Avenue
Chicago IL 60609
Phone: (312) 747-0477

Join us for stories, music and a craft about African-American history. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

6:00PM – 7:00PM
North Austin
5724 W. North Avenue
Chicago IL 60639
Phone: (312) 746-4233

In celebration of African American History Month, the group will discuss The Promised Land by Nicholas Lemann. For more information contact Carolyn Stewart.

 

Author Bernadette Atuahene discusses “We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program”

6:00PM – 7:30PM
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605
Phone: (312) 747-4300

Author Bernadette Atuahene joins us to discuss her recent book titled We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program.

We Want What’s Ours is a detailed study of South Africa’s attempts to rectify the deprivation of land suffered by thousands of people under the colonial and apartheid regimes. It teaches a critical lesson about these transitions: remedying past wrongs entails more than distributing money or even returning property, because the dispossessed did not just lose their possessions, they also had their dignity taken from them. A comprehensive remedy for these ‘dignity takings’ involves confronting the underlying dehumanization, infantilization, and political exclusion that enabled the dispossession. That is, it requires ‘dignity restoration’ – a remedy based on principles of restorative justice that seeks to rehabilitate the dispossessed and reintegrate them into the fabric of society. Atuahene is a professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is available first come, first served, 385 max. Books may be purchased and the author will sign books at the program’s conclusion.

 

UIC Jazz Ensemble with Robin Eubanks 

7:00p.m.
Student Center East
Illinois Rooms

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750 South Halsted

Robin Eubanks is the premier jazz trombonist of his generation. Whether performing with his groups (EB3 or Mental Images) or with the critically acclaimed Dave Holland Quintet and Big Band – with whom he was an original member – Robin is an artist whose impact on audiences has proven powerful and lasting. Robin has recorded seven albums as a leader featuring his original music and has collaborated with performers such as Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Eddie Palmieri, Sun Ra, Barbra Streisand, The Rolling Stones and Talking Heads, to name but a few. He won Grammy Awards for his performances on Michael Brecker’s Wide Angles and Dave Holland’s What Goes Around.

The UIC Jazz Ensemble is directed by Andy Baker. For tickets: theatreandmusic.uic.edu

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

The Promised Land by Nicholas Lemann

6:30PM – 7:30PM
North Austin
5724 W. North Avenue
Chicago IL 60639
Phone: (312) 746-4233

In February, we’re discussing The Promised Land by Nicholas Lemann. This story is about having the courage to make a change for a better life.

Copies of this book are available at the adult reference desk.

Enjoy refreshments during the discussion.

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 19TH

 

AACC Brown Bag: African-American Farming Practices

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
AACC Gallery
207 Addams Hall

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830 South Halsted

Join Master Gardener Carolyn Thomas and Rev. Dr. Albert Sampson for a roundtable discussion centered on African-American agricultural practices. Carolyn Thomas is one of the founding Directors of God’s Gang, a youth- development organization that offers an holistic perspective on community transformation by teaching about agriculture and food through farming, animal husbandry and urban gardening alongside curating exhibitions on Black history. Rev. Sampson is the founder of George Washington Carver F.A.R.M.S., an organization dedicated to facilitating the distribution of “soul food” vegetables and fruits from black farmers down south to black consumers up north.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

Film Screening: Ghosts of Mississippi

2:00PM – 4:15PM
Near North
310 W. Division Street
Chicago IL 60610
Phone: (312) 744-0991

The film features the final trial of the assassin of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. ©Columbia Pictures

Starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberd and James Wood.

 

Teen Writing Workshop

4:00PM – 5:00PM
West Pullman
830 W. 119th Street
Chicago IL 60643
Phone: (312) 747-1425

Learn the importance of journaling as a positive outlet for creativity on paper and on the internet, with published author, motivational speaker, TV/radio host and reporter Lauren Ward. Attendees will learn that writing is not just for essays and research papers.

 

African American Storytelling for Children

4:00PM – 5:00PM
North Austin
5724 W. North Avenue
Chicago IL 60639
Phone: (312) 746-4233

Oba William King brings stories, poetry, and cultural songs to life through his interactive, dynamic presentation entitled, “We Speak in Rhythm: Stories of Freedom.”

 

POV Film Screening: Homegoings by Christine Turner

5:00PM – 7:00PM
Pullman
11001 S. Indiana Avenue
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-2033

Join us for a free POV Film Screening of Christine Turner’s Homegoings, which examines the history, tradition, beauty and grace of African American funerals.

