Monthly archives: August, 2013

Open House!

New to UIC?

Come to the African-American Cultural Center’s Open House!

Tour our Center, meet our wonderful staff, learn about events, programming, and other student services

When: Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Where: Addams Hall, UIC, 2nd floor

Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Free refreshments

If you require any accommodations, please contact the AACC



Colored American Day at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Chicago

Colored American Day at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Chicago

Internationally renowned sculptor, Richard Hunt; Reverend James M. Moody, Senior Pastor, Quinn Chapel AME Church; and Kay McCrimon, UIC AACC Museum Educator

Colored American Day at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Chicago

Colored American Day at Quinn Chapel AME Church, Chicago

Kay McCrimon, AACC Museum Educator and Martha O’Kennard-Johnson, Immediate Past President, DuSable Museum of African American History Women’s Board

The Children of Quinn-Colored American Day

In recognition of Colored American Day at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the UIC African American Cultural Center and Quinn Chapel AME Church remembered the day with song, sermon, and a special tribute to the Pledge of Allegiance by The Children of Quinn.

Many people don’t know that the Pledge of Allegiance came out of the World’s Fair of 1893. The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931), who was a Baptist minister and a Christian socialist.

The original “Pledge of Allegiance” was published in the September 8 issue of the popular children’s magazine The Youth’s Companion as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.

In 1892 Francis Bellamy was also a chairman of a committee of state superintendents of education in the National Education Association. As its chairman, he prepared the program for the public schools’ quadricentennial celebration for Columbus Day in 1892. He structured this public school program around a flag raising ceremony and a flag salute – his ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’

Bellamy’s original Pledge read as follows:

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
By June 29, 1892, Bellamy had arranged for Congress and President Benjamin Harrison to announce a proclamation making the public school flag ceremony the center of the Columbus Day celebrations (this was issued as Presidential Proclamation 335). Subsequently, the Pledge was first used in public schools on October 12, 1892, during Columbus Day observances organized to coincide with the opening of the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.
The Bureau of Education liked the idea so much they printed massive quantities of the pledge and mailed copies to virtually every school in the nation. The children and adults saying the pledge at the moment of the dedication were to show respect for the flag by giving that symbol a gesture that came to be known as the “Bellamy salute.” The gesture involved stretching the arm out toward the flag as the pledge was recited. The practice of reciting the pledge caught on quickly with educators and the public in general. Soon it was a regular part of a student’s school day.
During the 1920s and 1930s, Italian fascists and Nazis adopted a salute which was similar in form to the Bellamy salute, resulting in controversy over the use of the Bellamy salute in the United States. It was officially replaced by the hand-over-heart salute when Congress amended the Flag Code on December 22, 1942.
The Pledge has been modified four times since its composition.
The Children of Quinn decided to honor Colored American Day by performing their own renditions of the Pledge of Allegiance. They ended the performance with a salute to Trayvon Martin and school supplies were given to each of the performers by the members of Quinn.

Colored American Day!

Join the African-American Cultural Center at UIC and Quinn Chapel AME
Church in celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the World’s Columbian
Exposition of 1893.

Quinn Chapel AME Church has a long history as an institution for social
justice and worship. Prior to the passage of the Emancipation
Proclamation, Quinn played an important part in the abolition movement in
Chicago and served as a station for the Underground Railroad. Quinn was
the center of gathering for 19th century African Americans and
abolitionists fighting for social change. During the World’s Columbian
Exposition of 1893, poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar and violinist Joseph
Douglass (Frederick Douglass’ grandson) performed on Colored American Day.

When: Aug. 25th, 2013
Time: 10am
Where: Quinn Chapel AME Church
2401 South Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616


CPS release ‘safe passage’ routes

On Friday Chicago Public Schools (CPS) released maps of ‘safe passage’ routes as a result of dozens of school closings earlier this year. 

What do you think about this initiative?

Will it help decrease violence in the streets of Chicago?

Image (WBEZ/Bill Healy)

A sign, one of 1,600 the city has installed in recent weeks, marks a safe passage route along Chicago Avenue.

It Happened On This Day In Black History

Hey Everybody,

My name is Kay James McCrimon and I am the Museum Educator at the UIC African American Cultural Center.  If you are interested in African American history and  want to know more about daily occurrences of African Americans and their contributions to the arts, please go to my FB page.  Image

Butterfly installation completed!

Yesterday was such a busy day!

The Latino Cultural Center and African-American Cultural Center have been working on an art installation of butterflies this summer with the UIC Heritage Garden Student Task Force interns. The interns have been helping the cultural centers establish the new Heritage Garden and Satellites on the east campus of UIC. The student interns – some who are undocumented – are doing this project with Pilsen artist Hector Duarte and the butterflies will be installed throughout the satellites. The installation aims to make connections between human migration and Monarch butterflies “sin fronteras.”

They have added a component to the art installation to bring awareness and seek support for the Dream 9 and Lulu Martinez, who is a UIC student. The slogan says “Bring Lulu Home” and a petition letter that UIC students and alumni have been passing along in show of support. The letter calls on President Obama and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Principal Legal Adviser Peter Vincent to release the ‘Dream 9’ from Eloy Detention Center.  Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Danny Davis are also copied on the letter.

For pictures on the press conference, please visit the UIC Heritage Garden website:


Location: African-American Cultural Center, Addams Hall UIC

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