Chicago Park District

Celebrate Black History Month in February 2012

1/23/2012

The Chicago Park District commemorates Black History Month in February 2012 with various interdisciplinary events.  Most programs are admission free or charge nominal fees.  Many activities are geared toward the entire family.  Please contact each individual park for additional information.

Following are a few highlights:

Black History Celebration
Thursday, Feb. 16; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Austin Town Hall Cultural Center, 5610 W. Lake St., 773-287-7658
Admission free, all ages
This celebration features performances by community members.

Union Park Black History Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 18; 12-2 p.m.
Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., 312-746-5494
Admission free, all ages
This community-based celebration features songs and spoken word performances by local youth.

Ubuntu
Thursday-Friday, Feb. 16-17, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 18; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park, 312-746-5092
Admission free to vendor market, $5 for music, dance, and spoken word performances Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
All ages
The event showcases how the rich legacies of the African and Caribbean experience have enhanced the lives of local, national and global communities.  Vendors of African cultural items will be on-site.

Annual Tribute to Black Heritage Concert
Sunday, Feb. 19; 4-6 p.m.
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., 773-256-0149
Admission free, all ages
The Chicago Music Association performs a concert.

Ashaki Black History Month Celebration
Friday, Feb. 24; 6-9 p.m.
Washington Park, 5531 S. King Dr., 773-256-1248
Admission $3, all ages
Washington Park field house will be transformed into the countries of Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, and Somalia.  Eye-catching live musical performances, vendors with African artifacts and displays, and culinary delights illustrate the important roles each country has played in the lives of African Americans past and present.

Umoja Black History Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 25; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Homan Square Park, 3559 W. Arthington St., 312-746-6650
Admission free, all ages
The event features African dance performances and poetry readings plus a vibrant marketplace featuring food, jewelry and clothing.

Black History Month Celebration
Sunday, Feb. 26; 12-4 p.m.
Loyola Park, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave., 773-262-8605
Admission free, all ages
Celebrate the diverse elements of Black history and culture at this annual event with music, readings and refreshments.

Excerpts from The March: A Civil Rights Opera by Alan Marshall and Jonathan Stinson
Sunday, Feb. 26; 4 p.m.
South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Dr., 773-256-0149
Admission free, all ages
The South Shore Opera Company presents excerpts from The March, a work in progress by Alan Marshall about the civil rights movement.

 

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