 

Paint Your Migration Story

5:00PM – 7:00PM
North Pulaski
4300 W. North Avenue
Chicago IL 60639
Phone: (312) 744-9573

Paint your migration story in this fun art workshop for adults to highlight migration in the U.S. With focus on the book, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, this program will be conducted by the adult librarian.

Supplies will be furnished or you can bring your own.

 

Black History Picture Book Club

5:30PM – 6:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Tuesday and Thursday of February, participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 4-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading these books:

Tuesday & Thursday February 17th & 19th – Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Myers

A few copies of each title will be reserved at the Kelly Branch for the book club participants. Please feel free to bring your own copy.

 

Old School/New School Love Remixes 

6:00-9:00p.m.
AACC, 2nd floor
Addams Hall

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830 South Halsted

This event is the launch of the AACC’s monthly, Third-Thursday-Throw-Back Thursdays, held on the third Thursday of each month during the Spring and Fall semesters. Throw Back Thursdays is an evening designed bring current students, alums, and our community partners and allies together for a night of fun networking and socializing. Event includes light refreshments and a live DJ.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

Poetry & Open MIC Night

6:00PM – 8:00PM
Woodson Regional
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900

Join Chicago’s very own award winning spoken word artist, Just MIC “DA POET” and featured poets, Robyn Shanae & Alicia Spikes “Restore” as they celebrate African American History Month with expressions of freedom of speech, unity and peace. Bring all talents to the stage: poets, rapers, singers, dancers, or spoken word artists.

All ages are welcome. You must sign up at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 pm.

 

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20TH

 

A Journey Through Time: Origins to Modern Day

7:00-9:00p.m.
Student Center East, Room 302

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750 South Halsted

A history of African diaspora starting with traditions from Africa, next Greek Organizations and their influence at Predominantly White Institutions, then the civil rights movement, and ending with current events within the Black community. A showcase with skits, dances, and poetry.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

The Piano Lesson by August Wilson directed by Derrick Sanders

Fri Feb 20-7:30pm
Sat Feb 21 – 7:30PM
SunFeb22-2PM
Tue Feb 24 – 12PM*
Wed Feb 25 – 2PM
Thur Feb 26 – 7:30PM
Fri Feb 27 – 7:30PM
Sat Feb 28 – 7:30PM SunMar1-2PM
*Special Student Matinee
For tickets: theatreandmusic.uic.edu 
UIC Theatre 1044 W Harrison St

 In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battles their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy — an antique piano and the secret it holds. Jeff award winning Derrick Sanders directs August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Piano Lesson.

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 21ST

 

Shane Evans Sensory Story Time

9:30AM – 10:30AM
Greater Grand Crossing
1000 E. 73rd Street
Chicago IL 60619
Phone: (312) 745-1608

Children aged 1 to 4 and caretakers are invited to jopin us for a short story time followed by book-inspired sensory and artistic play. This morning program will feature the work of aurthor and illustrator Shane Evans and his books We March and Underground.

 

CONSIDERING THE COMPLEX HISTORY OF THE13TH AMENDMENT TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

1:00pm – 3:00pm
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 947-0600

Noted Civil Rights lawyer, Thomas N. Todd will preside over a panel of historians and legal experts as they consider the complex history of the13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In conjunction with the mini exhibit, The Substance of Things Hoped for: the Complicated and Inspired History Behind the 13th Amendment

 

African American Storytelling for Children

1:30PM – 2:30PM
West Belmont
3104 N. Narragansett Avenue
Chicago IL 60634
Phone: (312) 746-5142

Oba William King brings stories, poetry, and cultural songs to life through his interactive, dynamic presentation entitled, “We Speak in Rhythm: Stories of Freedom.”

 

African Jewelry Designing

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Scottsdale
4101 W. 79th Street
Chicago IL 60652
Phone: (312) 747-0193

This hands on workshop presented by artist and designer Bobbi White, allows attendees to create one-of-a-kind African jewelry designs from fabrics and recyclable items. Individuals will also learn how to re-create and repair jewelry.

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Edgewater
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: (312) 742-1945

In celebration of African American History Month, the group will discuss Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup. For more information contact Edward Remus.

