Wednesday, February 5, 2014

It's Officially Black History Month! Join the Celebration at TheDuSable Museum!

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Every Wednesday Night in February! This Black History Month, The DuSable Museum of African American History will partner with Trinity United Church of Christ to bring you a very special program!
The DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commission present: MAAFA or the African Holocaust is a term used to describe the history and on-going effects of atrocities inflicted on African people. The MAAFA includes the Arab and Atlantic slave trades, and continued through other forms of oppression to the present day. On the four (4) Wednesdays and the four (4) Sundays in February 2014, The DuSable Museum of African American History will partner with Trinity United Church of Christ to present this very special programming. RSVPs Below!
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM
MAAFA: Ghana (RSVP!) – The story of Kwame Nkrumah and Ghana independence. Documentary - Winds of Change
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30 PM
MAAFA: Caribbean/ Haiti (RSVP!) – Documentary and Lecture on the Haitian Revolution and its impact on America and the world
Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 PM
MAAFA: New Orleans (RSVP!) – (Louisiana) Louisiana documentaries on the land, people and culture - a discussion with Jihad Muhammad and filmmaker Masequa Myers
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 PM
MAAFA: Chicago (RSVP!) – Panel Discussion with Rev Moss, Dr. Adams, Professor Chris Reed
Due to its unique geographic position between the slave states of Missouri and Kentucky to the South, and the free territories of Canada to the North, scores of Africans found Illinois an ideal region to escape bondage.
Renowned Underground Railroad historian Glennette Tilley-Turner will examine individual and collective accounts of the agency, resiliency, and bravery that led scores from bondage to freedom and highlights Illinois’ legacy of resistance that we can all be proud of. For more information call 773 947-0600 Ext 223. DATE: Thursday, February 6, 2014; TIME: 6:30pm – 9:00pm; COST: Admission: FREE
DuSomething A.W.E.some! A.W.E. (Art, Wine, & Entertainment) offers you an evening of awe inspiring art work, uncommon wines, and eclectic entertainment. Connect with other Chicago-land art lovers as you enjoy live art demonstrations, spoken word performances, Afrobeat music, and exclusive tours of special exhibits.
Sen/su-ali-ty (n): Of the body and the senses as distinguished from intellect and the excessive devotion to sensual pleasure. Join us on Valentine’s Day at the DuSable Museum as we artistically explore the 5 senses through live art demos, Tango Negro, spoken word, aromatherapy, music and all out fun. $15.00 on The DuSable Museum page or $20.00 at the door - RSVP to 773 947-0600 Ext. 254 (Must be 21 years or older) DATE: Friday, February 14, 2014; TIME: Starts at 7:00pm!; COST: Admission: FREE
In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. During Solomon’s 12 years of forced enslavement he faces cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses; Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. Join us as we dissect Solomon’s harrowing true story from enslavement to freedom.The Film is rated R. Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase Tickets Today! For More information call 773 947-0600 EXT 255 DATE: Thursday, February 20, 2014; TIME: 6:30pm – 9:00pm; COST: Admission: $5.00
The seminal 1954 Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling suggested that African American’s would finally be able to utilize the resources of public education as a pathway towards equity and upward mobility. Unfortunately, 60 years later this promise has never fully materialized.The DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commission will host a series of public lectures examining America’s history of educating people of color, and what needs to happen to assure greater equity and student achievement in the future. Panelists include:
* Williams C. Ayers – University of Illinois at Chicago
* Ronald Bailey – University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
* F. Erik Brooks – Western Illinois University
* Josef Ben Levi – Northeastern Illinois University
* Therese Quinn – University of Illinois at Chicago
* David Omotoso Stovall – University of Illinois at Chicago
* Asantewaa Oppong Wadie - Aba Educational Consultants
* Dr. Chandra Gill
DATE: Saturday, February 22, 2014; TIME: 1:00pm – 3:00pm; COST: Admission: FREE
The DuSable Museum of African American History and the Illinois Amistad Commission are pleased to present “Suite DuSable: A Vision of Faith,” by world renowned composer, RenĂ©e Baker. This symphonic poem presented in collaboration with Chicago Modern Orchestra Project and AACM, is a tribute to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, the founder of Chicago. This piece is a celebration of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable’s visionary journey, tracing in sound the water routes traveled and choice encounters by Chicago’s first settler from his home in Haiti in the Atlantic Ocean through various waterways leading to the Great Lakes.DATE: Friday, February 28, 2014; TIME: 7:00pm – 9:00pm; COST: Admission: DuSable Members – $10.00; General Admission (Non-Members): $20.00

