Monthly archives: April, 2015
On this day, we were delighted to have God’s Gang Founder, Carolyn Thomas, host a Brown Bag in which she instructed our Heritage Garden Interns on heritage (organic) farming techniques. These activities promote self-sufficiency and self-reliance while also developing a safety net to meet the food security needs.
Background: More than twenty five years ago, GOD’S GANG was founded on the premise of“Raising Village Children Higher”. Seeing children enter the doors of St. Mary’s AME church without shoes and proper clothing, GOD’S GANG founder, Carolyn Thomas set about making a positive difference in the lives of families in the CHA Robert Taylor housing project at 52nd and State Street, Chicago.
God’s Gang is currently a 501(C)-3 not-for-profit organization founded to promote self-esteem, entrepreneurial training and opportunities for personal growth for youth through sustainable agriculture projects and initiatives. As a direct food supplier through urban farming, they provide agricultural training to youth and families. families. They serve ethnically diverse, low-income Chicago residents.
For more information on this organization, and how you can help, visit their website at: http://godsgangchicago.webs.com/
On this day we welcomed Charles Bethea, curator for the DuSable Museum of African American History, for a Brown Bag on DuSable’s upcoming exhibition “Freedom & Resistance: The Afro-American Experience.” This pre-discussion to the Museum’s new permanent exhibition gave us an inside glimspe of what to expect on its opening on June 5, 2015.
For more information, please visit DuSable’s website: http://www.dusablemuseum.org/
Thanks to a collaboration with the African American Academic Network (AAAN), we received a visit from By The Hand Organization on Fri. April 10th, in which they viewed both our Urbs in Horto Exhibit and The American Negro Exhibition. Listed below are highlights from the time they spent with us:
By The Hand is a Chicago-based, after-school program that emphasizes academic excellence while nurturing the whole child—mind, body and soul.
Reception, Buffet Lunch, and Book Signing – April 8, 2015 (12:00PM – 2:00PM)
Location: 613 SCE Student Center East
Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen, Winner of 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award, and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and the plays Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn). Her bold writing on race and the intersection of imagination and reality is both formally innovative and relevant. Her work illuminates the cultural dimensions of the contemporary crisis in black America.
Rankine, Henry G Lee Professor of English at Pomona College, is co-editor of American Women Poets in the Twenty- First Century series with Wesleyan University Press and The Racial Imaginary with Fence Books
Presented by: UIC Dept. of African-American Studies