But don't despair! There are plenty of opportunities to explore African American literature culture and history coming up both in and around Evanston.
This Sunday was the kickoff for "Coming Together In Skokie and Niles Township", a 4 month series of book discussions, movies, and speakers all connected to themes of race. Alt
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey MooreYou can find the list of programs at http://comingtogether.in/events/
Next Sunday at 1:00 pm, before our wrap up party, Evanston Art Center is hosting the following at the Evanston Library...
Sunday January 18th, 1:00 pm Community Meeting Room, Evanston Public LibraryThe Evanston Art Center and Insight Arts are pleased to collaborate once again for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day program. This year we are so honored to have with us participants from the Chicago organization We Charge Genocide, a grassroots organization that recently made headlines when they addressed the United Nations in November 2014.
Evanston Art Center Director of Education Keith Brown and Insight Arts Executive Director Craig Harshaw invite audiences to engage this new generation working in the spirit of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements as they speak about the ongoing struggles for racial justice in the United States and their experiences in Geneva. We will personally hear from We Charge Genocide and frame a broader discussion in relationship to the emergent BlackLivesMatter campaign.
annddd...looking ahead to March, you have another chance to catch
Friends Disappear: The Battle For Racial Equality in Evanston by Mary Barr
Barr explores the myths and realities of integration and racism in Evanston. Barr, who grew up in Evanston, asserts that there is a detrimental myth of integration surrounding Evanston, despite bountiful evidence of actual segregation. "In exploring the fate of her own generation of Evanstonians," Martha Biondi of Northwestern University observes, "Barr reveals the powerful role of race in structuring access to opportunity, wealth, and even to life itself."
Barr is reading and discussing her book on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 7 pm at the Evanston History Center in the Dawes House, 225 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL. The presentation begins at 7pm, and a wine and appetizer reception takes place from 6:30pm-7pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. The book is for sale at Barnes and Noble (in the Chicago section) at Bookends and Beginnings (in the former Bookman's Alley location" and on the shelf at Evanston Public Library.