 

Old School Adventures from Englewood

2:00PM – 3:30PM
Bezazian
1226 W. Ainslie Street
Chicago IL 60640
Phone: (312) 744-0019

Elaine Hegwood Bowen

In Old School Adventures from Englewood—South Side of Chicago, author Elaine Hegwood Bowen shares her recollections of what life was like growing up in Englewood when her parents migrated to Chicago in the early 1950s and purchased a home in 1959. She grounds her stories in exciting childhood adventures, as well as the cultural happenings of the time, discussing such issues as Dr. Martin Luther King, race riots, and integration. She provides a glimpse into what the infamous neighborhood was once like.

Elaine Hegwood Bowen is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She writes a regular blog for Film Monthly.

 

African American History Month Tribute

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Beverly
1962 W. 95th Street
Chicago IL 60643
Phone: (312) 747-9673

In celebration of African American History Month, the Beverly Branch and Poets United invite the public to a program featuring Baba Griot (aka Leonard Lucas).

 

Evolution of Chicago Style Steppin’

3:00PM – 4:15PM
Hall
4801 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60615
Phone: (312) 747-2541

Learn about historical African American dances, such as the Ring Shout, Cake Walk, Chicago Bop, Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, through video presentations and demonstrations.

 

NPHC Stroll Exhibition 

6:00p.m.
Student Center East, Illinois Room

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750 South Halsted

Come watch a stroll exhibition featuring UIC’s NPHC organizations.

All events are open to the general public and the UIC community of students, faculty, and staff. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

 

Black History Month Jazz Concert

8:00-10:00pm
PERFORMING ARTS
Assembly Hall
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637-2997
773.753.2270

You won’t want to miss the 5th annual Black History Month celebration of jazz, “Our Gift to the World,” featuring the Chicago-based Ari Brown Quintet, led by jazz tenor saxophonist and pianist Ari Brown. Ari Brown is a composer, arranger and educator whose principle instrument is the saxophone. He has performed has toured all over the world including Japan, Europe, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Singapore, and played with many music greats including: Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Elvin Jones, Andrew White, Della Reese, Billy Eckstein. Mr. Brown has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Chicago premier of the Anthony Davis opera, “Malcom X”.

Open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 7:30pm; $25 reserved VIP seating, $10 general admission, and $8 for students with ID. Complimentary tickets are available for International House Residents. Contact Mary Beth DeStefano at mdestefa@uchicago.edu for more information

Sponsored by the International House Global Voices 59th Street Jazz Series and WHPK Jazz Format

 

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22ND

 

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Loyola Park
1230 W. Greenleaf Ave. Chicago, IL 60626
(773) 262-8605
Fee: Free

Age Range: Any

This event celebrates the rich black history of the African-American, African and Caribbean ethnicities represented in the park. The program will include music, poetry, historical remembrances and refreshments.

 

MONDAY FEBRUARY 23RD

 

Behind Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Black Lives in the 19th Century

5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Richard J. Daley Library, Rm 1-470

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801 South Morgan

In association with the exhibit in the Daley Library Special Collections department “Visualizing Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” panelists will discuss the historical and literary context within which Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote. Featured speakers include R.J. Ellis (University of Birmingham (U.K.)) on Our Nig: or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black by Harriet Wilson, the first book by a Black woman published in the United States; Katrina Thompson (St. Louis University), the author of Ring Shout, Wheel About: The Racial Politics of Music and Dance in North American Slavery (University of Illinois Press, 2014) on antebellum performance; and UIC Professor and Head of African American Studies Jane Rhodes who will speak on “Black Abolitionism and Black Print Culture.”

 

Robert Sims and Christopher Brooks Discuss “Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor”

6:00PM – 7:30PM
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605
Phone: (312) 747-4300

Robert Sims and Christopher Brooks discuss their new book “Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor”. Performing in a country rife with racism and segregation, the tenor Roland Hayes was the first African American man to reach international fame as a concert performer, and his trailblazing career carved the way for a host of African American artists. This engaging biography spans the history of Hayes’s life and career and the legacy he left behind as a musician and a champion of African American rights.

In addition to their discussion, Robert Sims will also perform selections of spirituals arranged by Roland Hayes.

Christopher A. Brooks is Professor of Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Robert Sims is Professor of Voice in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.

Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is available first come, first served, 385 max. Books may be purchased and the authors will sign books at the program’s conclusion.

 

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 24TH 

 

Hip Hop Beats and Indigenous Rhymes for Teens

5:00PM – 6:30PM
Woodson Regional
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900

Take an interactive, audiovisual tour of African American experiences in the United States, past and present, through Hip Hop culture with presenter Kyle T. Mays, a black and Saginaw Anishinaabek trans-disciplinary scholar of race relations, popular culture and U.S. History.

