By Raymond Ward, Chicago Crusader
CELEBRATION: The DuSable Museum of African American History will celebrate the legacy of Civil Rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration which will take place on Monday, January 15, 2018. A full day of exciting educational activities for the entire family will be on the schedule, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The event will take place at the DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place (57th Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue) in Chicago.
“The Dream: Fifty Years Later,” is the theme of the day-long event designed to “elevate your consciousness,” and activities will include: a spoken-word salute to Dr. King; storytelling for children; arts & crafts workshops led by members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority; performances by local choirs; other activities offered are family-friendly films dedicated to Dr. King’s legacy, oral history recording, and dance and poetry with Move Me Soul. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see special productions by Joan Collaso, Marcus Gentry, and the Congo Square Theater Company, in addition to participating in a very special “Ignite Talk” which will discuss, “The Dream: Fifty Years Later,” and feature Assata’s Daughters, Ayesha J. Cole and Kofi Ademola of Black Lives Matter, and members of the Prison+ Neighborhood Art Project.
“Ignite Talks” are short “lightning” talks on a particular topic with the aid of an automatically moving PowerPoint presentation. Each speaker will have up to 10 minutes to present their views on the Civil Rights Movement in the 50 years since Dr. King’s death. Following will be an audience Q & A.
The day will also include live broadcasts hosted by Chicago’s first and only African American-owned radio station WVON-1690 AM, along with radio station 106.3 Chicago’s R&B.
While at the Museum celebrating Dr. King, guests are also encouraged to experience the new exhibitions: Chicago: A Southern Exposure; Rewriting History: Paper Gowns and Photographs; and Clearing A Place For Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Eighth Illinois National Guard, in addition to the impactful Freedom, Resistance and The Journey Towards Equality, plus The DuSable Masterworks Collection Series I: Paintings.
For more information on this program please visit www.dusablemuseum.org, or telephone 773-947-0600.