Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation February 10th – Celebrate the
achievements and works of black composers with Fulcrum Point
with the program Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation! Guests will be
able to witness three generations of artists ranging from
impressionistic pop to jazz-improv. Renowned composer and
cellist Tomeka Reid will be bringing these diverse stylings to life with
a world premiere composition. The evening will end with a set of
free-jazz improv led by the legendary Kahil El’ Zabar and his Ethnic
Heritage Ensemble. You can buy tickets HERE.
Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry Now till
March 4th – Head to the museum of Science and Industry to
celebrate both the artistic and scientific achievements of those in the
African Diaspora with the Black Creativity exhibit. Explore over 100
works of art in the Juried Art exhibit. Guests can also learn about the
achievements of blacks in STEM inside the innovation lab. While
learning about these achievements, visitors will also be able to
become innovators themselves by problem solving and creating their
own inventions and solutions.
Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin February 16th
& 17th – Join the Chicago Humanities Festival for two moving and
thought provoking evenings with Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of
Trayvon Martin. Trayvon’s mothers Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
will provide an inside look into a story that’s rarely told on the news.
You’ll hear a firsthand account of how they felt during the whole
ordeal and how they used pain to launch a movement for national
justice that still remains relevant today. Tickets can be purchased
ARTFLIX: Celebrating Black Brilliance February 20th – On
President’s Day join the Hyde Park Art Center for a series of free
short documentary films that highlight black excellence. Films will
focus on the achievements of historical figures such as Mary
McCloud Bethune, Ida B. Wells and Shirley Chisholm. Films are free
and open to the public. More information can be found HERE.
We should celebrate the achievements of those in the
African Diaspora year round. However, for this month
there are some special Black History Month activities you
should partake in so here are my top picks.