Attendees will learn about the historical experiences of African Americans and their culture in the United States and the important role of Hip Hop in history.

 

Movie Screening: Dear White People 

5:00p.m.-8:00p.m.
Student Center East, Room 605

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750 South Halsted

Join us for a screening of the movie: Dear White People. Then, stay for a dialogue in a safe space on race relations at Universities and nationwide co-facilitated by the UIC Dialogue Initiative Staff; http://dialogue.uic.edu.

 

Black History Picture Book Club

5:30PM – 6:45PM
Kelly
6151 S. Normal Boulevard
Chicago IL 60621
Phone: (312) 747-8418

To celebrate Black History Month and recognize the achievements of Black Americans, every Tuesday and Thursday of February, participants will read and discuss a featured book about a person or event in African American History and participate in related activities or crafts. Ages 4-14. Parents are invited. We will be reading these books:

Tuesday & Thursday February 24th & 26th – Bronzeville: Boys and Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks and The Cosmo Biography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka

A few copies of each title will be reserved at the Kelly Branch for the book club participants. Please feel free to bring your own copy.

 

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 25TH 

 

Author Book Discussion and Signing with Rich Benson

6:30PM – 8:00PM
Woodson Regional
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900

Rich Benson will discuss his book, Fighting for Our Place in the Sun, including discussions about Malcolm X and the radicalization of the black student movement from 1960 to 1973.

 

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 26TH 

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

10:30AM – 11:30AM
Pullman
11001 S. Indiana Avenue
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-2033

In celebration of African American History Month, the group discusses The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris. For more information contact Hubert Thompson.

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

12:00PM – 1:00PM
Harold Washington Library Center400 S. State Street
Chicago IL 60605
Phone: (312) 747-4300

In celebration of African American History Month, the group discusses The Grace of Silence by Michele Norris (audiobooks). For more information contact Patrice Johnson.

 

AACC Brown Bag: Community Archives

12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.
AACC Gallery, 207 Addams Hall

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830 South Halsted

What are community archives? What communities do they serve and how do they respond to the hidden histories that might otherwise remain lost in the general archives? Join UIC Visiting Instructor and Resident Archivist for Social Justice, Skyla Hearn, for an engaging discussion of her work as a social justice archivist.

 

Black History Makers Award Ceremony

3:00p.m.-5:00p.m.
Student Center East, East Terrace

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750 South Halsted

Join us for the 8th annual celebration of our very own UIC legends.

 

“Twelve Years a Slave” as Film, Literature, and Historical Event: A Roundtable Discussion

6:00PM – 7:30PM
Edgewater
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: (312) 742-1945

The brutality of American slavery was portrayed unflinchingly in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, a 2013 Academy Award-winning film adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir. Twelve Years a Slave was selected as one of the best movies of 2013 by Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips, who, along with Adam Green, associate professor of American History at the University of Chicago, join this roundtable to discuss Northup’s story as a cinematic, literary, and historical event.

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

6:00PM – 7:00PM
Garfield Ridge
6348 S. Archer Avenue
Chicago IL 60638
Phone: (312) 747-6094

In celebration of African American History Month, the group will discuss Freeman by Leonard Pitts, Jr.. For more information contact Anthony Ledwon,

 

The Growth of Chicago’s Black Communities

6:30PM – 7:30PM
West Chicago Avenue
4856 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago IL 60651
Phone: (312) 743-0260

This program explores the history of the South Side communities through the development and growth of Chicago’s black population, from the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 to current.

 

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27TH 

 

Listen: Voices Still Lingering from the Harlem Renaissance

10:00AM – 11:00AM
Bezazian
1226 W. Ainslie Street
Chicago IL 60640
Phone: (312) 744-0019

The Harlem Renaissance was a period of cultural revival for many African Americans. Storyteller Velma Gladney takes participants back, through poetry and classic folklore, to that period in time to learn and identify the great sense of pride African Americans felt during the Harlem Renaissance.

 

25th Annual and FINAL UIC Blues Cabaret

7:00-10:00p.m.
Student Center East, Illinois Room

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750 South Halsted

Headliner: Big James and the Chicago Playboys Opening Act: LaJa’ and the Jazz Blues Band.

Free for students with valid i-card, $15 general admission.

