Monthly archives: December, 2013

Honoring Nelson Mandela

(below) Director Dr. Lori Baptista talks to guests about their experiences with apartheid on Thursday December 12, 2013 at the Nelson Mandela Memorial service hosted at the AACC. Visitors took turns telling stories, thoughts and memories about the life of Nelson Mandela. Some visitors read aloud from excerpts from Mandela’s speeches. The conversations centered around what a legacy is and thinking about ways to keep the work of Mandela alive as we move forward.

Honoring Nelson Mandela

The peace sign surrounding the pan-African flag reminds us of Mandela’s mission to eliminate hatred and segregation in South Africa and throughout the world. Visitors were able to leave a thought or note on a post-it in the peace sign as we reflected on ways to continue Mandela’s legacy. The flowers that formed the peace sign were from the Latino Cultural Center’s Day of the Day celebration. It stood also a reminder to celebrate the life and legacy of Mandela as well a signifier of uniting people from all backgrounds.

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We included a visual timeline of Mandela’s life to aid us in our reflections. Many expressed how much courage it took Mandela to move forward and the challenges he faced throughout his life. We reflected on ways to work together as a community and talked about the power of an individual working for change. There was a diverse range of different perspectives, age groups, and backgrounds which made this event feel extremely special. It was an excellent space for people to encourage the continuity of social change and the need to work toward social justice.

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Victorian-Era Costume Party, December 6, 201!

Victorian-Era Costume Party, December 6, 201!

BOOKS & EXHIBITION SOUVENIR BAGS STILL AVAILABLE!
Books by Professor Christoper Reed, Professor Robert Rydell, Professor Temple Tsenes-Hills, and Michelle Duster (great granddaughter of Ida B. Wells) as well as souvenir bags are still available at the Center. For more information, please call (312) 996-9549.


Victorian-Era Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian-Era Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Professor Therese Quinn’s Museum Studies class.


Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Edith Tovar posing in front of the Colored American Day poster at “The Reason Why…” exhibition.


Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian party-goers in exhibition gallery at the closing reception of “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the World’s Columbian Exposition.”


Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

UIC African-American Cultural Center Staff
Kay McCrimon, Assistant Director
Lori Baptista, Director
Edith Tovar, Program Coordinator
Jacqueline Smith, Graduate Assistant


Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Lori Baptista and UIC Colleagues!


Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Kay McCrimon (in costume) and UIC Graduate Students, Museum Studies


Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Kay McCrimon and Kate!


Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

Victorian Costume Party, Thursday, December 6, 2013

“The Reason Why…” Closing Reception
Dr. Lori Baptista, Director, African-American Cultural Center


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