The DuSable Museum of African American History is pleased to announce its collaboration with The Illinois Amistad Commission and MPAACT – Ma’at Production Association of Afrikan Centered Theatre to present the repertory theatrical production of the children’s musical “When Good Broccoli Goes Bad”.
Using music from different genres and decades, “When Good Broccoli Goes Bad” offer young people the historical and nutritional food information they need to help them learn the value of healthy eating. “WHEN GOOD BROCCOLI GOES BAD” is an offshoot of the DuSable Museum resource toolkit, Roots in the Real World: African American Ecology”. “The Roots in the Real World” toolkit and workshop educates students and teachers about the rich historical connection that African Americans have to environmental practices, and also acknowledges the legacy of African Peoples connections to agriculture and sustainability.
“When Good Broccoli Goes Bad” was written and directed by Carla Stillwell with lyrics and composition by Carla Stillwell and Shawn Wallace. For questions or to make reservations please call 773.947.0600 ext. 225.
NOW OPEN at The DuSable Museum of African American History, "Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges"
By the time World War II began on September 1, 1939, Germany had purged itself of its Jewish professors, scientists, and scholars. Some of these academics, deprived of their livelihoods by the Nazis, found refuge in the United States. But in this new world, they faced an uncertain future. A few dozen refugee scholars unexpectedly found positions in historically black colleges in the American South. There, as recent escapees from persecution in Nazi Germany, they came face to face with the absurdities of a rigidly segregated Jim Crow society. In their new positions, they met, taught, and interacted with students who had grown up in, and struggled with, this racist environment. Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow explores the unlikely coming together of these two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred, and examines the ongoing encounter between them as they navigated the challenges of life in the segregated South.
NOW OPEN at The DuSable Museum of African American History, "The Endangered Species: A Visual Response to the Vanishing Black Man." Against the backdrop of exquisite beauty, this show interrogates masculinity, sexuality, slavery, vanity, mental poverty and the futility of aspiration. Each piece is a riotous installation—a visual treasure hunt. Bespoke top hats, gilded icons, and ancient timepieces knit together with vibrant butterflies, luscious flowers, and florid peacock eyes to tell the story of black folk. These collages in three-dimension represent archeology of black America—Welch’s tribute to a dying race. “From within a fields of color and metaphor, black men lookout—beautiful but without hope-vanishing.” This exhibit is curated by Raub Welch
Selection from the Artist's Statements. To tell the truth is noble, but to evoke it—that’s art. When I think about the purpose of my art —that is, how I want it to affect those who experience it— it always comes back to truth. Simple,unassuming, yet astoundingly poignant truth. This exhibit uses the unsettling power of juxtaposition to re-tell the truths of black manhood. We as a society have graduated to a misguided comfort when it comes to defining the black man: dutiful, aggressive, industrious, thoughtless, strong and most incorrectly, simple. As creatures, we (black men) carry a narrative too ghastly and nightmarish to ever qualify as merely “simple.” The larger issue (and perhaps the focus of my exhibit) is that we have completely divorced the concept of beauty from the black man. My exhibit aims to interrogate these prejudices, reassess our own predispositions, and redefine the black male as an entity that is beautifully complex, and longing for humanity.These various pieces are designed to provocatively reconnect the idea of beauty to the black male. I draw inspiration from seemingly arbitrary sources, and assemble them into what might initially seem to be a potpourri of unconnected themes. Upon further inspection and deliberation, the truths reveal themselves and the beauty resonates. Relics and rituals from black male culture are married with nature.– Raub Welch


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