 

THE DUSABLE MUSEUM PRESENTS: SELMA- ONE DREAM CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

7:00pm – 9:00pm
DuSable Museum Of African American History
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: (773) 947-0600

Selma is a 2014 American historical drama film co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC. The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King

The film has been nominated for Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Ava DuVernay), Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and Best Original Song (“Glory”).

Get Tickets on Eventbrite Now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/selma-one-dream-can-change-the-world-tickets-15359481623 Price: $10.00

 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 28TH 

 

New African American Student Breakfast

8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Student Center East, Illinois Room

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750 South Halsted

UIC African American faculty would like to invite newly admitted students and their parents to learn about the support and opportunities available to African American students at this new student breakfast. RSVP is required. Contact the African American Academic Network for more information at 312-996-5565.

 

Paint Your Migration Story

10:00AM – 1:00PM
North Pulaski
4300 W. North Avenue
Chicago IL 60639
Phone: (312) 744-9573

Paint your migration story in this fun art workshop for adults to highlight migration in the U.S. With focus on the book, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, this program will be conducted by the adult librarian.

Supplies will be furnished or you can bring your own.

 

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Homan Square Park
3559 W. Arthington St. Chicago, IL 60624
(312) 746-6650
Fee: Free

Age Range: 3 and up

Black History Month Celebration-(UMOJA) Highlights the cultures of Africa and African Americans. Programming includes Vendors as well as Special performances of Music and Dance.

 

Race and Real Estate in 20th Century Chicago

11:00AM – 1:00PM
Edgewater
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago IL 60660
Phone: (312) 742-1945

The Edgewater Branch Library’s Chicago History Book Club meets to discuss Beryl Satter’s 2009 book Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America. This book has been read and discussed widely over the past few years; those who have already read it should feel free to prepare for the discussion by reading an alternative title, Making the Second Ghetto: Race & Housing in Chicago, 1940-1960 by Arnold Hirsch (1983). Copies of both books are available upon request at the first floor reference desk of the Edgewater Branch Library.

At this meeting, participants will vote on the topics and titles to be discussed at future meetings of the Chicago History Book Club.

The Edgewater Branch Library’s Chicago History Book Club meets in partnership with the Edgewater Historical Society.

 

Performance: Tap Dancer Jimmy Payne Jr.

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Lincoln Park
1150 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago IL 60614
Phone: (312) 744-1926

Chicago tap dancer Jimmy Payne Jr. will speak about the importance of tap dancing as an African-American cultural tradition, and follow his discussion with a rousing tap performance.

Jimmy began tapping as a young child with his father, legendary dance master Jimmy Payne, who taught tap and Afro-Caribbean dance for more than 70 years. He has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, as well as with Dance Chicago and the Human Rhythm Project.

Dance fans of all ages are welcome to attend. Please visit the branch or call (312) 744-1926 for additional information.

 

Film Screening: James Baldwin – The Price of the Ticket

2:00PM – 3:30PM
Bezazian
1226 W. Ainslie Street
Chicago IL 60640
Phone: (312) 744-0019

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket captures on film the passionate intellect and courageous writing of one of the major writers of the twentieth century. The author of novels including Go Tell It on the Mountain and nonfiction works such as The Fire Next Time, Baldwin was also a civil rights activist—a prophetic voice calling for Americans, black and white, to confront their shared racial tragedy.

Run time: 87 minutes. No registration required.

 

Evolution of Chicago Style Steppin’

3:00PM – 4:15PM
Austin
5615 W. Race Avenue
Chicago IL 60644
Phone: (312) 746-5038

Learn about historical African American dances, such as the Ring Shout, Cake Walk, Chicago Bop , Lindy Hop and Jitterbug, through video presentations and demonstrations.

 

Adult Book Club: Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

3:00PM – 4:30PM
Woodson Regional
9525 S. Halsted Street
Chicago IL 60628
Phone: (312) 747-6900

Join Your Book Club @ Woodson as we discuss Manning Marable’s Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. This book is a well researched and precisely presented biography of Malcom X, one of the most important figures in the history of civil rights. The revealing details of his life until his early demise are presented in a readable and clear style.

 

African American History Month Adult Book Discussion

7:00PM – 8:00PM
Hall
4801 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago IL 60615
Phone: (312) 747-2541

In celebration of African American History Month, the group will discuss The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. For more information contact Hubert Thompson.

 

 

*For University of Illinois Black History Month 2015Calendar of Events Questions Email jvadam@uic.edu

*Visit the Chicago Public Library website for more information.

*Visit the DuSable Museum of African American History website for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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