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The African American Cultural Center has launched a weekly series of virtual programs designed to keep us connected and focused on the positive.

Everyday we will explore a theme designed to support us throughout the week, offering a creative space for sharing, strengthening community, and staying healthy.

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” (1963)

We at UIC’s African American Cultural Center stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.  We strongly condemn the aggressive actions taken by the Russian Federation in violation of Ukraine’s national sovereignty. We stand with the people of Ukraine in their brave fight against Russia’s accelerating assault on human lives, human rights, human freedom, democratic governance, and regional and global peace.

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The African American Cultural Center is a gathering place for the safe, creative, and critical exploration and celebration of black life, culture, and history.  In this moment of profound pain and frustration and anger, the Center is open, albeit virtually, as a place for all members of the UIC community, but especially our students, to raise our voices in support of black lives and in support of each other, and in search of something like a solution to the injustice that circumscribes our lives.

I am so proud of the strong and focused young people that have been using their voices in the streets of Chicago, on television, on the radio, and on social media, and in cities and towns throughout the country.  Together, they are pushing the nation into a confrontation with itself – the past and present realities of systemic racism and disregard for black life.  I have faith and hope that all of us together can raise our voices in powerful protest and as necessary witness to the unnecessary loss of black lives in the United States – at the hands of a broken criminal justice system, and at the hands of an unequal healthcare system that has left tens of thousands of black and brown people vulnerable to the ravages of the coronavirus. (Cont.)

The African American Cultural Center is working with other units at UIC, including the Office of Diversity, to develop responses to this historic moment.  We will work together to provide our students a space to share their concerns and to strategize about how to build a future in which systemic violence is not only challenged, but defeated.

In Solidarity,

Cynthia Blair

 

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