Monday, January 12, 2015

"11 Months" wraps, but "Coming Together Niles Township" is just getting started!

I'm so sad that our 11 Months of African American History is coming to a close this Sunday! We will celebrate with music from SOUL Creations, a reading from "Fences", food from Curt's Cafe and a preview from Goodman Theatre of their upcoming August Wilson series in Chicago.

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
hough several books will be discussed, the primary one is

The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

You can find the list of programs at

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 Library
The 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.

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