Monday, January 16, 2012

Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago

Photo by Alee Sanlolo - Source-
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago at the following museums.

Make Martin Luther King, Jr. Day not just a Monday off but a Monday on ....

by taking advantage of the city's educational and cultural opportunities!
Roll over the links to see events that celebrate the legacy.

Monday, January 16, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through family activities and crafts reflecting his messages of peace and justice. Listen to music that honors Dr. King, and attend a performance of The MLK Project by the Writers’ Theatre.
Cost: Free and includes complimentary Museum admission
Schedule of Events
All day
Kids Crafts with Artist Sue Romanelli
Crown Room, first floor
11:00 a.m.
The MLK Project: Fight for Civil Rights
The Writer's Theatre
Rubloff Auditorium, 1st floor'
12:30 p.m.
Precious Lord: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Chicago Chamber Choir
Chicago Room, 2nd floor
1:45 p.m.
“I have a Dream” speech
Re-enactment by Oba William King
Chicago Room, 2nd floor
2:00 p.m.
Voices for Freedom
Gwen Hilary, Storyteller and Enoch Williamson, Musician
Chicago Room, 2nd floor
2:45 p.m.
“I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech
Re-enactment by Oba William King
Chicago Room, 2nd floor

DuSable Museum will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement with our annual King Day celebration. The day will be filled with live performances, storytelling, films, food and activities for the entire family.
Martin Luther King Day
Monday January 16, 2012
IBLA Auditorium – Live Performances
11:00 am I’m Your Puppet Productions (60 min)
12:30 pm Mighty Times: The Children’s March
1:30 pm Alyo Children’s Theatre (45 min)
2:30 pm Maggie Brown
4:00 pm “A Legacy for America’s Children”, written by Joan Collaso, is a musical narrative play that touches on the life and contributions of Civil Rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
5:00 pm Hip Hop Detoxx (60 min)
Ames – Live Performances
10:15 am Mighty Times: The Children’s March
11:00 am “Meet Dr. King” performed by Marcus Gentry (60 min)
12:30 pm Favorite Storytellers: K. Brownlee / T. Banks (60 min)
2:00 pm Sounds of the Revolution Film
3:30 pm Legacy Maggie Brown has a dynamic, entertaining way of teaching about the history and evolution of African American music in her one-woman show
Films in Studio A
10:15 am and every 15 mins, Martin’s Big Words
Bust Gallery
10:00 am – 4:00 Arts and Crafts
King Bust Dedication with Tom Burrell 3:00 pm
Strolling Characters – 6 Degrees of Separation from King – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Paula Anglin
Rosa Parks – Bench outside Gospel Exhibit
Sharon Jaddua
Bessie Coleman – Red White Blue and Black Exhibit
Joe Plummer
George – Pullman Porter – Founder’s Fall/Africa Speaks
Toya Turner
Lt. Uhuru – Star Trek – Obama Quilts Area
Lionel Gentle
Jackie Robinson – Sky Light gallery
9:00 am – Noon,
3:00pm – 7:00pm, AM1390

An interactive play at the museum this Monday helps kids understand why they have the day off from school.

Event date: Monday, January 16, 2012

Times: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Monday, January 9, 2012

RED TAILS New film about the Tuskegee Airmen opens January 20th!

"Courage Has No Color"
(BAB) - The internet is abuzz with preview trailers and talk about the new film RED TAILS, a film that tells the exciting and important story of The Tuskegee Airmen, produced by Star Wars producer, George Lucas and Lucasfilms. This film is creating conversations about not only the content of the story but about the controversy of how difficult it was to get made by one of Hollywood's top producers, George Lucas of Lucasfilm.
This is a story that has been told and passed down by many of our grandfathers and fathers; a story that was recently presented in a HBO film, but now it is coming to the big screen live and living color on January 20, 2012.

I plan to take a look and encourage us all to support the film by bringing some young people to see it and to discuss the history of the Tuskegee Airmen. My interest stems from the stories I heard while growing up... about the Tuskegee Airmen, a very unique and powerful fighting force in Europe in WWII.
At one of the more recent Veteran's Day Parades in Bronzeville that I have covered on this blog, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet one of the original Tuskegee airmen, named James J McCastle. His stories about the airmen were fascinating.
Tuskegee Airman, James J. McCastle shows his Air Force papers.

"The movie focuses on the first black pilots in the our Air Force prepared to protect our position in Europe during WW II. This movie will make you laugh, cry, and feel proud of our heritage and our men. The Tuskegee Airmen were black heroes, trailblazers, and proud, strong men. It is the perfect story to add to our children's awareness of what a real hero can do." - Source Laurel Straford - What The Traveler Saw - after viewing a preview of the movie.
The movie was produced by George Lucas (producer of Star Wars, Indiana Jones) and directed by Anthony Hemingway (also the director for the HBO's 'The Wire' and 'Treme). Red Tails is based on fact. The cast includes Terrance Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ne-Yo, Nate Parker with a sound track by Terence Blanchard. "

George Lucas spoke candidly about how difficult it was to get the film done in Hollywood on the Daily Show.
This is a film that Lucas says it took him 23 years to get done due to the underlying lack of confidence that the film would be profitable.
Why? " Because it is an all Black action movie with no major white actors."
Well, here's an opportunity to prove the nay sayers wrong!
Take a look at this powerful interview!!
George Lucas Talks About the Difficulty of Getting A Black Film Made in Hollywood: Lucas, who is one of Hollywood’s biggest names, says that even he (despite his influence) had a difficult time trying to get 'Red Tails' made.
Let's check the film out on January 20th!

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