Monthly archives: July, 2013

#UIC AACC satellite location

#UIC AACC satellite location

Please stop by and visit the AACC’s satellite location in front of Addams Hall, UIC.

For more information please visit the UIC Heritage Garden’s website at

Also, if you have time stop right in and visit our current exhibit, “They Reason Why”

Ida: In Her Own Words

Ida: In Her Own Words

Sarah Walker, UIC TRIO/Upward Bound Program with Dr. Lori Baptista, Director, UIC African American Cultural Center!

Ida: In Her Own Words

Last night we had an awesome program – Ida: In Her Own Words, a book signing and student performance which paid homage to Ida B. Wells-Barnett, activist and anti-lynching crusader.  This program was one in a series of programs that coincide with our latest exhibition, The Reason Why.  

Students from the UIC TRIO/Upward Bound Program created and performed, “The Antipathy of Black Inequality: A Tribute to Ida B. Wells-Barnett.”  These college-bound performers held the audience captive as they traced the life and times and ups and downs of Mrs. Wells-Barnett.  

The guest of honor was speaker and author Michelle Duster, who enthralled us with her down-to-earth musings about Black history, her great-grandmother, and the two books that she has written about Ida B. Wells.  

Photo:  Artist, Sarah Walker presents painting Imageto Michelle Duster   


#AACC satellite location for #UIC Heritage Garden

The new UIC Heritage Garden and satellites are educational spaces that relate diversity to quality of life issues that benefit both people and nature. The garden and satellites use an integrated approach that links environmental and social concerns to promote social change.

Please look at our FB page for images!

AACC satellite location is coming together


Book Signing and Discussion

Join us and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in welcoming Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett to UIC.

Book signing and discussion on “Ida in her Own Words” and “Ida from Abroad”, written by Michelle Duster & Troy Duster. Michelle Duster compares her life experiences to those of her great-grandmother and highlights the challenges and progress of African American women born a century apart. Troy Duster adds historical background to the reason why global pressure was solicited in order to address the wide-spread oppression and terrorism faced by African Americans at the turn of the 20th century.

When: Thursday, July 25th, 3013
Where: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Time: 7pm to 9pm

FREE admission and open to the general public


Left to right:

Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Keesha Merritt, our Ida B. Wells Interpreter and Actress. Photo was taken during our last week’s even Happy Birthday IDA!

#UIC #HeritageGarden

#UIC #HeritageGarden

Happy Birthday IDA!

Happy Birthday IDA!

Come and celebrate the 151st birthday of Ida B Wells-Barnett with the AACC and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
When: July, 16, 2013
Where: Addams Hall 207, UIC
Time: 5:30-7:30pm

The Importance of Dress

Aside from the Festival, I also got a chance to check out an exhibit at one of the Smithsonian museums on the inaugural and formal dresses of the nation’s first ladies. I’ve learned that the public eye is not only on the beliefs and the concerns of the first lady, but also of course on the way she presents herself to her country. She must be dignified, have style and grace, and lead a positive image of not only herself but her country and the president. 

Check out how beautiful these outfits are! A rare collection


First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Outfit


Zuri Works Head dress (Gele)

Zuri Works for Womens Health helps to create headdresses and adornment for women battling illnesses such as cancer. ImageImage

Leather Artist Marvin Sin

Leather Artist Marvin Sin

Leather artist Marvin Sin explaining the meaning of the ankh to the children

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